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The Night of a Thousand Months

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
“Beloved Ummatal Muslimeen! “Laylatul Qadr” means the Night of Grandeur, Excellence and Honour. Amongst the nights of Ramadan there is this Most Holy Night called “Laylatul Qadr”  a night that is noted for its Glory and great blessings. The Holy Qura’n describes it as being greater in blessedness and spiritual virtue than a thousand months which in turn means that it is greater than 83 years …”

Zakaat, Riba and the love of wealth

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
“It must be made very clear that Zakah is not a tax. I repeat, not a tax but an act of worship and, like other acts of worship, it is solely for the Pleasure of Almighty Allah. Soundness of intention is a necessity at the time of the payment of Zakah for it is a major act of Ibadat.  Like all other acts of Ibadat, it is solely for Almighty Allah…”

What unifies Englishness and Islam?

By Dr Timothy Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad)
“…. David Cameron,.. after his brief stay with a Birmingham Muslim family, remarked:
Family breakdown, drugs, crime and incivility are part of the normal experience of modern Britain. Many British Asians see a society that hardly inspires them to integrate. Indeed, they see aspects of modern Britain which are a threat to the values they hold dear – values which we should all hold dear. Asian families and communities are incredibly strong and cohesive, and have a sense of civic responsibility which puts the rest of us to shame. Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around..”

Jihad and Martyrdom, War and Peace

By Abu Aaliyah
“Is Islam a conquest ideology more than an actual religion, as some now claim? Is Jihad identical to ‘perpetual war’ in Islam’s grand political scheme of things? And is the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ mostly about blood and gore and body counts? These are the issues addressed here…”

Mid-Ramadan 2017

By Arshad Gamiet
“This struggle to cultivate self-discipline is not only for Ramadan. It’s a lifelong struggle. Shaitan will constantly try to tempt us and make our evil nature seem pleasing to us. But we must be on guard. Whenever an evil thought comes to mind, we must resist it. Take refuge in Rahman from the mischief of Shaitaan. If you forget Rahman, you’ll be left with Shaitaan…!”

Terror on a train

By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
“Tragedy acquires meaning and consequence only if we learn from it. And what we must learn from this tragic event in Portland is that the best of America came up against the worst of America on that train. And even though the best died, in their death, there has to be a collective affirmation from all of us that the America of Jeremy Joseph Christian is not the America that we want. Instead, we must resolve to nurture the America of the three courageous men who put their lives on the line. ..”

John the Baptist: a Prophet of Islam

“Allah did not just miraculously grant Zecheriah a son. He made this child a blessing for his parents and beautiful in character. Prophet John is described in the Quran as chaste and righteous…”

Be generous in Ramadan!

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“Generosity isn’t only about money, although, if you are wealthy, then money does play a big part. Generosity is more about your attitude: giving others your time, your expertise, your love, your compassion, and yes, also your money, out of love and gratitude to Allah, the Most Generous One…”

Ramadan: The Heartbeat of Islam

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
“We must have our bearings right, the right sense of destination, the right navigational equipment, and an inbuilt system of correcting the course and raising an alarm, in case one begins to zigzag or go dangerously astray. The Most holy and auspicious month of Ramadan helps to define our limits [Hudood] and is a powerful social vehicle to help us through the Month that Almighty Allah Most Beneficent and Merciful has claimed for Himself…”

Fasting (saum/som) as a spiritual diet

By Rabbi Allen S Maller
“Our society has increasingly become one of self indulgence. We lack self discipline. Fasting goes in direct opposition to our increasing “softness” in life. When people exercise their will-power and fast, they are affirming their self-control and celebrating mastery over themselves. We need continually to prove that we can do it, because we are aware of our frequent failures to be self-disciplined…”