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Arshad Gamiet

Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi or Salafi: Who is a real Muslim?

by Arshad Gamiet
“For the first time in 1400 years, scholars from Sunni and Shia, true Sufi and and true Salafi traditions came together to clarify these 3 vital issues: (1) Who is a Muslim? (2) Are Muslims allowed to declare other Muslims as apostates [to call them Kafir; to commit Takfir] (3) and finally, what are the qualifications to issue a Fatwa [a legal ruling]. The 200 leading scholars from around the world all came to a unanimous agreement on these vital issues……

A short khutbah on the Hajj

By Arshad Gamiet
“Hajj is an outward journey tracing the spiritual history of Islam. It is also the inward journey each and every one of us must undertake, to find our own centre, in the Kaaba of our heart. What desires, what emotions and passions are still circling, making tawaaf around our spiritual heart? Thespiritual heart, the qalb is the locus of our personality. This is our real driving force. Let’s make sure that it is surrounded by loving thoughts of Remembrance of our most Beloved, Allah…”

Another khutbah for Eidul Fitr (revised for 2017)

By Arshad Gamiet
“Never ever fool yourself thinking you can’t change things. Don’t ever adopt a defeatist attitude. To despair and give up all hope is a grave sin. Life is a challenge, a test from Allah; and Allah’s help is always near…”

Last 10 days of Ramadan

By Arshad Gamiet
“The time was during the last ten nights of Ramadan in the year 610 and the place was in a cave on Jabal Nur, the Mountain of Light, near Makka. Here Jibreel took Muhammad sws, the son of Abdullah, in a tight embrace, and commanded him to “Read!”

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…!”

Welcoming Ramadan

By Arshad Gamiet
“Many of us think that Ramadan is a time to ‘go slow’ and to avoid exerting ourselves. Some of us would want to sleep all day until iftar. This is completely wrong. Ramadan is not a time for hibernation. That’s for the polar bears and grizzly bears in the cold north American winter. It’s not for wide-awake, Allah-aware Muslims!” Read more…

Isra and Mi’raj: The Mystical Night Journey and Ascension through the heavens

By Arshad Gamiet
“Before the Mi’raj occurred, Muslims had no idea as to how and when they should pray. Now we not only know how and when, but also, most importantly, we must remember the reason, the ‘why’ part. Why do we pray? Why 5 times a day? Why not just once? … When we Muslims pray, we enjoy a very special relationship with Allah. While other faiths have intermediaries, Muslims have no priest, Rabbi, Archbishop or even a Pope to stands between us and Allah. We worship Him directly and He answers us directly. Allah says “I listen to the prayer of everyone who calls me. Let them also then, listen to My call, so that they may walk on the straight way.”

Descriptions of Prophet Muhammad sws

By Arshad Gamiet
” I believe it’s no exaggeration to say that if the modern world followed the example of Allah’s Prophet, there would be no man-made disasters like poverty, war, and the destruction of our life-sustaining environment…”

Why do bad things happen to good people?

By Arshad Gamiet
“We have a simple choice. We can either stay locked into our cultural ghettoes, choosing only to associate with like-minded people, while the suspicion and hatred of Muslims grows around us. Or, we can set a good example for our children and grandchildren. For their future, for their sake, we can and we must cultivate good neighbourly relations with the wider communities. We must build bridges of mutual understanding and trust..”

Every day is Women’s Day

By Arshad Gamiet
“Our daughters have a right to education. They also have a right to work, to own businesses and to develop their God-given talents so that all humankind benefits. They have a right to be loved and respected no less than our sons. ..”