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Dealing with the errors of scholars and zealous followers

By Abu Aaliyah

“One of the most crucial rules of normative Sunni Islam states: ‘A condition for censuring wrongdoing is that the act being censured must be something whose blameworthiness is not merely known by means of ijtihad. Any matter that involves ijtihad cannot be a cause for censure.’1

It is usually expressed in this maxim: la inkar fi masa’il al-khilaf – ‘There is no censuring in matters of [legitimate] differing.’

True religion isn’t a zero sum game

By RabbiAllen S Maller
“Since all monotheistic scriptures come from the one and only God, we should view other monotheistic scriptures as potentially enriching our understanding and appreciation of our own scripture. But in the middle ages almost all readers thought of revelation as a zero sum sport like tennis, rather than a multiple win co-operative sport like mountain climbing.”

How the First Lady of Islam has set an example for all women

By Moin Qazi
In his own words, Prophet Muhammad sws paid tribute to his first wife, Khadija: !“God Almighty never granted me anyone better in this life than her. She accepted me when people rejected me; she believed in me when people doubted me; she shared her wealth with me when people deprived me, and God granted me children only through her.”

Rights over Rites: Hypocrisy at Hajj

By Muhammad Noor
“Migrant workers, fellow Muslim brethren, are exploited daily. Workers face lack of mobility, discrimination, sexual violence and lack of redress under the lingering kafala work sponsorship agreements.1 Our Muslim brothers live lives of instability and peril in the land where those were promised before Islam.2 The famous 7th century “League of the Virtuous” (Hilf Al-Fudul) pact, though prior to revelation, greatly influenced the Prophet ﷺ as he stated, “If I were called to it now in the time of Islam, I would respond”.3 Companions and generations of scholars see this pact as the basis for the protection of individual rights in Islamic legal theory…”

Modern challenges to the spirit of Hajj

By Aslam Abdullah
“Hajj is an institution that is supposed to reassure the people that ethnic, cultural, linguistic, geographical, wealth-based, race and color differences that humans have imposed upon themselves have no reality in the presence of God. All are one and the purpose of all is to follow the divine guidance to create a universal humanity to the well being of everyone. Hajj is meant to be a pledge to live the example of Hajj beyond the Hajj. It is an occasion to create a personality without dimension and space…”

Reflections on the Hajj

By Arshad Gamiet
“Hajj is not only a journey through geography and history. It is perhaps most importantly, an inward journey to our own centre, to the human heart, the locus of our personality …. what emotions, what desires lurk there in the hidden recesses of the spiritual heart?”