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Beliefs and Practices of Islam, Page 2

Black Lives Matter, especially to Muslims..

By Arshad Gamiet
“The topic of this khutbah is: Black Lives Matter, Especially to Muslims.You might ask, why especially to Muslims?
It’s very simple. We are fond of complaining about discrimination against us, but what about our own discrimination against others?  It’s all too easy to point the finger of blame on some white Americans and some white Europeans, but what about our own racism?”

Cracks in the Mirror: Idolatry in Celebrity Culture

By Dr Osman Latiff

In Islam worship entails knowing God, loving Him, obeying Him and directing all aspects of worship to Him alone. From this a universal logic can be derived – that the object of worship is the thing you want to know the most, the thing you love the most and obey, and the thing that you direct acts of worship (like gratitude) towards the most. The great Muslim theologian Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya explained it succinctly thus: “Whoever knows his Lord, loves Him.”9

Dealing with stress

By Abdul Malik Mujahid
“Being patient gives us control in situations where we feel we have little or no control. ‘We cannot control what happens to us but we can control our reaction to our circumstances’ is the mantra of many modern-day self-help books. Patience helps us keep a positive attitude in times of hardship.
Excuse me, you are not running the world. He is…”

The 10 Best Days of the Year

By Dr Yasir Qadhi

Dr Yasir Qadhi explains why the first 10 days of Dhul Hijja are more blessed than any other days of the year. These are the days when we should increase in all our good deeds. Remembering Allah (Dhikr), fasting and acts of charity to alleviate suffering are especially  recommended at this time…

A short khutbah on the Hajj 2020

By Arshad Gamiet
“The Covid-19 pandemic has rendered the Hajj for 2020 impossible for millions around the world. This will be the smallest number of Hujaaj in living memory. Let us pray that Allah will allow a universal cure to that will save lives and make it safe for Hajj next year, insha-Allah. Say, “Ameen!”

Prophet Abraham and his family: Archetypal Monotheists

By Arshad Gamiet
“…Love Allah more than anyone or anything else, be willing to sacrifice anything in Allah’s cause, and strive your whole life to be a primordially upright person. Try to be a loyal friend, a loving wife or husband, an exemplary parent, a loving son or daughter, a helpful neighbour and a good, law abiding citizen…”

Srebrenica 25 years on

By Dr Mustafa Cerić
When Dutch UN peacekeepers failed to do their duty of protection in Bosnia-Hertzegovina 8,000 unarmed Muslim men and boys were massacred by Serbian forces in 1995 near Srebrenica. Dr Mustafa Cerić’s khutbah reminds us that this war crime is still denied by the perpetrators. It is therefore our duty to stand up for justice, as the Holy Quran declares. As long as Muslim lives are considered unworthy of protection, we must continue to remind Christian Europe that their own of humanity is in question.

Travelling Home..

By Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
In his latest book, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad discusses the awkward relationship between Europe and its Muslim citizens. He suggests a creative response. Instead of taking a defensive attitude, we should trust Allah and work hard to benefit our neighbours and wider society. By understanding that our ‘enemies’ are themselves victims of moral, emotional and spiritual illness, we must become “therapists rather than complainers.” Allah is the “Turner of hearts” (muqallibul quluub) and is quite able to turn our enemies into beloved friends..