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Allah is the best of Planners

By Arshad Gamiet
“Donald Trump has gone, but his toxic legacy remains. The suspicion,  the fear and hatred of Islam has emboldened other leaders from China, India and Europe. But Allah’s religion will never be defeated. Despite their plotting and planning, Islam will survive and spread. That is Allah’s promise.”

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…”

Hamza Ali Abbasi calls out ‘today’s Muslims’ after Hagia Sophia ruling

“I often read about how Umar ibn Al Khattab RA refused Patriarch Sophronius’ offer to pray in Church of Holy Sepulchre in conquered Jerusalem, so Muslims won’t later convert it into a mosque. I read about how the Sahaba RA (companions of Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h) didn’t harm the Bamiyan Buddha statues in conquered Khorasan…. And then I see those Muslims today. Thumping their chests and proclaiming the victory of Islam by converting churches into mosques and stopping a small mandir from construction (in Islamabad). No wonder Allah has given us Muslims the azaab of zillat (humiliation) and mehkoomi (subjection) in this world.”

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..

On British Muslims & Racism: Do Black Lives Matter?

By Abu Aaliyah

“Racism affects all people of colour. But when it comes to black people, they face a unique anti-black prejudice as the ultimate Other, propagated both by white majorities and even other ethnic minorities. As a marginalised community South Asians, no doubt, have their own prejudices thrown their way. But they are not the same lived experiences as that of Black people. And while it can be easy to lump everyone together and perceive ourselves as having a shared trauma, statistics show that this equivalence is not really true…”