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Dr Uthman Lateef

A child’s death that kills us all

By Dr Uthman Lateef
“Pitiless, they continued a campaign of merciless indifference as they starved him, poisoned him with salt, and subjected him to prolonged periods of beatings and other punishments. Terrified of the stepmother who murdered him, Arthur’s grandmother recalls that the six-year-old burst into tears when he found out his stepmother was in the car to pick him up and asked: ‘Grandma, can I stay with you?’[3] The torturers on the other hand were indifferent to their abuse, relishing food and ice cream whilst the boy suffered in agony.”

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

“I can’t breathe!”

By Dr Uthman Lateef

“The killing of George Floyd on May 25th 2020 tugged at our collective conscience. With every waning breath and dying plea ‘I can’t breathe’ screamed in its silence and we gasped together. The coalescing of brutal indifference of state power with a forlorn plea for mercy, for understanding, for pity, for empathy, placed us all in an unavoidable frame of witnessing…”