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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…”

Ma sha Allah: Acknowledge Allah with gratitude (Sura Al Kahf)

By Osman Latif (Uthman Lateef)
“We should always humbly attribute our success and our wealth to Allah. Sura Al Kahf shows us the example of a man so puffed up with self-importance that he humiliated his poorer neighbour and forgot to thank Allah. His wealth was destroyed overnight, and his neighbour gently reminded him to acknowledge the Will of Allah; not to massage his own ego…

Fulfilling the needs of others

  by Dr Uthman Lateef This inspiring talk describes Prophet Muhammad’s concern for the destitute, even as a young 20 year old, …

Message to the Youth

UL Message to the Youth, Stokey 01.01.10 This khutbah was delivered at Stoke Poges Lane Mosque, Slough, on 1st January 2010

Play and Amusement

UL Play and Amusement – Cardiff Khutbah al-Manar 30.04.10 This khutbah was delivered in Cardiff, Wales, on 30 April 2010. Al Manar