Ahmed Hammuda

Ahmed Hammuda is a regular contributor at Islam21c. His interests lie in Qur'anic Tafsir and the field of Middle East Affairs and how they reflect on Muslims living in the West. He is an Electrical Engineer by trade and has been involved in various Da'wah activities over the course of his education and working life. He has transferred the same analytical approach required in engineering into a careful and measured approach in his views and positions.
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Treachery Without Borders: Drowning Gaza’s Tunnels

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At the fall of the Umayyad dynasty in 422AH, the head of each province of Al Andalus (Islamic Spain) declared regional sovereignty, splitting apart what once was a unified, powerful entity. This carved the perfect opportunity for the previously incapable Christian armies to devour Al Andalus piece-meal. Province after province surrendered and Alphonso VI finally laid siege to Seville. Months into the military cordon, the conceited Alphonso, with aims to eradicate the remnants of Islām from Al Andalus, and to humiliate his anxious adversary, wrote: “I have been irritated by the flies in your town, so if you like, send

How China Banned Ramadan

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How China Banned Ramadan - Beijing’s PREVENT Strategy Today, there can be little doubt that Islam and its symbols are under attack all over the world. Islam and Muslims are being demonised, their persecution legalised, the spilling of their blood is justified, and in some parts of the world, the very worship of Allah is being criminalised. The de-legitimisation of worship is a tool which has been used since time immemorial to place pressure on believing communities in order to achieve any given political objective. Today this practice is exhibited in various forms around the world. Each government is approaching the issue

Morsi Smiles: what can my enemies do to me?

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Decree whatever you wish to Decree When they saw the miracle of Musa's staff, the magicians of the Pharaoh unanimously believed. Indifferent to what followed of Pharaoh's threats, they exclaimed: "...So decree whatever you wish to decree, for you can only decree (regarding) this life of the world." In Egypt, the tyrant then is the tyrant today, Egypt is Egypt and we repeat it in unanimity; "decree, whatever you desire to decree", 'Judge', 'Court', 'Grand Mufti' whoever dared to decree death for those who wanted to effect change in an Ummah that has been crippled under oppressive regimes, tyrants and

Turkish election: a humbling victory for Islam

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Of the few places in the world that celebrate their own leaders, Turkey is one of them. In any corner of Istanbul, the general sentiment is contentment at the remarkable achievements of the leading party, rightly in power, reelected on the 7th of June 2015 for a fourth term, having never lost since its inception, to be the largest single party in Turkey’s 25th parliament, and from it will remain the Prime Minister. We dare say, and as so rarely we do, today is a happy day for politics. Rather, we as Muslims are ecstatic at the win of Turkey's Justice and Development

President Morsi, We Salute You…Again

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Note; this article has been updated following today's breaking news President Morsi, we salute you, because prison in Egypt without justice was for Yūsuf (ʿalayhi al-Salām) when: "He said: "O my Lord! Prison is dearer to me than that to which they invite me." Prison in Egypt without justice was for Sayyid Qutb (rahimahullāh) when he said: "It is not befitting for a leader to follow concessions... all praise is due to Allāh, I strived 15 years for martyrdom... (moments before his execution he said) this finger that declares the oneness of Allāh in Salah refuses to write a letter in

Does the Bible conform to ‘British Values’?

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Now, in broad daylight, Islām is at the centre of an unmatched ideological attack. This concerted media effort has echoed into government, driving forward many punitive measures against the UK’s Muslim minority. Interestingly, this rampage stems, supposedly on the back of a limited number of issues the media views as ‘contentious’ or against ‘British values’, the latter never meaningfully defined. The outlets leading this campaign are mainly the notorious far right; the self-believing bastions of UK Christian and Jewish values against those trying to purge them from 'British culture'. And, although not the focus of this article, militant liberalists are

“A reminder for those who fear Allāh in the unseen…”

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Yā Sīn Series Part 4: A Reminder for Those who Fear Allāh in the Unseen 1 | 2 | 3 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 Summary of Previous Discussion The journey through Sūrah Yā Sīn began with a declaration that the two fundamental components of Islām are the: ‘revelation of the Almighty, the Most Merciful’ and the Prophet about whom Allāh confirms unequivocally that he is, contrary to what some say: ‘truly one of the Messengers’. The role of this amazing man and those that live in line with his tradition was then spoken of: ‘to warn a people whose fathers were not warned and who are

Overview of the magnificent Yā Sīn

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In this 23-part series, Ahmed Hammuda delves into the innumerable lessons one can derive from Sūrah Yā Sīn.

Yā Sīn: a new journey begins

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Yā Sīn Series Part 1 - Introduction Click to read part: 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 Allāh repeatedly describes the great Qur'ān as being a ‘light’, unmistakable, clear in articulation and beautiful in its instructions. He, the Most High says: "So have faith in Allāh and His Messenger and in the Light We have sent down." Light as we know it not only touches the surface of a leaf but seeps beneath it to impact on the inner system of the entire plant by triggering photosynthetic activity. This then nourishes the leaf, invigorates it and fills it with life. A plant will

Longing for a leader like ʿUmar (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu)

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Longing for a Leader like ‘Umar On one particular Friday the Khatīb, as usual, spoke of the calamity in Syria. He did not deliver anything new per say, nor did he decorate his sermon with touching accounts or colourful imagery. It was when he invoked the famous words of ʿUmar (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) that he lost focus and tears gathered in his eyes. Hardly able to put his words together he quoted: “…when…did you enslave people…when their mothers bore them as free men?” He recalled those soldiers who thrust their heels into the backs of civilian detainees for asking for