“Why is Allah doing this to us?”

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She was just taking her little girl home from school...

“Why can’t you have two mums, Amina?”

Editorials General Latest Politics Ramadan 1443 10 Min Read

Reading between the lines of Amina’s story

“When will it be right to be Muslim and gay?”

Background The above question has been the subject of a lingering controversy over the last few weeks, spawning heated, emotional

“We only die once” – Turkey’s Call to Arms to protect Jerusalem

Turkey says it has been rallying together an international peacekeeping force as the world looks on in horror at the

“Vote Today; Be Kafir Tomorrow”: The Issue of Voting

 That season of jostling for space to express a view on voting has once again descended upon the population here

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Politics 17 Min Read

Remembering Ahmed Deedat

  O you who believe! Khamr (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al­-Ansaab, and Al­-Azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are abominations of Shaitaan's (Satan) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful. ‘This one verse has created the biggest society of teetotallers

Analysis Scripture 1 Min Read

The Unique Literary Form of the Qur’an

Abstract: The inability of any person to produce anything like the Qur'an, due to its unique literary form is the essence of the Qur'anic miracle. A miracle is defined as "events which lie outside the productive capacity of nature". The argument posed by Muslim theologians and philosophers is that if,

Spirituality 12 Min Read

The Undetected Poison

When people look around the world they see it full of problems and calamities, war, destruction, famine, poverty, people in therapy, people complaining of illnesses, death and misery. Many people question why this seems to be true today perhaps more than ever before. However, most do not look to the

Analysis Politics UK 24 Min Read

Ed’s Pic ‘n’ Mix & Other Assortments

I have, in the past, worked with many British-Asian women, many of whom were free and liberated, women of the Muslim faith donning the hijab and at times the face veil. Fortunately, my understanding of the liberation of women is not based on how little a women wears nor how

Spirituality 15 Min Read

The Brothers of Bal’aam

This article is an adapted translation of its original, Ikhwan Balʿām, written in Arabic by Dr. ʿAbdul ʿAzīz ʿAbdul Laṭīf. Balʿām changed from being a righteous man whose supplications were accepted into an iniquitous heretic who reneged on his faith. He was an individual who altered his righteous ways for

Analysis Islamic Law 43 Min Read

In Quest of Equity? The Muslim Marriage Contract

Abstract: This paper provides an Islamic critique of the recent Muslim Marriage Contract and reform of Islamic law in general. Given the plurality of Islamic law, it asks whether we can ever establish what is and what is not Islamic. It argues that what makes one position Islamic and another

Analysis Islamic Law 22 Min Read

Playing with Maqasid

Ijtihad (previous article can be found here) is closely associated with the aims and objectives of the Shari’ah (maqasid). When speaking about the conditions for making Ijtihad, Imam Al-Shatabi included at its forefront, ‘to be able to understand the goals of the Shari’ah in totality’1. Hence, with the advent of

Analysis General Islamic Thought Propagation 11 Min Read

A White Islam

  Although the title may suggest otherwise, this has nothing to do with the colour of many people in the UK who, despite the unyielding negative media stereotyping, still amaze us by becoming Muslim. It has more to do with the coloured cards on my niece’s wall, that when combined

Analysis Islamic Law 0 Min Read

Playing with Ijtihad

Abstract: This paper discusses the concept of Ijtihad and seeks to highlight some observations concerning its correct role and usage. Attachments: File Description File size playing_with_ijtihad.pdf 359 Kb

Research Scripture 1 Min Read

Tafsir Surah al-Ikhlas

  Abstract: Drawing on more than thirty five works of Qur'anic exegesis and related sciences, this commentary comprehensively explains Surah al-Ikhlas (The Purity of Faith), also called Nuru'l-Qur'an (The Light of the Qur'an). Revealed in response to a question posed to the Prophet (SAW) asking him to explain the lineage

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I was deeply saddened on Sunday morning to see the article in your newspaper maligning