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Existence of God

If you want to under­stand the doc­trines of the Catholic church you had bet­ter know your Aquinas, and in the Islam­ic world today peo­ple still have strong views – both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive – about medieval thinkers such as Aver­roes and Avi­cen­na.

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Colonised Muslim Minds

Mus­lims cre­at­ed civ­i­liza­tions that pro­ject­ed this beau­ty, from the acoustic bal­ance and per­fec­tion in the Sul­tan Ahmet mosque, to the melodies of the Andalu­sian muwashshaḥ (form of poet­ic litany). No aspect of human endeav­our was left to a world­view alien to Prophet­ic inspired par­a­digms. Yet, here we are.

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Muslim Women

There are many extremes in this. For exam­ple, some peo­ple believe that women should not be edu­cat­ed at all; that they should be kept com­plete­ly igno­rant so that they don’t know any­thing beyond the basics of their faith. This is com­plete­ly reject­ed by our deen. Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi, for exam­ple, com­piled the famous work Bahishti Zewar and aimed it par­tic­u­lar­ly toward women. The com­pre­hen­sive­ness of the book sug­gests it is a work that ought to live on the book­shelf of every home and used as a guid­ance for every aspect of a woman’s (and indeed her family’s) life. Indeed, such is the use­ful­ness of the book that it is not uncom­mon to find muftis using Bahishti Zewar as a ref­er­ence point nowa­days.

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International women’s day

Today peo­ple think that women are lib­er­at­ed in the West and that the Women’s lib­er­a­tion move­ment began in the 20th cen­tu­ry. Actu­al­ly, the women’s lib­er­a­tion move­ment was not begun by women, but was revealed by God to a man in the sev­enth cen­tu­ry by the name of Muham­mad, may the mer­cy and bless­ings of God be upon him, the last Prophet of God. The Quran and the Sun­nah of the Prophet are the sources from which every Mus­lim woman derives her rights and duties.

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Safer Internet Day

For some indi­vid­u­als, the num­ber of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ are a stamp of approval of their own exis­ten­tial val­ue and self-esteem. After all, an online pro­file implic­it­ly demands recog­ni­tion. But, unlike in con­ven­tion­al adver­tis­ing where we have inde­pen­dent reg­u­la­tors with teeth (like the Adver­tis­ing Stan­dards Agency and Ofcom in the UK), there isn’t any­thing like it for social media. Cue the scourge of ‘fake news.’ The click bait cul­ture, that fuels online pop­ulism is a well orches­trat­ed mon­ey-mak­ing scheme.

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Service to Others

Pre­serv­ing peace” to the khadim is about find­ing ways to rec­on­cile between peo­ple and a dis­course of jus­tice, diplo­ma­cy and heal­ing for those wronged or down­trod­den. “Improv­ing con­di­tions” is to be a source of ease for oth­ers and help­ing them to meet their needs or over­com­ing predica­ments and strug­gles – what­ev­er they may be. “Hold­ing peo­ple to account” is to offer well-rea­soned and unas­sum­ing hon­est words. Truth, though nec­es­sary at times, can often be a bit­ter pill to swal­low. But the khadim has a grace­ful man­ner (adab) and insight (hikmah) into the right time and place for things that makes truth a lit­tle eas­i­er to absorb.

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900 Women Sign up for Polygamy!

Recent­ly, news about a What­sApp group of 900 women signed up for polygamy in Sau­di Ara­bia has been doing the rounds on the Media. Some of our Mus­lim (Broth­ers and Sis­ters) have also tak­en to for­ward­ing and cir­cu­lat­ing this bit of “infor­ma­tion” to oth­ers. We remind Mus­lims that some in the Media have a clear agen­da to malign Islam and Mus­lims and we request the Ummah to not become a tool in this war of dis­in­for­ma­tion.

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Islamic Date in Britain

  • Tuesday 22nd of May 2018
  • 6 Ramadhan 1439

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