Winter Is Coming

Worship and Humanity in the short days ahead.   Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Winter is the Spring of the believer. Its nights are long for him to pray in, and its days are short for him to fast in,” with ʿUmar observing, ‘Winter is the prize of the worshippers.’ The days ahead of us present […]

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Forged in Tribulation – al-ʿIzz b. ʿAbdi’l-Salām

Trials and Tribulations Wisdom and Benefits  Imām al-ʿIzz b. ʿAbdi’l-Salām (d. 660H) With the Name of Allāh, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful Peace and Blessings be upon our master, Muḥammad, his family and his Companions   The Shaykh, the Imām, the Proof of Islām, Abū Muḥammad ʿAbdu’l-ʿAzīz b. ʿAbdu’l-Salām b. Abū al-Qāsim al-Sulamī al-Shāfiʿī, may […]

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#MeToo

#MeToo has been doing the rounds on social media, highlighting a shocking number of female (and a significant number of male) victims of of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Seemingly blind to culture, race, religion and class, it exists at all levels. Many of the stories recounted are harrowing; in fact some I, personally, could […]

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Racism

Racism is evil. Black, brown, white. African, Asian, European. Race, nationality and culture are just social constructs but so often lead to oppression, injustice, hatred. And inhumanity. Slavery, genocide, apartheid, prejudice, discrimination all perpetrated simply because one human being is seen as inherently inferior to another. At a political or social level, this still exists […]

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Shades of Grey

Black and White, that’s how many of us view the world. In the beginning at least. Things make sense, we think. We know where we stand, grounded in reality, able to judge what is right and wrong, able to pass judgment on others. We are filled with confidence, perhaps self-righteousness. All is right and as […]

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