Archive for July, 2008

Shaykh Sulaiman Moola- DMU ISoc – IAW 2008 – Sin City

July 27th, 2008 No comments

Look around. What do you see? Do you see what I’m seeing? A world infested with criminals, crooked cops and crack addicts. Some search for vengeance, some search for redemption, others search for both. Academia and greenery are common, while binge drinking, promiscuity, destruction of the family and dehumanisation of women make up the landscape around the city. Corruption is the currency. Hypocrisy is the language. Bribery is the norm. Power dictates. Authority is undermined. The sooner you realize, the better – you’re living in Sin City.

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Islam has a progressive tradition too

July 26th, 2008 No comments

Here is an old article by Hamza Yusuf which appeared in the Guardian on Wednesday June 19, 2002

Most western views of Muslims are founded on ignorance

When a Welsh resistance leader was captured and brought before the emperor in Rome, he said: “Because you desire to conquer the world, it does not necessarily follow that the world desires to be conquered by you.” Today one could offer an echo of this sentiment to western liberals: “Because you wish your values to prevail throughout the world, it does not always follow that the world wishes to adopt them.” The imperial voice is based on ignorance of the rich traditions of other civilisations, and on an undue optimism about what the west is doing to the world politically, economically and environmentally.

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Isra wa’l Mira’aj by Sh Abdal-Hakim Murad 2005

July 25th, 2008 No comments

AUDIO ONLY! A lecture given by Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad on the occasion of Isra wa’l Mira’aj, event was organised by Q-News at the Marwar Malaysian Restaurant on Edgware Road, London Sept 2005.

This was an audio recording of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s last lecture before he left on a sabbatical to Istanbul in 2005. The talk was on the occasion of al-Isra’ wa’l Mir’aj, the Prophet’s (Allah bless him and grant him peace) Night Journey to his Lord. The event was hosted by Q-News and held at the Marwar Malaysian Restaurant on Edgware Road in London. The event was in September 2005.

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Islamic City – Quran Center

July 24th, 2008 1 comment

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Yusuf Islam – Music In Islam

July 19th, 2008 1 comment

Not too long ago in 2005, Yusuf Islam (Formerly known as Cat Stevens) released his first new original song in almost 20 years, Indian Ocean. He initially gave up his career of popular music because it wasn’t the lifestyle he had in mind in his quest to become a devout Muslim. However, upon critical investigation and reflection, Yusuf Islam has finally returned to the music scene with a new song, and is working on many more. I do not want this to turn into a discussion or argument over the permissibility of music in Islam. I may have my own opinion, and you may have a conflicting one, and ultimately that is fine. In Islam sometimes we must learn to agree to disagree on certain matters.

Recently Yusuf Islam collaboarted with another rising artist in England to remake one of his earlier songs, Father and Son, and he was asked about the motivating factors behind his renewed interest in music:

” There are many examples where the Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged singing and the expression of good poetry. He also taught us to share whatever knowledge we have and that messengers always spoke in the language of the people. I believe to collaborate with a person such as Ronan who is a very clean living example of a family orientated man, with good religious morals, is a positive action which can lead to more understanding especially in these dark times. Some people have changed their lives and become better people by listening to my music – that’s really saying something. Too much can be dangerous, but that applies to anything.”

Currently, Islam (the person) views Islam (the deen) and Music as being able to mutually coexist and permissible:

” ( Music) is a natural expression of my concern as a Muslim and as an artist. I believe both can exist side by side, particularly when the cause is right.”

Music: A Question of Faith or Dawah?, an article written by Yusuf Islam himself, discusses music in detail and his views on why he believes not only that music is Islamically permissible, but how music can even be a praiseworthy act and a successful medium for dawah.

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Love In Islam :Abdallah Adhami

July 10th, 2008 No comments
Shaykh Abdallah talks about love and the context by which it is applied in light of the Qur’an. Shaykh Abdallah also expands upon how love, when properly understood, can shape and define our deen within the scope of gender relations.
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Islam and Feminism : Abdallah Adhami

July 10th, 2008 No comments

Shaykh Abdallah discusses the concept of feminism in the West contrasted with Islam. He first points out that in discussing feminism in the West, we must acknowledge the struggle that the feminists underwent, for what is proclaimed to be their struggle, needs to be acknowledged and respected as a ‘human struggle’.

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Shaykh Adhami on How we should pray

July 6th, 2008 No comments

Excerpt from Shine: A Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love

How should we pray?

There are two forms of “prayer” in Islamic tradition. One is the realm of remembering and exaltation of the Divine through supplication, invocation and benediction. This can be a continual process that only requires the presence of heart and mind. The other is the salah, from the Arabic “to connect.” It is akin to the Aramaic (shelayvah) and Hebrew (shalah) for “to be at ease; to have quiet; [and also] to prosper.” It is the distinctive physical act of kneeling and genuflection at prescribed times of the day. It is a cosmic “connection” with one’s world. It involves the same physical limbs that one utilizes in her earthly, temporal world.

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Salat Istikharah

July 5th, 2008 2 comments

Istikharah is to seek guidance from Allah when one is faced with a problem to which no solution is apparent. To ask Allah to guide you to the path best for you concerning an affair with two halal options.

Whenever a person is faced with a difficult problem, or becomes hesitant in making a decision and his knowledge of the matter is insufficient to guide him then after seeking advice from trusted friends and family, he should turn to Allah and beseech His grace. He should willingly and with an open heart and mind supplicate for divine guidance and ask for direction so that the problem is solved in his own best interest. The Du’a at such an occasion is called Istikharah.

Anytime a Muslim is making a decision, he or she should seek Allah’s guidance and wisdom. Allah alone knows what is best for us, and there may be good in what we perceive as bad, and bad in what we perceive as good. This prayer is usually made when making a decision to marry someone, or working out which university to attend, and so on. But it can be related to any significant, or insignificant aspect of a person’s life. If confused about a decision, where you have a choice to make, make this prayer. Simply, seek Allah (Ta’ala)’s guidance.

It comprises of a two rakat non-obligatory (nafil) prayer, prayed at anytime during the day, with the specified du’a recited at the end.

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Habib Umar ibn Ahmad ibn Sumait, Shaykh of the Ba`alawi Order

July 4th, 2008 No comments

By Habib Tauheed Qadiri

The people of Yemen were at one time famous for their seafaring prowess. By means of their dhows, small lateen-rigged ships designed for speed and navigability, they were able to traverse most of the Indian Ocean from their homeport of Aden. Returning from India and points further east, they would stop in Oman to exchange spices, perfumes, medicines, and carpets for dates, pearls and incense. Following monsoon winds they plied the length and breadth of the mysterious Indian Ocean, trading in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and further south to South Africa. The Yemeni seafarers eventually established colonies along the African coast, in Mogadishu, Mombasa, Lamu, and Zanzibar, where they operated lucrative clove plantations. Wherever the seafaring Arabs of Yemen went, they brought with them one constant: love of Allah and His Prophet (s). Millions entered the faith of Islam at their call, for as the Prophet (s) said about these gentle people, “Faith is a Yemeni trait.”

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