Have we lost sight of submission? Part 1: Hijab controversies and other discontents

Why should we do any act of worship? What is our motivation?

Here are some clear answers provided in the Qur’an:

“And obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy.” (Qur’an ‘Al Imran, 3: 132).

In another part of the Qur’an Allah says: “The only saying of the faithful believers when they are called to Allah and His Messenger, to judge between them, is that they say “we hear and we obey”.” (Surah Nur 4: 51)

And in another part of the Qur’an Allah tells us: “And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed achieved a great achievement.” (Surah Ahzab, 33: 71)

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Daring to hope in a time of darkness

“So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be victorious if you are [true] believers.” (Al-Imran: 139)

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 23.42.02Despite constant bad news at home and abroad we need to try and retain hope – though it’s hard to do, I know. We cannot allow evil to distract us from the good deeds we can still do. Remember that Shaytan relies on spreading despair, something he suffers from himself. 

Despair affects people individually at first. But it is infectious and can spread, until it paralyses entire communities. It’s why, despite some positives, social media is also really problematic; because while it has the power to inform and raise awareness, it also tends to spread hopelessness and can end up giving a greater platform to those who lie and boast about their bad deeds. When bad things happen, social media allows it to spread like a wildfire. Even the term “gone viral” comes from the idea of a spreading infection! Continue reading

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Ramadhan, Not Over Yet: Perfecting the End

“The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it.” (Ibn Taymiyyah)

Screen Shot 2018-06-10 at 19.06.03.pngRamadhan will be leaving us very soon. Preparing to say farewell to Ramadhan is always difficult – it may be that a person has gained so much from it, has drawn so much closer to Allah, and is aware of how much more they are capable of in this special month that they’re mourning the loss of those blessings. Or, it may be that a person looks back on the month with a tinge of regret, wishing that they had done more. Continue reading

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The Secret to A Successful Life

SuccessWhat is success? …

People are constantly seeking the secrets to a successful life – at school, at uni, at work, in their social life, with their families, with their wealth. There are literally hundreds of articles on the web that claim to give you the top tips to success.

But the answer is really very simple. Perhaps we don’t realise how often we hear it… Continue reading

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On Feeling Lost And Finding Your Own Path

“And He found you lost and guided [you].” (Ad-Duhaa: 7)

14853263_1221134221293809_3795364754679806149_oAllah has given each individual different characteristics, skills and experiences, and the way you choose to utilise them to serve Allah will not be the same as someone else.

Knowing what is the most effective and fulfilling path for you can be a huge challenge; especially when you are still working out what your strengths are, or when you confront big changes in life – for example, when you leave the security of full time education where your route was by and large determined for you, or when you are on the job market. Continue reading

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Why “Killing Time” is Killing Us

Have you heard the phrase “killing time”? It’s a term used to describe the need to pass time quickly by doing something that is not that important. It usually refers to that bit of time we have just before doing something that is important.

Say if you’re waiting for your bus or train, perhaps it’s so boring waiting for a few minutes with apparently ‘nothing to do’ that you instinctively turn to your phone to browse through social media to “kill time”. Continue reading

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The value of our Mosques 

By Muneerah Razak

Snapseed“And [He revealed] that the mosques are for Allah, so do not invoke with Allah anyone.”(Surah Jinn, Ayat 18)

One of the first things that the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. did when he entered Madina was to build a mosque, the mosque of Quba.

The wisdom of our prophet is such that, in creating a cohesive and strong Muslim community – consisting of the Muhajirun (the believers who migrated from Makkah) and the Ansar (the believers in Medina), and in the future, non-Arabs such as Salman Al-Farsi – he chose to build the mosque before anything else. Continue reading

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