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    Fasting Before Ramadan Was Ordained

    October 09,2017 / Articles / 0 Comments

      In this article, I investigate the institution of fasting in Hijaz prior to the ordinance of Ramadan.   The historical sources of Islam inform that pagan Arabs used to fast on the day of Ashura’, viz. the tenth of Muharram. On this day they would also clothe the Ka’bah (Ahmed). The Prophet Muhammad – infinite peace and blessing be upon him – before and after Prophethood would also fast on this day.  Whether or not the Prophet (SAW) advised his Companions j to...

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    Let's Agree to Disagree

    October 09,2017 / Articles / 0 Comments

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim For Muslims in the UK, differences in the way we practise aspects of Islam have now become a fact of life.  When it comes to applying our faith to our lives we do many different things in many different ways reflecting our theological affiliations, our adherence to a particular juristic school or madhhab, our political affiliations, and the various groups we move around with based either on simple loyalties or based on a particular priority that we deem worthy...

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    UK Sovereign Sukuk Issuance: Prospects and Challenges

    October 09,2017 / Articles / 0 Comments

      By Mufti Barkatulla, UK based Shari’ah Scholar   After many years of market waiting, UK sovereign Sukuk is back on the agenda. Unlike bonds, which record a debt owned by the issuer to the investor, Sukuk are trust certificates that record a trust declared by the issuer over certain assets. Shariah scholars don’t regard Islamic bonds as debt in the traditional sense because Sukuk are tied to revenue-generating assets. Under Shariah law, the bond will pay no...

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    The Challenging Role of Shariah Scholars in Advancing Islamic Finance in Europe

    October 09,2017 / Articles / 0 Comments

    Ever since the beginning of 21st Century, City of London has been aspiring to become a gateway of Islamic Finance. In 2012 we are now in a position to critically evaluate the progress of the journey in Islamic Finance or alternative financial arrangements, as it is called in official documentations. London was set to play a major role in the growth and further progress of the Islamic finance sector. The UK is already the largest centre in the Western world for Islamic finance and...

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    Literary Aspects of the Qur’an: From Tafsir to Tajwid

    October 09,2017 / Articles / 0 Comments

      You are the Essence of the Essence, the intoxication of Love. I long to sing your praises but stand mute with the agony of wishing in my heart. (al-Rumi)   The Qur’an, that ‘inimitable symphony, the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy’, invigorated the barren hearts of camel shepherds and transformed them in to guiding stars for humanity. That eternal and unimpeachable writ, which laid the foundation of a civilization that carried the knowledge of...

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    How Learning Arabic changed My Life

    July 20,2017 / Articles / 0 Comments

    Through Arabic I am transported to distant lands and bygone ages, medieval courthouses and illustrious centres of learning. I become a spectator with front row seats to history – watching the interactions of the sahaba (ra) play out before my very eyes, musing at the back and forth between Imam Abu Hanifa and his students, marvelling at the genius of legends like Ibn Hajar and Imam Ghazali..

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    The Moment I Realised That I Can Understand Arabic

    June 22,2017 / Articles / 0 Comments

    Masuma graduated from the Arabic Intensive Programme in 2016. She is currently studying the Alimiyyah Programme at Ebrahim College.

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    How Does Sharia View Crypto-Currencies?

    October 14,2016 / Articles / 5 Comments

    The history of money began well before the advent of Islam and Islamic Civilization. Roman and Byzantine gold, silver and copper coinage were common in pre-Islamic Arabia. During 40 years of Caliphs and early 30 years of the Ummayad period these foreign coins remained in circulation.

  • A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca...A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca early morning October 14, 2013.  An estimated two million Muslims were in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Monday morning for the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

    16 Spiritual Effects of Hajj

    September 07,2016 / Articles / 0 Comments

    There are countless virtues of the rites of Hajj and much wisdom behind them. Whoever is blessed with the correct understanding of them is blessed with much goodness. Here are 16 examples of the spiritual effects of Hajj on a person:   When a person travels to carry out the rituals of Hajj, he is reminded of his journey to Allah and the Hereafter. When he travels, he leaves behind his dear friends, wife, children and homeland - likewise is the journey of the...

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    5 Deeds to do During the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

    September 06,2016 / Articles / 0 Comments

    Here are five things we can do to maximise our rewards during the first 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah.

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    The Backward Muslim and the Modern Slave

    February 25,2012 / Articles / 0 Comments

      “The first generation of Muslims did what was within their capacity to protect the identity of the Muslims and give us something to inherit and take forward” I was invited to be a guest along with Imam Abdullah Hasan on a recent televised programme called ’Let’s Talk, hosted by br Ajmal Masroor to discuss the relevance of the Prophet (SAW) today. Many brothers and sisters called in to make some valid points showing the relevance of our beloved Prophet (SAW) in our lives. One...

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    Balancing Your Deen and Your Studies

    October 03,2011 / Articles / 0 Comments

    BY: SHAYKH SHAMS AD DUHA MUHAMMAD All praise is due to Allah (SWT) who revealed ‘read’ as His first command, and may blessings and peace be on His noble Messenger Muhammad, the best teacher, role model and leader. I have three brief pieces of advice for my brothers and sisters at college or university.   1. Intention In any deed intention is of paramount importance. Not thinking about one’s intention is no different to choosing a subject without thinking about one’s...

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