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We Need to Progress; But to Where Exactly? (Pt.2)

Posted by on Nov 19, 2008 in Politics & Society | 1 comment

We Need to Progress; But to Where Exactly? (Pt.2)

As Britain and the rest of Europe grow ever more insistent that to truly belong we must be liberals, and as liberal intolerance of Islam on both sides of the Atlantic rises to alarming levels, the second part of this blog piece asks: Can Islam adapt? Split into six reflection, the first part covered the first three reflections: (i) Islamic law does have the capacity to adapt and expand. (ii) The test to measure the value of progress is to see if it promotes piety – awareness of the divine presence – or does it diminish it? (iii) Muslim responses to change, thus far. Abu Aaliyah’s fourth reflection continues here.

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We Need to Progress; But to Where Exactly? (Pt.1)

Posted by on Oct 16, 2008 in Politics & Society | 1 comment

We Need to Progress; But to Where Exactly? (Pt.1)

‘Islam must reform and adapt to the modern world’, is the almost ubiquitous demand sought of Muslims by the world at large. ‘Muslims must progress’, not in the sense of accepting modern technology, but by embracing modern philosophical values: democracy, a free-market economy, and liberal freedoms; to be more specific. Muslims must join in the jihad against the shari‘ah to prove their modern credentials, is the Monoculture’s first article of faith. Can an authentic modern Muslim way of life ever be compatible with liberal ideals? This is the first article of three, by Abu Aaliyah, that attempts to address the question.

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Zakat: A Dereliction of Duty?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2008 in Politics & Society | 2 comments

Zakat: A Dereliction of Duty?

The third pillar of Islam is the wealth-tax, or zakat (from tazkiyah – “to purify, cleanse, bless, increase, improve.”) Explaining who should give zakat, and to what categories of the poor, needy and vulnerable it is due, Abu Aaliyah raises the issue of whether there is a need for zakat to be distributed right here in our own country? Yet given the dire poverty and hunger millions of Muslims around the world currently live in, is it even a feasible consideration?

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British Muslims & their Leadership

Posted by on Nov 30, 2007 in Politics & Society | 3 comments

British Muslims & their Leadership

“When three people go out on a journey, let one of them be put in charge,” says one hadith. If that is so with a small band of people, insisted Ibn Taymiyyah, moreso the case when larger numbers are involved. The implications for Muslims in Britain are clear. But who can or should represent the Muslims of Britain is an issue that is fiercely debated and contested. Yet amidst the din and commotion, a consensus seems to be emerging about what type of leadership British Muslims wish to see representing their concerns, interests, hopes and aspirations. Shaykh Abu Aaliyah discusses the issue.

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