Posts Tagged "prophet"

More Fish Please!

Posted by on May 18, 2008 in Politics & Society | 22 comments

More Fish Please!

Not too long ago, the United Nations World Health Organisation said: ‘Globally, there is enough food to feed the world. But to our shame we live in a world where food rots and people starve.’ Sh. Abu Aaliyah reminds us here about the prophetic remedy for this grotesque greed and consumption: zuhd – “worldly detachment.” Wealth, says our received wisdom, ‘is to be seen like the toilet: in that we have need for it, use it whenever necessary, but it has no place in our hearts.’ Our story begins with a simple Mexican fisherman and a sophisticated Harvard business graduate.

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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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