Posts Tagged "responsibility"

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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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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The Three R’s of Ramadan

Posted by on Sep 10, 2007 in Politics & Society | 6 comments

The Three R’s of Ramadan

Ramadan yields to the faithful an array of timely lessons to help steer them through what is rapidly becoming a vulnerable and volatile world. Three lessons, above all others, lie at the core; and may be termed as the Three R’s: reverence, restraint and responsibility. Abu Aaliyah explains what exactly they mean, how fasting helps nurture these virtues and how necessary they are to believers as they navigate their way through the turbulence of life.

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