It is impossible to profile ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul Aziz without mentioning the fateful incident involving his namesake, Ameer Al-Mu’mineen ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab Al-Farooq (ra) who was once walking in the streets of Madeenah with the grandfather of Zaid bin Aslam as he used to do so as to see to the affairs of the Muslims.
Australia’s Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, recently made some comments about poverty that are likely to be surprising for many. The ABC website did a “fact check” of these comments, concluding that “the basis for the Opposition Leader’s claim comes from a 2014 report commissioned by the Australian Council of Social Service which suggests that 2.55 million Australians live in poverty, with 23.6 per cent of them children.”
The Caliphate is the polity (political entity) which implements the law and spirit of Islam on Earth. Its high obligation, importance and the priority it has in Islam is something agreed upon by the ‘ulema of Islam. We’ve previously covered the Hanafi ‘ulema’s opinion on the Caliphate; in this article we present the statements of some of the scholars of the Hanbali madhhab regarding the Khilafah.
In 1258, the Mongol Ilkhanate invaded the Caliphate and ransacked the capital for 13 days, an event which we now remember as the Siege of Baghdad. They murdered the Abbasid Caliph Al-Musta’sim while imprisoning members of the Abbasid ruling family. The Mongols didn’t stop there, continuing west to Egypt and Syria. Under these conditions, the Caliphate was under siege and in a state of emergency.
There is often a misconception and conflation between the notion of ‘working on oneself’ and activism which seeks to revive the Ummah in terms of its social and political dimensions. Whilst both are important and vital elements of our Islamic duty – for some, the former replaces the latter. However, both have their rightful place and require their due attention. In this article, we seek to address the importance of developing the Islamic personality as one predicated on the right thought and behaviour in harmony with Islamic precepts. This article has been sourced from the introduction of the highly motivating book The Essential Elements of the Islamic Disposition.
In recent times, some people have made the curious argument that the Khilafah only lasted for 30 years. This article seeks to assess this claim and its basis, as well as providing some historic, textual and scholarly points in this regard, seeking to respond to the spuriousness of this claim.
Most Muslims are aware of the obligation to send salawat upon the Prophet ﷺ which is proved via multiple texts, such as the ayah:
Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect. [al-Ahzaab 33:56]
Russia’s security service has arrested four more members of Hizb ur-Tahrir, this time in the Crimea, which it annexed controversially less than two years ago. The four were arrested on the basis that Hizb ut-Tahrir is a “terrorist organisation”, and that they were guilty of promoting the overthrow of the government, calling to replace it with an Islamic State.
In a time when holding onto the Deen and commandments of Allah (swt) can be difficult, one is ever more prone to falling into sin and temptation. At times, one’s weakness can be a cause for giving up hope and falling into a cycle of negativity. The following is a compendium of evidences from the Kitaab and Sunnah for having hope in Allah (swt) & not despairing in His Mercy – the extent this is emphasized, the consequences of falling into hopelessness and just how great and encompassing the Mercy of Allah (swt) really is.
Muharram, the first month of our Hijri calendar, is almost upon us. From what we have been conveyed in the Qur’an and Sunnah, it is a month that holds many virtues. There are opportunities for incredible rewards in fasting, charity and prayer, so the month provides a great chance for Muslims to seek the inner strength that comes from the nearness to Allah (swt). So make sure you pay attention to what follows, especially if you’re still hurting over lost opportunities in Ramadan or Dhul Hijjah, or if you’re just always really hungry for hasanaat, as we should all aspire to be.