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Must the Khalifah be from Quraysh? An Usooli perspective

Posted on Dec 1, 2016


There is a difference of opinion amongst scholars regarding whether the Khalifah has to be from the lineage of the Quraysh. Both are valid opinions and proponents of both sides have put forward detailed evidences to support their respective views. This brief article looks at some of the reasons for disagreement on this issue and how this disagreement may be conceived of from an Usooli perspective. 

Inspiring Memoirs: in Prison with Shaykh ‘Ata Abu al-Rashtah

Posted on Nov 29, 2016


Scholars who challenge the status quo and remain firm upon their course are a frequent target of the regimes of the Muslim world today. Historically too, many of Islam’s greatest scholars spent time locked away in jail – often penning their best works there – for their opposition to oppressive or corrupt rule. This article looks at the remarkable memoirs of brother Salim Al Amr and his recollections of time he spent in jail with Shaykh Ata Abu al-Rashtah, the current ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir, recounting his piety, sacrifices and knowledge. The recounts are inspiring and well worth the read.

King Abdullah II of Jordan – a role model in betrayal – visits Australia

Posted on Nov 26, 2016

Between talks of another regional alliance with the United States – a continued commitment to a long standing neo-“Hashemite” tradition of  traitorous agency to Western powers – and co-operation with Russia in killing Muslims in Syria, King Abdullah II of Jordan has found time to make it to Australia to rub shoulders with its political and economic elite and enjoy some light tourism. This visit comes forty years after the visit of his equally treacherous father, King Hussein, to Australia in 1976.

The struggles of the last Shaykh Al-Islam of the Ottoman Caliphate

Posted on Nov 22, 2016


Upon the destruction of the Caliphate in 1924, a wave of oppression was meted out by the new secular Turkish order on famous ‘ulema from the Ottoman Caliphate. Several were executed for resisting the new order, and several were exiled ignominiously. One of the most saddening instances of this was the exile and treatment meted out to the last officially designated Shaykh al-Islam of the Ottoman Caliphate, Shaykh Mustafa Sabri. This article briefly looks at this important personality, his learning, contribution, and refusal to accept the secular order that had dawned upon the new Turkey. 

The new wave of horrific violence befalling Rohingya Muslims

Posted on Nov 19, 2016


This week marks a new increase in the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar. The official narrative is that the Rohingya are “burning their own homes to attract soldiers, rushing them with knives when they arrive, which leads to the soldiers shooting at them”.

Profile of Shaykh Abu Iyas Uwaydah – Scholar, Author and Activist

Posted on Nov 17, 2016


This article profiles and documents one of the prominent du’aat and mashayekh working with Hizb ut-Tahrir in Jordan, Shaykh Mahmood bin Abdul Latif Mahmood Uwaydah, or Abu Iyas as he is also known. He is a prominent da’ee who embodies those elements that are crucial for people of knowledge in this day and age, and is an example of persistence and dedication in both knowledge and activism in work for Khilafah and Islamic revival generally.

Umar b. al-Khattab – a paragon of change for Allah’s sake

Posted on Nov 16, 2016

Abu Huraira said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “People are like mines of silver and gold; the best of them in the days of Ignorance (jahilliyah) are the best of them in Islam when they attain knowledge.” [Muslim, Mishkat]

When looking at this hadith many people will ask, ‘How is it possible for the best in jahilliyah to become the best in Islam?’ The hadith is describing the reality of people and their radical transformation after committing themselves to Islam. This transformation continues to happen today and happened in the case of one of the most noble companions, Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – whose life is worth our study and contemplation for its rich lessons.

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