The local Muslim community in Sydney, Australia has no doubt recently heard much about the passing away of our beloved brothers Mohammed Nagi and Wassim Elchami, may Allah have mercy on them. They both experienced a debilitating illness (different forms of cancer) and we watched with sadness on social media as the updates got more and more grim.
15 senior members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been arrested in Jordan in the aftermath of a campaign against Jordan’s ongoing changes to the school curriculum, which the Hizb has been at the forefront of exposing through a nation-wide campaign.
It is well known that the corrupt Egyptian military dictatorship is doing its best to foster links with Muslim scholars the world over in a bid to give itself relevance and credence. Unfortunately, throughout the Muslim world there exist well known examples of state-sponsored ‘ulema (scholars) who serve their corrupt governments, churning out fatawa that prop up these corrupt governments.
Ulama of the Hanafi madhhab (school of thought), like those of the other madhahib, emphasised the role and importance of the Khilafah throughout the ages. In many respects, they had more to say about issues of ruling and governance than other ulama since many khulafa – the Abbasids and Ottomans in particular – adopted the Hanafi madhhab and sought advice and rulings from the Hanafi ulama of their times. In this article we look the views of the Hanafi scholars in this regard, as gleaned from their writings.
Trials and tribulations are an inevitability of life, especially all the more so for those who take it upon themselves to engage in da’wah, hisbah (enjoining good and forbidding evil) and work for Islam, as Allah (swt) has made it clear that He will test the mettle of those who aspire to goodness and strife in His way.
An Essential Research poll released yesterday found 49% of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration primarily due to “fears of terrorism” and the belief that Muslims don’t share “Australian values” or integrate. Whatever the accuracy of this particular poll, there is little doubt that anti-Muslim sentiment is growing throughout the West.
One of the greatest Shafi’i scholars of all time was Imam Izz ibn Abd al-Salam. He spent most of his life fighting innovations in his time, but more important for us to note in this article is that he did that most high of deeds, accounting the rulers wherever he was. His activism in this regard eventually lead to his house arrest and exile.
Muslims have a duty of accounting the ruler. It’s fair to say that it’s an Islamic requirement, and many ahadith establish this. This article explores a manifestation of this principle in one of the bastions of Islamic scholarship and knowledge, the great Imam Al Awzai, one of the great early Imams of the Muslim ummah.
The Tunisian government has once again suggested it is going to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir after accusing the party of threatening to “cut off heads and hands” and “undermining public order”.
What of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah? Sometimes they come and pass anonymously with Muslims unaware of their importance, let alone knowing that they have begun. Sometimes these days are considered nothing but a countdown to Eid.