Many in the da’wah field have at some point attempted to use science to show Islam’s progressiveness, openness to “advancement” and inquiry. But is modern science ideologically neutral? And if it isn’t, is it something to be proud of if someone proved Islam to be true through science, or that Islam brought “science”, in the way it is meant today? Brother Shafiul Haq explores.
Mehdi Hasan’s appearance on the ABC’s Q&A this week impressed some in the community. Armed with the relevant stats and data and able to quickly and articulately convey an argument, Mehdi had some good points to raise. However, as Uthman Badar notes, we should not allow impressive style to stand in the place of superficial or problematic substance.
For the first time in decades, Jum’ah was cancelled at the third holiest site in Islam, Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, following a dramatic shootout in the compound surrounding the mosque.
Sociology’s claim to objective scientific inquiry was once assumed to be a given. In more recent times, it has come to be thoroughly questioned even within academia itself. With reference to the writing of Sheikh Taqiuddin Nabhani, br Shafiul Haq explores this turn in the questioning of sociology’s universal applicability.
Muslims of India have been shocked recently by the latest grisly incident surrounding an innocent Muslim’s public, humiliating death. This time it was a young boy, fresh from completing one of the most noble tasks a Muslim can: the memorisation of the Qur’an. His death is a stark reminder of the precarious situation of India’s large but vulnerable Muslim minority, on whom the screws continue to turn in Modi’s polarised, hate-ridden social experiment.
Iranian “spiritual leader” leader Ayatollah Khamenei said on Monday that the Iranian judiciary should “express its firm support or opposition” on international matters, such as the plight of the Muslims of Myanmar and Kashmir. The statement, made before the country’s judicial officials for Iran’s “Judiciary Week”, is mired in hypocrisy as Khamenei continues to fully support the most notorious tyrant of our times, Bashar Al Assad.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the Philippines remain in a precarious situation, caught in fighting between pro-ISIS fighters and a harsh government response that typifies President Duterte’s brutal treatment of the Moro Muslim minority. The city of Marawi has suffered devastation described “like that of Mosul, Iraq” as a result of the military’s constant bombardment of it over the past 2 months in response to an ISIS style and inspired insurgency.
Security services in Tatarstan and Bashkiria (Russia) recently carried out massive raids and arrests targeting Hizb ut-Tahrir activists in Kazan, Sibai and Bayamak on the 6th and 7th June. More than 20 raids and arrests were carried out, with little to no media attention given to these dramatic incidents.
On Friday the 23rd of June 2017, the “Anti-Terrorist Division” of the Turkish security forces stormed the house of Yilmaz Celik. The raid occurred as Celik, a prominent member of Hizb ut-Tahrir Turkey, gathered with some brothers to break their Ramadan fasts together. He was arrested and immediately taken away. Despite its appeals to Islamic sentiments, this continues a troubling trend of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) as they once again move against those who call for Islamic change. All of this occurred in the last ten days of the blessed month of Ramadan, as Turkish judicial authorities also ratified two judicial decisions that result in 15 years imprisonment.
Another Ramadan has departed us, and similar discussions have again occurred in our communities. Towards the beginning and end of Ramadan, discussion abounds about the use of moon-sighting “visibility charts” to predict the crescent’s visibility. Many people refer to them decisively to rule in or out the possibility that the moon will be sighted, or to conclusively discredit claimed sightings as spurious or mistaken. But what is the nature of these charts and why is putting stock in their accuracy a problematic commitment to make? Brother Shafiul Haq explores.