While Aleppo burned last month in a vicious offensive executed by the Assad regime, supported by Russian air power and Iranian-backed militia, Muslims around the world watched on in horror and distress. Thousands were killed and many more displaced as the Eastern part of the city was thoroughly destroyed. The Syrian Army walked across with remarkable ease. Aleppo, the symbolic heartland of the Syrian revolution, fell back into the hands of the Assad regime. On closer examination, it did not just fall; it was handed over in a deal struck between Moscow and Ankara, with the approval of Washington from as early as June 2016. Erdoğan signed on to execute the American-Russian agenda in Syria as part of the Russia-Iran-Turkey tripartite ring.Read More
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.
As Muslims, we know that our actions should be guided by the dictates that Allah (سبحان و تعالى) has placed for us, but among the many monkeys on our backs that we find it “difficult” to shake off in modern times are contemporary social strictures, pressures and conventions that can often make it challenging to practice even the most basic obligations. Obligations and prohibitions are often subverted – whether intentionally or otherwise – under the pretext of “necessity” and “difficulty”, meaning that this notion needs a close examination and a clear understanding. This article looks at the issue of Dharoorah – the juridical concept of “necessity” that determines when something is so dire that existing ahkam may be relaxed or exceptions to them applied. What is dhuroorah , what are its limits and where does it rightly apply?Read More
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.Read More
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The armies of this Ummah will be sent to Sind and Hind” (Ahmad).
Indeed they were sent, and they opened Al-Hind to a subsequent 1200-odd years of Islamic rule in the Indian Subcontinent – a period in which Islam and its adherents made significant religious, artistic, philosophical, cultural, social and political contributions.Read More