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Posted on Jan 5, 2017

Victory against all odds: key lessons from the Battle of Ahzab

Victory against all odds: key lessons from the Battle of Ahzab

 

A feeling of helplessness can sometimes creep into our hearts today when we witness the situation of the ummah. The situation in Syria is a prime example: the powers of the world have gathered together quash a noble uprising that promised much hope for the future. When we look back to history it is apparent that the Ummah has overcome difficult situations that at first glance would look impossible to overcome. One such example is one of the famous battles of our beloved Messenger Muhammad ﷺ, the battle of Ahzab. In this article, we will take a look at the historical context, the events that took place and what lessons we can derive from it all.


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Posted on Dec 26, 2016

Are we allowed to rejoice at the death of evil people?

Are we allowed to rejoice at the death of evil people?

 

Every so often the Muslim ummah witnesses the death of tyrants and people of evil. Whether the death of Gaddafi a few years ago, or the recent death of Islam Karimov, the butcher of Uzbekistan, or the death of a number of soldiers of invading or oppressive forces in the Muslim lands, these pieces of news often bring relief and joy, especially to those who have experienced directly their evil and oppression. Some Muslims, however, ask “is this allowed?” or “should we really celebrate the death of anyone”? This brief piece looks at some interesting historical, scholarly and jurisprudential points on this issue, clarifying that not only is this permissible, but that many learned people made a point of thanking Allah and being joyful at the progenitors of evil.

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Posted on Dec 26, 2016

Our condition: Is the Ummah being punished for her sins?

Our condition: Is the Ummah being punished for her sins?

 

This article looks at the notion that the Ummah is going through suffering, being denied of victory and authority, on account of her sins. We have heard it from the pulpits. We have heard it in this lecture or that conference. Too many times to enumerate. We heard it when Afghanistan was invaded, likewise Iraq, when calamities hit Burma, CAR, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria…now we hear it for Aleppo.

But how much water does this narrative carry? Not much, on examination.


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Posted on Dec 15, 2016

Protests and Rallies – What is the Point?

Protests and Rallies – What is the Point?

 

What’s the point of a protest? What’s the point of “just making noise, shouting slogans and delivering rousing speeches”? In the context of the present condition of the ummah generally and Aleppo specifically, some have asked these questions in response to rallies, protests and demonstrations that are being held. What are some responses to these questions and what indeed is the point of holding protests?

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Posted on Dec 7, 2016

Rise and Fall of Civilisations: Ibn Khaldun’s Historiography

Rise and Fall of Civilisations: Ibn Khaldun’s Historiography

 

Ibn Khaldun is one of the most well-known historians of Muslim heritage who propounded a new historiographical method whereby he analysed the factors contributing to the rise and fall of civilisations: the immutable cycle which governs the lifespan and nature of an empire or polity. This article is a brief but interesting introduction into his work.

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