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Posted on Jan 11, 2017

Essay – Erdoğan’s Syria interventions: the Russian alliance and handover of Aleppo

Essay – Erdoğan’s Syria interventions: the Russian alliance and handover of Aleppo

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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.

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Posted on Oct 11, 2016

What happened at Karbala – Lessons from an enduring tragedy

What happened at Karbala – Lessons from an enduring tragedy

 

“O Allah! It is Thee in whom I trust amid all grief. You are my hope amid all violence. Thou are my refuge and provision in everything that happens to me. How many grievances weaken the heart, leaving me with no means to handle them, during which friend deserts me, and enemy rejoices in it. I lay it before Thee and complain of it to Thee, because of my desire in Thee, Thee alone. You relieve me of it and remove it from me. Thou are the Master of all Grace, the Essence of Goodness, and the Ultimate Resort of all Desire.”

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Posted on Oct 10, 2016

By the Time: Pondering the immense meanings of Surat al-‘Asr

By the Time: Pondering the immense meanings of Surat al-‘Asr

 

The 103rd surah in the Qur’an is short and concise, yet abundant in meaning. Being the speech of Allah (SWT), it is also miraculous in its language. Allah (SWT) challenged mankind to produce a chapter like one of the chapters of the Qur’an if they harboured any doubt about it being from the Creator of the universe.

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Posted on Oct 5, 2016

Understanding that Rizq (Provision) is from Allah

Understanding that Rizq (Provision) is from Allah

As a rule of thumb, we naturally tend to worry about things that are in our possession. The two most prized possessions we tend to worry about (and we assume are ours) are our lives and wealth.

But Allah reminds us in this Ayah that these things are not ours, for He has purchased it from us.

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Posted on Sep 23, 2016

Islam in the Levant – A Brief History of Bilad Al Sham

Islam in the Levant – A Brief History of Bilad Al Sham

 

Bilad Al-Sham (“the land of Sham”; The Levant in English) is a tremendously important part of the world which has been at the heart of political and spiritual relevance to Muslims from their early history. It is difficult to underscore the significance of this blessed land enough, as well as its centrality to political developments involving the Muslim world in the last century.

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