Oppression comes in various forms, some explicit and some more subtle. Allah has warned against any involvement – even implicit – in forms of oppression. With reference to an importance verse of Surah Hud, we need to understand what the parameters of such oppression may be in order to ensure we are not a party to oppression of any sort. By looking at the classical tafsir of this verse (Hud 113) br Shafiul Haq explores the parameters of potential contribution to oppression. (more…)
Colonialism was the single most decisive political phenomenon of the last five centuries. It is unrivalled in what it created of upheaval, death and large-scale political, economic and social reconfiguration. Br Shahbaz Jamal presents a brief pictorial and thematic introduction to colonialism, based on his creative presentation at a recent conference in Sydney.
Through the metaphor of a toxic waste dump, sister Sumya Rahman explored the imperative we have as members of this ummah to take a principled stance towards activism, and be adamant on being guided in our da’wah and activism by courage and commitment to Islam’s principles.
Is the rise of the far-right in Australia and other Western nations really and simply a rise of the “fringe”, or does the mainstream enable and effectively encourage the proliferation of this “new” phenomenon? Brother Shafiul Haq explains. (more…)
In this article, br Shafiul Huq explores how capitalist society reproduces its ideology through social practices and norms. (more…)
In discussions about the “modernising” of things, there is always a focus on the idea of progress. Generally, this is referring to a notion where the modern world, especially the West, has moved on from supposedly primitive ways. This article examines this notion, arguing that the state violence of today has automated mass-scale atrocities in an unprecedented way.
Liberalism and its associated individualism are at the core of how society is fashioned today. In this article, we briefly examine liberal individualism and how a similar notion of the individual affects contemporary Muslim discourses on da’wah and its implications on our activism for social change.
The devastation we witnessed in Aleppo in the last few months once again made it clear that the Muslim rulers willfully keep their distance from the Ummah and the responsibility of its protection. Yet we also saw those who would find no end of excuses to absolve these rulers of the inexcusable. It would seem arguments and proofs of any sort would not suffice, and therefore, there seems little hope in addressing them. After all, if the bloodshed in Aleppo can’t make someone at least question their misplaced loyalties, truly, what can? (more…)
The importance of reflecting deeply on hadith cannot be overemphasised and there are many commentaries that one can refer to for this purpose. In this short post, I would merely like to highlight a very profound point that can easily be missed in the latter part of a very beautiful and extremely important Hadith on the subject of intentions.
This is an excerpt of a translation from an Arabic leaflet from August 1975 which aimed to provide advice to carriers of da’wah as regards their activism and what some of crucial activities they need to engage are. As important now as it was back then, it considers some of the serious commitments that need to be made in carrying the da’wah to Islam. (more…)