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Contentment: The status only perspective can bring

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

Contentment: The status only perspective can bring

This piece seeks to explore how the human mind works when it comes to the perception of wealth and luxuries.

Many people exert much effort and spend much time dreaming of a bigger house, or a nicer car, or a newer phone, or a faster computer and so on. But the problem is that for the human mind it doesn’t matter what you get, because in the end your brain will grow accustomed to it and it will be as plain in your eyes as any wrinkly old shirt in your closet.

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The Rohingya and the Paradox of “Human Rights”

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

The Rohingya and the Paradox of “Human Rights”

As Burmese military and paramilitary forces unleash the barbaric acts of violence on the Rohingya Muslims, it once again begs the question of why states and international organisations usually seem so utterly incapable (or perhaps reluctant) to help people who are oppressed in the most brutal of ways. Despite their relative inaction, these states and organisations still seem to maintain a self-image of moral propriety. Perhaps this tenuous image is partially sustained by a discourse of “human rights”. However, despite being imagined as a driving force of global good, a “human rights” discourse often paradoxically acts as a cover for political incompetency and/or ideological agendas.

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ADF involvement in civilian deaths in Iraq

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

ADF involvement in civilian deaths in Iraq

Civilians, including children, are reported to have been killed in Iraq in separate airstrikes involving the Australian Defence Force. (more…)

The Current Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya: A Brief Explainer

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

The Current Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya: A Brief Explainer

Recently we have seen horrific images and videos of Rohingyas, Burma’s Muslim minority living in the Rakhine state, being subjected to extreme persecution. There are reports of widespread killings, rape, torture, beheadings, and even people being burnt alive by Burma’s military and paramilitary forces. (more…)

Aurangzeb – Profiling the Great Sultan of Mughal India

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

Aurangzeb – Profiling the Great Sultan of Mughal India

He was the great ruler of the Mughal Sultanate under whose watch Islam flourished in the subcontinent, reaching its high watermark before the military defeats at the hands of Hindu forces in subsequent decades, and before its eventual collapse under the pressure of the British.


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The Illusory Life of this World – Looking at Surah Yunus, Part III

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

The Illusory Life of this World  – Looking at Surah Yunus, Part III

This is the third part of a series of articles looking at Ayaat 22-25 of Surah Yunus, which describes the nature of the life of this world, where Allah, s.w.t, in His holy book, employs very powerful language and imagery. You can read the first and second parts if you missed them. Written by Shafiul Huq. (more…)

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq: Supporter of Islam and Model for Muslims

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq: Supporter of Islam and Model for Muslims

Abu Bakr (ra) is considered the greatest of the greatest generation to walk on the face of this earth. He was the first man who entered Islam. The characteristics of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq had a great influence in firming the position of RasulAllah ﷺ, since Abu Bakr (ra) was one of the nobles of the Quraysh and one of their notables before Islam. Before Islam, he (ra) used to cater for the Hujaaj and hosted the people. The people used to seek his help in their disasters and calamities. He was renowned by them for his good character and they used to love him and know him for his goodness. (more…)

The Reality of the Life of this World – Looking at Surah Yunus, Part II

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

The Reality of the Life of this World – Looking at Surah Yunus, Part II

This is the second part of a series of articles looking at Ayaat 22-25 of Surah Yunus, which describes the nature of the life of this world, where Allah swt, in His holy book, employs very powerful language and imagery. You can read the first part here. Written by Shafiul Huq. (more…)

The reality of the life of this world – Looking at Surah Yunus, Part I

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Commentary, Knowledge | 0 comments

The reality of the life of this world – Looking at Surah Yunus, Part I


This is the first part of a series of articles looking at Ayaat 22-25 of Surah Yunus, which describe the reality of the life of this world, employing very powerful language and imagery. Written by Shafiul Huq.
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Is Islam a “reasonable” belief?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Knowledge, Media | 0 comments

Is Islam a “reasonable” belief?


The following is part of the transcript to a talk delivered last year at an event in Melbourne titled “Is Islam a reasonable belief?”
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[Shafiul Huq speaking]

The question we want to address tonight is not merely a theoretical question that a bunch of (radical) uni students happens to feel curious about.

Rather this question seems to have a very widespread appeal, especially in this particular historical moment – in the era of science and reason. (more…)

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