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‘Do not incline towards the oppressors’ – Explaining Surah Hūd 113

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Featured, Knowledge, Slider | 0 comments

‘Do not incline towards the oppressors’ – Explaining Surah Hūd 113

 

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: A Brief Illustrated Explainer

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Featured, Knowledge, Slider | 0 comments

Colonialism: A Brief Illustrated Explainer

 

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.


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Time to Rethink: The Illusive Lure of Pragmatism

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Commentary, Knowledge | 0 comments

Time to Rethink: The Illusive Lure of Pragmatism

 

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.


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The Far-Right and the Mainstream: What’s the Difference?

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Current Affairs, Featured, Knowledge, Opinion Pieces | 0 comments

The Far-Right and the Mainstream: What’s the Difference?

 

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…)

The ideological workings of capitalist society

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

The ideological workings of capitalist society

 

In this article, br Shafiul Huq explores how capitalist society reproduces its ideology through social practices and norms. (more…)

Bureaucratising violence – Is the world really “moving forward”?

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

Bureaucratising violence – Is the world really “moving forward”?

 

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.

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Individualism: Unpacking its impact on our community and its activism

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

Individualism: Unpacking its impact on our community and its activism

 

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.

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Should there be “balance” in criticising Muslim rulers?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Current Affairs, Featured, Knowledge, Our Concepts | 0 comments

Should there be “balance” in criticising Muslim rulers?

 

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…)

“Whoever’s emigration is for Allah and His Messenger…”: A profound Hadith on intentions

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

“Whoever’s emigration is for Allah and His Messenger…”: A profound Hadith on intentions

 

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.

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The activities required of those who carry the Da’wah

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Featured, Knowledge, Reminders | 0 comments

The activities required of those who carry the Da’wah

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…)

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