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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…)

The Ideological Underpinnings of Modern Science

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Current Affairs, Knowledge | 0 comments

The Ideological Underpinnings of Modern Science

 

Many in the da’wah field have at some point attempted to use science to show Islam’s progressiveness, openness to “advancement” and inquiry. But is modern science ideologically neutral? And if it isn’t, is it something to be proud of if someone proved Islam to be true through science, or that Islam brought “science”, in the way it is meant today? Brother Shafiul Haq explores.

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Is the “Science” of Sociology Really Universal?

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

Is the “Science” of Sociology Really Universal?

 

Sociology’s claim to objective scientific inquiry was once assumed to be a given. In more recent times, it has come to be thoroughly questioned even within academia itself. With reference to the writing of Sheikh Taqiuddin Nabhani, br Shafiul Haq explores this turn in the questioning of sociology’s universal applicability. (more…)

Ramadan, moon-sighting and the problem with ‘visibility charts’

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Knowledge | 0 comments

Ramadan, moon-sighting and the problem with ‘visibility charts’

 

Another Ramadan has departed us, and similar discussions have again occurred in our communities. Towards the beginning and end of Ramadan, discussion abounds about the use of moon-sighting “visibility charts” to predict the crescent’s visibility. Many people refer to them decisively to rule in or out the possibility that the moon will be sighted, or to conclusively discredit claimed sightings as spurious or mistaken. But what is the nature of these charts and why is putting stock in their accuracy a problematic commitment to make? Brother Shafiul Haq explores.

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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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