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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, Slider | 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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