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Aqidah: more than just inherited belief.

Aqidah: more than just inherited belief.

When my youngest son was doing his Philosophy and Ethics GCSE a few years ago, the class was asked the question “if God is all powerful can He create a rock so big that even he can’t lift?” This is a question that will stump most religious people, particularly those for whom God is a big man sitting in a chair in the sky. It will even stump most Muslims who have not given much thought to the attributes of…

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There is no deen in English?

There is no deen in English?

At a recent Friday prayer I  heard a khateeb make these two points in the Urdu bayan (sermon) before the khutba… There is no deen [Islam] in English, only Arabic and Urdu We don’t know who writes the books in English Any UK imam who thinks that parents must teach their kids Punjabi or Urdu in order for them to learn the religion has totally misunderstood the time and place in which he lives. It must asked of

Book Review: Khasa’is al-Nabi wa Ummatihi translated as “The Unique Qualities of the Prophet and His Community”

Book Review: Khasa’is al-Nabi wa Ummatihi translated as “The Unique Qualities of the Prophet and His Community”

To know him is to love him.

Those who have studied the Seerah and related material like The Shifa of Qadi Iyad or the Shama’il of Tirmidhi or even those who have only sung songs and heard sermons in praise of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace) cannot fail but to develop a deep and yearning love for the Prophet of Islam. It is a love quite unlike any other love. Indescribable and visceral.