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Contentions 18 out now!

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s popular contentions series continues with the 18th instalment now available from http://www.masud.co.uk

Here are a few tasters:

28. Only in Islam is Christ at peace in the bosom of Abraham.

29. The effective way to strengthen liberalism or fundamentalism is to bring them into conversation.

30. Her tear commands you to stand up for her, not to stand up to her.

31. Secular lovers always use contraception.

32. If the culture is sick, then your ease with it is a sign of sickness.

33. Your capacity to rebel against the monoculture is in proportion to your capacity to fall in love.

34. The devil’s greatest enemy is the joy of the believer.

35. Family is jamal, work is jalal; in this her superiority is apparent.

36. Only when family is not equal to work will we worry if women are not equal to men.

37. Third World marriage: fiancés and fiancées are just finances and financees.

38. Because the moderns cannot be, they have attitude rather than beatitude.

Contentions 17

Number 17 of Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad’s continuing Contentions series is out!

Here’s a selection:

66.         The right objective of war is justice, not victory.

67.         You are either a worshipper or an idol.

68.         Without Sufism, Islam is not Islamic.

69.         Hospitality? You cannot serve both Abraham and Israel.

70.         The secret of marriage: as soon as you look at the clock, she gets angry.

71.         Under the Blue Baroness, the polytechnics did not become universities, the universities became polytechnics.

72.         Facebook will unfriend Israel.

73.         History is nothing other than the triumph of Providence.

74.         ‘The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.’ (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

75.         Are the false Salafis powerful enough to secularise the world?


BBC R3 Interview with Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

This is an excellent interview with Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad in which he discusses his reasons for converting to Islam in his teenage years. If you want to read about his conversion you can do so in the article Quicunque Vult, or, A teenage journey to Islam.

Joan Bakewell explores areas of belief with artists, thinkers and other public figures. She talks to Cambridge University chaplain and Muslim convert Tim Winter, known as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad. He explores the moral sense of the sacred, instilled in him by his mother, his search for a connection with his creator and what it means to be a Muslim convert in Britain today.

Winter made his own journey towards Islam, via the Unitarian church, bringing Western academic methods to his studies of Islam and its history. He is strongly critical of Wahhabism and of the kinds of Islamic interpretation and fundamentalism which underlie extremism and justifications of violence. A participant in inter-faith dialogue at high levels, he has recently returned from the Vatican in an attempt to improve Muslim Catholic relations.

Broadcast on: BBC Radio 3, 8:45pm Friday 2nd January
Duration: 30 minutes
Available until: 9:17pm Friday 9th January
Category: Religion & Ethics

The BBC interview is available on the BBC iPlayer site until this Friday (9th) and is only available to UK users. However, some kind soul has managed to convert the stream to MP3 and made it available as a Torrent download, you can download it here http://www.mininova.org/tor/2150910, you’ll need a BitTorrent Client such as Vuze, BitComet or ?Torrent (there are others but these are the most popular ones).