From A Distance

You could say I met Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi firstly through his book, Root Islamic Education, then through some of his people, then in person at his annual gathering (moussem) in Granada, Spain. That was almost 30 years ago. For me, through that book he brought the Deen of Islam to life. He clarified what our…

Brexit – One Muslim View

By now you’d think that just about everyone would know that politicians at the national level are, in general, not to be trusted. This is blatantly obvious with the likes of Blair/Cameron but this mistrust should also extend to those portraying a seemingly populist image such as Corbyn, Farage and Johnson. A warped, condensed and…

New Publication: Call of the Twice Removed

AVAILABLE NOW FROM THE PUBLISHERS: There is no reversal, no going back! That “second removal,” a mass migration from the Caribbean colonies of young men and women coming to help the ‘motherland’, to make their way in life and even to make their fortunes. The “first removal,” that forced migration out of the continent of…

The Deen is Easy – Let’s Keep it that Way

From Abu Hurairah ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn Sakhr, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, saying, “That which I forbid you, avoid it, and that which I command you, do of it that which you are able, for the…

Intellectuals, Scholars & Leaders

From the wise man who sat with soldiers, princes, sultans and more With the lettered, the well read, and all the ones that people adore The scholar wants to demonstrate, by being put to the test What he sees as his intellectual prowess The intellectual, through his mental capability Knows that also as a leader,…

The Halal Certification Fiasco

A Khutbah delivered at the Jumuah Mosque of Cape Town by the Imam Shaykh Habib Bewley. (courtesy of http://jumuamosquect.com/) الحمد لله، الحمد لله الذي أحل الطيبات، وحرّم الخبيثات، نحمده تعالى ونستعينه، ونشكره تعالى ونستغفره ونستغيثه، نعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا، من يهد الله فهو المهتد ومن يضلل فلن تجد له وليا مرشدا،…

Critique of a Charity’s Attempt to Collect Zakat

With the start of the new Islamic year upon us, I was reminded of a document that I had recently been given, and asked for my views concerning it. A document entitled: A Brief Guide to Zakat in the UK. It was produced by a Suffolk based charity in the UK. Of course from my…