Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad on “British Happy Muslims” video and Dawah

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad on “British Happy Muslims” video and Dawah

Clarification: On the boundaries of da’wa

Abdal-Hakim Murad, May 2014

Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammadin wa-alihi wa-sahbihi wa-sallim

As-salamu alaykum.

Around two weeks have passed since the ‘Happy British Muslims’ video was posted on YouTube, and our community has found itself sadly confused and divided. The makers of the film, whoever they may be, have clearly come under heavy fire as well as receiving fulsome compliments. Praise and blame have come from Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and the complexity of the matter has been compounded by the fact that extreme Islamophobes, and some members of our community, seem to dislike the film in equal measure. This is singular in itself; but beneath the sound and fury it is still clear that the clip has reached and softened some non-Muslims, and also some Muslims who have grown alienated from the community; and this should be registered with care. More

The Suleman Maknojioa’s of our communities need to be called out and shunned!

The Suleman Maknojioa’s of our communities need to be called out and shunned!

I just read a very disturbing article about a “hafiz” by the name of Suleman Maknojioa who was sexually abusing a young student while teaching them the Qur’an. Can you believe this?! How can someone teach the word of Allah, the speech of Allah, the message from Allah and commit this atrocious crime against a young innocent child. What is shocking is that the UK’s court system has freed this man because he is the main provider for his family. What is even more shocking is the lack of uproar! We don’t like cartoons, videos, or even bad jokes, but for this we haven’t been as vocal against it as we can be. More

While Many Were Talking About Abu Eesa This Was Happening

While Many Were Talking About Abu Eesa This Was Happening

Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah invited over 250 Muslim scholars and leaders from around the world for a meeting entitled “Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies” in Abu Dhabi. There were scholars from all different backgrounds: sunni, shia, salafi, sufi, etc. They came from all different parts of the world from Morocco to Afghanistan, from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia. Ed Husain wrote a good piece about it here:
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Why I Am Against Getting Muslim Holidays Recognized On Public School Calendars

Why I Am Against Getting Muslim Holidays Recognized On Public School Calendars

I am Muslim. I am American. I am proud to be both. I am proud to be born in America and educated in the American public school system. One of the more positive memories of my younger days in school was being able to tell my friends and teachers I won’t be coming to school on Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr. Even some of my friends would joke, “I’m also mooz-lum, I have that holiday too. I won’t be in school.” More

We Need More Shows Like MBC’s Omar

We Need More Shows Like MBC’s Omar

I recently finished watching the 30-part television series on the second Caliph of Islam, Amir-ul-Mumineen, Umar ibn al-Khattab.  I was hesitant in watching it as I was scared of their portrayal and representation of the sahaba.  After watching the entire series I am overwhelmed with joy, happiness, excitement and sadness all at the same time.  It was joyous seeing what I read in the seerah come to life.  It was happiness seeing hadith play right in front of me.  It was excitement to see the spread of Islam throughout Arabia and beyond.  It was sadness to see the deaths of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and the Companions of the Prophet (may Allah be pleased with them all). More

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