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

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad Releases Nursery Rhyme Book for Children: “Montmorency’s Book of Rhymes”

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad Releases Nursery Rhyme Book for Children: “Montmorency’s Book of Rhymes”

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (T.J. Winter) has written a book called, “Montmorency’s Book of Rhymes” for children based on Islam. It’s selling for $22.95 at Kinza Acadmey and Firdous Books.

Join dear Montmorency as he indulges his sweet tooth, the Pasha of Salonica whose family fears for his health, Aisha Featherstone-Pugh who is having trouble with her ablutions, and the Masjid Mouse from Merry Lane who never forgets his prayers in a delightful collection of rhymes relayed in the style of the classics.

Using rich and vibrant language, T.J. Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad) transports us to a fabulous world of unforgettable characters while Anne Yvonne Gilbert brings the rhymes to life through her heartwarming illustrations, ensuring this book its place as a treasured classic for children.

A Kinza Press Publication

Source: Kinza Academy

Habib Ali: Are We Serious About Facing Takfirist Ideology?

Habib Ali: Are We Serious About Facing Takfirist Ideology?

Three years ago in the Southern Turkish city of Mardin, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah’s Global Center for Renewal and Guidance, in association with Artuklu University, convened a conference. It had two primary purposes: first, to carefully examine and review the classification of “domains” (diyar) in Islamic law and how this pertains to the concepts of jihad, loyalty and enmity (al-wala wa al-bara), citizenship and emigration; and second, to discuss the fatwa of Shaykh Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya, commonly known as “The Fatwa of Mardin,” in which he deduced a new ruling for a jurisprudential classification of the world into domains of Unbelief (Kufr), Islam, and Covenant (‘Ahd). Ibn Taymiyya considered Mardin to belong to both a domain of unbelief and domain of Islam – unbelief due to its being ruled by the non-Muslim Tartars, and Islam due to its residents being Muslim. During the course of the conference Shaykh Bin Bayyah proposed a reevaluation of the traditional jurisprudential classification of domains. In light of modern political developments governing international relations and a global acceptance for United Nations’ treaties that have helped the world transition to a period of relative peaceful coexistence he suggested that the traditional classification would need to be reviewed.

Head of Saudi Religious Police: “Islamic sharia does not have a text forbidding women driving”

Head of Saudi Religious Police: “Islamic sharia does not have a text forbidding women driving”

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving is not mandated by any text in Sharia, the Islamic legal code which forms the basis for most Saudi law, the head of its morality police told Reuters on Thursday.
Sheikh Abdulatif Al al-Sheikh stressed that he has no authority to change Saudi policy on women driving, but his comment may feed into a national discussion in Saudi Arabia, where women have in the past been arrested for defying the ban.
Although Saudi Arabia has no written legal code to go with the texts making up sharia, its police and judiciary have long enforced a prohibition on women driving, citing the country’s conservative customs.
Even without any specific law against women driving, women who defied the prohibition have been arrested by the country’s regular police department and put on trial on charges that include causing public disturbance.
“Islamic sharia does not have a text forbidding women driving,” said Al al-Sheikh, who was appointed by King Abdullah last year to head the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the formal name of the religious police.
King Abdullah has pushed for cautious social and economic reforms in the world’s top oil exporter, including efforts to give women a more prominent role in society.
Al al-Sheikh said that in his role as head of the morality police, he did not make policy but implemented the rules and laws of the kingdom.
He said that the morality police had not pursued or stopped any women for driving since he was made head of the organisation and said he was not aware of such cases before his appointment.
But he added that a report in the Arabic daily al-Hayat on Thursday that members of the morality police had recently been instructed not to pursue or stop women drivers in future was untrue.
“We have not given any new instructions,” he said.
Saudi Arabia’s morality police was set up as an informal institution in the 1930s to enforce public morals according to the strict interpretation of sharia in the kingdom’s official Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam.
It is now a branch of the state, with a permanent staff and annual budget. Al al-Sheikh, like its previous heads, is a religious scholar.
King Abdullah’s reform efforts, such as appointing women to the advisory Shoura Council and promoting female employment, have sometimes incurred opposition among conservatives in the country’s powerful Wahhabi clergy.
“The era of King Abdullah is an era of reform and development of all state organisations, including the Commission,” said Al al-Sheikh.
Al al-Sheikh said he has worked to improve the body’s image over the past 18 months by clamping down on members who exceed their authority and encouraging a lighter hand in its dealing with the public.
“We implement the rules strictly if the Commission people exceed their powers. We don’t allow them to interpret the law themselves,” he said.
Women’s rights groups in the conservative Islamic kingdom have been agitating for a change in the rules. In addition to being banned from driving, Saudi women must seek the approval of a male relative, known as their “guardian”, to travel, get a job, open a bank account or have some forms of elective surgery.
(Reporting by Angus McDowall; Editing by William Maclean and Sonya Hepinstall)

Source: Reuters

Muslims Have A Monopoly On YouTube “Refutations”

Muslims Have A Monopoly On YouTube “Refutations”

A brother posted this comment on Facebook:

Seen a pattern of formerly overzealous practicing Muslims fall completely out of the faith. Sometimes moving from one Muslim group to its polar opposite with the same enemy-centered, “I-will-refute-you” overzealousness.

Be careful not to conflate correcting “the other” as your #1 ‘ibadah priority over actual worship (salah, Qur’an, communicating with Allah via du’aa, community service, good manners, ethics, and behavior).

The “enemy-centered” mentality that plagues overzealous Muslims of all stripes is a dog-eat-dog mentality that eventually turns inward, first by going after people outside “the group”, then going after people within “the group” until that person eventually turns on themselves.

There is only so much negativity a person can contain within themselves in the name of religiosity before they spiritually implode.

Don’t be a hater – be a worshiper

Then a famous Muslim scholar responded with these comments:

Try this experiment. Go to Youtube. Type in the word “refutation” in the search engine. See what comes up with the auto-filling and also the search results.

My point was that Muslims seem to have a monopoly on refuting each other. For what??

I did just that and the picture above was what I saw.

Muslims are #1 at refuting each other!

First Female to Recite the Quran at the Annual ISNA Convention (Update with reactions)

From the YouTube video description:

Usthadha Tahera Ahmad, Associate University Chaplain and Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University, opened the first main hall session of the 50th Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention on Aug 30th, 2013 with this recitation of the Holy Quran. This is the first time a female has been invited to recite the Quran

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