Category Archives for Reflections
In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are Signs for people of intelligence
Last year, photos of the 2012 Istanbul Eurasia Marathon were shared all over the the internet amidst claims that they represented mass anti-government protests. These claims were easily debunked, but others based on traffic accidents and earlier incidents were more … Continue reading
Proof that the pen is mightier than the sword: Government immediately utterly condemns an MP’s tweet, but refuses to condemn shelling of hospitals and hundreds of missile strikes on family homes. No nation would accept missiles raining down on them, … Continue reading
The world is too emotionally terrifying today, too draining and too frightening. Politicians, militants and social commentators alike want to divide us into groups, into us and them, to turn us on each other, to score points, to take sides, … Continue reading
Every time there is an enquiry into how abusers were able to get away with their abuse for so long and why those who were abused were ignored, the state proudly proclaims: “Never again will we blame the victims for … Continue reading
‘Israel has no civilians,’ says a friend: ‘all Israelis are soldiers, waiting to be called up.’ What, not even a 10 year old girl on her way to school or an old man in a care home? To me, this sounds … Continue reading
“Serve God and associate nothing with Him; and do good: to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the traveler, and what your right hands possess: For God does not love not … Continue reading
The past few weeks have revealed the astounding wisdom of the traditional teachings of faith — that salutary advice found in pearls like the Letter of James of the Christian corpus and in the traditions of the Prophet of Islam … Continue reading
With false piety, the rich and powerful trample on the poor and weak, and proclaim it a victory for civilisation.
The wise man builds his house upon rock. Jesus cured lepers; he didn’t assist them to die.
An oft-repeated phrase during our short-lived English khutbahs was, “May Allah give us the tawfiq to know Islam,” and every time I heard it I wished he had said, “May Allah give us the tawfiq to know Him.” The emphasis … Continue reading