Saturday 10 June 2023 \


The gift of true friends

We are all born as individuals from a man and woman, a father and a mother: bare and dependent on adults for our survival. Our departure from the world is shrouded in uncertainty and when the time comes we leave this world alone and empty-handed. Our life is a mystery; death is the living reality that will visit us one day. In between our birth and death, life is a test and trial – according to Islam. We are linked with people and the world around us. We do not have any control over our birth; neither do we have any choice on our death. We work for our own destiny.

Aiming for excellence

For Muslims it is naturally expected that individuals bring vital elements of Islamic etiquette, such as courtesy and mutual respect, into our daily words and actions. What must not be ignored is the importance of professional competence and integrity and combining both sets of values in our spiritual and worldly affairs.

Today’s reader tomorrow’s leader

Believers would recognise that God has made knowledge the foundation for the superiority of human beings over other creatures on Earth. The first word revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was ‘Iqra’, meaning ‘read’ or ‘recite’. The Prophet said “the seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim” (Al-Tirmidhi). Knowledge thus goes hand in hand with the Islamic creed.

Muslim organisations must excel in professionalism and healthy relationships

The success of an organisation depends on effective leadership as well as key attributes such as the professionalism and healthy relationship between members. For Muslims, it is naturally expected that individuals will not only maintain a high level of professional competence and mutual respect but also bring vital elements of Islamic etiquette such as courtesy and humility in words and action.
A high level of professionalism is what Allah expects from the believers. In a powerful hadith, Prophet Muhammad pbuh said:

Helping children to navigate the World Wide Web

The invention of the internet by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 ushered an era of social media that revolutionised communications and information gathering in the world. With a click of a button or a touch of a screen one can roam around the world and connect with people, all in the palm of their hands. However, with these extraordinary opportunities come dangerous risks; technology may be neutral, but its usage could be lethal. It is telling then that almost 30 years after inventing the internet, Berners-Lee has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news whilst calling for tighter regulations of “unethical” political adverts.

Islam: The Second Largest World Religion…And Growing

Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity, with more than two billion Muslims worldwide. Although the religion of all the Prophets was Islam, scholars typically date the creation of Islam to the 7th century, making it the youngest of the major world religions. Islam started in Mecca, in modern-day Saudi Arabia, during the time of the prophet Muhammad’s life. Today, the faith is spreading rapidly throughout the world.

Some facts about Islam


The Neighbor’s Rights in Islam

The Almighty Allah ordered the believers to keep the ties of kinship intact and forbade them from being ungrateful. He further confirmed the right of a Muslim over another Muslim. The neighbor has a right over his neighbor even if he is not a Muslim or is a sinner.


Culture and intellectual heritage of Japanese Muslims

Most people are not familiar with Islamic history in East Asia, despite the region being home to one of the world’s oldest mosques, built in seventh or eighth-century China. More recently in twentieth-century Japan, the Kobe Masjid was built with the support of foreign Tatar, Turkish, and South Asian Muslims. Japan has one of the youngest Muslim communities in history, making East Asia simultaneously home to both the oldest and youngest Islamic traditions established by a non-Arab.

Exploring spirituality within Ramadan

As we witness another Ramadan and receive its multitudinous, tangible and intangible gifts – it is incumbent for us to reflect upon the centrality of the Glorious Quran in this sacred month, and to strive towards attaining the higher state of perpetual cognizance of God, i.e. taqwah. The word “Ramadan” comes from the root word ramad, which literally translates as “to burn”. The word “Ramadan”, it is suggested, denotes the burning of the sins of people with good deeds. (Tafsir Imam al-Qurtubi, Vol. 2 pg. 271)

The Islamic View of Nature

From the Islamic perspective, nature is one, created and sustained by One All-Powerful God, who is constantly, and intimately aware of, and continuously in control of all things, from the tiniest particle to the greatest galaxy. All of it follows God’s unified laws, exhibiting perfect pattern and balance. Everything has its role - its reason for existing and interacting with other things in its own particular way, according to God’s all -encompassing knowledge and wisdom. Everything in the Universe obeys, submits to, serves and declares the praises of God, each in its own way.


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