The Most Influential Person in History

“My choice of Muhammad [ﷺ] to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. Of humble origins Muhammad [ﷺ] founded and promulgated one of the greatContinue reading “The Most Influential Person in History”

Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam’s Call for Unity

“In 1896, the Sheikh had been outraged by the discovery that Egyptian nationalist tracts calling for independence from the Ottoman Empire were being distributed in Cairo, London and Paris. Quilliam’s anger led to the issuing of a fatwa on the 20th April 1896 in which he makes his position on loyalty to the Caliph veryContinue reading “Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam’s Call for Unity”

Donald Trump’s Shameful Support for China’s Repression of Uighur Muslims

The repression of China’s Uighur Muslims by the ruling Communist Party has been continuing on for decades, but in the spring of 2017, a crackdown began on Chinese Muslims in which they were detained in “re-education” camps. The reasons for being incarcerated were flimsy excuses such as contacting friends who lived abroad or growing aContinue reading “Donald Trump’s Shameful Support for China’s Repression of Uighur Muslims”

Are Muslims Required to Obey Tyrant Rulers?

Do It Yourself interpretation of the Qur’an in order to extract rulings, by those not qualified, can be fraught with danger. We only have to see how some think it is permissible to plant bombs here or there and kill innocent civilians, citing the verses in the Qur’an concerning warfare, to appreciate this. Often, theContinue reading “Are Muslims Required to Obey Tyrant Rulers?”

Should Pro-Government Scholars be Criticized?

Recently, in the context of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the killing of Geoge Floyd, a prominent Saudi Cleric was asked about how protests were viewed in Islam. In a tweet (see here) he responded that “it is not permissible to protest in Islam”. His response created an uproar and a discussion of howContinue reading “Should Pro-Government Scholars be Criticized?”

The First Muslim Public Demonstration in History

“… ‘Umar’s conversion was an historic event. It deeply shocked everybody in Makkah. The Muslims were jubilant and the unbelievers dismayed. Until ‘Umar’s conversion, the Muslims could not hold their prayers in public. Now, after the accession of ‘Umar to Islam, they held them in the courtyard of the ancient sanctuary. Entering Arqam’s house, heContinue reading “The First Muslim Public Demonstration in History”

Saudi Cleric says: “It is prohibited to protest in Islam”

The Jeddah-based cleric, who is a well-known propagator in the English language and who regularly appears on Saudi-owned religious satellite channel Huda TV, which is aimed at English speakers told his 161,500 followers that “It is not permissible to protest in Islam”. Al-Hakeem came under criticism by many Muslim users, with many citing Quranic principlesContinue reading “Saudi Cleric says: “It is prohibited to protest in Islam””