The translation and editing of the section of Fath al-mulhim by Shabbir Usmani in commentary on the book of Iman from Sahih Muslim is now complete. It is to be published by Turath Publishing of London.
An article commissioned by Islam Hoy
Once when a child, my father took me to a small town in Northern Ireland to a point in the road where two different types of tarmac met. He stood me with one foot on one type of tarmac and one foot on the other and said, “Now you are standing both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, in two countries at the same time.” Those were innocent times long before the ‘troubles’ and long long before the entire debacle around whether the UK could leave the European Union and how it could achieve that, in which the Northern Irish border and the famous ‘backstop’ play a central role.
Worthing mosque, May 2008
This Symposium is intended as an antidote to the mode of debate that more often than not leaves the participants none-the-wiser. Instead we hope to recover the ancient tradition of interested parties thinking together towards the truth in an atmosphere of convivial discussion.Continue reading “The Desert Return”
Allah says, “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The likeness of His Light is that of a niche in which there is a lamp, the lamp inside a glass, the glass like a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, its oil all but giving off light even if no fire touches it. Light upon Light. Allah guides to His Light anyone He wills and Allah makes likenesses for mankind and Allah has knowledge of everything.” (24:35)
Light can be sensory or meaning. Allah being the light of the heavens and the earth can mean that He illuminates the heavens and the earth, that He has created the light that is in them, has created the sun and the moon that give them light, that He has placed light in the hearts of the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth so that they can grasp meanings, and that He is the guide of the inhabitants of the heaven and the earth.Continue reading “Mawlid 1440/2018”
When thoughtful Greeks experienced distress at the disorder within and the warfare between their societies, some of them, such as Socrates, Plato and others, began to question its causes and then to enquire as to the right way to live as individuals and in societies. It was for this reason that Plato established the Academy.
Today the word ‘Academic’ does not convey any of that human or societal concern, but rather an obsession with exactness and rigour, which are useful as means but not ends in themselves. It must be beyond time for new academics motivated by concern for themselves and others and utilising the skills of careful scholarship to serve that purpose.
The Inns of Court
University of Pennsylvania