United by faith divided by culture
With the number of converts to Islam on the increase cross-cultural marriages in the Muslim community are becoming more common. Sabnum Dharamsi discusses the difficulties that may arise when a convert to Islam marries a heritage Muslim
Piety in Parenting
Parenthood is a blessing from God, but as much as it can elevate us to a higher level of enlightenment, it can create regression too. Batool Haydar looks for the ways to overcome the feeling of inadequacy
Social engineering of the Muslim Community
Pro-active Muslim organisations are supposed to improve the image of Muslim communities in the UK. However Sayed Kazmi believes behind this sudden interest hides a well planned effort by the political establishment to force Muslims to conform to an increasingly state-prescribed Islam
Is Modesty Dead In The West?
Has the idea of modesty as proper, decent behaviour become a lost cause? Where the state is absent, it is the job of religion to offer guidance, suggests Frank Gelli
Black people’s paths to Islam
Black people in the West form one of the biggest cohorts of converts to Islam. Rashid Rose considers some of the contributing factors which have encouraged black people to embrace the faith
Beavers, Cubs and Muslim Scouts
The 22nd of February is International Scout Association Day. Many Muslims attracted by the core principles and fundamentals of Scouting have set up Muslim Scouts groups. Mohammad Davdani describes the history of Al-Asr (1st Harrow) Muslim Scout group and its exciting activities
Hold Fast by the Covenant of Allah
In an attempt to ensure that these differences of opinion do not create divisions among Muslims, Imam Khomeini”), the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, declared the week between 9th and 17th Rabi al-Awwal the Week of Unity.
WHY I CHOSE ISLAM
Traversing the path of conversion from one faith to another is particular to each individual. Julia Khadija Lafene reveals the reasons she chose to embrace Islam
Book-Burning or Genocide
In almost every other genocidal European expansion, books and manuscripts of the target population were destroyed. European conquests of the new world, which ironically happened at the same time as the Spanish Inquisition also wiped out the ancient civilizations of the new continent.
Make us cry so we do not have to feel guilty when we walk out of the mosque and go back to our daily routines?
The Fellowship of Faiths
Mohamad Ali Shomafi is author of Self Knowledge (2006), Ethical Relativism: An Analysis of the Foun¬dations of Morality (200 I)
The enemy within intolerance
By Ali Jawed, He is a human rights activist and political analyst with a keen interest in international diplomacy.
By Alliya Azam. She is a board member of REC. She holds a MA in Islamic Societies and Cultures from SOAS University and a PGCE from the Institute of Educa¬tion. She is currently Head of Science .
by Abdolhussain Moezi, Abdolhosseha Moezi is Imam and Director of The Islamic Centre of England in London
Innocence of Muslims
The production adds to a growing list of hate-expression targeting Muslims in recent years and highlights the need for immediate political action, argues Faisal Bodi. Faisal is a freelance writer specialising in Mus¬lim affairs.
Decree and Destiny: How much control do human beings have over their lives?
The limits of human free will and determination have long been discussed by theologians and philosophers, and at times some extreme views have been put forward. Theological and philosophical arguments about fate vs. freewill can be quite difficult to understand. Julia Khadija Lafene explains with simple and rational examples how it all works.
Joining forces to bring about world peace
Presently, there is an urgent need for a united intellectual struggle among the people of faith in order to defeat the harmful ideologies that feed on violence, says Harun Yahya. Living as we do in a world of instant communication, not a day passes by in which we do not hear, read or watch news…
Parenting Young Men
As our children grow up to be future mothers and fathers, it is essential to give them the tools to be able to parent well. Sabnum Dharamsi explains how educating boys may be of a more challenge than girls Mustapha is 15. He stays in bed whenever possible, and his parents wonder what happened to…
An Islamic response to the Assisted Dying Bill
Hannah Smith has an undergraduate degree in Geophysics from Imperial College London and the University of Oxford, and a Masters degree in Geology from the University of Michigan The Assisted Dying Bill was debated for the second time on 15th July 2014. After ten hours of emotive debate, the motion championed by Lord Falconer passed…
Exploring the concept of fundamentalism Yasser Ahmed describes the connection and similarities between two modern forms of fundamentalism; Western-Liberal and Islamic The term fundamentalism now associated with extremist Islamic groups, finds its origin in the lexicon of American Christian sects in the late 19th century who proposed a revaluation of the “fundamentals” of their faith…
Islamic Education; A journey of self-discovery
by Amir De Martino The teachings of Prophet Muhammad s and the history of Islamic civilisation remind us of the importance of education for Muslims, and the need to be learned, trained, educated and ready to take on not only religious responsibilities, but social, cultural and professional ones as well. The aim of Islamic education…
Rethinking Muslim Identity in Europe
Based on her research and personal experience Hanna Smith considers the impact of converts on the wider Muslim community and how their experiences to find personal meaning in Islam can help the younger generation of Muslims Hannah Smith has an undergraduate degree in Geophysics from Imperial College London and the University of Oxford, and a…
Religion and Freedom
Mohammad Ali Shomali Despite the evolution of renaissance that led to the processes referred to as ‘liberalisation’, ‘consumer lifestyle’ and ‘gross materialism’, mankind still faces a kind of dichotomy. Humanity is yet to embark upon the search for inner peace, truth, freedom, and way of life. In this paper, we will try to study one…