Bogeymen and where to find them: Reading Bennabi

Sarah B. Who can we blame for the ummah’s problems? Muslim governments? Non-Muslim governments? Scholars? Activists?  Or can we blame events, historical and contemporary — colonisation or the War on Terror? Or do we blame ourselves? Are our material conditions a reflection of our spiritual state? The list of culprits is endless, but such attributions of blame rarely serve as a mirror to assess our … Continue reading Bogeymen and where to find them: Reading Bennabi

Principles of Engagement: Navigating dissent

Sarah Bellal وَلَوْ شَاءَ رَبُّكَ لَجَعَلَ النَّاسَ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً ۖ وَلَا يَزَالُونَ مُخْتَلِفِين And if your Lord had willed, He could have made mankind one community; but they will not cease to differ. [11:118] Of the many things Muslims love to lament is our lack of communal unity. It is easy to be disheartened by frequent debates between our leaders and confused by the various … Continue reading Principles of Engagement: Navigating dissent

Rejecting hadith in the face of feminism

Aisha Hasan “May Allah forgive me for saying this, but I cannot believe the Prophet would have said such a thing. I don’t believe in these hadith and that’s that.” This was the conclusion of a conversation with a sister on social media over the hadith regarding the Hoor al-Ayn promised for believing men in paradise. Two months later, another young woman at an Islamic … Continue reading Rejecting hadith in the face of feminism

Individualism & the destruction of community

Ilham Ibrahim An epidemic of loneliness and emptiness is sweeping across the Western world. Increasingly considered by doctors and policymakers as a public health concern, it is feared it could lead to a rise of numerous health problems, ranging from heart attacks to cancers.  Last year British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a minister for loneliness, while a study by the Economist found in September found … Continue reading Individualism & the destruction of community

Towards an Islamic Discourse of Development

Competition in [worldly] increase diverts you, until you visit the graveyards. [102:1-2] While working towards the tazkiyyah of a society fraught with economic exploitation and hedonism, it is futile to try and combat these symptoms without interrogating the conditions from which they arose. Unfortunately, much of the discussion on Islamic economics has been relegated to Islamic finance and banking—in other words, a discussion on how … Continue reading Towards an Islamic Discourse of Development