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Saying "Merry Christmas", Reflections from Habib Ali al-Jifri

Habib Ali al-Jifri offers some clarity on the question of whether wishing our fellow Christian friends and neighbours “Merry Christmas” is permissible or not. I remind my brothers from among the students of sacred knowledge that the scholars who forbid congratulating non-Muslims on their religious celebrations tied their judgement to the assumption that congratulating affirms […]

Can I Participate in a Santa Event at Work?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Assalam aleykum I work in a hospital where annually a secret santa event is held where fellow doctors buy each other gifts anonymously. Is it permissible to participate in such an event if one has the option to abstain? Answer: assalamu alaykum It would be permitted to participate in […]

The Seven Qur’anic Principles of Coexistence, by Shaykh Faid Said

What is the role of religion in preventing conflict and promoting sustainable peace? Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said made these compelling remarks at a United Nations conference on this issue. He said: Allah said in the Qur’an the main purpose of religion is to bring happiness to people, not to make life difficult for them. People often speak about […]

Should I Return a Christmas Gift?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, I have recieved at work, as a christmas gift, a 10£ gift voucher. Can I accept it? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. There is no harm in accepting such a gift as it is merely […]

Does Sufism Inherently Feed Into Perennialism? Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad

Perennialism – is the belief amongst some Muslims that all religious are valid paths to Allah a direct result of Sufism and the understanding of Islam as having multiple schools of thought? Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad answers in under three and half minutes. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, also known as Timothy John Winter, is one of […]

On Fences and Our Neighbours. Dr Ingrid Mattson reflects.

Religions for Peace USA’s Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative  is a national effort to end Islamophobia. Since the Paris attacks the U.S. has seen an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric that isolates our Muslim neighbors and feeds into a culture of fear. What can you do to counteract this trend? For the last three years the Our Muslim […]

Lessons from the Life of Prophet Jesus, by Habib Ali Al-Jifri

“Between me and him, there is no other prophet” – saying of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them both Habib Ali al-Jifri spoke as part of the Muhammed: Master of Change campaign organised by the Radical Middle Way in the United Kingdom. Habib Ali visiting nine cities in 10 days, including St. Philip’s Centre, a Church […]

Are Non-Muslims Our Brothers, as Mentioned in the Hadith?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani was asked “According to a commentary I read on Hadith 13 (None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.] – this hadith is very broad and includes Non-Muslims. Should we then consider Non-Muslims to be our brothers and sisters?” The question came from Shaykh Faraz’ class on […]

“Work for God and not for your stomachs” – meeting the Pope

“Work for God and not for your stomachs.” These words of Jesus, as recorded in Muslim scholarship, offer critical advice in a modern world dominated by greed and ego. By working for God, one makes the greater good their ultimate aim, leaving aside merely personal interests for those that bring wholeness, beauty and wisdom to […]

Do you dare to break boundaries through breaking bread? – Sidi Bilal Hassam #BreakingBread

Do you dare to break boundaries through breaking bread? Sidi Bilal Hassam, of BritishMuslimTV and Penny Appeal, is daring everyone to take the Breaking Bread Challenge. #BreakingBread The challenge is to share food with friends, neighbours and strangers. Share your food, video record it, and post it on social media. Follow the challenge on the […]