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Ten Ways to Prepare for Ramadan From Now

With Ramadan just around the corner, many of us are looking for ways to make sure that this will be the year we change, writes Nour Merza. With this in mind, here are ten ways to prepare yourself for Ramadan. 1. Make the right intention Beginning right now, make an intention that this Ramadan will […]

Donald Trump and the Triumph of Islam, by Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s shock election, Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad urges us to consider where this dramatic shift in global politics is headed. [cwa id=’cta’] Resources for seekers: Donald Trump is President. 12 of the best Muslim reactions “The Trumpet Hasn’t Blown” – Prophetic Responses to Crises Excellent Interview with Muslim Woman Removed From […]

Qad Kafani Ilmu Rabbi (Scottish style), by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Listen to this unusual rendition of Qad Kafani, by Imam al-Haddad, in Scottish style, sung by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s Harmonia Alcorani. Support the Cambridge New Mosque by downloading fantastic Islamic songs from around the world here. Translation: My Lord’s knowledge has sufficed me from asking or choosing For my du’a and my agonising supplication is […]

What unites Englishness and Islam? by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

How can we foster an ‘English Islam’? In this presentation given at the ‘Very English Islam’ garden party at Woking Peace Garden, September 2016, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Dr Timothy Winter) of Cambridge University examines the shared traditions between Englishness and Islam.  Read on the British Future website.

Rethinking Islamic Education – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Cambridge professor Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, an expert on Islamic education discusses the idea of intellect and its connection to religious thinking. What is a good Islamic education? Is religion a series of beliefs simply memorized and passed down from generation to generation? Is it a Scripture and doctrine that is pliable and can be molded to our […]

The Power of Zakat in the 21st Century, by Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad

One of Islam’s most familiar features is zakat, the obligatory charity. However, the pillar of zakat is a little different. Rather than dealing with our connection to God and our own personal self-betterment, the pillar of zakat is a form of social action, as it relates to society and other human beings, argues Shaykh Abdul Hakim […]

Riding the Tiger of Modernity – Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad

Do the challenges of modernity make you want to run for the hills or jump on the back of the tiger, to see if you can tame it? Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad addresses this conundrum in this clip from this year’s Cambridge Muslim College retreat. Cover photo by Thomas Hawk. Resources on modernity for seekers […]

Damaged Inner State? Imam Ghazali on Repentance

Ever felt broken inside, so badly you wondered whether you’d ever be fixed? In Sarajevo, Bosnia, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad discussed Imam Ghazali’s exposition of repentance and how a person can achieve it. Relevance of Repentance What is wrong action? How can we understand our damaged inner state, and repair it? Imam Ghazali explains that repentance consists of […]

Star Wars And The Crisis Of Modern Masculinity

That there is a crisis of modern masculinity, there is no doubt. Everyone from bloggers to The Atlantic Monthly is writing about it. Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad begins first with a synopsis of how damaging life without a father figure is and then moves on to discuss contemporary gender confusion as promoted by mass media: what […]

Are You Pursuing Happiness?

Are you pursuing happiness? How do we pursue it in the modern world? Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad discusses the meaning and pursuit of happiness in our lives. He eloquently describes the role of religion and specifically Islam in defining and pursuing happiness. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, also known as Timothy John Winter, is one of […]