World needs Lahori-Ahmadiyya thought to live in peace

This week we saw a program, broadcast in the UK on Channel 4, which showed the tragic story of a mother whose son embraced Islam and then misled by extremists went to Somalia to kill the non-believers. Four and a half years later he was killed when he and his companions tried to attack non-Muslims in Kenya.

We present an alternative narrative which shows that the Holy Quran’s command to conduct a jihad does not mean that a Muslim should go out and slaughter innocent non-Muslims. This is a reading of parts of the English translation of the Promised Messiah’s (as) book, “British Government and jihad”.

Desires

Surah Al-Ikhlas is the 112th Chapter of the Holy Quran.

It is the second most important chapter of the Holy Quran after Surah Fatiha – the very first Surah. The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said that Surah Al-Iklhas by itself is equal to one third of the Holy Quran.

In this Khutba we look at human desires in the light of Surah Al-Ikhlas and the following chapters and verses of the Holy Quran;

Chapter 7, Verse 19
And (We said): O Adam, dwell thou and thy wife in the garden, so eat from whence you desire, but go not near this tree, lest you become of the unjust.

Chapter 3, Verse 14
Fair-seeming to men is made the love of desires, of women and sons and hoarded treasures of gold and silver and well-bred horses and cattle and tilth. This is the provision of the life of this world. And Allah — with Him is the good goal (of life).

Chapter 3, Verse 145
And no soul can die but with Allah’s permission — the term is fixed. And whoever desires the reward of this world, We give him of it, and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We give him of it. And We shall reward the grateful.

Chapter 4, Verse 27
And Allah desires to turn to you (mercifully). And those who follow (their) lusts desire that you should deviate (with) a great deviation.

Welcome to 4.0

We’ve made changes

As you have all noticed by now we have changed the design of our site. When we started way back in 2006 the singular aim of the site was to be a place from where we could broadcast our Friday prayers live each week which back then was a complex and expensive thing to do.

Since then the site has grown and we started reporting and reblogging various news items to do with Islam and our movement, as well as editing and posting our own videos, initially hosted on our own servers and then later on Vimeo and Youtube. These additions meant that we needed to improve our site from a navigational viewpoint which we tried to do with re-designs in versions 2 and 3 and now a core principle in wed design focuses on readability and mobile responsive design.

Why?

Like many website we now have more people who read our content from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, than on a traditional desktop and we needed to make sure that the site was best serving that medium of access. We also needed to make sure that the site kept up with backend web technologies as they advance as well as good design.

The new design is aimed to doing two important things – Firstly it makes proper use of white space and font types to help with readability across all platforms and secondly (and more importantly) it ties in well with future additions we have planned for the site.

Small changes

As the weeks go by you will notice small tweaks to this design as we work to get everything working the way we want (the search function for example). All of these are aimed at getting the site to a place which we are happy with and hopefully you as the reader will be happy with.

The future

We have a few things planned for the future of the site but the immediate target is to get an online shop launched from where our readers can buy physical books and download ebooks for free. We have been working on this for over six months now and are now very close to being able to launch version 1.0 of the shop. You will hear more about this in the coming months.

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Just War Part 4

Was World War One a just war?

For a war to be classed as a just war it has to meet certain criteria – the three Cs – cause, conduct and conclusion and this khutba shows that WWI did not satisfy the criteria under any head. Although the ordinary people made great sacrifices and they should be remembered, the War itself cannot be justified as a Just War.

100 Years of Propagation of Islam in the UK – 4 Days to go

Inspired by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din came to the UK to propagate Islam and, in 1913, restored the Woking Mosque to Muslim control, so that Muslims would have a place for prayer. The Woking Muslim Mission was established there and it became the Islamic Centre in the UK. Many overseas Muslim dignitaries would make it a part of their trip to visit the Mosque when they came to the UK to see for themselves the work of the Mission. The Woking Muslim Mission defended Islam in the West Indies, South America, South Africa, the European Continent as well as the UK.

We are only five days away from our three day convention celebrating the above achievement and one hundred years of Lahori Ahmadiyyah propagation of Islam in the UK.

Day one, at our Wembley Mosque, will start with Jummah Prayers promptly at 1pm and will be lead by Hazrat Amir. This will be followed by our first round of speeches from 3pm (GMT).

We will be live broadcasting the whole day as usual for all the people around the world who will not be able to attend.

Bridging the Gulf

Razia Iqbal in the above embedded Radio 4 documentary joins the women architecture students who are planning to make a difference to the urban environment of the Gulf region.

From a western perspective, we often get the impression that the Middle East doesn’t offer women much in the way of equal opportunities. But in the United Arab Emirates, women architects are helping design and build their own cities. In Abu Dhabi, for example, the Urban Planning Council has women ensuring that the built environment will cope with their needs as much as those of big business.

Razia visits the American University of Sharjah. Its College of Architecture, Art and Design has a highly respected course, and Razia joins the students on campus. What she finds remarkable is the self-confidence and enterprise of the young women who have come from all of the Middle East and North Africa and who make up the majority of the class. She’ll speak to students and tutors to analyse what their futures will hold for them in the Gulf and beyond