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Muslims in the UK armed forces

Imam Asim Hafiz is not surprised that more and more Muslims are joining the British military. He is in no doubt, either, that British Muslims can be good soldiers?. That is not because Mr Hafiz was the first Muslim chaplain for the Armed Forces when he was appointed in 2005. Nor is it because he is now an Islamic adviser to the MoD. Rather, [...]

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Armed forces Imam

Sunni Muslims have always vociferously denounced the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed, because he suggested that it was not an Islamic Jihad to fight the British army when they had control over India. He made a clear and logical reasoning for his standpoint, but this did not stop the vicious attacks against him. And now we here [...]

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In the Whirlwind of Jihad

While most of the social science literature about jihad focuses on jihad bil saif — when believers engage in an armed struggle in defence of Islam – the Quran terms this “a lesser jihad,” as it is the product of the circumstances in which a believer finds himself. But every Muslim believer must engage in jihad al-nafs, ‘the [...]

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Mujaddids and Armed Jihad – A Translation

Qutb-ud-Din ahmad ibn Abdul Rahim, better known as Shah Waliullah, was an Islamic scholar, reformer and founder of modern Islamic thought who attempted to reassess Islamic theology in the light of modern changes. He was the Mujaddid of the 12th Century AH. The most important of Shah Waliullah’s works is ‘Hujjat Allah al Baligha’, [...]

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