Last week was VE day which was celebrated with great pomp and ceremony. In this khutba we look at the Holy Quran's teaching that persecution is worse than killing. It is shown that the treatment of Germany after the First World War, which may be regarded as being in line with mosaic law, led to … Continue reading VE Day Celebrations
In a recent interview on christiantoday.com, Franklin Graham, one of Billy Graham's children, repeated his assertion that Islam is a “very wicked and evil religion”. He said he looked at Islamic State, at the Taliban and Boko Haram and thought: “This is Islam. It has not been hijacked by radicals. This is the faith, this … Continue reading Franklin Graham: ‘Islam is a religion of war’
http://youtu.be/OikMT8pRzfM Was World War One a just war? We have been looking at this question from the Islamic perspective. Cause, conduct and conclusion, the three C's. In this final speech on World War One we come to the conclusion that based on the three C's it is impossible to declare that World War One was … Continue reading Just War Part 5
http://youtu.be/4EtMX1dYD0c 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 … Continue reading Just War Part 4
http://youtu.be/PLbQZRe4AKM Is all conflict wrong? In this khutba we look at the circumstances under which conflict can be justified. Islam does not believe in pacifism but it also recognises that to protect humankind there have to be restrictions on when and how the conflict should take place.
http://youtu.be/IROsmX2UbSk In this second part we look at why Allah created tribes and clans. Was the reason to allow people to use their resources to dominate others? Or was there some other reason. And what part nationalism has played in destructive wars during the last century.
The West is always telling Muslims that they are too sensitive and prone to believing conspiracy theories. When Muslims said that the West did not want to help Bosnian Muslims because they didn't want a Muslim state in the heart of Europe, we were told not to be stupid. European leaders extolled that they are … Continue reading European Leaders Feared Islam State
Professor Michael Avery, a specialist in constitutional law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston sent out an email criticising the solicitation of care-packages for U.S. Troops, the following is the email as found in its entirety. I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for … Continue reading Anti-war Law School Professor Sends Email Criticizing Care Packages for U.S. Troops
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John Pilger investigates the media's role in war. He traces the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of WWI to the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In case you missed our post about the programme being aired on ITV, we have good news for you. You can watch the programme (and … Continue reading The War You Dont See – Watch it here
This programme will air on ITV on the 14th December 2010. This is a remarkable documentary in which the winner of journalism's top awards for both press and broadcasting, including academy awards in the UK and US television, John Pilger, himself a renowned war reporter, questions the role the media in war. The War You … Continue reading The War you don’t see