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 [...]
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 such deprivation that it led to the rise [...]
The Guardian But it is the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent that is the most, well, fertile area for antique urbanity. Not that this makes the job of firmly planting a flag on the oldest city any easier. Cities in this region have not shouted their claims, or investigated them, or tried to trade them for the tourist dollar, as energetically [...]
World Ameer of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Association for the propagation of Islam, President of its UK branch and Dr Zahid Aziz spoke at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 19 November 2014. Hazrat Ameer spoke on the long history of peaceful propagation of Islam by the Lahore-Ahmadiyya to the West, which started when its founder invited Queen [...]
Many tragic events have struck the Muslim world in the past few weeks. These are recognised as tragic by everyone. But in this video Dr Zahid Aziz talks about certain events of the past few days which are not recognised as tragic for the Muslim world, but they certainly are!
As Muslims, one of the things that is demanded of us, is that we must all publicly apologise and stand up together against the random acts of violence of some people who call themselves Muslims. I find the notion that all Muslims must publicly condemn someone else’s acts just because they so happen to be Muslims bizarre. Not only is [...]
The Holy Prophet (s) said that at the time of the Messiah the burden of war will be lifted. World War One led to such carnage that it was thought that there would never be another war and the League of Nations was set up. But World War II was even more devastating than World War I. This time whole cities were carpet bombed. During World War [...]
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 a just war.
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 [...]
Allah gives us a very clear distinction between Worldly leaders, such as President Obama, and Prophets. He tells us that Worldly leaders are only interested in their own self interests where-as Prophets only follow the command of Allah. We look at these verses of The Holy Quran in more details and use example of the recent past to explain [...]
How are Muslims and Islam talked about in the UK press? This is the question linguist Professor Tony McEnery wanted to answer.
His team looked at the usage of the phrase ‘Muslim World’, and Mr McEnery argues that this phrase, which was used 11,000 times in articles discussing Islam written from 1998 to 2009 by the British press, highlights an unsettling trend in the media — using language that characterizes Muslims as violent and unusual — a trend that, as he shows, has a long history and he asks us to change.
We have set the video above to start playing at 2 minutes and 7 seconds, as this is when Professor McEnery begins his speech on the above topic.
How are Muslims and Islam talked about in the UK press? This is the question linguist Professor Tony McEnery wanted to answer. His team looked at the usage of the phrase ‘Muslim World’, and Mr McEnery argues that this phrase, which was used 11,000 times in articles discussing Islam written from 1998 to 2009 by the British press, [...]