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Brexit’s bitter harvest

  Following the resounding defeat of the Labour Party in the recent general election of Dec-2019, bitter recriminations from the fallout continue to reverberate.  Party activists that staked enormous political capital in the hope that the Labour Party would oust the incumbent Conservative and Unionist Party from power are now engaged in a series of bitter recriminations, not least over the selection of the new leader.  Factions within the party,

Two Cursed Voices?

Question Many popular Muslim speakers are quoting this ḥadith: “Two voices are cursed in this world and the hereafter; Music at the time of happiness and wailing at the time of calamity.”  Is it correct? Answer It is correct to note that some Muslim speakers are citing this tradition at present. On occasion, the word ‘singing’ is sometimes adjoined to, or placed instead of the word music in the translation.

Intention for Ablution

Question:  Are we required to have a niyyah (intention) when performing the wuḍu (ablution)? Answer: i. Ṣalāh (prayer) is an integral part of Islam. Its prerequisite is the required level of purity.  Most books and manuals of fiqh (jurisprudence) tend to place this subject of Ṭahāra (purification) at the beginning, given its importance. ii. Writing in Bidāyatul Mujtahid (Vol. 1, Kitāb aṭ-Ṭahāra) Ibn Rushd states: ‘Wuḍu (ablution) becomes obligatory when

‘The one who spoke, was Ja’far ibn Abi Ṭālib…’

The companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), the Ṣaḥābah, hold a truly special place in the history of Islam.  Whether one considers the most famous of them or even those that are perhaps less well known, their steadfastness, sacrifice, commitment and devotion is truly unparalleled.  It should be of no surprise that they are credited with having the accolade ‘may Allah be pleased with him/her’ after the very

Eid on Friday

Question: Over the last couple of years, Eid has fallen on a Friday.  Is it an obligation to pray both congregational prayers, or is one able to prayer either of them? Answer: There is a difference of opinion upon this matter. Great legal minds have previously disagreed over this point, each setting out their own respective reasoning based upon the primary textual evidences.  Our own view, is that there is