Contemporary Subjects

Exchanging gemstones for gravel

The term ‘role model’ is often utilised as a means by which others, perhaps of a similar background, gender, ethnicity or the like, can be presented with, to help inspire, influence or to even emulate. Invariably it is accompanied by an aura or narrative of what is presented as being a model of ‘success’ or ‘achievement.’ Sports personalities, musicians, entrepreneurs and many others tend to be held up as being

gold emblem with the word halal on it

Often taken as being a sign of religiosity, querying the nature of food and drinks seems to have become a peculiar feature of contemporary Muslim behaviour.  Some would argue that behaviour isn’t necessarily about a conscious adherence to the Sharī’ah rules, but rather borders upon obsessive behaviour.  A behaviour that isn’t grounded in a thorough understanding of the Sharī’ah rules, but one which falls back upon peer pressure; an over-cautiousness,

A Ruling on Music & Chess

There are issues of contention that tend to invoke some quite unusual or even polarising responses.  Music and chess are of this category.  Often there tends to be quite a skewed approach to such issues, particularly that of music.  Opinion tends to oscillate at times between the unusual and the bizarre.  There are those which approach an issue like this with a dismissive attitude.  Largely because in their view, it

landscape image of al aqsa mosque in jurusalem

Glorified be he, who carried his servant by night from Masjid al-Ḥarām to Masjid al-Aqṣa the precincts of which we have blessed, that we might show him some of our signs. He is the all-hearing, the all-seeing. [Qur’ān, 17: 1] Once again, the vicious occupier in the land of Palestine has unleashed another wave of violence and oppression culminating in the recent closure of Masjid al-Aqṣa.  As clearly expressed in

desert with a standing grey dead tree

Is there a fundamental distinction between what is considered good (ṭayib) and that which is considered lawful (ḥalāl)?  Does the same relate to that which is considered impure or malignant (khabeeth)?   Why was it for previous nations that they weren’t prohibited from matters which are now considered unlawful in Islam?  Likewise, how is it that they are still prevented from many things which are deemed quite lawful? At times these