Medicine Men

Introduction ‘Anyone who practices medicine but is not known as a practitioner, and injures a person or inflicts harm on him, will be held liable.’  This statement, purportedly referred to as a Prophetic ḥadith has...

Attendance at Friday prayers

Introduction With several mosques, particularly in London, closing their doors despite any government injunction to do so, several questions have been raised about the viability of convening Friday congregational prayers, Jummah, in other locations.  Many...

The Magician

Introduction   A morbid fascination with the occult doesn’t seem to be limited to a particular society or civilisation.  For some sections of the Muslim Ummah, the ‘supernatural’ occupies a place quite centre stage, at...

A sickness, unto death

  ‘If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs’   Rendered in the famous lines of ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936), these seem apt words for the year 2020.  Unlike...

Q&A: Leprosy

Question There have been several messages forwarded on social media that I’ve seen to show that the Prophet peace be upon him said to keep distance from the lepers.  Is the tradition ‘Do not stare...

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Prophets

Belief in Prophethood is one of the central tenets of the Islamic faith (al-‘Imān) and there are many facets to […]