"And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, you became brothers; and you were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah make His Signs clear to you: That you may be guided." (Qur'an, 3:103)
Q: What is Islam?
A: The word "Islam" means peace and submission. Peace means to be at peace with yourself and your surroundings and submission means submission to the will of God. Islam is not just a religion but also a complete way of life. It deals with each and every aspect of life.
Muslims believe in one God and in the Day of Judgment and individual accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jacob Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus. God's message was reaffirmed and finalised by the Prophet Muhammad.
In the name of God Most Gracious Most Merciful
36:1 Ya Sin.
36:2 By the Qur'an full of Wisdom -
36:3 Thou art indeed one of the apostles
36:4 On a Straight Way.
36:5 It is a Revelation sent down by (Him) the Exalted in Might Most Merciful.
36:6 In order that thou mayest admonish a people whose fathers had received no admonition and who therefore remain heedless (of the Signs of God).
36:7 The Word is proved true against the greater part of them: for they do not believe.
36:8 We have put yokes round their necks right up to their chins so that their heads are forced up (and they cannot see).
36:9 And We have put a bar in front of them and a bar behind them and further We have covered them up; so that they cannot see.
The Glorious Qur’an contains specific and detailed guidance regarding the division of the inherited wealth, among the rightful beneficiaries.
The Qur’anic verses that contain guidance regarding inheritance are:
- Surah Baqarah, chapter 2 verse 180
- Surah Baqarah, chapter 2 verse 240
- Surah Nisa, chapter 4 verse 7-9
- Surah Nisa, chapter 4 verse 19
- Surah Nisa, chapter 4 verse 33 and
- Surah Maidah, chapter 5 verse 106-108
There are three verses in the Qur’an that broadly describe the share of close relatives i.e. Surah Nisah chapter 4 verses 11, 12 and 176.
The translation of these verses are as follows:
With thousands of people living rough on the streets in the UK, Sajid Iqbal and Moheeb Ali, spoke to one man who has been homeless for the last 15 years across the UK speaking of what life is really like living on the streets.
How did you become homeless?
I was going through a difficult period in my life and I turned to drugs and alcohol. As a result, I lost my house, my friends and unfortunately my family too. When I first hit the streets I only had the clothes on my back and if you’re not streetwise, you’re done for!
Sajid Iqbal speaks to Shams Rehman, author of 'Azaad Kashmir and British Kashmiris'
Since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, the region of Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan. Not surprisingly, it remains a contentious issue for many Muslims in the UK, the majority of whom can trace their origins to Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
‘Azad Kashmir and British Kashmiris’ is a collection of articles on different aspects of Kashmir. The book introduces the reader to the government, politics, economy, language and religion in this part of the divided Kashmir. It also touches upon some controversial issues and to what extent Azad Kashmir is ‘Azad’, meaning free.
Aalim: An Islamic scholar
Allahu Akbar: This means God is Greater and is known as Takbir
Da'wah: An invitation usually to Islam or towards any good
Fatwa: An Islamic ruling based on evidences from the sources of Islam for a specific situation. They are usually issued by a Mufti only
Fitnah: In the Quran it is used to describe the trials and temptations that may face the believers. Now, it is used to describe the forces that cause mischief, chaos and scandal within the Muslim community, disturbing social peace and order
Hajjis: A title given to a Muslims who have completed the pilgrimage to Makkah
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Having worked as a social worker for the last 8 years in Birmingham, I have come across depression almost on a daily basis. With my experience and real life exposure to this illness, I write the following:
So what is depression?
The general definition of depression is a psychological disorder that affects a person's mood changes, physical functions and social interactions.