The Revival Issue 11
By Sajid Iqbal & Dawud Qadri
By Irfan Jalil This article never made it into issue 11 due to space concerns. It is now available as an extra bonus for our online readers. So, what events affected Muslims in 2007? No, the Danish cartoons were 2006. So was Jack Straw's niqaab hoo-ha. If you think the only thing that happened in 2007 was Benazir Bhutto's assassination then you really haven't been keeping up with news, have you?
All the major World Religions have been charged with Crimes Against Humanity, and it is up to ace (trainee-) lawyer Yaâ€™qub Bell to defend Islam: People who are Religious are following something that is not true. There is no proof for it. It is not a â€˜factâ€™ whether any religion is true or false. People are free to choose to believe in what they think is right. A teaching of Islam is that â€˜there is no compulsion in Religionâ€™. In terms of â€˜proofâ€™ for Godâ€™s existence, Allah (swt) is so much Greater than a human, that it is impossible someone to even imagine what He looks like, this is why Allah (swt) doesnâ€™t show Himself to us. Instead He shows us â€˜signsâ€™ (ayat) of His Existence.
By Shaykh Salim Ghisa
By Sajid Iqbal & Alveena Salim So youâ€™re married. Youâ€™ve completed one half of your Deen. Youâ€™ve got your parents off your back and now youâ€™ve got a lifetime to look forward to with the love of your life. Youâ€™re sorted innit? Ah, but are you clued up on the rights your partner has over you and the rights you have over your partner? Yep, â€˜rightsâ€™! In order to make your marriage a success Allah (swt) has prescribed a list of guidelines for husbands and wives, which if followed properly can lead to marital bliss and fewer nights banished to the sofa. Islam teaches that marriage is â€˜half of Deenâ€™ because it fulfils so many basic needs of an individual and of society. But yâ€™ know, most of the problems in Muslim families nowadays are to do with marriage, coz we don't have a clue how to get married Islamically and as a Muslim partner what our rights and responsibilities are. Well ladies & gents, don't worry, as you will learn all this right here, right now!
By Sajid Iqbal
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Can a person wear perfume/aftershave that contains alcohol? If so can they pray with that on? Answer by Shaykh Salim Ghiza
What is the best way to dispose of literature which contains Islamic terminology, Ahadith or verses of the Qurâ€™an etc? Is it OK to shred them and then throw them away or should we stick them in the recycle pile or burn them? Answer by Shaykh Salim Ghiza In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent and Merciful. All Muslims are unanimous that the Qurâ€™an is no ordinary piece of writing and therefore a person needs to be in ritual purification i.e. ablution to touch the words of Allah. Therefore a process of respect has to be followed when one needs to dispose old pages of the Qurâ€™an. Also, if the pages are not from the Qurâ€™an but contain Islamic writings i.e. Hadith, Fiqh, supplications etc then again they must also be disposed of with respect and honour.
As an East London girl, it wasn’t unusual to see crowds of Muslim guys standing outside libraries waiting to try it on with any girl that passed through the door. Nor was it unusual to see groups of Muslim guys standing on top of street corners making comments at girls that walked past. It definitely wasn’t unusual to see a guy drive round the same block at least four times just to take another look at a girl. Guys chased the girls. The girls played hard to get. But a couple of years down the line, I don’t see that any more. Why? Coz guys don’t need to chase girls any more.