Issue 16, printed and released in August 2010
If there is one problem that unites the Muslim world in its sympathy it is the Palestinian issue. Forget the republics trying to break away from Russia and the Uighurs of China. They can be ignored just like the Kurds in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria and the Palestinians who reside still as refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Forget the many African conflicts such as Darfur, southern Sudan or Somalia. The one problem that will unite Muslims all across the world is the one of Israel and the Palestinians.
Assalamu Alaykum, I voluntarily run a girls youth club Northwest London and was wondering whether you could send me hard copies of your magazine on a regular basis - would it be possible to be sent all past issues too? I think the magazine is brilliant and really hits the nail on the head with key issues. Also, how do I get my youth involved with your magazine? I look forward to hearing from you. Maâ€™Salaama Mrs Kosser Sheikh, London Salaam
How should Muslims respond when Islam or the Prophet is insulted? After the infamous Danish cartoons to the Teddy named Mohammed incident and now to the recent ‘Draw Muhammed Day’ on Facebook, Muslims seem to only react with anger and rage. But how should Muslims react? Should such insults be ignored or challenged and if so, how? How did the Prophet (pbuh) and companions react to insult and verbal attacks? And what lessons can we learn from our great Islamic history when the name or image of Islam was attacked? In order to get answers to the above questions, The Revival, met up with three leading Muslim Personalities.
We love a good argument. We can debate the correct length of a beard with the best of them. We can rip into each other over whether Muslims are allowed to vote. We will accuse fellow Muslims of committing shirk and bid'ah and being kafir. We can tear ourselves apart over whether it's OK to celebrate Milad. Argument is keeping us in a perpetual fight with each other. But nothing unites Muslims like a good conspiracy theory. The crazier the better. At the first mention of Freemasons we'll put aside differences in aqidah. We'll forget about haazir or naazir at the first hint of a subliminal message. As long as something is thrown in about how this was all foretold in the Quran and Hadith, we'll hear you out.
Now what makes the likes of Einstein, Aristotle, Socrates and Plato special? Why does history remember Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Gandhi? What was so great about Muhammad Ali, Pele, Maradona and Imran Khan? It was down to one thing. TALENT. It's talent that makes you a great thinker and philosopher. It's talent that makes you a revolutionary leader and great orator. It's talent that makes you the greatest footballer or boxer that every youngster looks up to.
The EDL is no ordinary threat - it malice that far out ways even the BNP. This is echoed by the high profile and explosive tactic of marching into Muslim neighbourhoods. Their purpose is simple. To galvanise a vanguard against the Muslims amongst the average British working class population, and polarise the wider community against us. By creating the conditions for constant clashes, the pot never stops boiling, the ensuing Media headlines do exactly what they were intended to do â€“ divide.
Shaykh Ibrahim was born and raised in Liverpool, England.
In this first series of 'Back to Basics' we will cover the second pillar of Islam - Salah. Many of us read it without knowing the importance, the benefits and even the rulings of salah. So sit back and relax and increase your knowledge and understanding of salah. Why pray? The answer shouldn't be 'because my dad said so!' After believing in the shahada (declaration of faith), the most important worship and also a pillar of Islam is salah. The Prophet (pbuh) said, "The link between a Muslim and disbelief, kufr, is his or her neglect of prayer." [Muslim].
I pray but my mind wanders off to things like football, TV, work etc. So is there any point of praying then? Prayer is judged based on action as this is what a person can control. Of course a person's mind should be focused on what they are doing especially when it is worship. However, Allah is the most Merciful and is fully aware that Shaitaan will try and discourage you from praying and therefore he will use all types of distraction. Therefore a person should stick to their actions as this means you are worshipping Allah even though your desires are telling you otherwise, and InshaAllah you will be rewarded for your patience. Slowly, these distractions will start to go away and one will obtain satisfaction, so one must not give up.
So the hordes of hell broke through into Earth for a moment and took over all levels of government. In one day everything went to hell. And now they're after a girl? And not just any girl. The girl. Jabber had always said there was no such thing as coincidences or luck. I guess this is what he meant. I leapt from rooftop to rooftop, carrying the unconscious Noor wrapped in my long coat. Of course as soon as Iâ€™d seen her it had started to rain. Some things never change. It had been almost 3 years since Iâ€™d last seen her. I guess I should be thankful to the mask Iâ€™m wearing. It would be better for all if she didnâ€™t know who I wasâ€¦ not after our last conversation. â€œIf thatâ€™s what you wantâ€ she had said. I remember the look on her face. The pain in her eyes.
My name's Tim and I am a non Muslim who fasted for a day last Ramadan. I'm not a religious person, but something I do believe in is cultural integration, and that the best way to understand some one is to walk in their shoes once in a while. I've been around people who were fasting at work and heard them describe getting up at 4am and eating a huge breakfast, then at the end of the day waiting until the sun goes down before hurrying into the nearest eatery on Wilmslow road. It looked hard, and it was something that someone like me has never had any reason to do. More than anything it was simple curiosity that that set the idea in motion.
We all wanna have fun on Eid but rather than getting up to no good or causing havoc in your hired Lambo on Wilmslow Road or Green Street, why not celebrate Eid the Halal way? I donâ€™t mean just visiting your relatives or sitting in the Masjid but enjoying yourself having funâ€¦ but keeping it Halal. Hereâ€™s some ideas for you to check out on Eid: Fancy Surfing? Learn to surf at the Ticket to Ride Surf Academy on Perranporth Beach, widely regarded as the best surf school in Cornwall. Surfing a wave is a totally unique experience far removed from anything and everything else. Surfing creates an unforgettable feeling of captivation, achievement and total exhilaration. From only Â£30! See: http://www.ttridesurfschool.co.uk The Deep Acquarium
In Palestine, a favourite dish made by the locals is Musakhkhan, a dish that is usually eaten using the hands and which literally means something of which is heated. The dish is seasoned with sumac, a spice made from the ground dried berries and is sold in Middle Eastern shops, it has a slightly sour and tangy taste. Musakhkhan is made by cooking chicken until tender and succulent with plenty of onions. You can use more spices, such as allspice or saffron, and garnish the top with fried pine nuts. Once the chicken is cooked, it is wrapped in shrak or marquq which is a type of thin Arabic bread. Serves 6 Ingredients 1 whole Halaal chicken (about 3 Â½ pounds) Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Al-Motubug is a stuffed pastry with a delicious beef, onion and leek filling. It is a very popular and classic Saudi Arabian dish, yet the ingredients required to make Al-Motubug are easily available. If you are ever visiting Saudi Arabia you should definitely try it there as itâ€™s absolutely delicious! Serves 10 Ingredients 6 cups flour 2 eggs beaten with Â½ cup of corn oil 2 bundles of leeks (medium sized) 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 Â½ lbs Minced beef 3 eggs (beaten) 3 onions (finely chopped) Flour for rolling Salt to taste Oil for frying Method