By Sajid Iqbal So what kind of a Muslim are you? A very strict one, an 'OK' one, a part-time Muslim or do you fit in the 'sorry mate I don't do religion' category? Do you wear the long robe or Armani jeans? Do you listen to the Quran or Bollywood tracks? Do you drink coke or smoke it? No matter if you're a wicked Muslim or a gangsta Muslim- if you look like a Muslim, or if you have a Muslim name- after the events of 7/7 EVERY Muslim is under the spotlight. A day doesn't go by without Muslims and Islam being discussed in the media.
Zahid Maqbool, Media Spokesman for The Revival has his day in the media spotlight after attending a meeting with Home Office Minister Hazel Blears. 'I am cordially invited to a meeting of the Interfaith forum at the grand location of the council chambers in Oldham.' Thatâ€™s what my email invite says.
Written by Sajid Iqbal â€œOppressionâ€ â€œThey have to walk 10 steps behind their husbandâ€ â€œThey canâ€™t even workâ€ Yeah yeah, heard it all before and probably a lot more. What is it with people thinking Islam treats women as second class citizens? Donâ€™t tell me, you sometimes wonder that too? Well STOP THERE, because youâ€™ll be surprised just how many rights women are given in Islam. Not Convinced ? Read on ! You will soon realise that its not the Spice Girls who introduced 'Girl Power' but it was Islam. Next time you think Islam oppresses women, a woman is worth half a man and that Islam treats them like second class citizens then never forget this:
By Irfan Jalil and Sajid Iqbal You're probably thinking what the heck has politics got to do with Islam? I know, you're thinking Islam is a religion and has nowt to do with politics. You've always been told Islam is about worship, prayer, fasting, obeying God, being good and other nice and fluffy things. Well you know what, if that's your understanding of Islam then you're in for the shock of your life.
By Irfan Khan and Sajid Iqbal Jamal: Assallamu Allaikum Ali, Ramadan Mubarak to you Ali: Eh...what Mubarak? Jamal: Ramadan Bro Ali: Has it started....I thought there was bare time for it yet? Jamal: Woah......wake up man...this is the month we have been waiting for! Ali: Why..are United playing Chelsea? Crap! I forgot to book the tickets man! Jamal: Ali, Ramadan is the greatest month in the Islamic calendar and I've been waiting for Ramadan to start for ages, its such a beautiful month
Once again it’s that special time of year again. The month of mercy and forgiveness. The month in which your dua’s get accepted and sins get forgiven.
By Hayder Khan Finally the month of starvation is over, now we can don our expensive designer gear and head down to Rusholme in our pimped-out rides, waving our national flag, blasting the latest tracks and see what we can pull! Might just get a little mashed or have a few shotsâ€¦and you have to have some weed man- chill out its Eid...you have to have some weed dude...all in the name of celebrating and having fun! WOOAAHâ€¦ just hold on a sec there mate! Isnâ€™t this the day we're supposed to have fun BUT also praise and thank Allah (swt) for the blessings bestowed upon us; as well as an opportunity to unite with the whole Ummah and join in together in enjoyment? Câ€™mon peopleâ€¦what are we doing!
By Shaykh Muhammad Salim Ghisa Marriage is a sacred bond between a man and woman, which makes each other permissible for them to enjoy and live happily. Allah has described, in the most moving and eloquent terms, this eternal, natural relationship between man and woman, which is filled with security, love, understanding and compassion: And among His signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your hearts: Verily in that are signs for those who reflect. (Quran 30:21)
In this regular slot, we at The Revival HQ shall name and shame people who we think are right turkeys. This month we nominate Sir Ian Blair. He has wowed us by lying more than the other, more famous, Blair! A Brazilian national, Jean Charles de Menezes, was murdered by undercover armed officers in a highly bungled operation on the 22nd of July 2005 at the Stockwell tube station. Within hours of these dreadful events, instead of trying to uncover the truth, SIB went live on air, claiming the shootings were directly linked to the failed attacks on London the day before.
If Islam forbids intermixing and having boy/girlfriend, then how does one go about finding a marriage partner?
In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent and Merciful There are many different recommended methods of finding a suitable partner for marriage which are allowed under Shariah law. 1. The first and most common is for the parents of the individuals to find a suitable partner via their connections within the Islamic community. Here it is important that you have a good relationship with them and you have a say in what type of partner you are looking for and you have final approval. 2. Another method is to use influential people within the community to find a partner for you, such as the Imam or a female scholar who has contact with other people looking for a suitable partner.
Find out how you REALLY spend Ramadan and what kind of Muslim you are: 1. The moon has been sighted, Ramadan has officially begun - how do you feel? A. Excited! You can't wait to keep your first fast. You intend to derive the most out of Ramadan this year. B. You get irritated at the thought of waking up for Sehri but look forward to keeping your first fast. C. You feel depressed. This is gonna be a loooooooong month. You can't do jack in Ramadan. 2. Mums waking you up for Sehri - do youâ€¦ A. Jump out of bed at the first call, there's BARE blessings at this time! This is the time prayers get accepted.
Comic for Issue 3 of The Revival Magazine