The giving of regular charity in Islam is a duty, but there are many different confusing rules which mean we need to organise as a community to pick rules we live by that match the principles set out but are easy to follow.
With various crises in the Muslim world and constant misrepresentation of Islam we need to work to establish the principles around which Muslims can and should unite to present and represent Islam accurately. Here is an attempt to put first things first in Islamic politics.
A few thoughts about Turkey and the spate of theatrical terror attacks….
With the recent spate of murders carried out under the banner of Daesh, it is essential that people appreciate how to distinguish what is Islam as given to us by the Prophet Muhammad in the Qur’an and his example and the behaviour of individuals and groups that has historically deviated from those teachings. This article explores the ways and reasons Islam is corrupted….
The Qur’an famously allows husband to hit their wives. This gives many Muslims some not insignificant difficulties to explain in the West in particular where daily the media where Islam is presented relentlessly as sexually licensious and violently oppressive of women.
In this article, I look closer at the verse in question and what could possibly be the justification of this action a husband may take….
Traditional Islamic shariah rulings give a place for “People of the Book” in society but charges them a poll tax called Jizya. What then is the place of Athiests, Polytheists and others generally. Here I review the key verse on the subject and conclude that such interpretations are not correct; that in fact Jizya only applies to a set of mushrikeen (Pagans) that includes some of the “People of the Book”…
After the principle of Freedom of Religion, the next principle of Islamic politics is that decisions are reached by shurah, what this means is explored here…
The foundational principle of politics in Islam is the freedom of religion, without which there is nothing but oppression. Read about it here…
Why is the Muslim world plagued by civil wars and division? Is Islam the problem?