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Under-declaring Income for a Means Tested Grant – Acceptable or Not?

Zahra Patel - 10th October 2014

A recent question was put to the Al-Qalam Panel regarding under declaring income for a means tested grant. The individual posing the question asked whether a student grant received through under-declaring income was considered halal money. The Panel responded by asserting that wealth earned untruthfully is considered haram and falls under the category of fraud….

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The Rightly Guided Stars: Moderation

Uma Ali - 8th October 2014

Once the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم made a bond of brotherhood between Salman رضي الله عنه and Abu Ad-Darda’ رضي الله عنه. Salman رضي الله عنه paid a visit to Abu Ad-Darda’ رضي الله عنه and found Umm Ad-Darda’ رضي الله عنه dressed in shabby clothes and asked her why she was dressed like that. She replied, “Your brother Abu Ad-Darda’ is not interested in…

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Scholar Series: Interview with Maulana Haroon Sidat

Zahra Patel - 6th October 2014

    The following marks the first in a series of short interviews conducted with British Muslim scholars working within their communities. The ‘Scholar Series’ aims to provide readers with a snapshot of the variety of work being done by Muslim leaders as well as the solutions to some of the challenges they feel Muslim…

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Parking in front of our neighbour’s house – An Islamic issue?

Ibrahim Khan - 3rd October 2014

In many Muslim communities in the UK we live in rows of terraced or semi-detached houses, and every evening people return from work and park their cars up in front of or near their houses. Unfortunately sometimes people block a neighbour’s drive, or even if they don’t do that, they park in front of their…

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Maulana Tariq Jameel: Huququl Ibad and The Final Sermon

Zahra Patel - 3rd October 2014

Recorded below is Part One of a speech delivered by the respected scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel on the Day of Arafah, within which, he discussed the Final Sermon of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and explained why this speech of the Prophet (peace be upon him) focused so heavily on the Rights of Creation…

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Huququl Ibad and The Farewell Sermon

Zahra Patel - 2nd October 2014

Delivered on the Day of Arafah, the Farewell Sermon of the Prophet (peace be upon him) was our beloved Prophet’s last opportunity to address the nation en masse. His final request on this auspicious occasion was that the content of his message be passed on to coming generations so that they too might understand his…

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Man’s Greed and the Loss of 50% of the Earth’s Wildlife

Zahra Patel - 30th September 2014

Mankind is described within the Qur’an as ‘vicegerents’ on Earth. As part of this stewardship role, man has been entrusted with the duty to care for nature, the environment and all who reside on and in the Earth. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated in a Hadith, “The Earth is green and beautiful, and…

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Trustees and Executors for Wassiyah Purposes

Zahra Patel - 27th September 2014

  This article aims to simplify the shari’ah position on appointing trustees and executors for the purpose of distribution of inheritance (wasiyyah), and contains a discussion on the legal and practical situations of the following: Appointing a non-Muslim as a trustee and executor Payment for services of a trustee and executor Absolute discretion to convert…

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The Emperor of China speaks about the Sahabah

Zahra Patel - 26th September 2014

The Emperor of Persia Yazdgird once wrote to the Emperor of China to seek reinforcements. Addressing the Persian envoy, the Chinese Emperor said, “I know well that it is the duty of any Emperor to assist another against those who are overpowering him. However, I want you to describe to me these people who are…

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