Having met several European white-skinned Muslims lately, I have noticed that they are still much more casual about converting to Islam than most Americans. A Danish brother says that many Danes are converting, in spite of the bad reputation his country has with Muslims elsewhere. Continue reading

Porous Borders and Democratic Processes

It is a consequence of the electronic age that national borders are not what they once were. Political processes devised within older borders, usually remained there and were not a threat to other countries.

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Event Alert: Intellectual Discourse Series with Dr. Hisham A. Hellyer

 Assalamualaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

As part of the ISSI initiative, we are pleased to invite you to the 2011 Intellectual Discourse Series with Dr. Hisham Hellyer, co-hosted with Islamic Outreach ABIM. The topic of discussion will be “Islam: Universality and Uniqueness”, and will be organized on Sunday 3rd July 2011 from 930am-1130am at the Seminar Room, Masjid Negara, Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.

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The real Islamophobia

It is not Osama, or even the universal celebration of his supposed capture.

It is the twenty American states considering a legal ban on Shari’ah activities, including legal penalties for operating businesses according to Shari’ah law. It has been described as ‘a discriminatory and wholly unfounded idea‘. How this can be in a supposedly “free country” is a great mystery. Continue reading

The never ending story

Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/the-never-ending-story-azril-mohd-amin/

The President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Dr. Chandra Muzaffar warned us on the day of Osama bin Laden‘s death that the root causes of terrorism have not yet been addressed. He reminded us that Osama’s Number Two is 100% committed to the terrorist way, and the danger of revenge may be even greater than before. The fact is that the major issues that caused al-Qaeda to recruit disaffected and confused young Muslims to its mission remain largely unaddressed.

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100th Centenary Muktamar of Muhamadiyah in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia has two over-riding Muslim organizations guiding its huge Muslim population. Muhammadiyah, with over 30 million members, is Number Two, founded by Achmad Dahlan a hundred years ago. Nahdlatul Ulama (“NU”), which had the late President Gus Dur’s allegiance, has a slightly bigger membership.

There are quite noticeable differences in the styles of these two mammoth groups, although both are securely within the boundaries of what is permissible in Muslim culture. Muhammadiyah, for example, favors a mathematical calculation of the “new moon” that starts the month of Ramadan, while NU favors actual moonsighting.

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Speech at the Religions for Peace Summit in Kathmandu

Here, beneath one of our Creator’s mightiest creations, from the Everest to the Annapurna Mountain Peaks, we have gathered to contemplate the forces of war and mass murder that are rampant in the modern world. In the face of mankind’s tremendous technological progress, the young are still forced to think and think, how could conflict – conventional as well as nuclear – be eradicated forever on the face of this earth?

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Moving forward to strengthen the position of Islam under the Federal Constitution

Jointly written by Hj. Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla[1], Hj. Abdul Rahim Sinwan[2] and Azril Mohd Amin[3]

This paper intends to discuss the position of Islam within the Federal Constitution with regards to matrimonial disputes involving non-Muslim couples, married under the civil law, wherein one of the spouses converts to Islam. It will be proposed throughout this paper that the approach in resolving the nature of these disputes shall be by applying the necessary Syariah principles through the Syariah Court system, as opposed to the Civil law system. It will also be proposed that this approach is within the literal as well as spiritual intent of our Federal Constitution.

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