Archive for the ‘Dawah’ Category


It’s Only Sunnah Bro!!!

May 2, 2011

By Saiful Islam

ISSM Turban“It’s only Sunnah bro…!”

That is the statement often made by those who when encouraged towards a Sunnah, pull out as an excuse to justify the non-adoption of a particular act, dress code or method which was conducted by the beloved Messenger of Allah(SWT), MuhammadSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallam.

Here is a tangible example.  Coming out of a shop, a brother wearing jeans half hanging down and a D&G t-shirt came out “bopsing” awkwardly and poorly imitating the 50 Cent et al.  It just so happened that I knew him from our younger days at school.


Standing there, I looked at his state, and thought, MashaAllah, the salam (greeting) is still there!  “Walaykum salam bro”, I said.  After the usual catching up phase of our discussion where the obligatory “hows it goin”, “you married yet” questions are asked, I shifted the conversation to his state.

“Bro your trousers are falling down”, I said laughingly.  With a smirk on his face he replied, “bro its style man, I can’t be seen with my trousers up, it’s just weird.”  Excuse me?! Was I hearing right?  I knew he was into his rap music, so I deliberately asked, “is that some rap culture style?”, to which he responded, “yeah man”.  The following conversation then ensued:

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A Gender Question for the PM

March 13, 2011

By Farooq Bayyin


Farooq Bayyin is a 20 year old second year, engineering university student studying in the West Midlands.  He joins the ISSM Blog team to contribute his views to the discourses affecting the Muslim community in Britain today.

The UK claims to provide gender equality, with David Cameron claiming it to be a core British value in his “deplored” Munich speech, but in reality this is not the case. When we look at insurance rates men in some cases pay 100% more than women. Recently the European Court of Justice ruled ‘Taking the gender of the insured individual into account as a risk factor in insurance contracts constitutes discrimination’. Looking at the differences in pay of men and women it can be seen again gender equality does not exist. The list can go on but this is sufficient to show gender equality may be a core British value but in actual fact does not exist.
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Blistering Open Letter to Mr Cameron by Sh. Haitham al-Haddad

February 18, 2011

By CoolnessofHind

Shaykh Haytham al-Haddad – actually… forget introductions – just read the letter.  Let’s hope it reaches beyond the ventriloquism of the neocons around Cameron and to his mind instead.



Shaykh Haytham al-Haddad


Your speech was misleading, ill-timed, counter-productive. You have insulted the Muslims you are meant to serve and have demonstrated a failure to understand the Muslims and their faith.

The Rt. Hon. David Cameron
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street

Dear Mr Cameron

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

“For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I give partners to Allah.” ( The saying of Abraham, Quran 6:79)

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Compassion for All Creation

January 28, 2011

Saiful Islam

ChickMessenger of AllahSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallamwas a balanced human being, who had all the perfect qualities a man could ever possess. He took each positive quality and exemplified them to its epitome.  Be it a husband or neighbour, a general of an army or a businessman, our master MuhammadSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallamwas exemplary in each of his duties and roles and was an all-round master.

One of his qualities was that of compassion.  The Messenger ofSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallamhad immense compassion and mercy for not only man, but for all creation.

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Muslims in the West: Challenges and Opportunities

August 3, 2010

By CoolnessofHind

I wrote on the topic of the unique Muslim in the West previously on the ISSM blog.  Since then I came across a very insightful interview with a thinker and scholar on a topic most pertinent to the Muslims living the West.  I pray it is of benefit to the readers. Ameen


Muslims in the West: Challenges and Opportunities – An Interview With Mawlana Khalil al-Rahman Sajjad al-Nu’mani al-Nadwi

[Mawlana Khalilul Rahman Sajjad Nu’mani Nadwi is from Lucknow, India and is a prolific scholar and thinker of Islam. He is the son of the distinguished Muslim scholar Mawlana Muhammad Manzur Nu’mani. He studied at the famous educational establishments of Dar al-‘Ulum Nadwat al-‘Ulama’ and Madinah University. He is a renowned mufassir of the Qur’an and travels widely for the purpose of da‘wah. Recently, he was invited to South Africa to visit the leading Islamic and educational establishments. Sulaiman Kazi from Batley, West Yorkshire joined him for a week and interviewed him in Cape Town on 20th October 2002. Below is a transcript of his advice for Muslims living in the West.]

Question: What advice would you give to Muslims in the West following the events of September 11, 2001?

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Do you Love the Prophet (peace be upon him)?

July 10, 2010

By Saiful Islam

We, the Muslims, treat the Deen of Allah(SWT) like America treated the black people: second class citizens or twentieth century slaves in the words of Malcolm X. How? Let me explain.

In the dunya we aspire to achieve the greatest, earn the most, and reach the highest position in the company in which we slavishly work.  We spend effort and time, often at the sacrifice of our family to get a promotion. We will aspire to reach the peak in the dunya… if we’re not practising we’ll avoid the question about praying, about chatting up women, womanising, wining and dining. ‘It’s for the molvis’ we’ll say.

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: Wake up!

June 21, 2010

Saiful Islam

I came across a beautiful reminder Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – stimulating words for us all: