Ramadan Diary #1: To prep or not to prep

In our latest series of articles, Arta A. takes us on her journey through the blessed month Ramadan with weekly diary entries! From sharing her reflections on this important occasion, to sharing practical tips in overcoming the challenges faced, stay tuned for her updates. With Ramadan quite literally around the corner, like everyone else I am trying to be as prepared as possible for this … Continue reading Ramadan Diary #1: To prep or not to prep

Social welfare: Between capitalism & Islam

Zakiah A. Welfare in Britain has had a long and tumultuous journey; from parishes and poorhouses to a pension for over 70s (when the average life expectancy was 48!), the social care system has taken many forms. Over the years the service has grown to include housing, Jobseeker’s Allowance, disability allowance, child benefits and other various pockets of social welfare depending on local councils and … Continue reading Social welfare: Between capitalism & Islam

‘We really need more female scholars’ – a response

Aisha Hasan “We really need more female scholars” A statement heard time and time again in Muslim communities in the West. Whether it is an organisation searching for a female speaker for an event or a general discussion lamenting the lack of knowledge amongst Muslims, the importance of female scholarship is regularly mentioned as a crucial factor in countering the problems of the Ummah around … Continue reading ‘We really need more female scholars’ – a response

An introduction to the history of Hadith compilation

Marzuqa Karima “The Isnad (chain of transmission) is part of the religion. If it were not for the Isnad, any person would say what they wanted.” This statement of the great 8th century Khorasani scholar Abdullah Ibn Al-Mubarak is still religiously quoted verbatim by Hadith teachers and re-echoed by their students across the Muslim world. These few, but calculated words represent one of the greatest … Continue reading An introduction to the history of Hadith compilation

Reflections on events in the month of Rajab

Umm Mohammed As we get closer to Ramadan, Allah (swt) helps us prepare for the blessed month by sending upon us two others of particular importance, namely Rajab and Shaban. A time to gain extra reward and mentally prepare ourselves for Ramadan, such months also serve as an inspiration when one looks back at what occurred at these times in our history. When one looks … Continue reading Reflections on events in the month of Rajab