Why giving charity is not the answer

Its safe to say that one of the hallmarks of Ramadan is Muslims’ generosity. From maghrib time on the first evening as the news of the blessed month’s arrival spreads, so too do the links to fundraising pages, charity adverts and television appeals. Muslims give millions in the month of Ramadan, with Islam Channel breaking records last year to raise over £1 million in one night. Muslims … Continue reading Why giving charity is not the answer

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

Does representation lead to empowerment?

A Muslimah Writes Prior to her stepping down over anti-Israeli tweets, news that L’Oreal had featured their first hijab wearing woman, Amena Khan, in a shampoo advert caused a stir on social media this week. The “history making” decision was (initially) praised as just one of many measures that have sought to integrate minority communities, particularly Muslims into mainstream branding, from Revlon hiring youtuber Dina … Continue reading Does representation lead to empowerment?

Idolising Imams – An interview with Dr Shadee Elmasry

Nur Sevencan interviews Dr Shadee Al-Masry, the Director of Religious Programming at New Brunswick Islamic Center and founder of Safina Society, on the celebratisation of scholars in the Muslim community, and how we can ensure that we benefit from learned individuals, without placing them on a pedestal. 1) The issue of celebrity imams and how the public should not idolise them is often discussed within the … Continue reading Idolising Imams – An interview with Dr Shadee Elmasry