Category: Islam

Review: My Brother, the Islamist

My Brother, the Islamist is a documentary in which a film-maker I had never heard of, named Robb Leach (his home page, incidentally, has no biography or reference to any other work by him),...

Deen Intensive programme for 2011 announced

I’ve been asked to publicise the upcoming Deen Intensive programme, which is to be held at Uludag near Bursa, Turkey, for three weeks starting 30th June. The focus will be on Imam Ghazaali, and...

How much can we blame al-Awlaqi?

So, Roshonara Choudhary, the stupid woman who tried to murder the MP, Stephen Timms, has received a 15-to-life sentence. Today, the Guardian (and probably other papers) printed transcripts of her interviews with the police...

Who’s radicalising who?

Today it was revealed that a report commissioned by University College London, the college where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to bomb a plane from Amsterdam to the USA last December, concluded that he...

Retaliation and the story of Khidr

I saw an article today posted at Harry’s Place and also at Foreign Policy Journal, entitled “The Problem of Honor Killings” by one Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, described in his biography as “a student at...

What is the true meaning of halal?

The true meaning of halal | Catherine Fildes | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk Catherine Fildes has published a response to Nesrine Malik’s article from last week, on the Guardian’s website, which argued that...

Why get sanctimonious about Tantawi?

About 24 hours ago, Muhammad Tantawi, the shaikh of al-Azhar in Cairo, died of a heart attack at Riyadh airport. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Formalities over … Possibly Related Posts: Hamza Yusuf...

Andy versus Maajid

I just watched the online copy of last night’s “discussion” between Anjum “Andy” Choudhary of al-Muhajiroun (which will no doubt have a new name by the end of this week, as the government has...

Muslims versus Anjum Choudhary

Recently the “Muslim extremist” organisation currently trading as Islam4UK — really al-Muhajiroun — announced that they were planning a march through Wootton Bassett, the town just outside Swindon through which the motorcades bring the...

Anwar al-Awlaki: trauma and extremism

Recently we heard that the Yemeni-American Muslim preacher, Anwar al-Awlaki, may have died in air strikes in Yemen, although other reports said he was miles away from where the strikes happened and was safe....

Blaming it on witchcraft

A sister tweeted earlier today that a “religious lady” had told a relative of hers that her apparent difficulty in finding a spouse might be due to “nazar” or the “evil eye”. I tweeted...

Splitters!

Recently some of us have been debating on Facebook whether to take part in a forthcoming coutner-demo to an al-Muhajiroun front group demo, which was to take place on the 31st. The event was...

Aisha’s Young Marriage

Won’t somebody please think of the children (from The Spittoon) This is an article from a liberal perspective on controversies about publications which find fault with the marriage of the Prophet (صل الله عليه...