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Madinah’s Gifts

I was given a gift; dates from the city of light. Instantly, the memories come flooding back: The blessed greeting The dazzling green dome The serenity of the court yard The echoes of the adhan The boundless generosity The sages at every corner The cries of every lover The play of innocent children The silent…

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Prophetic Leadership

By Bilal Hassam “Prophetic Leadership” – Windsor Castle – April 2015 Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad / Timothy J. Winter “…To be Prophetic is to be counter cultural, to be a dissident; you simply can’t be Prophetic if you’re driving round in the Sultans Bentley. To be Prophetic you must be, by definition, difficult for those…

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15 Diseases of Leadership

Here, the Prophet ﷺ defines leadership by its responsibility, not position. The focus is shifted away from the structure and towards the individual. By generalising the definition of leadership, He ﷺ is equating the characteristics found in each of them regardless of the level of authority given. If one cannot lead justly or effectively in their household, they will not be able to lead justly or effectively as a statesman. As such, it is essential for us to understand the notable qualities and the common pitfalls engendered within leadership so we are effective wherever Allah places us.

When building the grave from Imam Shafi, the great Saladin chose to place a boat in place of the crescent on top of the dome. When asked why, he replied "beneath it lies a sea of knowledge"

Sincerely Famous

Imam Shafi was one of the greatest scholars in human history. But what is most remarkable is the sincerity in which he pursued it all: “I wish that people could benefit from this knowledge without any of it being associated to me” (وددت أن الناس انتفعوا بهذا العلم وما نسب الي شيئ منه) [Ihya Uloom…

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If my Lord asks me…

A man once came to Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal and asked him; “O Imam, what is your opinion on poetry?” He replied; “Which poetry is this?” to which the man responded by reciting the following couplets: إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني If my Lord asks me, “Have you (any) shyness in disobeying…

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Excuses

We’ve all been there. We’re trying to motivate ourselves to get involved in the community (da’wah) but we’re confronted by endless barriers for why we shouldn’t. From self doubt to prioritisation issues, the list of reasons for why we stay away never seem to end. Many of these thoughts often run through my mind when trying to motivate…

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Beggars.

By Dr Bilal Hassam “Sometimes we walk past a homeless person on the street. Dishevelled, dirty perhaps smelling of alcohol. That person reaches their hand out for help, they ask you “Please help. I’m hungry. Please can you spare some change?” We look at them and we think, well they are lying, they will just…