A New Milestone

Yesterday, 3 years after our launch, we reached a new milestone at The Centre for Islam and Medicine.

Our vision for developing an institution to research and educate on the new issues faced within our society to provide guidance to our community is now one step closer, alhamdulillah.

A Passing Prayer

By Jinan Bastaki Sometimes… someone crosses your mind. It may be someone you have not thought of in a while. It may be someone you are not in touch with anymore. And their memory may bring a smile to your face or sadness to your heart – or both. And sometimes, that thought is not…

3 days in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

By Waqaar Butt 3 days in Al-Ahsa: Food for thought.. literally. (The following is a diary account of my weekend in Al-Ahsa which is to the East of Saudi Arabia. I wrote this to serve as a memory but sharing it in case one might benefit. My writing style is descriptive as I find it…

Reading Qur’an for the Deceased

I found this a very thorough, informative and academic discussion on an issue which sadly attracts a lot of controversy. The summary is that the majority of scholars are in agreement for it, notably Imam Ahmed b. Hanbal, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, Imam Ibn Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi amongst others. However, there have been some who disagreed…

Ibn Sina’s Proof of God

How did Avicenna (Ibn Sina) ‘prove’ God exists?

“The full argument is a bit complicated, but here is a somewhat simplified version. Avicenna’s proof actually has nothing to do with design, he doesn’t need the idea that the universe is intelligently put together. Instead, he argues from the idea that the things we see around us are ‘contingent’ or merely ‘possible’.

Our Consistent Friend

Ina Lillah wa’ina ilayhi raji’oon إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون We belong to God and to Him we shall return. Now Ahmed Shah is in his grave, the angels drawing nigh. ‘O Servant, speak the name of He you called your Lord’ they cry. O Ahmed, say: Allah the One – He whom I praised…

Meaningful Action in a Helpless World

“Everything you do without remembering God is useless.”

The world is a scary place. So much is happening beyond our control, it’s easy to feel paralysed by helplessness. It’s with this that I turned to a trusted friend and teacher for advice; what can we meaningfully do to change things?

His answer shocked me. He had read the undertones of my question. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do; it was that I subconsciously believed it wouldn’t do anything!