Time for a New Song

“London’s Burning, London’s Burning” “People Crying, People Dying “Shariah! Shariah!” “Call on Allah, Call on Allah” On a recent internet forum there was the usual discussion of when Ramadan should begin in the UK. Those (like myself) who propose basing it on a confirmed sighting of the moon within a suitable defined geographic region, were…

Muslims in Support of Marks & Spencers (or maybe not)

A few days ago i was sitting in the Mosque, just after one of the prayers, having a conversation with some fellow worshippers. If you had seen us you might have described as a black Jamaican, two white Englishmen, an Eritrean and a Sudanese. Of course that is all irrelevant, as is the fact that…

A Definitive Guide to Personal Islamic Banking

In recent weeks it’s become even clearer to me that Islam DOES in fact have all the answers to the problems and challenges we are being faced with, whether, they be financial, social, spiritual or otherwise. However, this does not mean creating an Islamicised alternative to every societal ill. Some practices and institutions just simply…

Statement On the Shariah Currency and Legal Tender

STATEMENT FROM IMAM HAJJ ABDALHASIB CASTINEIRA Shariah Counselor of World Islamic Mint and Former Imam of the Great Mosque of Granada Kuala Lumpur, 16th of August 2010 (posted courtesy of Gold Dinar & Muamalat Blog) Bismillah irrahman irrahim Regarding the matter of the Gold Dinar and Silver Dirham and Legal Tender in Malaysia The Gold…

When Does Ramadan Begin?

I overheard a few seconds of a show being recorded yesterday for Ramadan TV (RTV). It was being made clear that the beginning of Ramadan can be based on of two things: Either a physical sighting of the new moon OR having completed 30 days of Shaban. So far, so good, the 30 days of…

KELANTAN DINAR AND DIRHAM HAVE ARRIVED

Probably the biggest news story of the millenium Courtesy of the Muamalat Council website For most of Malaysians the morning on Tuesday, 8th June 2010, was just another morning in their existence – monotonous run on the capitalist treadmill – nothing extraordinary indeed: the same tropical weather (+32C) outside, same sickening news in the media,…

Khutba on Commerce

A Khutbah given by the Imam – Shaykh Habib Bewley at the jumuah Mosque of Cape Town 2nd April 2010 الحمد لله، الحمد لله الذي جعل صحةَ الإنسان وحياةَ المجتمعِ في إصلاح المعاملة، وحفِظها في المدينة المنورة، نحمده تعالى ونستعينه، ونشكره تعالى ونستغفره ونستغيثه، نعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا، من يهد الله…

Fair Trade – An Islamic Overview

by Hajj Asadullah Yate Fair trading (‘adl) in the market-place is based on trust. The establishment of healthy trade is an act of worship, modelled upon the trading practice of the Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. As a principle, any exchange of goods is permitted as long…