May Allah Protect Us – A Lesson from Surah Tawba

In recent days my morning study has led me to reading from Surah Tawba and simultaneously referring to the corresponding section in the Tafsir Jalalayn (of the two Jallaludin’s). The surah refers a lot to both Jihad and Zakat and thus indicates the link, or at least the similarities, between the two of them. Of…

Banks Gang Up on Palestinian & Muslim Charities

The following news item is quoyed from the Chatity Finance website and their is also a linked blog post by Vibeka Mair. I thought it was important for Muslims to see that this is shocking and unprecedented behaviour, surprising even to those like myself who have been long involved in the charity sector Trustees of…

Success is Only By Allah

Bismillah: A few years ago I was appointed as the Amir of my community which, by Allah, gave me the opportunity to try and implement something I had been speaking about, and indeed writing about for some time, the proper collection and distribution of Zakat on Monetary Wealth using Islamic Gold Dinars and Islamic Silver…

Time to Take Zakat as Seriously as Ramadhan

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention…

Northern Rock – Watch Out! -by Abu Bakr Carberry

I have felt compelled to write this short note to ensure that we understand the implications of the extra-ordinary events which occurred this week. Basically in the UK we are witnessing a run on a bank, Northern Rock customers have lost confidence in the bank and everyone wants their money. With all the talk of…

How to Assess Zakat

Anyone with a basic knowledge of the fiqh of Zakat will know that the three categories of wealth that Zakat is payable on are (1) Agricultural Produce (2) Livestock, and (3) Monetary Wealth. This monetary wealth (Ayn) is often called ‘hidden wealth’ in that unlike the other two it is not easily open to scrutiny…

In Defense of the Islamic Activist

BISMILLAH As we exit the sacred month of Rajab and head through Shaban into Ramadhan, it is the coming Ramadhan that dominates many of our thoughts. Yet Rajab is one of the four sacred months in which we have to take special care and attention in many of the things we do, including getting into…

Zakat – Raising a Fallen Pillar (book review by Ahmad Thomson)

In sharp contrast to the growing body of so-called Islamic academic works which seek to validate today’s global economic system even though it is permeated with as much usury as Chernobyl is with radiation, Zakat – Raising a Fallen Pillar not only honestly identifies the haram banking system for what it is, but also proposes…

Alhamdulillah for Lloyds TSB Bank

This post was sent out through a different forum some time back but it makes sense to repeat it here. ———————————————————— Bismillah Yesterday one of the major British High Street banks announced that they are beginning to offer Islamic Banking to their Muslim customers, Allahu Akbar. They quite rightly state that official figures of 2…