[Book Release] 40 Hadiths on The Virtues of Sham And Its People

Al-Arba’in on The Virtues of Sham And Its People, By Mufti Shabbir Ahmed

The book

Sham is an area which encompasses modern day Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, parts of Northern Egypt, parts of Southern Turkey and parts of Western Iraq.

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Burying a deceased abroad

Burying a deceased abroad


I am aware that it is prohibited without a genuine need to transfer the body of a person who has passed away in the UK to another country, such as India or Pakistan. However, this is common practice in some communities. Please can you share some verses from the Qurʾān or Prophetic statements to encourage people to avoid this practice.

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10 Facts Regarding Prophet Isa (peace be upon him)

To download this in a poster format, click on the following link: 10-facts-regarding-prophet-isa-poster-version (prepared by Mawlana Zubair Sidat)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم


(1) He was sent by Almighty Allah as a messenger and prophet, similar to Prophet Ibrāhīm, Prophet Mūsā and other prophets (peace be upon them all).

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Discourses of senior scholars

This page features some discourses of some leading scholars from around the world. This page will be updated regularly. For discourses of Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri Sahib, click here.

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Israeli Apartheid, A Beginner’s Guide (Book Review)

Israeli Apartheid, A Beginner’s Guide

By Ben White, Pluto Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0745328874, pp.172, £9.99

The state of Israel has been criticised by many academics and activists for the violation of Palestinian human rights and International Law. Yet, very rarely is the concept of apartheid associated with Israel. In this indispensable introductory piece, White courageously discusses this issue and explores the definition of apartheid in light of UN resolutions. The book is split into three main parts. Continue reading

Arafat and the dream of Palestine, An Insider’s Account

By Bassam Abu Sharif, Palgrave Macmillan (2009), ISBN 978-0230608016, pp 288, RRP £14.99

Book Review by Yusuf Shabbir

Bassam Abu Sharif was described as the ‘face of terror’ and the ‘most notorious terrorist’ in the 1960s and 70s when he advanced the cause of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). In 1972, a bomb placed in a book sent to him left him severely disabled. Subsequently, he abandoned the use of violence and aligned himself with Yasser Arafat, eventually becoming one of his closest advisors and an architect of the peace plan. In this indispensable personal memoir, Abu Sharif presents a first hand account of all the major events in the Middle East over the last 30 years; from the wars in 1967 and 1982 to the 1993 Oslo accords and Arafat’s death in 2004. Throughout, he reflects on his relationship with Arafat, his role and methodology and how this affected the Palestinian cause.

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Hamas Unwritten Chapters (Book Review)

By Azzam Tamimi, Hurst & Company, London (2007), ISBN: 185065834X, 344pp incl. index, £14.95

In January 2006, Hamas won an overwhelming electoral victory in the occupied Palestinian territories. Branded as a terrorist organisation by the USA & the European Union, this lead to suspension of direct aid to the Palestinian government and forced the West to reconsider the success of imposing democracy in the Middle East. International attention turned towards the organisation, its aims and objectives. A few English books about Hamas are available, but most of these have drawn sharp criticism as they are essentially from an Israeli perspective, lacking balance, and some argue, containing unauthentic narratives. Azzam Tamimi, a Palestinian by descent, explains in this book the origins and history of Hamas, and presents a deep analysis of its internal structure and political objectives and how these have been achieved since its inception.

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