In October 1973, newly elected Delaware Senator Joe Biden visited Israel on his first official overseas trip and met Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The 30-year-old was visibly moved as Meir explained what she said was Israel’s militarily dangerous situation surrounded by “enemy states”, but he cheered up when the[…]
Alittle magazine on the fringes of the French media mainstream continues to polarise public debate not just in France, but across the Muslim world. Their pitiable cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad have provided fodder to populists on both sides of the divide – first and foremost, French President Emmanuel Macron[…]
By Abdullah al Majali We have lived to see Arabs enter Al-Aqsa Mosque under Israeli protection. It is shameful. Is there any real difference between an Arab delegation visiting Al-Aqsa Mosque under Israeli protection and hordes of extremist Israeli settlers whose incursions and practice of Talmudic rituals there take place[…]
This is an obituary for Islamic calligrapher Dr Sulayman Nordien, who passed away on the 5 September 2020. My first personal encounter with Dr Nordien was in my early twenties when my father set up a meeting with him to introduce me to Arabic calligraphy. We met at Masjid ul[…]
Our community is beset with a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart of our communal will. This crisis is evident in the erosion of what could be termed as eradication of the social fabric of our society specifically, and the loss of a[…]
I think it is time to take the Moulana Dawood Sampson debate to a different level. We have all had our outrage, our evaluations of the impact of his words, and the extent of rebuke by his peers among the clergy. The strategic question, now with just a few days[…]
In announcing the purported “historic” normalisation deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates – which a host of Palestinian voices have slated as treacherous, US President Donald Trump and his cohorts were keen to sweeten the proposition by suggesting that the deal would afford free access to Masjid al-Aqsa[…]
“Where is the Palestinian Mandela?” is a question I have often heard from Israel’s defenders. What they are really asking is: Where is the Palestinian equivalent of Nelson Mandela – a man who, they believe, offered only olive branches and dialogue? Where is the Palestinian version of Mandela, who –[…]
By Ahmad Deeb I have learned from Shaykh Seraj Hendricks by his mere presence more than I could ever articulate. Out of all the teachers I have sat with, he was the one that I knew I could go to when I was sad and confused, and I didn’t have[…]
By Shafiq Morton THIS is the one obituary I have never wanted to write, that of Shaykh Seraj Hendricks al-Marhum, my closest friend, my teacher and my confidante. I was three years older than him, and I was supposed to pass on before him – but as we always say,[…]
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