Heresy

Mother of the Faithful, Aisha, may God be pleased with her, said, "God's Messenger, may God be pleased with him and his family, said, 'Anything invented outside the scope of our religion, by anyone, is rejected.'" Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim. In a report by Muslim, the text of the hadith is given as, "Any deed outside the scope of our religion, performed by anyone, is rejected."

White Supremacist

By Assad Bhuglah

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White supremacy is a racist ideology based on the belief that white people are superior than people of other races and therefore dominate society. The term ‘White Supremacist’ is also used to describe a political ideology that perpetuates and maintains the social, political, historical or industrial domination by white people. People who hold these beliefs sometimes go by names including Alt-Right, Identarians, Neo-Nazists and Ku Klux Klan. The White Supremacist movement's recent rise is said to have been encouraged during the 2016 US presidential election, in which Trump was accused of racism and anti-Muslim bigotry for his comments about Muslims and Mexicans. Donald Trump has been cited as a factor in the rise of white nationalists and other right-wing groups who backed him to become president.

Known Station

Al-Saffat (Those Ranged in Ranks) - Chapter 37: Verse 164

"There is none among us, but that he has a known station."

These are understood to be the words of the angels, each of whom is assigned a station that is never left; some remain bowing, never straightening their spines; others remain prostrating, never lifting their heads. In the immediate context, this verse is a declaration that they, like the jinn, know that any worship of them is misplaced. More broadly speaking, that all angels have a known station indicates that they have, like all created things other than human beings and jinn, no freedom to move from one station or level of being to another.

Weakness

Al-e-Imran (The House of Imran) Sura 3: Verse 139

"So lose not heart, nor feel distressed, for you shall gain mastery if you are true in faith."

Wahn means weakness, whether it concerns volition or action, or is of a physical or moral nature. In a hadith, we read that once the Prophet, peace be upon him, said to his companions that a time will come when Muslims will be reduced to 'froth and scum that rises above flood waters'. They asked about the reason for it whereupon he told them that they would have wahn in their hearts. 'What is wahn?' they asked him, and he replied, 'It is the love of the worldly life and the dislike of death' [Abu Dawud].

The D-8 Group

By Assad Bhuglah

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In 1997, eight leading Islamic countries with similar development levels, including Turkey, founded the Developing Eight Organization (D-8) to improve their respective positions in the world economy, create new opportunities in trade relations, become more influential in international decision-making mechanisms and raise life standards. Twenty years ago, a shared vision motivated the leaders of D-8 countries to establish this organisation to promote cooperation in the key areas of agriculture, industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, trade, transport, energy and tourism. However, the progress achieved so far falls short of their expectations.