Morality and Legality

Al-Nahl (The Bees) Sura 16: Verse 90

"God commands justice, the doing of good, and giving to [one's] relatives; and He forbids all that is shameful, and that runs counter to reason, in addition to aggression; He exhorts you so that you may bear this in mind."

Sighting of the Moon

More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world organize their religious and cultural life according to the Muslim calendar, which is determined by phases of moon, making each month last either 29 or 30 days. Islamic years span on average between 354 and 355 days.  Moon sighting is hard because the crescent of first day is very thin and seen for less than ten minutes. In Muslim countries as well as among the Muslim minorities across the world, a moon-sighting committee is set up to witness the first sighting of the crescent moon and determine the start of an Islamic month.

Message of Consolation

Al-e-Imran (The House of Imran) - Chapter 3: Verse 195 (partial)

"... Never will I allow to be lost the work of any of you, whether male or female ..."

Loving Hasan

Abu Hurayrah reports: 'Whenever I see Hasan, my eyes are filled with tears because the Prophet (peace be upon him) went out one day and found me in the mosque. He took me by the hand and I walked with him. He did not speak to me until we reached the Qaynuqa market. He walked there and looked around then he left and I went with him until we returned to the mosque He sat and wrapped himself in his garment. He asked: "Where is the little one? Call me the little one". Hasan came running until he fell in the Prophet's lap, and put his hand in the Prophet's beard. The Prophet opened his mouth and Hasan's mouth touched the Prophet's mouth. The Prophet then said: "My Lord! Love him and love anyone who loves him".' [Bukhari]

Waves of independence in Europe

By Assad Bhuglah

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The European Union is regarded as a union of diverse territories. The progressive expansion of regional identities as a response to European integration acts as the main trigger of demand for regional autonomy. Europe faces the dilemma of how best to redesign its institutions towards more unity whilst maintaining its diversity of preferences and needs. Many areas in Europe have strong secessionist movements (e.g. Scotland, Catalonia, Basque, Flanders, Veneto) or have political parties agitating for greater ruling autonomy. Britain's vote to leave the European Union is almost certainly one of the most seismic political events in the Western world in the last couple of decades. While Britain leaving the EU is undoubtedly the biggest split ever witnessed in Europe, there are movements across Europe that could end up physically separating entire nations.