The Prohibition

Al-Baqara (The Cow) Sura 2: Verse 219 (partial)

"They ask you about wine and gambling. Say: 'In them both lies great sin, as well as some benefit for humankind; but the evil that they cause is greater than the benefit which they bring.'"

The Quran repeatedly moves from soaring expressions of spiritual verities to details of mundane human behaviour. A full appreciation of our relationship to God is, as the Quran has been saying from the very beginning, found in how we act upon and live out God consciousness in all the aspects of our daily life. Worship is expressed not just in prayer but also in how we deal with mundane activity. It requires finding the right balance in all our activities, not being intoxicated with our self-interests or passions, but being ever mindful of the need for clear and sober judgement so that we apply the moral and ethical guidance of the Quran as far as we are able in even the smallest aspect of our lives.

What is the outlook for trade agreements post-Brexit

By Assad Bhuglah

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The post-Brexit is hinging on a cloud of uncertainty. It is not clear when the UK will kick off trade negotiations with its different partners. It is also not clear how the UK will accommodate its trade regime with EU or how many trade agreements it can negotiate in parallel with the rest of the world. There is no indication how the UK will re-define its trade relations with its Commonwealth constituency. Then, it is too early to pronounce on what could be the final position of the British population once the Brexit fever has cooled down.

From darkness to brilliance: confronting depression and loneliness

From darkness to brilliance: confronting depression and loneliness
 
Before I was so happy with my life. Everyday was just wonderful and full of joy, even if my dad had left me. I could appreciate every blessing in my life. I was so happy because my friends and family were all there. My life was so awesome even if I was missing my dad. Then, one day my mom found someone but he died soon and I could not spend enough time with him. I was full of regret. Moreover, I later fell in love with a girl. She was the love of my life, to who I was so attached. She meant a lot to me and made me feel so special. However, she then started to change and became more distant with me, until she left me. From this time, all the happiness was gone. I stopped everything in my life such as school and training. I felt a void in my heart. The depression started. I started to isolate myself, stopped eating and drinking properly. I was just crying and crying.

Good Cheer

Yunus (Jonah) - Chapter 10: Verse 58

"Say, 'In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy - in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate.'"

We must learn to remedy our sorrows with joy and good cheer. There are so many things that we can rejoice in. We should rejoice in our very humanity, knowing that Allah has so honoured the human being.

Bundle of Fitnah

The most pronounced feature of the legal determinations that exclude women from public life is the obsessive reliance on the idea of fitnah. In these determinations, women are persistently seen as a walking, breathing bundle of fitnah. One can hardly find a responsa that deals with women without the insertion of some language about the seductions of womanhood. So, for instance, women may attend mosques only if it does not lead to fitnah; women may listen to a man reciting the Quran or give a lecture, only if it does not lead to fitnah; women may go to the marketplace only if it does not lead to fitnah; women may not visit graveyards because of the fear of fitnah; women may not do tasbih or say amen aloud in prayer because of the fear of fitnah; a woman praying by herself may not raise her voice in prayer if it leads to fitnah; a woman may not even greet a man if it leads to fitnah; and every item and color of clothing is analyzed under the doctrine of fitnah.