Month: August 2021

Celebrating Our Covenant with Allah Almighty
Economy, History

Celebrating Our Covenant with Allah Almighty

The Hajj is fundamentally about celebrating the Anniversary of our primordial Covenant with Allah, which He took upon humanity before our earthly existence: “And remember when your Lord brought forth from Adam’s descendants, from their loins, their offspring and made them bear witness upon themselves saying, `Am I not your Lord?’ They said, ‘Certainly, we bear witness”((Surat al-‘A'raf: 172)) ​It is in the valley of Na’man’, which according to some commentators lies on the plain between Mina and ‘Arafat where the pilgrims set out their tents, where Allah took this ancient Covenant with all of humanity, from the first of them to the last of them. Here He manifested Himself to them in another dimension of existence, asking them “Do you recognize Me as Your Lord?” To this, we responded indi...
Beating The Clash of Extremisms:  Civilizational Hybridity and Trust-Building in The Multicultural West
History, Jurisprudence, Politics

Beating The Clash of Extremisms: Civilizational Hybridity and Trust-Building in The Multicultural West

I would like to highlight how the concept of civilizational hybridity and efforts aiming at building trust along religious lines as exemplified by the event we are commemorating this evening can help counter the harmful effects of the two most prevalent and arguably most pernicious, but unfortunately not only, forms of extremism today namely ethno-nationalism associated with white supremacist groups and religious associated with violent Islamic radicalism. I will do so from a historically informed perspective of examining the historical nature of the civilizational interactions between the Arabo-Islamic civilization and that of the Latin Christian West.   The Clash of Extremisms In the 1990s in the aftermath of the Cold War, the concept of the Clash of Civilisations gained tracti...
Medina: The Initial Phases of Urban-Nation Initiation
Civilization

Medina: The Initial Phases of Urban-Nation Initiation

Hijra was full of hardships. Messenger Muhammed ﷺ got to Medina safely with the protection of Allah almighty from the hands of Quraish. He migrated to Medina with precise plans nonetheless, the circumstances around were not so apparel. Tribal conflicts and wars were the image of customary. The economic and outdated social issues remain comparable. Another major challenge was the rehabilitation of the Muhajirs, who arrived from Meccah. Altogether, the people of Medina had countless hopes in the Messenger. Messenger entered Yathrib (old name of medina) in the face of several crises. The Messenger cautiously took each step alike. It was the commencement of the history that transformed an uncultured society to furthermost civilised society. The messenger was well cognisant of the stipula...
Still Do You Want to Keep Your Hands Aside?
Sufism

Still Do You Want to Keep Your Hands Aside?

When my friend Al Ameen from UK had visited Kerala for the last time we had talked of a lot of things. Among that he remembered an incident of Shaikh Ibrahim Osi Efa, a UK based scholar using his prayer bead, while taking a class, within his pocket while his fingers moved them slowly. Ashraf Nurani, another friend of mine, had also recollected such an incident when he met Syed Farid Al Attas, a well-renowned academician and author, at an academic conference. He was busy writing with one hand and the other hand was moving the rosary beads along. The two instances I mentioned here prove us how popular these prayer beads have become in the daily life of common person, ranging from scholars to academicians to traders. Used by some, when praying and person influenced by religion in their de...
Lockdown
Poem

Lockdown

-I- An entire year is greeted With utmost ecstasy “Happy new year” “Have a bright year ahead” A Couple of months passed With different hue Relished the days like a Slave being released from his enslavement, not knowing Further Fetched with hope, as always. A sudden thud begins Devastated and shrugged whilst Enquiring the reason Yet, it’s about a few weeks, Maybe like arid situation in An area. Summer, the flickering sun The relishing activities Halted from being relishing. Monsoon, the petrichor, felt Suffocated without inhaling And exhaling Sensing the dew to our Withered body, to feel alive Is being disordered. Winter, the flakes, melted Without my presence. Meadows being isolated Without the touch of my Toe. -II- However, days being Relished enthusiastic...
His
Poem

His

He was the one who made me grin. Who carries me on his berm. The one and solely superhero of my little heart. Who comes with chocolates and hues every night. I still remember that pale chromatic tooth while he smiles. And I can sense his love in his kiss on my brow. He, he was my guard. His existence made me fearless. A sudden bang. It jolted me awake when I realized it was all a dream. A dream, a bittersweet one. A fugacious recap may be. It has been a decade. Still, I can feel his smell Which must be blended within me.
Feeling Time
Poem

Feeling Time

Time heals everything…. Is it true?... I asked Myself countless ….if it’s the truth Why my scars deepening With time…. Time reformed a lot … be it my life Or my decisions…. But Never have I let it take over me As once time gets hold of you You are going to forget everything Because time is not just a clock It is a feeling…
Universe: Origin and Its Existence
Economy, Jurisprudence

Universe: Origin and Its Existence

The universe is ground to several or hundreds of thousands of species and objects. The learning of everything that exists on the planet or universe (the entire system of things) is called cosmology. This is a relatively new branch of physical science. Here we will be unable to answer some of the big questions such as “is the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing or created by an intelligent designer? Is the universe infinite? And how did it come into being? Will it ever come to an end? Humans have begun to find some kind of conceptual framework for answering questions about the planet or universe or world and their relationship to it. Here we could get numerous theories on the origin of the universe like the Big Bang, Steady State theory, and theory or belief of creation by th...
Phycology: A Contemplation Through Islam and Modernity
Economy, Theology

Phycology: A Contemplation Through Islam and Modernity

  The foremost intent of studying psychology would be gaining proficiency in abnormal psychology or psychopathology, one of the sub-branches of the field is a scientific study on maladaptive or distress in behavior, mood, and thinking and on its causes and treatments. The ancient physicians had sought acquisition of pathological mastery than theoretical consciousness on psychology. Innumerable books on the history of psychology assert the stance that before the medieval period, psychopathological comprehension had been more familiar than psychology itself, studies psychology then had been less apparent and more available than in abnormal psychology in turn. In the Islam-occupied dynasties at its profound territories like Baghdad, Egypt, Cordoba, and Gondhishapur mental health estab...
I’m Lost by A Cost
Poem

I’m Lost by A Cost

Through the window, I see the pathway -you walked away, I feel the emotions, Once suffered, -when you left my side. Glaring at the view, Sitting beside the window, I felt your presence. Neglecting your absence, Wanting to believe you'll never leave, I stay besides, the window, Even when I'm numb, Even in melancholy. My eyes travel across the boundaries, My mind was lost in hopelessness, My soul craving for serenity, My body felt numb. Yet, I prayed and still pray, For your presence, Or at least, For your serenity, in Paradise.                   How easy it is to lose someone, even when you love them in depth. How easy it is to feel utterly hurt, even when you were in utmost happiness. Mates, love yourself & love those who are there for you, your parents, you...