Hamza Yusuf & The Sultan: Misreadings of History to Justify Obedience to Tyrants

As an Ummah we are in a strange situation today. Our social media is dominated by either endless stream of tragedies. Or teeth grinding controversy. Over the last week a video of Hamza Yusuf that was recorded back in 2016 went viral. Provoking rage and condemnations from Muslims and spurring on his ardent followers to […]

Hamza Yusuf & The Sultan: A Case Study in the Misuse of Prophetic Traditions

In the past few days, footage from Hamza Yusuf in a Sufi retreat in 2016 was widely circulated on social media, resulting in significant backlash and outrage from the Muslim community. In the clip, Hamza could be seen criticizing the Syrian revolution, claiming that the “humiliation” the Syrian people were experiencing was directly consequential to […]

The Realism of Hadith: An Authentic Human Experience

As transmitters of hadith are categorized on the basis of reliability with respect to their retention and recollection of reports, many contemporary skeptics of hadith find themselves questioning the utility of such a categorization. These contemporary concerns give rise to a plethora of questions: Are “reliable” transmitters infallible? How can one ensure that “reliable” transmitters […]

Rebirth of a nation: White Supremacist Violence, Myths and Catharsis

I decided to write this short article partly as a reflection on the massacres by white supremacists and partly as a response to Bin Hamid Ali’s tweets excusing and sanitising said massacres. ‘Rebirth’ is a slight misnomer because it supposes that white supremacy is not a continuous phenomenon that has existed before and since the […]

Is Islamophobia Racism? An Interview with S. Sayyid

Recent attempts at trying to formalize the definition of Islamophobia have been met with scrutiny. Salman Sayyid responds to this criticism in this interview. Salman Sayyid begins by stating that Islamophobia interdicts citizenship i.e. the practice perpetuates a form of racism against Muslims. The National Police Chiefs Council(NPCC) states that the current definition of Islamophobia […]

Review: Riding the Tiger of Modernity by Abdal Hakim Murad

It has been long overdue but better late than never I suppose. Watching this lecture, I came to understand why Abdal Hakim Murad aka Timothy Winter is such a reverent figure among Muslims. He has a fascinating way of constructing narratives that make people agree with him easily. I will start off with the positives […]

Skin Colour and Scarves: The Role of Muslim women as Guardians of Islamic culture in the South Asian Diaspora in the United Kingdom

The most visible element of the Muslim community in the United Kingdom is, without doubt, women. Islam is present on their skin and very often their clothing. Skin colour and scarves are reliable ways to quickly identify a Muslim woman. That identification often leads to violence; islamophobic attacks, at their most visceral and brutal level, […]

Abortion: Beyond the polemics

Recently Alabama and Georgia passed new laws on Abortion.1 The new laws are so extreme that it was even criticized by a televangelist.2  In contrast to New York a few months back3, these two states have gone the opposite direction eliciting nationwide outrage from activists and celebration from conservative circles. As is the case, some […]

The Quranist Fallacy: How Quranism Ultimately Undermines the Quran’s Authenticity

In the 20th century, a fundamentalist doctrine, known as Quranism, began to emerge which called for the sole reliance upon the Quran as a source of Islamic law and guidance. Proponents of this new doctrine thus rejected the authority of traditions ascribed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, known as hadiths. The basis upon which these calls […]

Hadith and The Myth of the Telephone Game

A common argument today that attempts to undermine the reliability of hadith is the claim that the transmission of hadith is analogous to that of the Telephone Game. The Telephone Game  (also known as Chinese Whispers) is a children’s game where a message is initiated by a player and consequently whispered through a series of […]