Author: Bilal Cleland

Unity and diversity within Islam

The Islamic Articles of Belief and the Pillars of Islam are firmly based in the Quran and form the core of the faith. However the great depth of its message, analysed by scholars over the centuries, remains fresh for each generation.   The scholar of the modern period, Said Nursi in the 25th Word of Risale-i-Nur, which deals with the miraculous character of the Quran, describes it  as  ”a revealed scripture which contains in summary the books of all the prophets, whose times were all different, the writings of all the saints, whose paths are all different, and the...

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No compassion in Nazi and racist philosophies

The spread of anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim propaganda and the establishment of a myriad of anti-halal, Islamophobic organisations in Australia, as well as in the USA and Europe, give justifiable cause for concern to Muslims and all defenders of inclusive democracies.  What is quite startling is that some of these self-proclaimed “Patriot” groups have individuals wearing swastikas in their public demonstrations and make strong supporting noises in favour of white supremacy. On 15 February we commemorated the Fall of Singapore to the Japanese invaders, when they were part of the Axis Powers attempt to assert world domination. Thousands of our...

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Rising above the tide of Islamophobia

The attack upon the character and life of Muhammad (s) is part of an attempt to delegitimise the message and the civilization it established.  Included in this is ‘perhaps the most invidious insult…that he (Muhammad (s)) overcame his foes with terror only to rule them with cruelty.’  A paper from the Yaqeen Institute “How the Prophet Muhammad Rose above Enmity and Insult,” remarks “how Islamophobia, and its associated fear mongering are truly blessings in disguise.” Blessings, because they are forcing us to investigate our Prophet and “to rediscover his character anew.” The 70 incidents in this paper, in which...

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The vicious circle of bigotry and terror

The arrest of alleged terrorists in Melbourne, the burning alive of two Turkish Muslim soldiers by ISIS, the assassination of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey, the criminal truck slaughter in Berlin, suicide bombings in several Muslim cities, the killing of innocent civilians in war zones, atrocity after atrocity, are all terrible events in which the name of Islam is dragged in the dirt.   There are sound scholars defending justice and Islam, but they compete on the internet and on the airwaves with palace scholars and ignorant but media savvy muharibs who repeat what their masters convey to them. At the same time as we see this spread of poisonous fringe cults in places of conflict and their wannabees in prosperous secure nations like Australia, we are witnessing the mainstreaming in the EU and the USA of a style of racism and political extremism which we though had died in the bunker with Hitler. Marine Le Pen has high hopes of shaking the French Presidency, Theresa May is taking the UK to economic recession and rising racism, with the enthusiastic support of UKIP, and the victory of Trump has energised every lunatic right wing group in that country. Angela Merkel of Germany is one of the few sane, stable voices defending universal values. A few years ago it would have been unthinkable that a national security adviser [chosen by...

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The Quran Walking still under attack

All Muslims must be aware of the life and example of Prophet Muhammad as we enter into the post-Trump, post-One Nation era.  We are in a period in which Islam is coming under a sustained attack from the forces of white supremacy and neo-Nazism which are battling to influence the attitudes of the community. It seems incredible that millions of American citizens should have voted for an anti-Mexican, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, reality TV personality without a coherent political platform. Here in Australia only 4% voted for the One Nation Party but it has its supporters in the governing party of...

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