Author: Bilal Cleland

The calamity of the pandemic and mercy

Said Nursi asserts that the inner aspect of all things is good.

Not everything that man regards as bad is really evil, for, “it may well be that you hate a thing the while it is good for you, and it may well be that you love a thing the while it is bad for you: and God knows, whereas you do not know.” [ al-Baqara 2:21]

The Qur’an also says that “it may well be that you dislike something which God might yet make a source of abundant good” [ an-nisa’ 4:19[

Hasan Horkuc writes in his PhD thesis: “Said Nursi’s Ideal for Human Society: Moral and Social Reform in the Risale-I Nur;“
“ Even the most undesirable things and events are good in regard to their results. In reality, apparent harms, tribulations and calamities are not misfortunes. They are not evil and bad. They are created for many beneficial and everlasting results. They are created on purpose.” [University of Durham. July 2004]

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Islamic teaching on race becoming a universal value

The Yaqeen Institute provides Talk Toolkits on the matter of “Racism within Our Ranks.”

It reports: “According to an ISPU poll, Black Muslims are just as likely to experience racism from their own faith community as Black Americans are from their own faith communities (i.e. other Christians), with both groups more likely to report experiencing racial discrimination from the general public.  [27 February 2019 Yaqeen Institute]

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Post-COVID-19: What next

What has emerged from the chaos of the response to the virus in the UK and the USA is that the shibboleth of the market has been overturned.
The appalling death rates in what have been considered the most highly civilised countries of the West have forced the world to take stock.
The notion that the democracies are composed of free and equal citizens was also shown to be a lie.

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