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Towards demystifying Shari’ah: Part Two

As mentioned Shari’ah literally means a path to a water hole, thus, a way to the foundation of life. Shari’ah as a term only appears once in the Qur’an (Kamali, 2010) and religiously speaking means a pathway to be followed seeking contentment and deliverance. The etymology of shari’ah as a “path” or “way” derives from the Qur’anic verse, “Thus we put you on the right way of religion. So follow it and follow not the whimsical desire (ḥawa) of those who have no knowledge” (45:18). At the time of the revelation of this verse shari’ah did not exist as...

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Book launch on Islam at Western Sydney University

On Friday 12 April 2019 at the Western Sydney University at the Bankstown Campus, two books on Islam were launched. The first book edited by Abe W Ata and Jan A Ali entitled Islam in the West: Perceptions and Reactions was launched by Emeritus Professor Garry Trompf from the University of Sydney. This book examines the way Muslims and mainstream societies in the West perceive each other, by taking into account themes like cultural pluralism, media, religious education, interfaith dialogue, and so on.Advertisements It argues that Muslims are not defined solely by their faith but as an emerging group...

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The Christchurch mass shooting: An act of terrorism in modern New Zealand

Christchurch is the largest city in the Canterbury region in the South Island of New Zealand. Its population is a little over 400 000 making it the third-most populous city after Wellington and Auckland respectively in whole of New Zealand. In this city in the suburb of Riccarton lies the Al Noor Mosque. The mosque was built between 1984 and 1985 with Saudi Arabian government donated funds. The mosque is managed by Muslim Association of Canterbury (MAC) founded in 1977 by Muslims of South Asian origin and has around 600 members. On Friday 15 March this mosque along with...

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Towards demystifying Shari’ah: Part One

IntroductionThis work on shari’ah is a four part series and this is part one. Parts two, three, and four will follow in the future months. To begin, shari’ah is an old Arabic word which has been used to designate Islamic law. It literally means a path to a water hole, thus, a route to the source of life. In terms of Islamic law, the way is understood to be one that keeps the righteous believers on the right path – siraat al mustaqeem – and this right path when followed makes life in this world comfortable and satisfactory and...

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Dynamic relationship between radicalisation and Islamophobia

In the post-9/11 “War on Terror” era “radicalisation” has been linked to Islam and Muslims and, therefore, inevitably has been rendered an Islamic and a Muslim phenomenon. As such, “radicalisation” has found a rather generous fame in the field of countering violent extremism, particularly among policy-makers, politicians, journalists, and academics. Even in the public discourse the concept of radicalisation is often passionately debated.Advertisements Radicalisation and various theories about it relating to the processes and causes have become a critical analytical tool for understanding issues of “home-grown” violent extremism particularly in the West (Amghar 2007; Silber and Bhatt 2007; Slootman and Tillie 2006). Apparently, the growing problem of narrow-minded extremist ideas and actions, especially among young Muslims in Australia and other countries of the West is being understood and interpreted through the popular discourse of radicalisation. Popular because radicalisation is generally defined, at least in theory, as a process through which an individual is gradually socialised into “extreme” ideas and stance which potentially paves way for political action often of a destructive or violent nature. Radicalisation in this sense poses a great threat to national security and, gives the authorities, therefore, an opportunity to identify and deal with the perpetrators. No doubt Muslim radicalisation takes place in society and warrants preventative and protective strategies. There are some Muslims who have a very superficial understanding of their religion and who are...

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