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Ibrahim Dellal, Australian Muslim pioneer passed way

Ibrahim Dellal, 86, the Melbourne based veteran community leader passed away on Friday 7 December 2018. A funeral service attended by more than 400 people was held at Quba mosque on Monday 10 December and he was buried at Fawkner cemetery.  İbrahim Dellal (1932-2018) of Turkish Cypriot origins was a community activist and played a pioneering role in establishing Islamic organizations and educational institutions since his arrival in Melbourne in early 1950’s.  Being the grandson of late Ottoman Mufti in Cyprus, İbrahim’s parents, especially his mother, raised their son to be Osmanli Efendisi, an Ottoman gentleman. His parents planted the...

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Public servants are more important than Muftis

A Mufti is a religious scholar who give fatwas or religious rulings in accordance with Shariah or Islamic law within the context of time and place. However, in many Muslim societies, Muftis were appointed by rulers and were obliged to give fatwas to defend their interest of the ruling class and maintain silence against corruption, oppression and injustice. Mohammad Hashim Kamali in his book, ‘Shari’ah Law: An Introduction’ states that “fatwa under the Shari’ah is a vehicle that facilitates the free flow of thought and expression in religious issues, whereas now it has in many countries become an instrument of restriction on freedom of expression in religious matters.” Therefore, the majority of Muslim people follow independent scholars instead of the assigned Muftis. Muftis can now be considered as ‘semi-free religious counselors.’ In Australia, we are lucky that the imams elect the Mufti. His power is merely symbolic and expected to represent and serves all Muslims. As it is known, all state positions are called public servant in the West. According to Said Nursi, ‘there is no position in Islam except public servanthood. A nation’s ruler is a public servant.’ This is based on a most prominent hadith relating an incident with the Prophet. Prophet Mohammad (s) was serving water to his companions when a bedouin came in and shouted: “Who is the master of these people?” The Messenger answered in...

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The forgotten Sunnah of Khutbah: the duration

Khutbah or sermon is one of the requisites for Salat-al-Juma, the Friday congregational prayers. According to fiqh books, the aim of khutbah is to remember Allah first and then advise the congregation about issues related to faith, social and moral values. The jurists state that the time of recitation of the Qur’an during the fard (obligatory prayer) should be longer than the khutbah. Prophet Muhammed (s) delivered the khutbah in five to ten minutes. However, research concluded in February 2018 shows that the duration principle of khutbah is not being applied by most khatibs and imams at Friday prayers being...

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The making of the ‘Civilisation of the Heart’ in South East Asia

The Middle Eastern Muslims, mostly Arabs, arrived in the Archipelago (in modern day Indonesia) in the late 7th century. According to a Chinese source, an Arab Shaikh was running a small town in the West coast of Sumatra in 674. Until the mid-twelfth century, individuals’ or small groups’  continued to their migration to South East Asia mainly for da’wah or trade purposes. However, Orientalist Snouck Hurgronje argues that the twelfth century is the earliest possible date for the Islamisation of the Malay world. He also states that “the early, mostly the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, bearing the title...

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Ramadan stories from Muslim inmates

It was in the mid-90s. I was working as a Muslim chaplain in NSW Correctional Centres. A conflict broke out in one of the correctional centres in NSW a few days before Ramadan. The management had to collect all unnecessary belongings of inmates for safety and security reasons. I recall a story of a Muslim inmate. It is bit mysterious, but I found it interesting particularly to those who are fasting. I wanted to share this unique story with AMUST readers. The Muslim inmate related his story during my visit after Ramadan to the facility in my capacity as...

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