Author Archives: Usama Hasan

Statues Must Fall But Life Must Be Preserved

With the Name of God, All-Merciful, Most Merciful 1. I, along with some or many Muslims, am uncomfortable with *all* statues of people or animals because of the Islamic tradition against images that echoes the basic Torah commandment against “graven images” since these can lead to idolatry. (More on the Christian tradition of images/statues from

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Punishment, Penalty, and Practice: Reinterpreting the Islamic Penal Code (Hudood)

Quilliam International has today published a report that considers the theological basis of corporal and capital punishment under Islamic Law, its abolition, and the significance of the issue to Islamists from Al Qaeda to the Muslim Brotherhood. Set out below is the executive summary of the report.  You may read the report in full, here.

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From Hamas to Hezbollah – British Muslims Deserve Better Leadership

In March 2004, aged 32, I accompanied some of my elders to a “Condolences Gathering” (majlis al-‘aza’) at the Regent’s Park Mosque (RPM) for Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder and spiritual leader of Hamas, who had just been killed by an Israeli missile strike. To give some background, RPM’s trustees include the UK embassies of

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Ashura, Karbala and the Crisis of Islam-State Relationships

With the Name of God, All-Merciful, Most Merciful Summary On Ashura day, 10th Muharram of the 61st Islamic year corresponding to 10th October 680 CE, Husain, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was killed at Karbala in Iraq by forces loyal to Yazid bin Muawiya, who had been appointed Caliph or political

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Book Review: “Muslim Modernism – A Case For A Naya [New] Pakistan” by Nadeem Farooq Paracha

I recommend this concise and readable book, “Muslim Modernism – A Case for a Naya (New) Pakistan” by the leading Karachi-based Pakistani journalist, Nadeem Farooq Paracha, for those interested in the field, as it highlights key issues for debate. Paracha’s main points are that the Islam/state relationship was understood by different Pakistani political leaders, roughly

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From the Prophet to the King

An Islamic Friday sermon on the universal equality of humanity: delivered on and marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day PART 1 of the sermon All Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds. Blessings and Peace be upon the Messengers of God.  As tens of millions of people around our world marked Martin Luther King

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