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Accelerated Arabic Programme

Accelerated Arabic Programme

Accelerated Arabic Programme Kickstart your journey in the Arabic language with ASI’s new Accelerated Arabic Programme! This unique 6-week programme will serve as an in-depth study of the core foundation of the Arabic language, covering both linguistics and practical...
Few Thoughts on Surah al-‘Ankabut

Few Thoughts on Surah al-‘Ankabut

The surah begins with the question: {a hasiba n-nasu an…} It is not right to translate hasiba as ‘think’/‘imagine’ or ‘suppose’/‘conjecture’. The meaning here is ‘reckon’, ‘calculate’, to use reason to weigh up options in order to come to a judgment about the...
Desire and Love in Marriage

Desire and Love in Marriage

I want to begin by trying to explain to you the difference between desire (Arabic, hawa) and love (mahabba).Desire is something that happens to you; you are passive before it; it arises; it gets you; it seems strong and you seem weak. It is aroused by what I will call...
Reflections on Education

Reflections on Education

The importance of religion to Muslims means, among other things, an emphasis on Arabic and Qur’anic studies; and the importance of earning their livelihood, notably employment by government or other public agencies, means they have, instead, to learn English, which is...
Advice to women travelling for `umrah

Advice to women travelling for `umrah

It is important to do our religious obligations according to the norms and manners prescribed for those duties. But it is no less important to accomplish these duties in secure and peaceful environments. It is obvious, for example, that because men and women must,...
Notes on Surah al-Shu’ara’

Notes on Surah al-Shu’ara’

This surah addresses the intense anxiety that God’s Messenger, salla l-lahu `alayhiwa-sallam, suffered on account of the  negative responses he got when he conveyed to the people the message God had commanded him to convey. It seems that he blamed himself (v. 26:3)....
Thematic Overview: Surah Al ‘Imran

Thematic Overview: Surah Al ‘Imran

The tried and tested way of teaching the Qur’an is to work through it verse by verse, striving to deepen our experience of the words of God, and to improve conscience and practice of the religion. That said, there is also some merit in stepping back, at this stage of...
Critical Reflections on Feminism

Critical Reflections on Feminism

 I have been told that on this occasion I will not be addressing only fellow-Muslims but also non-Muslims. I have tried therefore to present what I wish to say particularly to Muslims in terms that are general, and make some sense to non-Muslims as well. What I have...
Benefitting from our Differences

Benefitting from our Differences

The clear command of God is that when the believers are in dispute over a matter, they should defer it to God and His Messenger, that is to say, the Book and the Wisdom.[1] We cannot obey this command if there is in our community (local, national or international) any...