KhilafahOnline – What Is Islam?

First in a brand new series of short videos being produced by Paul Salahuddin Armstrong of KhilafahOnline, discussing religion, life, philosophy and related issues.

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Islam: Timeless, Eternally Transcendental, Wisdom

While we fully acknowledge the sincerity of those who devote their time and energies towards promoting our deen through dawah tables on street corners, Islam is not a product to be sold in a manner similar to that utilised by used car salespersons…

Islam is something far more profound, often missed by many who proclaim to be Muslims; Islam is a state of being, an illuminated spiritual condition of peaceful contentment, resulting from the recognition and acceptance of Divine Providence.

Whatever else may get or has been in some way, tenuous or otherwise, connected with Islam as an organised religion, this reality, this spiritual illumination remains at it’s very heart.

Anything claiming to be Islam that lacks Heart, is therefore counterfeit, deficient in the most important defining aspect.

Cultures vary according to time and place, as does politics. However, the spiritual essence of Islam is transcendental wisdom, timeless, always relevant.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
www.khilafahonline.com

Say: He is Allah the One and Only

Out of darkness into the Light

Out of darkness into Light

Happy Eid al Adha

Wishing everyone a Happy Eid al-Adha! May Allah SWT shower his blessings on you and your family today and for all eternity.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims

Happy Eid

Sirajul Haq expresses Support during visit to Birmingham

I presented an apple to Sirajul Haq during his visit to Birmingham on behalf of our organisation Khilafah Online. Sirajul Haq expressed his support for Khilafah Online, the work we are doing and encouraged us to do more, masha Allah.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
www.khilafahonline.com

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How to stop the killing in Syria?

The question is being asked: Without military intervention, how are we going to stop the killing of civilians in Syria?

Whatever world leaders decide to do, the frightful situation in Syria is certainly not going to be easy to resolve. While it’s true, civilians are already being killed, airstrikes will certainly kill more and are by themselves highly unlikely to topple the Assad regime.

Once airstrikes began, they’d soon need reinforcement by armed personnel on the ground. If we went down that road, we would be embroiled in yet another war similar to Iraq, for decades to come…

Even if “successful”, it’ll be decades before ordinary Syrians begin to feel the benefits. If past experience is anything to go by, after thousands of deaths on both sides, we (i.e. the UK and USA) will most likely end up ultimately being blamed for making things worse, involving ourselves in the internal disputes of other nations that “don’t concern us”, and being belligerent crusaders… Irrespective the facts, whatever they happen to be.

Wars are easy to start, but far from easy to finish… Should anyone have any positive suggestions for alternative strategies for resolving this conflict, now would be a good time to post them.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
www.khilafahonline.com

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No War With Syria

I’m deeply concerned about the frightful situation in Syria. Nevertheless I do not believe racing into yet another war is the answer.

Wars are easy to start, but incredibly difficult to finish. Then there’s the rebuilding afterwards. Are Iraq and Afghanistan really in any better shape after years of conflict? The consequences of which all are still feeling…

Wars are extremely unpredictable; no one knows what direction they will take, or how other nations will react. Irrespective what analysts predict.

War certainly is never something to be taken lightly… Armed conflict will always result in tremendous loss of life and others ruined; both of combatants and those caught in the cross fire.

I strongly urge all those pushing for war to think again…

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
www.khilafahonline.com

No War With Syria

Wishing Everyone the Blessings of the Holy Month of Ramadan

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.

“Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an as a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So everyone of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting but if anyone is ill or on a journey the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.”
~ Holy Qur’an 2:185 (A. Yusuf Ali)

The holy month of Ramadan is a special time to seek the blessings of Allah SWT for yourself and loved ones.

Ramadan is so blessed that the birds of the air, fish in the oceans, and animals on the land pray for the forgiveness of all those who fast. Moreover, when they break their fast at iftar, the angels say amin to their duas.

Those who are fortunate and wise enough to take advantage of the blessings of this month are honoured with special status, such as that of a friend (wali) and servant (abdal) of Allah.

As Muslims, this is a wonderful opportunity not to be wasted, to learn valuable lessons from our sheikhs and to regard each moment of this month as a precious gift from our Creator, to seek out His Divine Grace and to be showered by His Endless Blessings.

Salam and Happy Ramadan!

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims
Director, Khilafah Online

Happy Holy-days - Ramadan 2013

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