Fatwa ; World War One

In the early days of World War One, twenty nine Turkish legal scholars met and deliberated for two weeks before drafting five fatwas, (legal opinions) to sanction jihad. On 14 November 1914, the chief of the Ottoman fatwa bureau, Ali Haydar Efendi, read the five rulings from the main steps of the mosque of Mehmed…

The Ahmadiyya Sect

Thirty years following the peak of violence of the Indian Rebellion, Muslims were at their weakest since the Mughuls invaded India over 500 years prior to this. The rebellion saw thousands of British Christians, Hindus and Muslims slaughtered on all fronts. Due to the decline of the Mughul Empire and the later dissolution of the…

The Call to Prayer

Recently within the UK, a petition was submitted to Parliament to allow the call to prayer to sound from Mosques all over the UK. The government responded to the petition: “Anyone wishing to discuss public calls to worship should speak to their local authority.” The government didn’t respond favorably to the national request for the…

Prayer

The Pillars of Islam are very rarely discussed from the perspective of a non-Muslim. I will be covering all pillars and the importance for non-Muslims in order to understand the Pillars of Islam and what it could mean for themselves or their families in the future. All five pillars are obligatory and the laws surrounding…