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CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR

Origins January is named after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gateways. He was commonly depicted in statues, carvings and paintings as a two headed man with one head facing forward and the other head facing backwards. In 46BC Julius Caesar chose January 1st as the first day of the New Year as Janus […]

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Islamic Banking and Finance

Al hamdu lillaah – on 11th December the Islamic Online University’s media department consisting of Ibrahim Cruz (Philippines) and my son, Usaamah, finished recording the remaining lectures of one of our 5 elective courses in Islamic Economics with Dr Farah Abdul-Fattah from the Sudan, who is an Islamic Banking consultant in the UAE. In the coming weeks we will […]

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Muharram Thoughts

Muharram Mubaarak! It is the first month of the Hijri Calendar fixed by Caliph Umar and its first day should not be treated like “New Year’s Day” – a pagan celebration adopted by Western civilization. This month is one of the four sacred months in which we are encouraged to make an extra spiritual effort […]

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Greetings for the New Year

May Allah bless us all in the coming year with many righteous deeds and forgive us for our past year’s sins when we fast Aashooraa (10th Muharram – 16th Dec) along with the day before or the day after.

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