Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean Tour

One week ago I just returned from a successful lecture and IOU promotional tour of Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. The tour began in Malaysia were I did a series of lectures at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) over three evenings, and lectures after Fajr in the Main Mosque of IIUM for three mornings. Attached is one […]

Celebrating the Mawlid

Rabia Awwal Mubaarak! It is the third month of the Hijri Calendar which in many Muslims celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) believing it to have occurred on the 12th of this month. However, the truth is that his actual date of birth is unknown just as the date of birth of Prophet Jesus […]

Second Semester Exams at the IOU

Today I met brother Mazhar Yasin in the IOU office in Qatar doing two of his BA exams. He is the Chief financial officer of a large company here in Qatar. He was so happy at having the opportunity to study Islam in a structured program it brought tears to my eyes. After introducing ourselves, […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Completing the Hajj

Salaam alaykum Brothers and Sisters. I returned from Hajj yesterday after an 11 hour wait at the airport in Madeenah, a final testing of nerves and emotions, confirming or denying us the assurance of reward. During the many other extended waits throughout the Hajj, I used the time to complete my reflections on the wisdom […]

Second Semester of BAIS at the Islamic Online University

Shawwaal mubaarak everyone. Only two weeks left for registration in the BA in Islamic Studies at the Islamic Online University so please hurry and get your papers in for this semester (Sept-Feb). The diploma courses remain open 24/7, 365/year at your service. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJZiRsJrgik

Ramadaan Greetings

Taqabbal Allahu minnaa wa minkum. Ramadaan Kareem to all. May Allah grant us closeness to Him, forgiveness from sin and reverence for His Word in this month of Fard.