Ramadan Is a Chance to Reconcile Relationships

May 17, 2018

While much is made of the physical aspects around fasting during Ramadan, the holy month represents a spiritual space for remembering and reinforcing relationships.  For many Muslims worldwide, May 17 marks the first day of Ramadan, the observance of abstaining from food, water and innate...

Protecting Refugee Rights: The Role of Religion

June 22, 2013

Religious teachings and practices cannot be ignored if we are to effectively protect the rights and wellbeing of refugees. During my time as country director for Muslim Aid in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, I dealt with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing man-made and natural...

Can Islamic Law Evolve?

February 17, 2013

While many secular advocates, right-wing parties and orthodox Islamic groups hold tight to the idea of a static, unresponsive and irrational Islamic law, the traditional framework of Islamic Legal Theory boasts otherwise. Here, the neglected principle of ijtihād is analysed. The evolutionary...