“Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.” Jalal ad-Din Rumi
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Our children, our future

Our children, our future

In every culture and society, since the dawn of human life on earth, children are seen as the future. Parents, adults and the people around them are there to protect them, love them and prepare them for the future. As children are born with dependence and by nature they are impressionable in their formative period,...
Ramadan Spirit: The Best Way to Fortify Morality

Ramadan Spirit: The Best Way to Fortify Morality

Muslims around the world are coming towards the end of this year’s Ramadan. The decision by the UK’s Channel 4 to air the daily Muslim call to prayer raised eyebrows and created hot debates amongst viewers, however this has increased awareness of Muslims fasting up and down the country. Whether practicing or cultural, Muslims have a special...
Ramadan should challenge perceptions about British Muslims

Ramadan should challenge perceptions about British Muslims

Tomorrow millions of Muslims around the world will go hungry. They will do so intentionally, with no sustenance from dawn till dusk for a full month. This is challenging, particularly for Muslims in the northern hemisphere, where the days will be long and dry. In Britain, fasting could be as long as 19 hours. This...
We Need an Inclusive History Curriculum

We Need an Inclusive History Curriculum

On 7 February the Department for Education (DfE) launched a consultation on Reform of the National Curriculum in England. It ends today (16 April). The DfE has already published a draft curriculum specification for 12 school subjects. In History, the Islamic contribution to this country remains almost entirely absent. In June last year an education...
Universities flourish with radical ideas, falter with bigotry

Universities flourish with radical ideas, falter with bigotry

Transcript: Keynote Speech by Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari Tuesday 12 March 2013 Organised by LSE Students Union on ‘Campus Extremism, Freedom and Security: Working top promote Cohesion in British Universities’ Chair, distinguished guests, colleagues, students:   It is my pleasure and privilege to be able to talk tonight about three issues which dominate our headlines...
Compromise Within the Family: An essential Ingredient of Parenting

Compromise Within the Family: An essential Ingredient of Parenting

Our children are our future, our hope. We all want them to be good human beings and better citizens. However, with changing nature of our society many of us are worried. Positive parenting is at the core of raising responsible children. Strong family, confident children Parenting starts in the family; family is the first human...
Landmark event hails new era of collaboration between faith leaders and hospices

Landmark event hails new era of collaboration between faith leaders and hospices

Leaders of hospices and Muslim communities came together for a landmark event last Saturday, 13 October 2012 to mark Hospice Care Week. Lord Howard of Lympne CH QC, Chairman of Help the Hospices, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE and Robin Knowles CBE QC,together with Help For Hospices, celebrated and raised awareness of hospice care across...
Paralympic Sports: An Embodiment of the Human Spirit to Conquer Hurdles

Paralympic Sports: An Embodiment of the Human Spirit to Conquer Hurdles

With the ceremonial cauldron lit in London’s Trafalgar Square by Claire Lomas, who was paralysed in a horse riding accident, the nation will once again be gripped with another spectacular sports event from 29 August to 9 September. Her remarks, “I think the Paralympics will show what kind of people we are, what’s going on...
London 2012: 'Yes We Can', Now it is time to work for a lasting legacy

London 2012: ‘Yes We Can’, Now it is time to work for a lasting legacy

A spectacular success! It started with passion, and ended with inspiration. London 2012 has delivered a stunningly successful Olympic Games and is now preparing for the Paralympic Games. The theme ‘Inspire a generation’ has captured the mood of the nation with high spirit and euphoria. From organisers to volunteers to athletes: people from all sections...
Reviving the spirit of fasting & Ramadan

Reviving the spirit of fasting & Ramadan

Religion and religious practice is for a higher purpose; to lift the status of human beings. When it comes to Islam it is about the spirit and message of the oneness of God and the stewardship of human beings on earth. Islam is essentially about one’s wilful submission to God to become His worthy vicegerent;...
Forced marriage is criminal, but criminalising it is not the best solution

Forced marriage is criminal, but criminalising it is not the best solution

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, there is much confusion between arranged marriages – where two families, with the agreement of the bride- and groom-to-be, agree on a partnership – and forced marriages, where one side is forced into a marriage against their will. The issue has hit the headlines in the UK, where Home Secretary...
Inspirational Parenting Programme in Sweden by Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari

Inspirational Parenting Programme in Sweden by Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari

An exciting and inspirational Parenting programme in Stockholm, Sweden, on 28-29 April 2012.  A two-day interactive workshop, themed ‘Family is the bedrock of human society’, was organised at Kista Folkhögskola on 28-29 April 2012 under the auspices of Youth Muslim Initiative (YMI), a youth organization based in Stockholm University. Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, an author and...