Azizi Khalid

November 9, 2021

“What should I do when I forget the Quran that I have memorised?” asked a Qaswa High student recently. “You just need to revise it. Memorise it again. It is human to forget. The more you memorise, the more you forget. The less you memorise, the less you forget. If you don’t want to forget anything, don’t memorise anything. It is okay t...
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October 28, 2021

Fiqh in the Age of AI

There were multiple times in history when the Companions of Prophet Muhammad wanted to kill Abdullah ibn Ubay, the leader of the hypocrites, due to his crimes. Yet, in all those instances, the Prophet forbade the killing of Ibn Ubay. "I don't want people to say that Muhammad killed his Companion," said the Prophet. Here Prophet Muhamma...
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October 13, 2021

One day after delivering my Friday khutbah, a young man approached me. Young Man (YM): Thank you for the khutbah. That was a good one. Me: Alhamdulillah. Thank you very much for listening. YM: Sheikh, I saw you wore your watch on the right hand. I immediately changed my watch to the right too. Me: Brother, I wear my watch on my right b...
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September 1, 2021

"Remember, a Believer should never be in a state of boredom. A state where we are just sitting idle doing nothing. Our responsibilities are much more than the time that we have," reminded one of my teachers in my late teens. "If you are waiting for someone late, that is an opportunity to revise your Quran, do your dhikr, salawat on the...
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August 18, 2021

Ashura and Karbala

Ashura reminds me of the importance of social justice. Musa's fight against the oppression of the Pharaoh. Hussein's fight against the oppression of Yazid. A Muslim is not just someone who sits at home praying and fasting. A Muslim is someone who finds the strength through prayers and fasting in order to serve humanity. It is also a re...
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August 17, 2021

Makkah and the Du’a of Ibrahim

Last night Sakeenah was reading ayat 142 - 145 of Surah al-Baqarah. When she got to aya 144, she got very excited to read the word Masjid al-Haram. She yearns to visit the House of Allah. Once when we were in a car for a long journey, we play the game called, Questions — a simple game where one person asks a question and everybody has ...
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August 16, 2021

Karate & Qadr

Yesterday Sumayyah and Sakeenah competed in their first karate competition. Both of them competed in the same category. Despite having better skills and strength, fate has it that Sumayyah had a difficult draw in her bouts that she ended up winning bronze while Sakeenah won silver. Sumayyah went against the champion very early in the c...
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August 4, 2021

Comfort Crisis

"They have everything; what are they complaining about?" says the uncle in me. One of the things that uncles like me struggle to understand the youth is their mental health. It amazes me how many are on anti-depression medication, especially as it gets closer to examination season. But that may be the root of the problem. The problem o...
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July 29, 2021

Susah Senang Di Dunia

“Assalamualaikum ustaz, boleh saya tanya sedikit,” sapa seorang pelajar darjah 4 di Qaswa. “Wa alaikumussalam, silakan,” saya menjawab. “Begini, saya ada satu kemusykilan. Kalau Tuhan itu Maha Pengasih dan Pemurah, dan Dia juga Maha Berkuasa, kenapa masih ada kesusahan dan kejahatan dalam dunia ini? Kenapa Tuhan tidak terus jadikan sem...
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July 27, 2021

Should a Thinking Muslim Vaccinate Against Covid-19?

One of the many strengths of Islam is its scientific approach to religion. And this can clearly be seen in the science of hadith. The science of hadith forms the foundation of the peer review system in today's academic journals. Other scholars will review each transmitter of hadith's background, and each one will have a score from very...
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