Sunday afternoon musings on the rule of law…

Picture the scenario… David Cameron has just been advised that he has lost the election to Ed Milliband and that he will have to vacate 10 Downing Street by noon. However, instead of telling Samantha to get packing he summons the Chief of the General Staff, Nick Carter and orders him to secure Downing Street,…

Hannukah

“This is like the [situation] of the Isra’iliyyaat [stories related by the Jews]. It is permissible to be narrated as long as we know that it is not a lie, for encouraging or discouraging in what we know that Allah has ordered in our law [shar‘] or forbade in our law [shar‘].” [Ibn Taymiyyah] The festival of light…

On the Caliphate question (pt2)

How have my views evolved on this subject? In the 20 years since the word Caliphate entered my vocabulary my views on the subject have certainly evolved though my belief in the idea itself has managed to weather the vicissitudes of time – just like my abiding love for Spurs. On evaluation it seems the…

On the Caliphate question (pt1)

I was interviewed last month by a couple of BBC journalists eager to elicit my views apropos of the Caliphate ruling system. It was a hot summer’s day in late Ramadan and I’d only just recently stumbled  out of bed. In addition I wasn’t sure just how open I really wanted to be with the BBC…