Below are 7 quotes from one of my favourite scholars, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. Following these, there are links to 3 really interesting articles, one YouTube video from the rapper Akala (he’s talking, not rapping), and a link to a new book about Islam from Carla Power.


  • Above all we should be intolerant to those qualities in our own selves that Allah dislikes, and to be tolerant of those very same qualities of those around us, knowing that they are in a state of tribulation. – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
  • Allah gave you the ability to expand your mind. If your mind is not expanded then you are to blame. But knowledge comes with patience. Knowledge comes with learning. – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
  • Anytime we mention Al–Habeeb, the heart should yearn to be in the presence of the Beloved. – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
  • As Muslims we should humanise people and not dehumanise people, as this is more compatible with the spirit of rahma. – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
  • For me the most important thing in this religion is the preservation of the honour of our Prophet (S). – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
  • Humans are very egocentric, our lives revolve around ourselves. It’s a major problem, in fact it’s probably the single most significant problem on the planet, egocentricity, the nafs, nafsy nafsy. And one of the things this religion teaches people is eethaar, to actually begin to prefer other people, and the reason for that is on yawm–al–qiyamah it’s all nafsy nafsy, and the only people who are saved are the ones who had the eethaar in this world, Allah gives them the eethaar in the next world. – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
  • How much of our humanity do we have to lose before we finally wake up? – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf


  • An article on how ‘brainwashed’ terrorists are, or aren’t (as the case may be): The Zoolander Theory Of Terrorism
  • An interesting new book about one woman’s account of her year spent studying with the traditional Islamic scholar Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi: If The Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship And A Journey To The Heart Of The Koran by Carla Power
  • A very moving article about time and death, written by a neurosurgeon shortly before his death: Before I Go
  • Another moving article, this one about Gaza: Gaza Is Hell
  • The very intelligent British rapper Akala and his insightful views on racism and empire:

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