Dr H.A Hellyer's Writings

May 27, 2020

Basics of Worship

May 10, 2020
In pandemic times the rites at Muslim funerals adhere to safety first [NATIONAL]

May 10, 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many facets of life. It has interrupted work, daily routines, gatherings with family and friends and much of the usual hustle and bustle of life. It has also affected matters of death, and how we honour the rights of our departed loved ones in this time. For Muslim […]

April 27, 2020
This Ramadan: Refuse Despair; Remember Intention [ABC Religion & Ethics]

April 27, 2020 The Islamic intellectual tradition places great value the concept of intention. Acts, as all Muslims will know, are judged according to their intentions — to the point that often, if intention is absent, then acts of worship are invalid, or at least bereft of reward. There’s an additional element to this, however: if […]

April 23, 2020
Covid-19 pandemic casts long shadow as Ramadan starts [GUARDIAN]

April 23, 2020 Ramadan is normally a sociable time, as abstention from food and water during daylight hours gives way to sumptuous meals and gatherings at dusk. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic has cast a long shadow over the rituals, which have been modified to fit public health directives on physical distancing. The month of fasting […]

March 20, 2020
Higher Council of Ulama Guidance on Corona

Arabic and English translation: TRANSLATION- AZHAR STATEMENT- COVID 19- CORONA

March 16, 2020
What I saw in Jerusalem — the holy and the profane [ABC Religion & Ethics]

March 16, 2020 “Where are you planning on visiting in the State of Israel?” The truth was, I wasn’t planning on visiting anywhere in the State of Israel – at least, as described in international law. But somehow, I didn’t think the Israeli border officer was going to be particularly cooperative if I pointed out we […]

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