Dr H.A Hellyer's Writings

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 […]

December 5, 2019
Are Muslims commanded to deceive? Why Melanie Phillips should know better [ABC]

December 5, 2019 The representation of religion in mainstream media often leaves a great deal to be desired. The level of religious literacy, generally speaking, is rather poor; but when it comes to Islam, it is often abysmal. Of course, when the media outlet in question is a respectable one, it is reasonable to expect […]

November 18, 2019
Adab of Ziyara to the Prophet and further resources

The Etiquette (Adab) of the Visitation (Ziyara) of the Prophet PDF Version (reprinted from Seekers Guidance)  By Dr. Hisham A. Hellyer   The Sacred Signs of God   The sages and scholars of this religion have agreed that veneration for the sacred signs (sha’ir) of God is from the virtues of the heart – likewise, […]

October 28, 2019
The Conditions That Created ISIS Still Exist [FOREIGN POLICY]

October 28, 2019 As the world begins to process what the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the infamous head of the so-called Islamic State, means, there is a temptation to believe that the group has finally been eradicated. While there’s reasonable cause for celebration—not least for the group’s victims in the region—the threat of the […]

October 14, 2019
Tunisia’s political experiment is the biggest winner [NATIONAL]

October 14, 2019 Nearly a decade after the Arab revolutionary uprisings began, Tunisia continues to turn the ordinary – the political process to freely elect a new president and parliamentarians – into something extraordinary. Several winners emerged from Sunday’s presidential election in Tunisia. The first, of course, is Kais Saied, who won by a shock landslide, with […]

October 8, 2019
My airport experience shows racism is not always personal – but it is systemic [NATIONAL]

October 8, 2019 Sometimes bigotry is blatant. Sometimes it is subtle. And sometimes it is the inevitable result of the system within which we operate. Recently I experienced this for myself when going through London’s Heathrow airport – but I am deeply grateful for what I learned. It gave me yet another opportunity to understand how […]

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