What commercial and cultural propaganda presents as beautiful is rooted in ugly paganism but most blind followers do not know.

By Khalid Baig

There is a group of practices that we can consider as the twin sister of bid'ah. Like bid'ah they flourish on the twin foundations of ignorance and outside influence. Like bid'ah they entail rituals. But unlike bid'ah the rituals have not been given an Islamic face. They are followed because they are considered an acceptable cultural practice or the hottest imported "in" thing.

Most of those who indulge in them do not know what they are doing.…

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Books essential for freedom - Ramaphosa

Johannesburg - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said that reading was essential for freedom and a better future.

"Books are essential for freedom... For a nation reading is a gateway to a different, better future," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Youth Engagement Harare Library in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

"[Books] allow a person to break free from the chains of ignorance and intolerance... Literature is a powerful tool for social dialogue, cohesion and nation building."

Although the country had many good libraries and writers, only 14% of South…

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During one of his visits to Madinah, the Umayyid Khalifah Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik (54 - 99 A.H.) wanted to meet someone who had lived with a Companion of the Prophet if such a man was still alive. Sulayman's most meritorious act may have been that he had nominated Syedna Umar bin Abdul Aziz as the next Khalifah. His worst was the killing of Muhammad bin Qasim as he took revenge from the relatives of Hajjaj bin Yusuf. Overall because of his good character he was known as Miftahul Khair (Key to goodness). On being informed that Abu…

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Teaching in an Islamic school

This is an edited version of an article that was originally printed in the October 2010 print edition of Teacher.

Coming from a non-Islamic background, Andrew Turcinovich was a little apprehensive when he got a teaching job in an Islamic school. Here, he explains why he needn’t have been worried.

I’m no expert or scholar in cultural and religious matters; neither am I a Muslim, but I do teach in an Islamic school, where I work with extremely generous and kind-hearted staff and students, so it baffles me when I hear anti-Muslim sentiments being expressed.

Having lived…

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To all Principals

At our last Principals forum meeting, we suggested the creation of an exam paper bank on the AMS website. Basheer Noorgat and I have had some discussion around this matter and would like to invite schools to submit exam papers and marking memos.

This first call is for June 2011 Exam Papers and Marking Memos for all subjects from Grade 4 to 12.

In January 2012, we will call for all November 2011 papers.

In order to facilitate the filing, searching and retrieving of papers on the data base, we have to standardisethe way we all save documents.…

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About AMS South Africa

The Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) was launched in March 1989 at the Lockhat Islamia School (Al Falaah College) in Durban. Principals and members of the Board of Governors of Habibiya Islamic College, Lockhat Islamia College, Roshnee Muslim School, AsĀ­-Salaam, Lenasia Muslim School and Nur-ul-Islam School came together to form this association.

The need was felt to establish an organization to advise Muslim Schools and help them in their development at all levels.

Vision

To provide a range of quality services which will enable our schools to deliver an Islamically based-education of the highest standard and quality.

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