Article – French Cartoons of Prophet Muhammad: 4 Things to Consider

This article is an improved version of the author’s article published in The Straits Times (Singapore), titled “Provoked? Four rules to guide Muslim response”, 25 March 2006. It was republished in on 2 November 2020 at here. By Muhammad Haniff Hassan Issues and events that provoked Muslim emotions are not new. The Danish caricature […]

Article – Dealing With Negative People: Tips From the Quran For Muslim Activist (Karyawan, Oct. 2020)

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Short Article – Being Forgiving: A Virtue, Not An Obligation

This article was first published in, 21 September 2020 which can be accessed here. By Muhammad Haniff Hassan On 27 August 2020, Brenton Tarrant, a Right-Wing terrorist, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the New Zealand court, for committing armed attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 51 Muslim worshippers and wounded 40 […]

Article – Muslims Serving in a Police Dog Unit

This article was published in Wasat, no. 34/July 2020 which can be accessed here. By Ustaz Muhammad Haniff Hassan A Malay Muslim person posted his dilemma on Internet about his immediate family members’ negative reactions and attitudes towards his job as a police officer in dog unit. They consider his job as haram (forbidden) and […]

Article – “Tie the Knot” Before Tawakkul (Reliance on God)

Originally published in (3 June 2020) at here. By Muhammad Haniff Hassan Tawakkul is a key teaching of Islam. The number of Qur’anic verses and hadiths that speak about it signify its importance. Also, there are no books written by Muslim scholars from the past till today on Akhlaq, an important aspect of Islam, […]

Article – Islam and Individuals with Special Needs

The article is published in Wasat no. 33/Jun 2020, The original source can be accessed here. The Malay version of the article can be read here (part 1) and here (part 2).———————— By Muhammad Haniff Hassan Wasatiyah (balance and moderation) in practicing Islam does not only mean avoiding violence, harshness and extremism. More importantly, it […]

Article – When Doing Good Causes Harm: The Islamic Perspective

This article was originally published by Muslim.SG which can be accessed here. The Malay version of the article can be read here. by Muhammad Haniff Hassan Some time after the opening of Makkah, the Prophet s.a.w. walked around the Masjid Al-Haram with his wife, Aisyah r.a. He then stood in front of the Kaabah and spoke to […]

Article – Towards Fair Reward for Asatizah

This article was first published in Wasat no. 32, April/2020 which can be accessed here. By Muhammad Haniff Hassan Introduction This article seeks to argue for fair treatment for teachers of Islamic religious knowledge (asatizah) in the form of fair remuneration for their services in religious education and various initiatives aimed at championing goodness (da`wah) […]

Article – Five Dalils (Scriptural Evidences) Why Muslims Must Have Pioneering Spirit & Breakthrough Ideas

Originally published in Wasat, no. 30 / December 2019, at here. Yes, I strongly believe that Islam commands Muslims to possess pioneering spirit and constantly generate breakthrough ideas that will shatter imaginary and real life barrier that inhibit personal success, progress and development. The 5 dalils that will support my above point. 1.   Islam commands […]

Article – Dealing with Non-Practising/Sinful Close Family Members: Argument for “Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner”

(This article is originally published in Wasat, no. 28/August 2019. The original source can be accessed here. For version published in The Muslim Reader, 36/Dec. 2019, click here.) By Muhammad Haniff Hassan When a Muslim has committed himself to live based on his religious principles, the existence of a close family member (i.e. parents, siblings, […]