In this lecture, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus of Al-Maqasid spoke in London, on living in an age of fitna (strife) but first, he dispelled some misunderstandings around the concept of bid’ah (innovations in religious matters) and using “the Prophet never did it” as a standard for deriving legal rulings.
It is the time of year where the word “love” is paraded about, amidst a wave of cards, chocolates and flowers. But is there more? Love is so central to our sense of self that its presence (or absence) influences every aspect of our perception and interactions with the world around us. We are often quick to profess our love, in all its mundane and metaphysical forms, from loving the physical, to loving another person to loving the Divine. Ultimately however, the proof of our love lies not in our words but how that love affects who we are and what we do.