As an early Eid present, here’s a talk recorded five years ago by Oxford University ISoc and preserved over on IslamOnline.net. It’s not one for the audio purists unfortunately but we’ve done our best. It’s definitely worth a listen for Sheikh Abdal Hakim’s perceptive and invigorating review of the history of Islamism. Through this reading, he makes an analysis of some of the most fundamental aspects of the umma‘s reaction to modernity and its current state. As a counter-point to these sobering reflections, he also offers some optimistic thoughts on the future. May you all have a blessed Eid inshaAllah, and may Allah accept the efforts of all this year’s pilgrims.
Download this talk (MP3, 50.3MB)