The scourge of sectarianism is eating away the unity of muslim-fraternity from the inside. In such times, any person or scholar who works tirelessly for overcoming differences and creating unity deserves not only attention but also appreciation. Faizan Farooq has dedicated this article to one such young scholar, Engineer Muhammed Ali Mirza. The importance of his work has also been highlighted in detail.
Faizan Farooq Religion is an objective-doctrine but since the concepts it concerns itself with are non-quantitative in nature it is bound to be tainted by subjective interpretations when approached by humans. Subjective influence on religion is so ubiquitous that almost all world-religions evolved and diversified into sects due to difference in perception and understanding. Every […]
Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) played an incredibly important role in the history of humankind. He (PBUH) was born in an age in which people were defiant and ignorant about the worship of one God. His people mostly lived for the sake of materialism. They worshipped idols made of stones, wood, or some other objects. These were the gods of the home, and their worship was seen as a vital affair of daily life and was thought to lead to better health and good fortunes in family life.
AbuBakr Fazili This weekend, many Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. Prophet Ibrahim’s (Peace be upon him) willingness to sacrifice inspires the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha. It epitomizes the reverence of One God, confidence in His Prophets (Peace be upon them) ways, and righteous living. Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) played an […]
The Hagia Sophia, an architecturally famous structure in Istanbul Turkey, is in news because of the judgment of Turkey's top administrative court which termed its conversion of 1930s into a museum as illegal. Since then the judgment has been a matter of debate among various circles.Waseem Makai reviews the opinions of various prominent personalities all across the world which came as endorsements or criticism of the Hagia Sophia Judgment.
Waseem Makai When Osman Serdinciwas brought in front of the prosecution body, he was unmoved and unflinching in his monologue: “The prosecutor brought this case to the wrong place and it would have been better if he had sent the file to Greece…This comparison drives me crazy…it seems as if I see a representative of […]
Khan Ansur describes based on his own personal experience why reading Seerah is an important task for every Muslim.
Khan Ansur “I looked into history for a human paradigm and found it to be in Muhammad”. (Wolfgang Goethe, the German Poet) The word “Seerah” simply means “path”. If we go by the dictionary meaning, it means; conduct; way of life; life of a person; biography; etc. I could perfectly recall the days of my […]
The modern Nation-State rules the roost and it seeks our adherence, urges our allegiance, shapes our culture, above all, it often shapes religion. It has assumed the powers of God in regulating society, as opposed to God's will (submission of own will to God's will). Showkat Ahmad writes about the ideology propounded by Syed Maududi who emerged as a strong voice of muslims in the 20th century when modern nation-state made their influences in every sphere of life.
Showkat Ahmad The first and the most significant fact to know about the Islamic political theory is that it does not prescribe or articulate any particular form of governance that should be conventionally adopted in all occurrences, instead, Islam gives principles on how to form states and manage affairs and then it is left to […]
From the Islamic perspective specifically, this world is not eternal but has to end at some point of time. While there is no explicit information in the religious text about the exact time of occurrence of the final day (Day of Judgment), there are prophetic traditions that talk of some events which would unfold before God almighty wraps up this world. Faizan Farooq briefs us about some eschatological events in the light of ahadith and suggests how to approach the study of this particular branch of Islamic theology.
Faizan Farooq ‘Atheism will eventually take over the world’ read the title of a Shaikh Hamza Yousuf clip I recently came across on YouTube. In the video, Shaikh was referring to a Hadith (probably from Bukhari) which explains how the ‘last hour’ (Quranic phrase for the Day of Judgment) would come only upon the disbelievers […]
It is an important aspect to understand that this message is not just for Muslims only because God is addressing all of humanity. As Muslims we are taught that we are one brotherhood, which is part of a larger brotherhood of humanity.
MUHAMMAD SHAFI ATHAR WASEEM In the year 1944, two white sisters, Betty Binniker age(11) and Emma Thames (age 7) ride their bicycles into the woods of Pinewood, South Carolina USA, to fetch “Mypops” a local name for passionflowers. Along the way, was George Stinney, a 14-year-old black boy with his sister, perhaps roaming in pinewoods […]
With the caveats of Tawhid and finality of prophethood, Iqbal laid out a concrete democratic model of Islamic democracy. Based on the legal tools provided by Islam, this could provide for a more democratic society than that of the West and could provide people with the greatest freedom possible. It is the best case to be made of Iqbal's claim that Islam can be reconstructed to not just face up to, but address the challenges of modernity.
Haris Rashid As an intellectual of India’s minority Muslim community, Mohammad Iqbal was confronted with the question of the fate of the Muslim community in a Hindu majority India. Muslims in India had with great difficulty negotiated a separate electorate for themselves in the Lucknow Pact of 1916, but in 1928 an All Parties […]
The current lockdown has not really been a boring experience for people who choose to befriend books. It has given a sense of companionship to those who missed their friend circles. Tawseef Ahmad Mir shares his observations of reading the book 'Khilafat wa Malukyat' and elaborates on the relevance of this discourse in modern times.
Tawseef Ahmad Mir When Covid-19 pandemic forced us to be within the confines of our homes, we had the opportunity to reflect afresh on the purpose and meaning of life itself. Carpe diem and brazen materialistic attitude to life had almost made us forget the inescapable reality of death- a universal phenomenon as common as […]
Since the balkanization of the Muslim world into nation-states the mosques have been reduced to mere praying places and in the subcontinent are exclusively for men. In this write-up, Faizan Akbar takes us back to the golden era of Islam when mosques were the learning centers of socio-politico-economic affairs for men as well as women. In order to restore the lost glory of mosques, the author suggests the measures to be taken which include opening the doors for the other half of the population.
Faizan Akbar The debates concerning the permissibility and the practice of Muslim women attending congregational prayers, and partaking in other activities at the masājid (sing. Masjid) are not new to the Islamic legal discourses. These debates date back to the Prophetic generation itself, which is indicated by the presence of several Prophetic narrations found in […]