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Engineer Muhammad Ali Mirza and Sectarianism

Engineer Muhammad Ali Mirza and Sectarianism

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 […]

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Conceptualising Syed Maududi’s polity in the context of modern nation-state

Conceptualising Syed Maududi’s polity in the context of modern nation-state

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 […]

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End Times and Dystopia: An Islamic Perspective

End Times and Dystopia: An Islamic Perspective

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 […]

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From George Stanny to George Floyd: What Americans Can Learn From Islam

From George Stanny to George Floyd: What Americans Can Learn From Islam

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 […]

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Women and Masājid

Women and Masājid

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 […]

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Allāma Shibli Nu’māni’s Sīrat-al-Nabi: Views of Some Modern Scholars

Allāma Shibli Nu’māni’s Sīrat-al-Nabi: Views of Some Modern Scholars

Darul Musanifeen Shibli Academy Azamgarh, is in news for having started a fund raising campaign on social media citing the reasons that current lockdown has increased the financial burdens of the institute. Javeed Ahmad Malik in this article, reminds us of the academic contribution of this premier institute and of the person who conceived the idea of this academy, Allama Shibli Numani. Sirat al Nabi, authored and co-authored by Allama Shibli and Syed Suleyman Nadvi is one such contribution of this institute that money cannot recompense. The importance of this book in light of the comments made by various scholars have been highlighted by the author.

Javeed Ahmad Malik At the beginning of the twentieth century, one of the famous books written on Sīrah was ‘Allāma Shibli Nu’māni’s Sīrat-un-Nabi. Shibli was born on 3rd June 1857, in a distinguished family in Azamgarh city. He remained in Aligarh with Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan (d.1898) for sixteen years, where he came into close […]

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The Blessed Path

The Blessed Path

All of us face some experiences in our lives but only those who are critical and sensitive in their pursuit draw lessons. In this short story, Uzma Bukhari writes about one such person namely Amina who experiences events in her life that make her God-conscious.

Uzma Bukhari Intelligent and brave Amina was the eldest child of the family. She lived in a serene village with her parents, uncle, aunt, and cousins (Umar and Shabeer). As usual, Amina’s Father and Uncle were up before Azan and left for Mosque. The sweet and melodious chirping of birds was echoing in the village, […]

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Hasan’ al Hudaybi’s assessment of Sayyid Qutub – An insider’s take on alleged radicalism

Hasan’ al Hudaybi’s assessment of Sayyid Qutub – An insider’s take on alleged radicalism

It is interesting to note that some ideas of Qutb were critically evaluated and examined from within the Muslim Brotherhood. The most noteworthy contribution in this regard was done by Hassan al-Hudaybi, the second supreme guide (Murshid e Aam) of Muslim Brotherhood in the form of his book “Preachers, Not Judges” (Du’at la Qudat).

Murad Alvi In western academia, Sayyid Qutb has been portrayed as a key figure in the chain of proponents of “extremism” and “radicalism”. There is a vast literature that refers to Sayyid Qutb as the father of modern militancy; it is a general perception in the west and more so in the modern literalist Muslim […]

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Charity in the Age of Social Media: Islamic Perspective

Charity in the Age of Social Media: Islamic Perspective

In the world of social media, it becomes difficult to fight off the urge of sharing the pictures of the charitable activities but the donors need to understand that there's something more important than this social media celebration.

Danish Hameed Due to the current lockdown world wide in wake of corona virus, many people are facing shortage of essential supplies and in this backdrop, the philanthropic activities have been expedited both at individual and collective levels. These are indeed encouraging signs of a living society which showcase the fundamental humanitarian values. However, while […]

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COVID-19: A global pandemic or the divine indignation?

COVID-19: A global pandemic or the divine indignation?

The need of the hour is that we should behave like the responsible citizens and work for the welfare of all or at least of our own selves.

Faheem Ahmad The global crisis, ignited by the novel coronavirus has entered a multi-dimensional discourse. No one is safe, almost everyone residing on planet earth is on the brink of getting infected by the deadly virus. In these pressing times, experts are debating its ill effects onhuman race, some areseeing COVID-19 as a capitalist-humanist battle […]

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