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Sufism should be preached in its true spirit. It should not be promoted merely as a Western tool to counter political extremism. They argued that the West at one point promoted Jihadism to fight communists and now it is promoting Sufism, which it considers moderate, to fight Jihadism. They said that, left on its own, the legacy of Sufism is such that it has always successfully resisted religious fundamentalism and promoted social, cultural and all-round well being and helped people attain spiritual enlightenment and solace. …  

The Concept of the Hereafter in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The Concept of the Hereafter in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Death is not the end of our lives; it is the beginning of our real life. Because our future is being decided on the basis of our present performance, we can either make use of our opportunities on earth to ensure a well-deserved place for ourselves in Paradise, or we can throw them away and condemn ourselves to punishment in Hell. The belief in the Hereafter naturally has a great influence on the life of a believer....

Shah Abdul Latif: Transcendent Love
Sadia Dehlvi
Shah Abdul Latif: Transcendent Love
Sadia Dehlvi

By dying live that thou may feel, The beauty of the beloved thou will surely do the righteous thing, If thou will follow this advice, Die that thou prosper, Sit down: O woman, live after death, thou will unto Punhnu come, They who so died before their death, By death are not in death subdued, assuredly they live who lived,....

 

The superstition of holy, evil or unlucky numbers is not only the prerogative of Muslims. In the Chinese tradition 888 is considered lucky and 4 as bad. For Japanese 9 is bad. In Biblical terms 666 is considered evil. In many Western countries 13 is considered unlucky, to the extent that the thirteenth floor is not numbered; and so on....

 

It is the great personal character of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) blessed by Lord, which was one of the main reasons for the acceptance of his noble mission bestowed to him by the Lord. As mentioned before, he never swore and he never spoke badly about anyone. But after his appointment as a Prophet of Allah, he not only absorbed these excellent qualities in himself, but also ordered all the Muslims to live their lives according to these noble traits…..

 
Jihad and Qital
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Jihad and Qital
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

‘Jihad’ is an Arabic word. It means the same as ‘peaceful struggle’. By this ‘peaceful struggle’ is meant essentially a struggle to invite people to God. As the Quran (25:52) says, “strive with the utmost strenuousness by means of this [Quran]”.....

 
Qur’anic Teachings – 5: Apostasy
Ziaur Rahman, New Age Islam

The Quran does not prescribe any physical punishment for the apostates because apostasy is not the violation of the rights of human beings (huqooqul Ibaad) but the violation of the right of God (huqooqullah). ... Only He can give such people a befitting punishment. ...That’s why He does not prescribe any punishment for apostasy in the world as He does for other crimes like theft, adultery, rioting, etc.

 

So I was so much confused, and hence I was in pursuit of truth and it was a great blessing from Almighty Allah that guided me to His true path.”…

One of the most important issues discussed in Quran is that of Purdah (veil). The Quran has some verses dedicated to this issue thus outlining the concept of modesty and privacy in Islam. However, the verses on Purdah and modesty have been differently interpreted and misinterpreted making it a most debated issue in Islam. A large section of Ulema are of the view that Purdah is universal for Muslim women and girls, even for female kids. They also believe that Quran enjoins even old widows and older unmarried women to cover themselves from head to toe whereas Quran does not say so. Quran stresses on Haya (modesty) not only on the part of women but also on the part of women. And it also gives some relaxations to women of certain age and circumstances in terms of Purdah. Therefore Purdah is not a universal limitation imposed on women…..

 

Unlike all previous scriptures, it is intended for all people and for all time. That is why the Quran has been preserved completely in the original state in which it was first revealed. Done through the centuries, our scholars have made commentaries on its verses and Muslims look to these commentaries, known as “Tafseer” or Quranic exegesis, to better understand the context in which verses were revealed and how they relate to the rest of Allah’s revelation. Tafseer, then, is important for Muslims to get an informed teaching what the majority of scholars have said about the Quran. By doing so they avoid the mistakes that can come from different translations and different opinions…..

 
Finally, in the Grave
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Finally, in the Grave
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Despite all our efforts and actions while in this world, one day we will find ourselves in the grave. This will happen with every one of us. We will not take a single of all the material things that we have accumulated when we were alive after we die. Bill Gates, said to be the richest person in the world in terms of material wealth, makes this very telling remark. I can understand wanting to have a million dollars...but once you get beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger.....

 

It is clear from the verses quoted above that there is one Deen which is Islam. All the prophets of God were the prophets of Islam and all the prophets and their followers were Muslims. In fact they themselves claimed they were Muslims. God also said that Deen is one and people divided the Deen into different communities and groups and coined different names to distinguish their respective groups which Quran does not recognise. The Quran strongly rejects the words Jews and Christians and stresses that all the prophets including Moses and Jesus were Muslims and their followers were also Muslim. By calling all the prophets and their followers Muslim, the Quran tries to drive home the point that all those believing in one God are one ummah. It doesn't matter if they believed in a particular prophet or not. Obviously, they won't know the prophets that were yet to come. But as long as they believed in the oneness of God and submitted before Him, they were Muslim. Divisions are manmade and unacceptable.

Wrong Criterion
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Wrong Criterion
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Muslims today are, generally speaking, victims of precisely this wrong sense of deprivation. This is despite the fact that today they can easily access and enjoy many facilities and opportunities, for which they should have been grateful to God. The only cause of the condition in which they find themselves is that they have formed, on their own, a wrong standard of Islam.....

 

When God says that “you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with Allah much abuse” He hinted that He knew that at one point in future, people would use all media for insulting Him, prophet (saw), Quran and Muslims. Still God says that these will only be done to test the Muslims' moral character, their faith and their power of self restraint. And God who calls for physical punishments of the rioters and mischief makers does not prescribe any physical punishment for blasphemy, though He says that he hates those abusing Him and the prophet (saw) the most as any abuse against the prophet (saw) hurts Him the most and so he has prepared the severest punishment for them in the Hereafter and a condemned life in the world. He wants Muslims to show restraint, courage and piety in the face of such provocation. Since the prophet (saw) was a living exponent of the Quran, he showed the same restraint, courage and piety in face of insults and humiliation targeted against him and his noble family....

Mother’s milk is a matchless compound created by Allah to meet all the baby’s nutritional requirements and protect it against potential infections. The way that the nutritional values in mother’s milk are in just the right proportions for the baby’s needs means that it could well be described as “the miraculous compound.” It is also rich in nutrients that encourage brain cell growth and accelerate the development of the nervous system. Not even baby foods produced using the latest technologies can replace this miraculous food…..

The Meaning Of Zikr In The Holy Quran
Aftab Ahmad, New Age Islam

The traditions of Deen have been extended from the first prophet to the last. The Quran, the Psalms, the Torah and the Bible are all sacred scriptures of Deen and all the prophets are the foundation stones of Deen. The prophets have been assigned different status and ranks by God and the rank and position of the sacred scriptures are also different in the eyes of God but we have been ordained not to discriminate between prophets considering some as superior and some as inferior and respect all the books of Deen. Turning away from this point of view will be akin to turning away from Zikr and obviously the life of such people will be miserable in the world and a severe torment will await them in the Hereafter. They will be raised as blind persons on the Day of Judgment……..

However, the truth of Islam can be found in the Qur’an. The Qur’an is like a text book guide to life. In it you will find answers to all questions. For me, everything I had learned about all the different religions, everything that I knew to be true, fitted together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. I had all the pieces all along but I just did not know how to fix them together….

 

Friday Prayer is an occasion for the assembly of the Muslims of a whole city or a town. It gives them an opportunity to meet together to discuss and solve their individual as well as community problems. Getting together once a week develops unity, co-operation and cohesiveness among Muslims. The logic that Friday Prayer is a demonstration of equality is also reasonable….

 

There is an unending debate in Islamic theological literature on whether or not the Quran supports mysticism/Sufism. Several Islamic scholars, particularly Wahhabi hardliners, say that the Quran does not support Sufism. In fact, they believe that the Sufism is anathema to Quran. ...  However, without discussing the two philosophies, we find some simple and easy to understand verses in the Quran which clearly support Sufism or at least practices that come under the category of Sufism.

 

Having Allah’s Favours may be a means to accepting Islam and believing in Allah. However, it may be a trial for one’s disbelief and deviation. It may be a trial to be secure, healthy, safe, and wealthy, while one is astray from obeying Allah. This kind of trial and affliction will be an argument against you and will increase your torment on the Day of Resurrection, if you die in this condition…..

 
Killing In The Name Of Muhammad Is Blasphemy
M Rajaque Rahman
Killing In The Name Of Muhammad Is Blasphemy
M Rajaque Rahman

These teachings confirm beyond doubt that all created beings and objects have come from the same single source. This realisation of the vastness of the concept of Muhammad is the only way to save the world from the wrongs being perpetrated in the name of Islam. It is a bigger insult to the Prophet to kill in his name than even a blasphemous cartoon!....

The sad state of the violence that today engulfs Muslim cities, pitting Muslim against Muslim, is in no small measure the result of the over-politicisation and over-securitisation of Islam. Whole states are disintegrating and religious and sectarian intolerance is ushering in a horrible era of annihilation and self-destruction.  Islam never began with jihad (a holy war). The miracle of the Prophet Muhammad is that he knew when to retreat (via Hijra or emigration) to build values of solidarity, peaceful coexistence with all kinds of "otherness" (such as in Medina and hostile Arab tribes), create know-how, and voluntarism in faith and membership of community, along with moderation…

Despite divergent views of scholars about celebrations of the Prophet’s birthday, my personal opinion is in favour of those who celebrate it. Those who oppose celebration of the birthday say that it is a Bida’h but I consider it as a good Bida’h…..

 

Allah has created this intense feeling of love that mothers have for their offspring in animals, too. Science is amazed by the self-sacrifice that animals display in defence of their young. Of course Allah also creates various lessons in this behaviour of animals. There is much wisdom behind this affection that Allah inspires in the human heart. An entity with no knowledge of the world it will live in, nor of right and wrong or good and bad, that is totally unable to defend itself and to meet its own needs when it first opens its eyes is placed under total protection by Allah through this “mother’s love.” …

Acceptance of Our Prayer Requests
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Acceptance of Our Prayer Requests
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

If your supplications do not appear to be being accepted, you must know that this is what God wills. God knows better what is good for His servants. Often, we are concerned only with our desires and do not really know what is truly good for us.....

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