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Islamic Ideology

معرفة unlike علم is that which is always preceded by ignorance! It is that which requires contemplation and thought to bring about the knowledge. This is why God is described as العالم (the All-Knower) but cannot be described as ‘A’rif. God does not need to contemplate a thing to know it, nor does He encounter a state of ignorance or forgetfulness. Transcendent be Thy name!....

 

Imam Ali in the first sermon of Nahjul Balagha says “The foremost (first) in religion is the acknowledgement (knowledge) of Him.” In the part of the speech, the Imam clearly defines the most important and fundamental step that one must begin with. This is the knowledge of God. Interestingly, the Imam says the first (أَوَّلُ) but does not mention a second or third later in his sermon. This demonstrates that this opening step is of huge importance, such that no second or third can rival its importance....

Qur’anic Concept of Meezan: The Law of Universal Balance of Divine Justice
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

The Administrative Principles of Divine Governance is characterized both by Rules and Exceptions regulated by divine wills –philosophically termed as the” Necessity” or “Accident” from materialistic point of view. Deviations signify sovereign authority of Allah and not Imperfection in the process of Divine Creation. The Whole Process of creation of the universe and the creation and resurrection of mankind emanates from sovereign authority of Allah, the Eternal Reality. Life in any form is a balanced communion of Matter and Spirit executed under divine command and ‘MEEZAN’ is the Basis of Life. The whole Universe including Microbes to Stellar Systems stand on the fulcrum of divine balance.....

Both religion and science are to be tested in the laboratory of Life (grounded or implicated in God’s name Al-Hayy) and whatever diminishes life and its potential to creativity, beauty, joy, wonder, celebrate, adventure in outer and inner (higher) worlds, closes channels and modalities of newer expression of human personality and let us not forget that God is the ideal pole of man and another name of what is held intrinsically valuable or good or beautiful or true....

Prophet Muhammad wasn’t just a prophet. He was also a politician, and not just a politician, but a head of state and a state-builder. If Prophet Muhammad was in a position of holding territory and governing territory, then presumably the Quran would have to have something to say about governance. Otherwise, how would Prophet Muhammad be guided? That’s one thing intertwining the religion and politics that isn’t accidental, and was meant to be that way.....

A Perverted Perception of Faith: Polygyny Is a Provision for Exceptional Circumstances
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

For a Muslim considering taking on a second wife, the Holy Qur’an is very specific on the conditions to be met. He must be able to provide and maintain the second family, and also deal with both wives and their offspring on the basis of justice and fairness – equal time, equal expenses and equality in everything. Such is the requirement that only a rare number of exceptional individuals can fulfil that quality of justice and fairness.

Manipulating the actual text of Islamic law, these lecherous men prey on the poor and the unwilling without fulfilling any of the conditions for a multiple marriage. And their victims are often left broken and destitute....

The moral obligations cannot be ignored by taking the excuse of treating them simply as moral obligations, likewise forbidden moral acts should not be performed either. If performance of daily-prayers is compulsory and their non-performance is prohibited and brings Divine-Punishment, equally important is the fulfilment of a promise and its breach is prohibited and brings Divine-Wrath. The real religious person and the prosperous one is he who is committed to his religious obligation, as well as being honest in the fulfilment of his moral commitments....

 

They went to Mecca, destroyed many of its artefacts, domes, graves, and anything that Muslims held dear and honoured, because of its historical value and because of their love for the Prophet and his family. For instance, they destroyed the dome of Khadija, the wife of the Prophet, as well as the dome that marked the location of the birth of the Prophet. They went to Medina; they removed the decorations that were placed on the grave of the Prophet, which enraged Muslims worldwide.....

In part 1 and the entry entitled “Are Wahhabis Sunnis? Chechnya Conference and Saudi Anger…“, we explained that the links and intermarriages between Saudis and Wahhabis run deep. We also explained that Saudis have a Jewish ancestry. (This in and of itself doesn’t mean much. What is significant however is the concealment of this ancestry and the fabrication of a different genealogy that is used publicly… as well as the real interests that are sought by Wahhabis and Saudis) What is as interesting, but even less known, than the Jewish ancestry of Saudis, is that Muhammad bin Abd al-Wahhab’s ancestors were also Jews....

Knowledge of Tawhid is an intrinsic quality possessed by each human being. It is innate and it is what makes up the original human nature. Allah has taken a pledge from each human being, and each soul has testified that there is no God but God....

As he started making his ideas public, his father and some of his teachers warned people against listening to him, and openly remarked that he would eventually misguide others. When he began his movement of reform, his father and his teachers opposed him directly and refuted his ideas, which were only accepted by those who had no religious education, as stated by historians of the time, including his own brother. In the beginning of his movement, his approach was much more lenient. But as opposition to his ideas grew, so did his aggressiveness....

Saudi Arabia Quietly Spreads its Brand of Puritanical Islam in Indonesia
Krithika Varagur

Since 1980, Saudi Arabia has been using education to quietly spread Salafism, its brand of puritanical Islam, in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. The two main arms of this effort are LIPIA and scholarships for higher education in Saudi Arabia. Salafism is an ultra-conservative reform movement that advocates a return to Quranic times. LIPIA teaches Wahhabi Mazhab, a strain of Salafi Islam expounded by the medieval Sunni theologian Ibn Taimiyah....

Islam strikes a balance between the two extremes of Capitalism and Socialism. Being appreciative of their role, Islam harmonizes the individuals and the State in such a way that individuals have the freedom necessary to develop their potentialities and not to encroach upon the rights of their fellowmen....

 

As a spiritual alternative to prevent suicide, Islam has its ways of addressing the issue. First of all, researchers show that suicide rates interestingly appear to be lower among Muslims as compared to those of other faiths or atheists. The researchers have attributed, among others, the lower rate to the religion of the Muslims....

 
The Islamic Revolution
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D.

The Islamic Revolution
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D.

The Islamic revolution of monotheism opened the doors of research and investigation by displacing nature from its sacred pedestal. Modern science is wholly the gift of the Islamic revolution-directly in its initial stages, and indirectly in its later stages. Modern scientific revolution was set in motion by Islam, which was sent by the Almighty for the guidance of all mankind for all eternity. Henri Pirenne author of "History of Western Europe" says, "Islam changed the face of the globe. The traditional order of history was overthrown." Islam is complete truth....

Resurrection: Islamic and Scientific Perspectives
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D

Prevailing Islamic doctrine conceives death as a disengagement of the soul from the body, the outward sign of which is the cessation of breathing. This event marks the end of the predetermined period of mundane life that is to be accounted for at the last judgment, the Day of Judgment (Qiyamah), when the body and soul are again reunited and resurrected for consignment to the splendid gardens of paradise or torturous fires of hell. Between death and resurrection, individuals are subjected to a preliminary trial in the grave by the angels Munkar and Nakir and given a preview of their destiny in the Hereafter...

Peaceful Coexistence in Islam: A Middle Path Between Al-Wala And Al-Bara?
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

“Muwaalat (bearing Love and affection) is entirely different from Muaamalat (giving consideration and conducting transactions with someone and making peaceful coexistence). The difference between the two is like the distance between the sky and the earth. It is permissible to conduct transactions and have dealings with anyone, except with apostates like Wahhabis and Deobandis (The terms “Wahhabis” and “Deobandis” here do not include all those people in our times who call themselves Wahhabis and Deobandis but they are unfamiliar with their elders, so all Wahhabis in our times cannot be ruled as apostates, Allah knows the best) in worldly matters, and [matters] in which there is no harm for religious obligations.

"The Dhimmi is similar to a Muslim in all such dealings. “They shall have the same rights and obligations as us”- (لهم ما لنا وعليهم ما علينا). It is permissible to conduct transactions even with non-Dhimmis....

In Islam, ‘Moderate Rebels’ Are Extremists
Tahir Nasser

He further explained that as long as Muslims are permitted to pray, they must neither fight their rulers nor disobey them. Here, the prophet did not speak of fasting or other religious practices, but only the most fundamental requirement in Islam: prayer, i.e.: basic freedom of conscience. On the philosophy behind this command, he explained: “Listen to them and obey them, for on them (the rulers) are their responsibilities and on you are your responsibilities.” Even if prayer is forbidden, he advocated migration rather than fighting the ruler, as the Quran teaches.....

 
Invitation to Hearts Journey
Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

On our return journey to the King we find some signposts that are manned by Lalla, Lao Tzu and Mulla Nasruddin and we can spot most of the great names in the history of  religion and spirituality hovering around in the background lighting up the path. Rumi,of course, is an old companion in the tavern. And the host for us is Gabriel Iqbal who has distilled some choicest wines from the mystic wine shop for us to sip....

 

There Is Nothing Progressive About the Ideology of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind or Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadees Hind
Dr. Lubna Sarwath

It may be pointed out here that such a misogynist interpretation of the gender-just Quran is the result of misunderstanding the Arabic term Wazribuhunna in verse 4:34 which, in the context of the verse, means “explain them” not “beat them”. Without a doubt, the Ahle Hadees clerics quoted above have portrayed a shockingly regressive patriarchal mindset in their commentaries.....

 

Reading Ibn Arabi and Ibn Taymiyyah
Muhammad Maroof Shah

The question of our attitude to Sufism has divided modern Muslims. ISIS, and even some revivalists who don't share ISIS politics, share significant part of their theology, premised on certain negative reading of Sufism. Should we side with Ibn Taymiyyah perceived as staunch opponent of Unitarian Sufism or Ibn Arabi who is perceived to be its greatest exponent? For some analysts Salafis are playing into hands of Imperialists and dividing Ummah. .....

 
Dabbah: a Creature ' or ' a Beast
Mohammad Suleman, New Age Islam

Dabbah: a Creature ' or ' a Beast
Mohammad Suleman, New Age Islam

After reading the above translations, an interesting question came to my mind, that every translator, chose different English words to explain the same Ayah, except the word Dabbah, which every one preferred to translate it almost the same meaning, either ' a Creature ' or ' a Beast '....

 

The Quran and the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto Others as You Would Have Them Do unto You’
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

The Golden Rule differs from the maxim of reciprocity and is a unilateral moral commitment to the well-being of the other without the expectation of anything in return. In the Quran the Golden Rule is presented in its most refined form. We are asked to repel evil with what is good. It is conceivable that when wronged, we may think that the person who has caused us injury, or we ourselves in the same position, will not expect to be treated well, and may act according to such reasoning. The Quran gives no scope for such reasoning and instructs us to repel evil with what is good....

An Exposition of the Verse of Light (Ayat al-Nur)
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

One of the most beautiful and commented verses of the Qur’an is the verse of light (Ayat al-Nur), which exegetes, mystics and philosophers have all discussed, and about which they have offered opinions according to their understanding. The method of communicating something indescribable using the insufficient vocabulary of the language is by the use of allegory, metaphor and simile; the verse above also falls under the category of allegory....

The Forbidden Tree in Paradise (Jannat-Ul-Khuld): Traditional Muslim Belief Debugged By the Quran
T.O. Shanavas, New Age Islam

Almost every Muslim across the world now believe that Adam and Eve were created in Paradise (Jannat-ul-Khuld) but were expelled for eating fruit from the Forbidden Tree in the garden. Unorthodox as it seems for our time, more reasons lead us to believe that the garden was on Earth rather than in Paradise....

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