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
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
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
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
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.
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....
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
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....
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.....
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
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.....
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. .....
Mohammad Suleman, New Age Islam
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 '....
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....
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....
T.O. Shanavas, New Age Islam
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....
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
the priority of Farz ‘Ayn over Fard Kifayah, it is reported that
when a man came to the Prophet, pbuh, and informed him of his intention to join
the jihad, he was asked a question: “is either of your parents alive?” to which
the man replied that both of them were. The Prophet then told him: “go back and
serve them - that is your jihad.”52 This is because jihad is a collective
obligation, which is, in principle, fulfilled if only some members of the
community performed it, whereas being good to one’s parents (birr al-Walidayn)
is Farz ‘Ayn addressed to everyone without exception, and takes priority
T.O. Shanavas, New Age Islam
God’s speech is
never redundant or arbitrary. If anyone claims redundancy in letter and word in
the Quran it undermines the divine authority of the book. It is impossible to
take away or ignore a single word or to even remove single particle from the
text without seriously damaging the integrity of its meaning. Likewise, every
attempt to restructure the syntax of the text, for example by ignoring or
moving a word forward or backward would signiﬁcantly alter the meaning
substantially. Every letter, word, and its location and the grammatical
construction of sentences in the Divine Speech are precise and purposeful....