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In the banality of our daily routines, we often get the sense that we have control over the events of our days; that we can do and have anything we want. But the reality is we can never know what the future holds for us. All of our plans, ambitions and goals, indeed every step we take, are at God’s will. Even the Quran has prompted us to never say ‘I shall certainly do this tomorrow’, without adding, ‘if God so wills’. If we put our trust in God, He will most definitely guide you the right path, the path best for you....

 

Islamisation of Economy: Islamic Economic Model Is Authentic, Unlike the Western Liberal Model
Gökhan Bacik

In fact, those pundits underestimate Islamists’ economic opinions including on interest rates. Yet, there is a wider illusion of seeing Islamists as if their sole aim was a social transformation, such as in the wearing of headscarves or banning alcohol. Many miss that Islamism in Turkey also aims at a radical economic transformation. The Islamist agenda is never limited to social transformation. ....

 

Arab States Are Losing the Race for Technological Development
The Economist

Arab petro-states may enjoy Western levels of consumption but lack Western levels of productivity. Their poor showing in the index is one indication of the mountain they have to climb to find non-oil sources of growth. Under their “rentier” system, ruling families extract rents from oil and gas exports, and distribute the revenues in the form of easy government jobs (mostly for men) and generous benefits, not least subsidised fuel, electricity and water....

 

Turkey Reshapes Social, Cultural and Even Economic Life In Line With the Islamist Ideology
Gökhan Bacik

Nevertheless, there is confusion among pundits in naming the power holders of the new regime. Some still have the opinion that, despite revolutionary political changes led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish state is still dominated by the traditional actors usually dubbed the “deep state”...

 

Rough Edges of Wahhabi Ideology: Saudi Arabia Should Counter the Principle of Sadd al-Dharai (The Blocking of the Means), A Pillar of Wahhabism
James M. Dorsey

At the time, Prince Abdullah organized the kingdom’s first national dialogue conference that brought together 30 religious scholars representing Wahhabi and non-Wahhabi Sunnis, Sufis, Ismaili, and Shiites. Remarkably, the Wahhabi representatives did not include prominent members of the kingdom’s official religious establishment. Moreover, the presence of non-Wahhabis challenged Wahhabism’s principle of takfir or excommunication of those deemed to be apostates or non-Muslims that they often apply to Sufis and Shiites....

 

By Being Truly Good Muslims Will We Realize Our Desired Coherent Muslim Society
Mohammed Nosseir

Our erroneous practice of Islam is the reason behind the poor image many non-Muslims have of it. Muslims’ true dilemma lies in their desire to impose, literally, the teachings of our idealistic holy book on universal citizens. Actually, by working on ourselves as individuals, we will realize the perfect Islamic society that we desire — without using force.

“Whoever wills let him believe. And whoever wills, let him disbelieve” and “whoever is guided is only guided for (the benefit of) himself” are two explicit verses from the Holy Qur’an explaining that belief is a personal, liberal choice made by individuals for their own benefit....

 

Value System of an Islamic Economic Model Is Universal
Robin Augustin

In the Islamic model, he said, the people could grow as much wealth as they wanted but they must also share with the less fortunate. He said there were some practical issues he needed to study further, such as Shariah compliance, but overall the Islamic economic model was more holistic. “The Islamic model is needs-based, not a Bumiputera policy but one based on Islam, and minorities are protected in Islam....

 

All of us seek to spread the good news we know; we are all interested in advising people to seek what we consider to be the best book, best food, best university, best philosopher and so forth. Every philosopher has thus sought to convince others and thus to “convert.” So it is natural for man to invite others even if not overtly to what one’s religion or advocate why one’s path helps better. This explains how one can be a religious pluralist – not call bad names of others’ gods, suspend judgment regarding any particular persons’ fate till the Last Day, respect freedom of choice of others to choose even hell for themselves, ....

 
Why Saudi Reforms are a Sham
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

Why Saudi Reforms are a Sham
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

If he is really serious about bringing reforms, then it must start with a deep introspection rather than blaming someone else. And one of the first questions that he needs to ask is how the pernicious ideology of Wahhabism has very nearly destroyed the soul of his country. From the looks of it, one can only say that he is not ready to question anything related to the Wahhabi superstructure. Till the time that happens, MBS and his reforms should only be understood as a mere sham. There comes a time in any nation’s present when it is confronted with its own history. Very often, the present offers two possible ways to deal with the situation: either

Democracy and Islam Share a Checkered History in Indonesia
Yaroslav Trofimov

Unlike in many other Muslim nations, Indonesia’s Islamic parties and movements are splintered—and are represented both in the president’s and Mr. Prabowo’s camps. This means that those backing the president—and likely indispensable for his re-election—are trying to leverage their influence to achieve a long-term objective: to further Islamize Indonesia’s society....

 

According to the Pew Research Centre, 100,000 people convert to Islam annually, but roughly the same numbers of people leave the religion too. Don’t be the reason someone has to think twice about Islam because they’re practicing “incorrectly” according to your standards. You need to rethink your societal stereotypes and strive to make everyone feel at ease, starting at the mosque....

 

Saudi Arabia’s Ability To Compete For The Mantle Of Moderate Islam Is To Be Determined In The Kingdom Itself Rather Than On A Regional Stage

To be sure, the United States, which repeatedly saw ultra-conservative Islam as a useful tool during the Cold War, was long supportive of Saudi propagation of Islamic puritanism that also sought to counter the post-1979 revolutionary Iranian zeal. Nonetheless, Saudi Arabia’s more recent wrestle with what it defines as moderate and effort to rebrand itself contrasts starkly with long-standing perceptions of Morocco as an icon of more liberal interpretations of the faith....

 

Concessions on Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia Often Appear During Times of Turmoil
Hala Aldosari

Small but visible concessions on women’s rights come with political benefits too: They demonstrate that Saudi shares the values of would-be foreign investors, and send a message that this is a regime worth siding with against Islamists, including the Iranians. But little has changed when it comes to the legal and social strictures on women in Saudi society. And under Prince Mohammed, little seems likely to....

 

Hashish in Sufism Is Dismissed As Illegal and Degeneration of Islamic Ideals
Hammad Khan

Sufi shrine culture in Pakistan is multi-faceted and diverse; while hashish does not feature uniformly across cultures of traditional shrines, hashish-smoking is a visible, communal, and conspicuous activity associated with Qalandari shrines in Pakistan. Paradoxically, it is also one of the least studied phenomena as meaningful in terms of Islam; despite its prominence in Islamic settings, it is frequently dismissed as merely illegal and representative of the degeneration of Islamic ideals....

I ask myself, have we, as academics, failed, and that too, quite miserably? I feel like confessing and saying yes, we have indeed failed. Or, we can possibly console ourselves that only a minuscule fringe of former students have indulged in moral policing on social media, expressing extreme intolerance, hurling the filthiest of abuses against some former students, while some of them even threatened to lynch and kill the alleged 'wrongdoers'....

American Muslims’ Generosity and the Ramadan Spirit of Empathizing With the Poor Must Be Directed At Indigent Muslims At Home
Khaled A. Beydoun

Zakat, a pillar of Islam, mandates that Muslims give 2.5 percent of our wealth to those in need. Fuelled by this, Muslim Americans donate consistently and generously to philanthropy. Ramadan is prime time for Muslim American fund-raising efforts, and it is common for Muslim non-profit organizations and mosques to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to alleviate humanitarian crises in places like Syria, Yemen and Somalia....

 

I Wish the Joy and Excitement of Ramadan Could Carry Over To Eid
Bessma Haider

Most Muslims that I know do not decorate their houses and yards for Eid. This might be because they don’t want to seem like oddballs who have lights up for no apparent reason in the middle of June. It might be because they are afraid of drawing attention to themselves due to the rising number of hate crimes against Muslims....

 

Believers Reap the Fruit of Their Good Deeds on Eid–ul-Fitr
M Nadeem Bhatti

Eid is a day of peace. When the Muslim establishes peace within his heart by obeying the laws of Allah and leading a disciplinary life, he has certainly concluded a most inviolable treaty of peace with Allah. Once a person is at peace with Allah, he is at peace with himself and consequently, with the rest of the universe. So, when someone celebrates the Eid in the right manner, he is actually celebrating the conclusion of a peace treaty between himself and Allah....

 

Associate Ramadan with a Healthy Lifestyle Consisting Of Taking Care of Our Souls, And Our Bodies
Dr. Razan Baker

Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is a ritual Muslims look forward to and enjoy every year. It is the month where we seek our souls for the ultimate spirituality and connection with God through different methods, including exercising as a way of taking care of our health and fitness.....

 

Moon-Sighting Debate: Astronomical Calculation Is an Acceptable Methodology

The moon-sighting debate reflects wider divides in Islam. Different ideologies jostle for control, with Western modernists pushing for change against Saudi Arabia’s staunch traditionalism. Younger Muslims may be taking matters into their own hands: Google searches for “moon sighting” spike before each Eid. But as long as Islam remains decentralised and the Koran ambiguous, it is unlikely that Muslims will ever agree....

 

Importance of Rituals and Practices Associated With Ramzan

But let’s not digress from the spiritual and meditative aspects of this holy festival that spans 29-30 days, ending with the joyous sighting of the iconic sliver of the moon that would signify Eid ul-Fitr. The purpose of the month itself is to mainly inculcate three things among believers, “the spirit of God-fearing, the spirit of thanksgiving and the spirit of patience,”...

 

Economic Principles for an Islamic Society Laid Down In Quran Can Lead to a Society Based On Justice, Equality and Economic Prosperity
S. Arshad, New Age Islam

Quran also condemns corruption and those who practice it and enjoins on Muslims not to indulge in corruption. Quran asks Muslims not to take away the property of the orphans or weak people and not to substitute mean quality ingredients for good ones and not to devour things meant for the orphans and the poor. Quran also discourages hording of wealth and good depriving the people of their share in it. “To orphans restore their property (When they reach their age), nor substitute (your) worthless things for (their) good ones; and devour not their substance (by mixing it up) with your own. For this is indeed a great sin”.(Al Nisa: 2) “Those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, eat up a Fire into their own bodies” Al Nisa: 10)...

Performing a religious obligation is up to you and it is something between you and Allah. However, good ethics is something between you and other people. In other words, if we do not put Islamic ethics into action and practice, corruption will become rampant and disgrace will be our future. We should not judge a person based on how he performs religious obligations for he might be a hypocrite....

My Most Moving Ramadan Was In Makkah and Madinah
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

My most moving Ramadan, however, was in Makkah and Madinah. Being in the holy mosque in Makkah and Madinah is always overwhelming – with people of all backgrounds, dressed simply, praying together. It humbles you to be in the holy places as a part of the human family. I feel most at ease in Makkah and Madinah....

 

Sufi masters Bulleh Shah and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya were vegetarians. So was poet Kabir. Yet many Muslims genuinely believe that vegetarianism goes against the tenets of the religion. But there are others who passionately disagree. They say the Prophet was against overindulging in food — whether meat-based or not — on any occasion. He always recommended moderation. Though he was not a vegetarian, his favourite foods were said to be yoghurt, butter, nuts, cucumbers, dates, pomegranates and figs.....

 
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