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What is Islam? Is it only about acts of worship?

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Adeel Most of us have heard the story of a few blind men coming across an elephant for the first time. Since they were devoid of eyesight, they all touched the elephant with their hands to inspect it. Therefore, one of them touched the elephant’s trunk, one touched the ear, and one touched a ... Read More »

The Prophet’s conduct with his wife Sawdah: The issue of divorce

Download PDF here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract With their efforts to malign the Prophet of Islam having failed on the oft-discussed issues, the critics now pick on lesser known aspects of his life. One such issue is about the Prophet’s conduct with his wife Sawdah. It is alleged that the Prophet divorced her after years of marriage solely because of ... Read More »

6 Phases of the Islamic Scientific Tradition

Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal “Assessed in the most general terms, the Islamic scientific tradition can be seen as having passed through the following major phases: (i) a formative phase under the shade of Islamic religious sciences; (ii) a quick maturation through the massive infusion of data, information and theories from the Greek, Indian and Persian traditions; (iii) a phase of careful ... Read More »

Ottomans and the Printing Press: Answering Misconceptions

Dr. Hidayet Y. Nuhoglu The time lag of almost three centuries which elapsed between Gütenberg’s setting up his press and Müteferrika’s publishing his first book Van Kulu has been interpreted in various ways by contemporary historians, which resulted in the common belief that this was one of the main reasons for the Ottoman State’s backwardness. The description of Müteferrika’s printing ... Read More »

A Concise Study of Difference of Opinions in Islam

Download PDF here Dr. Hatem al-Haj بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ In the Name of Allāh, Most Merciful, Most Beneficent A very common feature of human societies is disagreement. It is a constant of the human experience, and there is no way that it could be entirely avoided. We know for certain that human beings will not cease to disagree, because ... Read More »

Does the Qur’an say Torah was given for the Egyptians?

Download PDF here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Reading specific verses out of context could possibly change the meaning of the Qur’an. Sometimes this misunderstanding is just due to ignorance of what the verses actually mean. Sometimes it is due to a malicious intent, in hopes of misleading others away from what the Qur’an is actually saying. This article will discuss ... Read More »

Why people fail to do away with religious doubts?

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Following is the summary of Maulana Thanwi’s address to students at M.A.O. College Aligarh delivered in November 1909) [Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:] وَاتَّبِعْ سَبِيلَ مَنْ أَنَابَ إِلَيَّ … “Follow the way of him who has turned to me …” (Qur’an 31:15) Today we do not propose to speak on a particular theme, but to ... Read More »

Difference between Muslim and Western Conceptions of Religion

Ghulam Haider Aasi “[Classical Muslim] scholars did not see world religions as epiphenomenon, nor did they divide knowledge into watertight disciplines, á la modern Western scholarship. In view of the Islamic concept of the unity of knowledge and Truth, they saw religion as the mother of all sciences, the fountainhead and quintessence of all branches of knowledge. The present division ... Read More »

Pleasures in the Islamic Paradise: Spiritual or Sensual?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract There are some misconceptions about what exactly the reward in Paradise will be for Muslims. The critics of Islam have a hard time grasping all the talk of pleasure with bounties like mansions, abundant gardens and beautiful women. These people claim that such rewards are too sensual when the prize of Paradise is supposed to be ... Read More »

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