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Islamic Business Ethics – eBook

Islamic Business Ethics – eBook

This treatise aims to help Muslim business people and professionals understand the Islamic perspective on life, this world, pursuit of material goods, and their responsibility towards society in general. Read More »

Fasting, the Origin of Piety

Fasting, the Origin of Piety

Surah Al-Baqarah, Verses 183-185 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ “O’ you who have Faith! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard yourselves (against evil).” أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ وَعَلَى الَّذِينَ يُطِيقُونَهُ فِدْيَةٌ طَعَامُ مِسْكِينٍ فَمَن تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّهُ ... Read More »

FAQs about Zakat al-Fitr

FAQs about Zakat al-Fitr

At the time of sunset on Eid al-Fitr night (i.e. the night preceding Eid day), whoever is adult and sane and is neither unconscious, nor poor, he should give, on his own behalf as well as on behalf of all those who are his dependents, about three kilos per head of wheat or barley or dates or raisins or rice or millet etc. It is also sufficient if he pays the ... Read More »

Fasting and Its Educational, Social Effects

Fasting and Its Educational, Social Effects

From the point of various affects that fasting may spiritually and materially produces in the unity of man; it has different dimensions that can be discussed. The ethical dimension and the philosophy of fasting are the most important of all. Fasting makes the soul of man elegant, then strengthens his will, and moderates his instincts. The one who observes the fast, although he is hungry and thirsty, must restrain himself ... Read More »

An invocation for the last 10 nights of Ramadan

An invocation for the last 10 nights of Ramadan

An annotation on al-kaf’ami’s book Al-Misbah contains an invocation narrated trough the authority of Imam al-Sadiq (as). It is recommended to be repeated on each of the last ten nights of the month. The author indicates that he (as) used to say the following on each such night: “Lord! You have said in your revealed Book: ‘The Month of Ramadan is that in which the holy Qur’an was revealed, a guidance ... Read More »

Ramadan, The spring of Qur’an

Ramadan, The spring of Qur’an

The month of Ramadhan is aptly termed the spring time of Qur’an. The Holy Book, the Almighty’s final and most comprehensive revelation to mankind was sent down to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) in this blessed month. In this month the souls are more refined, more inclined towards the Creator, and more receptive towards the bounties in Allah’s Book of wisdom, guidance and righteousness. Hence reciting the Qur’an and contemplating on its ... Read More »

Why do some Quranic verses abrogate the others?

Why do some Quranic verses abrogate the others?

Before thinking about abrogated verses we need to understand the nature of how the Qur’an was revealed.  It was not something that came down overnight as a complete revelation.  The verses were revealed to Muhammad {SAW} over a period of 20 something years.  Islam wasn’t just an ideology change but a complete lifestyle change.  People even today are generally reluctant to accept change, they don’t make many alterations to their ... Read More »