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The Legal System of Islam

The Place of Shari‘a in Islam The word “shari‘a” literally means “a way.” In Islamic terminology, it means the legal system of Islam. It is normally translated as the laws of Islam or the Islamic laws. Islam is a din—religion. The word din bears a concept wider and more comprehensive than the word `religion’. It means believing in the fundamentals as well as living according to the Islamic laws. This ... Read More »

The scope of Man’s freedom

The freedom granted to the individual in such areas as economics and politics is, in Islam, conditioned by the following principle: that such freedom does not conflict with man’s spiritual imperatives, nor undermine the foundations of public welfare. In fact, the philosophy of obligation in Islam is rooted in the need to make man aware of the extent of his responsibility, so that he properly safeguards his essential dignity, while ... Read More »

Terrorism and increasing Sectarianism in the Islamic world

Unfortunately there are many terrorist groups in some of the Islamic countries who kill the followers of different Islamic sects in order to increase sectarianism and denominational tensions in the Islamic world. But it is clear that any sort of denominational tensions in the region is absolutely dangerous for all the people of the region and that is why we must be aware of the consequences of the presence of ... Read More »

A perfect explanation of the reality of Islam

A perfect explanation of the reality of Islam

I slam is an Arabic word which means submission and surrender. Thus as a religion, Islam means complete surrender and submission to God and his laws. In Islamic texts the word Islam is used in three ways: 1) In its general sense, the whole universe is considered to be Muslim because it follows the laws that God has made for it. The sun, moon, earth, and all physical and biological ... Read More »

Islam is a Religion of Peace and Tolerance

Islam is a Religion of Peace and Tolerance

UNESCO’s Member States adopted a “Declaration of Principles on Tolerance” [1] on November 16, 1995, according to which the variation of our world’s cultures must be respected. Since people are naturally diverse and variety is the spice of life, we must recognize the fundamental freedom of others as universal human rights; otherwise, no one can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe. That is to ... Read More »

A Brief Outline of the Muslim Contributions to Philosophy

A Brief Outline of the Muslim Contributions to Philosophy

A comprehensive study of the history of philosophy would make it clear that Muslim philosophers had a deep influence upon western philosophers, not only in the fields of logic or natural philosophy, but also in metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion as well. Beside the lasting impact of the Muslim Philosophers’ analysis of being, specifically their division of beings into contingent and necessary, on the Thomistic and Scotist ... Read More »

What are the reasons for the backwardness of the Muslims?

What are the reasons for the backwardness of the Muslims?

It can be clearly concluded from the verses of the Qur’an that whenever we suffer reverses and failures, they are always a result of one of the following two factors: Either we have neglected and failed in our efforts and striving, or that we were lacking in sincerity. And if these two were to gather together, as per the emphatic Divine promise, success and guidance shall certainly come our way. ... Read More »

Prophet Ibrahim and the Worship of Idols

Namrud, the King of Babylonia, was once informed by his astrologers that someone was going to be born who would destroy his kingdom. He would teach people another religious concept: that of worshipping none but only one God. On hearing that, Namrud gave orders that no woman would conceive, hence no child would be born in his kingdom. If any child was born, it would be killed immediately. The mother ... Read More »

Divine Justice (Justice of God)

Divine Justice (Justice of God)

We believe that God is just and that justice is one of the divine attributes of beauty (J). The basis of this belief is the Qur’anic negation of any possibility of any injustice on the part of God, referring to him as being upright in justice. As it is said: Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight;[1] And again: Verily Allah will not deal ... Read More »

What are the signs of weakness of true faith?

They are many signs of weakness of true faith. Some of them can be felt by the person himself in his heart (inner signs), and others can be seen on his behavior (outer signs). The inner signs include: 1. Less remembering Allah in heart before doing things or talking. 2. Less remembering the Aakhirah(the Hereafter) and the result of our deeds. 3. Less remembering death, grave, Barzakh, Paradise and Hellfire ... Read More »