Islam

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Zabur

Zabur Zabur or Zabūr (also Zaboor, زَبُورُ‎) is, according to Islam, the holy book of Dawud (David), one of the holy books revealed by Allah before the Quran, alongside others such as the Tawrat (Torah) of Musa (Moses) and the Injil (Gospel). The Christian monastics of pre-Islamic Arabia were known to carry psalters, called zabuur. Among many Christians in the Middle East and in South Asia, the word Zabur is used...

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Violence is Not in The Tradition of The Prophet

Violence is Not in The Tradition of The Prophet Muslims pray each day: “O Lord! Keep us on the straight path.” It is a prayer to help us move away from the extremes and maintain balance in our lives. We must neither be hostage to our reactionary instincts, nor must...

Al-Masjid an-Nabawi

Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad’s Achievements

Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad’s Achievements Speaking about the Time of Happiness and Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh) We must be very sensitive about introducing Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh). The fact that some people dislike Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh) nowadays can be attributed to the fact that they were not informed about him...

Midnight Sun Mosque: Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Salah in Polar Regions

Salah in Polar Regions Five prayers a day are compulsory in Islam. However, in the extreme Polar Regions a day or a night lasts six months each, in the sense that the sun is always visible or always invisible. So, how does one pray there? This objection has often been...

Jamia Masjid is the largest Mosque of India

Islam in India

Islam in India Islam is the second-largest religion in India, with 14.2% of the country’s population or approx. 172 million people identifying as adherents of Islam (2011 census).It makes India the country with the largest Muslim population outside Muslim-majority countries. The majority of Indian Muslims belong to Sunni sect of Islam while the Shia form...

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Islam and Alcoholic Drinks

Islam and Alcoholic Drinks Islam is a faith which appeals to reason and conscience. Since alcohol is injurious to reason and diminishes a man’s intelligence, moral sense, logical powers and spiritual sensitiveness, any drop of it is strictly forbidden to any Muslim. It is tragic to think of the millions...

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Humane Treatment of Animals

Humane Treatment of Animals God, the Creator of human beings and animals, has made animals subservient to us. We depend on animals for the food we eat and the milk we drink. We bring animals into our homes for love and companionship. We survive critical illness and live longer because...

Believe

Belief Enables Man to Attain True Humanity

Belief Enables Man to Attain True Humanity Belief enables man to attain true humanity, and to acquire a position above all other creatures. Thus, belief and worship are the most fundamental and important duties of man. Unbelief, by contrast, reduces him to the state of a brutal but extremely impotent...

The Roof of Frere Hall, Karachi, Pakistan, c. 1986. Mural by artist, Sadequain Naqqash integrates calligraphy elements into a modern artwork.

Islamic Calligraphy

Islamic Calligraphy Islamic calligraphy is the artistic practice of handwriting and calligraphy, based upon the alphabet in the lands sharing a common Islamic cultural heritage. It includes Arabic, Persian, Ottoman, Pakistan and Indian calligraphy. It is known in Arabic as khatt Islami (خط إسلامي‎), meaning Islamic line, design, or construction. The development of Islamic calligraphy is strongly tied to the Qur’an; chapters and excerpts from the...

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Non-denominational Islam

Non-denominational Islam Non-denominational Islam is an umbrella term that has been used for and by Muslims who do not belong to or do not self-identify with a specific Islamic denomination. Sectarian controversies have a long and complex history in Islam and they have been exploited and amplified by rulers for political ends. However, the notion of...

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Islam and Children

Islam and Children The topic of Islam and children includes the rights of children in Islam, the duties of children towards their parents, and the rights of parents over their children, both biological and foster children. Also discussed are some of the differences regarding rights with respect to different schools of thought. Muhammad...

La ilaha illallah (There Is No Deity But God’)

Refresh Your Faith

Refresh Your Faith What Does “Refresh Your Faith With ‘There Is No Deity But God’.”1 Mean? Man needs to renew, to refresh, his faith because both he and his personal world are being continually renewed. An individual acquires or is transformed into a different individuality every year or every month,...

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Wudu: A Prescription for Good Health

Wudu: A Prescription for Good Health Here is a grand prescription from among the many marvels of the Qur’an. The day will come when even non-Muslims will imitate the Muslim wudu or washing before prayer, a privilege and favour Muslims have enjoyed for more than fourteen hundred years. And they...

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What is Islam and Why is it Sensible to Submit Your Will to God?

What is Islam and Why is it Sensible to Submit Your Will to God? Islam does mean submission to God and Islam is indeed accord with sense and reason. This is so because such submission does not contradict sense or reason. Let us explain and, as we try to do...

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Islamic Views on Adoption

Islamic Views on Adoption Islamic views on adoption are generally distinct from practices and customs of adoption in other non-Muslim parts of the world like Western or East Asian societies. Description See also: Children Raising a child who is not one’s genetic child is allowed and, in the case of an orphan, even encouraged. But, according to...

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Are Muslims Guilty of Imperialism?

Are Muslims Guilty of Imperialism? This charge continues to be levelled against the Muslim world. I would like to counter it by asking the following questions: Given the existing circumstances of 1,400 years ago, how would anyone living in Mecca or Medina go about exploiting his own clan and tribe?...

Hajj

Aqidah

Aqidah Aqidah (عقيدة‎, ʿaqīdah, عقائد , ʿaqāʾid, also rendered ʿaqīda, aqeeda etc.) is an Islamic and term of Arabic origin that literally means “creed“. Many schools of Islamic theology expressing different views on aqidah exist. Any religious belief system, or creed, can be considered an example of aqidah. However, this term has taken a significant technical usage...

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Questions Concerning The Basmala

Questions Concerning The Basmala What is The Meaning of Bismillah (in The Name of God)? Bismillah, In the Name of God, is the beginning of all good things. So we too shall start with it.  This blessed phrase is a sign of Islam, and all creatures constantly recite it in...

Imaginary debate between Averroes and Porphyry. Monfredo de Monte Imperiali Liber de herbis, 14th century.

Islamic World Contributions to Medieval Europe

Islamic World Contributions to Medieval Europe During the high medieval period, the Islamic world was at its cultural peak, supplying information and ideas to Europe, via Al-Andalus, Sicily and the Crusader kingdoms in the Levant. These included Latin translations of the Greek Classics and of Arabic texts in astronomy, mathematics, science, and medicine. Other contributions included technological and scientific innovations via the Silk Road, including Chinese inventions such as paper and gunpowder. The Islamic world...

Map of the First Fitna. The areas shaded in green and pink respectively represent the territories under Caliph Ali's and Mu'awiya's control in 658.

First Fitna

First Fitna The First Fitna (فتنة مقتل عثمان‎ fitnat maqtal ʻUthmān “strife/sedition of the killing of Uthman”) was a civil war within the Rashidun Caliphate which resulted in the overthrowing of the Rashidun caliphs and the establishment of the Umayyad dynasty. It began when the caliph Uthman was assassinated by rebels in 656 and continued through the four-year reign...

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