Islamic Perspectives

  • Blasphemy law – How much religion? How much politics?

    AAssassination of Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, Pakistan, has sparked a debate both among the conservatives and liberals about justification or otherwise of the blasphemy law in Pakistan. It is totally surprising that the conservatives...

  • How to retain our Spirituality after Ramadan

    By Shahnaaz Bemath   We enrolled in a 30-day course called “Ramadan” to attain Taqwa (Fear of Allah ta’ala). It was a time of renewal and re-establishment of our commitment to our Beloved Allah and His beautiful D...

  • Qur’an-based theory published in a science journal

    By Prof. P.A. Wahid pawahid@hotmail.com For the first time in the history of science, a theory based on Qur’anic revelations has been published in a mainstream peer-reviewed science journal. Prof. Pallacken Abdul Wahid’s pape...

  • Muslim Agenda for Unity

    Ramadan, the blessed month, has begun. By all indications, it is going to be an extremely eventful month, perhaps more eventful than any in the recent past. Not only the forces of New World Order are busy planning their role in the turn of even...

  • Suicides by Muslim girls

    There has been a spurt in suicide cases in the state of Madhya Pradesh. What is surprising is that Muslim girls lead in this mad race. Till now because of their strong faith in Allah, Muslims used to desist from this extreme step. However, with...

  • Islamic rituals are not superflous

    By Shad Shahid In the past few years, we have witnessed a growing demand from some of our learned elites to go easy on rituals like animal sacrifice and instead fulfill the ‘spirit’ behind the same through other means, like cha...

  • Grand Mufti comes down on Western occupation

    Saudi Arabia’s top cleric on 15 November condemned Western occupation of foreign lands, during a key sermon to millions of Muslims performing the annual Haj pilgrimage. “Islam forbids the occupation of a country, and the unlawful sh...

  • We have failed the spirit of Ramadan and Hajj

    By Afzal Ahmad Khan afzalk1945@gmail.com Islam is very much misunderstood among the non-Muslims and its general image is linked with illiteracy, backwardness and terrorism. However, if the sermons of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), especiall...

  • Who do I marry?

    Hadith Al-Bukhari - Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet said, "A woman is married for four things, i. e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be a loser. ...

  • On Women’s Rights in Islam - ii

    Face veil, in all probability, came from non-Arab feudal culture of Persia and Sassanid empires. Recently in a conference in Viena of 100 imams and religious advisors from 40 countries concluded that Islam does not make it a requirement for wom...

  • On Women’s Rights in Islam - i

    In the contemporary world rights of women in general and those of Muslim women, in particular, have become quite important. Our Institute is strongly committed to gender equality and we have been doing whatever we can by way of research, writin...

  • A touching message

    For the first time after 18 years of marriage, she prepared the worst dinner for her husband, the vegetables were over cooked, meat was burned and salad was too salty. At the dinner table, her husband kept silent while he was eating. Af...

  • The Miracle of Positive Thinking

    By Shahnaaz Bemath Thinking positive can work miracles. You may have been told to “guard your thoughts”, but felt the advice to be pointless. After all, your thoughts are private. How can they possibly affect someone else? The ...

  • Islam & Democracy Can Support Each Other

    By Rashid Ghannoushi Founder and President of the Nahdha Party in Tunisia In the name of God. Prayers and peace be upon all His Messengers. Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, may God’s peace and blessings be upon you. ...

  • Give in charity – before death visits you

    Not less than twenty-six times has the Qur’an enjoined the faithful to be generous in charity. Allah considers it a loan to Him – a beautiful loan that shall fetch rich dividends in the Hereafter. The verse 2:261 describes it as a p...

  • A Muslim response to the Qur’an burning

    By Abidullah Ghazi The following article is written by Dr. Ghazi at our request and is in response to the design of burning of the Qur’an and the campaign of disinformation against our faith. This article along with Selections from t...

  • Ijtihad—need of the hour

    By Dr. M.I.H. Farooqi   Ijtihad means the interpretation/re-reading of Shariah in the light of Qur’an andSunnah to suit the requirements of time and space. Ijtihad is an accepted concept in Islam and one cannot deny its legitim...

  • The Prophet of non-violence - ii

    Virtues: However, the Prophet never retaliated against his and his companions and followers persecution. He and his followers were urged to bear all this with patience. In fact, one of the Qur’anic surahs of Meccan period dwells on virtue...

  • The Prophet of non-violence - i

    The title might come as a surprise for many readers as the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has been very frequently projected as the Prophet of violence by media and religious extremists. A Danish cartoonist even showed bombs in his turban. But here in...

  • A Muslim’s code of life

    Shaqeeq al-Balkhi (rahimahullah) is reported to have said to Hatim: “You have accompanied me for a while so what have you learnt from me?” He replied: “ I have learnt from you eight things: Firstly: I looked at the creatio...