Islamic Perspectives

  • Raising Confident Muslim Kids - ii

    (Continued from the previous issue)   Khafayah Abdulsalam   8. Discipline and boundaries Discipline and self-restraint are important characteristics of a Muslim. We learn this through fasting and refraining from th...

  • Ulama – a strategy for change – iv

    By Yawar Baig yawarbaig@gmail.com   The Ulama need to take an aggressive, proactive stance in all aspects of society not only to actively combat all attacks on Islam and Muslims but also to proactively deal with emerging issues...

  • Ulama - a strategy for change - ii

    By Yawar Baig yawarbaig@gmail.com If the sequence that the Qur’an teaches is followed, then Mankind has no alternative but to recognize Allah in His creations and to exclaim in wonder and amazement at the Majesty of the Creator:&nb...

  • Raising Confident Muslim Kids - i

    By Khafayah Abdulsalam Our children are an amanah (trust) with us from Allah. It’s our duty to nurture, educate and protect them as they grow into productive adults. Moms, it’s very important to take some time out to ponder...

  • Ulama - a strategy for change - i

    By Yawar Baig yawarbaig@gmail.com In my view, the single most critical thing that distinguishes Islam from all other religions and ideologies is its focus and emphasis on knowledge. The only thing that Allah taught His Messenger to ask f...

  • Hijabi women are ambassadors of Islam

    By Tayseir Mahmoud I am a hijabi Muslim woman, and I refuse to reduce my hijab to a scarf much like those before me. Hijab goes beyond my modest dress code and my head cover. Hijab is my lifestyle. Over the years, it has built my character...

  • The Economics of Hijab —ii

    By Dr Javed Jamil Islam: The Balanced Social System During the life-time of Prophet Muhammad and in the early part of the Post-Muhammad era, the dress code that was applicable to men and women did mean neither a specific type of dress li...

  • Why Do Westerners Convert to Islam?

    Tariq Ramadan: This week we are going to discuss the challenges facing people who convert to Islam. What do Westerners see in Islam that makes them decide to become Muslims? Did the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq or Western support for Israel enc...

  • The Economics of Hijab — i

    By Dr Javed Jamil Hijab is surely one of the major social issues in discussion these days particularly in the West. Is this issue merely an indicator of the growing feelings of hatred against Muslims after 9/11? Is it merely because the Hi...

  • Paris Colloquium on Muslim Minorities

    Paris: Alarmed by the woes brought to humanity by Islamophobia and extremism, and seeking to identify and maximize the opportunities of dialogue, cooperation and reconciliation with fellow citizens, Muslim minority leaders, scholars and activis...

  • ISLAM IN THE U.S. PRISONS - ii

    Continued from the previous issue 7.  From which ethnicity do the most people convert to Islam? The greatest number of converts to Islam is African-Americans. And by the way, most of them are Sunni Muslims and not followers of ...

  • ISLAM IN THE U.S. PRISONS - i

    1.   How did you become involved with the conversions within the prison community? How many people have you converted? My first experiences with conversions to Islam outside of the prison setting were in the early 1970s, when I fi...

  • Muslimah’s Guide to Saving Smarter

    As a child, I remember my mother keeping a meticulous record of things she bought with the housekeeping money my father gave her. I often wondered why; and when I asked, she’d say she needed to make hisaab, or be accountable for the money...

  • Indian Atheist, Prof. Periyadarshan embraces Islam

    Riyadh: A well-known Indian psychotherapist embraced Islam on 11 March. Dr. Periyadarshan, who has changed his name to Abdullah, told Arab News that Islam is the only religion in the world that follows a book directly revealed from God. He said...

  • Islam is all about love and justice

    Many scholars maintain that Islam and the state are inseparable, thus reducing Islam to a political ideology. This approach, though in a way, historically dictated, has caused much power struggle among different groups of Muslims. The blood...

  • Westernism: the Ideology of Hegemony

    By Dr Javed Jamil doctorforu123@yahoo.com When I speak against Westernism, it does not imply that I am against Western nations or people; for people are similar all over the world having both strengths and weaknesses and their behaviour ...

  • Hazrat Ali’s Letter to his governor

    Hazrat Ali’s Letter to his governor, Malik Al-Ashtar Pakistan’s premier poet Fahmida Riaz read a letter by the fourth Caliph, Hazrat Ali while browsing through a translation of Nahaj ul Balagha. In her own words, she was &ldq...

  • Modesty

    Modesty plays a constructive role in character building and in the formation of a sound and healthy society. It also wards off all sort of obnoxious and unholy acts. There is much emphasis in Islam on observing modesty, holy Prophet says: &...

  • 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 ...

  • Living Without TV: 12 Alternatives & Options

    By Abdul Malik Mujahid Many of today's most popular youth and family programs include varying degrees of sexual promiscuity, profanity, coarse joking, and antifamily plots and subplots. Violence, materialism, inhumane, un-Islamic and a...