Islamic Perspectives

  • After enlightenment, religious leader says Islam is an ideal religion

    Noted religious leader Swamy Lakshmi Shankaracharya admitted that on being misguided and misled by people he committed the mistake which, paradoxically enough, became the reason of realising the truth about Islam. To rectify and recompense his ...

  • Immodesty: The Root Cause of Evils

    By Obaidur Rahman Nadwi The gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi on December 16, 2012 is indeed a blot on the social behaviour of Indians. Such incidents are not new but this particular case came into public gaze with such a fury that ...

  • Secularism and Moral Values

    By Jaafar Sheikh Idris Moral values, such as honesty, trustworthiness, justice and chastity, are originally innate values which Allah planted in the hearts of mankind; then He sent His messengers with a system of life in accord with this i...

  • Secularism and Moral Values

    By Jaafar Sheikh Idris Moral values, such as honesty, trustworthiness, justice and chastity, are originally innate values which Allah planted in the hearts of mankind; then He sent His messengers with a system of life in accord with this i...

  • Finding God By Serving Mankind

    Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said: God will say, ‘Son of Adam, I fell ill but you did not visit Me.’ He will say, ‘O Lord, and how could I have visited You! You are the Lord of the worlds!’ He will say, ‘Did you not kno...

  • Health Guidelines From Qur’an & Sunnah -ii

    By Shahid Athar, MD (3) Cleanliness: Allah is pure and likes purity. He is clean and likes cleanliness. Therefore, cleanliness of body and mind is stressed in Qur’an (4:43, 5:7). Miswak (brushing teeth) is not a new invention of last...

  • Lament of the Qur'an

    (Translation of an Urdu poem by Mahir-ul-Qadri) As an ornament do they adorn me, Yet they keep me and sometimes kiss me. In their celebtrations they recite me. In disputes they swear by me. On shelves do they securely keep me Till a...

  • Virtuous life

    The holy Quran syas: "Prosperous is who has cleansed himself" (S.87A,14) "Truly he succeeds that purifies it; and he fails that corrupts it" (S.91-10). The aforesaid verses of the Quran are thought provoking. They vividly po...

  • Compassion in Islam

    Earlier this month, religious scholars and leaders from around the globe drafted a 'Charter of Compassion', and floated it on the Internet for all to sign up to. According to them, "Compassion should be the plinth of religions.&quo...

  • Haj _ Pilgrimage thoughts

    By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood Having climbed Mount Arafat on the main day of Haj I was overwhelmed with an intense feeling of communion with God. I asked, "O Lord, among these tens of thousands of devotees hailing from my land present in t...

  • Qur’an Betrayed

    By Dr. Aslam Abdullah The whole town was abuzz with the news that the best recitor of the Quran from the Middle East was coming to lead the taraweeh prayers. Every one was talking about his voice, the magic of his recitation, the way his r...

  • Respecting Christmas

    Christmas is an annual Christian religious holiday commemorating the birth of Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him. For many Muslims who do not celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, it becomes an issue of what stand the...

  • Muslim contribution to Science -iii

    Continued from the previous issue   What is taught:Modern anesthesia was invented in the 19th century by Humphrey Davy and Horace Wells. What should be taught:Modern anesthesia was discovered, mastered and perfected by Muslim a...

  • Importance of inter-faith dialogue

    By Mohsin Usmani I find no words to express my heartiest thanks to the organizers in providing me this unique opportunity of speaking on a subject which is the backbone of our multi-cultural society struggling for forging unity in diversit...

  • Muslim contribution to Science - ii

    Continued from the previous issue   What is taught: Isaac Newton, during the 17th century, discovered that white light consists of various rays of coloured light. What should be taught:This discovery was made in its entirety...

  • Seek knowledge; Qur’an’s command to Muslims

    By Obaidur Rahman Nadwi In the pre-Islamic era scant attention was paid towards knowledge. It was Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who used knowledge as an essential tool for understanding realities of life. The first Revelation to the Prophet Muham...

  • Islam — Capitalism or Socialism

    A few days ago a press conference was held in Mumbai by some Muslim organizations including some Muslim theologians claiming that Islam is against capitalism and imperialism and that we would launch a campaign against both. It is indeed a crude...

  • Can Allah be monopolised by Muslims?

    Of late I have been receiving questions about the controversy these days in Malaysia about ‘Allah’ as Malay Muslims are objecting to the use of word ‘Allah’ by Catholic Christians. The Malays feel only Malay Muslims can ...

  • Religious Diversity And Tolerance In Islam-i

    Diversity and tolerance are considered very basis of modernity as one of the modernity's fundamental principles is individual and community rights and also, as modernity implies democratic rule, tolerance and right to pursue any ideology or...

  • Religious Diversity and Tolerance in Islam-ii

    Certain Muslim countries who swear by Qur'an as their constitution also flagrantly violate Qur'anic provisions. Qur'an gives certain ideals and values for governance, an idea of the desirable society. It says diversity is Allah'...