Islamic Perspectives

  • Peace and Violence in Islam

    Peace in people’s personal lives, societies and the world over, is one of the main objectives of Islam, which in itself means “peace”. Likewise, the Muslim greeting, Salam, means peace and one of the names of the Abode of Isla...

  • Things Are Not Always What They Seem

    Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal used to mention the virtues of his sheikh, Imam Ash-Shafi'ee to his wife. He would mention to her the extensive and superb knowledge of Imam Ash-Shafi'ee as well as his taqwa (piety). Imam Ahmad invited Imam As...

  • Economic Empowerment of Women in the light of the Holy Qur’an

    By Prof. Zafarul Islam Islahi Dept. of Islamic Studies, A.M.U.  Empowerment of the women is one of the much-debated issues in the present days. This is being discussed frequently in seminars, conferences and symposia. It is important...

  • Islam, Muslims, Media

    Muslims keep on complaining that the media is hostile to Islam and Muslims, and projects a distorted image of them, more often than not. The western media in particular has been quite antagonistic, particularly after the terrorist incident of 9...

  • فتویٰ قرآن کی عبارت نہیں ہے

    بعض مفتیان کرام نے حالت نشہ میں دی گئی طلاق کے جواز پر اعتراضکرنے والوں کے خلاف سخت ناراضگی کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے یہانتک کہہ ڈالا ہے کہ’’قرآن کی لکھی ہوئی عبارت کبھی غلط نہیں ہوتی‘‘۔

  • The Holy Spirit in Islam

    By Muhammad Abdus Samad Muslims and Christians share many common beliefs, morals, principles and injunctions for their behaviour and conduct. But what is basically different between the two faiths is the nature and role of Jesus Christ and ...

  • On the need for inter-religious dialogue

    Today world is highly diverse. There is not a single country in the world which is homogenous and without diversity. Though in the past too, diversity existed but colonization, scientific progress and faster means of transportation have increas...

  • How Malik ibn Dinar came to repent

    Malik was a very pious and learned man. He was not a companion of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), but a Taabeii (successor of the Companions). He met Abdullah ibn Abbas, Imam Malik and Hasan Basri. His family was from Sijistan (or Kabul) who later emb...

  • The Basis of Friendship

    We used to have friends and brothers that I would rely on. Then, after a time, I experienced a dryness from them, that is an abandonment of the expectations of friendship, which surprised me so I took to reproaching them. Then I thought to myse...

  • What causes removal of Blessings

    Punishment of sins includes that they cause blessings to be removed and calamity and hardship to descend. Blessings are taken from the servant because of his sins. Allah the Most High has said, “And whatever misfortunes befall you it ...

  • Ijtihad deserves new consideration

    Addressing the 36th annual meeting of the Islamic Development Bank recently, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Al -Assaf urged Muslim countries to adapt to the changing global environment in order to confront the challenges facing the Muslim world to...

  • FGM: an attempt to tarnish Islam

    A leading French daily Le Point has recently condemned the practice of female circumcision (FGM or Female Genital Mutilation) in its editorial and fallaciously called it as yet another glaring example of Islamic barbarism towards women. Entire ...

  • Islam and female circumcision

    A controversy is raging these days about female circumcision in India among a section of Muslims (Bohras). A woman belonging to the community has sent a petition demanding a firman banning the practice and is also preparing a petition to be fil...

  • Spread of Islam: views of non-Muslim scholars

    There’s a general tenor, especially among Hindus, that Islam was spread on the Subcontinent with the help of the sword and coercion. The truth is something else. I’ve painstakingly collected non-Muslim scholars’ opinions regar...

  • Islam and Economic Justice

    Justice is one of the central Islamic values and any economic system which is not based on justice cannot be acceptable to Islam. The Qur’an greatly emphasizes distributive justice and expresses its full and unqualified support for weaker...

  • How to Build Islamic Attitude, Knowledge and Skills?

    By  Dr. Habib Siddiqui “As I moved among the common people I was particularly struck with their serenity and calm at all times. Along the quai of the Bosphorus, for example, one had an opportunity to see the difference in temper...

  • Al-Rubayyi’: a visit to the bride

    Imagine a bride receiving the head of the state or the king who knocks at her door the morning after her wedding night to offer his congratulations. I suppose she will feel over the moon on receiving such an honour. Yet Al-Rubayyi’ receiv...

  • Role of Women In Karbala

    These days we find a lot of restrictions on women. In many cases they cannot even venture out of their homes and are required to restrict themselves to household chores. Very few Muslim women have public role, much less participating in tumultu...

  • Five suggestions for the Islamic World - ii

    Today we hardly find religious freedom in Islamic world and it is one of the causes of our stagnation. The moment one exercises such freedom one attracts Fatwa of kufr. Our great institutions of Islamic learning like Al-Azhar of which one can j...

  • Five suggestions for the Islamic World - i

    There is no doubt or debate that Islamic world is lagging far behind others in several important fields including education, science and technology and except a few oil rich Arab nations, it is facing poverty and illiteracy. Also, it lacks sens...