Islamic Perspectives

  • Islam, Islamism and Jihadism

    I was invited to Berlin, Germany, by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung for a seminar on Islam, Islamism and Jihadism held during 20-22 October 2011. Some 75 scholars from the Arab world, Europe and United States were invited for the event. They were all...

  • The Hajj: Understanding Sacrifice as Premise

    Only in learning to let go of his dearest possessions can the pilgrim to God -- the migrant to God -- hope to go through life in submission to the Divine will. It is only through a life lived with a constant readiness to sacrifice anything and eve...

  • Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): going out to work

    Adil Salahi   People go out to work every day at their offices, factories, shops, farms or other places. They begin the day preoccupied with their livelihoods. They want as much as they can get and even more. The one who is in stra...

  • The Quran: An Everlasting Miracle of Allah for Mankind

    Numerous Prophets and messengers were sent by Allah for the guidance of humankind in various regions and times. The first one was Adam (pbuh). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the last in this long chain of prophets who brought to mankind the messag...

  • Origin of the Universe and events of the Hereafter

    By Engr. Masood Ali   Chennai, Tamil Nadu   What is the origin of universe? Whether it exists by itself or was it created. If created, who is the Creator and what are His attributes. Philosophers, free thinkers, sci...

  • Luqman’s advice to his son

    When Luqman said to his son, as he advised him: ‘O my son! Do not ascribe any partners to Allah. Polytheism is indeed a great injustice.’ We have enjoined man concerning his parents: His mother carried him through we...

  • Ashaab As-Sabt - the people of Saturday

    By Muhammad Al-Shareef Ashaab As-Sabt - The People of Saturday - were a townsfolk from Bani Israel who were tested with the Sabbath, the day when they were ordered to leave their worldly affairs and be totally devoted to Allah. All week-lon...

  • Health benefits of Salat

    By Dr. Zakir Naik   + Pic There are several health benefits of Salat – of offering Salat and as every Muslim knows that the best part of Salat is the sujood, that is the prostration in front of Allah. No wonder, A...

  • Prophet Muhammad chose a life of poverty

    By Adil Salahi Even in the poorest of countries, government leaders live a life of affluence, even when they manifest a superior degree of integrity and do not use their positions to make unfair advantage. The head of the state is even rega...

  • The Spirit of Ramadan — Eid Mubarak

    Rituals signify the mile stones of our daily life. Every significant moment of the day is a ritual. It is an unwritten way of measuring our progression; a memory pattern to bring discipline to our actions.

  • Our current state and the need to change

    In 1913 the American poet Ezra Pound remarked that he had no idea of the force that was unleashed from the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century that led to a thousand mosques in Cordoba, Spain, until he caught a glimpse of it in the way a Musli...

  • The Pharaoh lives on

    It’s amazing how Allah (swt) repeatedly mentions the Pharaoh and his evil character in the Holy Qur’an. What’s more amazing is the reason Pharaoh’s character is emphasized and concentrated on in the Qur’an in compa...

  • Which charity is best?

    By Adil Salahi + Pic We are always confronted by people who request charity. They may have a genuine case which needs help. How does Islam view such people and their action? Hakeem ibn Hazam, one of the Prophet’s companions, us...

  • Islam ensures human rights

    By Ahmad Wahaj Al-Siddiqui   IN order to properly understand the theme of this article - how did Islam introduce peace and human rights? - we will have to have a peep in history before 7th century C.E. when the world in general and...

  • Prophet Muhammad - Finest instinctive social habits

    + Pic By Adil Salahi   A leading Arab writer of the twentieth century, Abbas Al-’Aqqad, gave a short definition of the signs that indicate that someone is a messenger of God. He said: “A messenger of God is someo...

  • The Qur’an cares about animals and environment

    By Yusuf Al-Qaradawi It is quite striking to the fair researchers how the Qur’an and Sunnah cared about the environment. For example, the Qur’an says: “Do they not look at the camels, how they are created?” (Qur&r...

  • This is how we welcomed this years' holy month of ramadan

    After the day's work, every night, a few friends from my neighbourhood hang around a park nearby. With our bellies full after dinner, we businessmen, scientists, engineers,  doctors, artists, general exchange ideas. Just four ...

  • How Samarkand was conquered

    By Fatma Dawood The judge said: "Qutaybah, you confessed and by this the court’s duty ends" Samarkand is a great country located in North Asia. It has green mountains, hills and forests that you can never imagine. Sama...

  • The Prophet (pbuh) on women

     “The rights of women are sacred. See that women are maintained according to the rights accorded to them.”  “God enjoins you to treat women well, for they are your mothers, daughters, aunts...

  • The concept of tolerance in Islam

    By Kamal Ahmad Khan   Tolerance means ‘’to bear.’’ As a concept, it refers to respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human. In Arabic, it ...