Islamic Perspectives

  • “Soon shall we show them Our Signs” (Qur’an - 41:53)

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  • Islamism is a viable political system

    In the last twenty-five years the Muslim world has witnessed a very significant increase in the appeal of Islamism among their people. The overthrow of monarchy and the emergence of the masses-based leadership of the Ayatollahs in Iran; the app...

  • Pearls of Wisdom

    The Prophet (pbuh) said: * “If you love your Creator, love your fellow-beings first.” *  “The ink of the scholar is more noble than the blood of the martyr.” *  “The most excellent Jihad is th...

  • What about a world without Islam - ii

    Though Persia had a rich civilization before Islam but once Islam entered Persia it enriched every walk of Persian life. It produced a syncretic culture much richer than it had before. It produced Hafiz and Sa’di both from Shiraz. The gha...

  • What about a world without Islam - i

    Recently a book has been published by an American writer, Graham. E. Fuller. It is titled A World Without Islam. Graham Fuller is a scholar and has worked with CIA for long. It is an interesting book and quite scholarly too. It is worth reading...

  • Why do we fail on the financial fronts?

    By  Nisaar Y. Nadiadwala I happened to visit one of my old friends who had shifted to a new house. The door of his house welcomed me with the Qur’anic verse “Hadha min fadli Rabbi” (“This is the bounty of my Lor...

  • Practical Approach to Islam

    By Obaidur Rahman Nadwi To have a clear concept of Islam, one should know what it exactly means. Islam means complete submission to the will of Allah. It is the religion prescribed by Almighty Allah. It is a practical religion. Its teaching...

  • Women’s Day and Muslim Women

    March 8 is celebrated throughout the world as women’s day and this year it happens to be the 100th year and so specially significant. However, one does not see much enthusiasm about this day in Muslim countries except some women, aware of...

  • Islamic identity in secular India - ii

    The phrase ‘vote-bank politics; coined by the BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party), the Hindutva Party is now used by all political parties. Every party has evolved combination of caste and religious groups to win electoral battles. The BJP itself...

  • Islamic identity in secular India - i

    Democratic polity in a multi-religious, multi-caste and multi-cultural country is based, more often than not, on identities. It is of course very complex issue which needs discussion and proper analysis. In any polity based on votes identity pl...

  • Muslims in Eastern Societies

    Islam has a very long history in almost all Eastern countries. It had reached major countries like India and China within the first century after its advent and almost everywhere within the next few centuries. We may say that with the exception of...

  • Religious fanaticism — is it really religious?

    Generally, rationalists hold religion responsible for religious fanaticism. Is it really so? First of all, we must understand what is fanaticism? When mind is closed to any idea other than one holds and refuses to accept even simple logic, much...

  • Would you like to know him?

    As did Sarojini Naidu? Or as did Annie Besant? Or Mahatma Gandhi? Or Washigton Irving? Or George Bernard Shaw?

  • Food in Islam

    Islam gives specific advice to Muslims about all aspects of life and this includes food and eating habits and manners. Food is not required for itself or for the sake of enjoyment but to sustain life so that one may enjoy health and physical stren...

  • Islamic Convention: Qur’anic message lead to science

    Rampur: An Islamic convention was organised at the Shehnai mandap on Shaukat Ali Road to apprise people about the message of the Qur’an and how to locate them while pursuing studies in science. Presided by Maulana Sulaiman Khan Qasimi, author of D...

  • Al-Misbah Qur’an Learning Software launched

    In Ramadan last year in August, Aurangabad-based i-Soft Solutions (isoft-india.com) had announced the release of Al-Misbah Qur’an learning software. This is for the second time we are seeing a Quran software being developed in India, as in August ...

  • How Islam is the solution?

    It is said in Muslim societies that Islam presents the solution to every problem. It is very easy for Muslims to say that Islam is a solution for all problems of the world. But how is Islam the solution? How Islam solves the problems? Our experie...

  • An opening for the empowerment of women

    The clash of cultures or civilizations between West and Islam is most visible in matters relating to womenfolk. However, there are innumerable ways by which Muslim women can become more useful and rewarding part of society, even while remaining tr...

  • Quranic Concept of ‘Ibadah (worship)

    What is meant by the term Ibadah and to what kinds of works it is applied, what the Quran says about its application and how can we take up this word in our practical life? These are important matters to be pondered over. Ibadah is generally defin...

  • Kindness towards women and children

    'Live together with them correctly and courteously,' (Quran 4:19) 'You will not be able to be completely fair between your wives, however hard you try. But do not be completely partial so as to leave a wife, as it were, suspended in mid-air. And i...