Islamic Perspectives

  • Circumcision boosts life expectancy

    Circumcision is becoming increasingly popular due to the evidence accumulating that it has a very strong protective effect against all sexually transmitted diseases (STDd), including AIDS. A report from Africa says: As hospital wards overfl...

  • Six Means to Prepare for Final Journey

    A. S. Halawani, PhD When you pass away, do not worry about your dead body as fellow Muslims will take good care of it… They will take off your clothes, wash your body up, and wrap it in a clean white shroud. They will take you to yo...

  • Less known Quranic injunction — Turn Riba into charity

    Charity includes Zakat, Sadaqah and Qulil Afwa. 1. Wealth must circulate Islam's basic pillar is equality in society (Masawaat). That's one reason why Quran prescribes for circulation of wealth across the social spectrum. T...

  • Islam supports religious pluralism: Akhtarul Wasey

    Prof. Akhtarul Wasey is the Commissioner of Linguistic Minorities (CLM), Government of India. This office is a Constitutional authority and Prof. Wasey was appointed to it by the President of India recently. Before he was appointed to the offic...

  • ‘Umar the Great — a living icon of Islam

    By Shaista Bano ‘Umar’s father was Khattab. ‘Umar could read and write and was a person of simple habits. Before his death, Abu Bakr, the first Caliph, nominated ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) as his successo...

  • Bilal Movie Tells Story of Prophet Companion

    Cairo: A new animation movie telling the story of Prophet Muhammad’s companion Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah be pleased with him) has been announced in Dubai, in the first-ever animation movie produced by Arab artists. “A thousand ...

  • Original Sin or Original Forgiveness?

    Ebrahim Saifuddin   The story of Adam and Eve (may peace be upon them) is quite similar in the Bible and the Qur’an with minor differences, yet the lessons derived from these stories differ greatly. Sometimes minor changes to...

  • Three consecutive divorce declarations un-Islamic, liable to punishment

    Three consecutive divorce declarations un-Islamic, liable to punishment: Pakistan cleric Islamabad: The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan decreed on 21 January that a husband who uttered “divorce” thrice consecutively woul...

  • ISIS is beyond the pale of Islam: Ahl-e Hadees scholars

    There is no doubt that Islam is the religion of peace revealed by Allah, the Creator of all creatures and it is the embodiment of mercy and blessings for the entire world. There is no room for any kind of terrorism in it. This religion, based o...

  • The Prophet Never Tortured Prisoners of War

    By Faheem Younus Senator John McCain recently remarked in an Op-Ed, “I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners sometimes produces good intelligence but often produces bad intelligence because under torture a person ...

  • Shia-Sunni Unity: A Must For the Welfare of Ummah

    By Muhammad Abdus Samad Mazumdar Shia-Sunni conflict, according to my knowledge, is not religious but political. Enemies of Islam always try to make it a religious conflict to sabotage the unity of the Muslim Ummah. Islam is primarily ...

  • Covering Hair not brains — World Hijab Day India

    Bijapur, Karnataka (31st January 2015): On the occasion of ‘World Hijab Day,’ an annual event every 1st February, some students here from Al-Ameen Medical & Dental College decided to celebrate the eve to encourage both Muslim an...

  • Good Character

    By Imam Al-Bayhaqi Good Character includes suppressing one’s anger, and being gentle and humble. Allah Most Exalted has told the Prophet: “Surely, you are of tremendous character” (The Holy Qur’an: 68/4). Allah also...

  • Stoop to Conquer: 10 ways of honouring servants

    Sadaf Farooqi   Muslims in Eastern countries employ domestic staff as a norm. For some, domestic helpers are a priceless resource who significantly ease our day-to-day chores. Conversely, for others, they can be a source of distres...

  • Is Nikah not my right?

    By Dr. Muhammad Moazzam Ali I ask young boys and girls, senior, learned and religious persons and leaders of Muslim society if Nikah is not my right; also, if leading a respectable, God-fearing life is not my right, is seeking His pleasure...

  • Shaytan is the third between a Man and Woman meeting in secret

    By Arfa Saira Iqbal Islam forbids free-mixing of men and women in case it leads to fitnah and illicit relationships. In the West, it’s extremely common to have a girlfriend or boyfriend, whereas Islam prohibits this. Instead, it is e...

  • Prophet Muhammad and Peace

    During Prophet's life, Muslims fought many wars while they were in a disadvantaged position in terms of numbers and arms. They had empty pockets and lacked horses and fighters.

  • Eight hadiths on neighbours

    1) Prohibition of Harming Neighbour: The Prophet, (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: "By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer.’’ It was asked, "Who is that, O Mes...

  • Why Shia-Sunni unity does not materialise?

    Malik Ashtar Navganvi Some four years ago a conference on Ittehaad bainal Muslimeen (Unity between Muslims) was held in the Engineering College auditorium of Jamia Millia Islamia. In this conference, sponsored by a famous international org...

  • Character Comes FIRST

    When the question of marriage arises, what do you look for? Let me put it another way: what do you notice first? Do you notice their wealth, their lineage, their status, character and piety or beauty? As troubling as this is for many of our dea...