Islamic Perspectives

  • 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...

  • The Children of Israel in the Qur’an — ii

    By Rabbi Emeritus Allen S. Maller Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA Although many Christians claim the new covenant replaces the old covenant for all Jews, and Muslims say the Jewish covenant has expired for all Jews, faithful Jews continue ...

  • The Children of Israel in the Qur’an — i

    By Rabbi Emeritus Allen S. Maller Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA The Qur’an is the only book of revelation that includes within itself a theory of prophethood: “Mankind was one community; then Allah sent the prophets as bringe...

  • "Capping" the Sunnah

    You wouldn't have missed him. Not with so many people glaring at him as he began to find a place among the worshipers in the mosque. He was young, and looked either Palestinian or from one of its neighbouring countries. The obvious rea...

  • Islam does not allow enslavement of civilian population

    Zafarul-Islam Khan, senior Indian Muslim scholar, who is an alumnus of Al-Azhar and Cairo universities and holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Manchester, said it is a lie to claim that Islam allows enslavement of ordinary men...

  • Concept of Jihad and Love

    According to Al-Bukhari and Muslim, the two most important collections of the sayings and deeds of the Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is reported to have told a young man, who came to him for the cause of Jihad, “Go back to y...

  • The Best in the eyes of the Prophet

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best of the Muslims is the one from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe.” (Muslim)   “The best of people are those who have the most excellent character.&rdquo...

  • Indian scholar debunks ISIS claims about slavery in Islam

    ISIS by capturing ordinary residents of the territories they have overrun in Iraq and Syria are not only disobeying Islam, they are also violating the Islamic rule of reciprocity and respect of international laws.

  • The Prophet’s Inexhaustible Patience

    Shahul Hameed   The source of the Prophet’s courageous determination in the face of all the traumatic experiences he suffered was his strong faith in God. One of the marvellous qualities of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (p...

  • Hajj: The Journey of Hearts

    Hajj is the culminating tenet of Islam. “The word Hajj means, literally, repairing to a place for the sake of visit (al-qasd liziyarah), and in the terminology of the Islamic Shariah, it implies repairing to Bait­Allah (the House of A...

  • Learn From Allah’s Patience

    By Dr. Hazem Said & Maha Ezzeddine    Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “None is more patient in the face of offence than God. People say He has a son, but H...

  • Stay Patient in Hard Times

    One of the best remedies for tough times is to be patient. State of patience requires that we not resort to complaining, and remember Allah often. We take this lesson from the story of Prophet Yusuf (upon whom be peace) who went through various...

  • The Delight of Selflessness

    By Abu Muhammad Yusuf   Sacrifice is part of nature. The excruciating pain a mother endures patiently at childbirth, the years a teacher spends in educating children, the medical personnel who attend to accident scenes in the dead ...

  • Islam does have epochal theologians

    Sumit Paul sumitmaclean@hotmail.com I was appalled at the ignorance of an American ‘scholar’, who wrote that, “Islam never had very great and epochal theologians like Augustine and Thomas Aquinas and the other great Chr...