Islamic Perspectives

  • Diversity of Islam led me to embrace it: Dutch painter

    She lived in a conservative protestant family and even thought to become a nun, but she has now converted to Islam after discovering that it ensures an equilibrium between matter and spirit and that its secret lies in diversity and embracing li...

  • Muslims, the Pioneers of Aviation

    Firas Al-Khateeb One of the most enduring (and incorrect) accusations made about the Ottoman Empire is that it was intellectually stagnant. Orientalist historians claim that the Ottomans saw science and religion as mutually exclusive and i...

  • Get full advantage of the holy month of Ramadan

    We are moving quickly towards the end of the first ashrah (ten days) of the holy month of Ramadan. See, how quickly time passes. It passes more quickly if you are busy praying and reading from the Quran. This month has a close relationship ...

  • Ramadan: The Month of Deeds

    By Uthman Khan   Through His infinite mercy, Allah blessed mankind with selected times and seasons in which best deeds are made obligatory and the reward for good deeds is multiplied. Allah, the Most Wise, prescribed the third...

  • Salaah English transliteration and translation (namaaz prayer)

    Make the intention of praying then raise hands to ears and say:   Allaahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest!)   Subhaanaka Allaahumma wabi hamdika wa tabaarakasmuka wa ta'aala jadduka wa laa ilaaha ghayruka. Glory be to Y...

  • Some Less Known Events in the Islamic History

    ByFiras Al-Khateeb   Five Muslim Inventions that Changed the World   About 1,600,000,000 cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world. Billions of people rely on it as part of their daily routines. And yet, v...

  • International networking of Zakat, Sadaqah, Infaaq and Qulil 'Afwa

    A true believer can hardly imagine that any particular verse of holy Quran would be more or less important than any other. Obviously every bit of God's entire revelation has equal weight, the reader needs only to fully comprehend the true i...

  • Six Great Converts to Islam

    By Firas Al-Khateeb   The Barmakids The Barmakids (Al-Baramikah) were a family of Buddhist administrators from the city of Balkh, in what is now Afghanistan. When the Umayyad Caliphate conquered the area in the mid-600s, the fa...

  • The Muslim Slave Revolt in Bahia, Brazil

    By Firas Al-Khateeb   From the 1500s through the 1800s, European nations were engaged in a tragic and barbaric practice known as the slave trade. During this period, over 12 million Africans were kidnapped or bought in Africa, boar...

  • Five words that changed my life

    By Mustafa Davis Today, while out with my family at the Ashby Flea Market in Berkeley California, I ran into a man who changed the entire course of my life fifteen years ago. And he did it with a smile and one simple question. I have no do...

  • The Abandoned Role of Masjid

    If Masjid made Muslims true conquerors of hearts, minds, souls, lands and geography, thoughts and thinking, then the abandoned and forgiven concept of the Masjid made Muslims defeated, resigned, confused. The Prophet’s Mosque in Madina wa...

  • On Religious Tolerance

    By Khalid Baig While on his deathbed, Sayyidna ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) dictated a long Will consisting of instructions for the next Khalifah. Here is the last sentence of that historic document: &ldqu...

  • The Miracle of the Qur’an

    By Khalid Baig It happened at an international inter-faith conference. The organisers decided to end the conference with readings from the scriptures of major religions, done by followers of other religions. As it happened, an Arab Christia...

  • The Concept of Mercy in Islam

    By Shaikh Alomgir Ali The Bible states, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”[1] It also states, “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter,...

  • Valentine’s Day: Reality or Mirage

    Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14 February every year with elan. This European festival is now universal. It was originally a Roman festival. As far as we Indians are concerned, it has no sense for us. One has rightly said, “it is...

  • Plural society and Muslims

    By Nazneen O. Sherwala A true Muslim would never compromise on religion. He strongly believes in Namaz, Zakat, Siyam, Haj and Qur’an. He cannot remain aloof in matters of his faith. At the same time, he has to be in touch with people...

  • Seven Moral Values to Teach our Children

    Our children learn certain things in their classrooms. However, our responsibility to teach does not end with dropping off the child at the school gates. In the home, parents have to set a good example by their conduct and realise that children...

  • Prophet Muhammad: Master of Tolerance

    By Raya Shokatfard We, as the Prophet’s followers, have the easy part which is to seek and adopt his gentle qualities and high moral standards into daily practice. God has always chosen prophets with the best of characters, morals an...

  • SaaeeN Baba

    By Shakeel Shamsi An Indian Muslim faqeer who was buried in Shirdi village of Maharashtra’s Ahmadnagar district on 15 October 1918 is a person whom crores of non-Muslims revere/worship as “god” or devta but no one knows h...

  • Legalising homosexuality would be curse

    By striking down the decision of Delhi High Court which had exonerated homosexual relations of being a crime, the apex court has reversed the 2009 decision. It remains a crime as long as Art. 377 remains on the statute. There is a wave of suppo...