Islamic Perspectives

  • 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...

  • Homosexuality – a revolt against Nature

    Allah SWT is the Creator and the Lord of the whole universe. He created everyone and everything and He gave a natural system for His creation. Whenever this natural system is broken, chaos sets in. Allah SWT has kept the natural system of s...

  • Live-in relationships and love marriages

    Live-in relationships Of various sex perversions which have destroyed the moral fabric of society, live-in relationship has become a craze today. What started as a rare exception in a few families a few years ago in Gujarat (among NRIs) has...

  • Muslim inventions that shaped the modern world

    Olivia Sterns(CNN)   From coffee to cranks, items we couldn’t live without today are Muslim inventions. Modern hospitals and universities both began in 9th century North Africa   Hospitals as we know them today, ...

  • Why Blame Christianity For Irish/British Terrorism?

    By Mahmood A. Qazi Individuals, not religions, carry out inhuman acts. Islam is a religion of peace, accepted and practiced by more than 1.25 billion people worldwide. It is the fastest-growing religion in the world today, and if it was wh...

  • Celebrating the Muslim New Year

    By Abida Rahmani The new Muslim or Hijri year 1435 has arrived. Hijrah calendar follows the lunar year according to moon sighting. It consists of twelve months but is 10 days shorter to the solar or common era calendar every year. That is ...

  • 100 Advices from The Qur’an

    1.   Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)   2.   Enjoin righteousness to people only after practicing it yourself (2:44)   3.   Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)   4. &...

  • What is udhiyah/qurbani?

    Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad   Q: What is udhiyah? It is the act of slaughtering an animal (a camel, buffalo, sheep or goat etc) for the sake of Allah on the 10th of Dhu’l-Hijjah. In fact, Eid al-Ad’ha, the main fe...

  • Marrying first cousins has horrific genetic consequences

    By Tazeen Ahmad My mum has always had a special place in her family because she was the first girl to live beyond childhood. Five of her sisters died as babies or toddlers. It was not until many years later that anyone worked out why so ma...

  • “Why I believe in the right to wear the veil”

    By Stella White An English-born, Roman Catholic writer from London. Married to a Muslim husband for the past  10 years, she has written for The Observer, The Express and many other national titles. Many women, Muslim or otherwise,...

  • Islamic Dress Code

    Dress is a blessing which Allah has conferred on human beings only. Animals and birds cannot wear good dress. Allah has adorned them with feathers and colourful skin. But they cannot wear different dress on different occasions or seasons. We mu...

  • The Miracle of Positive Thinking

    By Shahnaaz Bemath Thinking positive can work miracles. You may have been told to “guard your thoughts,” but felt the advice to be pointless. After all, your thoughts are private. How can they possibly affect someone else? The ...

  • Azan – My Spiritual Friend

    By Mithun Dey ‘Azan’ is a voice inside my head and my heart. I have imbibed its spiritual message. I owe much to the muezzin for the introduction of such a lofty voice mainly when I stay far away from my hometown. I can’t...

  • Understanding a billion Muslims: ten days, ten deeds

    By Dr. Faheem Younus   Who can decipher the mind of a terrorist? In the post-9/11 America, there is a dollar-spending, ink-spilling, competition between the government and the academia to answer this question. The faith of...