Worldwide underage boys as well as girls are given in marriage by elders for a wide
variety of reasons. Though the claim is made from certain quarters that child marriages are exclusively an ‘Islamic’ problem, statistics show that they are widespread in many cultures, including in ‘advanced’ countries such as the United States.
Worldwide underage boys as well as girls are given in marriage by elders for a wide
Tolerance is a special quality. It means getting along with people who are different from us. It is a vital trait for peaceful coexistence and to build cordial and friendly relations between people. Being tolerant requires from us to be patient, understanding and accepting of anything different. People are different from
ARE we human or are we simply a species of animals? This question has perplexed many thinkers. After all, are we not simply glorified animals, some proclaim? Do we not tend to do the same things that animals do? We go to work, earn money to buy food; animals also
Human greed and unabashed materialism has begat a monster, which is ready to devour us. Excessive pollution from consuming fossil fuels is disturbing the balance of our ecosystem and threatening to destroy life on the planet. The spectre of climate change looms upon us but nobody seems to notice. Switch
Inept border control procedures and a lenient attitude of rulers towards rogue traders means that our marketplaces are flooded with counterfeit goods. It has become very common to find bags, watches, eyewear, clothing, and all sorts of products having marks and labels of famous brands but which are in fact
QUESTION Is it correct that “Taurat” is not the name of a book revealed by Allah but is the title of all those verses in the Qur’an that contain “Hukm Allah”, (Order, command of God) as stated in Al Maida 5:43. Does the Qur’an justify the view that “Taurat” is
Q. I read a verse about prostitution of slave girls and it said “..do not compel your maids in to prostitution if they desire chastity”. Does this verse sanction prostitution? Ans. The full verse in question states: وَلْيَسْتَعْفِفِ الَّذِينَ لَا يَجِدُونَ نِكَاحًا حَتَّىٰ يُغْنِيَهُمُ اللَّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِ ۗ وَالَّذِينَ يَبْتَغُونَ
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ مَّا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِن رَّسُولَ اللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا “Muhammad is not the father of any one of your men, but the Messenger of God, and the Seal of the Prophets; God has knowledge of everything.” 33:40
What is the activity of Salat? What are its exact times? How many Rakahs should be done? Can one read Salat in a non Arabic language? Are there are any special conditions for women and prayers? Salat is an act of Ibadah (Servitude to Allah), which is ordained by Allah over believers
According to the Qur’an, what is a believing woman’s dress code? If a woman wears a head scarf then does she violate any command of Allah, as certain modern-day Quran cults allege? A believing women’s dress code is mentioned in two verses of the Qur’an. In Surat Al Ahzaab 33:59 and
The Qur’an leaves no stone unturned regarding the gender of Mary and makes it absolutely clear that she was not a hermaphrodite Introduction Jesus Christ is a Messenger of God whose personality is surrounded in controversy. Three world religions hold varying opinions about his person and his birth. On one extreme
Instead of Asking People, Why Not Try Asking God Directly If He is There? We often come across people who curiously ask us: “Where is God?” The problem with such an approach is that though they are asking the right question, it is misdirected. Why ask the creation to tell
Won’t the camel wander while he prays? Kashif Shahzada vs Madeleine Bunting Excerpts from The Guardian Debate Blogging The Qur’an MADELEINE BUNTING: Well, I knew that some of this blog was getting hard to follow – for example the discussion about how many days it took to create the world
A week with the Qur’an Kashif Shahzada vs Madeleine Bunting Excerpts from The Guardian Debate Blogging The Qur’an MADELEINE BUNTING: I’m feeling a bit like a groupie. I watch the film, I write a blog, I chair a debate at the IslamExpo event last weekend: all on the Qur’an.
What’s the message for other faiths? Kashif Shahzada vs Madeleine Bunting Excerpts from The Guardian Debate Blogging The Qur’an MADELEINE BUNTING: These verses contain a statement of religious tolerance which is more far reaching than anything you will find in the Bible. I was lost from the start on
Aren’t these verses contradictory? Kashif Shahzada vs Madeleine Bunting Excerpts from The Guardian Debate Blogging The Qur’an MADELEINE BUNTING:One of these verses could stand as a manifesto for contemporary religious tolerance; the next seems to be saying we should all become Muslim I thought verse 148 was amazing. Perhaps
Kashif Shahzada vs Madeleine Bunting Excerpts from The Guardian Debate Blogging The Qur’an MADELEINE BUNTING: At a recent conference, I was sitting between a cabinet minister and a senior economist when they fell into conversation about their summer reading – the Qur’an. Both had been horrified by what they had
Relations that Muslims must maintain with their elderly and aging parents AT TIMES our relationships with our elderly and aging parents can be challenging. It is quite common nowadays for people to send their parents to an old home at that period in life rather than bear them constant company.
Speech delivered at “Change & Growth”, Chaplaincy in Further Education Annual Conference held in York, UK, July 2006. Ladies and gentlemen, Before I begin my speech, I would like to extend the universal greeting of peace to all of you. “Assalamu-alaikum Wa Rahmatullahe Wa Barakatahu” No! Don’t be upset, I
If Islam Is So Great, Then Why Are Muslims In Dire Straits? ANSWERS TO SOME COMMON CRITICISMS Critics often pose an innocent question to the faithful. “You people of faith blow your own trumpet. You claim that your religion is the best that there is, and that it has the
DO WE HAVE FREEDOM OF CHOICE OR IS EVERYTHING WE DO PREDETERMINED IN OUR FATE? INTRODUCTION Has God pre-determined the fate of people? Is all the good or bad happening to us in life pre-written for us in our fate? Belief in predestination is advocated in many faiths, and some
Reincarnation is the belief that the human soul, upon the death of the human body, comes back to earth in another body or form. Also referred as ‘transmigration of souls’ this doctrine is a central tenet in many South Asian and East Asian religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism as well as ancient
Is Salvation Guaranteed To All Believers In God? Belief in God is a fundamental precept in almost all religions. It is not at all uncommon to come across individuals who express their belief in a Supreme Creator and an Omnipotent God. The adherents of Christianity, Judaism and Islam too claim
“WHAT BUSINESS DO YOU HAVE to comment on festivals that belong to other people’s religion? And that too on the very day that it is being celebrated?” People can very well ask.
There is a silent storm that is emerging in Europe. It is somewhat audible now and if counter measures are not taken, it is likely to cause significant damage. The storm is the rising xenophobia and its epicenter is the Muslim community of Europe.
The falling leaves of autumn. You notice them as you walk along the pathways. Blown away by gusty winds, some red, some yellow, some dry, some crisp – all heralding the moment of change and signaling to us that its time to seek a new beginning. As autumn is the season marking the periodic change in the natural world, it seems that it is also a period of change throughout human history.
Life is a journey. We are but travelers. But there is a road that is less traveled, a path less trodden. Pointers to that road come in our life but many tend to ignore them. Consciously or subconsciously we follow paths in life, make choices and pursue ends. We keep on moving with the same old routines, the same common milestones until suddenly we are at the cross roads.
Are you someone born and brought up in a Muslim household, who accepts by default, that the Qur’an is a Divine text? Or someone not-so-sympathetic, someone who was told a lot of negative things about the Book and now you harbour such views yourself. Or simply in search of the truth
This series of Blogs that I intend to write during the ongoing month of Ramadhan are meant for newcomers to the Qur’an. This does not necessarily mean non Muslims, but also includes those who may be born into Islamic households.
The month of Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. In this month Muslims all over the world observe a fast from dawn till dusk. They refrain from eating, drinking and sexual relations at God’s instructions. It is a month in which religious zeal is at an