Understanding Jihad, “Striving in the Cause of Allah” by Dr. Israr Ahmad

If we were to make a list of all the Islamic terms and concepts that have been inadvertently misconstrued or deliberately distorted, by the apologetic Muslims or Western orientalists, then Jihad can easily be placed at the top of that list. Although the significance of Jihad in the Qur’an and Sunnah cannot be overstated, its … Read more

Islam and Social Media

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu Bismillahi Walhumdulillahi Wassalatu Wassalamu AlaAbdillahi Wa Rasoolihi Muhammad Wa Ala Alihi Wa As’habihi Ajma’een Always we praise Allah Subhana Wataala. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad (peace be upon him), his entire household, all his companions, and all those who had struggled through the generations in a way that today we … Read more

Ayyaam al-Beed: Voluntary Fasts

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu Bismillahi Walhumdulillahi Wassalatu Wassalamu AlaAbdillahi Wa Rasoolihi Muhammad Wa Ala Alihi Wa As’habihi Ajma’een Always we praise Allah Subhana Wataala. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad may peace be upon him, his entire household, all his companions, and all those who had struggled through the generations in a way that today … Read more

The Muslim Woman’s Dress by Dr. Jamal A. Badawi

According to the Qur’an and Sunnah 1 INTRODUCTION To some as a subject the Muslim women’s dress may sound trivial. The Shari’ah, however, assigns it moral, social, and legal dimensions. One basic requirement to be a true believer according to the Qur’an is to make one’s opinions, feelings, and inclinations subservient to whatever Allah and … Read more

The Man in The Red Underpants

Chapter 1 The Journey Begins I’m pretty sure you’re not going to like this. Probably not one bit. It talks about all sorts of things that a lot of us spend a lot of time trying to avoid. Like death! Yes, that’s right, death. Death, judgement, hellfire and paradise (or is it all pie in … Read more

An Introduction to Islam

Definition

Islam is a Semitic religion, which has over one billion adherents all over the world. Islam means “submission to the will of God”. Muslims accept the Qur’an, as the word of God revealed to His last and final prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Islam states that Allah (name of God in Arabic) sent messengers and prophets throughout the ages with the message of Unity of God and accountability in the Hereafter. Islam thus makes it an article of faith to believe in all the earlier prophets, starting with Adam, and continuing with Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, John the Baptist and Jesus amongst many others (may peace be on them all).

Concept of God

The Most Concise Definition of God

“Say: He is Allah, The One and Only. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute. He begets not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.” Qur’an 112:1-4

The word ‘Assamad’ is difficult to translate. It means ‘absolute existence’, which can be attributed only to Allah (swt), all other existence being temporal or conditional. It also means that Allah (swt) is not dependent on any person or thing, but all persons and things are dependent on Him.

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The Image of Islam in the West

Every Muslim is an Arab and every Arab is a Muslim?

The image of a Muslim being an Arab in long flowing robes on a camel or horse riding in the desert is a kind of stereotype that seems to have been deliberately propagated by the media. Even some of the more respectable writers somehow imply this kind of stereotype. Indeed you’d be surprise to know that Arab Muslims constitute a small minority among Muslims. In other words, Muslims, who are Arab, make up nearly fifteen percent, that’s almost 1/7th, of the total (Muslim) world population. In fact, the reverse is also true: not every Arab is a Muslim. There are many Christian and Jewish Arabs who have been living for generations and generations in Arab countries.

So this is a false stereotype that is normally associated with everything from Popeye the Sailor Man to cartoons and papers. It’s not a true picture; indeed the total Muslim world population is over one billion. There are various estimates some of which are underestimated. One recent issue of the Time magazine estimated the total Muslims all over the world at 750 million; there are other studies that show that they are closer to one billion Muslims worldwide. In any case, that would place it as the largest universal faith on earth or at least a close second because according to the same Time issue estimated the total number of followers of Christianity, with various sects like Protestantism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox and all others, combined at 985 million. This makes Islam the second largest religion worldwide. It’s a universal religion rather than something that is connected with Arabs alone.

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The Quran and World Peace by Dr. Israr Ahmad

I shall deal with the topic of “The Quran and World Peace” at three different levels, viz., the peace and tranquility of an individual person, the socio-political peace of a group, and finally, world peace. An Individual Person’s Peace and Tranquility One may be surprised that I am embarking upon a discussion of world peace … Read more

“That Prophet”? by Shaikh Yusuf Estes

Who was he? “The Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.” [Bible – John 14:26] Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “A messenger will come after me, named Ahmad.” [Qur’an 61:6] The chief … Read more

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