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The Paradox of Muhammad (SAW): Roots of Prophetic Hate and Love in the West

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In the West, several views have existed concerning the person and mission of Rasulullah (SAW). He seems to be the most hated as well as respected figure in the West.

The Most Sacred Days of the Year

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The Hijri year 1434 is coming to an end. Sunday, October 6, 2013 is the first day of Zul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar...

Fasting [Siyam] in Islam

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Introduction
Siyam is the one of the main pillars of Islam. It is mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah.1 In the Qur’an we read: “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may remain conscious of Allah [or so that you may learn self- restraint]…” (2:183). Prophet Muhammad [P] said: “Islam is built on five pillars; to testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger; to perform [the five daily] prayers; to give in charity [Zakah]; to fast [during the month of Ramadan] and to make Pilgrimage if one is able to”. Based on the Qur’an and Sunnah, it has been the consensus of Muslims throughout history that rejection of the legitimacy [mandatory nature] of Siyam is tantamount to rejection of Islam as well.
Prophet Muhammad [P] said: “ Whoever breaks the fast of one day of Ramadan, without a valid excuse or (not due to) illness, fasting forever will not make up for it (i.e. the missed day) even if he /she did fast it”. To emphasize the blessings of the month of fasting, he also said, at the outset of Ramadan one year: “A great month, a blessed month, containing a night which is better than thousand months has approached you people. Allah has appointed the observance of fasting during it as an obligatory duty, and the passing of (a part of) its nights in prayer as a super-regatory [voluntary act of] worship. If any person draws near to Allah during it with some [non-mandatory] good act, he/she will [receive reward equivalent to the reward of] one who...

Is Apostasy a Capital Crime in Islam?

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I. Introduction

In Islamic legal discourse, the term used to describe apostasy is Riddah, an Arabic term which literally, means defection or backsliding...

Sharia: Analysis & Autocriticism

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Sharia recently became a hotly debated subject.

ISLAMIC BUSINESS ETHICS

There are nearly 1.3 Billion Muslims worldwide; about one fifth of the total world population...

WHO IS THE AUTHOR [S] OF THE QUR’AN?

From the practically universal perspective of the nearly 1.6 billion Muslim people, the Qur’an is regarded as “the word of Allah; God” 1. The predominant views among Western writers are that the Qur’an is not a divinely revealed scripture. Some hold that view because they do not accept the notion of divine revelation and some do not believe in the existence of God altogether. Some writers who believe in God, Prophets and divinely revealed scriptures hold that the Qur’an does not fall in this category of sacred books.

The Quranic Concepts on Gender Relations

The essence of the Islamic paradigm is grounded in the concept of tawhid, the Oneness and Uniqueness of God. The coherence of the central belief system in Islam is based on the relationship between the act of submission (to God) and its consequences in a state of peace. At the core of this relationship is the concept of tawhid (oneness of God), by virtue of which submission is transformed into a dynamic and ongoing act. That is the meaning of ‘ibada (devotion or worship[1]).

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