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On Identity

When `A’isha was asked what the Prophet’s character was, one of the greatest scholars of the Qur’an replied with a question, “Have you not read the Qur’an?” The Qur’an then, was the Prophet’s identity: one was the other. We all know of his other identities. It should be interesting to …

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Taxes by an Islamic State

Many democracies, whether of the east or the west, levy high taxes, but provide little services to the weaker sections of the society, who happen to be in majority in every country of our times. Government after government raises taxes, and reduces services. For example, in the United States, every …

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The Four Fiqh Schools

The regularity with which questions concerning the legality of four Islamic School of Law are asked, by all classes of people, the humble, the sophomore and the elite, sends us wondering whether it is possible that we Muslims, especially in the non-Arab world, are behind the rest of the world …

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Worship in Ramadan, Night of Qadr and Eid al-Fitr

9. On the authority of Ibn Juraij who said: “Ata said, ‘Jabir bin Abdullah said, ‘The Prophet went out on the Day of Eid-ul-Fitr and offered the prayer before delivering the Khutba.’ Ata told me that during the early days of Ibn Az-Zubair, Ibn Abbas had sent a message to …

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On the Etiquettes of Dress and Grooming

The glad tidings are for the bondmen whom God has blessed with wealth and they can easily manage to wear good and costly clothes, but prefer not to do so out of regard for the feelings of the less fortunate brethren. It, indeed, is a most noble sentiment, and as …

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Contradictions in the Qur’an- 5

It has been pointed out that the Qur’an suffers from no less than 11 contradictions. We have dealt with nine of them in previous issues. In this issue we deal with the last two of the supposed contradictions. Contradiction No. 10UNBELIEVERS: To be persecuted or forgiven?Verses 23:117 and 98:6 say …

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On Sha’ban and Ramadan

10. Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” Ibn Shihab (a sub-narrator) said, “Allah’s Apostle died and the people continued observing that (i.e. …

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On Dignity of Labour and a Clean Livelihood

It tells that wealth acquired through legitimate means is a special favour of the Lord. On the other hand, in the earlier volumes, we saw Traditions, under the headings of ‘Asceticism’ and ‘Soft-heartedness’, to the effect that poverty was preferable to riches and the poor of the Ummat were more …

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On Divorce

The main object of marriage is that, by entering into it, people led a clean and virtuous life, and just as they were someone’s children, they, too, produced children, and the children were a source of joy to them and a means to the attainment of Paradise in Futurity. For …

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