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Music from the Islamic point of view

Question: Why has Islam prohibited music, and what is the philosophy in prohibiting it? Answer: Music has become so common that most people are not ready to think about music in its proper perspective (about the bad evil effect of the music) and follow ferociously this wrong way of thinking according to …

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Euthanasia Examined

The issue of euthanasia or ‘mercy killing’ continues to divide opinion across the world but Islam is clear about its impermissibility, says Hamid Waqar Sometimes  for  terminally  ill patients,  as  well  as  their families  and  friends,  with  no apparent  medical  hope  for survival, putting an end to their misery seems …

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A Match made in Heaven

It has always been fashionable to regard religion as something  belonging  to  the  past,  to  a  time  when man  was  ignorant,  lacking  in  knowledge,  incapable of understanding, and incapable of properly analysing  the  course  of  events.  Human  beings,  from  the  very inception  of  history,  started  to  learn  from  nature  and …

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The Politics of Using the Qur’an

Lessons from the use of the Qur’an by Muslims who wish to profit from it whenever sanctimoniousness increases and it becomes fashionable to display one’s piety. Excerpted from Polarization around the Character of Ali ibn Abi Talib. It is now some thirteen centuries that the politics of “holding the Qur’an upon …

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Introduction to ‘Istikhara’

The Istikhara is an Islamic tradition which is strongly rooted in the culture of the Shi’a especially those of Iran, India and Pakistan. Unfortunately however, it has been noticed that most people have an incorrect view of the Istikhara and the usage of it. When an important issue comes up in their lives, without …

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The Concept of Love in the Shi’i Creed

Love is one of the most sublime and most appealing of concepts in Shi’ism in particular and Islamic culture and belief in general. In Shi’i belief, mahabbah or hubb, and related words like mawaddah and waliyah, play a very significant and profound role, to the extent that, to cite one instance, it is asserted to be …

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The Fellowship of Faiths

As a teenager I used to attend a local mosque in Tehran for congregational  prayers,  called “al-Anbiyaa”  (the  Prophets). As recommended in Islamic narrations, the last two verses of the second chapter of the Qur’an were frequently recited in our mosque and for many days I listened  and  reflected  on  …

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How The Quran Shapes The Brain

  “If it wasn’t for their political problems and constant fighting between each other, the Muslims would have been on the moon by the 1400’s” was the statement made by a non-Muslim professor in a 400-level undergraduate class on the history of science. It seems that the rate of discovery …

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The Fingerprints of God

  ‘ We certainly show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that it is the Truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?’ 1 Introduction We go about our daily lives …

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Divine Advice; Humility When Speaking

A commentary on Surah al-Hujurat ( Verses 2 – 5 ) يٌا أَيُّهٌا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لاٌ تَرْفَعُوا أَصْوٌاتَكُمْ فَوْقَ صَوْتِ النَّبِيِّ وَلاٌ تَجْهَرُوا لَهُ بِالْقَوْلِ كَجَهْرِ بَعْضِكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ أَنْ تَحْبَطَ أَعْمٌالُكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لاٌ تَشْعُرُونَ. إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَغُضُّونَ أَصْوٌاتَهُمْ عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللٌّهِ أُوْلٌئِكَ الَّذِينَ امْتَحَنَ اللٌّهُ قُلُوبَهُمْ لِلتَّقْوَى لَهُمْ مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ …

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