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The Quran’s Most Controversial Verse – Beating Women

QUESTION: Can it be understood from the following verse that Islam is a male-chauvinistic religion?: “…As for those [wives] whose misconduct you fear, advise them, then, keep away from them in the bed, and then, beat them…” (Quran, 4:34) —————————— Answer: This is surely one of the most misinterpreted and …

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Living as a Muslim with Disability

We live in a world in which people are increasingly facing various challenges, many of which affect their well-being and lifestyles. Unfortunately, Muslims with disabilities are sometimes faced with barriers within their own Muslim communities. Recently, the Muslim Social Research Network launched a global study to understand the needs of …

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My Hijab – Why do I wear it?

Hijab… A covering. A piece of cloth, a sense of protection.  But what does it mean to me personally? I’m 21 now, I’ve been a university student in  Cyprus, Malaysia and  now South Africa, I’ve been wearing the hijab ever since I reached Buloogh1. But now that I’m far away …

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Acculturating our faith

There have been frustratingly many definitions of  culture,  but  perhaps  in  distilling  all  those meanings  we  can  say  that  culture  is  the behavioural and cognitive patterns generated from  the  interactions  between  a  society’s  beliefs  and its  environment.  This  environment  could  include  such things as the physical, social, ethnic or historical …

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The life of Murtadha Mutahhari (ra)

Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari is one of the principal architects of the new Islamic consciousness in Iran. Murtadha Mutahhari was born in a village some forty kilometres from Mashhad in 1338/1919­. His father Skaikh Muhammad Husain was a religious scholar and a pious person. Mutahhari received his elementary education in theology …

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The Method Not the Message

We often experience the challenge of communicating with other individuals in our lives, whether they are our coworker, family member, spouse, or our child. In some cases, we deliver an idea which is just informational, and it reaches the listener without problem. However, often times we stand in the position …

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Merits of the Soul: Pursuit of Knowledge

  Pursuit of Knowledge ..And fear God, (so that) He will teach you… (Holy Qur’an, 2: 282) The Holy Prophet (s) of Islam said: “Seeking knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim, male and female.” [Al-Majlisi Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 1. p. 177] According to the teachings of Islam, seeking knowledge is one of …

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Spirituality is Intoxication

Spiritualism   has   been   metaphorically  considered  to  be  a form  of  intoxication  throughout history. As with any metaphor, this overshadows a large portion of what true spirituality actually entails. Many  famous  poets  have  referred  to wine and drunkenness to express how one  feels  when  in  a  spiritual  state. Shouldn’t   one   feel   …

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The Moon is Also busy

I bow to God in gratitude, And I find the moon is also busy Doing the same. I bow to God in great happiness, And I learn from where the suns And the children And my heart All borrow their Light. I bow to the Friend in deep reverence, And …

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‘Islam’ and ‘Iman’ from the Point of View of the Qur’an

In verse 14 of Suratul Hujurat, we read: قَالَتِ الأََعْرَابُ آمَنَّا قُلْ لَمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَ لٌكِنْ قُولُوا أَسْلَمْنَا وَ لَمَّا يَدْخُلِ الإِِيْمَانُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ “The dwellers of the desert say: We believe. Say: You do not believe but say, We submit; and faith has not yet entered into your hearts.” …

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Poem on Islamic Revolution

A cultural country Ancient lasting landmarks It had an exciting, well-spread empire The soil is truly blessed. Cruelty was overcome As the mighty Islamic revolution aroused The bleeding wars of the past Did not put this strong country down Phenomenal traditions Are still embedded in its’ powerful heart The majestic …

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