FridayFaith

Worship and the worshipper


[ March 24, 2017 ] Man is an instinctive worshipper, although the nature of the deity worshipped or the way it is worshipped differ. God’s love abides in every person’s heart. Creatures by the nature of their being created have to submit to their Creator, and all creatures including man as a ‘biological entity’, are thus Muslims and have to obey the rules of creation willy nilly. Having established that God is in reality the natural deity to be worshipped by man, t...
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Definitions and virtues of Azan


[ March 17, 2017 ]
Azan is delivered in every mosque, or wherever there is a gathering for congregational prayers five times a day. The call is given out from a minaret of mosques or some raised platform in as loud a voice as possible so that it may reach the ears of the largest number of people. The man giving the call stands with his face to the Qiblah, towards Makka, with both hands raised to the ears. Azan is not only an announcement of the time of prayer...
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Trials and tribulations in Islam


[ March 10, 2017 ]
This world is no more than a test in which all humans are bound to face some hardships and challenges that reveal their patience and steadfastness. The forms of this test are numerous and diverse: Some people suffer poverty, some suffer physical illnesses, some live in a state of insecurity, some are deprived of their cherished and beloved ones, and still others suffer psychiatric disorders. Referring to this fact, the Almighty Allah says: ...
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Merits and Importance of Friday prayer


[ March 03, 2017 ] The prayer (Salah) is the daily ritual prayer enjoined upon all Muslims as one of the five pillars of Islam and is performed five times a day by all Muslims. Salah is a precise worship, different from praying on the inspiration of the moment. Muslims pray or, perhaps more correctly, worship five times throughout the day. As far as the importance of Friday prayer is concerned, it is obligatory for all muslims and this is supported by the holy Qu...
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Objectives of Education in Islam


[ February 17, 2017 ]
The Arabic language has three terms for education, representing the various dimensions of the educational process as perceived by Islam. The most widely used word for education in a formal sense is ta'līm, from the root 'alima (to know, to be aware, to perceive, to learn), which is used to denote knowledge being sought or imparted through instruction and teaching. Tarbiyah, from the root raba (to increase, to grow, to rear), implies a state...
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Ethics of business transactions in Islam


[ February 10, 2017 ]
Islam demands a certain type of behaviour from the economic agents – the consumers and the producers. The behaviour prescribed for the economic units of the society are so devised as to lead to a happy state of affairs, which is the ultimate goal of Islam. An Islamic market is characterized by certain norms that take care of the interests of both the buyer and the seller. There are a number of rules of ethical discipline in Islamic commerci...
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Human dignity in Islam


[ January 20, 2017 ]
A major goal of Islam is to provide mankind with a practical and realistic system of life based on good by which he can conduct his life. It calls upon mankind not only to practice virtue but to establish it and to eradicate all that is harmful. It seeks the supremacy of one's conscience in all matters, so that what is harmful cannot gain the upper hand in either an individual or a society. Those who respond to this call are known as Muslim...
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Intents of Education in Islam


[ January 13, 2017 ]
Education is the process by which children are nurtured as they grow up to develop the Islamic worldview and the Islamic virtues. Education means to look after, to nurture, to nourish, to help grow and flourish. It implies certain sensitivity towards the child under your care, his emotional and physical needs and capacities. It implies the ability to inspire confidence. It implies the courage to allow and promote creativity and innovation. ...
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Trustworthiness in Islam


[ January 06, 2017 ]
Being trustworthy implies being honest, fair in dealings and punctual (in terms of both regularity and timeliness) as well as honouring trusts and keeping promises and commitments. An important part of the noble Islamic character is being trustworthy. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was known, even before his Prophethood to be Al Amin (the trustworthy one). While the qualities of honesty and trustworthiness are inextricably entwined, there are sl...
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Moral system of Islam


[ December 30, 2016 ]
A moral sense is inborn in man and, through the ages, it has served as the common man’s standard of moral behavior, approving certain qualities and condemning others. While this instinctive faculty may vary from person to person, human conscience has consistently declared certain moral qualities to be good and others to be bad. Justice, courage and truthfulness have always found praise, and history does not record any period worth the name ...
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Supplication (Du’a): Essence of worship


[ December 23, 2016 ]
Supplication (Du’a) is a powerful connection between Almighty Allah and his servants. Distancing one’s self from prayer will lead to the deterioration of a person’s relationship with Almighty Allah, and thus cause indolence in their religious life. Particularly in today’s world, where there is so much that can cause our hearts to harden, a devotion to prayer is of even greater importance. Living with prayer is living as if one can see Almig...
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Lesson drawn from Milad-Un-Nabi (SAW) celebrations


[ December 16, 2016 ]
Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated to commemorate the birth and teachings of the holy Prophet Muhammad(SAW) on 12th of Rabi-Ul –Awal every years and as regards the meaning of Milad-Un-Nabi (SAW) the word “”Milad” has been derived from "viladut" which means birth. Therefore, according to Arabic language, Milad is word which signifies the place and time of birth. In the light of Shariah, we mean, Milad is to remember the events which took place at...
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Virtues of Rabi’ul-Awwal


[ December 09, 2016 ]
Rabi'ul-Awwal is the most significant month in the Islamic history, because humanity has been blessed in this month by the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Before the birth of the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, not only the Arabian peninsula, but also the so-called civilized nations of Rome and Persia were drowned in the darkness of ignorance, superstitions, oppression and unrest. The Holy Proph...
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Morality in Islam


[ December 02, 2016 ]

A moral sense is inborn in man and, through the ages, it has served as the common man’s standard of moral behavior, approving certain qualities and condemning others. While this instinctive faculty may vary from person to person, human conscience has consistently declared certain moral qualities to be good and others to be bad. Justice, courage and truthfulness have always found praise, and history does not record any period worth the...
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Rights & Responsibilities of Parents in Islam


[ November 25, 2016 ]
In Islam, muslim children are considered as precious gifts from Almighty Allah. They are loved immensely by their parents and they become the fondness of the family. But children should also be aware of the many rights and responsibilities of their parents. There are many verses in the Holy Qur'an which acknowledge the debt that an individual owes to his or her parents. One responsibility of a parent is to make sure the child gets educated....
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Role of a teacher in contemporary Islamic society


[ November 18, 2016 ]
Every present day society has an established set of virtues and voices and it takes conscious and unconscious measures at various levels to promote the virtues and eliminate the voices. Sometimes a society may face a crisis of values in which the values are at odds with one another or the values suffer from double standards. In that eventuality, the people reflect contradictions in their actions and in the morality they profess. Now a days...
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All about Makhdoom Sahb(RA)shrine


[ November 11, 2016 ]
Among the most venerated Sufis of Kashmir is Hazrat Shiekh Hamza Makhdoom (RA) who is considered as the leader of the spiritual domain in Kashmir. Hazrat Shiekh Hamza Makhdoom (RA) is remembered as Mehboob ul Alam(RA)and also as Hazrat-e- Sultan ul Arifeen(RA). Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom (RA), titled Mehboob-Ul-Alam(RA), and Sultan-Ul-Arifeen (RA) , was born to Baba Usman, of the Rajput family, a hereditary landlord, a scholar, and a mystic sain...
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Education & School in Islam


[ November 04, 2016 ]
Islam is the religion of peace which has given us guidance in every aspect of life. Islam has given us education with knowledge which has no limits. The Holy Quran is the most sacred book of the Almighty Allah revealed on Prophet Muhammad (SAW), for the upliftment, guidance and enriched messages to the humanity. Education is the knowledge of putting one's potentials to maximum use. Without education, no one can choose the proper right pat...
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Sheikh ul Alam (RA): A preacher, a poet


[ October 28, 2016 ]

Sheikh ul Alam (RA) is one of those distinguished philosophers, Sufi poets, preachers of Kashmir’s history who have exercised the most tremendous influence on the literary and cultural life of people in Kashmir. It is certainly no exaggeration to say that no one else has so far gained such a universal popularity with the Kashmiri people including scholars as to become a household name. Sheikh ul Alam (RA) is among the first to use...
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Honesty, truthfulness in Islam


[ October 21, 2016 ] When honesty is lost, then wait for the day of judgment. These are the words of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They paint a picture of the time leading up to the day of judgment, when righteous people will be sorrowful due to the lack of honesty around them. In the 21st century, we live in a world where honesty is valued and yet shunned at the same time. We expect people to be honest in their dealings with us yet we watch and applaud television show...
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Essence of sincere repentance in Islam


[ October 14, 2016 ]
Many people do not listen to words of advice or to the message of Islam, nor attend gatherings of knowledge or dhikr, because they do not want to end up feeling guilty for the way of life they are leading. They have their long-term friends, their social activities that involve unlawful things, their chosen professions, which too, have their share of impermissible aspects; they have their die-hard destructive habits and negative personality ...
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Anger:way to deal with it Islamically


[ October 07, 2016 ]
We all experience anger from time to time. May be an officer did something to upset his subordinate and may be that the subordinates are misbehaving. It can also happen that someone is trapped in traffic jam, but the people at the helm being unreasonable are angry to see their subordinates coming late to office. We share this world with many people of many different tendencies. It is inevitable that we will feel anger or frustration from ti...
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The moral system of Islam


[ September 23, 2016 ] A moral sense is inborn in man and, through the ages, it has served as the common man’s standard of moral behavior, approving certain qualities and condemning others. While this instinctive faculty may vary from person to person, human conscience has consistently declared certain moral qualities to be good and others to be bad. Justice, courage and truthfulness have always found praise, and history does not record any period worth the name in whi...
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Spirituality of Hajj


[ September 09, 2016 ]
Hajj is the last layer of the Shariat, the cacred law of divine guidance, commandments and limits. In it is also Ma'refat or gnosis of the Almighty. For those who do not understand the reality of the rites and symbols of Hajj or pilgrimage, for them Hajj amounts to only certain rituals. Hajj is a symbolic journey to God, in which a seeker of God leaves behind people whom he loves taking pains in this journey. The spiritual significance and ...
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Believer’s Sincerity


[ September 02, 2016 ]
Sincerity towards Almighty Allah is the best type of sincerity. The muslim is being sincere towards his lord if he achieves sincerity in three aspects: faith and proper belief, acts of obedience, and morals and manners. Faith does not mean mere wishful thinking. The one who is sincere in his faith is the one who attains faith in the way his lord wants from him, which includes sincerity in faith, sincerity in intention, and sincerity in fear...
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Faith connected to Mecca pilgrimage


[ August 26, 2016 ] For the past 14 centuries, muslims from all corners of the globe have made annual pilgrimages to Mecca – Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW’s) birth place and Islam’s devotional epicenter. All faithful muslims (both men and women) are expected to make the pilgrimage (Hajj) at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially capable, alongside other pre-requisites. The Hajj is the last pillar of Islam which vividly shows the equivalence o...
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Diversity within Islam


[ August 19, 2016 ]
Islam teaches us that diversity is a fact of nature and it makes the nature beautiful. The Almighty Allah has created this whole universe with diversity. There is diversity among human beings. They have variety of genders, colors and languages and multiplicity of races and tribes. These diversities are indicative of Almighty Allah’s creative power and wisdom and are good and healthy since they endow human life with richness and beauty. The...
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Importance of Education in Islam


[ August 12, 2016 ] The first and most crucial obligation on us is to acquire knowledge and secondly to practice and preach this knowledge. No man becomes truly a muslim without knowing the meaning of Islam, because he becomes a muslim not through birth but through knowledge. Unless we come to know the basic and necessary teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) how can we believe in him, have faith in him, act according to what he taught? It is impossible for us to ...
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“Worship” an all inclusive term in Islam


[ August 05, 2016 ]
Worship is everything one says or does for the pleasure of the Almighty Allah. This, of course, includes rituals as well as beliefs, social activities, and personal contributions to the welfare of one's fellow human-beings. Islam looks at the individual as a whole. The worshiper is required to submit himself completely to Allah, as this verse of Holy Quran reads "Say (O Muhammad) my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death belong to All...
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Way to deal with anger Islamically


[ July 22, 2016 ]
We all experience anger from time to time. May be an officer did something to upset his subordinate and may be that the subordinates are misbehaving.It can also happen that some one is trapped in traffic jam, but the people at the helm being unreasonable are angry to see their subordinates coming late to office. We share this world with many people of many different tendencies. It is inevitable that we will feel anger or frustration from ti...
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Way to deal with anger Islamically


[ July 15, 2016 ]
We all experience anger from time to time. May be an officer did something to upset his subordinate and may be that the subordinates are misbehaving.It can also happen that some one is trapped in traffic jam, but the people at the helm being unreasonable are angry to see their subordinates coming late to office. We share this world with many people of many different tendencies. It is inevitable that we will feel anger or frustration from ti...
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Imperativeness of Taraweeh in Ramadan


[ June 24, 2016 ]
Taraweeh was one of the deeds Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to practice in the holy month of Ramadan. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as per different hadiths used to offer 20 rakats of Taraweeh during the month of Ramadan. The lines below narrate the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in this regard. Hazrat Ibn Abbas (RA) is quoted as saying “The Prophet (SAW) would pray 20 Rakats and then Witr in the month of Ramadan.” (baihaqi). From this narration...
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Virtues of IInd Ashra of Ramadan


[ June 17, 2016 ]
Presently we are going through the first Ashra of mercy of holy month of Ramadan and the second Ashra of forgiveness (Magfirah) will commence from Monday next week . As regard the second Ashra of forgiveness ((Magfirah) worth mention is the saying of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) ‘It (Ramadhan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (of hell’) -- Bihar al-Anwar, Vol.: 93, Pg.: ...
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Benefits of Ramadan


[ June 10, 2016 ] Ramadan is a period of fasting, reflection, devotion, generosity and sacrifice observed by Muslims around the world. While major holidays of other faiths have largely become commercialized events, Ramadan retains its intense spiritual meaning.The word "Ramadan" comes from the Arabic root word for "parched thirst" and "sun-baked ground." It is expressive of the hunger and thirst felt by those who spend the month in fasting. As opposed to other hol...
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Have a blessed Ramadan!


[ June 03, 2016 ]
O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.(Holy Qur'an 2:183)
Once more the commencement of the holly month of Ramadan is abou to bring cheers to muslims and muslims across the world are about to start fasting from dawn to dusk for a whole month. All muslims know that the month of Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. It was in this month...
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Tests, Afflictions, Calamities in Islam


[ May 27, 2016 ] Life is filled with calamites, tests and trials and every believer will be subjected to many of these calamities, tests and trials. The reward is affirmed regarding every type of harm or hurt, tangible or intangible, if the believer patiently perseveres and anticipates the reward. Tests and trials are a means to removing sins (from the believers) and all the children of Adam commit sins. Tests and trials may also raise one's degree enabling one...
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Spirit of repentance in Islam


[ May 20, 2016 ]
Repentance (Tawbah) means that one feels regret and filled with remorse for his or her sins, turns to the Almighty Allah with the intention to obey him or her. According to truth-seeking scholars, repentance signifies a sincere effort to no longer oppose the Divine Essence in one's feelings, thoughts, intentions, and acts, and to comply sincerely with His commands and prohibitions. Repentance does not mean being disgusted with what is bad ...
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Sincerity in 'Ibadah’

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[ May 13, 2016 ] The best 'Ibadah’ is the one accepted by Allah (swt).This is the 'Ibadah performed with sincerity, devotion and concentration. The Almighty Allah does not care about the quantity but the quality. Any action of the worshiper performed with sincerity is an accepted one . Here the question can be rephrased as, how can we perform pure 'Ibadah, an 'Ibadah sincerely for the Almighty Allah? The first thing you can do for your 'Ibadah during Ramadan is...
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Worship and the worshipper


[ May 06, 2016 ] Man is an instinctive worshipper, although the nature of the deity worshipped or the way it is worshipped differ. God’s love abides in every person’s heart. Creatures by the nature of their being created have to submit to their Creator, and all creatures including man as a ‘biological entity’, are thus Muslims and have to obey the rules of creation willy nilly. Having established that God is in reality the natural deity to be worshipped by man, t...
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Moderation in Islam


[ April 29, 2016 ] Moderation is the most important characteristic of Islam. It is probably how Islam views human nature and the meaning of life. Man is created by the Almighty Allah and is commanded to be Allah’s viceroy on earth. Islam discourages luxurious and lavish living. It is a general observation that luxurious life styles lead to weakness among nations, and eventually to their downfall. The existence of luxury is also an expression of social injustice, as...
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Humility in Islam


[ April 22, 2016 ]

Muslims constantly strive to remember and practice Islamic virtues, and put them into practice throughout their daily lives. Among these great Islamic virtues are submission to Allah, self-restraint, discipline, sacrifice, patience, brotherhood, generosity, and humility. In English, the word "humility" comes from the Latin root word which means "ground. " Humility, or being humble, means that one is modest, submissive and respectful, ...
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Humility in Islam


[ April 15, 2016 ] Muslims constantly strive to remember and practice Islamic virtues, and put them into practice throughout their daily lives. Among these great Islamic virtues are submission to Allah, self-restraint, discipline, sacrifice, patience, brotherhood, generosity, and humility. In English, the word "humility" comes from the Latin root word which means "ground." Humility, or being humble, means that one is modest, submissive and respectful, not proud and...
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Concept of bribery in Islam


[ April 08, 2016 ]
Apart from the obvious damages that we cause to society through bribery and corruption, Islam provides another view on this menace.The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to appoint a number of his companions as the collectors of zakat, during the Medina period. They were to make proper assessments on the items where zakat become payable, collect the proper amounts
and distribute to the recipients in the same locality. One of these collectors ...
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Purposes of life &death in Islam


[ March 01, 2016 ]
We as muslims must always place Almighty Allah and his good pleasure as our ultimate aim or goal in life. We the muslims are bound to live a life that merits Allah’s love and mercy upon us, his poor and unworthy creatures. Let us daily think of death in abundance; for our meditation on death will effectively keep us away from all sorts of sinfulness, worldliness, arrogant pride, carelessness, and negligence. The inner realization of our tem...
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Forgiveness in Islam


[ March 25, 2016 ] Human beings are not perfect, everybody commits mistakes in life and unknowingly commits sins. So forgiveness is a critical aspect in Islam. Muslims believe that Almighty Allah is merciful and forgiving. There are two kinds of forgiveness in Islam: Almighty Allah’s forgiveness and human forgiveness. Human beings are in need of both since they make mistakes in their relations to Almighty Allah as well as their relations to each other. In Islam, ...
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Dividends of repenting for a true mulsim


[ March 18, 2016 ] The enforcement of punishment on muslim sinners is for their own benefit, just as a father’s enforcement of punishment on his son is for the child’s own benefit. For example, a six year old boy sticks his fingers in an electric socket. His father, fearful that the boy may electrocute himself, punishes him for that. A parent threatens to punish his child only as a benefit for the child, even though the recalcitrant child might be too immatur...
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Concept of moderation in Islam


[ March 11, 2016 ] Moderation is the most important characteristic of Islam. It is probably how Islam views human nature and the meaning of life. Man is created by God-Almighty and is commanded to be God’s viceroy on earth. Islam discourages luxurious and lavish living. It is a general observation that luxurious life styles lead to weakness among nations, and eventually to their downfall. The existence of luxury is also an expression of social injustice, as few c...
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Trials, Tribulations In Islam


[ March 04, 2016 ] It is by trials that realities become known and insincere ones are exposed and done away with. During trials, some people maintain their manliness and bear all hardship that comes their way with courage and resoluteness.A muslim should therefore be on his guard as far as trials are concerned for the Messenger of Allaah has warned that, ‘There are going to be trials in which the condition of one who is sitting will be better than that of the one...
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Ills of bribery in Islam


[ February 26, 2016 ] Apart from the obvious damages that we cause to society through bribery and corruption, Islam provides another view on this menace.The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to appoint a number of his companions as the collectors of zakat, during the Medina period. They were to make proper assessments on the items where zakat become payable, collect the proper amounts and distribute to the recipients in the same locality. One of these collectors of zakat...
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Strategies of youth empowerment

Ayoub Mohiuddin
[ February 26, 2016 ] There is no denying the fact that youth is the Vital and vibrant phase of human resource- and the human resource development is the most instrumental factor of the development of any nation. Convincingly, the importance of capacitation of this vibrant phase is of paramount importance as it leads to empower our youth to be productive and participatory in our phenomenon of development. The success of a nation has its significant indicator in term...
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Ills of bribery in Islam


[ February 26, 2016 ] Apart from the obvious damages that we cause to society through bribery and corruption, Islam provides another view on this menace.The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to appoint a number of his companions as the collectors of zakat, during the Medina period. They were to make proper assessments on the items where zakat become payable, collect the proper amounts and distribute to the recipients in the same locality. One of these collectors of zakat...
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Rewards of knowledge in Islam


[ February 19, 2016 ] Knowledge brings greatest reward to mankind. The one who points the way to something good is like the one who does it. When the knowledgeable person dies, his/her reward with the Almighty Allah does not cease when he/she dies, rather it continues to increase so long as people benefit from his knowledge. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: "When a man dies, all his deeds come to an end except for three — an ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge o...
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Islam: The religion of tranquility, contentment


[ February 12, 2016 ] Islam teaches us through its two main authentic sources: The Glorious Qur’an and the Prophetic sayings that we can attain peace of mind, happiness, and salvation, by knowing and believing in the one true God (Allah) willingly and wholeheartedly. We must also believe in all Almighty Allah’s prophets including Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and follow their true guidance and teachings. Thus, the gateway to a happy, content, and eternal life is through be...
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Ablution in Islam


[ February 05, 2016 ] Ablution signifies spiritual purity, which the Prophet (SAW) was granted when the angels washed his heart, both in his youth and again, later, when angels washed it with the water of the holy well Zamzam on the Night of Ascension. To gain the full benefit of ablution, the worshipper must perform it with the realization of its inner aspects, washing away the burdens and darkness of worldly life that distract him or her from Divine service. By remo...
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Devotion of Hazrat Ali (R.A) to Islam

Dr. Bilal Ahmad Bhat & Mrs Nusrat Jan
[ February 05, 2016 ] Ali “Ibn” (son of) Abu Talib, the young cousin of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Mecca around the year 600 CE. He belonged to the most respectable family of Quraish, the Banu Hashim and his father Abu Talib brought up Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after the death of the Holy Prohet’s grandfather. Ali’s (RA) mother was Fatima bint Asad, who also belonged to Banu Hashim family. Ali (RA) child, who greatly admired his older cousin, grew into a noble...
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Ablution in Islam


[ February 05, 2016 ] Ablution signifies spiritual purity, which the Prophet (SAW) was granted when the angels washed his heart, both in his youth and again, later, when angels washed it with the water of the holy well Zamzam on the Night of Ascension. To gain the full benefit of ablution, the worshipper must perform it with the realization of its inner aspects, washing away the burdens and darkness of worldly life that distract him or her from Divine service. By remo...
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Believer’s relationship with Allah


[ January 29, 2016 ] The holy Qur’an deals in many passages with believer’s relationship to Almighty Allah and the concept of life which naturally follows from that relationship. Its message is epitomized in the verse narrated hereunder : Verily Allah hath bought of the believers their lives and their properties for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise: so they fight in the way of Allah and slay and are slain. It (i.e. the promise of Paradise) is a covenant...
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Characteristics of an ideal muslim


[ January 22, 2016 ] The ideal Muslim character is distinct and balanced. The Muslim is the embodiment of the teachings of the holy Quran and the ‘Sunnah’ (sayings, actions and the approvals of the Prophet Muhammad SAW). He follows the teachings of the Book of Allah (i.e. Quran) and the example of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in all affairs, relations, and situations – starting with his relationship with Almighty Allah, his own self, his family and the people around ...
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Death of a firm believer in Islam


[ January 08, 2016 ] "To Allah (Almighty God) we belong, and to him is our return." (Holy Qur"an 2:156). Multitudes of men have walked on the surface of this Earth. They all belonged to different nations and cultures. A few of them made history for which they were remembered, whereas others were never to be mentioned again. Although each one was personally different from another - their habits, thinking and tastes differed - they all had two things in common, first...
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God consciousness (Taqwa) in Islam


[ January 01, 2016 ] When the word fear is used in an Islamic context it refers to taqwa or being God conscious. Taqwa is a central concept that we find running through the passages of the holy Quran especially in the verses that deal with individual behavior and social relations. Some of the common translations of taqwa in English are piety, heeding or being God fearing. Each of these only gives a partial meaning for taqwa. Better for a god conscious muslim to d...
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Virtues of Milad-Un-Nabi(SAW)


[ December 25, 2015 ] The Eid-e-Milad-Un-Nabi celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) remind muslims of their duty to follow the words and deeds of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) . In order to maintain the flavor of faith in the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW’s) teachings special prayer meetings are held to send Salat (reciting durood or sending blessings) on the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as the same is is an indivisible part of a muslim’s life. This is due ...
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Understanding virtues of Rabi’ul-Awwal


[ December 18, 2015 ] Rabi"ul-Awwal is the most significant month in the Islamic history, because humanity has been blessed in this month by the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Before the birth of the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, not only the Arabian peninsula, but also the so-called civilized nations of Rome and Persia were drowned in the darkness of ignorance, superstitions, oppression and unrest. The Holy Prophet, Sa...
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Understanding human rights in Islam


[ December 11, 2015 ] We live in an age that is striking in its unprecedented technological sophistication. Unfortunately, the prejudices and inequities that have plagued the human race historically continue to exist, and are responsible for untold human suffering. It is in this context that the subject of human rights is dominating every sphere of public life in every part of the world and fortunately Islam advocates on various issues afflicting the world today. Th...
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Virtues of reading holy Quran

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[ December 04, 2015 ] To reflect upon the verses of the Almighty Allah is a form of worship. It is something that will draw one close to Almighty Allah, the most beneficent and the most merciful. This reflection is not a reckless and wandering one, rather, it includes a study of the classical Tafseer (exegesis) of the verses being pondered over. Almighty Allaah, the most beneficient and the most merciful, says in the holy Quran: “Then do they not reflect upon the Q...
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Intoxication forbidden in Islam


[ November 27, 2015 ] The Almighty Allah forbade intoxication by the word “Wajtanibuhu” meaning keep away from it. This word is far reaching because it keeps the consumer away from liquor and makes him to guard himself against it and to fear it. This is more than calling it Haram, in meaning. Then almighty Allah made it clear that the prosperity and success in this world and hereafter lies in keeping away from it by the words “La alla kum Muflihoon.” It has been ind...
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Women in present day muslim society


[ November 20, 2015 ] One of the primary sources of conflict between radical Islam and the secular West is the role of women in society. Western and Muslim reformers have always sought to change how women are able to dress and behave in order to change Islam. Today, though, women aren"t always cooperating. The appeal of popular Islam among educated, privileged women...poses an insidious threat to the regime in Egypt and a seemingly overwhelming intellectual challeng...
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Basic definitions of ‘tolerance ‘in Islam


[ November 13, 2015 ] In Islam the word ‘tolerance’ literally means both submission to Almighty Allah and peace. Religious tolerance has always been a necessary law of life which cannot be neglected except at great hazard to human society. It is as such imperative to refer to a few examples of the spirit of tolerance which lies at the very heart of the Islamic faith. First of all a muslim has to understand that Islam very clearly explains the basic values of humanit...
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Teachings of discipline in Islam


[ November 06, 2015 ] The spirit and reality of the disciplines of Islam dictate that every individual must take the rules, regulations and convention of laws that he follows, which are related to both the individual and the society, from the divine source. In addition, individulas must thoroughly satiate themselves with these laws and must follow the one thought (the laws of Allah) which are much more superior and higher than all other thoughts and ideologies. Why do...
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Understanding brotherhood in Islam


[ October 30, 2015 ] As Muslims, our faith is not complete, and our worship is not sufficient, until we have built the strong bonds of brotherhood amongst ourselves. This fact is frequently forgotten by many muslims, and these bonds are broken over minor disputes and arguments. Prophet Mohammad (SAW) implemented this concept of brotherhood practically amongst the muslims. At the time when the muslims were being persecuted in the holy city of Makkah, and they were bei...
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Understanding virtues of Muharram and Ashura


[ October 23, 2015 ] The event of Muharram lasts for ten days. A place is selected where mourners of Shia muslims gather regardless of age. Some of them even hurt themselves while some simply mourn for martyrs of Karbala. Shia muslims give alms to the poor and weep for Karbala martyrs. They pray through the day. A procession is taken out through the streets in which devotees carry Tazias, replicas of the tomb of martyr. These are extremely decorated and are glitter...
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Virtues of blessed month of Muharram


[ October 16, 2015 ] The Islamic calendar comprises of twelve months. Among these months the month of Ramadan is popular among the Muslim Ummah because of the fasting that takes place in this month. Then there is the month of Shawal when Eid-ul-Fitr takes place and then there is the month of Dhul-Hijja which is known for the observation of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha. Every Muslim is familiar with the popularity and the virtues of these months, however, there are other mo...
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Cheating: A heinous sin in Islam


[ October 09, 2015 ] Cheating is one of the major evils of the society. It is because of this that many have been destroyed and some have even lost their lives. Although cheating sounds something very small, but the effect it leaves cannot be described. An entire family might die of hunger just because they were cheated. A person might loose all his wealth just because of cheating. One may loose his life just because he was cheated. Muslim society is based on purity ...
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Understanding trials and tribulations in Islam


[ October 02, 2015 ] This world is no more than a test in which all humans are bound to face some hardships and challenges that reveal their patience and steadfastness. The forms of this test are numerous and diverse: Some people suffer poverty, some suffer physical illnesses, some live in a state of insecurity, some are deprived of their cherished and beloved ones, and still others suffer psychiatric disorders. Referring to this fact, the Almighty Allah says: And ...
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Blessings of EID - ul – Adha


[ September 25, 2015 ] The great festival of Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhulhijjah by muslims around the world on the basis of local moon sighting in their respective regions. This Eid commemorates the unparalleled sacrifice offered by the Prophet Sayyidina Ibrahim, Alayhi Salam, when he, in pursuance to a command of Almighty Allah conveyed to him in a dream, prepared himself to slaughter his beloved son, Sayyidina Isma"il, Alayhi Salam, and actua...
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Tests, Trials and commitments in Islam


[ September 18, 2015 ] Life of a muslim in itself is a trial and test as Almighty Allah says, ‘He who created death and life, that he may try which of you is best in deed: and he is the exalted in might, oft-forgiving’(Al-Mulk:2) . So, in the sense of tests, the Almighty Allah tests people to confirm their commitment to Islam. He puts them through different situations and conditions to check if they commit to Islam in all situation or not. Allah wants to make sure if...
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Concepts of honesty & truthfulness in Islam


[ September 11, 2015 ] When honesty is lost, then wait for the day of judgment. These are the words of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They paint a picture of the time leading up to the day of judgment, when righteous people will be sorrowful due to the lack of honesty around them. In the 21st century, we live in a world where honesty is valued and yet shunned at the same time. We expect people to be honest in their dealings with us yet we watch and applaud television sh...
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Concepts of honesty & truthfulness in Islam


[ September 11, 2015 ] When honesty is lost, then wait for the day of judgment. These are the words of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They paint a picture of the time leading up to the day of judgment, when righteous people will be sorrowful due to the lack of honesty around them. In the 21st century, we live in a world where honesty is valued and yet shunned at the same time. We expect people to be honest in their dealings with us yet we watch and applaud television show...
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Understanding ‘Sufism’& ‘Tawhid’


[ September 04, 2015 ] Sufism, Islam’s inner dimension, is the best way to achieve tawhid. The Islamic creedal statement shows that all muslims believe in absolute divine Unity: La illaha illa Allah (there is no deity but Almighty Allah). Sufism seeks to free people from the prison of multiplicity, to remove any mental processes or physical actions that divert their ego-centers toward temporal and sensual desires, and to eradicate hypocrisy. In short, it seeks to mak...
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Importance of Shura in Islamic political system


[ August 21, 2015 ] Shura is a crucial part of the Islamic political system. It allows common people to participate in the decision-making process. It helps create a society that engages actively with leaders. Consultation is important in building a solid relationship between the leader and the people ensuring that the leader does not go astray or regress into an authoritarian government. The Almighty Allah encouraged the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to use shura: Those...
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Divine Origin Of The Islamic Concept


[ August 14, 2015 ] The Islamic concept differs further from other belief-concepts due to its divine origin. It is not a concept originated by man, but comes directly from amighty Allah. Mankind received it in its entirety from its Creator. No man, or men, invented it, as is the case with pagan or philosophical concepts, despite their mutual differences. Man"s action concerning the Islamic concept is to receive it with gratitude, to understand it, adapt to it, and...
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Prohet Muhammad (SAW): A universal teacher


[ August 07, 2015 ] Who could be a better teacher than the one who taught us our religion? The Almighty Allah chose Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to be the one who teaches us the revelations, the laws, and the way of life. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was sent to all mankind not just to his people or tribe. He also was sent with the final revelation which meant to be inclusive, holistic, and relevant to implement throughout our life till the Day of Judgment. Thus, this final ...
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Role of a teacher in contemporary Islamic society


[ July 31, 2015 ] Every present day society has an established set of virtues and voices and it takes conscious and unconscious measures at various levels to promote the virtues and eliminate the voices. Sometimes a society may face a crisis of values in which the values are at odds with one another or the values suffer from double standards. In that eventuality, the people reflect contradictions in their actions and in the morality they profess. Now a days peopl...
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Holy Quran: A book of divine guidance


[ July 24, 2015 ] Muslims say they know the answers because they have the holy Quran. But people of other religions also have their own scriptures, so what is so special about the holy Quran? The holy Quran is basically a book of divine guidance in areas that cannot be covered by the human senses or intellect, such as faith, acts of worship, a moral code and a code that governs the transactions between people. These are the four basic foundations of religion, an...
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Virtues of farewell Friday of Ramadan


[ July 17, 2015 ] The last Friday of the holy month of Ramdan is called ‘Jum’a-tul-Wida’s (departing Friday). Muslims with due religious fervour join Friday congregations and bid farewell today to this month of patience and self-restraint. The Holy Quran imposes obligation of the Friday prayer in the following verses. “O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (The day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the remembrance of the Amighty A...
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Imperativeness of Taraweeh in Ramadan


[ July 10, 2015 ] Taraweeh was one of the deeds Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to practice in the holy month of Ramadan. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as per different hadiths used to offer 20 rakats of Taraweeh during the month of Ramadan. The lines below narrate the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in this regard. Hazrat Ibn Abbas (RA) is quoted as saying “The Prophet (SAW) would pray 20 Rakats and then Witr in the month of Ramadan.” (baihaqi). From this narration of ...
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Virtues of final ashra of Ramadan


[ July 03, 2015 ] The Prophet Mohammad (SAW) has been reported in “Muslim” as saying “All past sins are forgiven to those who spend the night in vigil of Destiny with devout faith and hope of reward”. Also, Al Bukhari has recorded Prophet (SAW) saying “Seek Laylatul-Qadar among the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan’’ (Lailatul Qadar the nights of great value and importance, the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th nights of Ramazan –ul-Mubarak) and after nex...
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Virtues of IInd Ashra of Ramadan


[ June 26, 2015 ] Presently we are going through the first Ashra of mercy of holy month of Ramadan and the second Ashra of forgiveness (Magfirah) will commence from Monday next week . As regard the second Ashra of forgiveness ((Magfirah) worth mention is the saying of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) ‘It (Ramadhan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (of hell’) -- Bihar al-Anwar, Vol.: 93, Pg.: 342. ...
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Have a blessed Ramadan!


[ June 19, 2015 ] O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.(Holy Qur"an 2:183) Once more the commencement of the holly month of Ramadan has brough cheers to muslims and muslims across the world have started fasting from dawn to dusk for a whole month. All muslims know that the month of Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. It was in this month that Prophet Muhamma...
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Concept of belief in One God in Islam


[ June 12, 2015 ] The basic of Islamic beliefs is to believe in one God who has the most gracious names and noblest qualities; One who neither begets, nor was begotten. The belief in this core possesses several advantages: Firstly, it frees the human being from full submission to (worshiping) any natural being or any human being of whatever position and rank, and this freedom saves him from being confined to any material limits. Secondly, it results in mobilizing ...
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Month of preparedness for Ramdan is Shaban


[ June 05, 2015 ] The Almighty Allah has created out of nothing all things which we see and which we do not. The heavens, the earth, water, angels, man, wild animals, satan the outcast, time and the pen of destiny are among his creations. To fashion a universe, innumerable creations and things have to be assembled. In the world of creation, the Almighty Allah has wished to express his majesty and splendor through differences between light and darkness, the force...
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Virtues of the blessed month of Shaban


[ May 29, 2015 ] Though each month of the Islamic calendar has its religious as well as historical significance,but fact remains that there are a few months that hold a superior stature compared to other months and because of this they are given more value and respect by the muslims. One of such months is the month of Shaban .In Islamic calendar, Shaban is the eighth month which precedes the Holy month of Ramadan. It is one of the most revered months for muslim...
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Honesty: An essential ingredient of the Muslim character


[ May 22, 2015 ] When honesty is lost, then wait for the day of judgment. These are the words of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They paint a picture of the time leading up to the day of judgement, when righteous people will be sorrowful due to the lack of honesty around them. In the 21st century, we live in a world where honesty is valued and yet shunned at the same time. We expect people to be honest in their dealings with us yet we watch and applaud television s...
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Taking care of disabled in Islam


[ May 15, 2015 ] Islam pays great attention to caring about the disabled and guaranteeing them an honorable life. The jurists have tackled the importance of providing medical, physical, and religious care for the disabled and making them aware of their rights. So the community should provide them with care and protection. Being mentally and physically healthy is one of the great things that we should be grateful for. At the same time, sickness—be it mental or phy...
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Blessing of the holy month of Rajab


[ May 08, 2015 ] As prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to say: "O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha"baan blessed for us and let us reach the month of Ramadan",the particularity of Rajab is that it is isolated while the other three sacred months are consecutive. Fortunate for muslim umah that the sacred month of Rajab precedes two other important months in the muslim calendar: the months of Sha"baan and Ramadan. Furthermore, one of the numerous importance of Raja...
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Concept of brotherhood in Islam


[ May 01, 2015 ] Islam has established a universal brotherhood. It is stressed that a true brotherhood can be established only by virtue of mankind s relationship with one another through Allah. Other factors e.g. common interests, common pursuits, common occupations may help to foster friendship and brotherhood. The holy Qur"an lays great stress on kindness toward neighbors, and in the same way the treatment of the needy and the wayfarer. Orphans have been m...
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Concept of trustworthiness in Islam


[ April 24, 2015 ] Being trustworthy implies being honest, fair in dealings and punctual (in terms of both regularity and timeliness) as well as honouring trusts and keeping promises and commitments. An important part of the noble Islamic character is being trustworthy. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was known, even before his Prophethood to be Al Amin (the trustworthy one). While the qualities of honesty and trustworthiness are inextricably entwined, there are slight...
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Concept of consumer protection in Islam


[ April 17, 2015 ] The Holy Quran is the divine revelation by Allah almighty through angel Gabriel to Muhammad (SAW). Although revealed about fourteen and half centuries ago, It is regarded as the most effective and efficient doctrine of consumer protection. Islam arrived in Sub Continent in 7th century AD and played the most important part in the consumerism of subcontinent. The effect of Islam and Quran on sub-continent is important because the story of how Isl...
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Concept of worship in Islam


[ April 10, 2015 ] In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful The traditional definition of worship in Islam is a comprehensive definition that includes almost everything in any individual"s activities. The definition goes something like this: "Worship is an all inclusive term for all that God loves of external and internal sayings and actions of a person." In other words, worship is everything one says or does for the pleasure of Almighty Allah. ...
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