The book tries to clear the notion that to interpret the Islamic concept of woman as, ?degradation? of woman is to distort the actual issue. Islam has never asserted that woman is inferior to man: it has only made the point that woman is differently constituted. The prophet used a parable to explain the delicacy of women?s nature, pointing out that they should be treated in accordance with their nature. Their delicate emotional constitution should always be borne in mind
What is Islam? (English)
The concept of God in Islam provides man with an ideology in which loss is turned to gain and in which adversity brings with it good tidings. And it is in submission to God and living a God-oriented life that man finds complete fulfilment and purpose of life. When he discovers God and worships Him, when he remembers Him, when his mind is turned towards Him with full concentration, when he makes a request or a plea, he establishes a contact with his Creator. In the words of the Hadith, at that particular moment he comes to whisper with his Lord. He has the tangible feeling that he is pouring his heart out to God and that God in turn is answering his call. He starts receiving inspiration from God. This is the beginning of living a God-Oriented Life and the development of a positive personality
Non-violence and Peace-building in Islam
The approach to non-violence and peace-building outlined in this book is based on the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad . It draws lessons from these sources that can be applied to efforts to negotiate differences and conflicts at all levels—from between individuals to between communities and entire countries. The central focus of the book is on conflict-prevention. After all, if conflicts are prevented at the very outset, violence can be done away with. Amicably negotiating differences before they degenerate into a conflict is, the author suggests, the most sensible way for us to handle conflicts
The Vision of Islam
The greatest enigma of present history is how over the last two hundred years, in the entire Muslim world, innumerable great movements were set in motion which gave Muslims immense opportunities to do their work, yet the actual results of their efforts were almost negligible. This failure came about in spite of the Muslims having all kinds of resources for the execution of their programme. God promised divine succour on the condition that we help Him. Helping God means to engage ourselves in the divine mission of making people aware of the Creation Plan of God. Our movements should be aimed not at acquiring worldly rights through protest and demand, but rather should be Hereafter-oriented movements, in which our goal is to make man aware of what he will have to face in the next world. Thus, our movements should be dawah-oriented and not political or economic in nature. This is the only way of ensuring succour from God and unless we obtain God’s succour we will not be able to achieve success of any kind—either in this world or the Hereafter
Political Interpretation of Islam
In the political interpretation of Islam, politics assumes the central place. Every aspect of religion acquires a political hue. The true believer’s mission in life, according to this interpretation, is to ensure that just as God’s natural laws are followed throughout the universe, His shariah laws, too, must be enforced in the human world. This is a major deviation. Under normal or ordinary conditions, believers are duty-bound to observe and follow only that portion of the religion of Islam that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad before the acquisition of political power. People can be expected to abide by laws only to the extent that is practically possible for them
Understanding Islam and the Muslims
Understanding Islam & Muslims
The Young Person's Guide to Living Islam
We are on a journey in this world, a journey that is in fact much longer than we think it is. This journey did not start the day we were born, but much earlier than we can imagine. Our home is not the house or flat in which we are raised and enjoy the company of our families as a child; our real home is Eden, the place where our eternal parents Adam and Eve resided. If this is true, then what are we supposed to know about this journey on which we have found ourselves? How are we to return to our origin of Eden? Where are we actually headed? And what does the One Who has willed us to be on this journey expect us to do while we are here in this world? This book seeks to bring to the attention of young minds questions concerning our lives in this world, questions that occupy the minds of every one of us, questions we seek answers to. The beauties of belief and leading a virtuous life are the underlying theme of each of the stories, poems, anecdotes, and Prophetic traditions narrated in a way to encourage young believers to reflect upon the human condition and the purpose of our existence
True Face of Islam (Harper Collins)
Islam has become synonymous with global political jihad today and Islamic spirituality is often mistaken for orthodoxy. Then how do young Muslims hold on to their faith? How do they open the door for others to appreciate the true beauty of their religion?In his attempt to understand Islam in its true form, social activist and entrepreneur Raamish Siddiqui brings together the most thought-provoking works of eminent scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. Through the Maulana’s writing, Raamish discovers that it was Prophet Muhammad who first lay the foundations of universal secular education, that Islam believes in gender equality and allegiance to the nation one is born in and that the Quran makes it obligatory for its adherents to not engage in violence except in self-defense.In a deeply introspective introduction, Raamish talks about his own dilemmas after 9/11 and how he transformed as a person when he learnt to differentiate between the true spirit of Islam and its misappropriation by those who have politicized it.Deeply insightful and in some ways, provocative, this is a vitally important guide to the most misunderstood religion of modern times
True Jihad (HB)
All the teachings of Islam are based on the principle of peace.... It is no exaggeration to say that Islam and violence are contradictory to each other. The concept of Islamic violence is so obviously unfounded that prima facie it stands rejected. The fact that violence is not sustainable in the present world is sufficient indication that violence as a principle is quite alien to the scheme of things in Islam. Islam claims to be an eternal religion and, as such, could never afford to uphold any principle which could not stand up to the test of time. Any attempt to bracket violence with Islam amounts therefore, to casting doubt upon the very eternity of the Islamic religion. Islamic terrorism is a contradiction in terms, much like ?pacifist? terrorism. And the truth of the matter is that, all the teachings of Islam are based directly or indirectly on the principle of peace
Sufism : An Introduction
In this book, Sufism: An Introduction, the author focuses on the continuing relevance of Sufism, which is increasingly acknowledged as a spiritual answer to modern materialism. As an introductory guide, it offers students a lucid account of the origin, development and distinguishing features of the major Sufi orders, and their impact on the development of Islamic tradition. In its examinations of their organization, it presents in detail their various rituals, practices and ceremonies. Highlighting the relevance of Sufism in modern life, it concludes with a chapter on meditation and Zikr (remembrance of God), the central part of the Sufi tradition
Muslim Prayer Encyclopaedia
The aim of this work has been to present the readers a comprehensive overview of the teachings about prayer, and the particular practice and recommendations of the Blessed Messenger of Allah, as recorded in the authentic Hadith collections of Al-Bukhari, Muslim and Abu Dawood. As it is beyond the scope of the average Muslim to buy and own the full text of these Hadith, this book will provide a useful tool for the Muslim student eager to understand Islamic prayer in its spirit and practice.
Islam Pocket Guide
Belief in the existence of God should be an intellectual discovery. Such an understanding brings conviction in the existence of the Creator. Reflection on God’s bounties and blessings brings one close to Him, and experiencing moments of nearness to God provides solace to one’s soul.
Islam Made Simple
Islam made simple is easy-to-understand pocket reference book on the introduction Islam. Most importantly, it explains the spirit of Islam, with its special focus on prayer and devotion, peace and spirituality and God-realization and nearness to God.
Introducing the Quran
The Quran is a collection of divine revelations delivered to the Prophet of Islam, directing him to communicate these revelations to mankind as a guidance to those who cared to live aright. It has been a charter for humanity upwards of fourteen hundred years. Broadly speaking the Quranic studies can be divided into two categories: the study of the contents of the Quran and the study about the Quran. The present study relates to the latter category. Scholarly and scientific studies of different aspects of knowledge which are related to the Quran such as its script, its recitation, its compilation, arrangement of its chapters, its inimitable nature etc. were taken up in earlier centuries. The scope of each study gradually began to widen. Eminent scholars produced voluminous literature on each branch of study. Each constituted a study by itself. All these sciences together were termed as Ulum-al-Quran. In this book a gist of sixteen sciences has been presented. The aim is to help towards a better understanding of the various facets of the study about the Quran by providing all relevant information. This book will serve as a companion volume to the student of the Quran
Islamic Treasury of Virtues
This book forms a collection of inspiring thoughts, stories, quotes, sayings, and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad and his companions, which have been presented in a simple and straightforward style. Besides being an aid to personal study and individual training, this book will be of great benefit when read out at gatherings, as it is valuable for congregational recitations
Islam and World Peace
Lucidly written and expansive in scope, this work clears up the misunderstandings that abound on the subject of Islamic teachings about peace and war. It clearly states the authentic position on these matters, which is that Islam is a completely peaceful religion. In Islam, peace is the general rule or norm, and war is only an exception. Of the various names or attributes of God mentioned in the Quran, one is As-Salam, or ‘The Source of Peace’. That is to say, God is Peace. Islam’s mission centres on tawhid, the oneness of God. The Quran and the Prophet’s life clearly aim to transform people’s minds and hearts that they love just the one God, fear Him alone and make Him their greatest concern. This is the beginning of the Islamic mission as well as its finale. Ideal for students, scholars and the average reader, this brief and readable book provides keen insight into topics such as, the culture of peace, the ‘Islamisation’ of violence, terrorism, Islamic jihad, hijacking and hostage-taking, to name but a few
Interpretation of Islam
The Prophet Muhammad, at Gods behest, called men to the worship of one God and proclaimed that, by responding to this call, mankind would achieve true dignity, honour, prosperity and happiness. Within an astonishingly brief period, and over vast areas which were in the grip of ignorance, darkness and confusion were finally dispelled, order was established and all manner of beneficent institutions sprang into life, a high moral order was set up and the blessings of knowledge, learning and science began to be widely diffused. The strength of this message was its crystal clear simplicity and marvelous easiness, for Islam reached out to the soul of the people without having recourse to long explanations or involved sermons. Thanks to this message, bringing the ideals of tauhid, resalat, peace and harmony, paganism in its various forms was defeated, ad human dignity finally became a reality. Islam taught right thinking, proper action and honest speaking, and for these reasons it found its way, without any difficulty, into both the minds and hearts of men
?Introducing Islam? provides the general reader with an accurate and comprehensive picture of Islam--the true religion of submission to God. In the first section it is shown that the true path is the path that God has revealed to mankind through His prophets. The second section provides an introduction to various aspects of the Islamic life under forty-five separate headings. Qur?anic teachings have been summarized in the third section in words taken from the Quran itself. In the fourth section the life that makes man worthy of Paradise has been described and in the last section the life that will condemn him to Hell-fire.
Islam and Peace
In this world, for one reason or the other, peace remains elusive. Differences--political and apolitical--keep on arising between individuals and groups, Muslims and non-Muslims. Whenever people refuse to be tolerant of these differences, insisting that they be rooted out the moment they arise, there is bound to be strife. Peace, as a result, can never prevail in this world. The book highlights the role, which Islam can play in maintaining peace.
Islam As It Is
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, a renowned Islamic thinker and scholar, presents the fundaments teachings of Islam in a manner, which will appeal directly to both general readers and students of Islam. Simple and straight forward in style, this book gives the reader an accurate and comprehensive picture of Islam--the true religion of submission to God.
This book seeks, as its title suggests, to present Islam as it is, by drawing on original sources, rather than leaving it to be judged by latter-day interpretations and commentaries, or the practices of present-day Muslims in different parts of the world. This method of evaluation brings out the distinction between Islam as presented to the world by the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions (information about which is available to us in the Qur?an and the sunnah) and Islam as mirrored in the lives of later Muslim generations.
Islam: Creator of the Modern Age
Before reaching its present-day zenith, the modern, scientific age had to pass through three stages. The first was marked by the eradication of the superstitious mentality, the second saw the practical beginnings of scientific research, and the third is the spectacular culmination of the scientific process in the second half of the twentieth century. The book examines the contribution of Islam, throughout its first millennium, for completion of the first two stages
Islam: The Voice of Human Nature
Although a building is composed of many parts, what really hold up the entire structure is its pillars. If they are strong, the whole structure will be sound. If they are weak, the entire edifice will crumble. The book stresses that those which support the edifice of Islam are of immense strength, but they must first of all be raised up by its adherents if they are to support its structure
Islam and the Divine Comedy
This book is an abridged translation of La Escatologia Musalmana en la Divina Comedia originally published in Spanish in Madrid in 1919. Prof. Asin discovered parallels between the Islamic lore about the After-life based on Hadith, and The Divine Comedy by the famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Though this created a controversy at that time, now the opinion of all eminent scholars of Europe and America is in favour of Prof. Asin?s thesis
Concept of Society in Islam and Prayers in Islam
This book highlights the essential features of the ideal Islamic society, the prayers reflecting the core ideas on which they are founded. The Quran points out that man is made ?of the goodliest fabric.? It was main to whom the ?angels were made to offer obeisance? and for whom ?whatsoever is in the heavens, and whatsoever is on the earth? are made to do service. This book is instructive not only for religious people but also for general readers
Life and Teachings of the Prophet Muhammad
Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam
In Search of God
Essentials of Islam
God declares in the Quran, ?The only religion in the sight of Allah is Islam,? and that ?if anyone desires a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him: Therefore, seeking knowledge about Islam is the inviolable, sacrosanct duty of all human beings. It is binding upon all to familiarize themselves with the tenets of Islam, which Allah declares in His infallible Book, the Quran, to be the religion which he has chosen for mankind. Ignorance about its indubitable words of wisdom and human salvation does not give anyone the license to deny this religion of Allah. Indeed, such ignorance an inexcusable moral condition. This book presents the foremost principles of Islam in a very comprehensible, reader-friendly, lucid, and concise manner. The purpose of the book is to provide its readers with full details about articles of faith, the pillars of Islam and general rules encompassing all prohibitions pertaining to food and drink, clothes, professions, matters of family relations, etc. in a very clear and conclusive manner, which is in consonance with the teachings of the Quran. Islam represents Divine religion, which is free from ambiguity and dissonance. This book aims at building faith in precisely this manner. It is a work par excellence, which teaches in the simplest and most pellucid fashion the tenets which are the building blocks of Islam. The ineffable beauty of this book is the brevity of its language and the precision of its teachings