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Religious emotion and self-knowledge

Religious emotion and self-knowledge

People often confuse the intensity of an experience or feeling with the reality and authenticity of that experience or feeling. This applies very much to religious and devotional exercises. Both these can induce states of minds like trance or even unconsciousness....
Manners in Islam

Manners in Islam

Our manners are, after our skin, and then our clothes, the point of contact between us and the world, especially other people. It is an interface that should be looked after and kept in good order. Just as we care for our body’s cleanliness and good health, and just...
Don’t Waste Ramadan

Don’t Waste Ramadan

The Prophet (s) said that he was sent to make things easy for the believers. His sunnah in deciding the times of the daily prayers, and the beginning and end of Ramadan, is meant to make things easy so that the people would come together, in good will and trust, and...
Marriage

Marriage

To be legally valid under Islamic law, a marriage must have the witnessed consent of the two persons being married. Nevertheless, marriage in Islamic perspective is best understood as primarily a public social event, though it very much is, also, a private personal...
Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance

Islamic finance over the last three decades or so has grown into a huge industry. It is huge both in the sense that vast sums of money are handled by Islamic finance, and also in the sense that a great many scholars have been attracted to it, and they have helped to...
Charity in Islam

Charity in Islam

The principle and practice of charity is recognised in every religious tradition — to my knowledge, without exception. It is related to the virtues of kindness (also expressed in courtesy and civility) and generosity (also expressed as hospitality to visitors and...
Unity and Solidarity

Unity and Solidarity

It was a depressing and distressing experience for me, at a recent visit to a mosque here in the north of the UK, to hear the call to prayer and then observe that some Muslims did not respond by joining in the lines for the prayer. Rather, they formed, later on, a...
Reflections on Theory of Evolution

Reflections on Theory of Evolution

The theory of evolution of all species from a common ancestor, with no special distinction for humankind, spills over from the domain and concern of specialists in biology. It does so because the theory is often promoted as something we have to believe. This upsets...
Da’wah – Invitation to Islam

Da’wah – Invitation to Islam

God says He does not love that men say what they do not do (al-Saff). This means two things. (a) Be careful of the language you use. Don’t be like those poets who say things that sound very impressive but are impossible to do, i.e. don’t speak for effect; speak simply...
Surah al-Nazi`at

Surah al-Nazi`at

In the opening line, the words are related to the verb naza`a,meaning to drag away or strip out forcibly. Other common words in Arabic derived from the same root include meanings like struggle, death struggle, the agony of death. Connected here with garqa, destruction...