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The Islamic Revolution

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The Islamic Revolution
The Tawheed, which Muhammad (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) propagated, was distinct from all other ideas because it was based on two principles:
Tawheed Rububiyyah, which means that Allah, is One, without any partners or associates.
Tawheed 'Ulluhiyyah, which means that Allah must be worshipped alone in everything, and total slavery must be to Allah alone in everything ranging from the spiritual to the political.
It was this call for Tawheed, which provoked the anger of the Makkan political authority because they realized that Muhammad (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) posed a threat to their societal setup with this call. The response of Ja'afar ibn Abi Talib (RadiyAllaahu 'anhu) also illustrates this understanding which the Makkan authorities feared:
"He summoned us to worship the One True God and to reject the stones and idols we and our fathers had been worshipping in addition to Allah. He ordered us to be trustful in speech, to …

The Science of the Universe (Cosmology)

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The Science of the Universe (Cosmology)
Islam is a religion (way of life) based on nature, and there is nothing in science that could contradict Islam. We in our limited knowledge often doubt this assertion about Islam, only to be proved wrong by a new discovery. Many things that modern science is discovering today were mentioned in the Qur'an more than 1,400 years ago. 
In this article we will concentrate on modern cosmology and the Qur'an. Cosmology is the study of the birth and evolution of the cosmos, or heavenly bodies, and the universe. 
The earth has plenty of water with only one-fourth-land area. The temperature on earth varies between freezing point and boiling point of water with an average temperature that keeps water liquid. 
Scientists say that life evolved on earth because the environment and conditions were conducive to its existence. However, one can propose an odd or counter argument that the presence of life on earth accounts for the exceptionally hospitable envi…

Understanding Tasawwuf

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Understanding Tasawwuf
Tasawwuf (mysticism) which is the esoteric or inward (batin) aspect of Islam, is to be distinguished from exoteric or ‘external’ (zahir) Islam. Exoterism (known in Islam as the Shari’ah), may be likened to the circumference of a circle. The inner Truth, or Esoterism, that lies at the heart of the religion (and is known in Islam as haqiqah), may be likened to the circle’s center. The radius proceeding from circumference to center represents the mystical or ‘initiatic’ path (tariqah) that leads from outward observance to inner conviction, from belief to vision, from potency to act. The tariqah is the doctrine and method to reach the haqiqah. Ordinarily believers are directed towards obtaining a state of blessedness after death, a state which may be attained through indirect and, as it were, symbolical participation in Divine Truths by carrying out prescribed works, Sufism contains its end or aim within itself in the sense that it can give access to direct knowledge…

Quran and Determination of Sex

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Quran and Determination of Sex
The Noble Qur'an which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) about 1400 years ago mentions how the sex of a human being is determined. The following two verses or Ayat of the Qur'an are very clear on this matter. (A. Yusuf Ali translation)"And of him He made Two sexes, male and female."   Surah Qiyamat (the Resurrection), 75: 39In the above Ayah, “of him He made two sexes, male and female" means that ‘of the human male (he), He (Allah) Created both the sexes male and female’.  Hence   human male is responsible for the birth of a male child or a female child.  The human female is not responsible for the sex determination of the child.  However, in many Muslim countries the woman is blamed for the birth of a female child as in these countries they welcome the arrival of a male child. "That He did create in pairs,-male and female, From a seed when lodged (in its place);  Surah Najm (the Star) 53…

From Passionate to Compassionate

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From Passionate to Compassionate
O ye who believe!Fasting is prescribed to youAs it was prescribedTo those before you,That ye may (learn)Self -restraint- (Fasting) for a fixedNumber of days;But if any of you is ill,Or on a journey,The prescribed number(Should be made up)From days later,For those who can do it(With hardship), is a ransom,The feeding of oneThat is indigent.But he that will giveMore, of his own free will-It is better for him.And it is better for youThat ye fastIf ye only knew.
(Surah 2: Al Baqarah, 183-184)

Islam proceeded step by step and by degrees in the imposition of most of its obligatory duties and Fasting was no exception. The Noble Prophet (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) advised Muslims to observe fasts for three days in a month but this was not obligatory. Then in the second year of Hijra, the Command (2:183) about fasting in the month of Ramadan was revealed. Verse 185 in Surah Al Baqarah was revealed next year. The first Commandment about fasting contain…