Understanding Hussain (AS) in the Post-Nietzschean World

In engaging with the mystery and tragedy of Karbala, such questions as the following are asked: What was God doing when the Prophet’s (PBUH) family suffered a blood-bath? Where is the compensation for the victims? Is there no justice in this world? How can we affirm the whole tragedy without getting profoundly disturbed on moral, […]

Intellectual diffusion of Muslims and the West during the ‘Middle Ages’ 

History provides evidence of strong connections between Islam and the West with regard to the world of thought, philosophic and rational speculation during the “Middle Age”—or what some refer as the “Golden Era” of Islamic history. The Islamic Empire opened a new era in the domain of science and literature with the Abbasids (in 750 […]

Muslim matters: Asghar Ali Engineer on Islam and democracy

From the final decades of the 20th century, and especially after the events of 9/11, there has been a growing tendency in debates and discussions revolving around the question of the relationship between Islam and democracy, or the compatibility and coexistence of the teachings of Islam with the principles of democracy. Broadly speaking, one finds […]

Hafiz And Questions

Speak of happiness and wine And seek not the riddle of the universe, For no one has, nor will Unveil this mystery through wisdom                                               -Hafiz Hafiz, also known as the Lisan-ul-Ghaib, is considered the greatest poet of the Persian language. Once upon a time, Kashmir also produced great poets and scholars of farsi, and […]

Meaning of Shahadah

How primordial and universal faith’s claim is and how crucial and fundamental its invitation – and how we are all summoned to respond, willingly or unwillingly, to the call and can’t afford indifference – is seen in a deeper penetration into the meaning ofShahadah, or Witnessing. One becomes Muslim by uttering shahadah. The dictum that […]

Contribution of Prof Abdullah Saeed to Qura’nic studies in the 21st Century–II 

“Contemporary Approaches to the Qur’an in Indonesia” (Oxford, 2005) is an edited volume that brings together a wide range of Muslim intellectuals, from traditionalists to modernists, and makes their varied approaches to the Qur’an accessible to an English-speaking audience for the first time. Although Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country, but much of […]

WHO IS NOT A SINNER?

Expositions From The Hasidic Tradition   I reproduce a few excerpts from one of the greatest moral and spiritual classics of the Judaic tradition. There is the Quranic dictum for taking note of ancient stories that have lessons for us. The Quran itself narrates some stories. Prophetic traditions also are replete with such references to […]

The Silence of God: Understanding Kafka’s Dark Universe

Some writers (including most writers of popular fiction and tele-serials that bombard us) merely distract and entertain, some provide a certain delight as well and some useful instruction, but some destroy our ordinary consciousness and bring us face to face with something truly terrible or grand or too important to be ignored. They ask questions […]

Contribution of Prof Abdullah Saeed in Qura’nic studies of the 21st century  

Muslim scholarship on the understanding of the Quran in various ways has continued throughout history. By the 20th century, especially from its second half as well as in the present century, the scholarship on Qur’anic studies has seen an increase proliferation because scholars have “approached the study of the Quran in a variety of ways”. […]

The Book Of Self

Whenever I hear the Quran chanted, it is as though I am listening to Music, underneath the flowing melody there is sounding… insistent beat of a drum, it is like the beating of my heart -Arberry Today we begin our new series on books by attempting to read the First Book, the Mother of Books, […]

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