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Jihad means, exerting one's utmost power contending with an object of disapprobation, and this is of three kinds, namely, (1) with a visible enemy, (2) with Satan, and (3) with one's self. The Quran teaches that when war breaks out, it should be waged in such a way as to cause the least possible amount of damage to life and property; and that hostilities should be brought to a close as quickly as possible. 22:40 Permission to fight is given to those against whom war is made, becau
Jesus was the last prophet in Israel. He was called the son of God, an expression that was in common use in scripture but was always employed metaphorically and in no single instance did it connote God. Nowhere in the Gospels or the Epistles is it said that Jesus referred to himself as God or implied that he was God. The expression, Lord, was applied to him but there is no evidence that those who made use of this expression with reference to him believed, or meant to convey, that he was God. I
In many societies, a woman is still regarded as a second-class citizen
and deprived of various basic rights enjoyed by the male population.
Deeply resenting this discrimination, they have championed a fight to
obtain for themselves an equal status which unfortunately to date
eludes them in the more modern Western states. Whereas the
pendulum has swung to the extremes and has opened the way to
licentiousness in the modern society, the West has often regarded
Islamic women as being backward in a male-dominated world.
On the contrary, Islam was the first religion formally to grant the
women a status never known before. The Holy Quran, the sacred
scripture of Islam, contains hundreds of teachings, which apply both
to men and women alike. The moral, spiritual and economic equality
of men and women as propagated by Islam is unquestionable. The
specific verses of the Holy Quran, which address themselves to men or
women, deal with either their physical differences or the role they each
have to play in safeguarding the moral fibre of the society Islam
The Holy Prophet of Islam (saw) – the perfect exemplar, the prince of peace, the pride of the universe – whose life was immaculate and whose character unimpeachable, came into the world as a mercy for all mankind. Yet, for centuries, the opponents of Islam have consistently ignored all that was patently good, noble and beneficent in his life, example and teachings and have attempted to portray him, God forbid, as blood-thirsty and violent. Crude and offensiv
Many years ago, I read a brief note in a newspaper on Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History. The note commented that the famous British historian had presented a unique philosophy of history based on the analysis of the development and decline of many civilizations of the world. Toynbee's critical and philosophical Study, a voluminous work, also contained his understanding of the historical role of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (May peace and blessing of God be on him). Toynbee asse
Hadhrat Muhammad was Allah's Messenger for all mankind (4:80, 7:159, 34:29). He was sent as a mercy for all mankind (21:108). He received revelation from God as did previous Prophets (4:164, 42:4) and he was enjoined to convey the revelation to the people (5:68). He was commanded to be alert and ever ready to spread the truth (74:2) and saw his success in the propagation of Islam during his life time (110:3). His message was universal (34:29) and he always yearned that mankind
The person of Christ is vitally important to the contemporary world. His importance does not remain confined to the Christian world alone but also to other major religions such as Judaism and Islam in particular. If these powerful religions were to unite in one common understanding about the nature of the person of Christ, his first and also his promised second advent, then such an understanding would lead to the resolution of many problems confronting mankind today. Unfortunately, even the very basic facts about the life of Jesus, his purpose, ideology and person are completely misunderstood. In their perception of these aspects, these religions are so strongly at odds with each other that a bitter rivalry among them becomes inevitable.
When we look at the facts of Crucifixion and consider what happened and why it happened, Redemption and its related philosophy, we find conflicting answers from various early sources. I have chosen to address this question solely from a logical point of view. I believe that this is the only platform, common to all, which can be used for a fruitful constructive dialogue. Otherwise, any discussion on the basis of what the individual scriptures present, along with their various interpretations, would lead to a tangle of controversy from which it would be difficult to wriggle out of.
Two thousand years have already come to pass, yet based on the scriptures alone, no solution, which could be equally acceptable to all, has been reached. The crux of the problem is that the very reliability of certain scriptural claims is further compounded by their various divergent explanations. Also, immense complications arise out of the gradual growth of conflicting understandings revolving around the historical person of Christ. The vision of a historic perspective generally tends to be fogged and obscured.
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Whenever one wishes to speak about Islam as a religion of peace, the question naturally springs to mind that whereas there are so many religions in the world such as Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc., when it comes to finding out whether Islam is a religion of peace, why should Islam be the odd one out? One reason for this is that a few years after the beginning of Islam, anti-Islamic powers began a propaganda that Islam is a religion of extremism and violence and wants to compel
In the divine scheme of regulation of the relationship between men
and women, Islam has assigned a position of dignity and honour to
woman. Such beneficent regulation is essential for peace, comfort,
happiness, continuation of the species and progress.
The Holy Quran emphasizes that God in His perfect wisdom has
created all species in pairs, and so men and women have been created
of the same species; as is said:
“He created you from a single being; then of the same kind made
its mate.” (39:7)
“He has made for you mates of your own kind.” (42:12)
“O mankind, be mindful of your duty to your Lord, Who created
you from a single soul and from it created its mate and from the
two created and spread many men and women. “(4:2)
“He it is Who has created you from a single soul and made there
from its mate, so that the male might incline towards the female
and find comfort in her.” (7:190)
On this episode of DT4U Rahim Ali will reveal to the listening audience what true Islam is really about. This is the show where you the listening audience will call in with your questions and comments. Let your voice be heard by dialing the 646 number. Do you agree with the doctrine of Islam? Stay tuned.
These are the very words of the Quran which throw light on the nature of Jihad. It must be fought by means of the Quran and the Quranic message alone. Again, to tame one's rebellious nature into complete submission to God is another form of Jihad which is in fact the greater Jihad, according to the Holy Prophet of Islam. On returning from a battle, he is reported to have said:
Dr. John Alexander Dowie was an American who proclaimed that God has in the ?Spirit and Power of Elijah? sent him. He set forth to spread Christianity. He also stated that he intended to wipe out Islam. He made insulting remarks about the Prophet of Islam (SAS).
On June 2, 1901, in the newly founded city of Zion, north of Chicago, John Alexander Dowie declared himself to be Elijah, the Prophet. This assertion by Dowie represented the culmination of a movement launched in the United States. This movement captured the fancy of the Americans and prestigious papers like the Century and Independent New York published articles and features on this emerging figure.
Dowie claimed the divine power of healing and his fame spread so fast that it caught the imagination of many credulous and wealthy Americans. The progress was so tremendous that soon his Apostolic Church had its own bank, its own printing plant and thousands of people were flocking to this movement.
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