Islamic Shari‘ah of Preaching
Almighty has explained his shari‘ah regarding preaching in detail as He has done
in some other spheres. As we ponder over the Qur’anic verses pertaining to
preaching, we find that the duties prescribed in the shari‘ah are different for
Muslims in different capacities. The duties revealed for Muslim scholars are
different from those of general Muslims. Similarly, the preaching responsibility
of the Prophet Muhammad (sws) was also different; the consequences it gave rise
to are also specific to his preaching endeavour alone. The present article
outlines the categories for which different preaching responsibilities have been
prescribed, and then probes into the preaching endeavour of the Holy Prophet (sws).
Ghettoisation of Muslims:
Trends and Consequences
an ongoing conflict between Hindu extremists and other minorities in India.
Muslims, being a minority in India, have morbidly been victimized by Hindutva
and other such fundamentalist sects. As extremists refer to the same sources,
which other people of the same faith revere, they quite ably manipulate their
position in order to achieve their own self-righteous ends. India has shivered
several times under the wave of extremism. This has had a deep impact upon the
social psyche of the Muslims. In this article, the authors explore the terrible
trends and consequences of such unbridled extremism.
Reconciling Democracy and
time that democracy has been appreciated as a universal value, there has been a
debate on its moral justification and its compatibility with Islam. It is clear
that Islam prescribes a political system based on consultation. This is,
however, a substantive instruction. Consequently, there has been heated debate
on the legal form that may fulfil the requirements of this divine substantive
instruction. The detractors of democracy do not find it in consonance with
Islam. Muzzafar K ‘Awan takes the opposite position. While explaining the views
of ‘Allamah Iqbal and Fethullah Gülen,
he shows how democracy is just as compatible with Islam.
Mail: Trivializing Homosexuality
is yet another addition to the ongoing debate on homosexuality in this journal.
Dr Khalid Zahir
answers questions on the need of an Islamic state for propagation of the message
of Islam, whether a secular state is a win-win solution for Muslims and other
people, on Islamic banking and on whether we can help others by money earned un-islamically.