Al-Mawrid is the custodian
of the rich intellectual heritage of the Muslim Ummah. At the beginning of
the fifteenth century hijrah, this unique institution owes its establishment
to the perception that the process of attaining the true understanding of
Islam is being carried out in our Ummah in a very injudicious and
inappropriate manner. Unfortunately, the bearers of this message have either
lost their way in the rivalries of power politics or have succumbed to the
menace of sectarianism. Others have been overcome by foreign ideologies and
have tried to interpret Islam from a particular angle. The true message of
Islam, on the basis of only the Holy Qur’ān and the Sunnah, has become alien
The Holy Qur’ān, which is
the basis of Islam, is only being used for recitation and committal to
memory. No longer does it play a role in the moral reformation and
intellectual development of the Ummah, and we have been deprived of the
tremendous driving force which could have been obtained only from it. In the
institutes of religious education, disciplines which were to be taught to
enable the students to understand and appreciate the Holy Qur’ān have become
an end in themselves. The entire corpus of Hadīth has been isolated and
severed from its basis in the Holy Qur’ān and the Sunnah, and the real
stress of the existing syllabi is placed on teaching the principles of
particular sects and on proving their superiority over others.
It was felt that the urge to
know and understand the faith of Islam is increasing everyday among the
intelligentsia. They are troubled by the intellectual enigmas of the modern
age. The modern man is in real need of Divine Guidance. But, at the moment,
he is unable to find any solace in the interpretations and answers put forth
by the existing religious order.
Al-Mawrid has been
established to redress and reform this sorry state of affairs. Its
foundations were laid in 1983 by Javed Ahmed Ghamidi (b:1951), a pupil of
the great exegete of the Holy Qur’ān from the subcontinent, Amin Ahsan
Islahi (d: 1997). As a result of many years of hard work, a team of scholars
has emerged who have been educated and trained purely on the basis of the
guidance provided by the Holy Qur’ān and the Sunnah. It is hoped that the
institute will insha’ Allah succeed in breaking the shackles of intellectual
stagnation and reviving the process of original inquiry into the two
fundamental sources of Islam.
Ever since its inception,
the institute has been run by a Board of Governors, which consists of a
group of devoted philanthropists fully committed to the development of the
institute. All affairs of the Board are conducted in a democratic manner:
elections for the office of the Chairman and Secretary General are held
The objective of the
institute is to conduct and facilitate academic work on Islamic sciences and
to educate people on its basis through all available means.
The salient features of the strategy employed to achieve the objectives of
the institute are:
Research and Development
I. Fellowships of the institute are awarded to established intellectuals,
who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and are accredited with
academic work of original and seminal value, and whose personalities and
works are widely acclaimed across the board among scholars.
II. Project based affiliation is awarded to personnel considered equal to
the project(s) identified by the institute or proposed by the personnel
themselves and considered appropriate by the institute.
III. Provision of necessary environments to facilitate the work of fellows
and scholars, including maintenance of library and other requisite
Education and Training
I. Arrangement of short courses, seminars and workshops.
II. Development of distance learning courses for online education.
III. Training fresh apprentices, assistants, and scholars.
Communication and Dissemination
I. Publishing Islamic Research Journals in Urdu, English and Arabic.
II. Hosting websites of the institute in Urdu, English and Arabic.
III. Publishing creative works of the
institute’s academic staff and producing lectures, etc. in audio/video
cassettes and also on compact discs.
IV. Introducing, on an extensive basis, the
scholars and researchers associated with the institute and also their works.
V. Concentrating special efforts on the
widespread introduction of the institute and its objective.
Regional centers of the institute function under the banner, Danish Sara.
Mr. Javed Ahmad Ghamidi
Mr. Abdul Sattar Ghauri
Mr. Manzoor ul Hassan
Mr. Moiz Amjad
Mr. Muhammad Rafi
Mr. Shehzad Saleem
Mr. Talib Mohsin
Mr. Aslam Najmi
Mrs. Kaukab Shehzad
Mr. Muhammad Bilal
Mr. Muhammad Sami Mufti
Mr. Jhangeer Hanif
Board of Governors
1. Founder President: Mr. Javed Ahmad Ghamidi,
Fellow, Al-Mawrid Institute of Islamic Sciences.
2. Chairman: Mr. Muhammad Rashid Farooqi,
Director, Sheikh Wilayat Ahmad & Sons, Karachi.
3. Vice Chairman: Mr. Shehzad Asghar, Director,
Style Textile (pvt) Ltd., Lahore.
4. Secretary General: Mr. Shakeel-ur-Rehman,
Director, Snowhite Dry Cleaning Industries, Karachi.
5. Secretary Finance: Mr. S M Saeed Allahwala,
Director, Kohinoor Chemical Industries Ltd., Karachi.
6. Mr. Altaf Mahmood Chaudhry, Director, Altaf &
7. Mr. Parvez Hashmy, Chief Executive, Creative
8. Mr. Muhammad Anees Mufti, Director, Watt &
Volt, Metal Farming Group of Companies, Lahore.
9. Mr. Shehzad Alam, Chief Executive, Unitech
Electronics (pvt) Ltd., Lahore.
10. Mr. Muhammad Nisaar, Director, Bilal
11. Mr. Nasir Usman Kalia, Director, K B Sarkar
& Company (pvt) Ltd., Karachi.
12. Mr. Mukhtar Ali, Manager Purchase, Kakasian
Group of Companies Karachi.
13. Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan, Psychiatrist,
14. Dr. Agha Tariq Sajjad, Director, Suffah
Welfare Centre, Lahore.
15. Mr. Muhammad Hanif, Director, H.M Hanif &
16. Mr. Muhammad Ali Durrani, Director, Wise
Education Society, Lahore.
17. Mr. Muhammad Saleem Safi, Bureau Chief, NNI,
18. Mr. Muhammad Yunus Zindani, Proprietor,
Swiss Gold Jewelers, Karachi.
19. Mrs. Tariq Rehman, Chairperson, Executive
Committee, Fatimah Memorial Hospital, Lahore.
20. Mr. Abdul Quddus Alvi, Director, Standpharm
Pakistan (pvt) Ltd., Lahore.
A seminar was arranged at Al-Mawrid on 15
January 2003 to discuss the application of Mr. Javed Ahmed Ghamidi’s point
of view regarding Zakah that he has presented in his seminal work Mīzān.
After an incisive inquiry into the issue of Zakah, what he has come up with
may be summarized as follows:
First, there is no basis in the Holy Qur’ān and
the Sunnah for the condition of Tamlīk (exclusive personal possession)
imposed by our jurists for making payment of Zakāh.
Second, industrial produce of all forms,
production of all forms based on various skills, rent income and salaries or
fees earned should be liable to Zakāh on the principles of rates specified
for land produce.
Third, on leased-out assets and rented
properties, the same rates of land produce should be levied and if they have
not been rented or leased out, Zakāh rates for wealth should be imposed.
Fourth, the Nisāb for all items of production or
income which are analogously linked with the original items liable to Zakāh
may be fixed by the state, if need be by extrapolating on the Nisāb of the
This seminar was arranged in the form of a
discussion forum. Almost fifty scholars and economists participated in the
discussion. The points that occupied the attention of the participants
regarding application of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi’s standpoint are as follows:
· Valuation of assets for the purpose of Zakāh.
· Valuation of non-depreciable assets.
· Valuation of production.
· Cost/sale price.
· Zakāh on donations and transfer payments.
· The status of bank account with reference to the law of Zakāh.
· Zakāh on investments.
· Zakāh on the share of a sleeping partner.
All the participants contributed to the lively discussion and openly
commented upon the viewpoint presented. The names of some of those who
actively took part in the discussion include Mr. Sheikh Afzal Ahmed,
Managing Director; Al-Hamd Textile Mill Ltd., Mr Rashid Farooqi, Director;
Sheikh Wilayat Ahmad & Sons, Dr. Khalid Zaheer, Assistant Professor, Lahore
University of Management Sciences; Dr. Munir Ahmad, Director; StandPharm
Pharmaceutical (Pvt) Ltd., Mr. Moiz Amjad, Associate Fellow of Al-Mawrid,
and Dr. Farooq Ahmad Khan, Psychiatrist.
Does Islam permit
Drawing Images of Animate objects?
Muhammad Rafi Mufti’s research in the light of the Holy Qur’ān and the
The religious validity of visual arts has
remained a thorny issue among Muslims. Muhammad Rafi Mufti, Associate
Fellow, Al-Mawrid, addresses the question in his research work Taswīr kā
mas’alah (The question of picture images). He argues on the firm basis of
the Holy Qur’ān that the Prophet Solomon (sws) had in his palace a number of
Tamāsīl (Mural paintings of both animate and inanimate subjects). He has
incisively examined the arguments in favor of the received opinion of
medieval scholars that prohibits all types of images of animate objects.
These arguments, he presents, draw strength from the Hadīth literature which
contains a number of prohibitory statements. He shows, by collating all such
reports, and citing the interpretation of the famous companion ‘Abdullāh Ibn
‘Abbās (rta), that the proscription mentioned in the Hadīth literature is
confined to pictures carrying pagan beliefs. Polytheism found its strongest
representation in images and the art evolved mainly to prop up the
ascendancy of various deities, superstition, animism and ancestor worship.
The Companions (rta) of the Holy Prophet (sws) therefore tolerated animate
pictures, without traces of pagan influence, on their buttons, rings, etc.
as they thought that only pagan drawings had been censured by the Holy
Prophet (sws) and not the others – provided they also lacked moral
indecency, which is in itself a clear anathema in Islam. Muhammad Rafi
Mufti’s work, in Urdu, extends to more than eighty pages and is currently
Now Islamic Education on the Internet
The internet has revolutionized the field of
communication. With its advent, the concepts of space and time have become
immaterial as far as transmission of knowledge is concerned. The number of
people to which data can now be transmitted is incredible - the speed even
Realizing this opportunity, Al-Mawrid,
Institute of Islamic Sciences has embarked upon a program to disseminate
Islamic education through the internet. Efforts are underway to rebuild and
reconstruct the institute’s site in which courses prepared by its various
Associate Fellows shall be launched.
Initially, six courses have been launched
under the title ‘Understanding the Qur’ān’ by Shehzad Saleem, an Associate
Fellow of the Institute. These courses introduce the participants to some
very important areas of study regarding the Holy Qur’ān. Efforts are
underway to launch two other courses: ‘Understanding Islamic punishments’
and ‘Understanding Islamic Political Directives’. Both courses have been
designed in order to help students of Islam understand the purport of the
Qur’an about both these important topics.
Understanding the Qur’an
I. Revelation of the Holy
II. History of the Holy Qur’an
III. Theme of the Holy
IV. Arrangement of the Holy
V. Language of the Holy
VI. Interpreting the Holy
Understanding Islamic Political Directives
1. The Basic Principle
2. The Real Responsibility
3. Religious Obligations of an Islamic State
4. Citizenship and the Rights of Citizens
5. The State System (I)
6. The State System (II)
Understanding Islamic Punishments
Course I: The Penal Law
II The Prescribed Punishments
II The Prescribed Punishments
2. Murder and Injury
II The Prescribed Punishments
Course II: Misconceptions
I Misconceived Punishments
1. The Punishment of
2. The Punishment for
3. The Jail
II Misconceived Notions
1. The Connotation of
2. The Law of
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