A Simple Family Guide
he story of Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah, begins over 4000 years ago when, following the Divine command, the Prophet Ibrahim travelled for a long distance till he reached the hot, barren lands of Arabia. There he left his wife, Hagar, and his little baby, Ismail
The story goes on to tell how Hagar struggled to find water for her baby and how at last the miraculous Zamzam spring came gushing out and saved their lives. This is followed by the great sacrifice of Ibrahim the building o f the Kabah and the call to HajJ.
Today, in response to this call, and following in the footsteps of the Prophet
Muhammad *, over two million believers from every corner of the globe gather in Makkah every year.
This book introduces you to the Hajj pilgrimage and helps you
• Learn All About It!
• Know How the Prophet Muhammad Performed His Hajj!
• Cherish Its Message!
This book explains the importance of the annual pilgrimage-one of the pillars of Islam-with a special focus on the Prophet Muhammad's Hajj. These exciting historical events are presented in a simple, informative style, with beautiful illustrations, so that young people may understand and enjoy them.
Translated by Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley
By debator extraordinaire and founder of the Islamic Propogation Centre in South Africa, this book of Ahmed Deedat's is a collection of his most popular series of booklets on Islam and Christianity. While produced in an excellent low-key reference quality binding on the outside, the insides however retain the customary Deedat attention-grabbing look with bolds and capitals abounding on each page for emphasis. A truly unique book set from an equally one-of-a-kind persona
Sa'd bin Mu'adh was the chief of the Bani Abdul Ash-hal clan, a branch of AlKhazraj tribe. He was a man of dignity, honour, wisdom and courage. He was among the bitter enemies of Islam, but when he accepted Islam, he devoted himself to defend it. He supported Islam with his wealth, bravery, wisdom and all his might so much so that up till today he is said to be 'The True Supporter of Islam.' When he died, the angels welcomed his soul in the best manner, and his body was emitting the nice smell of musk.
Death may catch up with you anytime
Who knows, maybe this is the moment. Or, it may be much closer than you have ever expected.
These lines can be the last opportunity, the last reminder, the last warning before death comes upon you. As you proceed with these liens, you can never know that you will still be alive in the next hour. Even if it proves to be so nothing can guarantee you another hour. Let alone an hour, not even after a moment, it is certain that you will be still living. There is no guarantee that you will ever finish reading this book. Death will, most likely, come upon you at a time when, only a moment before, you never thought about dying.
You will absolutely die, so do all you beloved ones. Before you or after you, they will certainly die. A hundred years by now, there will not be a single soul you are familiar with in this world.
This project started from three origins.
The Association of Muslim Researchers (AMR) launched a distance learning scheme to enable any interested student to gain the newly-created qualification of GCSE Islam (Edexcel 1478/9) by postal tuition.
The UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) needed a book for use in their madrasahs which would enable their students to gain a state qualification as well as to continue their programme of Islamic Studies.
The writer and teacher Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood retired from classroom teaching after 33 years at the `chalk face' but still had the urge to teach, plus the burning ambition to enable any interested Muslim to gain GCSE Islam, even if they were unable to study at school.
As she had already written text books for GCSE, and been involved in updating the UKIM course-books for youngsters at the madrasahs, and had later agreed to be AMR's postal tutor; it seemed the obvious thing to make the `knowhow' available to the widest possible market.
For the first time in UK it is now possible for a student to do GCSE Islam without any other world faith accompanying it; and for the first time it is possible to qualify by examination alone, without course-work handed in to a teacher over a two-year period. All you have to do is study the syllabus, get the. course-books, do the 'donkey-work'; then you can put in your entry for GCSE Islam, walk in, and do it.
So the opportunity is now available to all - not only teenagers, of course, but any other person who ...read more
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The classification of knowledge is a recurring theme in Islamic scholarship. Successive generations of Muslim scholars, from al-Kindi in the ninth century to Shah Waliallah of Delhi in the eighteenth century, have devoted considerable efforts to the exposition of this theme. The lives and the ideas of the three thinkers discussed in Classification of Knowledge in Islam - al-Farabi (870-950AD), al-Ghazzali (1058-1111AD) and Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi (1236-1311AD) - cover the pivotal period of Islamic history from the first flourishing of the philosophical sciences to the sacking of Baghdad by the Mongols. In addition, each of these three thinkers was either a founder or an eminent representative of a major intellectual school in Islam. Al-Farabi was the founder and one of the most prominent representatives of the mashsha'i (Peripatetic) school of philosopher-scientists. Al-Ghazzali is still recognised as the most famous theologian/sufi of Islam. Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi represents the ishraqi (Illuminationists) school of philosophy. Prof. Osman Bakar's Classification of Knowledge in Islam is the first work of its kind in the English language and is based on extensive scholarships and reference to the original texts.
The Book Of Misers
1-Jahiz (AH 160/AD 776 to AH 225/AD 869) was one of the greatest
exponents of Arabic prose of all time. His scholarship, the breadth of
his interests, and his ability to express his ideas and arguments with vigour and humour were outstanding; The Book of Misers is his comical masterpiece, and one of the earliest works of fiction from the Islamic world.
Generosity is regarded by Arab society as one of the principle virtues, and this satire on miserliness has a clear social purpose.With his acute powers of observation, light-hearted scepticism, his comic sense and satirical turn of mind, he ridicules both individuals and groups such as school in asters, singers or scribes. In addition, there is much incidental detail about traditional culture and conduct. It will appeal to the modern reader for its comical power, sometimes covert and sometimes straight-faced, which remains undiminished 1,100 years after it was written.
The present translation by the late Professor R. B. Serjeant makes this work available to the English-speaking world for the first time. Professor Serjeant was one of the most eminent Arabic scholars in Britain, and since the 1950s he had used extracts from this work when teaching Arabic to his students, as he felt it gave great insight into traditional Arabic society.
A very helpful and informative book on rearing children encompassing of most aspects related to the subject and presented in a lucid style.
This is an abridged translation of the famous book written by Shaykh Abdulla Alwan 'Tarbiya tul awlad fi al-isla' bringing up children in Islam. It is established that the common ailments of human societies, personal as well as social, find their remedy in monotheism and justice. Therefore, emphasis on these two moral principles is essential. Muslim children must develop a clear understanding of the concept of the oneness of Allah, mainly through the performance of the devotional acts of worship, to Him, and through developing a sense of justice in all personal and social dealings.
Shaikh Abdullah Naasih Ulwaan of Saudi Arabia wrote the famous 'Tarbiyatul Awlad fil Islaam'. Well-known Pakistani scholar Maulana Dr Habiibullah Mukhtaar who is the Chancellor of the Jaami'atul Uloomil Islaamiyah, translated it into Urdu and produced a condensed edition to make it more accessible for a wider audience. This English edition is a very good translation of the Urdu work. He writes: 'My aim is that this invaluable gem may find a place in every home. Every person may easily refer and read, understand and benefit from it.'
This book takes an easy approach to the fundamental principles of upbringing and the manner and rules of training. It discusses the subject of rearing and training from every angle. The book contains guidelines on imparting...read more
This books is about the lives of those Companions and Commanders who led the Islamic forces in the violent and strife-torn arenas of conflict against the Kuffar (disbelievers). They struck terror in the hearts of the enemy and the strong forts and palaces of Caesar and Chosroes trembled before their might. However, in this compilation, there are not only the stories of the battlefields but also the stories of bravery and courage, valor and piety, austerity and simplicity. These stories describe the true circumstances that led the Muslims to fight more powerful enemies than they were at that time.
Contents: I. Practical devotions: 1. Prayers to God. 2. Zakat or legal Alms. 3. Fasting. 4. Pilgrimage. II. Transactions: 5. Marriage. 6. Law of inheritance. 7. Sale and Usury. 8. Ownership. III. Penal laws: 9. Criminal intentional injury. 10. Adultery. 11. Theft and robbery. 12. Divisions of punishment. 13. Discretionary correction or Ta’zir. 14. Sinful acts classification. IV. Morality: 15. Muslim ethical basis of social life. 16. Muslim ethics and morality. 17. The moral conditions. 18. True believers. V. Muslim jurisprudence and theology: 19. The Quran and jurisprudence. 20. Quran—the first source of jurisprudence. 21. The tradition. 22. Transmission of the Hadith in the prophet’s lifetime. 23. The earliest preservation of traditions. 24. The Quran is the greatest test for judging Hadith. 25. The style of composition employed in the imparting of traditions. 26. Degrees of authenticity of the narrators. 27. Rules for distinguishing false traditions. 28. Ijma’—the third foundation of Islamic laws. 29. Degrees of Ijtihad. 30. Payment of the tribute called "Jizia". VI. Spiritual aspect of Islam: 1. The treasures of happiness. References.
Discovering Islam From Its Original Sources
Translated by Professor Basil Collins Reviewed By Dr Mummad Hamid Alta'I. Mugaddasi was born in the year 945 of the Common Era (CE),
which corresponds to the year 334 of the Islamic calendar (AH), and
died towards the close of the millennium. Defining the area of his study as that where the presence of the religious and political institutions of Islam dominated, he travelled throughout the regions observing, enquiring, researching, taking notes and writing drafts. His work was eventually published in 985cE/375AH, and a revised edition was produced three years later.
Early in the second half of the nineteenth century the German orientalist Aloys Sprenger brought to the attention of the West a manuscript of al-Mugaddasi's work. Sprenger's enthusiasm over the content of the manuscript was reflected in his judgment that its author was the greatest geographer of all time. The translation by Basil Collins published here is the first rendition into a Western language of al-Mugaddasi s treatise.
Al-Muqaddasi s work bespeaks an interested and interesting man, seeing his world through a frame of reference derived from his deeply held religious beliefs, yet capable of making assessments with probity and common sense, striving to get at the truth of the natter.
Basil Collins is Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo, in the United States.
Mohanmmad Alta'i obtained his BA at the University of Baghdad in 1943 and his Ph.D. in Geography from the University o...read more
The most serious mistake a man makes is not pondering. It is not possible to
find the truth unless one thinks about basic questions such as "How and why am I
here?", "Who created me?", or "Where am I going?." Failing to do so, one becomes
trapped in the vicious circle of daily life and turns into a selfish creature
caring only for himself. Ever Thought About the Truth? summons
people to think on such basic questions and to discover the real meaning of
life. Insightful answers are offered.
ISLAM AND THE DIVINE COMEDY
slam and the Divine Comedy, is an abridged translation of La Escatologia Musulmana en la Divina Comedia, originally published in Spanish in Madrid in 1919. The author, Prof. Miguel Asin Y. Palacios, though a Catholic priest, was attracted by the Muslim philosophers and sufis of Spain, particularly Ibn Massara, Ibn Hazm, Ibn Rushd and the great sufi Ibn al-Arabi. He wrote several books on Hispano-Islamic philosophy and sufism, but the international renown he earned was on account of this book. After years of extensive research, he- discovered parallels between the Islamic lore about the afterlife based on Hadith and The Divine Comedy by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), a work for which he is justly famed. The similarities, far from being superficial, pervade the entire poem. Prof. Asin concluded that Dante had derived most of the features of and episodes about the hereafter from (i) the Hadith literature relating to the Prophet Muhammad and his ascension (mi`raj) and (ii) to the spiritual visions of Ibn al-Arabi. In his opinion, The Divine Comedy was not an entirely original work, as Dante had had before him a ready made pattern based on Islamic writings on the after-life.
With the publication of this work, Prof. Asin found'' himself in the -eye of a storm, as nationalist Italians, the Roman Catholic clergy, and other European Christians could not reconcile themselves to the thought of their most cherished religious poem being based o...read more
LECTURE 1 Meanings of the term “Arabian Medicine” – Periods Arabian and Islamic history --- the Transmission of Greek learning --- Syria and Persian contributions --- The Latino Barbari--- Aptitude of Arabic for scientific purposes. LECTURE 2 Evolution of Scientific Terminology in Arabic--- Was dissection practiced by the Muslims? Four early Persian medical writers. LECTURE 3 Recapitulation --- Arabian Popular Medicine --- The Translators from Arabic into Latin –Practice of medicine in the time of the crusades—Anecdotes of notable cures in Arabic and Persian literature—Psychotherapeusis—Love and Melancholia--- Persian medical works --- Introduction of European Medicine into Muslim lands. LECTURE 4 Contribution of the Moors of Spain--- The School of Toledo—Persian medical literature from the twelfth to the fourth teen centuries ---Biographical works of the thirteenth century--- Muslim hospitals ---Letters of “Rashid the Physician “ --- Outlines of Muslim cosmogony, physical science and physiology ---Conclusion… PB
This book was awarded First prize by the Muslim world league at world-wide competition on the biography of the Prophet held at Makkah Al-Mukarramah in
This is not only an absorbing and challenging intellectual pilgrimage of the philosopher-ambassador Ismail al-Faruqui, it draws the attention of all men of religion, tied together with commitment to God and concern for mankind,.... al-Faruqi's contributio`Islam and Other Faiths is not only an absorbing and challenging intellectual pilgrimage of the philosopher-ambassador Ismail al-Farugi, it draws the attention of all men of religion, tied together with commitment to God and concern for mankind,... al-Farugi's contribution lies in building bridges for the future. This book is a living testament to this vision.'
PROFESSOR KHURSHID AHMAD
`At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the relationship of Islam to other faiths has never been more important. Globalization and significant presence and force of Islam in the Muslim World and the West make civilizational dialogue an imperative. Ismail al-Farugi provides a model to be emulated.'
PROFESSOR JOHN ESPOSITO [From the Foreword of this book]
ISMAIL RAJI AL-FARUQI (1921-86) taught at the Universities of Chicago and Syracuse. Until his tragic death he was a Professor in the Department of Religion at Temple University. His publications include Urubah and Religion (Amsterdam: Djambatan,1962); Christian Ethics: A Historical and Systematic Analysis of Its Dominant Ideas (Montreal: McGill University Press, 1967); The Great Asian Religions (New York: Macmillan, 1969); Historical Atlas of the Religions of the World (New York: Macmillan...read more
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