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It is commonly emphasized by traditional Muslim scholars that while interpreting Qur’an and Sunnah the tradition of Ahle Sunnah must never be ignored or else the one interpreting would stray into the world of heretics. While agreeing with the basic understanding of this advice, Ammar Nasir, a traditional scholar of eminence, has clarified in his […]

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The event organized by Islamic Society of Britain took place from Thursday July 17 to Sunday July 20 at Lincolnshire Showground, near the city of Lincoln, UK. It was very heartening to see such a large gathering of Muslim families living in the UK spending three days together in a clean, picturesque environment, showing through […]

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By the grace of the Almighty I have turned 50 on June 4, 2008. I bow my head in gratitude to my creator for numerous reasons. I know that there are millions of people who are born and even after surviving for the first few years of their lives, they die before they turn fifty. […]

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An extremist is a person who holds views which are at the extreme side of the continuum of possible views on a subject. A Jew, a Christian, or a Muslim who says that he believes that he is on the right path and the paths others are following are not correct is, to me, not […]

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I want to narrate a recent experience I had in Karachi and would want to draw a conclusion. A couple of evenings ago, a young boy who had just done his A levels came to one of my programs with his mother who was a strict, practicing Muslim. She wanted me to respond to some […]

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In response to my article “The Quran-Centred Approach”, I received two strongly worded, emotionally charged messages from two well-meaning, sincere, and practicing Muslims. One of them accused me of intellectual dishonesty while the other one was a little less judgmental: He censured me for not doing justice with the approaches I had criticized in my […]

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All humans who believe that Muhammad, may Allah’s mercy be on him, was the last messenger God Almighty sent to guide the entire mankind are Muslims. However, despite the commonality of this belief, Muslims differ in the way they understand and practice their religion. There are two basic reasons for this situation to have arisen. […]

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I am narrating my experiences with some devout Christians that I had while I was staying in Britain for my studies. I am mentioning a brief account of them followed by some questions that come to my mind on those experiences; at the end, I have mentioned my own analyses of the situation arising out […]

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Faith is the confidence of an individual in the fact that there is a certain reality out there which cannot be seen. That reality could be a living existence, the definiteness of a principle, or an understanding that a certain individual is gifted with supernatural powers etc. Islamic teachings require an individual to have faith […]

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