Blogs & Essays

There are two things in human personality: intellect and emotions. The correct sequence of using them is in the same order. If you are intellectually convinced that a certain view is correct, it’s only then that you should employ your emotions to act upon your views and to disseminate them. If you will reverse the […]

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A few days back, one of my colleagues delivered a lecture in an international conference in which he presented the understanding of our teacher, Mr Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, on Jihad and how Muslims are expected to behave with non-Muslims. He informed the audience that Jihad, according to Mr. Ghamidi was binding on Muslims only for […]

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Are God’s expectations from humans easy to follow? If they are, should we not let others to do what they are doing and not get involved in unnecessarily disturbing them by declaring what they are doing as un-Islamic? Also, should we not let non-Muslims remain what they are? Isn’t it an unnatural expectation from them […]

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There is a common view amongst Muslims according to which the basis of religious understanding and practice is confidence in individuals. What it means is that if you have confidence in your scholar, you follow him. Even those who think that they are following no scholar, they too, according to this view, are actually following […]

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We have been told time and again by religious people that it is binding on all Muslims to follow ijma‘ (the consensus of opinion of religious scholars on a certain issue). On the contrary we (i.e. me and the school of thought I am representing) believe that ijma‘ has no role to play in determining […]

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One of my colleagues at my university asked my students to not listen to what my teacher, Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, says on religious matters because, he claims, his views are representative of only a tiny minority. Following views on Islam that are not supported by a large number of ulama, according to him, is misleading. […]

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Can Bank Lending be Islamically Fair? by Dr. Khalid Zaheer The most significant feature of a truly Islamic economic system should be that it ought to be fair. Interest has been condemned by the Qur’an because it jeopardises that ideal. The practice of demanding security from borrowers while lending is also viewed by many Muslim […]

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Why Economics?

13 January, 2014
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Why Economics? by Dr. Khalid Zaheer The basic purpose of this life is ‘ibadat (51:56), ie humbly serving Allah, and not the achievement of material benefits. Why then are we supposed to be concerned about such ‘mundane’ matters in Islam as economics? The reason is that ‘ibadat also entails acknowledging Allah’s blessings and showing Him […]

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