Dr. Zakir Naik – Defame And Destroy

Dr. Zakir NaikOne comes across several interesting comments from the people who have been defending Mr. Zakir Naik on Indian Muslims Blog. Most of my brothers and sisters are impressed by his “immense knowledge” without knowing that his kind of knowledge (database or retention) has nothing to do with religion at all. In other words the knowledge he and his fans boast of is irreligious in its very essence, for any true religion is an ever-flowing fountain of “wisdom” not “knowledge”. Continue reading Dr. Zakir Naik – Defame And Destroy

Compassion In Islam – Theology And History

ama Masjid, New DelhiIslam is generally associated with Jihad. But it is more due to its history than its theology. It is interesting to note that while jihad in Islam is more historical than theological, compassion, on the other hand, is more theological than historical. The very opening of Qur’an, the holy book of Islam is with Bism Allahir Rahmanir Rahim i.e. I begin in the name of Allah who is Compassionate and Merciful. Continue reading Compassion In Islam – Theology And History

Islam And Compassion – An Scriptural, Historical And Contemporary Perspective

A Muslim Offering PrayerIslam is generally associated with Jihad popularly interpreted as war. But the fact is that a careful understanding of the Qur’an in its totality clearly establishes that mercy, compassion and peace are the predominant values. There are few verses in Qur’an on war and killing. These verses have been given more importance both by some Muslims as well as antagonistic non-Muslims. Continue reading Islam And Compassion – An Scriptural, Historical And Contemporary Perspective

Taqlid, Ijtihad And Democracy

Quran This is a translation of a portion done by Yoginder Sikand from a chapter titled Taqlid Aur Ijtihad in Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s book Din-o-Shariat: Din-e Islam Ka Ek Fikri Muta’ala [Goodword Books, New Delhi, 2003, pp.224-228].

In the wake of the industrial Revolution in Europe, Western countries established their political and cultural domination over much of the rest of the world, leading to the establishment of European colonial empires. This posed a new and major challenge for Muslims. Continue reading Taqlid, Ijtihad And Democracy

Taqlidi Versus Ijtihadi Approaches

QuranThis is a translation of a portion done by Yoginder Sikand from a chapter titled Taqlid Aur Ijtihad in Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s book Din-o-Shariat: Din-e Islam Ka Ek Fikri Muta’ala [Goodword Books, New Delhi, 2003, pp.204-214].

Human minds can be categorised into two types: taqlidi (stagnant and imitative of past precedent) and ijtihadi (dynamic and creative). The former denotes closed mindedness; the latter is its opposite, open mindedness. The taqlidi mind attains a certain level and then stagnates, while the ijtihadi mind keeps travelling ahead, stopping only at death. Continue reading Taqlidi Versus Ijtihadi Approaches

Jihad? But What About Other Verses In Qur’an?

Quran PageThe terror attacks in India as well as abroad has created an impression as if jihad is central to Qur’anic teaching. First of all, as we have asserted repeatedly, jihad does not mean war in Qur’an as there are other words for it like qital and harb for war. Jihad has been used in Qur’an in its root meaning i.e. to strive and to strive for betterment of society, to spread goodness (ma’ruf) and contain evil (munkar). Continue reading Jihad? But What About Other Verses In Qur’an?

The Concept Of Jihad In Islam

Muslims praying during Shab-e-QadrMaulana Wahiduddin Khan
(Translated from Urdu by Yoginder Sikand)*

The word ‘jihad’ is derived from the root juhd, which means ‘to strive’ or ‘to struggle’. It denotes the exertion of oneself to the utmost, to the limits of one’s capacity, in some activity or for some purpose. This is how the word is understood in Arabic grammar. Continue reading The Concept Of Jihad In Islam

Peace In A Plural Society

Red Fort, DelhiTranslated from the chapter titled Aman Mushtarik Samaj Mai (‘Peace in a Plural Society’) in Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s Urdu book Aman-e Alam (‘Global Peace’) [Goodword Books, New Delhi], pp.142-160.

India won its political independence from the British in 1947, but this was accompanied by the tragic Partition of the country. The Partition was based on the ‘two-nation’ theory. But far from solving the problem of communal conflict between Hindus and Muslims, it only further exacerbated it. Prior to the Partition, the conflict was between two communities, but, with the Partition, it now became one between two countries. Continue reading Peace In A Plural Society

Wishing All Readers A Peaceful And Blessed Eid

Eid WishesIndian Muslims Blog wishes all its readers a peaceful and blessed Eid. Depending upon local moonsighting or predetermined date Muslims all over the world would be celebrating Eid either on 30th September, 1st October or 2nd October 2008. Continue reading Wishing All Readers A Peaceful And Blessed Eid

Book Review: Islam In Post-Modern World

Name of the Book: Islam in Post-Modern World—Prospects and Problems

Author: Asghar Ali Engineer
Publisher: Hope India, Gurgaon (info@hopeindiapublications.com)
Year: 2008
Pages: 159
Price: Rs.350

The title of this book is, admittedly, somewhat misleading. What exactly is ‘post-modern’, a term that the book purports to address, but nowhere does it define what the author means by it? Can one talk of a ‘post-modern’ world when for vast numbers of people ‘modernity’ (whatever that may mean) itself seems far out of reach? Continue reading Book Review: Islam In Post-Modern World