Majidi’s film is not the first attempt at putting the Prophet’s life on the silver screen – that honour goes to Moustapha Akkad’s “The Message” (1977) – but it is the first that has depicted the Prophet in some form. According to reviews and images posted online, it includes shots of the Prophet’s hands and legs as a baby, his back and as a silhouette against the sky.
Tadhaboon – It is very
difficult to understand the depth of emotion behind these words in the Quran
when god asks us with so much of love and compassion, “Where are you going?”
The concern with which we are asked about the path we have taken, if heard and
understood correctly, could so easily bring us back to the right path.
Unfortunately the people of this world, especially the Muslims have gone
One newspaper interpreted Heptullah's statement to say that Muslims were "too large to be considered a minority". When journalists asked her what her ministry would do for the Muslim community, she said: "This is not the ministry for Muslim affairs, this is the ministry for minority affairs."….
From this we learn that as a ‘middle nation’ the ummah of the Prophet Muhammad is an intermediary between the last prophet and later generations of people. It takes God’s religion from the last of the prophets and conveys it to later generations of people, without expecting any recompense for this and engaging in this task till the Day of Judgment. This conveying of God’s religion is not simple announcement. Rather, it is necessary that the religion be conveyed, as the Quran (4:63) says, in such terms as will address people’s minds.
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Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
As it turns
out, these maps do demonstrate a great truth about AIDS and Islam. But it is
not the triumphalist message that Islam alone is an effective shield against
HIV/AIDS. Rather, it is the more complex warning that while strong morals may
have kept the HIV/AIDS toll in Islamic Africa low until now, the
correspondingly strong taboos could keep the disease invisible and its numbers
rising, against the global trend.....
a love for knowledge probably unmatched by any other belief system. Popular
Muslim belief subscribes to a search for knowledge even unto the ends of the
earth: just governance is considered knowledge-dependent. To be learned, then,
is a cardinal virtue and ignorance, a sin of omission. The intellectual
strength of flourishing Muslim empires was based on fine scholars produced by
their madrasas. Pakistan needs to acquire such a body of theoreticians to
whisper words of wisdom into its politicians’ ears....
Waqf is an
institution of Muslim law by which property is dedicated in perpetuity for
religious or charitable purposes. Apart from public Waqfs like mosques and
Dargahs, there is a category of Waqf alal Aulad (Waqf for descendants), whereby
property is dedicated to one’s descendants and, ultimately, for charitable
objects after the extinction of the family. In 1891, the Calcutta High Court
held that such a Waqf could not be given legal effect since a “dedication must
not depend upon an uncertain contingency, such as the possible extinction of
modern-day Muslims don’t have to blindly obey these medieval interpretations of
Islam. We may still consider many things sinful, but our attitude toward the
sinner can be more lenient. Imagine pork, for example. Eating pork is one of
the very clear sins listed by the Qur’an. Every good Muslim should refrain from
that. But do we also have to spend our lives hating pork-eaters?....
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
“In the voyage towards the Divine, one who
travels without a guide needs two hundred years for a two days trip...
Patiently search for your spiritual master for without his leading, this
journey is filled with ordeals, hazards, and perils. Without the shelter of the
spiritual master, one cannot annihilate the lower self. Hold firmly to the
mantle of a genuine guide if you seek extermination of your deformed ego.”...
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam
is a result of the inability of all major sects of Islam to deal appropriately
with the Ahadith which have corrupted the Islam of the Quran. The unreliable
and mostly concocted Ahadith, are the cancer of Islam. Reform, to my mind, is
possible only through a call to a return to the Islam of the Quran which
undoubtedly was the Islam of the “Al-Salaf Al-Sāliḥ” and not what passes today as Islam which
is a travesty of Islam based on Ahadith concocted two centuries later.....
fragments unknowingly held since 1936 in the University of Birmingham’s
manuscript collection have been definitively dated to the era of Prophet
Muhammad’s (PBUH) life or a little later. The writing of the two folios (with
text corresponding to chapters 18-20 in the modern Holy Quran) has been placed
somewhere between 568 and 645 CE, which is very close to the conventional
dating offered for the Prophet’s (PBUH) ministry, 610-632 CE. Given the more
than 95 per cent accuracy of the carbon dating involved, carried out at the
Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, this discovery indicates that
these fragments are in all probability contemporary with Prophet Muhammad
In 20 to 30
years, both organizations will be led by the current generation, the product of
intimate encounters between classical Islamic discourse and critical thinking,
along with an engagement in efforts to improve the social and economic
conditions of their communities. The
current generation has also had to deal with various influences, including that
of the capital-rich Wahhabism. ….
Ottoman Empire had an extensive literature of homosexual romance, and an
accepted social category of transvestites. The Ottoman sultans, arguably, were
social liberals compared with the contemporary Islamists of Turkey, let alone
the Arab World......
In one story, the Prophet Muhammad was leading his army into a battle when he came upon a female dog with a litter of puppies. He posted a companion to protect them. Umar, the second caliph, stated that he would be personally responsible if even a stray dog went to sleep hungry under his administration......
People throng Kakak Sahib’s shrine everyday in a large number for seeking solace and spiritual delight. Pilgrims from far and wide visit the shrine to pay their respects to the Sufi saint. Kakakhel tribe produced a number of religious scholars, poets, writers, economists, academicians, researchers, historians and experts in many other fields. Till date, Kakakhels are known to be experts in more than one field of knowledge and scholarship. ....
Another sign of disrespect of the mosque is people bringing their children to the Prophet’s Mosque and leaving them free to run and play and disturb other worshippers. This is a very common problem at the women’s section of the Prophet’s Mosque. People are distracted as children run between the lines of worshippers, shouting and making a gaggle of noise. They sometimes engage in little feuds with other children and throw shoes and water at each other. This happens with their parents standing in line with other worshippers and praying. Why can't they control their children? If they cannot then they should not bring them to the Prophet’s Mosque......
Saudi teachers are by and large frustrated and underpaid. Unless teachers are encouraged to invent, innovate and given a free hand to impart knowledge within the parameters of the curricula, education would be in the same rut led by teachers devoid of motivation.....
The supporters of madrasa modernisation, including some religious leaders, point out advantages such as access to education in modern subjects, improvement in teachers’ salaries and, presumably, quality of teaching, and the opening of opportunities for higher education, employment which would enhance the relevance of madrasas......
If I can focus
on making others happy by participating in their joys and pains, I know I will
have successfully ‘assimilated’. And for this already confused ‘Westernised’
desi, that will be a huge achievement......
Iftar And After
There are Pakistanis who have never been compelled to switch from their sweet-sounding and chiselled ‘Allah dey Hawalay’ (and not ‘Khuda dey Hawalay) or the more known ‘Rab Rakha’. They have been unconvinced to lend their presence to the umbrella provided by the Persian-Urdu ‘Khuda Hafiz’ and can be — routinely are — found protesting a more locally managed colonisation. Ultimately, there is the original debate on how the period meant for self-coaching in austerity has been used to flaunt whatever in the name of religion....
For decades, the Qasim Ali mosque in Peshawar has been synonymous with the moon sighting dissent. Managed by the Popalzai family, the mosque stirs up controversy aplenty when the time comes to sight the moon for Ramazan and Eid ul Fitr.....
At a time when the self-proclaimed Islamic caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is hell-bent on disassociating Islam with the spirituality of Eid, it’s really important to know what significance this festival assumes. Clearly, Eid is abhorred by al-Baghdadi because it is an open reminder to the Muslim world of the universal values of Islam: love in place of hatred, patience in place of anger, forbearance in place of warfare, coexistence and inclusiveness in place of exclusivism and intolerance and pluralism in place of supremacism. It comes every year to remind us that if Muslims really cherish to exist in the modern world, they have to rejuvenate the essential messages of Eid…
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today through the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and all the Muslim and Islamic
countries on the way to Europe, and you are taking your life in your own hands
even in Ramadhan. Ironically it is safe only when one crosses into the
unbeliever’s land of where the Iblees and his associates are not locked up for
shopping hysteria crept into our cultural conscience, its roots were concealed
in the religious messages of Eid; to signal new beginnings, to celebrate
accomplishing all the good deeds in Ramadan, and to share happiness with those
least fortunate. Around 30 years ago, buying one or two new dresses for each
one in the family was all what it took to celebrate Eid....