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Muhammad, who meditated in the cave on Mount Hira, knew this silence well. ....

 

“The concentration and fusion into a whole being can never be accomplished by me, can never be accomplished without me. I require a You to become; becoming I, I say You.”...

He called out to his Lord in all aspects of his life, certain that his call would be heard and responded to with loving kindness and generosity by the One who is All Hearing, All Knowing.....

 It was because of Faqeeri that Shams Tabrizi was able to influence and bring long-lasting impact on the mind and soul of Maulana Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (R.A). ...

That’s why I offered special prayers for Pakistan’s prosperity and regional stability, and improvements in bilateral ties between India and Pakistan. Around 150,000 devotees visit Ajmer Sharif on a daily basis. ...

 

He was perhaps the first Muslim to study the Puranas, the Hindu classical texts. In addition, secondary sources-translations by Arab and Persian scholars-are consulted. He travels extensively in India and associates with Hindus, especially Brahmins and yogis....

Being extremely tender hearted, he would burst into tears (if anything sorrowful or touching was mentioned to him). More often he was to be found immersed in meditation. He was soft hearted, courteous, cheerful, generous and compassionate. Being the offspring of a noble family, he was also highly reputed for his profound knowledge and piety...

He who finds himself characterised by pessimism and negativity should urgently revisit his ʿAqīdah, his creed and his relationship with Allāh. What has your opinion and expectation of Allāh become? The whale did not consume the body of Prophet Yūnus. The knife which passed over Ismaʿīl’s neck did not harm him. The fire which Ibrāhīm was thrown in did not burn him. The sea which Mūsā crossed did not drown him. The jail that Yūsuf was thrown in only built him....

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There are three particular great individuals from Islāmic history who I would encourage our readers to learn about, who were young children around the Prophet (Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam), but went on to become the most influential companions of Prophet (Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam).,...

 

So the question which poses itself is: What then was the source of the Prophet’s inspiration? ....

 

For his many friends and admirers, the one consolation of Mushir’s last, extended, illness was that he was largely insulated from the violence and bigotry spreading across northern India. He is now gone; but his books will endure long after the hate-filled politicians of his home state are forgotten....

When one studies the traits which the prophets and messengers possessed, he finds that they were given characteristics which enabled them to lead, inspire others and guide.... 

When Bilal entered the holy city, he separated from the crowd and began to climb the Ka’bah. Once he had reached the top, he stood with the Ka’bah at his feet and loudly called out the Adhan. This event in itself marked an incredible transformation for Bilal (Radi Allahu Anhu), while the inhabitants of Makkah who were in their homes watched. Their Ka’bah a political and status symbol for the Arabs now had a freed black slave standing at its summit. When the Quraish saw this, they said “Alhamdulillah, our fathers have passed away before they saw a black person on top of the Ka’bah.”...

 

Prophet Muhammad grew up in a tribal society. The 6th century Arabia was deeply divided into tribes and clans. You were respected (or not) depending on which tribe you belonged to. Your social status and position depended on it. Slaves and women were not treated like 2nd class citizens- that would have been an upgrade. They had practically no status. Daughters were buried alive because they brought ‘shame’ to them. If you were poor, you were practically nothing....

Like Plato, Al-Farabi suggested creative expression should support the ideal ruler, thus shoring up the virtuous city and the status quo. Just as Plato in the Republic demanded that poets in the ideal state tell stories of unvarying good, especially about the gods, Al-Farabi’s treatises mention ‘praiseworthy’ poems, melodies and songs for the virtuous city. Al-Farabi commended as ‘most venerable’ for the virtuous city the sorts of writing ‘used in the service of the supreme ruler and the virtuous king.’...

When he had nowhere else to turn, when he couldn’t find anyone to protect his community, then — and only then — did he take up arms to defend his faith. But the politics he attempted are instructive. In one of his first pronouncements in Medina, he pledged that the Muslim community would defend the native Jewish community from any of its enemies, and declared Medina to be one nation of two faiths, a profound and unusual gesture of pluralism and tolerance....

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The lyrical power and deep understanding that Faiz created with his words was unparalleled in Urdu. Where Iqbal was a master of creating and manipulating terms, Faiz was a poet of the hearts. Where Iqbal was confused ideologically, sometimes pan-Islamiat and sometimes nationalist, Faiz had a singular clarity on political ideology  – he was a staunch communist....

 

On Azad’s religious scholarship, Troll concluded with these words: “although he did not initiate a school of thought, his vision of Islam as Qur’an-based universal humanism continues to inspire Muslim sensitivity, especially in the Urdu-speaking world”. And it is apt here to conclude with Prof. Jafari’s words: “Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s thoughts about Muslims and Indians have deep relevance. Getting benefitted by these thoughts we can become even today the deserving titles on the pages of the history”....

 

Respected attendees and my fellow writer friends! For the honour of presiding over this maiden sitting of Iqbal Day which you have bestowed upon me, I should be thanking you formally, but I am not bound by the immutable laws and formalities of nature.

However, I’m perplexed visualising the presidential chair, for so long I have been abused and criticised and today….but what didn’t the Allama Iqbal himself have to contend with? In his own time, he had to face repeated curses, in addition to charges of apostasy and heresy. When I think of this, I am somewhat relieved, but the next moment I am perplexed by another conundrum which is that my love of poetry is akin to Mahatma Gandhi’s love of films....

 
The Prophets and the Feminine Power
Saimma Dyer
The Prophets and the Feminine Power
Saimma Dyer

As I reflected on the importance of women in Prophethood I realised that Muhammad is not unique in his respect for women. Jesus also had important women in his life, most especially the much revered Mother Mary. Dedicated from birth to God and raised in a temple, Mary’s strength of devotion led to her receiving the spirit of God in the form of her son, Jesus. She bore the malicious gossip around her immaculate conception, raised her son in the service of God and helped in his ministry.  Catholicism’s veneration of Mary is perhaps one of its most attractive aspects, and many Muslims acknowledge Mary as a prophet in her own right...

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His interpretive reading of Islam has contributed greatly to the articulation of Islamic revivalist thought and has influenced Muslim thinkers and activists from Morocco to Indonesia. His impact is evident in the exegesis of Sayyid Quṭb of Egypt, as well as in the ideas and actions of Algerian, Iranian, Malaysian, and Sudanese revivalist activists.” The movement he started was not a reaction to any immediate political scenario he witnessed. Neither should it be seen as rise of “comparative fundamentalism” of right wing ideologies, a general trend of the times he lived in. Instead, his ideas and movement was a natural internal response by Muslim Ummah to issues faced by it. ...

 

The Prophet (PBUH) once said that Khadija was one of the four most remarkable women in the world. As reported in Musnad of Imaam Ahmad Hadees 2663, he said, “The four greatest women of mankind were: Bibi Khadija, Fatima bint Muhammad, Maryam bint Emran and Asiya bint Muzahim (Pharaoh’s wife)....

 

"O son of freed slaves, is this your justice that you keep your own daughters and slave maids veiled while the daughters of the Prophet of Allah are being paraded from place to place exposed." "You have dishonoured us by unveiling our faces. Your men take us from town to town where all sorts of people, whether they be residents of the hills or of riversides have been looking at us." "The near as well as the remote ones, the poor as well as the rich, the low as well as the high – all casting their glances at us while our position is such that there is no male relative of ours to render us help or support."...

 

“God is Al-Haq, the Truth, the spirit is closer to God and therefore its connection with reality is stronger, the soul is an intermediate reality and body is the least real of all. When the body is given paramount importance, running after power and pelf, the lowest egotistical levels of the soul, known as Nafs e Ammara, become the centre. This is how the spirit and soul become corrupted.”...

 

Fatima al-Fihri was a Muslim woman from Tunisia who founded the first known university more than 1,000 years ago: the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco. Guinness World Records acknowledges it as the oldest existing and continually operating educational institution in the world.  Much of the information about al-Fihri’s early life is lost to time...

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