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Islamic Personalities

Often in the Sharīʿah, momentous acts of worship, such as Ṣalāh, the prohibition of alcohol, and fasting, have undergone stages in their legislation. This has enabled the Companions (Radiy Allāhu ʿAnhum) to fully come to terms with these great acts of worship, step by step....

 

The Quranic words for the Prophet’s kindness, Ra’ufun Rahirn (Quran 9:128) are very intensive and comprehensive in meaning and convey the true nature and extent of the Prophet’s kindness to people. The Prophet said: “One of the finest acts of kindness is for a man to treat his fathers’ friends in a kindly way after he has departed”...

The father of Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh Noor Muhammad had seen a dream before Iqbal’s birth which he used to narrate to his friends in the later part of his life. In that dream, he saw a big crowd gathering in a very large field. A beautiful coloured bird was flying over our heads, and every one tried to catch it, but no one succeeded....

Apart from its historical value, it helps us “in understanding Iqbal’s mind and in tracing the development of those socio-economic ideas which were later to become important elements in his philosophy”....

 

One must contrast that with the beautiful and delicate balance presented by Islam. Here the Prophet is the perfect human being, but he is not Divine. He speaks for God but he is not God. He is the object of our gratitude, ardent love and devotion, unswerving allegiance, and deference. But he is not the object of our worship....

The actions of Tariq and his army also showed that the noble maxim of jihad is used not just to repel oppression against Muslims, but non-Muslims also. With justice as their armour, and mercy as their shield, they cleansed the Iberian Peninsula of tyranny and laid the foundations for an amazing period of history...

The Allama (RA) was never short of all such resources. Besides, Islamic mysticism uses the phrase Insaan e Kamil as an amalgamation of the divine and the human. Nietzsche on the other hand was bereft of this concept as his approach was purely materialistic....

Kitab ul Hind deals with religion, philosophy, festivals, alchemy, social life, laws, weights and measures and so on. Indians remembered him as Vidyasagar, ocean of knowledge. Apart from this, one of his major works includes his collection, analysis, compilation, description of properties of various minerals and gems and their occurrence....

 
Feral Child of Philosophy: Ibn Tufayl
Marwa Elshakry and Murad Idris

This is Ibn Tufayl’s first utopia: an uninhabited island where a feral philosopher retreats to a cave to reach ecstasy through contemplation and withdrawal from the world. Friedrich Nietzsche’s Zarathustra would be impressed: ‘Flee, my friend, into your solitude!’...

 

But it seems Mian Mir openly called Jehangir greedy, saying he had a large kingdom but was wanting more! Mian Mir’s funeral oration was read by Dara Shikoh, who won Hindu hearts with his respect and understanding....

 

It reminds me of the saint Moinuddin Hasan Chishti, who was generous like the sea and hospitable like the earth. Today, his dargah, with its saintly white dome and golden crown, hosts millions of devotees who soak in the generosity of his blessings. ...

A great great grandson of Tipu Sultan, Inayat grew up in the Gaekwad court of Baroda, where his maternal grandfather, Maula Bakhsh Khan, had founded a music school called ‘Gyanshala’, under the patronage of Sayajirao Gaekwad....

 

Thought, ideology and consciousness never die, so I will live. Though, the body will mix in mud but I will live among all,” and that is what has happened, Bulleh Shah is still alive today. ...

He would have hated this situation because he had said once that he loathed a civilised society, which laundered everyone into becoming a saint after death....

 

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....

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