List of Articles, Views, & Essays
16 July 2004
Hajj Sequel 5: A Cup of Tea That Was Never Drunk by Anonymous.
He was gone, and so was my interest on the tea I was holding in my hand. Discarding the tea, I followed him and entered his tent. There, I found him lying on his back - his face pale and eyes in the sockets.
13 July 2004
Hajj Sequel 4: The Old Man and the Ka’ba by Anonymous.
Hemingway’s Old Man was attracted by the sea, and there, he dreamt of lions. My Old Man, much older and weaker than Hemingway’s, came from hundreds of miles away attracted by the Ka’ba. There he spent his days and nights worshipping the Lord of the universe and seeking His pleasure, not fishing and daydreaming.
12 July 2004
Hajj Sequel 3: Bangle Between Fingers by Anonymous.
Standing on the floor of the Ka’ba, he was making du’a with his hands raised to the heavens. In between the fingers of his right hand was a broken piece of bangle.
11 July 2004
Hajj Sequel 2: Preparations - Logistical, Physical, and Spiritual by Anonymous.
The ultimate prize that one can get is Hajj Mabroor, i.e., a Hajj that is accepted by Allah (swt). For such a Hajj, there is only one reward according to the Prophet (saw), and that is Paradise. But having a successful hajj requires a lot of preparations – physical, logistical, and most importantly, spiritual.
10 July 2004
Hajj Sequel 1: Just A Dream or A Call for Hajj? by Anonymous.
Several months before making the intention for hajj, he had a dream. He did not realize, until months later when his preparation for hajj was already underway, that it was a call for Hajj.
20 June 2004
On Sexual Abuse by Mushfiqur Rahman.
Husband and wife are to approach each other with softness and love. There is no justification for sexual coercion within marriage, certainly not in Islam.
30 May 2004
Qur'an and the Gospels: A Comparative Discussion on Scriptural Authenticity by Mushfiqur Rahman.
One undisputed historical fact is that the Qur’an has been preserved in its original form and language without even a minute change. The same, however, cannot be said about the four canonical gospels. In this article, a brief comparative analysis has been made on the scriptural authenticity of the Qur’an and the Gospels.
28 Mar 2004
Islamic Perspectives on
Trials and Tribulations
by Mushfiqur Rahman.
Are you a believer having faith in Allah and the Hereafter? Then prepare yourself for trials and tribulations with knowledge from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, for the believer’s heart and soul will for sure be put to test to check the level of faith and trust he/she has in Allah (swt).
29 Dec 2002
Muslims As Co-Citizens of the West: Rights, Duties & Prospects
by Dr. Murad Wilfried Hofmann.
In this superb and timely article, Hofmann discusses the prospects of Muslims
living as co-citizens in the West. He points out that some of the post-modern
concepts such as tolerance, religious freedom, democracy, and human rights are
part the Islamic faith which makes that prospect a viable one, contrary to what
"Fukuyama-Huntington syndrome", as he calls it, may dictate.
13 Dec 2002
On Leadership by Mushfiqur Rahman.
Bad leadership is built upon arrogance of power and might. Good leadership
works on wining hearts and changing foes to friends. Killing or
defeating a weaker party is the easy choice. Real strength lies in understanding
and in forgiving and in the ability of making decisions free of influence of
emotion and anger.
26 Nov 2002 Seeing With Both Eyes by Abdal-Hakim Murad|
26 Nov 2002 The Sunna As Primordiality by Abdal-Hakim Murad
Islam is a balance between the zahir and the batin,
i.e., the form and the spirit, the external and the internal, the expressed and
the hidden, the husk and the kernel, the body and the soul. It is such a balance
that are meant to be manifested in a believer.
01 Aug 2002
9 for 9: Reflections from Somerset by Mushfiqur Rahman.
Nine men trapped 240 feet below ground in a dark, damp hole. Others
roam above the surface in freedom and liberty. Conditions vary, but
realities do not.
21 Jul 2002
Showing Mercy to Other Creatures by Mushfiqur Rahman.
One man grilled a live kitten, and one boy saved a drowning ant. What
should be our attitude towards other creatures? This article briefly
deals with that topic and shows that faith in God requires one to be
merciful towards all of his fellow creatures.
07 Mar 2002
Western Perceptions of Islam: Yesterday and Today by Ibrahim Kalin.
This article examines the Western perceptions of Islam from the medieval ages
down to the present time with remarkable insight and depths. For serious students,
this article will provide a good foundation on the subject. Kalin is a doctoral
student at the George Washington University.
17 Nov 2001
Jews, Christians, & Muslims: From A Conflicting
Past To A Future of Tolerance by Mushfiqur Rahman.
This article discusses briefly what has been the historical relationship
between Jews, Christians, and Muslims and what it should be.
00 Oct 2001
The True, Peaceful Face of Islam by Karen Armstrong.
In this TIME magazine article, the renowned author clarifies misgivings
and argues that Islam is a very peaceful religion.
00 Oct 2001
The Pacifism of Islam by Harun Yahya.
The author points out that Islam always has been a religion of compassion and tolerance
towards the followers of other faiths including the Jews and the Christians.
00 Oct 2001
The True Islamic Morals by Harun Yahya.
Islam teaches good moral conducts that include tolerance and freedom of speech.
00 Oct 2001
"People of the Book" & the Muslims by Harun Yahya.
Islam reserves special respect for the "People of the Book", a Qur'anic term that refers
to the Jews and the Christians.
23 Sep 2001
Muslim Spain: A Story of Civilization and Tolerance by Mushfiqur Rahman.
Muslim rule in Spain is an example of tolerance towards people of other faith, particualry
the Jews and Christians. That example, however, did not spare them from being massacred
by the Spanish Inquisition.
16 Jul 2001
Understanding God Through Reasoning by Mushfiqur Rahman.
This article discusses the Trinity from a historical and intellectual perspective and argues
that clear reason and intellect points one to the concept of One God Who is free of all
mythological associations that people attribute to Him.
06 Jun 2001
One Never Converts to Islam, But Only Returns Back to Nature by Mushfiqur Rahman.
Every child is born pure and sinless and in submission to the will of God. That is
the fitra, or the original nature, to which one returns when one converts to Islam,
which literally means submission to the will of God.
11 Apr 2001
Submission to Allah is a Common Trait in the Whole Creation by Mushfiqur Rahman.
The entire universe is like a big extended family where everyone submits to
the will of Allah, whether willingly or unwillingly. That submission is a unifying bond between all creatures.
Women In Islam Versus Women In Judaeo-Christian Tradition by Dr. Sherif Abdel Azeem.
This scholarly article offers a comparative analysis of the status of women in
Judaism, Christianity and Islam.