Ahmed Ghamidi has classified the rituals that are offered in a salah (prayer)
into two categories, the practices (‘amal) and the utterances (adhkar). In the
prayer, utterances wield as much importance as the practices observed, and
perhaps more as these reflect a dialogue between man and His Master. In this
article, besides enumerating the ceremonial utterances, Mr Ghamidi has also
quoted various supplications of the Holy Prophet (sws) which he used to make
during his prayer. The choice of words of these supplications is so pithy,
appropriate and effective that one can get totally absorbed in the aura they
British and Muslim?
To embrace a new faith is
to open up a whole array of questions. Of all these questions, the issue of
identity is indeed the fundamental one. Most issues that the converts have to
face stem from their failure in defining who they are. Mr Abdul Hakim Murad has
discussed this general problem of identity in the specific context of British
Muslims, and proposed a new perspective to facilitate their process of
In fact, he addresses the
question in its historical perspective; he analyses Muslim history and shows to
the audience the successful approach Muslims have always adopted to tackle the
identity problem. He establishes that Islam is a universal religion, which never
needed to Arabize the converts in contrast to Christianity that always brought
Europeanization along with Christianization.
Radical New Views of Islam
and the Origins of the Qur’an
The Holy Qur’an has been at
the heart of Orientalism ever since its inception. Since Muslims believe that
the text of the Qur’an has been transmitted through ijma‘ (consensus) and
tawatur (generation to generation transfer), its authenticity is beyond doubt.
The Orientalists, however, have taken quite a contrary view to the provenance of
the Holy Book. This article discusses various views on the origin of the Qur’an
and the historical development of the Qur’anic text.
Is the Qur’an a Word of
How can the authenticity of
the Holy Qur’an be established is the focal point of this discussion. The
participants try and vie to present lucid arguments that substantiate the
authenticity of the Holy Book.
Your Questions Answered
Dr Khalid Zahir answers
questions on halal and haram food, difference between a mushrik and ahl-i kitab,
the Biblical portrayal of different prophets, Islamic society and the fate of
those who leave Islam.