The religion preached by Muhammad
(sws) – Islam – is the only means of salvation for mankind. God Almighty has
unequivocally clarified in the Holy Qur’ān that whoever follows any other
religion is liable to meet utter failure on the Day of Judgement. Given the
overriding importance of this religion, Muslim scholars have always tried to
present and explain Islamic tenets and edicts to help in their understanding and
propagation. One such effort, which is marked by its distinct reliance on
the text of the Holy Qur’ān and concrete practices enshrined in the Sunnah, has
been made by Jāved Ahmad Ghāmidī (b. 1951) – a pupil of the celebrated
commentator of the Holy Qur’ān, Amīn Ahsan Islāhī. Ghāmidī, on the basis of the
Qur’ān, has categorized the contents of Islam into two parts: al-kitāb and al-hikmah.
While al-kitāb deals with the legal structure of Islam, al-hikmah encompasses
the articles of faith and the ethical framework of Islam. He has just completed
his book Mīzān which comprises topics from both al-kitāb and al-hikmah. He has
also recently completed an abridged version of Mīzān called al-Islām.
Presented in this issue is a translation of the al-kitāb
portion of al-Islām. This includes injunctions on worship rituals, social
directives, political directives, economic decrees and jihād etc.