Category Archives: General Issues About Islam

A Dialogue with Atheists


Salman Ahmed Shaikh A lot of people these days present themselves as ‘Realists’ and ‘Atheists’. Often, they do not understand the basic premise of religion. Religion concerns itself first and foremost with the question of ‘Why’ rather than ‘What is’ … Continue reading

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Some Misconceptions about Jihad in Islam


Salman Ahmed Shaikh Jihad is a broad term and besides armed struggle against injustice, it encompasses academic, diplomatic and moral support to the righteous cause. In the specific meaning of armed struggle, Holy Quran says that Jihad in the meaning … Continue reading

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How Did Islam Abolish Slavery?


Salman Ahmed Shaikh Islam grants equal human rights to all people. In verse 13 of Chapter Al-Hujurat, Allah says: “O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that … Continue reading

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Does Science Pose Challenge to Islamic Worldview


Salman Ahmed Shaikh In simple words, science is knowledge established by observation and experimentation through an objective process. Scientific knowledge substantiates that the design, variety and balance in the universe is complex, intricate and detailed. Science tries to disentangle useful … Continue reading

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Material Progress and Islam


Salman Ahmed Shaikh Scope and objective of ‘Deen-e-Islam’ is to purify our souls and character in all walks of life and in our different roles in this world.  Islamic teachings enable us to shine in life hereafter where every soul … Continue reading

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Universal Ethics and Islam


Salman Ahmed Shaikh It is often asked that the ethical side of Islam that Muslims explain is also present in other religions and doctrines. Then, what is so special in quoting universal ethics in defense of Islam’s uniqueness? One must … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Lessons of Hajj Rituals


Salman Ahmed Shaikh Hajj is an important Ibadah in Islam. It is compulsory for every Muslim to perform Hajj once in a life. Below, we look at the philosophy of various rituals involved in Hajj and how they all exhibit … Continue reading

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The Social and Cultural Importance of Hajj


Salman Ahmed Shaikh Hajj is an important ‘Ibadah’ in Islam. It is compulsory for every Muslim (male and female) to perform Hajj once in a life if one can afford it and is able to travel to the place physically. … Continue reading

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Lessons from Last Hajj Sermon of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)


Salman Ahmed Shaikh Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) delivered his last sermon (known as Khutba-e-hajjatul-Wida) on the ninth of Dhul Hijjah in 10th year after Hijrah (migration from Makkah to Madinah). The sermon was delivered in the valley of mount Arafat. It … Continue reading

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History and Philosophy of Qurbani


Salman Ahmed Shaikh Sacrifice for Allah has a very long history in Islam. Habil and Qabil offered first sacrifice for Allah in known history. Habil’s sacrifice was accepted by Allah while Qabil’s sacrifice was not accepted. Habil was a pious … Continue reading

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