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When I saw Kaba

By Asma Khan
But there is one place which refuses to leave you, even after your leaving it. You find it lurking there, in your being. And, man, the way it keeps haunting you! Whether you are driving, sleeping or shouting hoarse in a classroom full of impatient teenagers, it stubbornly sticks to that wide screen of your brain. Your grey cells get charged with that image, again, and again, and again.

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Book Review: Jonathan A.C. Brown’s ‘Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy’

By Mohammed Mishad K
The book carries out an in-depth analysis of the scriptural hermeneutics in Sunni Muslim juristic thoughts. While elaborating on the interrelated issues, however, Brown stays true to his promise not to provide solutions for those issues and challenges that the Muslims are baffled with. Nevertheless, it introduces the readers to various perspectives regarding the subjects the book discusses about, leaving themselves as deciders of the conclusions.

Book Essay: Recommending Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islam

By Raziuddin Aquil
Returning to the discussion on the ideal conditions for ihtisab, apart from being aqil and baligh, the muhtasib should also be a believer, for ihtisab is a contribution to the cause of Allah and a non-believer is not expected to have any interest in the matter. Thus, a kafir or an idolater cannot be a muhtasib.

Hajra ASW: The Iron Lady of Islam

By Asma Anjum Khan
When we talk about Eid-ul-Azha, the talk usually revolves around the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibraheem. His wife Hajra ASW’s immense contribution towards this great feat of human endurance and patience was no less inspiring. Usually we don’t find as many extensive discussions about her paradigmatic role in this story, as we do about her husband.

Changing the Name of Deoband Will Not Have Any Impact on Darul-Uloom, Mr MLA

By Maulana Nadeem ul Wajidi
The unrivalled fame and popularity of Deoband is and should be a cause of pride for all of its residents but, unfortunately, there are some elements that do not like the fact that the town is recognised for its association with Islam and Muslims. They want to change its name and replace it with something that can take away its Islamic identity and thus help make it emerge on the world map as an ancient centre of Hinduism.

To Believe Well is to Behave Well

By Mujeeb Jaihoon
He welcomed me to the Masjid and showed around the place, inviting me to photograph anything I wanted. A relic from the Holy Ka’aba in Makkah hung on the wall. The walls and roof were well decorated in stunning Persian architecture.

Islamic Perspectives on Sustainable Development

By Muhammed Abdul Bari
The ultimate responsibility for right action lies with the individual, whose actions will be accounted on the Day of Judgment, for what he did in his life regardless of what the governing authority and their various administrative and legal agencies exhorted him to do. The environmental protection and conservation of resources are a part of Islamic law and duty of Muslims.

Sufism: An Interview with Henry Bayman

By Muhammad Ashraf
The famous scholar Ghazali was able to reconcile Sufism and Islam, five centuries after Islam was revealed. Otherwise, Islam was very advanced right at the beginning. So today, many people think of Islam and Sufism as two different things, whereas they were originally one.

Muslim Discussions: Is Shehla Rashid Muslim?

By Asma Anjum Khan
As per tradition, we were recently discussing the faith of a young woman activist, who was brave enough in Modi times to throw all caution to the wind and crave for justice. Yes, I am talking about immensely likeable, Ms. Shehla Rashid Shora of JNU.

Tolerant protest of Kerala Muslims against blasphemy

By Muhammad Ashraf & Abdul Hameed
Mathrubhumi never allowed a column or space for minority Mappila Muslims and their voices. And it had neither supported the Mappila uprising nor campaigned against the British suppression of the Mappila uprising, which was mainly staged by Muslims in the Malabar region in 1921.

Religious sermons to resist the Islamic State threat to humanity

By Ashraf Thachar
Sheikh Zainudheen Makhdoom, one of most famous Sufi saints in Kerala, who lived in the 16th century AD, stood with the Hindu King against the exploitative rule of Portuguese colonialism. The important thing we could learn in this context is that it was beyond the Islamic Fiqhi (jurisprudential) instructions, because the Fiqh never made a provision of being with an infidel to fight against an army.