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Monthly Renaissance | Al-Mawrid

Renaissance | November - 1996

A monthly journal promoting research and original thinking in the light of the original sources of Islam.


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The Purpose of Punishments

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     The Qur’anmentions the purpose of administering the punishments it prescribes: The purpose of the death penalty is to safeguard man's existence in this world:   There is life for you in Qisas, O men of insight! that you may follow the limits set by Allah.(2:179) He who k
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The Punishment for Theft and Fornication

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     THEFT According to the Qur’an, the punishment for theft is amputation of the hands:   As to the thief, male or female, cut off their hands as a reward of their own deeds, and as an exemplary punishment from God. For God is Mighty and Wise. But whoever repents and mends his ways afte
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The Punishment for Apostasy

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     In Islamic terminology, apostasy means the rejection and renunciation of faith by a Muslim. In our Fiqh, the punishment for apostasy is death. The tradition upon which the verdict is based is narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas in the following way:   Execute the person who changes his faith.
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The Punishments of Drinking and Apostasy

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     DRINKING The punishment of drinking had been fixed at eighty stripes by ‘Umar (raa) during his period after he had consulted the members of his shura. In the time of the Prophet (sws), this offence was punished by punching and kicking the offender and by beating him by twisted sheets of cloth a
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Testimony Of Women

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     In recent times, the view of our jurists about the testimony of women has remained a subject of hot debate. The general view in this regard is that in cases of H~udud, female witnesses are in no way acceptable. As far as other affairs are concerned, their testimony is acceptable only when in place
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Method of Proving a Crime: Two Exceptions

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     Since the Qur’anhas in no way obligated us to adopt a particular method in proving a crime, it is absolutely certain that a crime stands proven in Islamic law just as it is done so in accordance with the universally acceptable methods of legal ethics endorsed by sense and reason. Consequently, if
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The Islamic Concept of Hijab

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     Islam has based its social structure on the institution of family. For the development of such a society in which the basic unit is the family, it is essential to regard chastity and modesty as fundamental values. It is to safeguard and protect these values that the Shari‘ahhas laid down a wh
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No Jihad Without the State

Asif Iftikhar Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     Prominent Muslim scholars have always maintained that jihadis allowed only under the authority of the  State:   And the third category of collective duties is one in which [the authority of] the State is a [necessary] condition; for example, jihadand the implementation of the law o
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The Methodology of an Islamic Revolution

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Special Section     In the history of human civilisation, there have remained only four ways for a particular ideology or movement to attain the position of political supremacy in a country: Firstly, the exponents of the ideology seize power through an armed struggle. Secondly, the supporters of the ideology are m
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A Summary of the Political Changes Proposed at the State Level

Administrator Issue: November 1996

  Islamic Manifesto     Following is a summary form of proposed changes which we should like to bring in the political system of Pakistan: 1.It should be clearly written in the constitution that the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (sws) constitute the higher law of the State and that the constitution and the p
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Surah Ma‘arij

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1996

  Qur’anic Exegesis     INTRODUCTION   Surah Ma‘arijforms a pair with Surah Haqqah, the preceding surahwith regard to the subject discussed in them. The first surahcautions the Quraysh about the punishment of the Herein and the Hereafter and the second surahwarns such people from among the Quraysh
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O Si Sic Omnia!1

Asif Iftikhar Issue: November 1996

  EDITORIAL     Would that the honourable court held by Justice Abdul Hafeez Cheema on 25 September 1996 giving the verdict on a girl’s marriage without her Waliy’s2 consent had given weight to these points:   1.‘No Nikah[marriage] without Waliy’s consent’, a statement attributed to th
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