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Monthly Renaissance | Al-Mawrid

Renaissance | January - 1998

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


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Good and Evil (Part 1/2)

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: January 1998

    This article is actually a translation by Mr Saeed Ahmad of a transcription of few lectures delivered by Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi on this topic. (Editor)     `What is good and what is evil?'; Philosophers of all ages have thought over this question. Each reckoned that he had solved the question once and for
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Good and Evil (Part 2/2)

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: January 1998

    View of the Qur’an   The Qur’anic philosophy of good and evil is based on man's nature. It is the Qur’an’s assertion that it has provided knowledge and guidance for all moral virtues and beliefs. It has exhorted man to be virtuous and avoid vices, the knowledge of both being inherent in him a
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Difference Between Hadith and Sunnah

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: January 1998

    Hadith and Sunnah are generally taken as synonymous terms. This is not a correct impression. The words Hadith and Sunnah have entirely different connotations, and each one holds a different status in the Shari`ah. If we assign the same meaning to both the terms, it would create a lot of complications. For a proper understanding
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Errors in the Current Mode of Preaching

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: January 1998

    ‘Preaching’ -- the word instantly calls to mind the methods and devices long since popular among Muslims for propagating Islam. When a certain approach to a problem becomes time-honoured, people find it almost impossible to think of that problem without at the same time thinking of that approach to it. The approach l
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An Analysis of the Meanings of the Surahs of Group six (Part 2/2)

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: January 1998

    Surah Mumtahinah The surah can be divided into the following six sections:   Verses (1-3) The surah begins with a warning sounded to the weak Muslims who had secret ties of friendship with the Idolaters of Makkah even after they had expelled the Prophet (sws) and the Muslims from their land -- their only fault bein
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An Analysis of the Meanings of the Surahs of Group six (Part 1/2)

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: January 1998

    With Surah Qaf begins the sixth group of the Qur’an. The central theme of this group is the Hereafter.   Surah Qaf In this particular surah, various arguments are cited to prove that the Day of Judgement is certain to come. The surah can be distinctly divided into the following seven sections:   Verse
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Surah Takathur

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: January 1998

    Central Theme Surah Takathurforms a pair with Surah Qari`ah, the preceding surah. There is no essential difference between the topics discussed in the two. In Surah Qari`ah, it is pointed out that only the good deeds done in this world will be of any use to a person in the Hereafter; they only will have weight in the Balance o
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Surah Qariah

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: January 1998

    Central Theme The basic teaching of this surah is that the Day of Judgement about which man is being forewarned is destined to come. No one has any prior knowledge about its arrival, which will be as sudden as an unexpected rap at the door. One should always remain apprehensive about it and be wise enough to be always in a pos
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“Tadabbur-i-Qur’an” (An Outline of its Pattern of Nazm)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: January 1998

    So long as men can live and eyes can see So long lives this and this gives life to thee   The “Tadabbur-i-Qur’an” is a monumental commentary of the Qur’an written by Amin Ahsan Islahi. Extending over nine volumes of six thousand pages, this masterful work was completed in a span of twenty two y
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A Brief Biographical Sketch of Islahi

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: January 1998

    Islahiwas born in 1904 at Bamhur, a small village in Azamgarh (U.P.), India. He received his early education in two local schools of the village. His father Hafiz Muhammad Murtaza was a small landlord of the area. Islahi was admitted to Madrasah “Al-Islah” in 1915 in grade three. This Madrasah is located in Sarai-Mir
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Footprints on the Sands of Time

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: January 1998

  Editorial   (Written on the demise of Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi)     Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime And departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time     …An unusual day in the year 1863; the place a remote village of India...
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