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Monthly Renaissance | Al-Mawrid

Renaissance | March - 1999

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


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Birth of Jesus in the Gospels and in the Qur’an

Administrator Issue: March 1999

  Scriptures     The birth of Jesus (sws) is one of the very important events in the history but there is no independent historical record of his birth or life other than the Gospels, the earliest of which were written no less than hundred years after his birth. About five hundred years after the Gospel’s account, the
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The Importance of Classical Arabic

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: March 1999

  Hermeneutics     The language in which the Qur’an was revealed was the Arabic of the highest level of Umm al-Qura (Makkah) spoken by the people of the Quraysh in the Jahiliyyah1 period. There is no doubt that the way God has used this language in His book is a miracle of expression, yet, as a language, it is one
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The Speech at Tabuk

Administrator Issue: March 1999

  Thus Spoke the Prophet (sws) …   Tr. by:   He praised Allah and thanked Him and said:   Well, verily the most veracious discourse, the most trustworthy handhold is the word of piety. The best of the religions is the religion of Abraham. The best of the precedents is the precedent of Muhammad. The
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Surah Nas

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: March 1999

  Qur’anic Exegesis     Central Theme This surah is the dual of Surah Falaq, the previous surah and there is no essential difference between the central themes of the two. Both are a means through which a person seeks the Almighty’s protection from various evils. However, there are certain aspects which di
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Devouring Wealth through Evil Means

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: March 1999

  Editorial       O believers! Do not devour one another’s wealth by evil means except through trading by mutual consent. (4:29)   This verse prohibits a person from devouring other people’s wealth through means which are against justice, honesty, fairness and good conventions. It is this
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Your Questions Answered

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: March 1999

  Queries     Sending Blessings on the Prophet (sws)   Question: There is some confusion that I am having about sending blessings on the Prophet (sws). The first issue is whether the blessings have to be invoked each and every time one mentions the name of the Prophet (sws) or not. In his Life of the Prophet (s
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The Qur’an Holds the Answer

Administrator Issue: March 1999

  News & Views     Once again, Islam is controversially in the news. Once again, western hostages have been taken – and lost their lives – in a Muslim land. Once again, certain self-appointed Muslim spokesmen have made inflammatory and incorrect statements on the British television and on the radio – s
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Quick or Slow Creation?

Moiz Amjad Issue: March 1999

  Criticism     We all know that the Qur’an, at various places, says that Allah created the heavens and the earth in "six days". On the other hand, the Qur’an also says:   The Originator of the heavens and the earth! When He decrees a thing, He says to it only: “Be!” And it
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The Philosophy of Prayer Timings

Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi Issue: March 1999

  Reflections     The timings stipulated for the Prayer are most appropriate for worship as well as for the acceptance of supplications. They are soothing for the psyche, in accordance with the timings of prayer of the celestial bodies and other elements of nature. If we ponder over the timings of Fajr, Chasht, Z~uhr, &
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