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Monthly Renaissance | Al-Mawrid

Renaissance | November - 1999

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


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Belief in God

Dr. Khalid Zaheer Issue: November 1999

  Faith     Before we venture into exploring the rationale offered by Qur’an to support belief in God, a basic question that needs to be answered is this: ‘Are we Muslims allowed to raise questions on religious matters?’ There are many Muslims who carry the understanding that the message of Islam requi
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Contrapuntal Harmony in the Thought, Mood and Structure of Surah Fatihah

Administrator Issue: November 1999

  Qur’anic Exegesis     The opening Surah of the Qur’an is generally regarded as consisting of seven verses. There is, however, disagreement on whether the basmalah is part of the surah and is to be counted as one of the seven verses (for details, see Abu ‘Abdu Allah Muh~ammad Al-Qurtubi, Al-Jami li-Akham
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Religious Obligations of an Islamic State

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: November 1999

  Editorial   Javed Ahmad Ghamidi/ Dr. Shehzad Saleem     [These believers are those who], if We grant them authority in this land, will establish regular prayers and pay Zakah and enjoin what is virtuous and forbid what is evil. (22:41) This verse of Surah Hajjstates that the religious obligations imposed
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Distance for Shortening of Prayers

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1999

  Responses     Question: I read in your journal the answer to the shortening of prayers. You have said that the distance after which we can shorten the prayers is not specified. But then why is it written in the books that travelling 45 miles and for 15 days is the standard in this regard? If you say that it is left to
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Your Questions Answered

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: November 1999

  Queries     Walimah   Question: According to a Hadith, the best Walimah is that in which the poor are fed. Considering this, does a Walimah mean giving food to the poor on this happy occasion? Answer: If we collect and analyze all the Ahadith on this subject, the picture which emerges is: 1. In Arabic, th
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Clash of Civilisations: Remaking of World Order

Administrator Issue: November 1999

  Book Review     Samuel Huntington, Clash of Civilisations: Remaking of World Order, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, 367 pp. Tables, Figures, Maps.   Since the end of the cold war, western strategists have spent a great deal of their time on the nature of the emerging world order. Francis Fukuyama’s
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Islam in Germany

Administrator Issue: November 1999

  News & Views     Islam has become the second largest religion after Christianity in Germany with its estimated 2.8 - 2.9 million members of foreign origin. Today there are Muslims mainly from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkish Republics, Tunisia and Turkey livin
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