Renaissance Monthly Journal
Renaissance | April - 2002
A monthly journal promoting research and original thinking in the light of the original sources of Islam.
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Rhyme & Reason
This poem has been written by a terminally ill young girl. (Editor)
Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into t
Does Islam allow Slavery?
Question: I am a Captain in the Pakistan army and would like to know if can we have sexual relations with the women we are able to capture in wars? I have heard that in one of the wars during the time of the Prophet (sws), the whole Muslim army raped slave wome
In one of his articles1, Jochen Katz has raised a very interesting point. According to him, each time an error is found in the Bible, the Qur’an is proven wrong. Thus, every time a Muslim digs up an error in the Bible -- what Muslims are so fond of doing -- he actually digs up his own grave, because an
Author: L. Carl Brown
Publishers: New York: Columbia University Press, 2000
Muslims across the globe are cursing America and its allied Western powers for the humiliation the Taliban and al-Qaeda men went through in Afghanistan recently. According to another popular Muslim explanation of the recent events, it has been primarily because of the dirty game played by some Muslim rul
Riba,or interest, is sometimes confused with rent, whereas the two are quite different from each other.
Rent is a payment made periodically for the use (not consumption) of an asset, for example for the use of some land, building a machinery.
On the other hand, two simultaneously present c
Some people argue that only usury (interest at such an exorbitant rate that it exploits the debtor) has been declared unlawful by Islam. Therefore, interest at a mutually acceptable rate can be charged, which is usually the case in loans given for commercial purposes. It is in loans g
(The Basic Premise)
يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ فَإِنْ تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُ
1. And seeing the multitudes, he [Jesus (sws)] went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2. And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for t
Humility is the key to scholarship and self-righteousness is perhaps the greatest impediment to it. In the study of religion, contemporary Muslims scholars have generally adopted the latter approach. It is the opinion of this writer that this approach has contributed significantly in promoting sectariani