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Monthly Renaissance | Al-Mawrid

Renaissance | July - 2008

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


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Oaths and their Atonement

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) Pledging oaths carries a great significance in Islam. Keeping one’s word is a fundamental part of Islamic ethics. Oaths emphasize an assertion to the ultimate extent. When a Muslim swears by the Almighty on an intention or a plan that he wishes to carry out, it is as if he has called the Creator of the heavens and
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Islamic Customs and Etiquette

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) The ways in which the inner inclinations of human beings become evident in various patterns of living and in various manifestations of culture and civilization are called customs and etiquette. No period of human civilization has remained devoid of them. We find them in currency and practice in the same manner and as a g
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The Dietary Shari‘ah

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) The objective of Islam is to purify all aspects of human life and soul. It therefore insists that besides cleansing the inner-self from contamination, care must be exercised in the intake of food and drinks. Only the ritually clean among them should be eaten and drunk. Man’s own nature generally provides him with a
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The Penal Shari‘ah

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) The opportunity a man has to exercise his will is one of the greatest favours the Almighty has blessed him with. However, just as this freedom is a source of honour for him, its misuse is a source of dishonour for him because from every instance of misuse emanates evil and disorder. In the history of mankind, the first m
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The Shari‘ah of Jihad

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) Peace and freedom are two essential requirements of a society. Just as various penal measures help in protecting a society from the evils and excesses committed by an individual, resorting to armed offensives sometimes becomes essential to curb the evils perpetrated by countries and nations. As long as diplomatic relatio
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The Shari‘ah of Preaching

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) An important requirement of religion is that its followers should also continue to urge others to adopt it. It is this requirement of religion for which the terms da‘wah (preaching) and tabligh (propagation) are used. A study of the shari‘ah of preaching mentioned in the Qur’an shows that the responsibi
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The Economic Shari‘ah

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) The economic shari‘ah has been revealed by the Almighty through His last Prophet (sws) for the purification of the economy. It is based on the Qur’anic philosophy of creation. According to this philosophy, the Almighty has created this world as a trial and test for man; every person has therefore been made to
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The Political Shari‘ah

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) Man, by his nature, is a social being: a social set-up is an indispensable need for him. However, to protect this social set-up from the misuse of his God-given free-will he, soon or late, is forced to protect the created social set-up by organizing it as a collective system. In the history of mankind, politics and gover
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The Social Shari‘ah

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) Man by nature likes to live in a community. The reason that the Almighty has bestowed him with this nature is that He does not create human beings in the prime of their youth. Similarly, human beings do not generally die in their youth without passing through old age. On the contrary, a human being is created as a feeble
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The Shari‘ah of Worship Rituals

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Issue: July 2008

(Tr. by Shehzad Saleem) The objective of Islam is purification of the soul. Attainment of excellence in this purification relies on a person’s relationship of servitude with the Almighty. The stronger this relationship, the greater a person is able to achieve purification both in his concepts and in his deeds. Love, fear, sincerity, faith
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Brief Introduction to the Contents

Administrator Issue: July 2008

In this Issue …     The religion preached by Muhammad (sws) – Islam – is the only means of salvation for mankind. God Almighty has unequivocally clarified in the Holy Qur’an that whoever follows any other religion is liable to meet utter failure on the Day of Judgement. Given the overriding importance of t
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