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Why are some Prayers offered Silently?
Question: Why are daytime prayers offered silently and the night time prayers offered audibly?
Answer: At the outset, it needs to be appreciated that the Shari‘ah is silent on this issue. Thus we can onl
Author: Asma Barlas
Publisher: Global Media Publications, New Delhi
What is Ethics?
Ethics may be defined as the set of moral principles that distinguish what is right from what is wrong. Ethics has a twofold objective: it evaluates human practices by calling upon moral standards; also it may give prescriptive advice on how to act morally in a given situation. Ethics, therefo
‘Qada wa Qadar!’ Those were the times of the Umayyad caliphs. Anarchy prevailed. The anarchists were the rulers, their banner being: ‘Our actions are part of God’s decree’. The state-appointed scholars would preach and vindicate claims of predestination in the defence of the c
Man can attain success in the afterlife only by keeping his soul purified. The religious teachings are meant to guide him to the right course during the present life. Islam requires the believers to stay away from impurities of thought and action, and qualify for the eternal bliss reserved for the puri
Following are the pre-requisites of the prayer:
i. A person must not be in a state of inebriation,
ii. A person must have done the ceremonial ablution (Wudu) and in case of Janabah1 or menstruation or puerperal discharge must have taken the ceremonial bath,
iii. In case of being on a journey or b
The traditional approach to education in Islamic Sciences is the most appealing to my mind. The teaching method of personal tutelage seems to fit not only the psychic structure of the students but also conforms to the spiritual make up of the teachers, who wish to transmit the invaluable treasure of knowledg