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Monthly Renaissance | Al-Mawrid

Renaissance | June 2007

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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (X)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  X. Non-Muslims   1. All Non-Muslims are Kafirs(Disbelievers)   It is generally thought that all non-Muslims are kafirs. This view is not correct. A person becomes a kafir when he denies the truth in spite of being convinced that it is the truth. Since it is humanly impossible for a person to determine whether some perso
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (IX)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  IX. Jihad   1. Jihad can be waged without State Authority   Some people are of the view that groups and organizations can wage jihad and state authority is not a must for it. This misconceived view has only arisen in recent time. There is a consensus among all authorities of Islam that only a Muslim State has the auth
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (VIII)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  VIII. Punishments   1. Regarding Severity in Islamic Punishments   For many centuries now, Islamic punishments have remained one of the hottest subjects of debate both inside and outside the Muslim world. “Islamic punishments are barbaric”, “Death to the death punishment”, “Civilized societ
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (VII)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  VII. Family Issues   1. A Wife cannot go out without the Husband’s Permission   It is believed in religious circles that a wife cannot go out of the house unless she seeks permission from her husband. In this regard, a Hadith is also quoted. It reads thus:    عَنْ بن عُمَرَ عَنِ ا
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (VI)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  VI. Women Issues     1. Women are less Sensible than Men   The following H~adith is generally presented to support the view that women are less sensible than men:   عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ قَالَ خَرَجَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّ
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (V)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  V. Economic Issues   1. Islam has an Economic System   Most people think that Islam provides us with a complete economic system and the only thing needed is its implementation in favorable circumstances. This notion is not correct. It needs to be appreciated that man has been blessed with the faculty of intellect and
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (IV)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  IV. Political Issues   1. A Muslim Ruler has the Right to Overrule the Majority   It is generally contended on the basis of the following verse that the ruler of a Muslim state has the power to veto his confidants if he deems so.   فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَ
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (III)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  III. Worship and Worship Rituals   1. Making Vows of Worship is Recommended   Many people are of the opinion that Islam encourages a person to make a vow to offer some worship ritual if his wish is granted. Thus a person pledges before God that he would, for example, keep a certain number of fasts or pray a certain amou
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (II)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  II. Sunnah and Hadith   1. Sunnah and Hadith are Synonymous   The word Hadithis often understood to be a synonym for the word Sunnah. This is not correct. There is a great difference between the two not only regarding the extent of their authenticity, but also their content. A narrative of the words, deeds or tacit ap
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Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam (I)

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  Reflections     I. The Qur’an   1. The Qur’an is an Incoherent Book[1]   It is generally believed that the Qur’an is an incoherent book with haphazardly arranged verses. The works of the Farahi school in the last century have served to remove this misconception. Farahi’s M
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Brief Introduction to the Contents

Dr. Shehzad Saleem Issue: June 2007

  In this Issue …   Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam In many ways, Islam is a misunderstood religion. Many of its directives have remained a subject of hot debate in the past. In recent times, the works of Hamid al-Din Farahi, Amin Ahsan Islahi and Javed Ahmad Ghamidi have served to clarify some of these misc
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