Previous Issue - April/June 2008

The Editor’s Desk

Calling for a New Civilization

The civilization we live in has already peeked and its steep decline is imminent. Call it western or Faustian civilization which in its present form has almost engulfed the entire globe, its technological prowess lay mainly in the invention of combustion engine and the discovery of fossil fuels. From the industrial revolution to the birth of corporate-capitalism and from the globalized world of internet and marvels of space exploration to the luxury of modern living, the story of western civiliz... view more

Leaders

Why Israel should start negotiating with Hamas

Yvonne Ridley

I recently addressed a debate at Durham University in which the question of: ‘Should Israel talk to Hamas’ was the main platform for the discussion. It was a great evening – regardless of the outcome – not least of all because it was a great exercise in that excellent British tradition of free speech. Days before I headed to my favourite English city I spoke to someone from Hamas and told them about the debate. I was very enthusiastic on several different levels and was rather crestfallen when h... view more

THE TEDDY BEAR AND THE FANATICS

Prof. Mohammed Rafi

Once again the reputation of a great religion, Islam, has been besmirched by a gang of zealots. This time the fanatics were Sudanese more concerned about an innocent mistake by a dedicated teacher than by the ... view more

Insights

IQBAL – THE FORERUNNER AGAINST THE CRISIS OF MORAL THEOLOGY

Ismail BARDHI

“Humanity needs three things today – a spiritual interpretation of the universe, spiritual emancipation of the individual, and basic principiles of a universal import directing the evolution of human society on a spiritual basis. Modern Europe has, no doubit, built idealistic systems on these lines, but experience shows that truth revealed through pure reason is incapable of bringing that fire of living conviction which personal revelation alone can bring. This is the reason why pure thought has... view more

THE ISSUE OF GOD :Does God Exist?

Furrukh B Ali

For humans, the relationship with God commenced when they began to personify as gods and goddesses the powerful, awe-inspiring forces of nature that surrounded them, sometimes benign, often threatening, always mysterious. There followed a long and diverse succession of tribal deities, divine rulers, the Greek Olympians and their many offshoots. Finally, there appeared the one God of the monotheistic religions, who gradually displaced the others among a large portion of humanity. ... view more

From Kant to John Lennon: a Christmas Story War is Over! (If Only We Really Wanted It)

TIMOTHY J. FREEMAN

Thanks to a recent viewing of the film, The U.S. vs John Lennon, the simple message in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's campaign for peace at Christmas 1969-later turned into the song Happy Xmas (War is Over)-keeps playing over and over again in my mind. At Christmas in 1969 over 47,000 American soldiers had already perished in Vietnam, and over 10,000 more would die before the war was really over. Yet in seven different languages in eleven different cities around the world, Lennon and Ono had posted ... view more

Islam And Human Rights The Right to Equality

Iqbal A. Ansari

It is universally accepted that Islam accords equality of status and rights to all human persons, irrespective of their origin or affiliation. The dignity that God has bestowed on humans as claimed in the Quran is general, not confined to male members of the Muslim Ummah. Quran’s emphasis on Adam and Eve being the common progenitor of all mankind, binds peoples of all races, tribes and communities and nationalities together in fraternal relations. The basic tenet of the human rights ideology tha... view more

THE ROLE OF MOSQUES IN ISLAM

Prof. Mohammed Rafi

The Deen of Al-Islam is a unique way of life and a distinctive social order. All activities, private and public, are assumed to be organized within the framework of moral principles and values revealed in the Qur’an and manifested in the life of the prophet (SAS). This system of principles and values is uniform and universal.... view more

Institutionalising Hereditary Succession in Saudi Arabia’s Political Governance System: The Allegiance Commission

Awadh Al-Badi

On December 10, 2007, thirty-five sons and grandsons of Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Faisal Al Saud, officially were appointed by King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz members in The Allegiance (Bay’a) Commission.... view more

Qur’an, Hadith and Women

Asghar Ali Engineer

What is position of women in Qur'an and hadith? It is very interesting to compare what is stated in qur'an about women and what do we find on women in hadith literature? And here I am not referring to ahadith from an other source but from what is known as Sihah Sitta (.e. six most authentic sources of hadith). I wish our Ulama reflect on the contrast between how Qur'an treats women and how ahadith treat them. Much of woes of Muslim women will be over if we follow Qur'an rather than these ahadith... view more

The Cartoon's Cartoon

Ismail BARDHI

O you who have faith! If a profligate (person) should bring you some news, verify it, lest you should visit (harm) on some people out of ignorance, and then become regretful for what you have done”. (Qur’an, 49:6)... view more

BOOK REVIEW

Reconfiguring Interfaith & Intrafaith Understanding

H.E.Dr. Abdulaziz Altwaijri's Address

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All Along

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It Was Oil, All Along

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

At a congressional hearing this week, James Hansen, the NASA climate scientist who exactlyAt a congressional hearing this week, James Hansen, the NASA climate scientist who exactly... view more

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