Previous Issue - January/February 2005

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Is a new Enlightenment possible?

The blind and the seeing are not alike, Nor are the depths of the darkness and the Light, Nor are the (chilly) shades and the (genial) heat of the sun. (Al-Qur’an, 35: 19-21)... view more


Living through an uncreative tension: The case of Messianic thinking among Muslims

future islam

Having lost much of their confidence and self-esteem in post-9/11 situation the Muslims world over are living through an uncreative tension and idly though anxiously waiting for a Messiah. It is high time to find out if there is any ideological basis for the emergence of a future Messiah or such expectations are only misplaced visions of the future. Whether it is the arrival of Mahdi or the emergence of Messiah, whether it is the wait for the Imam-e Ghaib or the quest for the future mujaddid, t... view more

Globalization: A Muslim Viewpoint

future islam

We are living in hard times. This simple expression may be a cliché for others but we Muslims who are undergoing through the fifth major crisis of our centuries long history know it well what this ordinary expression means to us. Earlier we had witnessed the derailment of our caravan from the divinely ordained paths of history, the first being the civil strife leading to the murder of Othman, the third Caliph; secondly, the sack of Abbasid Baghdad; thirdly, the fall of Grenada; and fourthly the ... view more


Violence and Muslims

Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi

How violence affects human life? Under what circumstances Islam tolerates violence? When does Islam allow violence to shape into an armed struggle and in this situation what are the Islamic ethics of war? When does violence become terrorism? Does Islam allow terrorism in any situation? This essay analyzes these and similar questions. However, it is not possible to deal with any one of the above questions in a detailed academic manner as that will need volumes.... view more

Five Futures for Muslims

Sohail Inayatullah

The Perfection of the Past When the future of Muslims is discussed,1 whether by mullah, political leader, or believer, most tend to resort to the historical memory of the time of the rightly guided caliphs, when the Prophet's principles of moral leadership and shura (deep consultation with the believers) were practiced.... view more

Islamophobia after September 11

S. Nadeem Kazmi

Islamophobia is a new and vile form of racism. You are hated because of the way you dress. You are hated because of the views you might hold. You are hated because of the religion you follow. You are hated not just for what you are but for what you, in the eyes of others, might become. A colleague said to me a few days after September 11 that this is where civil rights gets thrown out of the window. I retorted that Civil Rights is precisely the point of all this. As indeed are humanitarian ... view more

Reviving the Ummah, how?

Jamal Harwood

When considering the multitude of problems that currently face the Islamic Ummah, whether it is foreign occupation, poverty, widespread corruption, technological decline and the like, many Muslims suggest that the answer to these lies in materialistic solutions. By materialistic solutions, it is meant to include the drive towards increasing the wealth of the Muslims, or by raising the level of technology in the Islamic world, or by increasing the availability of academic education to the Ummah... view more

A Critique of Mawdudi's view on Islamic Change as a Systematic Process

Irfan Ahmad

Home A Critique of Mawdudi's view on ISLAMIC CHANGE AS A SYSTEMATIC PROCESS By Irfan Ahmad 1. Islamic Change as a Change in the Leadership of the Human World What is Mawdudi's view of “Islamic Change"? What is, according to him, the nature of transformation brought about by Islam in the individual as well as in the society? These and such other questions will be discussed in the following pages. Due to the radical nature of Islamic change, Mawdudi sometimes calls it "Islami inqalab" 1... view more

On the Search for Divine Revelation Outside of It

Rashid Shaz

Divine revelation is a definite and self-contained entity. Even after its revelation if supplementary materials for human guidance are needed then it would be considered a lack or an inadequacy of the divine revelation. At all places in the Qur'an where divine guidance has been alluded to, it has been clarified beyond doubt that whenever such guidance was sent, it was sent in the most comprehensive form, including all details related to it.... view more


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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