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Music in the Quran

Here are four Ayats of the Qur’an which forbid the Muslims from indulging into music. “So abstain from the pollution of the idols and abstain from false vain words.” (22:30). The Arabic word “Zoor” has several meanings which include falsehood and the musical expressions. According to Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (a.s.) “pollution of the idols” means […]

The Legal System of Islam

The Place of Shari‘a in Islam The word “shari‘a” literally means “a way.” In Islamic terminology, it means the legal system of Islam. It is normally translated as the laws of Islam or the Islamic laws. Islam is a din—religion. The word din bears a concept wider and more comprehensive than the word `religion’. It […]

The scope of Man’s freedom

The freedom granted to the individual in such areas as economics and politics is, in Islam, conditioned by the following principle: that such freedom does not conflict with man’s spiritual imperatives, nor undermine the foundations of public welfare. In fact, the philosophy of obligation in Islam is rooted in the need to make man aware […]

The Differences between Jihad and Terrorism

Whereas the Arabic term “al-Harb” means war, and the word” jihad” means struggling or striving but mistakenly the Arabic word “jihad” has been often translated as “holy war”. According to the Quranic and prophetic teachings “jihad” refers to internal as well as external efforts to be a true Muslim and believer. It must be noted […]

Terrorism and increasing Sectarianism in the Islamic world

Unfortunately there are many terrorist groups in some of the Islamic countries who kill the followers of different Islamic sects in order to increase sectarianism and denominational tensions in the Islamic world. But it is clear that any sort of denominational tensions in the region is absolutely dangerous for all the people of the region […]

A perfect explanation of the reality of Islam

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] slam is an Arabic word which means submission and surrender. Thus as a religion, Islam means complete surrender and submission to God and his laws. In Islamic texts the word Islam is used in three ways: 1) In its general sense, the whole universe is considered to be Muslim because it follows the laws […]

Islam is a Religion of Peace and Tolerance

UNESCO’s Member States adopted a “Declaration of Principles on Tolerance” [1] on November 16, 1995, according to which the variation of our world’s cultures must be respected. Since people are naturally diverse and variety is the spice of life, we must recognize the fundamental freedom of others as universal human rights; otherwise, no one can […]

A Brief Outline of the Muslim Contributions to Philosophy

A comprehensive study of the history of philosophy would make it clear that Muslim philosophers had a deep influence upon western philosophers, not only in the fields of logic or natural philosophy, but also in metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion as well. Beside the lasting impact of the Muslim Philosophers’ analysis of […]

Islam and Art

The Holy Quran’s meaning as well as its letters, sounds, prosody, and cadences exert a powerful influence over Muslims’ soul and mind. When Islam emerged in Arabian Peninsula, there were many Arab poets, eloquent orators, and dexterous lecturers who were competing with each other to get the best and highest position amongst others. In such […]