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The majority of the modern “educated” people are today faced with a religious crisis. Is religion really a fact of life? It might have been one in the past, but does it still remain so in the world of today when science has changed the whole course of life, and when there is no place in it for anything save science and what scientific facts approve of? Does religion represent a genuine need of humanity? Or is it something wholly dependent upon the temperamental constitution of an individual so that one may not believe in it as there is no difference between the two states of belief and unbelief ‘?

 



In this book, the stories of the prophets have been compiled from ‘Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah’ (The Beginning and the End) which is a great work of the famous Muslim exegete and historian Ibn Kathir and has a prominent place in the Islamic literature. The stories of the prophets and all the events in their lives have been supported by the Qur’anic Verses and the Sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet (S). Wherever it was necessary, other sources have also been reported for the sake of historical accounts, but on such places a comparative study has been made to prove the authenticity of the sources. Ibn Kathir has reproduced the views and interpretations of all the great exegetes of the Qur’an of his time. The systemic narratives of the Stories of the Prophets have been written in chronological order which renders a historical style to the book.

 



Five years ago, I read in the Toronto Star issue of July 3, 1990 an article titled Islam is not Alone in Patriarchal Doctrines, by Gwynne Dyer. The article described the furious reactions of the participants of a conference on women and power held in Montreal to the comments of the famous Egyptian feminist Dr. Nawal Saadawi. Her politically incorrect statements included : “the most restrictive elements towards women can be found first in Judaism in the Old Testament then in Christianity and then in the Quran” “all religions are patriarchal because they stem from patriarchal societies” and “veiling of women is not a specifically Islamic practice but an ancient cultural heritage with analogies in sister religions”.
The participants could not bear sitting around while their faiths were being equated with Islam. Thus, Dr. Saadawi received a barrage of criticism. “Dr. Saadawi’s comments are unacceptable. Her answers reveal a lack of understanding about other people’s faiths,” declared Bernice Dubois of the World Movement of Mothers. “I must protest”, said panellist Alice Shalvi of Israel women’s network, “there is no conception of the veil in Judaism.” The article attributed these furious protests to the strong tendency in the West to scapegoat Islam for practices that are just as much a part of the West’s own cultural heritage. “Christian and Jewish feminists were not going to sit around being discussed in the same category as those wicked Muslims,” wrote Gwynne Dyer.

 



In the journey of ever continuous giving of the venerable Imam, Sheik Muhammad Mitwaly Al-Sha‘râwy, are shining lights and inspirations that illumine the way of the seekers, guide the astray and teach humanity the religious matters that have been kept hidden from it. Done for the Love of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and Islam by Abdullah translation group and as homage paid to our venerable Imam, Sheik Muhammad Mitwaly Ash- Sha‘râwy.

Hajj…that sublime fifth Pillar of Islam, rich with farreaching shoreless meanings, wisdoms, morals, philosophies and symbols; a rehearsal to the Day of Crowding, a great scene of equality where all privileges melt into thin air. In Hajj there is a reenactment of Prophet’s Ibrâhîm (peace and blessings be upon him) firm stand against the black whispers of Satan. He stoned him seven times, a physical matter that agrees with our corporality, for us to learn that we should always stone the devil within ourselves in a nonphysical sense, barring all his gateways to us, by our defiance to yield to his satanic temptations until he recedes and leaves us dispossessed of all power over us. All hajjis came answering the call of The Great Summoner – His Majesty, Allah, all praise and glory be to Him. All are standing before Allah just with a seamless piece of cloth on body like the shroud you shall come out of this world wrapped in. Tawâf, Sa‘y, Standing at ‘Arafat, offering sacrifice, Zamzam…. and other Hajj rites, all have a wisdom and a moral, all teach a lesson that we should live by. Hajj with it majesty and the magnificence of worship in it is the hope of every Muslim to establish the Fifth Pillar of his Islam; hope of becoming a hajji, a traveler whose destination is the Sacred House of Allah and visiting His Messenger Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

 

 



`Ulum al-Qur’an: An Introduction to the Sciences of Quran, deals with the traditional subjects such as meaning of revelation, history and transmission of the text, asbab al-nuzul, exegesis, etc. as well as issues of more recent origin, like recording of the Qur’an, orientalists’ views, translations and others. The concluding chapter has valuable practical advice for reading and studying of the Holy Book of Islam.

 



A 2000+ page compilation of events and incidents involving the Prophet (pbuh) and the Sahabah, meticulously categorized by the common lessons and morals these incidents symbolize. The author has organized together a vast amount of information to paint a vivid picture of the struggle for Da’wah of the Sahabah, and their religious training by the Prophet (pbuh), a picture meant to leave an inedible mark on the reader.

 



This important book covers an area about which most people have very little knowledge but which is at the same time, of vital interest to all human beings. It outlines what happens to the human soul from the moment of death until the arrival of the Day of Judgement.It describes the death profess itself, the exact relationship of the soul to the body, the states of the soul after it leaves this world, and the nature of the ongoing relationship between the dead and those who are still alive. Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah was born into a scholarly and virtuous family in 691 AH/ 1292 A.D. At that time Damascus was a centre of literature and thought. Many schools were located there and he studied and graduated under the protection, direction and sponsorship of his father. He was particularly influenced by his Shaykh and teacher Ahmad b. Taymiyyah, and also by Ibn ash-Shirazi amongst others. Layla Mabrouk, an eminent, contemporary, Egyptian scholar has skillfully abridged a classic work by the well know scholar.

 



This book contains a collection of letters demonstrating a side of the personality of Shaykul-Islaam ibn Taymeeyah which is not commonly recognized. Usually, it is his tough and uncompromising stances and his truthful, sometimes harsh retorts that are remembered. However, as this work demonstrates he was also a concerned son, a devoted teacher and a passionate defender of the religion. These letters were selected and introduced by Shaykul Muhammad Sulaiman al-Abdah.Born in Syria in 1941, and now residing in London, he has taught in the religious institutes and the Islaamic University of Madeenah. He now devotes his time to work in Islamic Da’wah.

 



Short Description: An overview of the rites of Hajj, Umrah, and Ziyaarah in the light of Quran and Sunnah.

 



Afghanistan & Pakistan : The Unwinnable War – A Report from Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain