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Daily Qur’an Verse

Source:  Tajweed Qur’an  (Arabic-English)
Dar-Al-Maarifah, Publisher
Damascus, Syria

Say: “O People of the Book! Exceed not in your religion the bounds (of what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, not follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in times gone by,- who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the even Way.

(Al-Ma’ida, 5:77)

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News

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‘Prophet’s life a role model for Muslims’
Daily Times (Lahore), 20 Feb
[Excerpt:] – KARACHI – The life of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was a best role model for all Muslims to follow as he was the best example of behaviour of tolerance, morality and forgiveness.

Islamic unity conference kicks off in Tehran
Mehr, 19 Feb
[Excerpt:] – TEHRAN – The 24th International Islamic Unity Conference opened in Tehran on Saturday and runs until Monday, February 21. Over 200 scholars from 57 countries are attending the conference, which has been organized by the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST).

Religion on the rise in Tunisia
Magharebia, 16 Feb
[Excerpt:] – TUNIS – Mosques in Tunisia now receive exceptionally large numbers of worshipers, from a host of social classes and affiliations, after all restrictions on freedom of faith were lifted following the ouster of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Bengali-Islamic fusion food debuts in Delhi
Times of India (IANS), 16 Feb
[Excerpt:] – Have you ever heard of the traditional Bengali mixed vegetable stew, called shukto, tweaked to suit the old Islamic palate?

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Aspects of Islamic Faith — 93:  Gifts from rulers

Arab News, Feb. 17, 2011
By Adil Salahi
[Excerpt:] – Umar reports: “God’s messenger used to give me money and I would say to him: ‘Give it to someone who is poorer than me.’ He told me: ‘Take what comes to you of money when you have neither looked up to receiving it nor asked for it. Otherwise, do not wish for it.'” (Related by Al-Bukhari). [Read more]

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What the Qur’an teaches:  When response is slow in coming

Arab News, Feb. 17, 2011
[Excerpt:] – “Respond to your Lord before there comes, by God’s will, a day that cannot be put off. There shall be no refuge for you on that day, nor shall you be able to deny your sins. If they turn away, We have not sent you to be their keeper. Your only duty is to deliver the message (entrusted to you). When We give man a taste of Our grace, he rejoices in it, but if misfortunes befalls him on account of what he has done with his own hands, he is bereft of gratitude.” [Read more]

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Any big ideas from the Muslim world?

Arab News, Feb. 17, 2011
By Aijaz Zaka Syed
[Excerpt:] – A great deal has been written about the stark simplicity and honesty of the early believers and how the rustic, desert tribes conquered the world within two decades of the dawn of Islam. What fascinates me no end though is their seminal contribution to modern science and all streams of pursuit of knowledge. From astronomy to anatomy to medical science and from mathematics to chemistry to physics to navigation and from philosophy to poetry, Muslims have not just left an imprint on modern science, they have shaped our world. [Read more]

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The Beard and Isbal-i Izar
Renaissance (Pakistan), Feb. 2011
By Javed Ahmad Ghamidi. (Translated by Shehzad Saleem)
[Excerpt:] – Men have been known to keep beards. The Prophet (sws) too had kept one. If someone among his followers keeps it to express his affiliation to him or merely to follow his ways, then this indeed is a very blessed practice. However, keeping a beard is no directive of religion. Hence if a person does not keep a beard, it cannot be said that he is evading an obligatory directive or has done something harām or forbidden. [Read more]

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Qur’an Speaks To You:  Hastening the Last Hour

Islamic Voice (India), Jan. 2011
[Excerpt:] – God has made both this life and the life to come as a harvest for people, and they choose the type of harvest they want. A person who wants to have the harvest of the life to come will work to achieve this. God will help such people because of what they intend and bless their work. They will not only have their harvest in the life to come, but will also have whatever God has apportioned to them of provisions in this life. They will lose nothing of it. On the contrary, their provisions in this world may be, in as far as they are concerned, the means to achieve their harvest in the life to come. Such people use what God provides for them, investing, enjoying and spending it only in ways that are acceptable to, and please Him. By contrast, those who desire only a harvest in this life will have the provisions God has allocated for them, denying them nothing of this, but they will have nothing in the life to come. They do not work for such a harvest, and as a result, they receive nothing. [Read more]

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Qur’an disapproves of economic fundamentalism
Arab News, Nov. 12, 2010
By Javed Jamil
[Excerpt:] – The following paper was presented in the two-day conference on “Economic Problems and the Qur’anic Solution” on Nov. 6 and 7, organized by Idarah Uloomul Qur’an, Aligarh.
Wealth has a central position in economics. But economic fundamentalism tends to regard it as the most, not just one of the most, essential requirements of life…. [Read more]

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Economic Issues:  Insurance
Renaissance (Pakistan), Nov. 2010
By Javed Ahmad Ghamidi. (Translated by Shehzad Saleem)
[Excerpt:] – Insurance is a sort of contract for mutual help in which people pay a fixed amount in installments. The purpose is that if any of them is inflicted with losses relating to their persons or their wealth they are compensated from this pooled money in a prescribed manner. The money given is never returned and all the people or institutes which provide this service are granted this right by people who enter into this contract of mutual help with them that in return for this service they can spend the accumulated money in whatever way they want.
This is an extraordinary scheme which has been chalked out to compensate losses and to help people in difficult circumstances. Its benefits are now acknowledged everywhere. After the termination of the institutions of tribes, fraternities and ‘āqilah, this is the best substitute for them which contemporary economic systems have provided to this world. There seem to be no objection against it; however, Islamic scholars generally regard it to be prohibited. Following are the objections they have raised against Insurance:
1. The amounts which Insurance Companies pay to their clients are generally more than the installments their clients have paid them; this is interest and interest is forbidden in Islam. Moreover, Insurance Companies further invest this money in interest-based schemes. Some part of the interest earned by them is also used in paying off their clients who had bought their insurance policies… [Read more]

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