The Holy Quran
73. THE ENSHROUDED ONE BUNDLED UP
The meaning and explanation of " DARABA " in Quran
by Jeremy Henzell
I remember you speaking of your discomfort about Qur’an 4:34, which is
often taken as justification for the “chastisement” (Arabic root verb
daraba) of wives by husbands. Yusuf Ali, for example, translates it as
“beat them (lightly)”, Pickthall as “scourge them”, and Arberry, Fakhry
and Muhammad Asad as “beat them”, although Asad’s note refers to the
fact that the Prophet himself intensely detested the idea of beating
one’s wife and according to one Tradition he forbade the beating of any
woman with the words “Never beat God’s handmaidens”. However, authentic
traditions supposedly state that in his sermon on the occasion of the
Farewell Pilgrimage, shortly before his death, he stipulated that
beating should be resorted to only if the wife “has become guilty, in an
obvious manner, of immoral conduct” and that it should be done “in such
a way as not to cause pain”. On the basis of these traditions, all
authorities stress that this “beating”, if resorted to at all, should be
more or less symbolic – with a siwak or something similar, such as a
“toothbrush” or a “pencil”, as rendered by Ibn ‘Abbas, or even “with a
folded handkerchief” (Razi).
us and them? By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 12/03/2005
Maysa Albarcha, holding her daughter Sara, shops last month with her
sister-in-law, Remy Javed, at the St. Louis Galleria. Albarcha and Sara
are St. Louis natives. Javed and her family are from Pakistan.
(Robert Cohen/P-D) More.....
Keep the Kindness Flowing!
Science now supports the physiological effects of
kindness on not only the body and emotions of the receiver but also on
the giver as well. Kindness causes us to feel better!
I often say to my students, "don't wait for science to prove what you
already know from personal experience." The validation science offers is
wonderful but even without it most people already know that kindness
makes the giver and receiver feel better.
Interfaith, not infidel By Iftekhar Hai
IN my 15 years as an interfaith peace activist, I have been asked one
question over and over again: Who are the "kafirs" — "infidels" —
condemned in the Quran? Are they Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists,
Sikhs, atheists?" More.....
Shariati and The Iste'mar Theory
By Tarek Heggy
Dr. Ali Shariati (1933-1977), who wrote and published his works before
the downfall of the Shah of Iran, is one of the most prominent Iranian
thinkers of the twentieth century. While conceding that he is undeniably
a man of considerable intellect, I nevertheless find it hard to agree
with his views on several major issues, in particular his unswerving
conviction that Western civilization is purely material in nature and
not the outcome of a system of values that made it what it is today
(notwithstanding its many defects).
HEART DISEASES by By Dr.Khalid bin
Abdul Aziz A-Jubair
1- Arterial Diseases.
3- Valvular lesion.
5- Other diseases related to the heart and lungs.
ZAHRA, THE DAUGHTER OF THE PROPHET
by Abdulaziz Sachedina, Ferdowsi / University of Mashhad, Iran
As I looked out of the window of our residence in Mashhad I saw the two
minarets of the shrine of Imam Reza (peace be upon him) reminding me of
his blessed presence in this city. I greeted him as "the son of the
Prophet" and my mind searched for the authentic link for such a
greeting. Of course, there came the assuring voice from inside: "He is
indeed the son of the Prophet, through the daughter of the Prophet,
Fatima (peace be upon them all!)." She is a link to the Prophet for all
her children through her marriage to Imam `Ali b. Abi Talib. Through her
all the eleven Imams share their spiritual and biological connection to
the Holy Prophet. She is the nucleus of their spiritual station, held
collectively, as the Fourteen Infallible ones. Fatima Zahra relates
these Imams to the Prophet as she relates the entire community of
believers to the Prophet through her spiritual station (/wilaya/) and
her sacrifice for the religion of Islam.
IBADI ISLAM: AN INTRODUCTION
by Valerie J. Hoffman (Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of
Ibadism, a distinct sect of Islam that is neither Sunni nor Shi‘i,
exists mainly in Oman, East Africa, the Mzab valley of Algeria, the
Nafus mountains of Libya, and the island of Jerba in Tunisia. The sect
developed out of the seventh-century Islamic sect known as the Khawarij,
and shares with that group the desire to found a righteous Muslim
society and the belief that true Muslims are only to be found in their
own sect. Ibadis refer to themselves as “the Muslims” or “the people of
straightness” (/ahl al-istiqama/). Nonetheless, Ibadis see themselves as
quite different from Khawarij.
The Kharijites and their impact on Contemporary Islam
By Shaykh Seraj Hendricks
Much of the excesses and extremism that we observe today may be
understood in terms of the origins and unfolding of Kharijism during the
first few centuries of Islam.
While a number of writers - both past and present - are of the opinion
that this sect is extinct, others are of the view that its not. I share
the latter view. The influences of this sect have always been present,
in different guises and in varying degrees, throughout the history of
Islam. But it appears to have gained a renewed momentum with the
emergence of Muhammad Abdul Wahhab during the latter part of the 18th
Terrorism is incompatible with Islam
by Nasir Shamsi
Here is my take on the key issues that concern all of us in the wake of
the terrible tragedy of the subway bombings in London resulting in loss
of innocent lives and injuries to many. This paper, I hope, will
contribute towards understanding of the essence and spirit of the
teachings of Islam; it will provide an insight into the beliefs and
practices of the Muslims living in the West.
Intelligence is better for you by Rumi
The generous Prophet said it so well:
"A grain of intelligence is better for you than fasting and the
performance of ritual prayer,"
because intelligence is the substance, the others are contingent:
these two are made obligatory for those who possess the complement, in
order that the mirror might shine brightly.
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