Praying With and Behind Muslims of Different Sects

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1983)


Some years ago in Pakistan a "Wahhabi"(1) was a little late for his maghreb (prayer offered just after sun sets) prayer. So he swiftly went to the nearest mosque he could find and joined the congregational prayer that was already in progress. It was thus far a beautiful scene: a man is busily engaged in the affairs of his daily life when time comes for prayer: he leaves aside whatever he was doing and hastens to join his fellow-Muslims in the remembrance of his Lord and Creator. But what took place afterwards was an incident of such ugliness that it should repulse any human being in whom something of the beautiful nature with which God originally created man has survived.

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Qualities of Those Who Should Maintain Mosques: The Qur`anic View

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1983)

Most mosques hold, at one time or another, elections for new majlis ash-shura (Board of Directors). The question often arises of what sort of persons should be nominated and then elected for this majlis. In this regard the Book of God gives us clear guidance. In unequivocal terms it tells us:

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Sober Thoughts on a Mad Writer

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1989)

It is perfectly natural that Muslims should feel outrage at Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, a deranged novel which insults prophets and suhaba (prophets' companions), very often taking their original names. It is also perfectly natural that we express these feelings of outrage in various legitimate ways. But believers never let emotions so overpower themselves as to loose sight of fundamental realities. They see things with the light of God.

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Social Projects and Muslims

 

 

 

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(June 2003)

Islam can be described as a spiritual, social, and educational project at the grandest of scales. The project is spiritual because the Qur`an describes the mission of the Prophet Muhammad as calling humanity to the one true transcendent God, purifying them and leading them from darkness to light (33:46, 57:9, 62:2). It is social because along with a relationship with the one true transcendent God, the social obligation to help one another is the corner stone of Islam (2:177, 2:261-274, 98:5). It is educational because teaching the book and the wisdom is also part of the Prophet’s mission (2:129, 151, 3:164, 62:2) and because knowledge is given such importance in the Qur`an (2:30-33, 20:114, 39:9, 96:3-5). The project is at the grandest of scales because the Prophet is “mercy to all peoples” (21:107) and “seal or last of the prophets” (33:40) that is, the project is directed to all of humanity for all times till the judgment day.

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Some Public Criticism in Public Matters is Essential

 

 

 

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1983)

It is a commonly held notion among us Muslims that no matter what the nature of a problem the best way of dealing with it is to have a private talk with the person or persons concerned. One is always supposed to take these concerned persons to a corner and whisper in their ears. Public discussion, criticism or questioning is considered as something always undesirable and unbefitting of a good pious Muslim, even in matters of public concern.

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