The Meaning of Ijma'

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1984)

JMA' means consensus, that is, acceptance of a matter by a specified group of people. In Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) the matter on which ijma' is of interest is understood in one of the two following ways:

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The Meaning of 'Pride in Poverty'

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1984)

It has been stated that "pride in poverty, a life of prayer and dhikr (remembrance of God) and constant struggle against falsehood, evil and injustice (jihad) is the way of Muhammad". Let's clarify the first part of the statement.

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The Work of Propagation of Islam

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1984)

Broadly speaking, all Islamic work falls under one or the other of the following two categories:

a) Organizing ourselves, building social, political and economic systems & institutions and, through them, taking care of various affairs of Muslim communities or societies. The Holy Qur'an uses the comprehensive term of al-amr to describe this aspect of Islamic work. There are five pillars through which Islam expects us to take care of al-amr.

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Violence, Christianity and Islam

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

Christians have often presented their religion as a religion of love and peace while presented Islam as a religion of war and sword. In the modern media Muslims and Islam have often been covered in a way which reinforces this old perception. For Muslims who have time to think about such things the Christian and Western perceptions appear as a complete disregard of the most obvious facts. In what follows I discuss this issue from the point of view of the teachings of the two religions as well as the conduct of their adherents through history.

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Western Media's Bias: We are Not Helpless Against It

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1986)

It hardly needs to be said that Western media is biased against Islam and Muslims: every Muslim who reads the daily newspaper(s) in his city, watches television or listens to the radio is well aware of this. What is generally not realized and therefore needs to be said is that we are not totally helpless against the media's bias. Often we can do a great deal to counter it by only a little concern and a willingness to translate that concern into no greater effort than composing a few letters and mailing them.

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