Helping the Growth of Muslim Businesses

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


The economic development of the immigrant communities in the West has generally followed the following course: first, the immigrants take up jobs as skilled or unskilled workers or as professionals; then some of them open community-oriented businesses (e.g. specialty food stores); finally they enter into a variety of other small businesses leading into big business. The economic development of the Muslim immigrant community in the West is also following the same course.

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How Islam Wants Us to Organize Ourselves

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


The way of Islam wants us to organize ourselves and take care of our religious, social and other affairs is clearly outlined in the following verses of the Holy Qur`an:

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Islamic Rules Concerning Financial Dealings




By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


There are many examples of financial dealings among Muslims leading to disagreements, strain in relationships and even fights, instead of leading, as they normally should, to strengthening the bond of Muslim brotherhood and to mutual benefit. Almost everyone in our community must know cases, in which two or more Muslims become partners in a business or one gives a loan to another brother and the result is mutual pain instead of mutual benefit.

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'Id Al-Adha

Id al-adha falls on the 10th day of the 12th month (dhu'l hijjah) of the Islamic calendar. This is the day when the pilgrims gather in Makkah by the millions come, after having completed many of the essential rites of hajj, out of ihram and out of the restrictions that go with ihram (e.g. the restriction against putting on perfume, cutting nails or cutting beard or other hair).

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Marriage in Islam: Considered from a Legal Point of View

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


From a legal point of view Islam views marriage as an 'aqd or contract. Like any other contract the marriage contract requires full and free consent of the parties concerned. The parents or guardian of any of the parties may give advice, choose a marriage partner or use persuasion, but the final decision to enter into a marriage must be the result of a free choice on the part of each partner, even though this freely made choice may consist of nothing but accepting the choice of one's parents or guardian. This right of free choice is fairly well recognized in the case of men but (unfortunately) not in the case of women. In the Holy Qur`an we read:

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