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Giving Respite and Relief to the Debtor

Giving Respite and Relief to the Debtor

وَإِن كَانَ ذُو عُسْرَةٍ فَنَظِرَةٌ إِلَىٰ مَيْسَرَةٍ وَأَن تَصَدَّقُوا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ If the debtor is in (financial) difficulty, let there be postponement of the payment till ease (of his monetary condition). But if you remit/write-off the debt by way of charity, it would be better for you, if you understand (its benefits for your spiritual development/self-actualization). Al-Quran 2:280

The Quran on Charity (Sadaqaat)

The Quran on Charity (Sadaqaat)

  The Arabic term sadaqa (plural: sadaqaat) has been used in the Quran both for charities given to the poor by individuals (Al-Quran 2/271) and for the contributions/funds collected by the Islamic Authority/State (through a centralized mechanism) to be spent for the purposes defined in the Quran (Al-Quran 9/103 and 9/60). The term ‘Sadaqaat’ has been used in contrast with the term ‘Riba’ (i.e. usurious gains or interest on loans). يَمْحَقُ اللَّهُ الرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ…

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Primary Teachings of Islam

Primary Teachings of Islam

  Primary teachings of Islam in the light of the Quran are given as follows:   Treat all human beings with respect Human dignity is an inherent, inalienable and inviolable right of every human being. Allah has honoured all the Children of Adam[1]. All human beings are the Children of Adam. So, all human beings must be treated with honour, respect and regard, without distinction of any kind, such as the colour of their skin, their race, descent, social background, national…

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Understanding the Term ‘Islam’

Understanding the Term ‘Islam’

ROOT OF THE WORD The root of the word Islam (اِسلام) is : S-L-M (س ل م). The triliteral root sīn lām mīm (س ل م) of the word Islam occurs 140 times in the Quran, in 16 derived forms: • six times as the form II verb sallama (سَلَّمَ) • 22 times as the form IV verb aslama (أَسْلَمَ) • 42 times as the nominal salām (سَلَٰم) • twice as the noun sullam (سُلَّم) • five times as the…

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Faculties OR Processes of Mind

Faculties OR Processes of Mind

Fahm (فہم) is a faculty or process of mind which enables a person to grasp the true meaning of a word/concept or real substance of a case, e.g., فَفَهَّمْنَاهَا سُلَيْمَانَ And We gave understanding of the case to Solomon [Al-Quran Surah 21: Verse 79] Shu’oor (شعور) is a faculty or process of mind which enables a person to perceive subtle realities or grasp the minute particulars of a subject, e.g., وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَن يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ أَمْوَاتٌ ۚ بَلْ…

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Benefits of Gratitude

Benefits of Gratitude

In chapter 31 verse 12, the Holy Quran mentions the great wisdom of ‘Gratitude’ granted to Luqman. وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا لُقْمَانَ الْحِكْمَةَ أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِلَّهِ وَمَن يَشْكُرْ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ “And surely, We blessed Luqman with the wisdom, that ‘Be grateful to Allah. And whoever shows gratitude, does so for his own benefit; and whoever shows ingratitude, then surely Allah is Self-Sufficient, Worthy of all praise.” [Al-Quran Chapter 31, Verse 12] Whether the expression of…

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Two-Nation Theory in the Light of the Quran

Two-Nation Theory in the Light of the Quran

Two-nation theory was pivotal in laying the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.  This brief article looks into the Quranic basis for the two-nation theory. According to the Quran, the Creator of the mankind has divided human beings into two main categories. This categorization is based on their specific belief/value system instead of factors such as their descent, race, colour, language or geographical location. One category of mankind that accepts that belief/value system is called the category of Believers or…

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