Spending for the Welfare of Humanity (Infaaq)

Spending for the Welfare of Humanity (Infaaq)

Human beings have generally turned out to be miserly قُل لَّوْ أَنتُمْ تَمْلِكُونَ خَزَائِنَ رَحْمَةِ رَبِّي إِذًا لَّأَمْسَكْتُمْ خَشْيَةَ الْإِنفَاقِ وَكَانَ الْإِنسَانُ قَتُورًا Say, “If you were in control of the treasures of my Sustainer’s Beneficence, you would certainly hold them back for fear of spending/exhaustion (of these treasures); As human being has turned out to be miserly”. [Al-Quran 17/100] Allah has commanded the Believers to spend their resources in His way وَأَنفِقُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى…

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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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Difference between “bashar” and “insaan”

Difference between “bashar” and “insaan”

Two commonly used Arabic terms in the Quran, to refer to human beings are: al-bashar and al-insaan. The term al-bashar is often used to refer to the physical characteristics or appearance of human beings. The term ‘al-insaan’ is used when reference is to be made towards human behaviour or conduct. All of Allah’s Messengers were apparently human beings with respect to their physical characteristics. So the Quran used the term ‘al-bashar’, when physical aspect of human beings was under discussion….

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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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