The Importance of Kinship

The Importance of Kinship By Khalid Baig   “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him maintain the bonds of kinship” (Bukhari)   The young man went to attend the weekly hadith lecture of Sayyidna Abu Huraira, Radi-Allahu anhu but the routine opening announcement stopped him. “If anyone sitting here has severed any ties of kinship (qata-ur-rahim), he should leave.” He recalled that an aunt lived in the town with whom he had not been on speaking terms. The young man quietly left the gathering and went straight to his aunt’s home. He asked for forgiveness for his past behavior and sought rapprochement. When the aunt inquired about

Beyond Elected Government. Just Government

Beyond Elected Government. Just Government “If a dog dies of thirst at the bank of Euphrates, how shall I answer for that to Allah.” By Khalid Baig “Surely, Allah commands you to fulfill trust obligations toward those entitled to them and that when you judge between people, judge with fairness.” [An-Nisa 3:58]   This is an essential verse of the Qur’an to be consulted by anyone who wants to understand Islam’s teachings about governance and government. While it talks about discharging trust obligations and being just in all situations, it has special implications for staffing and running public office.   Amanah (discharging one’s trust obligations) and Adl (Justice) are highly

The Pleasures of Paradise

The Pleasures of Paradise …’Wish,’ and he will wish and wish… Allah Ta’ala has said in the Quran (translation of meaning): “And give good news (O Muhammad) to those who believe and do good deeds, that they will have gardens (Paradise) in which rivers flow….” (Quran 2:25) Allah Ta’ala has also said (interpretation) : “Race one with another for forgiveness from your Lord and for Paradise , whose width is as the width of the heavens and the earth, which has been prepared for those who believe in God and His messengers.. ..” (Quran 57:21) Allah Ta’ala has said in the Quran (translation of meaning): “But those who believe and

Views of Reverts About Islam

Views of Reverts About Islam Moderation and temperance are keynote of Islam The simplicity of Islam, the powerful appeal and compelling atmosphere of its mosques, the earnestness of its faithful adherents, the confidence inspiring realization of the millions throughout the world who answer the five daily calls to prayer – these factors attracted me from the first. The broad-minded tolerance of Islam for other religions recommends it to all lovers of liberty. Muhammad admonished his followers to treat well the believers in the Old and New Testament; and Abraham, Moses, Jesus are acknowledged as co-Prophets of the One God. Surely this is generous and far in advance of the attitude

On Religious Tolerance

On Religious Tolerance   By Khalid Baig POSTED: 25 ZUL-HIJJAH 1421, 21 MARCH 2001   While on his deathbed, Sayyidna Umar ibn al-Khattab, Radi-Allahu unhu, dictated a long Will consisting of instructions for the next Khalifah. Here is the last sentence of that historic document: “I instruct you on behalf of the people who have been given protection in the name of Allah and His Prophet . [That is the dhimmis or the non-Muslim minorities within the Islamic state]. Our covenant to them must be fulfilled, we must fight to protect them, and they must not be burdened beyond their capabilities.”   At that time Sayyidna Umar was lying in