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Nilofar Ahmed

Women’s dignity

Women’s dignity

Did our so-called scholars ever think about the dignity of a woman? Published Mar 25, 2016 02:44am

Evolution of religion

MANY western Orientalists considered Islam to be a syncretic religion and that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had tried to reconcile some points from older religions with some of his own, to form a new configuration. Published Aug 17, 2012 12:00am

The importance of ‘mehr’

MARRIAGE in Islam is a legal contract between two parties and not a holy sacrament. Many terms and conditions in the marriage contract are obligatory, while others can be set and agreed to at the time of marriage Published Jun 14, 2012 09:30pm

Free will and predestination

AFTER creating Hazrat Adam God asked all the angels to perform sajdah, or prostration, before him (2:34). Being the first human being, he represented all of humanity. Iblis, or Satan, was a jinn who had Published May 18, 2012 12:17am

Of life after death

THE concept of accountability and those of sawab-i-jariah, isal-i-sawab, the Day of Judgment, and Heaven and Hell play an important part in Islamic theology. Published Mar 29, 2012 11:50pm

Dreams and spirituality

DREAMS are a fascinating experience of daily life. Psychologists, in trying to understand the symbolism and meaning of dreams, have come up with various theories. The first question we must try to answer is: what Published Mar 15, 2012 08:30pm

Of Aisha’s age at marriage

IT is said that Hazrat Aisha was six years old when her nikah was performed with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Makkah, and nine years old when she moved in to live with her husband in Madina after Hijra. Published Feb 16, 2012 11:50pm

Governance in Islam

EVERY state has to work out its own rules for good governance, according to the needs of the times. But there are certain fundamental rules and principles, laid down by the Prophet of Islam (PBUH), which can be incorporated into any book of ethics, or eve Published Jan 27, 2012 12:20am

Remembrance or `zikr`

THE word zikr has been used innumerable times in theQuran with various meanings. It can mean remembrance, or remembering God through the recitation or repetition of one or more of His names, or Published Jan 13, 2012 12:00am

Development of the soul

THE mystery of life and death can be explained in the Quranic framework by understanding that the soul gives life to the body and that the body dies as soon as the soul leaves it. Published Dec 23, 2011 12:20am

The names of Allah

ONE night the Prophet (PBUH) was praying and supplicating in his house in Makkah with the words, “Ya Allah! Ya Rehman!” Abu Jahal, his unbelieving neighbour, was overjoyed on hearing this. Published Dec 08, 2011 08:45pm

Intercession in Islam

INTERCESSION has become one of those controversial topics for which arguments are provided from both sides of the divide. The Quran says, “O you who believe! Fear Allah and seek a wasila to him”(5:35). Published Nov 24, 2011 09:51pm

The farewell sermon

AFTER the conquest of Makkah, when the Kaaba and its surroundings were restored to Prophet Abraham’s legacy, the Prophet (PBUH) decided to go for Haj. Published Nov 10, 2011 09:36pm

The conquest of Makkah

IN 8 AH (630 CE), the Qureish of Makkah broke their pact of Hudaibya with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by killing some of... Published Oct 28, 2011 12:20am

Polygamy and the Quran

IF polygamy were something to be encouraged and supported in God`s scheme of things the ratio of men to women... Published Aug 06, 2010 12:00am

Dowry is not Islamic

DESPITE the Prophet`s (PBUH) efforts to elevate women to the point where they, like men, acquired legal and social... Published Jul 23, 2010 12:00am

Islam`s stress on environment

THE verse, “Corruption has spread in the land and the sea because of what they had committed” (3041), seems to refer... Published Jun 25, 2010 12:00am

Honour killing and Islam

THE feudal structure of our society follows its own barbaric rules in order to perpetrate the inhuman and unjust... Published May 28, 2010 12:00am