Syed Iqbal Zaheer, a mechanical engineer by training and profession, is today a well-known researcher and writer on Islam, its culture and civilization. Quite apart from the Tafsir Ishraq al-Ma’ani, the fourteen-volume commentary on the Qur’an, he is also the author of numerous books and booklets on Islam.

Recently, he headed, in his capacity as the Chief Editor, the ambitious ‘An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam’ project which is a two-volume, 1300 multi- colour page, compendium of knowledge on Islam, its civilization and heritage. The Young Muslim Digest, one of the most authentic periodicals on Islam in English has been edited by him since the last three decades.


Remembering the Messenger of God!

The life of Prophet Muhammad, on whom be peace, has been the subject matter of countless accounts and narratives ranging from the skeptical, by his opponents, to the hagiographical, by his innumerable followers throughout history. writes SYED IQBAL ZAHEER.

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These Flying Machines

Impressed by the aerial locomotion of birds, man has been, since known times, trying to fly. He tried artificial wings, with feathers from the birds. But the intricate force-and-motion patterns associated with flight and feathers are far too complex for imitation. writes SYED IQBAL ZAHEER.

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Civilization in Crisis

A civilisation based on materials cannot outlast human aspirations, greed and adventurism. It will collapse when the materials stocks are emptied, writes SYED IQBAL ZAHEER.

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Jewish Influence on Islamic Beliefs

The conflict between Judaic and Islamic beliefs is of the class that makes it impossible to claim that any one borrowed anything from the other, writes SYED IQBAL ZAHEER.

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There is nothing special then about modern man and his dilemma. The world is not all the more difficult now than it was in the past. If some things are more difficult now than they were before, writes SYED IQBAL ZAHEER.

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Same Questions & Same Suggestions

Crimes today are such that they can be ignored only at society’s peril. Whether in the West or in the East, crime has definitely taken a turn for the worse, writes SYED IQBAL ZAHEER.

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Where Do We Go?!

From the microscopic to the macroscopic, from the atom as the basic building block of matter to the farthest reaches of the universe, there is clearly a limit to what the human mind can encompass.

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Breaking Another’s Bread

Unemployment is a product of modern politico-socio-economic system, and its material culture. It will remain so long as they remain.

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Doubly Amazing

No one knows how big the universe is. Indeed, if not for trustworthiness of the scientists and their equipment, it is hard to accept the figures given by them, which are in trillions.

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The Toothless One

What is motherhood now? To millions and billions who have become mothers, the word ‘motherhood’ sounds like it is something new.

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Unlike the unbelievers, the believers live in a world of certainties: in a world of their own. They are sure of their lives, sure of their deaths, and sure of what will happen thereafter

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On Liberty

Liberty in Islam is not for an individual alone. It is for the individual, the group, the society and mankind in general, accompanied by a sense of responsibility.

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The Ghostly Atom

Stagnation in scientific development is not the share of physics alone. Take any field: cosmology, biology, psychology; and even philosophy and theology.

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Distrusting the Trusted

What was once trusted as genuine sources of guidance – the media, scientific education, economy and even the people themselves – are today looked upon with suspicion, if not outright rejection.

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Stupidity and Cleverness

Investigation will falter in its first step, if not approved by logic. Thus, logic leads to invention and to progress. The progress, which people cite as example of rationalism, are only scientific i.e., a product of logic and rationalism

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