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.


The Internet vs. the TV

There are kinds and classes of magazines. Some are for pastime: sports, films, porn, etc. Some are informative; others are political; a few are

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The Qur’an and Music

It is hard for the people to digest that this life does not end here, that there is an afterlife, and that, to qualify for a goodly life there, they need to prove themselves worthy here.

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Blushes of a Virgin

It was right at the start of the affair that the Ummah split into two major divisions: those to whom religion came first and those to whom it came next (not last but only next).

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Mighty Kings and Humble Flies

It is reported that a mighty king sat, surrounded by, as usual, officials in due submission, or rather, in abject humbleness, speaking out in all decorum when asked, but wishing not to speak, in fear that an inadvertent word,

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Mawlana Mawdudi

Young men who launch themselves on to a study of Islam often inquire about Mawlana Mawdudi, and, in particular, his Tafheem al-Qur’an. They hear contradictory opinions: from zealous acceptance to out and out rejection.

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Old Engines

The efforts of thirteen long years at Makkah led to a simple conclusion. The mission was not acceptable to those who enjoyed wealth, power and influence. The Prophet needed new ideas, new strategy, new approach.

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A Tragedy of Sorts

Not much is known about Umm Waraqah although she figures in some two dozen works. That is, she is there, in so many records, but

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Quite some Christians, Quite Some Jews!

Young men quite often ask: Should we necessarily study the Qur’an and Sunnah under the guidance of a scholar,

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Exam Time, Dropping Time?!

This time let us start by stating the solution before looking into the problems.

So long as a Muslim recognizes that he does not know, one of the first few verses revealed to our Prophet (asws) can do him good: “And He taught man what he did not know.” With this recognition

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Lost and Found

Back in 1932 – Iraq was carved by the colonial powers out of an Ottoman province. (Before the carving, Kuwait was part of the province). The British-installed rulers of Iraq were soon assassinated.

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A Clumsy Old Botcher

The sudden appearance of a problem of global nature, a product of this our modern age (of tall talk, taller claims, but meager deliverance), a life-threatening device, not a direct industrial product, but quite closely related to it, needs attention. It is spreading rapidly.

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Another Reason

Biologically, brain size of the living beings seems to depend on body size, or perhaps, it is the other way round: body size depends on brain size. The prevalent ratio is 1: 50. That is, for every gram of brain, there is 50 gram of body.

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Sujood to the Quboor

In one of the earlier issues we have stated that prostration before graves is an act of major shirk. We did not state that it is shirk itself.

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A System that has Crumbled

It was the practice of the Prophet to accept bay`ah (pledge of obedience) from his Companions at the time they entered into Islam. In addition, he sought their pledge on other special occasions, (or, occasionally, without any occasion).

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Will the Muslims Respond to a Christian’s Prayer?

That the West’s veil of civilization is thin was not a recent observation. But that it was paper thin had not been envisaged.

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