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.


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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Sufficient is He

What happens when you entrust your cycle to a friend with the instruction to take it around for repairs? Can you rest assured that when

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No Third Place to Go

Why are we here? This is a question that has always intrigued humanity. A satisfactory answer eludes the cleverest of philosophers. After much thinking the answer that comes out is,

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You will die not…

To most non-Arab Muslims of our times, Arabic language is like Sanskrit or Greek. It had its function once, but now it is a mere “classical language” dear for its past good services.

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The Science of Hadith – 7

This discipline involves study of the texts, lives of the narrators, the dialects they spoke, the places they lived in or visited, the culture of the times, the general political situation, and movement of thoughts and ideas in the early historical phase of Islam.

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God’s Existence

The frequency at which we are asked the question related to God, especially from the Indian sub-continent, gives us a clear indication of the decline in the magnitude of belief in Islam.

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Those Who Erupt

At the time of writing these lines, protests against Danish cartoons are still raging. Muslims are dying. Their response had been calculated by their adversaries. But its intensity had not been predicted. As we protest, it is necessary to understand the issue and the reaction from different angles. A proper understanding of all the issues will help us determine our ways of response.

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