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.


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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The Science of Hadith – 6 Orientalists and Hadith (3)

A cursory examination reveals that the two, Qur’an and Hadith, belong to completely different orders. So that, if someone doubts the authenticity of Hadith,

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The question of apostasy in Islam is often raised. It issues forth from various quarters, primarily the evangelical, but also from the atheist and antagonistic circles.

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The Science of Hadith – 5 Orientalists and Hadith – II

Such were the trend-setters for many of the Orientalists who took over from the priestly class after the burst of Renaissance. A great majority of them,

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The Science of Hadith – 4 Orientalists and Hadith (1)

The works on Islam and related topics, as produced by Western scholars, over past few centuries, is a dark patch on the face of scholarship. These scholars (who later came to be designated as Orientalists) were always at loggerheads with the Prophet and ill at ease with facts surrounding him.

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Falluja Floods the Superdome

The devastation that hurricane christened Katrina brought to the Gulf Coast (of the United States) early September this year, led many (including Americans) to compare it with the Gulf of the Middle-east.

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The Hadith – 3

Although the utterances of the Prophet (saws) acquired significance only after the Qur’an had begun to come down, it were his utterances alone that, for long duration,

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Never In, to be Going Out

With the pathetic inner weaknesses of the Muslims over the world, their orphanhood (in terms of political leadership), and religious leadership in a state of stupefaction, the attacks on Islam and Muslims that had remained confined to drawing rooms, corridors, private meetings and

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The Science of Hadith

Hadith literature presents the most accurate history of a person and an epoch. No other phase in human history has been as well,

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Jewish Influence on Islamic Beliefs

A response to Shmuley Boteach’s book titled “Judaism for Everyone.”

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