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.


Crime and Punishment

Why is it, it is often asked, that those who do not worship One God should stay in Hellfire forever, as promised in the Qur’an. Isn’t that unreasonable?

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The Queen and the Maid

Dress styles and clothe designs do not belong to races, religious denominations, or geographical regions. They belong first, to cultures, and second,

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All-Soul’s Day

Freedom is an inviolable tenet of Islam. Perhaps nothing is more firmly established in Islam than freedom. One might cite an example to illustrate how

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A Miracle Called Water

Water is beautiful. As seas it is delightful to look at. People sit for hours at the shore, doing nothing but looking at the waves rolling against the land.

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Breaking Another’s Bread

Religion is generally understood as a system that consists of a set of dogmas, rituals, a few moral precepts and taboos. Islam is not a religion in this restricted sense. It is a complete,

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The Liberator and the Liberated

The liberator has arrived. Earlier he liberated Afghanistan. It was a necessary step. The only ones in the Islamic world who could oppose liberation of Muslim lands were those dangerous terrorists who lived in caves. They were the ones who brought down the two towers. Hosni Mubarak – considered to be their man – is reported to have said,

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The Doctrine of Universal Acceptance

The central principle and fundamental doctrine of the Western life and philosophy is hedonism: maximum pleasure for the largest number of people for the greatest length of time.

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Who is not on Trial?

Events of our contemporary world disturb a lot of minds, old and young. They cannot sort out the events and find difficulty inter-relating them. What is happening and why?

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Welcome to Void

One of the major problems that modern materialistic civilization faces is that of diminishing resources. How and from where to get more for the ever hungry world? Will the civilization die off for want of resources? Can we (the West) maintain our position if the earth’s belly is emptied?

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On Western and Islamic Values

What were the self-proclaimed objectives of the first colonialists as they appeared at the non-Western shores a couple of centuries ago?

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A New Religion in the Making

Traditionally, Hinduism has been known as a religion of tolerance. This characteristic has been its hallmark. While Christians insisted that God was three and three were incorporated in one, and the Muslims that He was One in every sense of the word,

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Over the globe, great many men and women committed to Islam face a dilemma late in their years. Following the tradition, family desires, elders’

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The Nexus and Us

If you look into a hundred year old map of the world, you will fail to locate a country called “Israel.” You might go back 500 years, or 1000 years, or even 2000, but

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Democracy (Part 2)

Our previous editorial dealt with democracy. The conclusion was that firstly, democracy is not properly understood. Next,

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We have been asked about the Islamic system of government, whether it is close to democracy or not. Not only the manner of this recent question, but

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