Islam, the Upholder of Human Dignity

Man is the highest and most honoured creation of God. This has been confirmed by our accumulated knowledge and ever-expanding scientific discoveries. First of all, there is no other creature like man in the whole known universe. Our spaceships and … More

BEING HUMAN

Prophetic Lessons on Human Dignity

KHAN YASIRchronicles the Prophet’s utmost concern for dignity of one and all, of believers and unbelievers, of masters and slaves, of women and children, of the living and the dead et al. It’s easy and best to understand values in … More

DEBATE ON ISLAM

You Reap as You Sow!

By MUHAMMAD SIRAJUDDIN Do men think that they will be let alone on saying, ‘we believe,’ and that they will not be tested?” (29:2). “That which is on earth We have made but a glittering show for mankind that we … More

EDUCATION

The Chronicler of Human Dignity

Education supports the promotion of social order to judge human rights, value them and strive for inherent dignity, opines ASIF ANWAR ALIG Human societies withstand dignity when knowledge spreads for prototypical transformation. Education is an avant-garde for masses to think … More

FOETICIDE

A Crime against Human Dignity

It is time for us to put the teachings of Islam about foeticide in practice and bring up children, especially the girls, accordingly, concludes DR. HASEEB AHMED Many animals and birds bring up their offspring diligently and carefully. Still there … More

HUMAN SECURITY

The Pivot of Human Dignity

DR. JAVED JAMIL argues for ensuring human security and calls upon Islamic organisations as well as governments of Muslim countries to raise the issue of global security in the international organisations, including UN, WHO, European Union, NAM, etc. I feel … More

CURRENT AFFAIRS

A Social Stigma, Crime and Embarrassment

DR. PARVEZ MANDVIWALA presents a critical study of LGBT in the light of Islamic teachings and argues that it does not behove man, Allah’s vicegerent on earth and the crème de la crème of creations, to descend from the ladder … More

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi on Prophet Muhammad

Mahatma Gandhi, speaking on the character of Muhammad, peace and blessings be to him, says in Young India: “I wanted to know the best of one who holds today undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… I became … More

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Significance of Islamic Principles in the World of Mate...

By ABU BAKER Materialism is defined as “the belief that material possessions and physical comfort are more important than spiritual values”. (D.K. Illustrated Oxford Dictionary, Dorling Kindersley, London, 2010) Materialism is also defined as a form of philosophical monism which … More

MONOTHEISM

A Divinely Conferred Privilege

PROFESSOR U MUHAMMAD IQBAL dwells upon the importance of human dignity in human life, in ideological and historical perspectives. Dignity’ is a loan word in English from Latin. The Qur’ān has several words to define ‘dignity’. Takreem is one such … More

OLD AGE HOMES

HUMANITY BEMOANS

With the help of tell-tale, graphic images, ARSHAD SHAIKH portrays the silent suffering and emotional trauma the elderly experience in old age homes in our ‘civilized’ society, and holds the divine light to restore the dignity of the elderly in … More

ORGAN DONATION

HUMAN ORGAN DONATION The Islamic Perspective

SYED KAZIM presents the various viewpoints on human organ donation in Islamic perspective and calls upon the researchers to strive for making artificial organs and for paving the way for use of animal organs as replacement for human organs. The … More

OUR SHIELD

The QUR’ĀN, Prayer and Zikr

By SYED AKBAR HASSAN In today’s so-called glamorous world we find evils, in all forms and sizes, around us. Today’s materialistic world has no place for values. Moral science lessons that were taught in our schools have become contradictory and … More

PERSONALITY

Sajjad Yacoob: One of Top 25 Chief Medical Information ...

By OUR CORRESPONDENT Sajjad Yacoob, MD was named one of the top 25 Chief Medical Information Officers (CMIO) in the United States by Becker’s Hospital Review published by Becker’s Healthcare, the leading source for providing the legal information for healthcare … More

PROTECTION OF DIGNITY

How to Contain Loss of Dignity

DR. WAQUAR ANWAR analyses the factors that can lead to loss of human dignity and suggests ways and means to contain it. Dignity is the birth right of human beings. It is ingrained in them as the children of Adam … More

SCIENCE

World of Satellites

By HAJIRA KHAN & SAMEEN AHMED KHAN A satellite is any object that orbits around another, larger body. The Moon, for example, is a natural satellite of the Earth. An artificial satellite is a manufactured object that continuously orbits the … More

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Dignity sans Justice Well-nigh Impossible

Justice is the backbone of social life; without social justice dignity is not at all possible, avers PROF. JAMIL FAROOQUI Humans are the most superior and the best creatures of Allah the Exalted. They are not only superior from the … More

FACE-TO-FACE

Universal Brotherhood will Restore Human Dignity

PROF. Dr. YASIN MAZHAR SIDDIQUI, a renowned Islamic scholar and former Chairman, Department of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, in an interview with MOHAMMAD NAUSHAD KHAN, underlined the notion of human dignity as a universal concept, which is required to … More

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

Islam is Seriously Misunderstood

After reading every chapter in the Qur’ān twice and taking detailed notes,ANGELA COLLINS believes that Islam is the religion that came to clarify the errors of human beings who changed the original word of God to fit their interests. I … More

INSIDE INDIA

AMU SEERAT COMMITTEE TO ORGANISE SEMINAR

The Aligarh Muslim University’s Seerat Committee is organising a seminar on Empowerment of Women under the Prophet of Islam on 20 January 20. Students from various disciplines have been invited to write papers on various topics related to women in … More

INSIDE INDIA

2 LAKH ASSAM VIOLENCE VICTIMS TAKE SHELTER IN RELIEF CA...

The situation in Assam has improved as Army, paramilitary forces and police intensify operation against the banned NDFB (S) (National Democratic Front of Bodoland – Sangbijit). In four districts of BTAD, police and paramilitary forces arrested 75 people for their … More

INSIDE INDIA

SEX RATIO FALLS FURTHER IN RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan has shown a slight improvement in its infant and under-five mortality rates, but its sex ratio remains skewed, according to the Sample Registration System data for 2013. The child sex ratio has declined further to 874 from 882 girls … More

INSIDE INDIA

SAFFRON OUTFITS BURN COPIES OF TAMIL NOVEL, SEEK BAN

Nearly 50 people from right-wing outfits, headed by local BJP and RSS leaders, reportedly burnt copies of Tamil writer Perumal Murugan’s novel Mathorubagan, at Tiruchengode on 26 December. The protesters claimed that the book portrays Lord Shiva and women devotees … More

INSIDE INDIA

PROTEST AGAINST ‘PK’ TURNS UGLY, THEATRES VANDALISE...

Wielding batons and iron rods, nearly two dozen Bajrang Dal activists on 29 December reportedly vandalised theatres screening Aamir Khan blockbuster ‘PK’ in Ahmedabad for making “fun” of Hindu gods and godmen as protests were also reported from Madhya Pradesh … More

INSIDE INDIA

MOVE ON TIPU BIRTH ANNIVERSARY STIRS ROW

The Congress government’s move to celebrate the birth anniversary of the 18th century legendary king Tipu Sultan has stirred a controversy in Karnataka, with BJP alleging that it was an attempt by the ruling party to strengthen its vote bank, … More

INSIDE INDIA

‘OVER 20 HINDU FAMILIES WILLING TO EMBRACE ISLAM'

Amid the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)’s Ghar Wapsi programme where Muslims and Christians are being converted into Hindu religion across the country, Rajkot based senior Muslim leader Suleman Sanghar is reported to have claimed that over 20 Hindu families were … More

INSIDE INDIA

COLLEGE CANCELS SCREENING OF FILM ON BABRI MASJID DEMOL...

Caving in to alleged pressure of suspected right-wing groups, the ILS Law College in Pune has cancelled the screening of noted filmmaker Anand Patwardhan’s controversial 1992 documentary Ram ke Naam (‘In the name of Ram’) that documents the Babri Masjid … More

INSIDE INDIA

MUSLIM SCHOLARS DROP OUT OF ORIENTAL MEET AFTER THREATS...

At least seven participants of the All India Oriental Conference (AIOC) to be held in Guwahati this month, have dropped out after receiving threatening letters. The letters, received only by Muslim scholars say, “If you will come at Gauwhati, Assam, … More

INSIDE INDIA

OUTRAGE OVER MOCK ‘MUSLIM’ TERROR DRILLS

There has been outrage in India after police in Gujarat conducted mock security drills using fake “militants” dressed as Muslims. According to BBC news, a video of a drill in Surat district showed police restraining men wearing long tunics and … More

MUSLIM WORLD

DID WINSTON CHURCHILL CONSIDER CONVERTING TO ISLAM?

A 1907 letter discovered by a University of Cambridge researcher suggests that Winston Churchill – who served in the army in India in the late 1890s – may have considered converting to Islam after being exposed to the religion during … More

MUSLIM WORLD

PALESTINIANS JOIN WAR CRIMES COURT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on 31 December, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council. The … More

MUSLIM WORLD

GAZANS RALLY FOR RELEASE OF DETAINED RELATIVES IN ISRAE...

Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip on 29 December to call for the release of their detained relatives from Israeli jails. Protesters raised photos of their detained relatives and chanted slogans calling for rights groups to secure the … More

MUSLIM WORLD

BOSNIAN MUSLIMS IN SAREJEVO ENTER 2015 WITH QURAN RECIT...

The United Islamic Assembly organised a Qur’ān recital at the Cekrekci Muslihudin Mosque and great interest was shown by the Sarajevo Muslim community. The mosque muezzin Bilal Efendic said that each year a Qur’ān recital night was organised for the … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MILF LAUNCHES POLITICAL PARTY IN PHILIPPINES

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is converting itself into a political party to be able to take part in elections in the envisioned Bangsamoro government. It has sought accreditation from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the new United … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MUSLIMS TO PROTEST ANTI-ISLAM GROUP IN GERMANY

At least 13 non-governmental organisations of Muslim and ethnic-Turkish immigrants in Germany on 1 January announced their joint decision to protest against the right-wing populist PEGIDA movement. “We are calling on all citizens to join demonstration in Cologne on 5 … More

MUSLIM WORLD

EGYPT POLICE ARREST 477 BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS IN 12 DAYS

Egyptian security forces have detained 477 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in security swoops in the past 12 days, a report said on 29 December. Since last year’s ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s military-backed government has waged a … More

MUSLIM WORLD

BJI LEADER SENTENCED TO DEATH

A leader in the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party has been sentenced to death on 30 December for alleged crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence. ATM Azharul Islam, who was the party’s assistant secretary general until his arrest … More

MUSLIM WORLD

A MOSQUE OPENED IN SIBERIA

The Tulip Mosque (Lala Tulpan) in Siberia has opened for worship in Ufa, the capital of Baskurtistan and is attracting attention with its unique architecture, which is under snow for most of the year, a report said on 1 January. … More

MUSLIM WORLD

ESSEBSI SWORN IN AS TUNISIA’S PRESIDENT

Beji Caid Essebsi on 31 December took the constitutional oath as Tunisia’s first democratically-elected President following a 2011 revolution that ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Essebsi, who served as a parliament speaker under Ben Ali, defeated incumbent interim President … More

OBITUARY

Saiyid Hamid (1920-2014) Another Torchbearer of Educati...

Renowned educationist and former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Saiyid Hamid, who played instrumental role in formulating the Rajindar Sachar Committee report, breathed his last on 29 December at Majeedia Hospital, New Delhi. He was 94. He was born … More

READERS' PULSE

Pledge for 2015

Sometimes New Year’s celebration turns out to be a nightmare where joys become sorrow. What has happened in Sanghai where more than two dozen people lost their lives in a stampede during New Year’s Eve? In India, 17 low floor … More

READERS' PULSE

The Much-maligned Film ‘PK’

‘PK’ is a 2014 Indian reality film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Siddharth Roy Kapur, and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi. It stars Aamir Khan in the title role, with Anushka Sharma, Sushant … More

READERS' PULSE

It’s Not Rocket Science

Reading “It’s Simple Logic, Not Rocket Science” under the column ‘An Open Letter to Modi’ (Radiance Viewsweekly, 4-10 January), I felt pleasure to know the fact that the Modi government did nothing but promises. He came to power with the … More

READERS' PULSE

Justice Sachar on Saiyid Hamid

Justice Rajinder Sachar in his article, “My Friend Saiyid Hamid Saheb” in the book “Muslim Face of India” has mentioned that on one occasion when he reached the premises of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah to address a gathering on his invitation, … More

READERS' PULSE

Why Confusion about Sikhs?

Why this confusion about Sikhs. They were never Hindus. The books I have read on religion, all treat Sikhs separately, not within the fold of Hinduism. Moreover Sikhs do not consider themselves Hindus. The problem created by law should be … More

REPORT

Anti-Conversion Bill is against Right to Constitutional...

By OUR STAFF REPORTER Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, at a press conference in the national capital on 3 January, said that forceful conversion by fraudulent means is against the rule of law and expressed concern over the conspicuous silence of the Prime … More

REPORT

Let Us All Invite Everyone to Islam

By DR. PARVEZ MANDVIWALA The Mira Road chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) 28 December 2014 held a grand public address on ‘Ao Sath Chale’ near Ibraheem Masjid, Mira Road, Mumbai to encourage all Muslims to come together and convey the … More