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Understanding Al-Islam

This section presents articles that will help the true truth seeker to understand the religion of Al-Islam. Articles discussing the basic tenets of the religion, religious philosophy, and Islamic history as well as articles dispelling common myths, propaganda and deliberate misinformation are also presented. In this open season of outrageous attacks against Al-Islam and Muslims, it is very important that the true truth seeker be able to ascertain truths from falsehood. The articles in this section will help in that process.

Organization, Authority and the Distribution and Separation of Power in the Muslim Nation/State

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"Those who faithfully observe their trusts and covenants and who strictly guard their prayers these will be the heirs…"  The Holy Qur’an, 23:8-10


Muslims should consider organizing Muslim societies in such a way that the power of the various authorities are separate and recognizable, with the power of authority varying depending upon rank, the highest ranking authority in this human chain of command being the individual, represented by independent political groups, or parties. The Qur’an teaches us that the leader, or ruler of a Muslim society is a facilitator, a guardian, and a caretaker of the people. He is a servant of God, and therefore a servant of the people. His duty is to administer the affairs of the society, first by ascertaining the needs and desires of the people, identifying resources, and then formulating policies aimed towards the realization of the people’s aspirations, and the fulfillment of their desires, then seeing that the policies are carried out with integrity.

Read more: Organization, Authority and the Distribution and Separation of Power in the Muslim Nation/State

Imam WDM - Victory Over Self

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(Editor's note: Following are excerpt: from a Khutbah delivered by Imam Warith Deen Muhammad at the Washington Masjid, Friday. Feb. 20, 1981.)

All praises are due to Allah, Guardian Evolver, Cherisher and Sustainer of all the worlds. We seek aid from Him. We beg Him for forgiveness. We put complete trust in Him. We ask all goodness from Him. Further, we ask the blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad, the honored and exemplary Messenger of God. Peace and the blessings be upon him; and I bear witness that nothing deserves worshipped except Allah, alone. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.

This religion has come to us by way of the Prophets and is completed in the last Prophet Muhammad. On them be peace. It has come to us to give us direction so that we can realize the full life intended for us by our Creator, who is Allah. The road for us in this life is not an easy one. It is one that assures us the best possible life because it is the one prescribed for us by our Lord and Creator, Allah. It challenges us in many ways. God has said, He has created us into toil and struggle.

Read more: Imam WDM - Victory Over Self

Dispelling Myths About Sharia Law In Al-Islam Part 1

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dispelling myths“In the eyes of history, religious toleration is the highest evidence of culture in a people. It was not until the Western nations broke away from their religious law that they became more tolerant, and it was only when the Muslims fell away from their religious law that they declined in tolerance and other evidences of the highest culture. Therefore the difference evident in that anecdote is not of manners only, but of religion. Tolerance was regarded as un-religious, if not irreligious. Before the coming of Al-Islam it had never been preached as an essential part of religion.”   (M. Marmaduke Pickthall, English Historian and translator of the Qur’an)

 

Read more: Dispelling Myths About Sharia Law In Al-Islam Part 1 

Death For Apostasy Is Un-Islamic and NOT in the Qur'an!

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The widely publicized 2006 case of the conversion of an Afghan citizen to Christianity, caused the issue of apostasy under Islamic Law (sharia), to be brought to public attention. It raised troubling questions about freedom of religion and interfaith relations in Islam. As such, it caused many Muslims to re-examine their Qur'an  in order to ascertain if indeed death for apostasy is what their holy book prescribes.

 

Mainstream media made a lot of this event to further demonize Muslims, by showing the world how hateful Islam is against other religions. After all, Islam is the only religion that prescribes death for anyone who leaves it to join another religion. At the same time Muslims boast about Islam being the fastest growing religion in the world. Yet other religions are humane enough to not kill their former adherents for leaving their religion and becoming Muslims.

It was also strange to see that after killing thousands of Afghans and Iraqis and calling their deaths collateral damage, the US was so "deeply concerned" for the life of this one Afghani. How hypocritical indeed!

Along with other things, this story shows how far Muslims have strayed from their religion. The truth is that if you search the Qur'an from cover to cover you will not find death prescribed as a punishment for apostasy.  In fact you will find the opposite.

Read more: Death For Apostasy Is Un-Islamic and NOT in the Qur'an!