In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate


Islamophobia: How do we deal with it

By: MuslimVillage Source: MuslimVillage Everywhere we look, it seems difficult to be a Muslim these days. From asking to defend stupidity done in the name of Islam to responding to American political dogma. How do we fit it in? Do we have to be like everyone else to fit in? How do we raise a family in this contentious environment? Remember, if we just try to be like non-Muslims, they don’t need us. We become boring, mundane, and irrelevant. Every culture has something to add. And obviously we are no exception. And unfortunately we are no exception to xenophobia. Every culture in the states, for example, fell victim. From the blacks who were enslaved then told separate but equal, to the...

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Hand-shaking and propriety

By: Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) Source: In the business field, men and women are often found offering their hand for a handshake. It is formality and considered part of good business dealings and interaction. Many brothers enquire as to how to deal with such situations. As Muslims, we keep before us the Command of Allah Ta’ala: That it is Haraam (forbidden) for us to touch, let alone shake the hand of a strange woman (or vice versa). Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “It is better for an iron rod (nail) to be driven into the head of a man, than for him to touch a woman who is not permissible for him.”[1] Moreover, Allah...

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A ruling on copyright and intellectual property

By: Mufti Taqi Usmani Source: The question of ‘copyright’ is related to a wider concept, generally known as the concept of ‘intellectual property’. In previous times, the concept of ownership was confined to only tangible objects. The theory of ‘intellectual property’ contemplates that whoever applies his mental labour to invent something is the owner of the fruits of his labour. If a person has invented a certain instrument, he does not own that instrument only, but he also owns the formula he has used for the first time to invent it. Therefore, nobody can use that formula without his permission. Similarly, if a person has written a book, he is the exclusive owner of the...

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