Al Hafiz – The Protector

Al-Hafiz (الحفيظ) is one of the names of Allah (swt). It comes from the verb ‘hifz – to preserve’ and literally means ‘to preserve, to guard and to protect’. In the ayah, it is said: “…Lo! my Lord is Guardian (Hafiz) over all things.” (Hud, 11:57) There are so many manifestations of the name ‘Hafiz’ in the universe that a person looking out from the window of reflection (tafakkur) can easily see the manifestations of this name of Allah’s on any living or non-living thing. As a person observes the…

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The Spiritual Jihad

While in the past, under certain conditions, Muslims were ordered to engage in jihad against their enemies as a defence, in today’s world of chaos, uncertainty and lack of final authority, Muslim individuals are responsible for disciplining their own  souls and fighting an intellectual battle against unbelief. “O you who have believed, shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful punishment? [It is that] you believe in Allah and His Messenger and strive (make jihad) in the cause of Allah with your wealth and…

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Knowledge: ‘sine qua non’ for the Muslim

Acquiring knowledge, using our minds and thinking deeply are vitally important intellectual actions in studying the basic sources of the religion of Islam. In Islam, knowledge is so important that the word ‘ilm (knowledge), including its derivatives, is mentioned 750 times in the Qur’an. Moreover, when we take into account the things which lead us to knowledge and are related to the word ‘knowledge’ like read, think, draw a lesson, mind, sight, wisdom, and thought, we see that one in every four verses is about knowledge, because the key to happiness in the world and the hereafter lies…

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Is Shafa’ah (Intercession) Right?

The lexical meaning of Shafa’ah Sayyid Sharif Jurjani says the following in Tarifat: Shafa’ah is to demand forgiveness for major sins. Tahanawi says it is “a request to attain a good situation or to get rid of harm by way of invocation.” (Kashshafu Istilihatu’l-Funun / 1st Volume / p: 1034) The translator of Kamus-u Muhit states: according to what the author states in Basair, it means (شفع) (شفاعه), a helper, an assistant or to ask forgiveness for and on behalf of the sinner. In few words, shafa’ah means to seek…

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Tawafuq, the Cipher in Qur’an and the Book of the Universe

We see that some words that have been used casually by a major part of the society are indeed in contrast with our faith. Unfortunately, this situation escapes most people’s notice. If we do not notice those wrong usages, with time those words stick in our minds with wrong meanings and this can reach to such an extent that they can even destroy our faith. One of the ways of avoiding this danger is to notice the wrong usage and use the correct word. In this series of articles which…

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What Do the Movements in the Prayer Mean?

What do the movements of salah such as qiyam, ruku’ and sujud represent? Answer: Niyyah (intention of prayer): Niyyah is the decision of the heart,the  declaration of the reasons behind each action. It means to intend saying ‘yes’ to Allah (SWT) by obeying His commands. Iftitah Takbir (the Opening Takbir): By saying Allahu Akbar (‘Allah is Greater’), we toss the entire world behind us with our hands and seek refuge in the mercy of Allah (SWT). It is to affirm that Allah (SWT) is the greatest by saying takbir (Allahu…

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Problems and Religious Organization of Bulgarian Muslims

The Bulgarian Muslims who made headlines recently were demanding that they be given their rights. By MUSTAFA ALIŞ Former Chief Mufti of Bulgaria Bulgarian Muslims were the first Muslim community to come out of Ottoman rule. Islam played the most significant role in protecting the Muslim Turkish minority in Bulgaria after the Ottomans withdrew from the country in 1878. The Muslim minority has been struggling for 130 years to preserve their Muslim identity despite many hardships and obstacles. Their Islamic awareness was kept vivid and the Muslim Turkish identity was…

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The Problems of Balkan Muslims

The Problems of Balkan Muslims: A General Evaluation By Adnan İsmailî, Skopje Introduction The Balkan peninsula is a frontier zone extending between Europe and Asia which faces North Africa from its sea borders. That region is comprised of the following countries; Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia. The last seven countries were the members of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which was disintegrated in 1990s. With collapse of communism and the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the Balkan Muslims were faced with new problems. We…

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April-June 2012 issue

FROM THE BALKAN WARS TO THE BALKAN PEACE The region is seeking peace and stability after a long history of wars, chaos and unrest Cover Story The Problems of Balkan Muslims:A General Evaluation Adnan Ismaili, SKOPJE In order to protect and strengthen Muslim identity in the Balkan region some real investment is needed. The Balkans – The Status Quo and the Problems Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania Problems and Religious Organization of Bulgarian Muslims Mustafa Alis -Former Chief Mufti of BULGARIA The Bulgarian Muslims who made headlines recently were demanding that they be given their rights. Brief Information about…

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