Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance regarding the religious gatherings of Muslims

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī and translated by Maulana M Talhah At this present time, the Coronavirus has spread to almost every country in the world, and is continuing to spread very rapidly. There is no cure that has been found to combat this virus. The most effective means of protection which can be understood is to avoid social contact, avoid travel, and avoid places of congregation and gathering. Those countries which have strictly enforced this guidance have relatively been protected, and those that are somewhat lenient in this regard, are being immensely affected and the death rate has reached…

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Guidelines for Muslims on Coronavirus Covid-19

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī Coronavirus Covid-19 has reached all countries and continents and has just recently been declared a global pandemic. Many are circulating all sorts of information, precautions and treatments as a response to this outbreak, leading to more anxiety, confusion, and possibly harmful behaviours. We should avoid relying on or passing around ‘information’ and ‘advice’ of this kind because it is not based on authoritative, verifiable procedures for ensuring that information is as reliable and useful as it can be. We must make sure that we look to the knowledge and advice of experts in matters about…

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Principles and applications

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī Both general principles and concrete applications must be learnt together for creation to fulfil its Creator’s purpose. If you don’t learn how to interpret an engineering design into an engineered object, then all your engineering skills will be spent on repeating a limited number of engineered objects. So, for example, a craftsman may produce the most beautiful carved wooden table, expressing years of patience, careful practice. He may be able to scale this application so that he can make the same table in different sizes. But if we ask him to produce a chair or…

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Settling disputes between Muslims in the UK

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī The primary function of courts in any jurisdiction, Islamic or otherwise, is to settle disputes according to rules that both disputing parties know and agree. One of the main functions of the state is to uphold the authority of the courts and then to enforce their decisions. Any court, however grand, is useless if its decisions cannot or will not be enforced by the state. That is why, i.e. for the most practical reasons, I always advise Muslims to register their marriages with the civil authority so that the marriage is legally recognized by the…

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The role of `ulama’

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī The fact is that the `ulama’ are not a respected group in society. The respect that they are given is primarily sentimental because of the emotional attachment that all people have to their religious and cultural background. That background in all societies without exception, until the last century, is that religion legitimizes (that is, sustains the authority of) power and wealth. The reason for this is that until the last century there was not much possibility of controlling the forces of nature or the forces of popular will without resort to religious and moral ideas…

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How to engage with what is happening in our time

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī I generally avoid commenting on political issues, because in my experience doing so only serves to complicate and multiply the weaknesses of my fellow Muslims. I prefer to focus on  matters which can waken people to a strong realization that they have a common purpose and responsibility, namely to prepare themselves for their personal meeting with their Creator. What has happened in modern life in all parts of the world is a fiercely extreme intensification of concern with economic gain — even the most wealthy people are unable to switch their attention away from this…

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Islamophobia

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī Any phobia has two directions from which it arises. One direction is from the person himself who is suffering the phobia, some cause in him, psychological or cultural. The other direction is from that which the phobia is about. In this case, Muslims should realise and admit to themselves that they are hated not necessarily for being Muslims but for their actual behaviours, or justifiable suspicions about how they might behave. There is nothing that can be done by Muslims to prevent that part of Islamophobia which emerges from the psychology or culture of those…

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Presenting Islam without deception

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi Allah has commanded presenting the religion to non-Muslims in a good way, that is to say, with patient courtesy and kindness, and by every means to avoid provoking non-Muslims into retaliatory insults. Providing someone in need of material help (such as food, money, clothes, shelter) with something of what they need is only pleasing to Allah if it is done with an effort to ensure that the recipient does not feel indebted to you. Providing religious guidance is an obligatory duty if (a) someone is need of it and (b) you are able to fill…

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Ease and Relaxation in Islam

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi Ease is through hardship. Muslims should be suspicious of any ease which does not involve any effort. The obvious example of that is watching t.v. The only effort it requires is to push the button. It actually will be better to sleep rather than watching tvs. There are certain things that the Prophet sanctioned which nowadays are put under the category of entertainment like sports such as archery, horse-riding and swimming. The Prophet accepted the people have to relax, they have to live in this world and so they have to give time to it,…

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The crisis facing madrasas

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi Madrasas, like Nadwa, Deoband, Islah and others, which have been active in service of the Muslim community for the best part of 150 years, now face a hard choice. They are under pressure to shift away from the objectives for which they were originally founded towards curricula primarily oriented to preparing students for the current job market. It is said that, if they do not move in this direction, they will not attract students in sufficient numbers to remain viable, meaning that they will eventually become irrelevant and close. As an alumnus and former teacher…

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