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The Islamic Way of Thinking by Hasan Abdullah

Islam is a unique ideology based upon a unique Aqeedah which serves as the foundation for a
unique system of rules. The distinct nature of Islam would lead someone to ask whether or not
Islam came to also shape the thinking process, which is a process common to all human beings.

No doubt, thinking as a function of the human being is the same for all people. In this process, an
individual transmits his or her sensations of the reality to the brain through the senses and then
connects this sensation to previous information about the reality to produce a thought. Thus, a
reality must exist, which a person senses either directly or indirectly,1 and this reality is transmitted to the brain through one of the senses.

However, thoughts do not result from the sensation alone but result only by linking this sensation
with any previous information that the human being possesses which pertains to the reality at hand.

Thinking does not only consist of the reflection of the reality onto the brain as the Marxists claim.
The Marxists claimed such an idea for no other reason than to prove that matter precedes the Fikr, that the reality is the source of the culture, civilization, social order, and awareness, and that all evolved through the evolution of matter. Such a claim is false because the reality and the brain are not sufficient to produce thought.2 Although these two elements produce sensation, the sensation differs from thought because sensation exists among humans as well as animals.

However, the human being is distinct in the process of connecting the sensation with previous information to produce a new thought.

Thinking in this method is universal, like the processes of eating and walking. However, because
human beings adopt different Aqaid, and the adoption of any Aqeedah builds a person intellectually in a specific format, then the Aqeedah serves as the intellectual framework that defines the outlook towards life as well as the reference and foundation upon which the person builds all other thoughts.

Thus, the Aqeedah by its nature mandates a distinct way of thinking. And adopting the Islamic
Aqeedah in a correct intellectual manner (based upon sound intellectual thinking and not based on imitation of ancestors, blind faith, instinctive emotions, or benefit) will undoubtedly change the individual into an intellectual ideological person who thinks in a distinct method with a distinct style and inclination. And this distinct thinking will manifest in a distinct pattern of behavior.

 

Selections From The Seerah of Muhammad

The Prophet (saw) was not just a human being, he received a revelation from Allah (swt) and thus, he was a Messenger. His (saw) roles in life were not limited to being a father, a grandfather, and a husband. He (saaw) was a judge, a ruler, an army commander and a statesman. Thus to understand his personality we have to understand all his (saw) roles. And for him (saw) to be our example he (saw) should be obeyed in all of these aspects.

The life of the Prophet (saw) provides a source of legislation to each and every one in all aspects of their life. From the private citizen and to the head of the state. From the father and to the husband. And from the neighbour to the judge. Many writings have only talked about one aspect of the life of the Prophet (saaw), the family aspect. By doing this a major aspect of his (saaw) life was ignored or over shadowed. Thus, in this book we discuss the untold aspect of his personality in order to know how to obey him.

The Western Beauty Myth

The Western woman prides herself on the belief that the quest for beauty is a matter of choice; that she is free to define for herself the image and appearance that she wishes to adopt in life. However, the reality is far removed from this naive view.

This Is The Truth

This Is The Truth

Science and Islam

This booklet will critically examine the argument that religion hinders man’s progress and it will show that there is no contradiction between science and Islam. Furthermore, the booklet will highlight some of the scientific achievements of Muslims during the time when Islam was implemented in a comprehensive fashion.

The Role Of The Mosque

One of the many graces which Allah (swt) has bestowed upon the generous Muslim Ummah is the
making of the whole earth pure, a mosque and a grand mihrab for her where Allah (swt) is
worshipped in every single corner of it, whether in the mosques, in the markets, in the streets, or at
schools and universities, in the houses, at the frontiers and so on. Therefore, the whole earth is a
mosque, and this is indicated by the hadith reported by Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of
Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “I have been granted upon five things
which were not granted to any other prophet before me: I have gained victory with awe from the
distance of one month; the earth has been made sacred and pure and mosque for me, so whenever
the time of prayer comes for anyone of you, he should pray wherever he is; the spoils of war have
been made lawful for me, and these were never made lawful to anyone before; I have been granted
shafa‘a (intercession); and every prophet was sent particularly to his own people, whereas I have
been sent to all mankind.”

Purdah And The Status of Woman In Islam by Syed Abul 'a la Maududi

The Muslim was the one who could save the world from the evil of extremes, because he alone possesses the correct solution of all the problems of man’s community life. But the tragedy of man’s misfortune has been that the one possessing the beacon of Light has himself gone night-blind. Not to speak of guiding others to the Right Path, he himself has got lost and is running after the other blind people in search of light and truth.

The word “Purdah” is used as a title for the set of injunctions which constitute the most important part of the Islamic system of community life. If these injunctions are viewed in their right perspective against the structure of this system, every person who has not wholly lost his powers of discernment will readily admit this to be the only balanced and just view in regard to man’s social life. Then if this system is shown to work practically in its true spirit, the whole woe-stricken world will rush towards this fountain-head of peace and security and seek its help in curing its social maladies. But the question is: Who will undertake such a demonstration? The one who could do this has himself been taken ill for a long time. Therefore, before proceeding further let us have a look at him and try to diagnose his ailment.

Our Philosophy by Muhammad Baqir as-Sadr

Our Philosophy is a collection of our basic notions concerning the world and our way of considering it. For this reason, the book, with the exception of the Introduction, is divided into two investigations: one concerned with the theory of knowledge, and the other, with the philosophical notion of the world.

Muslim Youth: Followers or Leaders?

Muslim youth growing up in the West face a variety of problems, issues and dilemma’s. Many deal with them by simply ‘going with the flow’ or by ‘following the crowd’. Often Muslims follow the youth in wider society despite the fact that they possess the true belief, Islam. The belief of Islam makes us different and worthy to be leaders of humanity rather than followers of people whose favourite pastime is getting drunk or high on a Friday night.

This book is a collection of articles relevant to Muslim youth in the West. It aims to provoke thinking to enable Muslim youth to realise their true identity as slaves of Allah ? and not slaves to pop stars,
sports personalities, movie celebrities or any human being.

 

Mankind's Greatest Question

‘Where did I come from, and where am I going? is the question on every child’s lips at some stage. What is the relationship between man, life and the universe? What is the link between life and what was before life, and what is after life? These are all the most natural of questions which man wants an answer to, and indeed needs an answer to, to form a basis for all actions. Without an answer, we are simply running with a limited view of life, i.e. what is here and now with no regard to the past and future. Such a view of life is comparable to applying for a job without asking the interviewer what the history of the company is, who they will be working for, why the previous person left, what the job is, how the job is likely to develop, what the prospects for promotion are and so on. To simply ask for the job without any reference to the past and the future and how they are related is superficial and naive.’