The question of faith and reason is one that has intrigued philosophers since the dawn of human civilisation. In a tradition sense, both faith and reason are sources from which knowledge have been and continues to be derived. This is the case as both faith and reason can purportedly serve the epistemic (1) function of religious thought. In essence, this short article intends to shed light on the importance of faith in an age of reason. In particular, what faith can give Man that reason cannot. The question posed is of immense importance and value to Man in the modern world considering the rapid advancement of science and technology particularly in the 20th century. Although the importance of reason cannot be denied as to its worth surrounding physical, natural and empirical inquiry, the ultimate needs of Man which comprise of a physical and metaphysical nature can only be completed through faith.
By Dawood Mehmood
The attacks in Paris against Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish community are horrific and wholly against the teachings of Islam. After the attacks, the magazine published more caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Therefore, as Muslims we must also condemn this vindictive and hateful act.
The debate of freedom of speech has come into light in the past week, and many have said that it is justifiable for Charlie Hebdo to publish the caricatures. However, many feel that there is dual-standard and hypocritical behaviour surrounding this argument. The same people who argue for this on the one hand say it is free speech to draw the Prophet Muhammad, on the other hand, do not draw Prime Minister Netanyahu, as it may be anti-Semitic, as proven in 2013, when the Daily Telegraph retracted their caricature. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed his “sharp reservation”, with Rupert Murdoch stating “we owe [a] major apology for [the] grotesque, offensive cartoon”. If it is grotesque to draw Netanyahu, then how can it be freedom of speech drawing the Prophet Muhammad? The question that should be debated is what are the limits to the freedom of speech?
By Shaykh Rehan Ahmed Raza Al-Azhari
In modern times, the contribution of Muslim civilization and culture to the development of Science has hardly received the measure of recognition it deserves, despite the pioneering and courageous works of such scholars as Sarton, Briffault and Le Bon. Draper’s A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe and the joint publication of the late T.W. Arnold and Alfred Guillaume also deserve credible mention.
The aim of this discourse is to draw attention to the unique aspects, whose presence is a strong argument in support of the fact that Muslims have had the capability of establishing a civilization that is superior and perfected, in comparison to the present time. It also serves to remind the younger generation of the Muslim Ummah, the need to establish such an exalted civilization as it was founded by our ancestors. The need to raise this reminder is currently most appropriate due to the Muslim Ummah stepping into a new era with great enthusiasm and fervor, and it possesses the liability to build a better and superior future.
The Muslim Ummah still retains the habits, disposition and talents of their ancestors. Thus when Muslims hear of their stories of excellence, eminence and respectability, they are motivated into constructive work.
It was not possible to elaborate on the tremendous achievements accomplished by the Muslims in the past in such a short article, therefore I will choose certain fields and give details on the achievements of various Muslim Scholars in their respective fields.
We will be discussing the fields of Mathematics, Physics & Technology, Astronomy, Chemistry and Medicine.
By Shaykh Rehan Ahmed Raza Al-Azhari
It is fitting to state that gratitude is due upon us, in the name of the All-Powerful, who created us as human beings, with intellect. Who created us with limbs and emotions, of senses and abilities. Most importantly, He created us from the Nation of His most Beloved – Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings). This short article will discuss the major duty of enjoining good and forbidding evil and the evil consequences of abandoning this Prophetic duty.