All posts tagged: religion

Science for the ummah

Nadeem F. Paracha Recently an enterprising Pakistani engineer claimed to have invented a car that is powered by water. Excited by the news, Pakistan’s, nay, the whole Muslim ummah (and some North Korean’s) favourite scientist, Dr. Qadeem Khan, endorsed the invention and demanded that the automobile be called ‘Islamic car.’ Of course, there was the usual whining from liberal fascists/scum/extremists who ridiculed the glorious invention as a product of ‘pseudo-science’ and technical quackery.

Religion: In the shadow of the mosque

The Economist Religion is becoming less tolerant, and more central to Pakistan   Visibly more pious THE CLEAN-SHAVEN, middle-aged academic in Lahore is under fire from his wife and his bushy-bearded 20-year-old son, a student. Last year he completed the haj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim is expected to make at least once. Now, after a lifetime of weekly attendance at the mosque, on Fridays, he is told by his family that he should make the half-hour trip there to say his prayers five times a day. “Pakistan”, he says, “has become very religious-minded and anti-West.”

STATE AND RELIGION IN PAKISTAN

PTH By Shahnaz Khan Will separation of state and religion contradict the spirit of the creation of Pakistan?  Does this division threaten Islam? Should the state regulate the religious beliefs and activities of ALL Muslims?  These questions are being hotly debated in Pakistan, with the primary focus on either the two nation theory or the vision of Jinnah.  It, perhaps, may be more productive to review historical data and some fundamental principles of Islam in resolving these issues. After all this controversy is neither unique to Pakistan or Islam.  It will also be helpful to define a secular state:  A state which is not hostile to religion but is neutral to the religious preference of its citizens.

PROBLEMS OF PLURALISM

Asghar Ali Engineer (Islam and Modern Age, August 2011)   When Islam emerged on the scene in early seventh century, Arabs were divided among different tribes but nevertheless spoke one language Arabic and more or less followed one religion (though had different traditions) i.e. worshipping different idols placed inside Ka’ba and some idols which were outside Mecca. Thus we cannot call that society a pluralist society. Of course there were Jews in Madina and Christians in some parts of Arabian Peninsula. So in that way it was a multi-religious society to an extent as Christians and Jews were in small minorities.

The Nation-State and Social Order in the Perspective of Islam

I. The Family: First Level of Social Organization Human association has had a long history which three institutions had struggled to dominate. The first is the family, which has blood and heredity for bases. The characteristics it engenders in humans are innate and immutable. Indeed, they are constitutive of the relationship. Certainly family-living engenders in humans other characteristics which are acquired through association.