Pillars of Islam

STRIKING A BALANCE

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam in Life | Al-Risala December 1987

RISING TO THE OCCASION

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam in Life | Al-Risala December 1987

PUTTING HUMILITY BEFORE SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam in Life | Al-Risala November 1987

One day, in Delhi, I was going down the stairs of the mosque after my morning prayers when someone, also on his way out, asked me, “Didn’t you see that the man praying with his sleeves rolled up above his elbows?” Without waiting for me to reply, he added, “Keeping God and the Devil happy at one fell swoop! God save us from such worshippers.” As he spoke, his tone and manner exuded hatred and scorn.

PARTICIPATING IN SPIRIT

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam in Life | Al-Risala July, 1987

In the year 9 A.H., the Prophet of Islam led an expedition to Tabuk. Some Muslims had valid excuses precluding their participation in this expedition. With regard to them, this verse of the Quran was revealed:

The Nature of Belief

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam in Life | Al-Risala, April 1987, pp. 31-32

When Prophet Muhammad brought the message of Islam to the people of Mecca (the Quraysh), they did not find it acceptable. They could not understand how the religion of Muhammad could be true and that which they had inherited from their forebears be false. Fired with the pride of their own religion, they said to the Prophet:

THE NATURE OF BELIEF

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam in Life | Al-Risala, April 1987, pp. 31-32

When Prophet Muhammad brought the message of Islam to the people of Mecca (the Quraysh), they did not find it acceptable. They could not understand how the religion of Muhammad could be true and that which they had inherited from their forebears be false. Fired with the pride of their own religion, they said to the Prophet:

THE TASK TO BE PERFORMED

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam in Life

Maulana Mohammad Ilyas, founder of Tablighi Jamaat–a worldwide Muslim reform movement with its center in New Delhi–used to issue this instruction to preaching groups that he sent out. “Lower your gaze,” he would tell them. “Go out with thoughts of God in your heart, His remembrance on your lips …, a serious outlook, a sense of responsibility, and your journey will be easy if you advance in unison.” Any group, which adopts these characteristics, is bound to be successful.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF LIFE

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam in Life

Reviewing modern, scientific civilization, a commentator has made the very pertinent observation that it is not invested with ideological permanence. This seems quite true when we consider that Copernicus replaced Ptolemy, Newton replaced Copernicus, and Einstein replaced Newton.

EID AL-FITR—DAY OF DIVINE REWARD

Eid is an important annual festival for people of the Islamic faith. The Muslims celebrate it on the first date of Shawwal, that is, the tenth month of the Hijra calendar. On this festival, Muslims exchange gifts and meet their neighbours as a mark of solidarity and brotherhood.