Islam and Muslims

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam and Muslims | Al-Risala March 1988

They think that by closing a door here and a window there, they have done enough, and that the rest will come about by wishful thinking.

“Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the window.”

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam and Muslims | Al-Risala March 1988

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam and Muslims | Al-Risala November 1987

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam and Muslims | Al-Risala September, 1987

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam and Muslims | Al-Risala, May 1987

Those who keep dairy cows are faced with the perennial problem of preventing the calves from drinking up all their mothers’ milk. This problem is often solved by tying a thorny piece of wood to the calves’ heads, so that when they go to drink milk, the thorns prick the udders, causing the cows to shy away.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islam and Muslims

In the modern, industrial world, the term ‘Turnkey Project’ has come to be widely used. Ready-made houses and factories are made today in which everything is provided by the seller. The buyer has only to turn the key in order to use it. The behaviour of certain Muslims of the present day suggests that they think the world is theirs for taking, that God has handed it over to them ready-made and that all they have to do is ‘turn the key’ and everything and everyone will be ready to do their bidding.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam and Muslims

“Here are my entire life’s savings.” Saying this, an elderly scholar, who had spent his whole life reading and writing, in the utmost simplicity, placed a cheque for Rs. 10,000/- in the hands of his newly wed daugh­ter and son-in-law. He explained that he had been able to save this amount out of his meagre income by living frugally and never wasting anything. “I could have spent all this on lavish wedding celebrations,” he added, “But I preferred to hand it over to you young people so that you could make a good beginning in life.”

Indian Muslims, comprising so large a segment of the population that they can top the polls in any one of a hundred constituencies, are in a position to tip the political balance of the entire country.

In the early stages of modern civilization the Arabs made a considerable contribution to practical science. For instance, as early as the seventh century, the Arabs made usable watches. In his Discovery of India, Jawaharlal Nehru mentions that ‘Damascus had a famous clock and so did the Baghdad of Harun al-Rashid’s day’ (p.261).