The code of conduct for establishing and using mosques which was generated by Prophet Muhammad under the aegis of revelation, is universal and timeless, applying to every time and space, as it is the case with the whole corpus of Islamic beliefs, values and principles.
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The Treaty of Umar allowed the Christians of Jerusalem religious freedom, as is dictated in the Quran and the sayings of Muhammad. This was one of the first and most significant guarantees of religious freedom in history.
Al-Masjid al-Haram or the Ka’bah is not about stones, timber and other building materials of which it might have been composed. The matter was always spiritual, rather than physical, in the sense that the form of the Ka’bah, and later its Al-Masjid al-Haram...
In order to counter Satan’s horizontal advances, believers from all sides of the earth constantly face the Holy Mosque (qiblah), both physically with their actual faces and spiritually with the “faces” of their hearts. That allows them either to sidestep...
Lost for words, while watching, touching or circumambulating the Ka'bah, most people tend to give in to the stream of abundant but incommunicable spiritual, psychological and even intellectual emotions the circumstances generate.
Muslims need to enrich themselves with the timeless knowledge and values of Islam first, because empty, hollow, disoriented and clueless individuals can produce nothing, nor contribute anything to their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others...
Honestly, a sincere Muslim should feel more comfortable with Christian churches and Jewish synagogues than the “temples” (malls, art galleries, entertainment centers, etc.) of materialism, modernity, liberalism and consumerism. While the former promotes the teachings...
Aren’t believing in One Allah, following the same Prophet, reading the same Quran and facing the same qiblah, sufficient for creating a common ground for any sort of dialogue and any degree of partnership against the avowed enemies of everything that both Sunnis and Shi’is live for?
Modern civilization seduces, beguiles and makes its devotees addictive to its bogus promises and splendor. On the whole, it is an extremely destructive force. It “kills” and shuts man forever inside the “cave” of his skeptical mind and corrupted soul (nafs or self). Islam’s aim is to rescue man from such a distressing agony.
The chief aim of the chapter is to reveal the truth, however spectacular or enigmatic it seemed to the people, and to give warning to the disbelievers and polytheists of a severe punishment from Allah, and also to give glad tidings to the believers, who do righteous deeds...
We have fallen into a trap set by Islam’s and Muslims’ enemies, failing to leap out and think as well as act freely and objectively. How we treat each other through thick and thin is not what Islam and its Prophet Muhammad teach us.
When interacting and conversing with my Shi’i friends, students, colleagues, as well as mere acquaintances, one thing becomes crystal clear. We have no significant differences, nor disagreements, about the most fundamental and most consequential issues concerning both Islam and life.