Articles Islamic Supreme Council of America http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/publications/articles.feed 2017-12-16T18:42:25Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management The Quran's Miraculous Relevance 2010-05-27T17:03:41Z 2010-05-27T17:03:41Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/publications/articles/55-the-qurans-miraculous-relevance.html Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani cellweb@yahoo.com <p><img class="caption" src="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/images/stories/isca/quran.jpg" border="0" alt="quran" width="400" height="300" style="float: right;" /></p> <p>Islam comprises all of civilization. Within Islam’s sources are to be found all that is of value – the ultimate treasure trove of intellectual knowledge, practical guidance and spiritual wisdom. Islam is the fount for all of civilization’s achievements and the diadem of its crown.</p> <p>Islam carries, like a treasure-laden ship, within its deep hold are every sort of store and provision. Its sails are the sciences of jurisprudence and spirituality, like two wings of a bird, both of which it needs to carry its precious cargo of humankind across the vast expanse of the ocean of this life. At the helm of this vessel is the Leader and Master of mankind, Sayyidina Muhammad ÿ, under whose watchful eye and incalculable care it cuts through the depths of Allah’s unsounded and uncharted Kingdom.</p> <p><img class="caption" src="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/images/stories/isca/quran.jpg" border="0" alt="quran" width="400" height="300" style="float: right;" /></p> <p>Islam comprises all of civilization. Within Islam’s sources are to be found all that is of value – the ultimate treasure trove of intellectual knowledge, practical guidance and spiritual wisdom. Islam is the fount for all of civilization’s achievements and the diadem of its crown.</p> <p>Islam carries, like a treasure-laden ship, within its deep hold are every sort of store and provision. Its sails are the sciences of jurisprudence and spirituality, like two wings of a bird, both of which it needs to carry its precious cargo of humankind across the vast expanse of the ocean of this life. At the helm of this vessel is the Leader and Master of mankind, Sayyidina Muhammad ÿ, under whose watchful eye and incalculable care it cuts through the depths of Allah’s unsounded and uncharted Kingdom.</p> The Importance of Technology in the Development of Islamic Countries 2010-05-27T16:17:30Z 2010-05-27T16:17:30Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/publications/articles/54-the-importance-of-technology-in-the-development-of-islamic-countries.html Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani cellweb@yahoo.com <p>What was the means by which the Prophet developed the Sahaba, their community and the entire Ummah? He taught them:</p> <p class="arabic">اطلب العلم و لو في الصين</p> <p class="Hadith0" style="text-align: justify;">Seek knowledge even if it be in China.<a name="_ftnref" href="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/#_ftn1" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;">[1]</span></span></a></p> <p class="Body1">It was through a cultural ethos informed by the Qur’ānic order to seek God’s Signs in His creation and to ponder on them, that the sciences were built in Islam on the foundations of rational inquiry and logical thought while simultaneously seeking the philosophical and theological underpinnings to their observations. In this way, the Muslim world quickly surpassed its counterparts in developing science and research methodology, practical experimentation, and methods of confirming theory with observation - methods that are still followed today in modern laboratories and technical institutions.</p> <p>What was the means by which the Prophet developed the Sahaba, their community and the entire Ummah? He taught them:</p> <p class="arabic">اطلب العلم و لو في الصين</p> <p class="Hadith0" style="text-align: justify;">Seek knowledge even if it be in China.<a name="_ftnref" href="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/#_ftn1" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;">[1]</span></span></a></p> <p class="Body1">It was through a cultural ethos informed by the Qur’ānic order to seek God’s Signs in His creation and to ponder on them, that the sciences were built in Islam on the foundations of rational inquiry and logical thought while simultaneously seeking the philosophical and theological underpinnings to their observations. In this way, the Muslim world quickly surpassed its counterparts in developing science and research methodology, practical experimentation, and methods of confirming theory with observation - methods that are still followed today in modern laboratories and technical institutions.</p> Viewpoint: Door of Ijtihad is Open 2010-05-25T21:31:52Z 2010-05-25T21:31:52Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/publications/articles/45-viewpoint-door-of-ijtihad-is-open.html Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani cellweb@yahoo.com <p><img class="caption" src="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/images/stories/isca/opendoor.jpg" border="0" alt="Open Door" width="240" height="360" style="float: left;" /></p> <p>One of the criticisms leveled against Islam is that it is a religion frozen in time, one that has not embraced new paradigms of the modern world. In reality, Islam has always been a living, vibrant faith that adapts to new and changing circumstances.</p> <p>Though some scholars have attempted to freeze the interpretation of Islam, most accept the view that Islamic Divine Law, or Sharia, is subject to ongoing re-evaluation according to the principles of juristic reasoning, known as ijtihād. The purpose of this ongoing process of ijtihād is to adapt Sharia to changing societal circumstances. Thus, most Islamic scholars say that “the door of ijtihād" remains open.</p> <p><img class="caption" src="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/images/stories/isca/opendoor.jpg" border="0" alt="Open Door" width="240" height="360" style="float: left;" /></p> <p>One of the criticisms leveled against Islam is that it is a religion frozen in time, one that has not embraced new paradigms of the modern world. In reality, Islam has always been a living, vibrant faith that adapts to new and changing circumstances.</p> <p>Though some scholars have attempted to freeze the interpretation of Islam, most accept the view that Islamic Divine Law, or Sharia, is subject to ongoing re-evaluation according to the principles of juristic reasoning, known as ijtihād. The purpose of this ongoing process of ijtihād is to adapt Sharia to changing societal circumstances. Thus, most Islamic scholars say that “the door of ijtihād" remains open.</p> Democracy According to Traditional Islamic Sources 2002-07-11T00:00:00Z 2002-07-11T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/publications/articles/51-democracy-according-to-traditional-islamic-sources.html Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani cellweb@yahoo.com <p class="MsoBodyText">The Qur’ān says:</p> <p class="arabic" style="text-align: center;">يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِيالأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ</p> <p class="QuranChar" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: zPalatino;">Obey Allah, obey the Prophet and obey those in authority among you.”</span><a name="_ftnref" href="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/#_ftn1" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-family: zPalatino; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;">[1]</span></span></span></a><span style="font-family: zPalatino;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText">The primary sources of Islamic law are therefore the words and commands of Allah as laid out in the Qur’ān, the sayings and traditions of the Prophet (s) (<em>aħādīth</em>), and the rulings of political and religious leaders.</p> <p class="MsoBodyText">The Holy Qur’ān is the highest standard by which man can order his life. As such, it is a model only the Prophet of Allah could uphold to its fullest. Yet, it is still not possible for the average Muslim to follow the Prophet’s example directly. Muslims therefore rely on the authority of their leaders to guide them in upholding the principles of law laid out in the Qur’ān and the traditions. The Prophet (s) himself stated, “Whoever is chosen by the people after me will be the caliph, and you must listen to and obey him.”<a name="_ftnref" href="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/#_ftn2" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;">[2]</span></span></a> Those in authority include the rulers of the nation, its religious scholars and its judges.</p> <h3> <p class="MsoBodyText">The Qur’ān says:</p> <p class="arabic" style="text-align: center;">يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِيالأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ</p> <p class="QuranChar" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: zPalatino;">Obey Allah, obey the Prophet and obey those in authority among you.”</span><a name="_ftnref" href="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/#_ftn1" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="font-family: zPalatino; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;">[1]</span></span></span></a><span style="font-family: zPalatino;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText">The primary sources of Islamic law are therefore the words and commands of Allah as laid out in the Qur’ān, the sayings and traditions of the Prophet (s) (<em>aħādīth</em>), and the rulings of political and religious leaders.</p> <p class="MsoBodyText">The Holy Qur’ān is the highest standard by which man can order his life. As such, it is a model only the Prophet of Allah could uphold to its fullest. Yet, it is still not possible for the average Muslim to follow the Prophet’s example directly. Muslims therefore rely on the authority of their leaders to guide them in upholding the principles of law laid out in the Qur’ān and the traditions. The Prophet (s) himself stated, “Whoever is chosen by the people after me will be the caliph, and you must listen to and obey him.”<a name="_ftnref" href="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/#_ftn2" style="mso-footnote-id: ftn;"><span class="MsoFootnoteReference"><span style="mso-special-character: footnote;">[2]</span></span></a> Those in authority include the rulers of the nation, its religious scholars and its judges.</p> <h3>