Understanding Islam Islamic Supreme Council of America http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam.html Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:44:17 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Globalization of Jihad: From Islamist Resistance to War Against the West http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/anti-extremism/56-the-globalization-of-jihad-from-islamist-resistance-to-war-against-the-west.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/anti-extremism/56-the-globalization-of-jihad-from-islamist-resistance-to-war-against-the-west.html redpeace

(2006) During the Cold War, the world was divided into two camps: one aligned with the United States, the other aligned with the Soviet Union. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, America emerged as the sole superpower. But another camp is again emerging to challenge the United States and its allies. It is not a great superpower like the Soviet Union, but a loose coalition of forces united by a common opposition to the United States and its policies.

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani) Anti-Extremism Fri, 28 May 2010 00:52:25 +0000
Ritual Prayer: Its Meaning and Manner http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/53-ritual-prayer-its-meaning-and-manner.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/53-ritual-prayer-its-meaning-and-manner.html prayers

Prayer is one of the central elements of Islamic practice and worship. Indeed, it is the second of the Five Pillars of Islam and, along with the testimony of faith, the pilgrimage to Mecca, fasting the month of Ramadan and paying the poor tax, forms the essential framework of religious life for Muslims. More than that, the observance of the ritual prayer forms the framework of each Muslim’s day, from the pre-dawn morning prayer to the night prayer that precedes sleep.

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani) Legal Rulings Wed, 26 May 2010 23:11:43 +0000
Understanding Islamic Law http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/52-understanding-islamic-law.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/52-understanding-islamic-law.html Islamic civilization, since the time of Prophet Muhammad (s) until now, is firmly founded on the concept of ‘rule of law.’ For that reason, the law is published and known, and citizens and courts are expected to uphold it. In addition, Muslim citizens must adhere to Islamic law - Shariah. If a Muslim citizen commits a religious violation, he is judged according to Islamic law. A non-Muslim citizen is judged in religious issues by the laws of his own faith.

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani) Legal Rulings Wed, 26 May 2010 21:31:23 +0000
What is a Fatwa? http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/44-what-is-a-fatwa.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/44-what-is-a-fatwa.html In recent years, the term “fatwā” has been widely used throughout the media, usually to indicate that a death sentence has been dealt to someone or some group of people. The limited use of this term has resulted in a limited understanding of its meaning. ISCA therefore offers the following statement to elucidate the true significance of the term “fatwā.”

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani) Legal Rulings Tue, 25 May 2010 21:18:24 +0000
Spirituality in Modern Civilization http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/spirituality/43-spirituality-in-modern-civilization.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/spirituality/43-spirituality-in-modern-civilization.html carnation

We have been asked to address the topic of “Spirituality in Modern Civilization.” Such topics are typically chosen by professors who find such combinations of concepts catchy, flashy and even a little spicy. However, when I hear the term “modern civilization” bandied about, I often wonder what it really means. After all, did people in the past consider themselves backwards, out-of-date, ancient, or behind the times? Did they consider their time uncivilized, looking towards our era as one in which they would finally be “modern?” Was not the time of our Prophet (s) also a “modern” one for those who were blessed to live during it? I propose that “modernity” exists in every era, depending on the circumstances of the time, and thus can be applied equally to each of them as well.

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani) Spirituality Tue, 25 May 2010 20:42:15 +0000
Jihad, Terrorism and Suicide Bombing: The Classical Islamic Perspective http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/21-jihad-classical-islamic-perspective.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/21-jihad-classical-islamic-perspective.html In this presentation we would like to shed light on the meaning of Jihād, a term that has become universally known today. One can find countless interpretations of this term which differ from its true spirit and the meaning that Allah intended it in the Holy Qur’ān and in the narrations of the Prophet . On the contrary people are use the term Jihād in this time in a way that suits their own whims without realizing the damage that they are causing Islam and Muslims.

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Hisham Kabbani) Legal Rulings Wed, 03 Mar 2010 08:27:59 +0000
The Sufis – Enlightened Community Builders http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/spirituality/2-the-sufis-enlightened-community-builders.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/spirituality/2-the-sufis-enlightened-community-builders.html Sufi Shaykh

Sufism created community. In every age and era since the time of Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace, to whom all Sufis look as inspiration, role model and guide, the Sufis have sought to establish the infrastructure that, in modern parlance, would be termed privatized social welfare. It was through institutions designed not only to serve the destitute, the homeless and the ill, but whose overall purpose was to redirect the society as a whole to the goal of uplifting the people spiritually, psychologically, morally and physically, that the Sufis were able to have a immense impact on the societies in which they functioned.

The primary focus of the Sufi tradition was to establish societal order based on a hierarchical pattern of organization. Such a hierarchy governed Central Asia, South Asia, North Africa and most other areas of the Islamic world by means of Sufi societal infrastructure and institutions.

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani) Spirituality Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000
Sufism and the Perennial Conflict of Good and Evil http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/spirituality/18-sufism-and-the-perennial-conflict-of-good-and-evil.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/spirituality/18-sufism-and-the-perennial-conflict-of-good-and-evil.html Evil has been a problem for mankind since the advent of the first humans on earth. Cain killed his own brother, Abel, so that his ritual sacrifice might seem more worthy in the eyes of Allah — proof that the outward forms of religiosity are not sufficient to check the negative traits of the lower self. More is required to purify the self from these evil impulses. Abel had developed this quality, as evidenced by his refusal to harm his brother even when faced with the threat of death. His was the state of purified spiritual character. That character is not developed in a vacuum, but requires a focused discipline to achieve. It is a discipline that was developed and refined by subsequent generations into a systematic path of self-analysis and self-correction that became known as the “Science of the Self,” or Sufism.

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani) Spirituality Sat, 27 Feb 2010 02:51:13 +0000
Islamic Radicalism: Its Wahhabi Roots and Current Representation http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/anti-extremism/7-islamic-radicalism-its-wahhabi-roots-and-current-representation.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/anti-extremism/7-islamic-radicalism-its-wahhabi-roots-and-current-representation.html Radicalism, in various forms, has made significant inroads in several countries of Central Asia and in the Caucasus - in particular the three countries that share the Ferghana Valley, namely Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikstan, Chechnya, and the Russian Republic of Daghestan. Known as fundamentalism or "Wahhabism," it poses a direct challenge to the ideal vision of a state that the newly founded nations of the region have embraced. ]]> cellweb@yahoo.com (ISCA) Anti-Extremism Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:48:30 +0000 Jihad: A Misunderstood Concept from Islam http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/5-jihad-a-misunderstood-concept-from-islam.html http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/5-jihad-a-misunderstood-concept-from-islam.html It cannot be over-emphasized that Islam upholds the values of reason, balance and responsibility in the conduct of its worldly affairs. There is nothing arbitrary about its legal provisions relating to matters of war, peace, international relationships and the rule of law. In this area there is considerable agreement between Islamic law and the legal systems currently practiced throughout the world. In addition to the real possibility that these legal systems were profoundly influenced by the legal heritage of Islam, this commonality can be explained by the fact that the protection and endorsement of basic human rights form the cornerstone of Islamic legislation.

cellweb@yahoo.com (Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani (Chairman, Islamic Supreme Council of America) and Shaykh Seraj Hendricks (Head Mufti, Cape Town, South Africa)) Legal Rulings Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:46:27 +0000