Muslim women shocked to learn that their Islam allows wife beating

The Sunni interpretation allows for disobedient wives to be beaten, but how many Sunni women know this? There could not possibly be any moral ambiguity on the issue of wife beating. Not in this day and age, I reassured myself. After all, Islam had not invented misogyny. Other faith traditions have had to address scriptures … Continue reading Muslim women shocked to learn that their Islam allows wife beating

Advanced economies ‘can learn from the Islamic system’

Funding agreements have to be backed by real assets in the form of property or profit flows. The esoteric financial instruments called “collateralised debt obligations” – the main cause of the 2008 global financial crisis – are not allowed in Islamic finance. This is another important principle in Islamic finance: the avoidance of excessive risk. … Continue reading Advanced economies ‘can learn from the Islamic system’

What the Western World Can Learn from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Haroon Moghul is a Fellow in the National Security Studies Program at New America Foundation. He's also a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, where he focuses on Islamic thought in colonial India. Haroon is the Fellow in Muslim Politics and Societies at the Center on National … Continue reading What the Western World Can Learn from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Man can learn about spiritual truth by studying the physical world

The Quran tells us that Allah has placed "signs" of His existence in all the creation which is around us. To find and see those signs, man has to apply his understanding and thinking. Human beings have to do two things at the same time: (1) Remember God in their hearts, and (2) ponder over … Continue reading Man can learn about spiritual truth by studying the physical world