The Economic System of Islam (part 2 of 2): Its Ideology

The Ideological Basis of Economic Activity The ideological basis in Islam may be summarized into six basic principles: The cornerstone is that everything has to start from the belief in God as the Creator, Lord, and Sovereign of the universe.  This implies willingness to submit to God’s will, to accept His guidance, and to have … Read more

The Economic System of Islam (part 1 of 2): The Sources of Islamic Economics

Introduction As a complete way of life, Islam has provided guidelines and rules for every sphere of life and society.  Naturally, a functioning economic system is vital for a healthy society, as the consumption of goods and services, and the facilitation of this by a common medium of exchange, play a major role in allowing … Read more

What is Sikhism? (part 2 of 2): An Indian or Monotheistic Religion?

Sikhism is known as one of the Indian religions along with Hinduism and Buddhism, which we have discussed, and Jainism.  These four religions share certain key concepts that are interpreted slightly differently by each group or sub group.  They are all linked by a belief in karma, and the concept of reincarnation.  In Hinduism the … Read more

What is Sikhism? (part 1 of 2): Ten Gurus and a Book

Sikhism originated from the word Sikh, which in turn comes from the Sanskrit root śiṣya meaning disciple or learner.  It is the world’s fifth largest religion, with approximately 27 million adherents.  The majority of Sikhs live in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan; however Sikhs live all over the world with more than 336,000 … Read more

The Basics of the Political System in Islam (part 1 of 2): Islam a Total Way of Life

Introduction The West makes a natural mistake in their understanding of Islamic tradition, assuming that religion means the same for Muslims as it has meant for most other religious adherents ever since the industrial revolution, and for some societies, even before that; that is: a section of life reserved for certain matters, and separate from … Read more

In Pursuit of Conviction I: Faith & Certainty

Abstract Muslims trying to hold on to their faith in environments hostile to Islam—or to religion in general—often find themselves struggling to achieve a calming sense of certainty for the beliefs they hold.[1] The ‘In Pursuit of Conviction’ series aims to restore clarity and conviction in the fundamentals of our faith as Muslims through an interdisciplinary approach … Read more

Are Hadith Necessary? An Examination of the Authority of Hadith in Islam

Introduction The Qur’ān and the Sunnah have served as the primary sources of Islam. Together with the Qurʾān, the statements and actions of the Prophet ﷺ form the basis of Islamic law and theology. Historically, all Islamic sects have acknowledged the necessity of at least some ḥadīths, even if few, to understand the Qur’ān. Despite … Read more