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Islamic Schools in South Asia

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:38:00 +0000


There are more than 50,000 Islamic Schools currently operating in Pakistan. It is estimated that one to two million children are enrolled in Islamic Schools. There has been considerable intellectual disagreement about the linkages of Islamic Schools to conflict in Pakistan.

These Islamic Schools provide the education of Islam, learning, memorizing and the teaching of Quran Recitation with very economical boarding facilities. That’s why most of the lower class of the country prefer to admit their children in these schools.

In India, there are around 30,000 operating Islamic Schools. The majority of these schools follow the Hanfi school of thought. The religious establishment forms part of the mainly two large divisions within the country, namely the Deobandis, who dominate in numbers (of whom the Darul Uloom Deoband constitutes one of the biggest Islamic Schools in the world) and the barelvis, who also make up a sizeable portion (sufi orientated).

Some notable establishments include: Jamia Ashrafia, Mubarakpur which is one the largest learning centres for the Barelvis. Darul Uloom Deoband which is the largest, and is considered by many to be the most renowned Islamic School in Asia, is located at Saharanpur district, Uttar Pradesh. The HR ministry of Government of India, has recently declared that a Central Madrasa Board would be setup.

This will enhance the education system of Madrasas in India. Though the madrasas impart Qur’anic education mainly, efforts are on to include Mathematics, Computers and Science in the curriculum.

Impact of Education on Society

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:37:00 +0000

A society is a body of individuals of a species, generally seen as a community or a group. Human societies are characterized by patterns of relationships between individuals that share a distinctive culture or institutions. The behavior of the people is a major constituent in building up a society, more is the education of the people, better will be the society.

At the advent of Islam education was one of the major points of emphasis. Holy Prophet (PBUH) punctuated the importance of education, for the betterment of the society and to improve the living standard of the people. At that time the concept of an Islamic School was incurred.

Other than modern and scientific values, Ethical education plays vital role in building up a good society where people can help each other. Before the advent of scientific education Muslim students were taught Quran Recitation, Calligraphy, arts, dawah and other such subjects. The base of Islamic studies is Qur’an, hadith and Sunnat.

Civilization perceives education as an essential tool to maintain a normal civilization. Learning is a passive process, something that someone else does to you, instead of something you do for yourself. A child attends school with the intention of learning something new, to broaden his intellectual ability. He gets awareness about the societies as a school is itself a society where children from different background, nature, tradition and religion come and work as a group.

Education brings patience and ethics, the most important factors in building a peaceful and healthy society.

History of Islamic Education

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:31:00 +0000

Islam has, from its inception, placed a high premium on education and has enjoyed a long and rich intellectual tradition. Knowledge ('ilm) occupies a significant position within Islam, as evidenced by the more than 800 references to it in Islam's most revered book, the Qur’an. The importance of education is repeatedly emphasized in the Quran with frequent injunctions, such as "God will exalt those of you who believe and those who have knowledge to high degrees" (58:11), "O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge" (20:114), and "As God has taught him, so let him write" (2:282). Such verses provide a forceful stimulus for the Islamic community to strive for education and learning.The advent of the Quran in the seventh century was quite revolutionary for the predominantly illiterate Arabian society. The starting of Islamic education was Quran Recitation, and the first word was “Iqra” that means “read”. Arab society had enjoyed a rich oral tradition, but the Quran was considered the word of God and needed to be organically interacted with by means of reading and reciting its words. Hence, reading and writing for the purpose of accessing the full blessings of the Quran was an aspiration for most Muslims. Thus, education in Islam unequivocally derived its origins from a symbiotic relationship with religious instruction.Thus, in this way, Islamic education began. Pious and learned Muslims (mu' allim or mudarris), dedicated to making the teachings of the Quran more accessible to the Islamic community through islamic school, taught the faithful in what came to be known as the kuttāb (plural, katātīb). The kuttāb could be located in a variety of venues: mosques, private homes, shops, tents, or even out in the open. Historians are uncertain as to when the katātīb were first established, but with the widespread desire of the faithful to study the Quran, katātīb could be found in virtually every part of the Islamic empire by the middle of the eighth century. The kuttāb served a vital social function as the only vehicle for formal public instruction for primary-age children and continued so until Western models of education were introduced in the modern period. Even at present, it has exhibited remarkable durability and continues to be an important means of religious instruction in many Islamic countries.During the golden age of the Islamic empire (usually defined as a period between the tenth and thirteenth centuries), when western Europe was intellectually backward and stagnant, Islamic scholarship flourished with an impressive openness to the rational sciences, art, and even literature. It was during this period that the Islamic world made most of its contributions to the scientific and artistic world. Ironically, Islamic scholars preserved much of the knowledge of the Greeks that had been prohibited by the Christian world. Other outstanding contributions were made in areas of chemistry, botany, physics, mineralogy, mathematics, and astronomy, as many Muslim thinkers regarded scientific truths as tools for accessing religious truth.The Arabic language has three terms for education, representing the various dimensions of the educational process as perceived by Islam. The most widely used word for education in a formal sense is ta'līm, from the root 'alima (to know, to be aware, to perceive, to learn), which is used to denote knowledge being sought or imparted through instruction and teaching. Tarbiyah, from the root raba (to increase, to grow, to rear), implies a state of spiritual and ethical nurturing in accordance with the will of God. Ta'dīb, from the root aduba (to be cultured, refined, well-mannered), suggests a person's development of sound social behavior. What is meant by sound requires a deeper understanding of the Islamic conception of the human being.[...]

The Islamic Courts

Sun, 12 Dec 2010 18:51:00 +0000


Islamic Art

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 06:29:00 +0000

 Islamic Art

Can't find the perfect gift for the perfect occasion? Want to gift someone a gift which is unique, original and artistic yet affordable? Well look no further. Islamic Art is the solution you are looking for. Islamic Art has been in the market longer than you might think. Such art ensures a creative outlet for artists while allowing them to remain in certain Islamic limits. That is, if you have apprehensions about art that does not care for Islamic restrictions such as drawing or painting of faces, then Islamic art is a huge market for you.
Options Available and the Variety you can enjoy
There are several options available for you to choose from. You can choose from oil paintings with beautiful scenic paints well spread over canvases of your choice. You can choose from wall hangings and decoration pieces. You can even choose from a wide variety of Islamic Calligraphic art pieces available in the market.
Islamic Historical Art
There is a huge collection of Islamic art depicting historical places in their paintings and work. There are even works of art containing pictures painted richly in oil paints over a piece of canvas as per your size requirements, of the Holy Journey or the Holy House, for instance. Such paintings not only add to your collection, and not only serve to decorate your house in an Islamic way, adding to the class an elegance of your drawing room or hall, but it also brings to your home a certain level of peace.
Imagine the feelings of contentment an Islamic painting of the Holy Journey brings to your home with the whole of your family eating at one table under this hanging, the two images resonating a feeling of the oneness preached by Islam. Imagine the standing you'll have among your friends and family as they walk into your home and feel the presence of a certain kind of blessing in your house - a blessing which serves to contribute to making your house a home.
Decoration Pieces
Islamic Art does not restrict you in many ways. Therefore, you can enjoy this type of art in different shapes and sizes, such as a candle holder or a key chain holder which doubles as decoration piece, what with the Islamic Calligraphy engraved or painted all over it!
What is best is that you can buy any piece of Islamic Art and get it customized as per your preferences and requirements, without much hassle and without much cost, usually. For instance, you can choose a beautiful scenery painted in oil over a large piece of canvas and you can get it framed according to your taste and requirements. That is, you can even get it framed in a border which has calligraphic art carved all over it.

Islamic Finance

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 06:15:00 +0000

Islamic banking is a system consistent with the principles of Islamic (Sharia) law and its practical application through the development of Islamic economics. According to CIMB Group Holdings, Islamic finance is regarded as the fastest growing segment of the global financial system - sales of Islamic bonds may rise by 24 percent to a staggering $25 billion in 2010.
Back in 2007, a London-based business school launched the world's first Executive MBA offering a specialism in Islamic Finance in association with DIFC.
The Executive MBA is a dynamic and flexible two year part-time programme. For students wishing to reach the pinnacle of global business, this elite, internationally-focused course will allow them to tailor their skills and learning around their job. The course offers three alternative specialisations - Islamic Finance, Energy and General Management.
London business schools, focus on increasing the impact students can have in their current organisation as well as providing tools to help explore their options in alternative roles and industries.
As you'd expect from institutions with such strong links to the City of London, there are strong informal networks forged via LinkedIn and Facebook, ensuring students are kept firmly in the picture with current market trends - like the evolution of Islamic Finance.
The Executive MBA (EMBA) is based at the DIFC Centre of Excellence. The DIFC ensures its partners are of the highest calibre.
(image) DIFC established the Centre of Excellence to provide resources for finance and business professionals, which will enable them to update their skills and competencies, and enhance their understanding of wider global financial links to Islamic Finance.
Located in the heart of London's financial district, Cass Business School is a leading provider of business and management education.
Our MBA is recognised globally as a market leader with specialisms in areas such as Islamic Finance. We have the widest portfolio of Specialist Masters programmes (MSc) in Europe and our Undergraduate School is one of the best in the UK. Ranked in the UK's top 10 business and management research schools, means we attract leading PhD students.

Celebrations in the Muslim World

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 08:27:00 +0000

 I am far from an expert in the Islamic faith. I was raised Anglican Catholic and my expertise in my own faith is lacking, let alone a faith I am only beginning to try to understand. I raised my children in the Anglican faith and now that they are adults, each has made their personal choice as to faith.
Surprisingly, to me anyhow, my eldest son converted to Islam about two years ago. This roused my here-to-for dormant interest in the Islamic faith. To further clarify, my interest in Islamic holidays was peaked when I realized that my son was not celebrating Christmas (understandable), New Years, birthdays, and other celebrations he had grown up with. This seemed to be with or without regard to their significance with respect to the Christian faith.
I don't know if you have ever read the Quran. It is relatively brief in comparison to the King James Version of the Bible. The Quran has 114 Surahs (chapters for lack of a better word). Many professing the Islamic faith have memorized it and I am given to understand that committing the Quran to memory is everyone's goal. But I digress! What, if anything, do the Islamic faithful celebrate?
My research revealed 2 great celebrations or festivals in the Islamic faith. They are 'Idul-Fitr and 'Idul-Adha. I will describe for you, to the best of my ability, the meaning and timing of each of these.
The first, 'Idul-Fitr, ("Festival of the Breaking of the Fast") occurs at the end of Ramadan. Ramadan, by way of explanation, is the 9th lunar month in the Arabic calendar, and this month was always known as Ramadan even before the existence of Islam. In the Islamic faith, this month is devoted to fasting from dawn to sunset each day. The fasting includes abstaining from food, water, and sexual relations. Additional elements of devotion are expected as well, such as reading the entire Quran, seeking forgiveness of past sins and performing good deeds, to name a few. The basis for Ramadan as a month of fasting and retrospection is Surah 2, verse 185, for those who might have an interest in further research. The celebration of 'Idul-Fitr has the following components:
  • Donations to the poor
  • Celebrants wear the best clothes (often new) that they have available
  • Early morning communal prayers
  • Feasting and visiting relatives and friends
The second, 'Idul-Adha, (Festival of Sacrifice) occurs on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth month in the Arabic calendar. This festival acknowledges Abraham's (Ibrihim's) willingness to obey God's (Allah's) command to Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael, his only son. The celebration of 'Idul-Adha has the following components:
  • Recite the Takbir ("God is Great") before prayer on the first day and after prayers on each of the succeeding three days of the festival
  • Celebrants wear their best clothes
  • Sacrifice an animal for food or donate money for the purchase of food and share with the poor so that no one goes hungry
These are the two principal celebrations in the Islamic faith and of course, there is significantly more to learn about them than I can possibly provide in the brief span of this article, but I hope I have succeeded in giving you some insight into these Islamic celebrations.

Islamic Art for Sale

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 07:32:00 +0000

Looking for the perfect gift for the perfect occasion? Looking for original art work to gift to someone? Looking to ensure that your gift does not offend the receiver from the point of view of Islamic considerations where art is concerned? Well what are you waiting for? Your wait is over because you now have the option of Islamic Art.Islamic Art is available in the market even as you read this. Such art includes scenic oil paintings on large pieces of canvas, framed as per your preferences. Other scenic beauties in Islamic Art include oil paintings of the perfect holy journey - oil paintings depicting the Holy Journey and times of Hajj. Imagine a rich oil painting depicting the scene of millions of Muslims performing Hajj as one, in your hallway. Imagine the feeling of peace it brings to your home; imagine the feeling of oneness it brings within the group of family and friends you invite over for dinner. Feels good doesn't it?These pieces of mesmerizing paintings will add to the beautification of your home, and will make you the envy of your friends and family. Imagine your drawing room right now: carpeted room, well lit, soft cushions on plush sofa sets, but something's missing. Now imagine a beautiful scenic painting on the wall right next to the entrance to your drawing room, right beneath a light bulb, shedding beautiful orange light over a scene of mountains and oceans, or a scene depicting the view of anyone standing in large arched windows looking out to the world beneath a setting sun. Would you not want to be the proud owner of such an oil painting?The Receiver of the gift of Islamic ArtConfused what gift to get for your best friend because you've run out of ideas for gifts which would be new and unique? Islamic Art can make for the perfect gift too, so that is some good news for you. You could always get a small framed oil painting of Islamic Art, which she can keep on her bedside table. In fact, you could probably gift her a picture frame, with a picture of you two in it, with the frame engraved in Islamic calligraphy of your names or some Islamic saying about friendship. How cool is that?Limited EditionsSo you were thinking there is nothing special about Islamic Art? Well surprise, surprise! Limited Editions of Islamic Art are also available in the market and they add immense value to your collection. Limited Editions of Islamic Art are that category of Islamic Art which will not be duplicated and thus you will be the sole owner of the individual piece, which will not be replicated. That makes you special. Sole owner of that awesome oil painting - the envy of your friends and family - imagine!Looking for the perfect gift for the perfect occasion? Looking for original art work to gift to someone? Looking to ensure that your gift does not offend the receiver from the point of view of Islamic considerations where art is concerned? Well what are you waiting for? Your wait is over because you now have the option of Islamic Art.Islamic canvases is available in the market even as you read this. Such art includes scenic oil paintings on large pieces of canvas, framed as per your preferences. Other scenic beauties in this type of art include oil paintings of the perfect holy journey - oil paintings depicting the Holy Journey and times of Hajj. Imagine a rich oil painting depicting the scene of millions of Muslims performing Hajj as one, in your hallway. Imagine the feeling of peace it brings to your home; imagine the feeling of oneness it brings within the group of family and friends you invite over for dinner. Feels good doesn't it?These pieces of mesmerizing paintings will add to the beautification of your home, and will make you the envy of your friends and family. Imagine your drawing room right now: carpeted room, well lit, soft cushions on plush sofa sets, but someth[...]

Clateclassic Islamic World

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:58:00 +0000

Dr Yusuf Abdullah Al-Qaradawi & Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Yusof Mohamed Noor

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 05:32:00 +0000

Both recipients received RM100,000, including a cash prize of RM10,000 from the Ubaidi Foundation, a plaque, a medal and a certificate presented by Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah at the national-level Maal Hijrah celebrations at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) president, Dr Yusuf Abdullah Al-Qaradawi, of Egypt, has been selected as one of the winners of the Tokoh Maal Hijrah 1431H award for his contribution as a contemporary intellectual scholar respected worldwide. Dr Al-Qaradawi, 83, who is also director of Qatar University's Seerah and Sunnah Centre was aware of the needs and problems of Muslims in other countries, which led to his appointment as chairman of the European Council for Fatwa and Research and member of Oxford University's Islamic Studies Centre. He studied at the Al-Azhar University and obtained a PhD in the field of fiqh al-Zakat from the Faculty of Usul al Deen in 1973.Another recipient of the Tokoh Maal Hijrah 1431H award was Felda Group chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Yusof Mohamed Noor. Dr Mohamed Yusof, 68, was chosen for his contribution in improving the status of the Muslim community, especially through the field of education and politics. Dr Mohamed Yusof, hailing from Besut, Terengganu is a Usuluddin graduate from Al-Azhar University, and also has a PhD in Philosophy from the Kaherah University of Egypt. Dr Mohamed Yusof also contributes his expertise as a member of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim)'s board of directors, as Tabung Haji advisory council chairman and as chairman of the Malaysian Islamic Education Board. He was previously a Deputy Minister and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and was once a lecturer and Dean at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's (UKM) Islamic Studies Faculty.1430 (29/12/2008) - Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria & Dr Wahbah Az ZuhailyPerak mufti, Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria, 69, and Islamic scholar from Syria, Dr Wahbah Mustafa Az Zuhaily, were elected as the Tokoh Maal Hijrah Kebangsaan 1430H/2008M. Award was presented by Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'Adzam Shah in a ceremony at the Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC) on the 29th December 2008. Both the men received a cash prize of RM100,000, including RM20,000 from the Ubaidi Foundation, a medal and a plaque. The ceremony graced with the presence of 2,500 people constitute from public and private sector representative. Among the guest of honour were the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah and also Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.Datuk Seri Harussani was chosen both for his position as Perak Mufti and his contributions in Islamic institutions and as well as being chairman of the the Licensing and Control Board for Al-Quran Text Printing. His other contributions to the nation is in his interpretation which always advancing Al-Quran and Hadis in all of his action and word for the sake of Islam, race and country. His voice still resound saying about Islamic thaught through speeches at the mosques, religion talks, religious institution, knowledge stages, with its strength of argument and evidence.The 76-year-old Az Zuhaily, was picked based on his contributions to the world of Islam through his writings which have been widely used as references by Malaysian universities, besides being references for economists in the banking field. Az Zuhaily, who is an expert in Islamic law and legislation, has written more than 100 books and encyclopedias on religion, is also an expert with the International Islamic Fiqh Academy. Most of his work has been translated into other languages through out the world. Among[...]

Articles Ir Soekarno

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 10:56:00 +0000

Always Consistent with the Shafi'i madhhab

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 03:11:00 +0000

The development of Islam in Indonesia is inseparable from the conduct by religious leaders and scholars who actively spread the teachings of the various regions. So far, West Sumatra is one area that gave birth to many prominent scholars. Among the leading scholars was Shaykh Sulayman ar-Apostolic.Sheikh Sulaiman al-ar-Apostolic Minangkabawi, born in Candung, about 10 km. east of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, 1287 H./1871 M., died at 29 Rabi'ul 1390 AH / August 1, 1970 AD He was a prominent scholar of Old The persistent classes maintain the Shafi'i madhhab. Not infrequently, he was called as "Inyik Candung". His father, Angku Mudo Muhammad Rasool, was a respected cleric in his hometown.Sheikh Sulaiman al-Apostolic, better known by his disciples with the name of Maulana Sheikh Sulaiman, since a small gain early education, especially in the field of religious studies, from his father. Before continuing his studies to Mecca, Suleiman al-Apostolic never learn to Sheikh Yahya al-Khalidi Magak, Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. At that time Minang People still use the system in the form Halaqah surau recitation as a means of religious knowledge transfer.Educational Background Sheikh Sulaiman al-ar-Apostolic Minangkabawi is in Mecca. Contemporary scholars who is a chaplain with him, among others, Haji Hashim Asyari from East Java (1287 H/1871 M - 1366 H/1947 M), Sheikh Hasan Maksum, North Sumatra (d. 1355 H/1936 M), Sheikh Ali al-Minangkabawi Khathib, Sheikh Muhammad Zain al-Minangkabawi Simabur (he became the Mufti of the Kingdom of Silver in 1955 and died in Pariaman in 1957), Sheikh Muhammad al-Jamil Jaho Minangkabawi, Sheikh Abbas al-Minangkabawi Farm Lawas etc.While scholars of contemporary Malaysia and are both studying in Mecca with him, among others, Sheikh Uthman Sarawak (1281 H/1864 M - 1339 H/1921 M), Tok Know (1287 H/1871 M - 1352 H/1933 M) etc..While living in Mecca, Sheikh Sulaiman al-ar-Apostolic Minangkabawi than to learn with Sheikh Ahmad Khatib Abdul Latif al-Minangkabawi, he also studied the sciences than the scholars of Kelantan and Pattani. His teachers while in Mecca between is, Wan Sheikh Ali Abdur Rahman al-Kalantani, Sheikh Muhammad Ismail al-Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Fathani and Zain al-Fathani, Sheikh Ali al-Kelantani cutaneous, and some Malay scholars who lived there.StruggleUpon his return from Mecca, Sheikh Sulaiman founded boarding school in his homeland in Bukit Tinggi, Sumatra. He tried to defend the teaching according to the hut system. But in the end, teaching is Halaqah hut system with cross-legged on the floor in the education of Sheikh Sulaiman al-Apostolic began to be combined into a system of schooling, sitting on the bench in 1928, but the books are taught is never changed. Even halaqoh-style boarding school system is also still carried out today.In a short time, the establishment of boarding schools received full support from the surrounding community. This support has encouraged the increasing number of students studying at the seminary. The students who study in boarding schools are not only from the local area, but also come from various regions of West Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu, Tapanuli, Aceh, and some even came from Malaysia.The main material of education in boarding schools are teaching understand Ahlussunnah Waljamaah and Shafi'i madhhab. Sheikh Sulaiman very consistent running and schools understand this.In 1928 it also, Sheikh Sulaiman al-Apostolic with her friends Sheikh Abbas Sheikh Muhammad Farm Lawas and Jamil Jaho initiated the founding of the United Tarbiyah Islamiyah. Both in the education system as well as his struggle, Sheikh Sulaiman al-Apostolic and his friends firmly and courageously defend and hold with one school, namely the Shafi'i madhha[...]

Respected scholars who the Habaib

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 03:03:00 +0000

In the reign of King Siliwangi, Betawi area called the Sunda Kelapa under Pajajaran kingdom. In the period of the Islamic empire, the area is under the control of the Sultanate of Banten, whereas when the Dutch arrived, so he called Batavia.Because actually Batavia is a new town (actually built) that form a kind of castle town with a mimic castle in Europe, which is located along the coastline which is now known as the City and the Ancol area, the residential areas that are not Native region pure coast remain in the situation as it came from, as it was before the fort was founded by Dutch Batavia. What distinguishes only, the status of the colonized and the ruthless ruler and an increasingly miserable living conditions, the rest remain intact as they are, the Koran and plant.Betawi is a deeply religious area before it becomes such that we recognize today as a busy metropolitan area with a variety of government, business and entertainment today. Batavia is a unique place with different traditions kesantrian with other regions in Java, both land and territory Pasundan Central Java and East Java.Tradition kesantrian in Batavia really is unique, because people generally do not rely betawi boarding schools with the students stay in educating future generations. Betawi have such a strong tradition of the Koran against the scholars in residence who is different. The students leave the Koran and then return home once study is completed. They can move tutor according to the suitability of each students. Such conditions lasted until the 1960's. Usually if they want to continue their education, usually they will proceed to the Middle East, particularly to Mecca.In the middle of the Dutch colonial atmosphere that makes life all the people are in trouble, a little baby be born the first of the couple husband and wife and Mrs. Muhammad Saleh Raidi Mini-named Muhammad Shafi at the date of January 31, 1931 AD coincides with 12 Ramadan 1349 H. in the area of Rawa Belong, Jakarta Barat. Shafi's father was a native Betawi, while his mother was adari Citeureup Bogor area. His father was a worker at a foreign oil company in South Sumatra. Two years later, after Shafi'i was born, his father returned to my hometown and never returned again to work on foreign oil companies. His father then worked as a puller gig.Betawi Ulama this since childhood in custody by a paternal grandfather, who was a religious teacher who lived in the area Slate XIII, who named teacher Pecenongan Husin. Therefore, the Shafi is also educates small as a teacher of religion. His grandfather was a retired employee printing press that has no children, so actually, he is not a direct grandfather, uncle of the father but Shafi. thus it has a lot of time to educate Shafi Koran together with his friends in addition to petty trading untuki fill leisure time. It seems that Shafi was the son of a smart and tenacious, he does not like to waste time just to relax alone.His grandfather is very hard in educating the children, so that in the age of nine years, has successfully menghatamkan Shafi'i al-Qur'an. Since childhood Shafi'i have never experienced a collision with his grandfather. Although his grandfather was wealthy and retired employees of printing, but he did not aspire to his grandson later became an employee as well. Therefore, his grandfather always invited to places Shafi recitation, wherever this grandfather Koran. As a teacher of the Koran, his grandfather also wanted his grandson to learn the Koran and wrestle in the field of religion.So friends and teachers grandfather, automatically also be a direct teacher of young Shafi. Among these friends is his grandfather, Master Abdul Fatah who were living in Slate. Al[...]

Partial List of Islamic

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 05:35:00 +0000


Quraish Shihab leader of Islamic Book

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 02:00:00 +0000

JAKARTA - Muslim Scholars Prof. Dr. Quraish Shihab HM Supreme Court awarded the Islamic Book Fair (IBF) Award as the People of the Islamic Book, 2009.Awards of trophies, certificates and cash handed over by the Chairman of Association of Indonesian Publishers (IKAPI) DKI Jakarta HE Afrizal Sinaro to the former Minister of Religious Affairs in the opening series of events IBF to-8 Year 2009 on Istora Bung Karno Senayan, Jakarta, on Saturday.Afrizal said the reasons for granting the award for Book People of Islam 2009 to Quraish Shihab HM partly because the Quraysh considered to have proven capable of inspiring the development of Indonesian Book through his books.He mentions a number of Quraish Shihab's book is quite popular, phenomenal and become "best sellers" such as "Membumikan Koran (Bandung: Mizan, 1992) and" Tafsir Al Mishbah ", Koranic exegesis? The full 30 Juz (New York: Lantern Heart).A number of other books by Quraish Shihab HM among the "Tafsir al-Manar, privilege and disadvantage" (Ujung Pandang: IAIN Alauddin, 1984), "Philosophy of Islamic Law" (Jakarta: Ministry of Religious Affairs, 1987), and "Crown of Divine Guidance (Tafseer Surat Al-Fatiha) "(New York: Untagma, 1988)."In addition, he (Quraish Shihab), also known as religious leaders and educators, in addition he also founded his own publishing the Publisher Lantern Heart. So, he really deserves the award," he said.The event is also presented four awards IBF Best Islamic Book Award 2009 which is the first fiction category for children entitled "My mom Chayank, Muach!" works of Sri Izzati (Publisher Dar Mizan), second in the category of adult fiction book titled "The Road Ti The Empire" by Sprott Yudisia (Publisher Circumference Pena Publishing House).While the third award for the category of non-fiction book titled "Muhammad: The Super Leader Super Manager" by Dr Muhammad Syafii Antonio, MEC (publisher Tazkia Multimedia & ProLM Center and the fourth category for the best translation of books titled "5 Challenge Against Eternal Religion" by Saiyad Fareed Ahmad and Ahmad Saiyad Salahudin translated by Rudy Harisyah Nature (publisher Mizan).Meanwhile, Quraish Shihab, in his speech when receiving the award said,The most appropriate word related to these awards is to thank and Praise."Actually I was not the right person to receive this award. I had thought not to accept it because there are many others who are better, but if you reject it later could lead to interpretations, it is with great humility, I accept with gratitude, "he said.She hoped that the award can be a driving force for him to further improve the gait and his work in the field of writing.Muhammad Quraish Shihab was born in Rappang, South Sulawesi, on February 16, 1944. After completing his tertiary studies in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Quraish continued secondary education in Malang, East Java, while "nyantri" at Pondok Pesantren Darul Hadith Al Faqihiyyah.In 1958, the Quraysh continuing education to Cairo, Egypt, to Lc degree (S1) at the Faculty of Tafsir and Hadith Ushuluddin Department of Al Azhar University. In 1969, he earned his MA in specialized areas of Tafsir Al-Quran at the same university. He obtained his doctorate in 1980 also at the university of Al Azhar, Cairo, Egypt, in the Quran sciences.Quraish Shihab believed to be the Minister of Religious Affairs at the Seventh Development Cabinet (March 16, 1998 until May 21, 1998).[...]

Commemorating a century Mohammad Natsir

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 01:56:00 +0000

Adian HusainiKamis (15 November 2007), di Gedung Mahkamah Konstitusi, Jakarta, digelar sebuah acara peluncuran panitia Refleksi Seabad Moh. Natsir: Pemikiran dan Perjuangannya. Sejumlah tokoh Islam dan pejabat tinggi negara tampak hadir, diantaranya Ketua Umum Dewan Da’wah Islamiyah Indonesia Syuhada Bahri, Ketua MUI KH Khalil Ridwan, Ketua Mahkamah Konstitusi Prof. Dr. Jimly As-Shiddiqy, Menteri Sosial Bakhtiar Chamsah, Wakil Ketua MPR AM Fatwa, dan sebagainya. Tampil sebagai pembicara dalam seminar Prof. Dr. Ichlasul Amal, Ketua Dewan Pers yang juga mantan rektor UGM Yogya.Mohammad Natsir lahir di Alahan Panjang, Sumatera Barat, 17 Juli 1908. Karena itu, puncak peringatan seabad Moh. Natsir akan dijadwalkan pada 17 Juli 2008. Tetapi, berbagai persiapan telah dilakukan oleh panitia. Duduk sebagai ketua kehormatan dalam panitia ini adalah Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla.Bagi umat Islam Indonesia, nama Natsir tentu sudah sangat tidak asing. Ia adalah seorang pemikir, dai, politisi, dan sekaligus pendidik Islam terkemuka. Ia dikenal sebagai tokoh, bukan saja di Indonesia, tetapi juga di dunia Islam. Dalam sambutannya, Ketua Umum Dewan Da’wah, Syuhada Bahri menggambarkan Natsir sebagai pribadi yang sangat unik. Menurut Syuhada, bidang apa pun yang digeluti Moh. Natsir, visinya sebagai dai dan pendidik senantiasa menonjol. Secara panjang lebar Syuhada menceritakan pengalaman pribadinya selama lima tahun bekerja satu ruang dengan Natsir.Jika kita membuka lembaran hidup Natsir, kita memang menemukan sebuah perjalanan hidup yang menarik. Sebagai politisi, Natsir pernah menduduki posisi Perdana Menteri RI pertama tahun 1950-1951, setelah Indonesia kembali menjadi Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI). Jasa Natsir dalam soal terbentuknya NKRI ini sangat besar. Pada 3 April 1950, sebagai anggota parlemen, Natsir mengajukan mosi dalam Sidang Parlemen RIS (Republik Indonesia Serikat). Mosi itulah yang dikenal sebagai ”Mosi Integral Natsir”), yang memungkinkan bersatunya kembali 17 Negara Bagian ke dalam NKRI. Ketua Mahkamah Konstitusi, dalam sambutannya, juga menekankan jasa besar Natsir dalam soal NKRI ini, sehingga bangsa Indonesia sangat layak memberi penghargaan kepada Natsir. Selain itu, Natsir juga berulang kali duduk sebagai menteri dalam sejumlah kabinet.Dalam kesempatan itu, Mensos Bachtiar Chamsah mengakui, bahwa dirinya, sebagai Menteri, sudah mengajukan Natsir agar diberi gelar sebagai Pahlawan Nasional. Usulan itu didasarkan atas usulan dari Pemda Sumatera Barat. Tetapi, tahun ini, usulan itu masih terganjal. Bachtiar tidak menjelaskan mengapa usulan itu Natsir ditolak oleh pihak Istana Kepresidenan. Yang jelas, katanya, tahun depan, dia akan mengajukan usulan yang sama. Banyak yang menduga, keterlibatan Natsir dalam PRRI merupakan faktor utama terganjalnya usulan tersebut.Tetapi, baik keluarga maupun para pelanjut perjuangan Moh. Natsir tidak terlalu mempersoalkan hal itu. Natsir bukan hanya pahlawan bagi Indonesia. Tetapi, dunia Islam sudah mengakuinya sebagai pahlawan yang melintasi batas bangsa dan negara. Tahun 1957, Natsir menerima bintang ’Nichan Istikhar’ (Grand Gordon) dari Presiden Tunisia, Lamine Bey, atas jasa-jasanya dalam membantu perjuangan kemerdekaan rakyat Afrika Utara. Tahun 1980, Natsir juga menerima penghargaan internasional (Jaa-izatul Malik Faisal al-Alamiyah) atas jasa-jasanya di bidang pengkhidmatan kepada Islam untuk tahun 1400 Hijriah. Penghargaan serupa pernah diberikan kepada ulama besar India, Syekh Abul Hasan Ali an-Nadwi dan juga kepada ulama dan pemikir terkenal Abul A’la al-Maududi. Karena itulah, hingga akhir hayatnya, tahun 1993, Natsir masih [...]

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About Islam

Estimates of the total number of Muslims range from 0.7 to 1.8 billion worldwide and 1.1 to 7 million in the U.S.  3 We accept the best estimate as 1.57 billion, concluded by the Pew Forums. About 23% of all people on Earth follow Islam. The religion is currently in a period of rapid growth.

Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world. It is followed by about 33% of all people -- a percentage that has remained stable for decades. If current trends continue, Islam will become the most popular world religion sometime in the mid-21st century.


bullet    "The messenger of Allah said: "Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadhan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so." He said: " You have spoken rightly", Jebreel (Gabriel) from Number 2 of "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths." 1
bullet    "If anyone harms (others), God will harm him, and if anyone shows hostility to others, God will show hostility to him." Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1625.
bullet    "Those who believe (in the Quran), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians...and (all) who believe in God and the last day and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve."  The Qur'an, 2:62
bullet    "Jim Jones, David Koresh and Meir Kahane do not typify Christianity and Judaism in the eyes of the civilized West, but those same eyes are prone to see Osama bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar as typifying Islam," Richard Bulliet 2

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