A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

A tender Muslim's advisor to the fashionable international, through considered one of Islam's maximum modern students, was once written in particular for Muslims, and specifically younger Muslims, urging them to familiarize yourself with their faith and to achieve an figuring out of the trendy global from the Islamic standpoint to be able to reply definitely to its demanding situations. This consultant, the 1st of its style in any language, offers an exposition of the lessons of Islam as printed within the Qur'an, defined within the hadith and Sunna of the Prophet and commented upon via Muslim students and thinkers, in addition to outlining the Western spiritual and highbrow culture. --This textual content refers back to the mass industry paperback version of this title

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The shahadah already contains the complete doctrine of Allah because it takes away from the Divinity all relativity, all otherness, all duality and presents the knowledge of Allah as being based upon His Unity. Allah is the One, the Absolute, the Infinite, and is also Infinite Goodness and Mercy and the Source of all that is positive in the universe. He is the Source of all reality. To Him belong in fact the "hidden treasures" as the Quran asserts, the "treasury" from which all things issue forth.

I Part 1: The Message of Islam human society with all the different types of human beings who populate that society. It has been and remains strongly opposed to racism and also to a completely stratified structure which one finds in certain other traditional societies. Islam is like a society of married monks, each person being directly responsible to Allah and participating in religion not by withdrawing from the world but by participation in it through many means including the institution of marriage.

It does not see man as having a will which has become deformed because of original sin as is the case in the mainstream Augustinian interpretation of Christianity. Rather, it sees man in his primordial nature (al-fi_trah) in which Allah gave man the intelligence to understand that Allah is the Lord, that He is One, and to testify to His Unity. " and mankind answers, "Yea we testify'' (VII: 172). In this 'yea' of man is to be found the primordial covenant, (al-mithaq), made between man and Allah through which man accepts the Lordship of Allah and which means also that he innately bears testimony to His Oneness.

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