The Basic Ideas and Institutions of Islam: A Comprehensive Introduction

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-19
  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr
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This work is an excellent resource for better understanding the Islamic faith. The study incorporates short stories, tables, and charts into its comprehensive explication of the religion's complexities.

Author Biography

Dr. Mashhad Al-Allaf, B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., in Philosophy, is a Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toledo. He earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee.

Table of Contents

A story of a Professorp. 2
Definitions and the Story of Creation
Is Religion a Necessity?p. 5
The Meaning of the Word "Islam"p. 6
Muslim Population around the Worldp. 11
The Meaning of the Word "Allah" -The Exalted-p. 14
Divine Attributes of Allah -The Exalted-p. 17
The Qur'anic Story of Creationp. 30
Structuring the Life of Man by Revelationp. 46
Prophet Abrahamp. 51
The Qur'anp. 53
Four Chapters from the Qur'anp. 61
The Life of Prophet Muhammad
The Need for a prophetp. 67
The Deference between Prophet and Messengerp. 68
The Life of Prophet Muhammadp. 69
The Beginning of Revelationp. 78
Attributes and Manners of the Prophetp. 82
The Miracles of the Prophetp. 86
Life and Legacy of the Prophet in Meccap. 91
The Migration or Hijrap. 132
The Establishment of the Islamic State in Madinahp. 146
The Death of the Prophet Muhammadp. 171
Islam: Faith and Rituals - Islam, Iman, and Ihsan
The Five Ruling Values (Ahkam)p. 181
The Prophetic Tradition of Gabrielp. 193
Islam: The Five Pillars- Shahadap. 195
Prayer (Salat)p. 198
Obligatory Charity (Zakat)p. 214
Fasting (Sawm)p. 217
Pilgrimage (Hajj)p. 221
Iman: The Six Articles of Faith- Belief in Allahp. 228
Belief in the Angelsp. 229
Belief in the Booksp. 232
Belief in the Messengersp. 232
Belief in the Last dayp. 234
Belief in al-Qadarp. 235
Ihsan: Sufism- How to Make a Successful Journey?p. 239
The Heart and How to Prepare it for Spiritualityp. 240
The Islamic Law (Shari'ah)
The Sources of the Islamic Law: Qur'an as the First Sourcep. 245
The Tradition of the Prophet (Sunnah) as the Second Sourcep. 248
The Consensus of Muslim Scholars (Ijma') as the Third Sourcep. 264
Analogical Reasoning (Qiyas) as the Fourth Sourcep. 266
The Objectives of the Islamic law (Maqasid)p. 269
The Story of the Abandoned Shipp. 269
Categories of Benefits and the Five Necessities Paradigmp. 271
The Divisions of the Islamic Law: Jurisprudence (Fiqh)p. 283
Scholastic Theology (Usul al-Deen)p. 286
Ethics (Purification of the Soul)p. 287
Islamic Sciences and Knowledge
Clarification of Sciencesp. 289
Islamic Scholastic Theology ('Ilm a- Kalam)p. 292
Islamic Philosophy (Falsafa) - Theory of Knowledgep. 297
Metaphysics: The World is not Eternalp. 304
Metaphysic: Proofs of the Existence of Allahp. 312
Algebra (al-Jabr wal Muqabalah)p. 315
A Story of a Woman on How to Divide Inheritancep. 315
Interpretation of Dreamsp. 321
Rules of Interpretationp. 323
Requirements for a True Dream Visionp. 325
Islamic State
The Supreme Authority of the Islamic Statep. 329
The Legal Steps in Establishing the Islamic Statep. 334
Consultation (Shura)p. 334
Equality (Musawat)p. 336
Justice ('Adl)p. 338
Prescribing Good and Forbidding Evilp. 341
Legality and Principles from Jurisprudencep. 343
Characteristics of Islamic Legislationp. 348
Islamic State and Leadershipp. 350
Who Appoints the Muslim Ruler? What are the Requirements?p. 350
Islamic Stories and Poetry
The Qur'anic Story of Prophet Josephp. 356
The Story of Umm Salamap. 368
The Story of Abu Al-Darda'p. 373
Parables from Al-Ghazalip. 378
Two Poems from Hafizp. 379
Refrencesp. 380
Indexp. 384
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