Contemporary Issues

Islamic Guidelines on Investing in the Stock Market

Investing in the stock market, regardless of whether it be a domestic company or a multinational corporation and regardless of it being the company in which one works, is only permissible given the following guidelines: One must avoid investing in industries that are forbidden or doubtful, such as commercial banks that deal in interest, government …

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Towards Sacred Activism: A Religious Guide for the Muslim Activist

Activism has become a huge part of countries around the world but especially in the West. It seems there is a voice for every issue now crying out for equality or justice. There is no doubt that organized activism is one of the best ways to bring about a positive social change in society. There …

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‘Verse of the Sword’ in Quran Explained (Verse 9:5) – Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Many islamophobes try to falsely use the Qur’anic verse 9:5, also known as the verse of the sword, to prove that Islam is a violent religion. In this talk Muslim theologian Dr. Yasir Qadhi explains in the video below how mainstream Muslims have understood this particular verse in the past and today. The verse in …

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Islamic Law Does Not Impose a Restriction on Profit

The other day I was discussing Islamic mortgage companies in the U.S. with some friends and one of them criticized the practice of these mortgage companies charging too much money. This opened a debate among us whether there is a restriction in the Shariah (Islamic law) for how much profit a business can make. Some …

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Islam and Homosexuality

The following piece is taken from the editorial introduction of American Journal of Islamic Science’s special issue dealing with homosexuality. It is posted here with Dr. Ovamir Anjum’s permission, who is the editor-in-chief of the journal. Menu Introduction | The Limits of Consent and the Autonomy of the Self | The Limits of Historicism and Social Construction | The …

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Why Muslims Should Not Go Vegan on Eid Al-Adha

Every year around Eid-ul-Adha articles start popping up from Muslim vegans on the “barbaric” practice of sacrificing a lamb, goat, cow, or camel as part of the Eid ritual. The point of such articles usually tends to be trying to discourage the Muslim community from engaging in the sacrificial practice and even abandoning it altogether. …

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