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  • Expounds on Islam - Selected writings of Shaykh Al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah on Islamic Faith, life & Society

    Compiled & Translated by Muhammad Abdul Haqq Ansari

    Paperback, 726 pages
    6.75 x 9.9 inch
    Dar Ul Thaqafah

         For various reasons the West has not been able to appreciate Ibn Taymiyyah’s place in Islam. His criticism of Ash’ari  Kalam, Greek logic and philosophy, monistic Sufism, Shi’i doctrines, and Christian faith have proved great obstacles to appreciating his contribution. His way of writing has also been to an extent responsible. Most of his writings are short or long responsa (fatawa) to particular questions, often recurring, put to him by different men at different times, rather than planned, systematic works on particular subjects. This makes the appreciation of his contribution somewhat difficult. Henri Laoust in France was the first to take serious notice of him. Since the publication of his Essay on the Social and Political Doctrines of Ibn Taymiyyah (1939), a few articles and books have appeared on Ibn Taymiyyah’s thought, but they are far from giving any clear idea of his overall contribution to Islam, even less of assessing his role in its revival and renewal (tajdid). In fact, there has been little understanding of the concept of tajdid in Islam.

          This volume consists of selections from various writings of Ibn Taymiyyah included in Majmu’ Fatawa Shaykh Al Islam (37 volumes) as well as some of his major works such as Minhaj as Sunnah An Nabawiyyah, Dar Ta’arud al Aql wa-An Naql, kitab Ar Rad alaa Mantaqayyin, Al-Istiqamah, and Iqtida As Sirat Al Mustaqeem.

          These selections will present a clearer and complete view of Ibn Taymiyyah’s concept of Islamic faith , life and society. They are primarily intended to highlight his positive position and mention his criticisms and refutations of other positions only to the extent needed.


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  • Essays on Ijtihad in the 21st Century

    Abu Ismael Al Beirawi

    Paperback, 183 pages
    14.7 x 21 cm
    MaktabaIslamia Imprint

    Due to the intellectual decline that has affected the Muslims throughout the last few centuries the subject of Ijtihad has become vague in the minds of many, unfortunately, including some thinkers as well as Ulema. Different extremes exist, some believe the doors of Ijtihad are closed whereas others have broken the doors of Ijtihad altogether. The following are some of the key misconceptions that have crept into the minds:

    a) The doors of Ijtihad are closed i.e. it is impossible and not permitted to undertake Ijtihad today.

    b) The scope of Ijtihad includes most things including definitive matters such as the prohibition of Riba (usury) and the prohibition of having nation states with a multiplicity of rulers in the Muslim world. It allows Islam to be reformed in order to apply to the modern age.

    c) Ijtihad is only personal reasoning and not the hukm of Allah i.e. it is the reasoning of an individual and therefore cannot be a shariah rule.

    d) Ijtihad is an individual obligation (Fard Ayn) and therefore Taqleed (following an opinion of a Mujtahid) is prohibited (haram).

    This book “Essays on Ijtihad in the 21st Century” is a compilation of independent articles written over a period of time, put together in a logical sequence. Written in a lucid language this book is a suitable read for all those who want to understand the practical reality of Ijithad and how it can be applied to the current reality.

    This key Islamic concept needs to be understood even more so in this era where the enemies of Islam attempt to defame it and portray it as a backward religion unable to deal with modernity and the challenges of the technologically advanced world. The doors of Ijtihad are not only open, rather it is a great Islamic duty, a fard kifaya (obligation of sufficiency) and the revealed method by which we are able to extract the rulings of Islam for all problems we face until the day of judgement.

    Besides the confusion over Ijtihad, there is ambiguity over the definition and conditions of a Mujtahid. This book explains the types of Mujtahid namely the Mujtahid Mazhab, Mujtahid Masála and Mujtahid Mutlaq.

    Chapters of the book include:

    - Ijtihad and Applying it in the 21st Century – This chapter explains in detail what Ijtihad is, its scope and how it is indispensable for the Muslims to practice it.

    - Evidences for Ijtihad – This chapter clarifies that Ijtihad is not something new, rather it is something which is the part of Islam since the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).

    - The Mujtahid – This chapter is about the conditions for Ijtihad and the types Mujtahid.

    - Exposing the Call for Reformation – This chapter elaborates how the word Ijithad is misused today by those who attempt to reform Islam and make it compatible with the secular liberal values.

    - Understanding Dar al-Kufr (land of disbelief) and Dar al-Islam (land of Islam).

    - Between Sufism and Salafism.

    - Moon sighting – Distinguishing between nationalism, political allegiance & fiqh (jurisprudence).

    - Understanding Illah (legal reason) and Qiyas (analogy).

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  • The war of Civilizations has Begun - 75 essays on the west's war against Islam -Aabed Moustapha

    Aabed Moustapha

    348 Pages, Paperback
    14.5 x 22.2 cm
    MaktabaIslamia Publications

    Since September 11 2001, there the confrontation between the West and Islam continues to transcend all expectations. The author presents his criticism against the theory propounded by  Huntington and his supporters that this is a Clash of civilizations; rather he views it is a war of civilizations and the Muslim world is the foremost of battlegrounds.

     This book will appeal to those who are interested in pursuing and understanding the events in the Muslim world from the viewpoint of Muslims. Care is taken to stimulate political thinking about such events, and the book relies heavily on political texts to explain the motives of major international powers and their agents, as well as exposing their plans.

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