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Discovering More about the Koran

The Islamic tradition describes the Koran as a vast ocean of knowledge that never ceases in its wisdom, no matter how much you study it. You may want to continue investigating the Koran, looking for new [more…]

Mending Misconceptions about the Koran

Oftentimes, misconceptions separate people with differing worldviews, presenting minds and souls with seemingly valid excuses to not engage people of other faiths. Consider these widespread notions about [more…]

Gaining an Overview of Islamic Origins

In about 610 A.D., the angel Gabriel appeared to a man named Muhammad in the city of Mecca in present day Saudi Arabia. Gabriel told Muhammad that God had commissioned Muhammad as His last prophet. The [more…]

Using the Qur'an in Daily Life

Many Muslim children learn to read through the study of the Qur'an. When they grow up, they hear Qur'anic recitations over radio and television. Wherever they look, they see verses from the Qur'an written [more…]

Reviewing the Starting Points for Islamic Ethics

Humans are made in the image of God, and that image includes moral and intellectual capability. According to Sura 33:72 (common term for the basic 114 units of the Qur'an, the basic scripture of Islam) [more…]

Identifying the Audience for the Koran

The Koran's audience is universal, without limitation on gender, culture, or religious beliefs. However, the Koran specifically addresses six general groups of people in various passages and at varying [more…]

Getting to Know Famous Commentators of the Koran

The day Prophet Muhammad died, the Muslim community faced a state of chaos; for the first time, Muslims had questions that couldn't be answered directly by God through the Prophet. [more…]

Eid al-Fitr: Focusing on Charitable Acts

At the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, families break the fast and celebrate during a three-day festival called Eid al-Fitr (Eid means "recurring event, [more…]

The Five Pillars of Worship in Islam

In the Islamic faith, Muslims are expected to fulfill five fundamental acts of worship. The Five Pillars of Worship (arkan al-`ibada) are the basic acts involved in being a believing and practicing Muslim [more…]

Islam's Five Pillars of Faith

In Islam, the Five Pillars of Faith (not to be confused with the Five Pillars of Worship) provide a brief and convenient summary of basic Muslim beliefs: [more…]

Muslims Adhere to Different Islamic Sects

Although Sunnis make up the majority of Muslims, not every Muslim belongs to the same Islamic sect. A Muslim's Islamic beliefs may take one of these forms: [more…]

Islam For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Understanding Islam begins with looking at the basic beliefs (Five Pillars of Faith) and required rituals (Five Pillars of Worship) of Muslims as well as the different Islamic sects that Muslims may belong [more…]

The Five Purposes of the Koran

As the holy book of Islam, the Koran informs millions of Muslims around the world. The book itself serves five essential purposes and the following list explains each in some detail: [more…]

Basic Features of the Koran

The Koran, Islam’s holy scripture, details the tenets of the religion quite differently than the Bible explores Christian beliefs. Keep these features of the Koran in mind when reading the scripture: [more…]

Quotes from the Koran on Major Themes

The Koran, the holy book of Islam, includes some iconic passages and quotes known by most Muslims and those of other religions as well. The Koranic passages, with chapter and verse in parentheses) in the [more…]

Koran For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As the holy book of the Islam religion, the Koran is followed by Muslims around the world. It sets out the basic tenets of the religion, details the purposes of the book and the religion, and is quoted [more…]

Islam’s Five Pillars of Worship

The Five Pillars of worship provide the foundations and basic support of Islam. These fundamental acts of worship and rituals are obligations for every practicing Muslim with the hope that each pillar [more…]

Key Sharia Principles and Prohibitions in Islamic Finance

Sharia law differentiates Islamic finance from conventional finance. The Islamic financial system is constructed on economic concepts specified by sharia [more…]

How Is Islamic Finance Different from Conventional Finance?

Islam is more than a religion; it's also a code of life that deals with social, economic, and political matters. Every Muslim is expected to live according to the Islamic code, or [more…]

Sharia Boards and Islamic Financial Institutions

A sharia board is probably the most easily recognizable feature that distinguishes an Islamic finance institution from a conventional one. All Islamic financial institutions are expected to operate in [more…]

The Structure of Sharia Boards for Islamic Financial Institutions

The sharia board, or sharia supervisory board (SSB), sits near the top of an Islamic financial company’s governing structure. If you look at the organization of such a firm, you often find the sharia board [more…]

What Is Islamic Finance?

Islamic finance is a financial system that operates according to Islamic law (which is called sharia) and is, therefore, sharia-compliant. Just like conventional financial systems, Islamic finance features [more…]

Why Takaful Is Needed in Islamic Finance

Takaful is a new spectrum of insurance products that has emerged in recent decades. These products are based on principles, features, and structures that set them apart from conventional insurance. [more…]

The Islamic Principles behind Takaful

Takaful is a form of mutual insurance based on the principles of cooperative risk sharing, mutual responsibility, mutual protection, and solidarity among groups of participants. Each takaful model [more…]

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