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A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam HB

Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad

Hardback

9781906949303

 

Essence of Islam in 12 Verses from the Qur’an

 

This Hardback edition has an annex on the crisis of ‘ISIS’. 

 

Contents:

 

1. What is Religion?

- What does the word ‘religion’ mean?

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

2. What is Islam?

- The meaning of the word ‘Islam’

- Islam as a civilisation

- Islam as a religion

- The inner meaning of the rites of Islam

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

3. ‘Who is Your Lord?’

- Mercy

- Love

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

4. Why Did God Create People?

- Kindness to others

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

5. What Are Heaven and Hell?

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

6. What is The Qur’an?

- The Qur’an as revelation

- The Arabic Language

- The Arabic Language of the Qur’an

- The obstacles in reading the Qur’an

- The subjects of the Qur’an

- The Qur’an as a mirror

- The importance of the Qur’an

- The influence of the Qur’an on Islamic thought

- The interpretation of the Qur’an

- The Preservation of the Qur’an

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

7. Who is The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.?

- Who is the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. to Muslims?

- Human virtue

- Spiritual perfection

- The mission of the Prophet

- Love for the Prophet Muhammad

- The sayings of the Prophet Muhammad

- Imitation of the Prophet Muhammad

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

8. What is ‘The Heart’?

- What are human beings?

- What is ‘the heart’?

- Self-knowledge

- Rust on the heart

- Polishing the rust off the heart

- Why is important to know all this?

 

9. What is Worldly Life?

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

10. What is The ‘Shari’ah’?

- The meaning of the word ‘shari’ah’

- The schools of Islamic jurisprudence

- Ibn Taymiyyah and the beginning of the anti-usul Sunni movement

- Logic

- The anti-usul movement up to the present day

- Sunni schools of thought in 2016 and in 1900

- The Shi’i madhahib

- Other madhahib

- Capital and corporal punishment

- Taking it easy

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

11. What is ‘Jihad’?

- The meaning of the term ‘jihad’

- The two kinds of jihad: the ‘greatest jihad’ and the ‘lesser jihad’

- The ‘greatest jihad’ as such

- The ‘lesser jihad’ as such

- The reasons behind - and conditions necessary for - the ‘lesser jihad’

- The goal of the ‘lesser jihad’

- Is the ‘lesser jihad’ offensive or defensive?

- The intention behind the ‘lesser jihad’

- The rules of conduct during the ‘lesser jihad’

- Relations with non-Muslims outside of the ‘lesser jihad’

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

12. What is Government?

- The importance of justice

- The ‘excellence’ of justice

- What is justice?

- The ecology of justice?

- What is government?

- Popular consensus and government legitimacy

- Temporal state

- Citizenship

- Why is it important to know all this?

 

Postscript: What is Happiness?

- Happiness or misery?

- Defining happiness

- Enjoyment

- Joy

- Contentment

- Happiness

- Why is it necessary to know all this?

 

Appendix 1: The Big Tent of Islam

- The different kinds of Muslims

- The Amman Message (2004-2006)

- The Benefit of the ‘Three Articles’ of the Amman Message

 

Appendix 2: Three Questions For Every Muslim