Islam arrived in Kerala , the Malayalam language speaking region in the south-western tip of India, through Middle Eastern merchants. Kerala Muslims from north Kerala are generally referred to as Mappilas. Mappilas are but one among the many communities that forms the Muslim population of Kerala. Muslims in Kerala share a common language Malayalam with the rest of the non-Muslim population and have a culture commonly regarded as the Malayali culture.
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That is why I have avoided discussion over the minute details and have endeavoured to portray the entire picture of Islam in one perspective. Moreover, I have not confined myself to stating what we Muslims believe in and stand for, but have also tried to explain the rational bases of our beliefs.
Similarly I have not only presented the Islamic modes of worship and the outlines of the Islamic way of life but have also tried to unveil the wisdom behind them. I hope this small treatise will go a long way to satisfy the intellectual cravings of the Muslim youth and will help the non-Muslims in understanding our real position. A change is imperceptibly overtaking the world. The old order is disintegrating; the new one is, however, yet to come. And history tells us that such ages of restlessness have also been periods of birth for new movements and cultures.
The world is in the grip of a tension and awaits a twentieth-century renaissance of man. A significant feature of the present century is the new and wide-spread trend of Islam revival.
After a long period of stagnation the world of Islam is rising from its stupor. A new awakening has appeared on the horizon; a new life is being infused into the community of Islam. This trend is visible in every country and at every place and has within it the possibilities of its becoming the harbinger of a new age' from the Editor Preface About the Author Mawlana Mawdudi occupies a pivotal position in the movement for Islamic rebirth in the 20th century.
He started his revolutionary mission at a time when the Western civilization was at the height of its intellectual and political power and when almost the entire Muslim world was in the grip of the western colonial rule. The demise of the Ottoman Caliphate had extinguished the last apparent hope of the Muslim Ummah.
The clouds of gloom were cast upon the Muslim world. The horizon looked dark and dismal. It was in this background that a young scholar Mawdudi raised a clarion call for Islamic revival and reassertion. He awakened the Muslims to a new goal and mission to live and to die for Islam Get A Copy. Published first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Towards Understanding Islam , please sign up.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Towards Understanding Islam. One of the very informative books on basic Islam that I have read.
Those Muslims wanting to give this book as a gift to non-Muslim friends, must first read the book themselves, as there are many things about Islam that I only began to understand after reading this book I'm a 'born' Muslim. View 2 comments. Jul 14, Mayank Chawla rated it really liked it Shelves: spirituality-and-philosophy.
An excellent book with lucid, easy to understand exposition of Islamic principles. The writing style is informal and comprehensible for even those who do not know many things about Islam. The books is an easy read for Non Muslims and contains many things worth knowing even for Muslims.
The books begins with an explanation of the Meaning of Islam and goes on to discuss the nature of prophet-hood with importance of the last Prophet of Islam, Muhammad PBUH. It further discusses articles of Islamic An excellent book with lucid, easy to understand exposition of Islamic principles. It further discusses articles of Islamic faith the ways of worship and conduct in daily lives for Muslims and ends with explaining shariah , the Islamic law.
The book presents various arguments in support of Quranic injunctions, however some of the arguments that are given are not satisfactory. The pressing argument that Islam is the only way to reach God is not withstanding since almost all faiths of the world essentially contains more or less the same principles. However the book will be useful to clear some misconceptions about Islam since it come from an as authoritative figure as Maulana Maududi. Maulana Maududi was a controversial figure.
Born in British India, he later migrated to Pakistan. There he had to face persecution from authorities because his philosophy was coming in direst challenge to Pakistan's foundation Idea of a secular state. Nevertheless he had a large following and was recipient of many awards. Maulans's idea of a pefect islamic state where Non Muslims are treated as second class citizens is repressive and unreasonable. The Modern World order of secularism does not find any place in Maududi's ideas.
Neverthess Pakistan slipped back from being a Secular to Islamic country and its persecution of Non Muslims very much falls in line with Maududui's philosophy.
View all 3 comments. Some slick editing by Yahiya Emerick has given this book a very modern approachable touch. I'd still love to read Maududi's book in its original form though. The book attempts to give a broad based summary of the teachings of Islam to audiences that have 'little or no access to its original texts'.
It is strongest in the opening chapters when it talks about the nature of belief itself and w Some slick editing by Yahiya Emerick has given this book a very modern approachable touch. It is strongest in the opening chapters when it talks about the nature of belief itself and what Islam is. It describes Islam, or submission to God,as the governing force of the Universe. All physical matter, including our very own bodies, submit to this force in this sense it is the physicists' holy grail: the Grand Unifying Theory of the universe and that human beings, on account of our free will can decide whether to consciously submit to this force or not.
It then goes on to talk about faith in God and obedience as essential factors in the design of this universe. I like the approach that Maududi has taken. His perspective is unique and sets a firm logical foundation for the rest of his book. Other notable chapters include the one on the prophets of God and the final chapter on the overall picture, that of Islam as it is supposed to work in society as a whole, titled How Does It All Fit Together?
There is a newer version of the book out on Amazon. But this version e-book can be bought for just above 2 USD. I really loved this book. Several Islamic concepts were discussed quite well in this book, breaking down concepts in concisely accurate ways. I would recommend this book for any human being who wishes to understand the core of Islam better.
It's not a long read and the translation in today's English makes the read go even faster in my opinion as a native American English speaker. Dec 17, Eb rated it liked it. Jul 10, David rated it it was ok. This is a good introduction to what Muslims believe I assume, I don't have a lot of data points to go off of , but there is a lack of citations. Apr 28, Irfan rated it really liked it Shelves: hard-cover.
From this book, I learned that one didn't have to be human to be Muslim. The whole universe surrenders to God. As a Muslim my entire life, I think this book effectively and accurately lays down the framework s of how a Muslim thinks and lives. As a more seasoned Muslim, I didn't necessarily learn anything too new and found this to be a bit wordy, though it was a great reminder. I decided to read this book because along my studies of Islam, I've heard of the great scholar, Maududi.
Only thing missing was source material hadith and Qur'anic verses by which to convince the reader, who might be a non-Musl As a Muslim my entire life, I think this book effectively and accurately lays down the framework s of how a Muslim thinks and lives. Only thing missing was source material hadith and Qur'anic verses by which to convince the reader, who might be a non-Muslim, beyond a shadow of a doubt that that is actually what Islam is.
Although, to Maududi's credits, I would say many of the statements are actually based on source material. The Islamic way of life is a beautiful way of life.
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The Mourning of Muharram also known as the Remembrance of Muharram or Muharram Observances is a set of commemoration rituals observed by Shia Muslims ,   as well as some non-Muslims. The commemoration falls in Muharram , the first month of the Islamic calendar. Many of the events associated with the ritual take place in congregation halls known as Hussainia. Family members and companions accompanying him were killed or subjected to humiliation. The commemoration of this event during the yearly mourning season, with the Day of Ashura as the focal date, serves to define Shia communal identity.
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