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Dear friends,

Can anyone please guide me as to where I can find Western scholarly articles/books/thesis about the origins of the concept of Khilafat (how it was understood by the earliest audience of Quran and the way its understood presently) ?


General Discussions / What Does Quran Say About "Spying"
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:41:33 PM »
Salaam Alaikum brother Joseph,

What does Quran say about "Spying"... if its done as a preventive measure against a possible conspiracy?
I am suspicious of my friend... i think he may be conspiring against me... as he has done that in the past too. Can i spy on him? Would it be morally justified?


I hope this is the right category to post this question. It's a general question, not related to any specific verse of the Quran.

Here's it:

People normally say to trust in the plans that God has for us. Like sometimes when I feel depressed while thinking about the future .... then I am told to have trust in God's plans for me.

I just want to know, what is meant by trusting in "God's plans for me"? I mean, is this said in a literal sense? Does God really have plans for me? Or is it just a feel-good strategy?

Is God's plan, same as destiny? What if (God forbid) I am destined to go to hell?

I really want to know this. These thoughts been troubling me for a while.

I'd really appreciate if anyone in this forum can give some insight into this!

~ Osman

General Discussions / Tafseer of Surah Ar Ra'ad Verse 11
« on: August 07, 2013, 02:15:20 AM »
Salaam alaikum,

I came across a very interesting tafseer of Surah Ar Ra'ad Verse 11, the verse which says that Allah doesn't change the conditions of people unless they change what's in themselves.

Here's the tafseer:

Essentially what the author of this tafseer does is, he dives into the grammatical aspects of the words which appear in this verse, then interprets it in such a way so as to mean that the change which is demanded from people in this verse is a political change for example restoring Khilafat. Groups such as Hizb ut Tahrir take this interpretation as a Quranic evidence for the support of their activities.

One thing which I believe this tafseer failed to pay attention to was the context of this verse.

I'd like to know your opinion of this particular interpretation of this verse.


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