Posts Tagged ‘Shura’
The study of history is of no use unless it yields benefit for the future. To dwell on the pristine character of the four rightly-guided caliphs is to find magnificent role models of God-consciousness, devotion, sacrifice, integrity, and leadership. Yet, from the political standpoint, the imperfect realities of human nature continue to drive home a most obvious and self-confirming reality; the synergy of the system. No conglomeration of people, even with great leaders, can succeed in this world or the next without a system of law and governance. The best system is one that extracts only positive human qualities and enhances them, while the worst of systems is one that gives free reign to evil human tendencies.
By Dr. Basma Abdelgafar Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies Have you ever wondered why Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) uses the word Shura to refer to the prescribed and preferable decision-making process among believers? Did you know that the literal translation of Shura is to “extract honey from its sources”? In fact, the [...]
Sitting in the mosque board meeting, as one issue after another was raised, I’ll confess it was difficult not to drift into my own thoughts. However, one issue was raised that caught my attention that was, perhaps not surprisingly, the issue of finance and fundraising: the mosque needed funds for refurbishing the ablution (wuḍu) area. [...]