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Moscow’s Muslims find no room in the mosque

On a cold Friday in March, Bolshaya Tatarskaya street in the centre of Moscow is at a standstill. It runs past the Russian capital’s oldest mosque.

More than two million Muslims now live and work in Moscow. It has become one of the biggest cities for Muslims in Europe and its few houses of worship can no longer cope.

During Friday prayers the historic building is overflowing and thousands of faithful are praying outside in the snow.

Cars honk their horns and local people struggle to get past on the pavements.

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Do animals have rights?


Do animals have rights?

The vegetarian argument is that killing animals for the benefit of humans is cruel and an infringement of their rights. They put both on the same level without conceding any superiority to humans over animals. This argument is seriously flawed, because if animals had rights comparable to those of humans, they must also have equivalent duties. In other words, we must be able to blame them and punish them if they violate the rights of others. It is absurd that it should be considered a crime for humans to kill a sheep, but natural for a lion to do so. The problem stems from a misconception of the role of human life within the animal kingdom: a denial of purposeful creation within a clearly defined hierarchy degrades humans to the level of any other creature. Yet even then, the argument is illogical: Why should plants, for example, be denied the same protection from a violation of the sanctity of their life?

Is Islamic slaughter cruel?

The question of how an animal should be slaughtered to avoid cruelty is a different one. It is true that when the blood flows from the throat of an animal it looks violent, but just because meat is now bought neatly and hygienically packaged on supermarket shelves does not mean the animal didn’t have to die? Non-Islamic slaughter methods dictate that the animal should be rendered unconscious before slaughter. This is usually achieved by stunning or electrocution. Is it less painful to shoot a bolt into a sheep’s brain or to ring a chicken’s neck than to slit its throat? To watch the procedure does not objectively tell us what the animal feels.
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Nurturing Marital Love

He bounded up the stairs so energetically that it was hard for me to believe that here was a man of more than eighty years. He had the vitality of a youth. Then I learned the reason why: Though he had gotten married back in 1947 when he was about thirty years old, he was able to say to me: “I do not recall that I ever once got angry with my wife or that she was even once annoyed with me. And if I had a headache, it was impossible for her to sleep until after I fell asleep.


” Then he said with feeling: “I can never think of going out somewhere, even to purchase some household needs, without taking her with me and holding her hand. It is as if we are newlyweds.” When, due to a medical operation, she had become unable to bear children, he said to her: “You are more precious to me than children.” He told me: “As long as she walks upon the Earth, I could never even think of marrying anyone else.” That man is a good example of how devotion can last even into old age. Unfortunately, when we look at the state of the majority of people of any age, we can appreciate that his relationship is a rarity indeed, a sort of ideal. Of course, we do not have to be held to such an ideal. Moreover, we should not go to our spouses and expect them to be like that when we ourselves have so many shortcomings. Marriage is love and affection. Allah says: “He created for you mates from among yourselves so that you can seek comfort in them and He has placed between you affection and mercy.” [ Sûrah al-Rûm: 21] This is why each sex is drawn to the other in the first place, as if each person is looking for his missing other half. When the wife of the famous jurist Abû Rabî`ah died, he carried out her burial himself and had to wipe the dirt from his own hands.

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Good Manners at Home

‘Aa’ishah (RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘When Allah (SWT) wills some good towards the people of a household,

He introduces kindness among them.'” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad in al-Musnad, 6/71; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 303)

According to another report:

“When Allah loves the people of a household, He introduces kindness among them.” (Reported by Ibn Abi al-Dunya and others; Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 1704)

In other words, they start to be kind to one another. This is one of the means of attaining happiness in the home, for kindness is very beneficial between the spouses, and with the children, and brings results that cannot be achieved through harshness, as the Prophet (SAW) said:

“Allah loves kindness and rewards it in such a way that He does not reward for harshness or for anything else.” (Reported by Muslim, Kitaab al-Birr wa’l-Sillah wa’l-Aadaab, no. 2592)

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Rights of minorities in Islamic civilization

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany


Rights of minoritiesUnder the Islamic law, non-Muslim minorities received rights and privileges that other minorities did not have under any other law in any other country. The relationship between the Muslim community and the non-Muslim minority is based on Allah’s rule that says: {Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just.} [Al-Mumtahanah: 9].

This verse has identified the ethical and legal basis, with which Muslims must treat non-Muslims, namely kindness and justice with all those who do not have enmity against them. The humanity did not know these rules before Islam. It lived for centuries after Islam, but suffered the horrors of lacking them. It still looks forward to the day when it can apply these rules in modern societies but to no avail due to passion, fanaticism and racism.

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Rights of patients and people with special needs

ritten by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany


Rights of patientsIslam and the Islamic civilization have a special approach towards the care for patients and people with special needs. This approach starts with reducing some legal obligations placed on them, as stated in the words of Almighty Allah (be He Exalted): {It is no fault in the blind nor in one born lame, nor in one afflicted with illness} [Al-Nur: 61, Al-Fath: 17]. The approach ends with bringing hope for them and preserving their physical and psychological rights.


The Prophet’s treatment of patients

The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to hasten to visit a patient if he heard about his illness, although the Prophet was busy and had many concerns. His visit was not stilted or forced, but he felt duty towards patients; why not, as he (peace be upon him) made the visit of a patient one of the latter’s rights?! He (peace be upon him) said: “The rights of a Muslim on Muslims are five… to visit the sick.” [1]

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Freedom of ownership between Communism and Capitalism

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany


The ancient and modern world was bewildered in the issue of ownership or property[1]. Different schools of thought and ideas were made in this regard. Communism, for example, wasted individual’s value and freedom as no one has the right to possess a land, factory or real estate or any other means of production. S/he should work as wager for the state, which owns and possesses the resources of production and makes it impossible for him or her to have capital even if this capital is halal (lawful).

Capitalism was also there. It is based on making as holy private ownership without putting any restrictions. It gives the individual the right to possess what he wants, develop it or spend it the way he wants without any slightest restrictions on means of his ownership, development or spending and without any rights to the society in this regard.

Islam, freedom of ownership

And between the extremism of Capitalism in exaggerating the importance of private ownership and the extremism of Communism in scrapping this ownership, including the disadvantages of the two systems, Islam shows us the moderate way that combines both private and collective ownership. Islam has permitted private ownership with certain restrictions to protect others. It also prohibited right of ownership in certain cases to take care of people and encouraged collective ownership. This means that Islam has endorsed individual’s right to ownership and right of collective ownership in a balanced and moderate way.

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Women’s rights in Islamic civilization

Written by Islamstory


Islam provided woman with care and attention, elevated her status, and provided her with honor and good treatment whether she is a daughter, wife, sister or mother. Islam stated that both women and men were created out of one origin. Therefore, women and men are equal in humanity. Allah (be He Exalted) says: {O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women.} [Al-Nisa’: 1]. Many other verses show that Islam eradicated the principle of distinction between men and women in the common value of humanity.


Status of woman in Islam

Women's rights in Islamic civilizationRecalling these principles and disapproving the habits of Jahiliyah and previous nations with regard to the status of woman, Islam came to defend woman and place her in a status which she could not reach in old or later nations. Fourteen centuries ago, Islam prescribed for woman – as a mother, sister, wife and daughter – rights which western woman is still struggling to get but in vain!

Islam stated that women and men are equal in status and prestige, and that nothing detracts women because they are women. In this regard, the Prophet (peace be upon him) established an important rule when he said: “Women are counterpart of men”[1]. He (peace be upon him) always urged Muslims to take care of women. He told his companions: “I urge you to take care of women.” [2] He repeated this advice during his farewell pilgrimage when he addressed thousands of people of his nation.

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Solidarity in the Muslim Community

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany


Solidarity in the Muslim CommunityThe Islamic Sharia enjoins its followers to maintain cooperation, solidarity and unity of feelings and emotions among them, in addition to their solidarity in the needs and materialistic matters. Therefore, they became like the solid cemented structure whose parts enforce each other. Narrated by Abu Musa al Ash’ari, the Prophet (PBUH) says: “A believer to another believer is like a building whose different parts enforce each other.”[1], or like the one body in which if any part is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness and fever with it. The Prophet says: “You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it.”[2]


Comprehensiveness of Solidarity in Islam

Social solidarity in Islam does not merely stop at the material benefit, which is one of solidarity’s main aspects, but covers all the needs of the society; individuals and groups, whether these needs are material, moral or intellectual, and in the widest scope of these concepts. This means solidarity involves all the basic rights of individuals and groups in the nation.


All the teachings of Islam affirm the comprehensive nature of solidarity among Muslims. That is why the Muslim community is stranger to individualism, selfishness and negativism. The Muslim community, rather, lives on faithful brotherhood, generosity and helping one another in righteousness and piety all the time.[3]

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Islamic civilization’s care for freedom of thinking

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany

Thinking is an obligation of AllahIslam has enshrined the freedom of thought and cared for it. The Islamic civilization stands as witness for this. This was clear as Islam has called for thinking and making as functional the powers of reason in thinking about the whole universe with its skies and earth. Islam urged all the people to do this and God Almighty said: “Say: “I do admonish you on one point: that ye do stand up before Allah,- (It may be) in pairs, or (it may be) singly,- and reflect.” [Saba: 46] and also: “Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (and minds) may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts.” [Pilgrimage: 46]

Islam urges use of mental faculties, proofs

Islam has blamed those who block their sensual and mental faculties from functioning and put them in a rank lower than beasts. God Almighty says: “They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning).” [The Heights: 179]

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