A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

A tender Muslim's advisor to the trendy global, by means of certainly one of Islam's maximum modern students, used to be written in particular for Muslims, and specifically younger Muslims, urging them to familiarize yourself with their faith and to achieve an realizing of the trendy global from the Islamic viewpoint with a view to reply absolutely to its demanding situations. This advisor, the 1st of its sort in any language, provides an exposition of the lessons of Islam as published within the Qur'an, defined within the hadith and Sunna of the Prophet and commented upon by way of Muslim students and thinkers, in addition to outlining the Western spiritual and highbrow culture. --This textual content refers back to the mass industry paperback version of this title

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This sin itself is the result of the forgetfulness of our origin. In forgetting our origin we also forget Allah's Oneness and deny His Uniqueness. Islam does not emphasize the importance of sin any less than do Christianity and other religions. But it does not consider the sense of guilt in the same way as does Christianity and does not believe that man is sinful by nature. In Islam sin comes first of all from Chapter 2: God, Man and the Universe • 31 forgetting the Oneness of Allah and secondly from forgetting the consequences of the Oneness of Him who is the All-Powerful and the AllKnowing, which in turn results in disobeying His commands and rebelling against Him.

He sat down knee unto knee opposite the Prophet, surrenthe is what me tell d, Mu}:lamma '0 saying: hands, his of palms the placed he whose thighs there is der (islam)'. ' He said: Then he spoken truly,' and we were amazed that having questioned him he should corroborate him. ' He said: 'It was Gabriel. "' Trans. by M. Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based Earliest Sources, Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, 1992, pp. 330-331. CHAPTER2 GoD, MAN AND THE UNIVERSEQuESTIONS OF ESCHATOLOGY ALLAH he very reason for the revelation of Islam might be said to be the unveiling of the complete and total doctrine of the nature of God, in Arabic, Allah.

In this field, therefore, Sunni collections preceded the Shi 'ite. But the content of most of the J:zadiths in the two collections, Sunni and Shi 'ite, are basically the same. It is the chain of transmission which differs in many cases, but the content of the J:zadiths is nearly the same. The Ifadith literature ranges all the way from discussions of the creation of the world, the hierarchy of angels and of light, the questions of the Will of Allah and of how He rules over the universe, and how 20 • Part 1: The Message of Islam both freedom and determinism are intertwined in human life, to human, political, economic and social questions, and practical problems of everyday life dealing with one's family, neighbors and friends.

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