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Zakat: A Dereliction of Duty?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2008 in Politics & Society | 2 comments

Zakat: A Dereliction of Duty?

The third pillar of Islam is the wealth-tax, or zakat (from tazkiyah – “to purify, cleanse, bless, increase, improve.”) Explaining who should give zakat, and to what categories of the poor, needy and vulnerable it is due, Abu Aaliyah raises the issue of whether there is a need for zakat to be distributed right here in our own country? Yet given the dire poverty and hunger millions of Muslims around the world currently live in, is it even a feasible consideration?

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Jihad al-Nafs: the Greater Struggle

Posted by on Dec 5, 2006 in Spirituality | Comments Off

Jihad al-Nafs: the Greater Struggle

Muslim scholars have long identified two types of jihad (lit. “striving” in God’s cause): an outer form of jihad and an inner one. The outward jihad refers to state-sanctioned military force (i.e. armed combat), and is waged defensively to protect both religion and realm, or offensively to combat tyranny and protect the innocent and the defenceless against any unjustified aggression. As for the inner jihad (jihad al-nafs), it is the struggle to oppose the ego (nafs) and its impulses until it is in submission to God. That this inner jihad is known as the “greater” or “most obligatory” jihad, as per mainstream Sunni scholarship, has raised some objections in our time. Abu Aaliyah explains why there needn’t be any concern about such a designation.

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