The Islamic Law is called sharī‹a in Arabic. Sharī‹a means “the way.” Therefore the Muslim, submissive to God, follows a way, a disciplined path, a method of life. Sharī‹a, the way, covers the entire normative field of individual and social life. Unfortunately, the distressing usage m
The Islamic Law’s goals [Maqāṣid ash-Sharī‹a] are five in number: 1. The preservation of dīn. 2. The preservation of life. 3. The preservation of wealth. 4. The preservation of mind. 5. The preservation of progeny.
By “Islamic Renascence” is meant this general awakening, awareness, and return of the present Muslim generations to their Islamic identity, ethics, and values, and their aspiration to see Islam prevail in their lands as a faith and a way of life.
The genuine meaning of “Islamist” is an observant man or woman who jointly works for re-establishing Islam as a faith and a way of life. Owing to the demonising power of the media coupled with the disgraceful image presented by some Muslim activists, Islamists are all introduced as ra
Jahiliya, from the root jahala, has two meanings: jahala means at once being ignorant and violent. According to Imam Yassine, jahiliya means ignorance of the Creator and violence against the creatures. The Qur’ān gives jahiliya four facets: disbelief [Ẓan al-Jahiliya, 3:154], malgover
The basic meaning of jihād is “strenuous effort.” The believers are told in the Qur’ān: “And strive hard in God’s cause with all the striving He deserves.” (22:78). When the term is used in the sense of “holy war,” its meaning is all too frequently misunderstood, especially but not on
Literally, the soldiers of God [Jund Allāh] are the believing men and women who strive in the cause of God. As a reminder, their mission is twofold: to work for the reconstruction of their ummah in this world and to work for achieving the highest stations of nearness to God in the Her
Caliphate [al-khilāfa] means the system of government based on the choice of the people. It differs from the western democratic systems of governments in the sources of its laws. While western democracies rely on man-made, positive laws, the Islamic system of government draws its laws
As far as spiritual training is concerned, the attributes of imān progress from a virtuous company [suḥba] that fits the individual into the community [al-jamā‹a], enables him to be present with God [dhikr] and assimilate imān through emotional, intellectual, moral, and spiritual insp
Minhāj, a term used in the Qur’ān (5:48), means model, plan, system, way, method, line, among others. It means at once the way and the means to take that way. Minhāj entails therefore motion and progress towards a particular end. For Imam Yassine’s Justice and Spirituality School, al-
The mujāhidūn and the mujāhidāt are respectively all Muslim men and women who serve the cause of Islam according to the model of the Prophet (God bless him and grant him peace), and work hard to unite our divided ummah by peaceful means. The word mujahid does not refer exclusively to
By mūmin is meant not the ordinary muslim who performs the five pillars of Islam. To his observance of the five pillars of Islam the mūmin adds moral rectitude by perfecting his faith (imān) within a community that concurrently conducts a twofold jihad: one major against the self and