By Seyyed Hossein Nasr
A tender Muslim's consultant to the trendy global, via one among Islam's maximum modern students, used to be written particularly for Muslims, and specifically younger Muslims, urging them to get to grips with their faith and to achieve an knowing of the trendy global from the Islamic standpoint for you to reply definitely to its demanding situations. This advisor, the 1st of its variety in any language, offers 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 means of Muslim students and thinkers, in addition to outlining the Western non secular and highbrow culture. --This textual content refers back to the mass marketplace paperback version of this title
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There have also been occasionally great female Muslim scholars over the centuries and the fact that there were not many more did not have anything to do with Islamic teachings. One sees the same situation in the traditional Christian, Jewish, Hindu or Buddhist worlds where in fact, no more female scholars were produced than in the Islamic world. The most important point to understand in this question is that Islam addresses the whole of the human species not only the male and that its teachings, although they may appear to be very patriarchal and masculine, also possess a strong feminine element.
Man has the power to dominate all other creatures, but he also bears the responsibility to care for all of them. His responsibility is greater than all other creatures because he is given the consciousness and the awareness to understand Allah's Nature and to obey His commands and also the freedom and the possibility to disobey them. This brings up the very important question of freedom and determinism as far as the nature of man and the moral consequences of his actions are concerned. On the one hand, the Quran emphasizes that Allah has power over all things.
Furthermore, He is the Knower (al-'Alim) "Who has knowledge of everything" (11:29) great and small. Allah has at once complete power over his creation and knows all of his creation. Therefore the Muslim should live in such a way as to be aware constantly of His Power dominating every moment of man's life and His Knowledge of all that man does. Allah watches over all of our actions and judges us accordingly. This emphasis upon the Power of Allah and His Judgment is balanced by the emphasis that the Quran and lfadith place upon His 26 • Part I: The Message of Islam Mercy.