Media nowadays has become incredibly powerful and is often referred to as the fourth branch of government. They play a vital role in accounting governments and shaping public opinion. For this reason, governments in the Muslim world impose strict controls on the media and many journalists and editors have been imprisoned for exposing government corruption.
Allah (Most High) says: يا أَيُّهَا الَّذينَ آمَنوا أَوفوا بِالعُقودِ “O you who believe! Fulfil your covenants.” (Al-Maaida, 5:2) The alif lam on the word Al-Uqud is alif lam of jinsiyah (genus) which means it includes all types of contracts and covenants. According to Imam Al Raghib Al Isfahani, the Uqud (covenants) referred to in this verse, ‘are of three kinds: 1- the covenants between Allah and man, i.e. man’s obligations towards Allah, 2- between man and his own soul, 3- and between the individual and his fellow men So this command includes ruling contracts such as citizenship and treaties. Throughout Islamic history the Caliphate fulfilled its covenants and treaties during peace and war, and the Islamic army was known for its exemplary conduct. Islam could not have spread so quickly if those carrying Islam were treacherous and committed atrocities.
The following is a translation of Dr Fadhel al Samarrai’s Tafseer of Surah Fatiha. This tafseer gives an insight in to the miraculous nature of the Qur’anic Arabic. The All-Merciful (ٱلرَّحْمـٰنِ) is on the pattern of فَعْلان from الرحمة, and the Most Merciful (ٱلرَّحِيمِ) is on the pattern of فعيل. The pattern فعلان indicates upon occurrence and renewal in the same manner as the attributes thirsty, hungry and angry, and it does not indicate upon permanence. The description also informs of the attribute’s fullness.
The House of Representatives (Majlis al-Ummah) is an elected council whose members can be Muslim, non-Muslim, men or women. These members represent the interests of their constituencies within the state. The Majlis has no powers of legislation like in a democratic parliament but it does have many powers that act as a counterbalance to the executive powers of the Caliph.
The following is a translation of Dr Fadhel al Samarrai’s Tafseer of Surah Fatiha. This tafseer gives an insight in to the miraculous nature of the Qur’anic Arabic. Al-Rabb is The Owner (المالك), The Master (السيد), The Sustainer (المربّي), The Maintainer (القيّم) and The Benefactor (المنعم).
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At least 29 people have been killed in a blast inside the Coptic church of Marjeres in the Egyptian city of Tanta. A second blast later at a church in Alexandria killed 18 more. This is not the first bombing of Copts in recent years. Back in January 2011 another Egyptian church was bombed in Alexandria. In response we published an article Egypt’s Copts need the Caliphate which covered a number of points related to how Islam orders the good treatment of dhimmi (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic State) and prescribes severe punishment for those who harm them.