By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

A tender Muslim's consultant to the trendy global, by means of certainly one of Islam's maximum modern students, was once written in particular for Muslims, and particularly younger Muslims, urging them to familiarize yourself with their faith and to achieve an figuring out of the fashionable global from the Islamic perspective to be able to reply absolutely to its demanding situations. This consultant, the 1st of its type 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 through Muslim students and thinkers, in addition to outlining the Western spiritual and highbrow culture. --This textual content refers back to the mass marketplace paperback variation of this title

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Man is the only central being in this world and that is why only he is the khalifah or vicegerent of Allah in the full sense of the term. 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.

But this present world was created with a definite beginning and will have a definite end marked by eschatological events. ammad al-Mahdi. " Therefore, throughout the centuries, Muslims, both Sunni and Shi 'ite, have believed that a figure will appear one day who will be the Mahdi, the Guided One, who will Chapter 2: God, Man and the Universe • 43 destroy iniquity, reestablish the rule of Islam and bring back justice and peace to the world. His rule, however, will be fairly short and it will be followed by the return of Christ.

The second part of the Sunnah constitutes its most essential aspects, dealing with the Islamic attitude towards Allah and His creation. It concerns therefore the most essential elements of the Islamic religion itself. As for the Ifadith, it consists of a vast body of sayings of the Blessed Prophet assembled during the first three centuries of Islamic history by generations of devout scholars who are called muJ:zaddithiin. It is important to note here that in this field women also played a very important role.

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