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Ta’rif-e-Aam bi-Din il-Islam
By: Shaikh Ali Al-Tantawi
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This book is not meant for scholars and jurists; it is for those Muslims who want to properly understand their faith, or non Muslims who wants to understand The Islam as preached and practiced by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the light of Qur’an.


Islam has an argument, reason and proof for everything. A Muslim, therefore, is neither afraid of polemical dialogue nor avoids it. At the same level, Islam expects reason and proof form all those who claim to advance arguments against Islam: “Tell them; Bring forth your arguments (of what you state) if you are in the right”(Qur’an;2:111)
What is NOTdemanded by Islam!
·        Islam does not demand form a Muslim to give up the world altogether.
 ·   Islam does not expect Muslims to be ignorant, lacking in knowledge of their faith and other branches of knowledge.
·        Nor does it require one to make the mosque a permanent abode, never to leave it.
·        Islam also does not insist that one should live in a cave and spend his whole life there ---- Not at all.

Islam EXPECTS from the Muslims!
·        To inhere in their best civilization and matchless culture in a manner that they surpass all the civilized nations of the world.
·        They should be the most prosperous of all as far as the different branches of knowledge are concerned.
·        Do not use coercion against non Muslims for conversion to Islam.
·   Invite the humanity towards Islam, by conveying the message with wisdom, peacefully, in a logical and convincing way. They should argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.
·        To use the right of retaliation to any injustice or oppression with equality, not exceeding the limitsforgiveness and patience is however preferable.
·  Not to killtheinnocent people of any faith (including own self, through suicide)except by law, they don’t have to create mischief on earth by creating anarchy or disturbing the peaceful coexistence.
·    Warfare against injustice and oppressionand self defence is permissible,to be declared by the Islamic Statebut the rules lay down for its conduct by Shari’a (Islamic Law) be strictly adhered to. Those who surrender ordo not fight or remain neutralare not to be disturbed. The prisoners are to protected and provided peace and security.
·        To fulfill all bilateral and international accords (like UN Charter) for peace and stability of humanity.
·        To treat all members of society with equality fairness and justice.
·        Non Muslims in the Islamic society enjoy complete protections and freedom to practice their faith.
·        The places of worship of other religions are to be protected.
·        Do not abuse or degrade the god/ gods of non Muslims.
Chapter – 1: Choosing a Faith
Chapter – 2 : What is Islam?
Chapter – 3: Explanation of Terms
Chapter – 4: The Principles of Conceptualization of Faith
Chapter – 5 :Iman (Faith) in God
Chapter – 6 : The Oneness of God
Chapter – 7 : Manifestation of Faith
Chapter – 8 : Faith in the Day of Judgment
Chapter – 9 : Faith in Predestination
Chapter – 10 : Faith in the Unseen
Chapter – 11 : Faith in the Prophets
Chapter – 12 :Faith in the Scriptures
The Epilogue
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