A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

A tender Muslim's consultant to the fashionable global, by way of considered one of Islam's maximum modern students, was once written particularly for Muslims, and particularly younger Muslims, urging them to get to grips with their faith and to realize an knowing of the fashionable global from the Islamic viewpoint with a view to reply certainly to its demanding situations. This consultant, the 1st of its sort in any language, offers an exposition of the lessons of Islam as printed 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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Secondly, it is very important to consider that Islam, like every religion, had to take into account the social structures of the societies in which it 34 • Part I: The Message of Islam was destined to spread. The early Semitic nomadic society of Arabia in which Islam spread, in fact, had a greater dynamism as far as malefemale relations were concerned than let us say, the more sedentary societies in the north whether one considers Byzantinum or Persia and that fact is reflected in the gradual changes in social relationships which were created later as these societies further north became Islamicized.

In early Islamic society it was related to the covering of the hair as well as the body but not the face. Later on because of local practices which were integrated into Islamic practice, it came also to include in many parts of the Islamic world the whole face except for the eyes. Today in some Islamic countries as a whole and in certain of the rural areas throughout the Islamic world, the type of veil to cover the face and the body of the female differs from what one finds in the well-known sedentary centers in the Islamic heartland.

A pear tree always bears pears, a fish always remains true to the nature of the fish and a bird to that of the bird. It is only man who has been given the freedom of rebellion against his own primordial nature. Therefore, the created world or the world of nature is a constant reminder to man of what it means to be a perfect Muslim in the sense of being surrendered to Allah's Will. The Quran, while giving man the power to rule over all things through the fact that Allah taught Adam the names of all things, also gives man the responsibility of custodianship over the created order.

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