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Boycott not only Products, but also Ideas and Values

  Boycott not only Products, but also Ideas and Values Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com Of late, there has been much talk in the Muslim world about boycotting certain products to impact principally the economy of Israel’s proxy, the United States, which is appropriate and timely, and ought ... Read More »

Following the Qur’an, Sunnah, Ahl al-Bayt and the Companions

Following the Qur’an, Sunnah, Ahl al-Bayt and the Companions Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com Undoubtedly, the doctrine of the imamate was the most salient doctrine in all Shi’ism. It constituted a nucleus around which almost every other doctrine, conviction and canon revolved, and was influenced by it, one way or another. The presence of ... Read More »

The Fatimids and the Institutionalization of Sunni-Shi’ah Conflicts_3

The Fatimids and the Institutionalization of Sunni-Shi’ah Conflicts Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com   This is one of 25 identical stucco window grills in the al-Aqmar Mosque. The right small circle contains the name “Muhammad” and the left one “‘Ali”. A Sunni Response   So, therefore, during the ... Read More »

The Fatimids and the Institutionalization of Sunni-Shi’ah Conflicts_2

The Fatimids and the Institutionalization of Sunni-Shi’ah Conflicts Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com The Mosque of al-Hakim. The Fatimids, it could be thus inferred, were among the first in Islamic civilization who used the power of writing signs on buildings in order to advance and publicize their ideological ... Read More »

The Fatimids and the Institutionalization of Sunni-Shi’ah Conflicts_1

The Fatimids and the Institutionalization of Sunni-Shi’ah Conflicts Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com   The Mosque of al-Azhar. The Shi’ah Fatimids were a major Isma’ili Shi’ah dynasty. They founded their own caliphate, in rivalry with the ‘Abbasids, and ruled over different parts of the Islamic world, from North ... Read More »

Islam as a Religion of Human Dignity and Honor

Islam as a Religion of Human Dignity and Honor Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com Islam is a religion that aims to ascertain, uplift and sustain the honor and dignity of man. In Islam, man is God’s vicegerent on earth. Every terrestrial component has been created for the purpose ... Read More »

The Evolution of Shi’ism from Political Activism to a Complex Ideology

The Evolution of Shi’ism from Political Activism to a Complex Ideology Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com The subject of caliphate was purely a political matter. All the misunderstandings and conflicts that revolved around it were simply political in nature too. There was nothing authentic that suggested spiritual investiture ... Read More »

Shi’ism in the Eyes of Sunnis

Shi’ism in the Eyes of Sunnis It must be emphatically said at the outset of this section that at the beginning, following the demise of the Prophet (pbuh), there was not at all such things as Shi’ism and Shi’i Islam or Sunnism and Sunni Islam. The two concepts were the products of subsequent times and subsequent generations. At that time, ... Read More »

The Origins of Shi’ism between Politics, Creed and Fanaticism_1

The Origins of Shi’ism between Politics, Creed and Fanaticism Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia E-mail: spahico@yahoo.com Introduction In this paper, the origins of Shi’ism from the perspectives of politics, creed and extremism will be discussed. The study shows that Shi’ism originated as a sheer political faction which however almost immediately ... Read More »

Al-Wasatiyyah (Moderation) as an Agenda of the Ummah

Al-Wasatiyyah (Moderation) as an Agenda of the Ummah Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia The term al-wasatiyyah is derived from an Arabic word “wasat” which means middle, fair, just, moderate, milieu and setting. The word in its different forms is used in several contexts in the Qur’an, all the word forms ... Read More »