August 2004

Editorial
Never more so than now have we witnessed such polarisation between the Islamic world and the west. (Sarah Waseem – UK)
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad - The Promised Messiah and Mahdi Jihad – The True Islamic Concept
The much misunderstood concept of Jihad which extremists within Islam and Islam’s opponents construe as believe or be smitten by the sword. (Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad - The Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as))
Divine Guidance – Part III
The Holy Prophet(sa) reformed people who had become beasts and had prepared such truthful and faithful people that they were prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause of his religion. On the other hand, Jesus(as) never had the opportunity to cause such a change in his apostles. (Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad - The Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as))
Jihad, Human Rights and the Treatment of Minorities in Islam
A paper read at the OIC (Organisation for Islamic Cooperation) on Jihad and human rights from Islamic and western perspectives. Islamic societies respected non-Muslim minorities but since the second half of the last century, political manipulation of an ill-informed clergy and extremists by governments has led to an abuse of personal freedoms and a call for Jihad. (M. A. Ashraf)
Outstanding Female Muslims of the Holy Prophet’s(sa) Era
Some inspiring accounts from the lives of some of the first female Muslims. (Quratul-Ain Mirza - Canada)
A Brief Introduction to ‘The Daily Al-Fazl’
A brief account of the origins and history of the Rabwah (Pakistan) based religious publication the Alfazl, at present the only daily published by the community. (Ahmad Mutansir - Rabwah)