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Month December 2010

Muslim Fatalism and its consequences

Spend even a short time around Muslims and you will become aware that they continually use the Arabic phrase "In sha Allah", which means "if God wills". While the Qur'an also lays great emphasis on the free choice and moral conduct of individuals and communities, popular Islamic thinking and practice are often very fatalistic.
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Ali, Hassan and Hussein

The Caliph is the title for the leader of the Islamic Ummah, the worldwide Islamic community or nation which should ideally be ruled by the religious law, the Shari’ah. The word is derived from the Arabic word which means “successor” or “representative.” The early Caliphs in particular were seen as Mohammed’s successors.