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"Islam is not a 'religion' in the sense this term is commonly understood. It is a system encompassing all fields of living. Islam means politics, economics, legislation, science, humanism, health, psychology and sociology. It is a system which makes no discrimination on the basis of race, color, language or other external categories. Its appeal is ot all mankind. It wants to reach the heart of every human being," writes Sayyd Abul Ala Mawdudi, scholar extraordinaire in his landmark book Towards Understanding Islam.
Islam is about much more than daily rituals and habits passed down from parent to child over 1400 years, as unfortunately many Muslims have made it into. Rather, it is a dynamic system of life that touches all of us. In a clear and candid style, Mawdudi has penned this masterpiece introductory explanation of Islam.
Millions of copies of this book have been printed in more than 30 languages. The purpose of this book is to provide both Muslims and non-Muslims with a brief but comprehensive view of Islam. This is why a discussion of minute details has been avoided and why the author has sought to portray the entire picture of Islam in a holistic perspective. The book also tries to explain the rational basis of Islamic beliefs.
This is one of the author's landmark books. It is an excellent gift for Muslims and non-Muslims and an essential addition to your personal library.
AuthorBio: Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi (1903-1979), one of the chief architects of the contemporary Islamic resurgence, was the most outstanding Islamic thinker and writer of his time. He devoted his entire life to expounding the meaning and message of Islam and to organizing a collective movement to establish the Islamic Order.
In this struggle, he had to pass through all kinds of suffering. Between (1948-1967), he was put behind bars on four occasions, spending a total of five years in different prisons in Pakistan. In 1953, he was also sentenced to death by a Martial Law Court for writing a "seditious" pamphlet, this sentence being later commuted to life imprisonment. In 1941, he founded Jamaat Islaami, of which he remained Amir until 1972 and which is one of the most prominent Islamic movements of our day. He authored more than one hundred works on Islam, both scholarly and popular, and his writings have been translated into forty languages.
He died in 1979 after a lifetime of writing for, promoting and defending Islam.