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Fundamentals of Islam is a revised English edition of the critically acclaimed Khutubah (originally written in Urdu). It consist of Friday congregational addresses, in them he expounds familiar themes; like Iman, Islam, the Prayer, Fasting, Alms-giving, Pilgrimage and Jihad.
Mawdudi passion for Islam and the Ummah is clearly present in these addresses, which are beautiful and eloquent spoken, powerfully and passionately reasoned and yet simple and lucid in style; he imparts to these very teachings, the life and revolutionary ardour which they had when originally proclaimed and instituted. This he does mainly by restoring the vital links between them which, unfortunately, have long since been lost in Muslim minds and lives â€“ links like, life and Iman, Iman and actions, Jihad and Iman, Iman and history. In his discourse, Iman is placed at the centre of life, so it can regain its power to change man and his world.
These addresses, which were originally delivered more than four decades ago from 1938 to 1939, is still relevant and vital. It has been meeting the real and great spiritual and cultural guidance needed by Muslims; and despite the passage of time, retains its original freshness. This edition restores Mawdudiâ€™s message with his original charm and vigour to a new generation of Muslims.
About the Author
Sayyid Abul Aâ€™la Mawdudi (1903-1979), one of the chief architects and leaders of the contemporary Islamic resurgence, is the most outstanding Islamic thinker and writer of our time.He devoted his entire life to expounding the meaning and message of Islam, inviting individuals to renew their commitment to their Creator.
He had to pass through many sufferings, between 1498 and 1967; he was jailed on four occasions, spending a total of five years in prison in Pakistan.
In 1953, he was sentenced to death by a Martial LAW court for writing a â€˜seditiousâ€™ pamphlet, this sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.
In 1941, he founded Jamaâ€™at Islami, of which he remained Amir (Chief) until 1972 and which is one of the most prominent Islamic movements of our day.
He authored more than a hundred works on Islam, both scholarly and popular, and his writings have been translated into forty LANGUAGEs around the world.