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DAR UL ARQAM

DAR UL ARQAM. A voluntary, nongovernmental, grass-roots Islamic da'wah movement, Dar ul Argam was founded in Malaysiain 1968 by Sheikh Imam Ashaari Muhammad At-Tamimi. Its fundamental aim is to revive Islamic religious belief and values and to practice them in a comprehensive way in everyday life. Its first adherents were ten low-income people inKuala Lumpurwhom Sheikh Ashaari guided in the essentials of the Qur'an and other basics of duty and doctrine. He sought to inculcate in them an aware ...more

DAR AL-SULH

DAR AL-SULH. According to the Shafi`i school of law there exists, apart from the territory of Islam (ddr al Islam) and the territory of war (ddr al-harb), a third category called territory of treaty (dar al-sulh, also called ddr al-`ahd or ddr al-muwdda`ah). This is territory whose inhabitants have concluded an armistice with a Muslim government on the condition that they retain the possession of their lands and pay in exchange a certain amount of money or goods to be levied on the land. The oth ...more

DAR AL-ISLAM

DAR AL-ISLAM. An essential part of the doctrine of jihad is the division of the world into the "territoryofIslam" (dar al-Islam) and the "territory of war" (dar al-harb). The Shafi'is have added a third category, the "territory of truce [or treaty] (ddr al-sulh or ddr al-`ahd), for enemy territory with whose inhabitants a Muslim government has concluded a truce imposing a tribute on them. The decisive factor for ascertaining whether a region belongs to the dar al-Islam is Muslim sovereignty and ...more

DAR AL-HARB

DAR AL-HARB. The concept of ddr al-barb, or realm of war, comes from the dualistic worldview of the classical Islamic legal tradition. This term denotes the territories bordering the dar al Islam whose leaders are called upon, under threat of invasion, to convert to the Muslim religion. Jurists trace the concept of ddr al-barb back to the time of the Prophet and cite the messages sent by Islam's founder to the emperors ofPersia, Abyssinia, andByzantium, and to other leaders, summoning them to ch ...more

DAN FODIO, USUMAN

DAN FODIO, USUMAN (c. 1754-1817), Nigerian religious leader and reformer. Shaykh `Uthman ibn Muhammad ibn `Uthman ibn Salih, known to the Hausas as Shehu Usuman Dan Fodio, was born into a family of Muslim Fulani clerics in the Ha6e (Hausa) kingdom of Gobir in present-day northern Nigeria. The family had abandoned the nomadic way of life several generations earlier and was dedicated to the teaching of Sunni, Maliki Islam. By the end of the eighteenth century Shehu Usuman Dan Fodio had inspired th ...more

DANCE

DANCE. There is no specific theory of the aesthetic of dance in Islamic civilization; for example, the formalized Indic treatise on dance presented by Bharatanatyasastera has no counterpart in Islamic culture. There has never been any tradition ...more

DAKWAH

DAKWAH. See Da'wah;Malaysia. ...more

DA’IYAH

DA'IYAH. See Tabligh. ...more

ABDALI DYNASTY

See Durrani Dynasty. ...more

“My Path to Islam”

By C. Huda Dodge Salaam alaykum wa rahmatullah. Since I have started reading and posting on this newsgroup a few months ago, I have noticed a great interest in converts (reverts) to Islam: how are people introduced to it, what attracts people to this faith, how their life changes when they embrace Islam, etc. I have received a lot of e-mail from people asking me these questions. In this post, I hope insha'Allah to address how, when and why an American lik ...more

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