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Featured Article: Anthropic principle

The "anthropic principle" relates to the purpose and intention for the existence of human life on Earth
In physics and cosmology, the anthropic principle encompasses diverse explanations about the structure of the universe that open the question of whether it exists with the purpose to permit the emergence of human life. It regards as significant the surprising coincidence of physical features that are—or at least seem to be—necessary and relevant to the existence on Earth of biochemistry, carbon-based life, and eventually human beings to observe such a universe.

Popular Article: Ijtihad

The Qur'an opened, resting on a stand
Ijtihad (Arabic اجتهاد) is a technical term of Islamic law that describes the process of making a legal decision by independent interpretation of the legal sources, the Qur'an and the Sunnah. A person who applied ijtihad was called a mujtahid, and traditionally had to be a scholar of Islamic law or alim. The opposite of ijtihad is taqlid, Arabic for "imitation."