Words That Built An Ummah

Malcolm X’s Letter from Mecca

There is perhaps no American Muslim who left behind a larger legacy than Malcolm X. Born in Omaha, Nebraska as Malcolm Little, he bounced from foster home to foster home until he eventually found himself in pri...

The Prophet ﷺ’s dua at Taif

After a decade of preaching in Makkah, the Prophet ﷺ had lost his uncle and his wife and was still rejected by tribesmen. In an attempt to find a more receptive audience, the Prophet ﷺ traveled to Taif, hoping ...

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Letter from Prison

Ibn Taymiyyah stands as one of the towering intellectual giants of Islamic history. Beyond his academic contributions, however, ibn Taymiyyah was known for his high moral character. The following is an excerpt ...

15 Aphorisms from ibn ‘Ata’ Allah al-Sakandari

One of the signs of relying on one’s own deeds is the loss of hope when a downfall occurs. Your striving for what has already been guaranteed to you, and your remissness in what is demanded of you are signs ...

Imam al-Layth’s letter to Imam Mālik

For the context of this letter, please refer to this post. --- In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Form al-Layth b. Sa`d to Mālik b. Anas. I salute you with peace and praise Allah besides wh...

Imam Mālik’s letter to Imam al-Layth

Of the most famous intellectual rivalries in Islamic history is the rivalry of Imam Mālik ibn Anas and Imam al-Layth ibn Sa'd. Both were tremendous legal scholars, both founded a madhab, and both were intellect...

What I Learnt In 25 years of Marriage

“Today is our 25th wedding anniversary. So what did I learn? I learnt that a marriage is a game of give and take in which the more you give, the more you take. And that unless you give you can’t take. I lear...

Khutbah at the Conquest of Jerusalem 1187

Eight days after the conquest of Jerusalem, on the 4th of Sha’ban 583 AH, the first Jumu’ah salah in over 100 years was held in Masjid al-Aqsa. The khutbah was delivered by Qadi Muhiy ad-Deen ibn az-Zaki. The f...

Exile toward the Beginning

Someday we are bound to come back to the beginning. Even the most distant pathways always lead us inward, completely inward, into intimacy, solitude between our self and our self—in the place where there is no ...