Words That Built An Ummah

The Counsel of Sidi Ahmad Zarruq

Ahmad Zarruq was a 15th century Muslim scholar from Morocco. A Berber of the Barnusi tribe, he lost both his parents within a week of his birth and was raised by his grandmother, an accomplished jurist in her own right. The following counsel has been translated by Sh. Hamza Yusuf:

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The book as your companion

Although a Mu’tazilite in theology, Abu Uthman Amr ibn Bahr al-Jahiz attained fame as a litterateur best known for his brilliant Arabic prose. Having written a massive collection of essays, poetry, jokes, and anecdotes, al-Jahiz provides in his works an entire education in the humanities of his time.The following in an excerpt on the topic of books as companions::

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