Knowledge

The Priest and the Paraclete: How a Franciscan Monk found Islam

Anselm Turmeda was an ordained Franciscan priest who was born in 1355 in the Spanish island of Majorca. He was very well educated. In addition to the normal primary education of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, he mastered the Bible in Latin and Greek. He later attended the University of Lerida in the Spanish kingdom of Aragorn where he continued with higher …

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How to Jump Start a Car

When I was in college, I used to park my car at the masjid and walk to class. Once, I had finished praying salah and was getting in my car to drive home when a brother knocked on my door and asked if I had jumper cables. Turns out his car wouldn’t start and he needed to jump it. I …

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Early Islamic History Demystified | Part 2: Immediate Succession

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Part 2: Immediate Succession  After the death of the Prophet ﷺ, a discussion arose over who should be his successor. Key word here is discussion. Retrospectively, people pushing an agenda make out this discussion to be a very tense, almost violent altercation. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was a disagreement that arose and was handled with the …

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Early Islamic History Demystified | Part 1: Historiography

Introduction One of the most confusing periods of Islamic history is early Islamic history. Those of us who grew up as Muslims almost certainly received a somewhat comprehensive education of the seerah. Weekend school and general reading provided a good overview of the lives and times of the four khulafah. But the era right after this is a big black …

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Paying for Medical School (Without Riba)

The prestige of being a physician has been part of Muslim culture from the earliest age. Imam ash-Shafi’i penned a couplet saying that the only two types of knowledge worthy of being considered knowledge are sacred knowledge and medical knowledge. العلم علمان علم الفقه للاديان و علم الطب للابدان Even in the 21st century, physicians routinely rank at the of …

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Book Review: A Commentary on the Depiction of Prophet Muhammad

Overall Rating 5/5: Strongly Recommend Considering the importance and wide acceptance of Imam at-Tirmidhi’s famous book Shamā’il Muhammadiyyah, it is not surprising that several English translations have been undertaken in the last decade. Unlike a seerah book which gives a chronological narrative of the Prophet ﷺ’s life, the Shama’il consists of 399 narrations which give snapshots of  the appearance, manners, …

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Book Review: The Leadership of Muhammad

Overall Rating: 4/5-Good read Once a senior lecturer and adviser at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, John Adair is now one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership and leadership development. In this book, Adair draws on the life of the Prophet ﷺ and demonstrates the many ways the Prophet ﷺ modeled being a good leader. A very concise book, there are 8 …

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Dealing with failure: The Muslim Man’s Guide to College Part IX

Academically, my lowest point in college was the first semester of Organic Chemistry. Even after being warned about the class by my friends, I was completely unprepared. I failed my first exam. My next test was only marginally better. With the looming threat of an “F” appearing on my transcript, I withdrew from the class and retook it the next …

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To MSA or Not to MSA? The Muslim Man’s Guide to College Part X

Before I started college, it seemed everyone had some advice to give me. Much of it was contradictory but one piece of advice remained constant no matter who it came from. “Join the Muslim Students Association in your college. It’ll foster your iman and give you a good group of people to hang around with.” I took that advice to …

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How to Study: The Muslim Man’s Guide to College Part VIII

The most important and tangible thing you get out of college is your degree, ideally with a high GPA. Some people will find that what worked for them in high school will continue to work for them in college. If so, no need to read the rest of this article. For others, either they didn’t do well in high school …

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