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Early Islamic History Demystified | Part 5: Ali and Muawiyah

A New Khalifah Suddenly, Madinah was in chaos. There was no leader anymore. The people needed a new khalifah and Ali (ra) was clearly the best candidate. He was one of the six people whom Umar (ra) had nominated, he had served as a judge in the city, he was well known and beloved to the people. According to some …

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Early Islamic History Demystified | Part 4: Rebellion and the Murder of ‘Uthman

The Council of Six After Abu Bakr (ra)’s passing, ‘Umar (ra) became khalifah without any controversy. His rule lasted 10 years and was a time of great expansion for Islam. There’s little that people get confused about in regards to his rule so we’ll skip to the actual controversies. Throughout the two rules of Abu Bakr (ra) and ‘Umar (ra), …

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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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Early Islamic History Demystified | Part 3: The Apostasy Wars and Compilation of the Qur’an

Abu Bakr (ra) may have had the unanimous support of all the sahabah when he became khalifah, but the newly converted Arab tribes were a different story. Remember, within Madinah, the people who surrounded Abu Bakr (ra) were men and women of iman. Of course, hypocrites did exist, but they were a minority and wielded no influence. Outside Madinah, however, …

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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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