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Seerah and Your Kids


The Seerah is about Life, or to be more precise, how life should be lived. And according to the Qurʾān, the Sunnah, and the experience of every human being in history, Life is full of struggle, defeat, pain, victory, joy, death, birth, and rebirth. Are we doing our children a favor by sheltering them from these realities at such a young age? Is it not better to gently introduce them to these truths through the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]? Read More »

The Month of Rajab | Analysis of Common Innovated Practices


No specific way of worship has been prescribed by the Sharī‘ah in this month of Rajab. However, some people have invented some special rituals or practices in this month, which are not supported by reliable resources of the Sharī‘ah or are based on some unauthentic traditions. We would like to explain here the correct position about them. Read More »

Reconstructing Our Understanding of the Sīrah


The Battle of Badr took place in 2 AH and happened over a few days. What about the rest of year? What about life in Madīnah? We focus so much on the key events that we forget to explore angles to history like the Prophet's (peace be upon him) life as a father, husband, teacher, businessman and neighbor! These aspects of the Sīrah are also very important and so I propose that we strive to study other angles of the Sīrah in addition to the major events to gain a more holistic understanding of the greatest of men and his lifestyle. Read More »

Love the Prophet – Follow Him


Say, [O Muhammad], ‘‘If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.’’ [Al-Qur'ān 3:31] Read More »

Finding the Jesus of Islam in Early Christianities


From the woman quietly praying in a church, to the missionaries helping in a developing country, to the televangelist screaming about terrorists on television- a picture of modern Christianity is anything but uniform. Compare that to the muezzin performing the call to prayer, the children playing in the refugee camp, and the young extremist studying in a madrasa and an equally diverse group of people is seen among the followers of Islam. It is evident that over the many centuries since Ashama might have drawn that line in the sand, the gap between Muslims and Christians has grown quite a bit larger. Read More »

Part II | The Decline of the Ottoman Empire


In conclusion, militarily, economically, politically and ideologically the Ottoman Empire declined from the reign of Sulayman the Magnificent. These factors were of course intertwined, which was why when reforms were made in one aspect the other factors stifled progress. Due to the influx of wealth from the New World they advanced both militarily and economically with the industrial revolution. Even if the Janissaries had not revolted and adopted their advance methods, the industrial revolution and the shift in global trade would have starved the empire from the financial means to survive. Read More »

The History of the Caliphate


Didn’t the Muslim caliphate or khilâfah end in 1342 AH/1924 CE, when Turkey abolished the office? Didn’t the khilâfah have a continuous existence up to that point? Answer By Khalid Yahya Blankenship Read More »

Shaykh Salman al-Oadah | The Four Imams: Leaders of a Third Way

The four imams -- the leading scholars who founded the four canonical schools of Islamic Law -- never allowed past disagreements to cause them to disparage or raise suspicions about the people of an earlier generation who held divergent views. Likewise, they never called for an inquest of their contemporaries who disagreed with them and they never got involved in their affairs except in a positive way. Read More »

Understanding the

The age of `A'ishah, daughter of Abu Bakr, when she married the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is something that has only recently become controversial. The traditional account is that the marriage was consummated when she was nine years old, which naturally appears strange, if not uncomfortable, to many in a modern, western context. Read More »

Blessings Upon Al-Mustapha, Our Beloved Messenger, The Divinely Chosen | Yahya Ibrahim

From a distance you notice his eyes - piercing, brilliant and engaging. The choicest Praise and Mercy of Allah be upon him. Muhammed, the Praised one is Ahmed, the greatest in Praise of Allah; sublimely appropriate. Al-Mustapha, the Divinely Chosen, is real. He was flesh and blood. Human. Read More »

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