General blog posts that don’t fit into the other categories, or are too numerous of various categories to be worthy of their own.
There are six places where we should avoid talking about dunya: When the Qur’an is recited During a lesson of sacred knowledge During the adhan In the masjid Among the graves in the cemetery In the presence of someone who died
This is a work in progress It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: One who defected from obedience (to the Amir) and separated from the main body of the Muslims – if he died in that state-would die the death of one belonging to the … Continue reading Ahadith Against Extremism
﷽ The beautific vision of Allah ﷻ is the greatest reward. Here I will compile the hadith I have found on being given the ru’ya twice a day in Paradise, inshaAllah. Mujahid said, “The lowliest of Heaven’s people shall travel a thousand years in his kingdom, beholding its farthest parts just as he beholds its … Continue reading The Ru’ya Twice a Day
In the Qur’an we have two verses in surat al-An’am which have a fascinating tafsir about the kinds of leaders we get.
The difference between an empire and a caliphate are clear when you compare European imperialism to Islamic caliphates.
There’s 3 types of knowledge: Tajreebi – Experimental. Trial and error. Empirical. ‘Aqli – Intellectual – Like math and logic. Transmitted – Knowledge, history, religious, etc. Prophets (alayhum as-Salaam) give us transmitted religious knowledge (Qur’an and hadith) through chains.
Chapter: The Dajjal Will Not Come Out Until The People Neglect* His Mention Rashid ibn Sa’d narrated: When Istakhar (in Persia) was conquered, a caller called: “Hey! Indeed the Dajjal has come!” Then Sa’b ibn Jathamah met them and said: if not for what you said, I would inform you that indeed I heard the … Continue reading Mentioning the Dajjal From the Minbar
The shuyukh bring the mutun to life. Don’t beat a dead horse.
Five du’as for the seeker of knowledge.
﷽ The Jews and Christians understood this anthropomorphically from the Old Testament. They may refer to God as a “perfect man in the sky” or a “big man” and other man-like characteristics. Muslims almost never understood it this way, aside from a tiny few of sectarians. Hadith This hadith has been transmitted on the authority … Continue reading What Does “Allah Created Adam in His Image” Mean?
How various media wrecked our depth of thought.
One of the Islamophobic phenomena of the War on Terror is calling thobes a “man dress.” This misnomer was really one in a long list of insults against Muslims to otherize our religion and culture and make Muslims seem as weird and “backwards” as possible. So let’s break it down from every angle. What is … Continue reading Stop Calling the Thobe a Man Dress
A lot of people nowadays think that what they know is the extent of what can be known. Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans Socrates was known for many things. He rejected the gods of the Greek pantheon and was a monotheist. He held contempt for Athenian democracy and supported the idea of a technocracy. And he was … Continue reading On Socratic Ignorance, Double Ignorance, and the Dunning-Kruger Effect
It’s notable that many people in the world have never experienced jinn, and may even disbelieve in their very existence. Other folks have several stories to share. Why the different experiences? On a basic level, there’s two types of people who are often targeted by jinn: The first is the most obvious (to Muslims at … Continue reading Two Types of People Often Targeted by Jinn
From my time abroad and learning from educated friends, the reality of the world is quite eye-opening compared to what I used to think. It’s kind of disturbing to learn this, actually. But I think it’s important. It’s basically become a business. Abusing children abroad to collect donations from back home, which may just wind … Continue reading Voluntourism and Postcolonialism
These answers are from a Q&A session from a panel of scholars whom I will keep anonymous. Scholar 1: In film, the amount of images out there desensitize us, even Muslims, to sex and violence. Sometimes I see in my news feed people talking about the latest Game of Thrones episode and they’re enamored with … Continue reading Obscenity in Art and Media
The Frankfurter Zeitung reporter and author Muhammad Asad interviewed a man from Kufra after its seizure by the Italians in his book The Road to Mecca. “How did Kufra fall?” With a weary gesture, Sidi Umar [al-Mukhṭār] motioned to one of his men to come closer: “Let this man tell thee the story…He is one … Continue reading The Italian Takeover of Kufra
Back in the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, Afghanistan was, in fact, a major tourism destination. A variety of folks would be found in the plethora of hotels and tourism agencies in Kabul and other cities. The “hippie trail,” as it was known in Europe, crossed a multitude of Muslim countries, causing a boom in … Continue reading The Hippie Trail: Afghanistan Before the War
By Hamza Andreas Tzortzis “Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created. He has created man from a leech-like clot. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not.” Surah Al-’Alaq (The Clot) 96: 1-5 These were the … Continue reading THE QUR’AN’S CHALLENGE: A LITERARY & LINGUISTIC MIRACLE
Part 1 | Part 2 Afghanistan has always been a country of valleys. Only 12% of Afghan soil is arable, just half of which is actually cultivated due to water scarcity, making Afghanistan one of the driest, roughest patches of territory in the world. What water can be had is usually sourced from the mountains, … Continue reading The Civil War & The Rise of the Taliban: A Brief History of Afghanistan, pt 2
Part 1 | Part 2 Mostly taken from No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal. This is part 1 explaining the context of the Soviet invasion and its resulting civil war which led to the rise of the Taliban, coming up in pt 2. In the 1950s a wave of reforms swept Afghanistan … Continue reading From the Soviets to the Civil War: A Brief History of Afghanistan, pt 1
“Islam is violent” says the American soldier shooting an innocent Iraqi child. “Islam is unjust” says the Colombian working on an American-owned coffee plantation for petty wages. “Islam is evil” says the Han Chinese who’s ancestors fought the British in 2 opium wars.“Islam spread by the sword” says the Portuguese conquistador giving natives a choice … Continue reading The Hypocrisy Behind Islamophobia
Dreaming when Dawn’s Left Hand was in the Sky I heard a Voice within the Tavern cry, “Awake, my LIttle ones, and fill the Cup Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.” Rubaiyah 2 – Omar Khayyam Glossary Dawn’s left hand: Dawn of early wisdom, the first yearning to solve the mystery of life.A voice: Intuition of … Continue reading Quatrain 2: Dawn’s Left Hand
The following is an excerpt from one of my favorite books, The Road to Mecca by Muhammad Asad. (Amazon) (Free PDF 1) (Free PDF 2) I often sat on the stone balustrade below the Jaffa Gate and watched the throng of people going into or coming out of the Old City. Here they rubbed against … Continue reading Palestine in 1922 – Muhammad Asad’s Observations
Note: You may want to read the full post, then go back and read the poem at least one more time… Awake! For Morning in the Bowl of Night Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight: And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of … Continue reading Quatrain 1: Awake!