General

General blog posts that don’t fit into the other categories, or are too numerous of various categories to be worthy of their own.


What Does “Ameen” Mean?

﷽ وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم Introduction At the end of reciting surat al-Fatiha in prayer and after supplications (du’a), we say “amin/ameen.” What does this word mean? Apparently this word is a Semitic word, perhaps originates from Hebrew, and is not an Arabic word and is not found in the…

The Word “Palestine” in Hebrew and its Usage in Judaic Texts

﷽وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم, ما بعد What is the word for Palestine in Hebrew? Does it show it up in Hebrew texts? Let’s take a brief look. Let’s use the Klein dictionary. It is described as: “A clear and concise work on the origins of the Hebrew words and their…

Ahadith Against Extremism

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…

The Ru’ya Twice a Day

﷽ 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…

Three Types of Knowledge

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.

Mentioning the Dajjal From the Minbar

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…

What Does “Allah Created Adam in His Image” Mean?

﷽ 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…

On Socratic Ignorance, Double Ignorance, and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

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 known…

Two Types of People Often Targeted by Jinn

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…

Voluntourism and Postcolonialism

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…

Obscenity in Art and Media

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…

The Italian Takeover of Kufra

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…

The Hippie Trail: Afghanistan Before the War

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…

THE QUR’AN’S CHALLENGE: A LITERARY & LINGUISTIC MIRACLE

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…

The Hypocrisy Behind Islamophobia

“Islam is violent” says the American soldier shooting an innocent Iraqi child. [13]”Islam is unjust” says the Colombian working on an American-owned coffee plantation for petty wages. [4]”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…

Quatrain 2: Dawn’s Left Hand

Dreaming when Dawn’s Left Hand was in the SkyI heard a Voice within the Tavern cry,”Awake, my LIttle ones, and fill the CupBefore 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 the soul.Tavern: Sanctum of…

Palestine in 1922 – Muhammad Asad’s Observations

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…

Quatrain 1: Awake!

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 NightHas flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caughtThe Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of LightRubaiyah 1 -…

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