The women of Tuggurt in their houses: Framings of women’s liberation in Algeria

Sabrina Amrane Shortly after he rose to power, former President of Algeria Houari Boumediene visited Tuggurt, a city more than 600km south of Algiers. His arrival is documented on film, where you can see him carefully step down from a private plane and then wave from a Lincoln town car, followed by dozens of police Vespas. When looking closely at the black-and-white montage, one can … Continue reading The women of Tuggurt in their houses: Framings of women’s liberation in Algeria

Barakah – The Black Woman who Rocked the Prophet’s Cradle

Aishah A. When asked to illustrate examples of social cohesion and absence of racism in the Islamic faith, Muslims will often point to the example of Bilal, may Allah be pleased with him: an Ethiopian slave who went on to become one of the foremost Companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the first muaddhin of Islam. However, less frequently mentioned is Barakah bint Tha’labah: a … Continue reading Barakah – The Black Woman who Rocked the Prophet’s Cradle

Sahabah Profile: Lessons from the life of Abu Bakr

Aishah A. Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him: one of the first to accept Islam, the best friend of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and the father of one of the Mothers of the Believers. When you delve deeper into the story of this incredible man’s life, you begin to see why he was so loved by the Prophet ﷺ and how a man … Continue reading Sahabah Profile: Lessons from the life of Abu Bakr

The evolution of the Hadith science

Marzuqa Karima Read the first of this series here: An introduction to the history of Hadith compilation As the generation of the companions drew to a close, their successors rose to carry the mantle of the prophetic tradition and continue the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. As elucidated previously, there are two factors to consider which emerged as a result of the socio-political conditions in … Continue reading The evolution of the Hadith science

An introduction to the history of Hadith compilation

Marzuqa Karima “The Isnad (chain of transmission) is part of the religion. If it were not for the Isnad, any person would say what they wanted.” This statement of the great 8th century Khorasani scholar Abdullah Ibn Al-Mubarak is still religiously quoted verbatim by Hadith teachers and re-echoed by their students across the Muslim world. These few, but calculated words represent one of the greatest … Continue reading An introduction to the history of Hadith compilation