Dismantling the myths of Ahlul Dhimma

Narratives purporting the brutality of Islam have been peddled by many groups throughout history. This discourse, often steered by anti-Islamic critics, denotes images of bloodthirsty, power-hungry Muslims mercilessly invading peaceful lands, enforcing onerous taxes to oppress the disbelievers into submission, and eventually eliminating them with the ultimate goal of establishing a homogeneous caliphate.  This vilification of Islam allows for opposing movements to garner support from … Continue reading Dismantling the myths of Ahlul Dhimma

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

Reflections on events in the month of Rajab

Umm Mohammed As we get closer to Ramadan, Allah ﷻ helps us prepare for the blessed month by sending upon us two others of particular importance, namely Rajab and Sha’ban. A time to gain extra reward and mentally prepare ourselves for Ramadan, these months also serve as an inspiration when we look back at what occurred at these times in our history. When one looks … Continue reading Reflections on events in the month of Rajab