Eid Mubarak to you and your Family

Eid Mubarak to you and your Family

As’Salaam-o-Alaikum, I hope this message reaches you in an ardent state of emaan and excellent health. May Allah the great accept from me and you! You have fasted and prayed and wept and begged Allah the Great and now is your time to rejoice as His mercy and forgiveness envelopes the Universe. May Allah shower you and your family with His choicest rewards and please you on the Day you meet Him just as you are pleased today. Eid Mubarak to you and your Family…   Keep reading →  Read. Time………..00:02:03   A lot of people ask This question: How do I know if Allah has accepted my Ramadan? How do I know that my deeds were not rejected, but accepted and written in my scale of good deeds? And you too must ask this question, since Ali  said: “Do not be so concerned about the number of deeds as the acceptance of it. Do you not remember what Allah the great said? (Verily Allah only accepts from the pious) [Al-Ma’idah: 27]” The answer to that, is simply: That your relationship with Allah after Ramadan is better than your relationship with Him before Ramadan. That you feel and act closer to Allah in Shawwal than you did in Shabaan. This strengthening of your relationship with Allah, is a feeling of the heart as well as from the action of the limbs.   The feeling of the heart, is that you see Allah’s signs in creation, and feel His authority and mercy and blessings in your life and thus draw nearer to Him by constant remembrance of Him.   And that you draw closer to Him through your actions. That you feel the need to turn to prayer so you resolve to pray at the earliest time, that your heart wants to come back to the mosque so you make every attempt to pray in congregration, to open the Quran even on the day of Eid or start memorizing – so you make every effort to read it frequently, that you desire and miss the taraweeh and so make the resolve to continue to pray tahajjud and that you miss the fasts, so you resolve to do the 6 days of Shawwal.   Then you remember the hadeeth of Muhammad “If the Prophet used to do any action, then he used to stick to it (i.e. make it a habit).” [Muslim] Based on this, you resolve to make good habits out of the bootcamp that Ramadan provided so that good deeds become second nature to you.   Remember, if you want to get that special Ramadan feeling in your heart again, then take a path to gaining knowledge. “Whoever Allah wants...

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Ramadan Kareem 2015

Ramadan Kareem 2015

Islamic history wishes all a blessed Ramadan The Islamic History team would like to congratulate all Muslims across the globe for the holiest month of the year – Ramadan. We wish all Muslims a blessed and holy Ramadan. May Allah (The Almighty) bestow his mercy upon us all and accept all of our prayers. Ameen! Islamic History  

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Make the most out of this ramadan

Make the most out of this ramadan

Ramadan the best month of the year and is a gift from Allah and a golden opportunity for us Muslims to get closer to Him by increasing good deeds. For every important thing we do in our life it’s worthwhile to plan ahead and make needed preparations so that it becomes an unforgettable event in our life. Ramadan is an important event in a Muslims life. Some common practices that Muslims engage in are, praying qiyam-al-layl, reading more Qur’an, giving extra sadaqah and of course, lots of du’a. Before we begin let’s ask ourselves this question; Are we happy that Ramadan is nearly here? or are we worried about fasting in the summer? I believe that our answer to this is the first part of question, that we are waiting for Ramadan and looking forward to its start. Here are some tips on how we can make this Ramadan, our BEST Ramadan ever! Let’s treat this Ramadan like it is our last! Try approaching this year’s Ramadan as if it was your last. There is no guarantee that you will see Ramadan next year, so prepare for this year’s Ramadan accordingly. This is the final time you will be able to fast this blessed month, pray taraweeh in jama’at and complete reading the Holy Qur’an. This type of mindset creates urgency and with urgency comes focus and determination. Your priorities will shift knowing that this is your final opportunity to take advantage of this blessed month. The quality of your worship will surely increase if you have this understanding. The khushoo’ in your salah will improve. Your approach to understanding the ayah of the Qur’an will change. Plan and prepare in Advance During the month of Sha’ban, increase in your ibadah. Perform some nafl fasts (on Mondays, Thursdays and the 13th, 14th, 15th of the lunar calendar in Shaa’baan), increase your recitation of the Qu’ran, give some extra sadaqah and improve your overall ibadah. Start waking up earlier than usual and try to increase that gradually. Read the Qur’an after Fajr even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes. Drink lots of water, and avoid endless cups of coffee and tea. Start your day with a good breakfast that allows you to stay energized throughout the day. Have a light meal at the end of day with lots of fruit, vegetables, quit watching TV instead watch or read interesting Islamic material. When Ramadan comes, you will already be warmed up and you will hit the ground running Insha’Allah. Set achievable goals for Ramadan We set Goals for many things in our life. Whether it be planning a better life for our children or setting resolutions for the New Year. Surprisingly,...

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Science in the Golden Age

Science in the Golden Age

Written by Paul Lunde Illustrated by Michael Grimsdale Additional illustrations courtesy of Bodleian Library Towards the end of the 10th century, Ibn al-Nadim, son of a Baghdad , bookseller and boon companion of Abbasid caliphs, compiled an annotated bibliography of books that had passed through his hands during the course of his long and active life. The sheer number of books that he lists, to say nothing of the range of their subject matter, is astonishing: Aristotle appears beside Sindbad the Sailor, Euclid beside the stories of Goha, Plato beside the poems of’Antar ibn Shad-dad. The most striking feature of Ibn al-Nadim’s catalog, however, is the number of books dealing with science. In a chapter entitled The Reason Why Books on Philosophy and Other Ancient Sciences Became Plentiful in This Country, Ibn al-Nadim relates a strange story of how Aristotle appeared in a dream to the Caliph al-Ma’mun and assured him that there was no conflict between reason and revelation. Thus reassured, al-Ma’mun set about obtaining the works of the Greek philosophers, the first step toward founding the famous House of Wisdom, a center for the translation of Greek scientific works into Arabic. Ibn al-Nadim told the story this way: This dream was one of the most definite reasons for the output of books. Between al-Ma’mun and the Byzantine emperor there was correspondence … so al-Ma’mun wrote to the Byzantine emperor asking his permission to obtain a selection of old scientific manuscripts, stored and treasured in the country of the Byzantines. After first refusing, he finally complied, and al-Ma’mun sent forth a number of scholars, among them al-Hajjaj ibn Matar, Ibn al-Batrik, Salman, the director of the House of Wisdom and many others. They selected books from those they found and brought them back to al-Ma’mun, who ordered them to prepare translations of them. Though the House of Wisdom was founded in 830, Abbasid interest in Greek science had begun almost with the founding of the dynasty in 750 and by the time the House of Wisdom was launched, that interest had already been expressed in a number of important fields. The first Arabic translations of the medical works of Galen and Hippocrates, for example, were made by the official translator of the second Abbasid caliph, al-Mansur, builder of Baghdad. These sparked the interest in medicine so characteristic of Islam. In 809, the Caliph Harun al-Rashid founded the first hospital in the Islamic World, and within a short time no major city in the empire was without one. The translator of these medical texts died in 800 – the year that Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor. His son, Ibn al-Batrick, was among those scholars sent by al-Ma’mun to...

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BILAL IBN RABAH

BILAL IBN RABAH

BILAL IBN RABAH (ragiy-Allahu lanhu) The First Muezzin (Prayer Caller) and the first slave convert in Islam One of the basic teachings of the religion of Islam is the unity of mankind and equality of people in the sight of Allah. In chapter 49, verse 13 of the Our’an we read what may be translated as: يُّهَا النَّاسُ اِنَّا خَلَقۡنٰكُمۡ مِّنۡ ذَكَرٍ وَّاُنۡثٰى وَجَعَلۡنٰكُمۡ شُعُوۡبًا وَّقَبَآٮِٕلَ لِتَعَارَفُوۡا‌ ؕ اِنَّ اَكۡرَمَكُمۡ عِنۡدَ اللّٰهِ اَ تۡقٰٮكُمۡ‌ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ عَلِيۡمٌ خَبِيۡرٌ‏ ﴿۱۳ “O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may know one another. Surely, the most honourable of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous (Allah fearing) of you.” And this has never been a lip service to equality of people. For, from the very outset, the community of Islam included men and women of various tribal, racial and social groups. There were the leaders along with the slaves, and there were the Ouraishite Arabs along with the Abyssinians, Persians and others. But in the eyes of Islam and its followers, they were all Muslim brothers with no difference or distinction between them. It is no wonder then that one of the best known heroes of Islam used to describe himself as “the Abyssinian, who was a slave” without any sense of embarrassment, because he knew that to his Muslim brothers this was of no significance. The hero we are talking about is Bilal ibn Rabah. the muezzin of the Prophet. Bilal was born of an African slave-girl who belonged to the tribe of Ban! Jumah. He was known for his hard work and loyalty to his master, Umayyah ibn Khalaf, a leader of his tribe. Bilal’s presence in the household of Umayyah gave him the opportunity to hear the comments made by the leaders of Quraish about Prophet Muhammad comments that were a mixture of envy and hatred as well as a confession of Muhammad’s integrity and honesty. He was finally convinced of what he had heard of the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, and he declared his joining of the faith of Islam, to be the first slave convert in Islamic history. This step itself was not an easy one, especially if we realize that even honourable members of the Makkan community were subjected to ridicule and harassment as soon as their conversion to Islam was known to their compatriots. As for slaves in that pre-lslamic society of racial segregation only Allah knows how much they had to bear, since they were treated no better than any piece of property with which the owner had the right to do whatever he liked. This was the lot...

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Khalid ibn Al-Waleed

Khalid ibn Al-Waleed

  Khalid ibn AI-Waleed “The Sword of Allah” (d. 21 A.H.) It is reported that Prophet Muhammad said, ‘The better ones of you in the Days of Ignorance are the better ones of you in Islam when they understand (the religion).” These wise words of Prophet Muhammad were best proved in the case of our hero today, Khalid ibn AI-Waleed. For, it was Khalid ibn AI-Waleed who managed to cause the defeat of the Muslim army at Uhud,??before his conversion t o Islam. After his acceptance of the Faith , Khalid ibn AI-Waleed was the champion of many a decisive battle in favour of Islam, such as the battle against Musaylimah the Imposter and the battle of Yarmauk against the Roman Empire’s army in Syria. In fact , the reader of history will find that Khalid ibn Al-Waleed was a military strategist and commander with very few equals in human history, a man who turned many a defeat or near defeat into glorious victories, as well shall see in the few examples we will be quoting. The first military encounter in which our hero showed his genius was the Battle of Uhud, which he (while a polytheist) caused to be the worst for Muslims in the early days of Islam. This battle was initiated by the Makkan polytheists in revenge for their defeat at the Battle of Badr, where more than thousand of them were defeated by only a little over three hundred Muslims fighters. In the Battle of Uhad, Prophet Muhammad placed a group of archers on a nearby hill to give protection to the back of the Muslim army with specific instructions not to leave their posts under any circumstances. However, when the battle proved initially to be in favour of the Muslim army, the archers forgot the orders of their commander and left their positions. At this juncture, the military genius of Khalid ibn AI-Waleed led him to take a band of fighters with him around the hill and attack the Muslim army from the rear, where they least expected their enemy; hence, the loss on the part of the Muslims became a great one. The Prophet was wounded and his uncle Hamzah killed, along with many other distinguished companions of the Prophet . In the eighth year after the Hijra. one day Khalid ibn AI-Waleed sat pondering on the new religion (Islam). He kept saying to himself, “The message is fast spreading, and the man is certainly a Messenger. What am I waiting for? For how long shall I postpone my conversion to Islam?” He wished for a companion to travel with him to Madinah, and he found two others who had the same thought....

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