A vivid account of Hudaybiyyah, the Pledge of Allegiance of Ridwan and the Treaty of Peace. Taken from the sirahs of ibn Hisham and ibn Sa'd, the Muwatta of Imam Malik and the Shifa of Qadi 'Iyad
Written in poetic form, this book teaches children about their aqida: Allah, the angels, the books, the prophets and Jannah. It encourages respect for parents and teachers, kindness towards one another and general good behaviour.
"Reading historical sources throughout the centuries of Islamic history, we find lots and lots of women active in all areas of life, and then suddenly it stops. What happened? How and why have things changed in the last three hundred years to the extent that it is unusual to find women involved in Islamic sciences and, unlike in the past, very few Muslim men would even consider being taught by a Muslim woman? This is a phenomenon which requires in-depth research. It is time to re-examine the sources and re-assess how Muslim women in the past acted so that we can escape the limiting perspectives which have come to be the norm. To this end, we will examine three perspectives: the Scholarly Woman, the Political Woman, and the Spiritual Woman."
Aisha Abdurrahman at-Tarjumana Bewley is one of today's most prolific translators of classical Arabic works into English. Aisha Bewley not only understands Arabic but also she is aware of the basic meanings and nature of the teachings and history of Islam. Being herself a Muslim, Aisha Bewley's knowledge is born of experience and direct transmission, not simply academic theory and learning by rote. For more than twenty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical works in Arabic more accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time, including Al-Muwatta' of Imam Malik, The Handbook on Islam and Ash-Shifa' of Qadi 'Iyad and the Tabaqat of Ibn Sa'd.
Malik said, "There is only one truth. Two contradictory statements cannot both be correct," and "Knowledge is a light which Allah places wherever He wills. It is not much narration of ahadith." These apparently obvious but still powerful statements set the tone for this book which gathers together in one volume matters which often challenge the cosy but fallacious consensus that modern Muslims imagine to be so safely established. The beginning is an extensive treatment of `agidah according to the People of Madinah, and an examination of the contentious subject of bid'ah - innovation in the deen. One of the following chapters is an exposition of the relative merits of ahadith and `amal - the practice of the People of Madinah - an argument which is rarely heard today. A great deal of the book is on the noble qualities of character as exemplified by men and women who held to them under extreme political pressure, in both wealth and poverty.
Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani 310/922 - 386/996 at 17 years old wrote his famous Risalah in response to a request from a friend for a book with which to "teach children the deen as they learn the Qur'an" and that work went on to become one of the key reference works for those concerned about the school of the People of Madinah. He lived in Qayrawan under the shi'ah tyranny of the Fatimids, where he resolutely kept alive the `agidah and teachings of the people of the Sunnah at great risk to his own life and safety.
Throughout history, many societies have suffered from great catastrophes because of their blasphemy and perversion against God. Some were destroyed some by a volcanic eruption, some by a disastrous flood, and some by a sand storm...
Perished Nations examines these penalties as revealed in the verses of the Quran and in light of archaeological discoveries.You may also read Quranic description of Noah`s flood and the Ark and the correspondence of this account with the scientific evidence. 149 pages with 73 pictures in colour,
These stories from the Mathnawi expound Quranic wisdom with a directness and clarity which makes them a delight to read and a treasure chest of instruction for all ages.
Readers are taken on a fascinating journey of discovery regarding the role women play in different societies. A controversial subject is coherently and impartially presented. Sections of the feminist movement, Islam and the statistics highlighting present day inequities enable readers to make easy comparative analysis. It raises profound issues and will make great impact on individuals who have made the Western way of life definitive. - Mufti Fahm Mayat. Principal, Madrassa Islamica, Batley, UK. ||| " ... the status of women in Islam has been answered in a clear, sober, captivating and intellectual fashion. The appeal and merit of the book is in the rich references to the original sources. It is prudent to make an informed choice in the way of life one adopts. This book will assist individuals in their choice - Insha Allah ... A highly commendable book to thinking man and woman from all walks of life." - Mufti Zubair Bayat, Principal, Zakariyya School, Stanger, South Africa.
This book builds upon the author's practical experiences in providing a commentary on the state of modern banking and finance, in what many will find to be a new approach to the economic problems of our time
Islam and the Environmental Crisis is a timely book since if we are to read only the signs correctly the crisis is extremely serious and only Islam can hold the cure. The author weighs in with a great deal of evidence that supports the former and argues f
Abu 'Abdullah Muhammad ibn Sa'd is one of the greatest authorities on Muslim biography. His collection, the Kitab at-Tabagat al-Kabir, is one of the most important and earliest surviving biographical collections of narrations. Ibn Sa'd was born in 148/764 in Basra, and died in 230/845. He moved to Baghdad where he studied under various people, especially Muhammad ibn 'Umar al-Waqidi. He also visited Kufa and Madina in the course of his quest for knowledge. Many authorities have testified to his reliability.
Volume 8 of the Kitab at-Tabagat al-Kabir, which deals exclusively with the women who met the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, or who transmitted from him, was published as The Women of Madina. This book, The Men of Madina - Volume I, is a translation of Volume 7 of the Kitab at-Tabagat al-Kabir. It deals with the Companions, Tabi'un and the subsequent generations of the people of knowledge in Basra, Baghdad, Khurasan, Syria and Egypt. (The people of Kufa are found in Volume 6, and the people of Madina in Volume 5 - the translations of which will, insh'Allah, be published as Volumes II and III of The Men of Madina in due course.)
The Men of Madina - Volume I is of particular interest because its pages demonstrate the attitude and action of the Companions and the Tabi'un when confronted by that most dangerous of trials - fitna, or civil war. This is extremely important in the modern age, in which fitna is commonplace, for we can l...read more
This book is like little drops of water from the great ocean that is the Mathnawi. In some places it is more literally adapted and in others more faithful to the essence of the tale. If it has value it is that it will lead the reader to plunge into that astonishing work.
Want to understand the Qur'an but don't know where to start? This books provides a helpful short cut to the basic aspects of the Arabic language required as a starting point to full understanding of the Glorious Qur' an.
A unique book which tells the story of the Crusades from the Muslim perspective. A much needed piece of history, rarely discussed, and frequently ignored in schools and at home.
A sensitive and sensible look at the main issues with which Muslim women are often faced, not only as a result of ignorant attacks in the media by non-Muslims, but also in situations where they come across Muslims who are not fully aware of what the teach
This is the sequel to Prophets in the Qur'an - Volume One. Whereas Volume One considers all the Prophets mentioned in the Qur'an from the first Prophet to appear on earth, sayyedina Adam up to` and including sayyedina Shu'aib, Volume Two considers all the Prophets mentioned in the Qur'an-from sayyedina Musa up to and including sayyedina 'Isa, the last Prophet to appear on earth before the coming of the Last Prophet, sayyedina Muhammad, may the blessings and peace of Allah be on him and on all the Prophets, and on all the sincere followers of all the Prophets. The significance of the Prophets whose lives are considered in Volume Two, is that probably more than half the world's population claims to be following one or another of them - the Jews claim to be following sayyedina 'Musa, the Christians claim to be following sayyedina 'Isa, and the Muslims claim to be following sayyedina Muhammad, may Allah bless them and grant them peace. As in Volume One, so also Volume Two sets out to gather together all the relevant ayat concerning each of the Prophets in turn, of whom Allah says: Surely those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers, or who seek to make distinctions between Allah and His Messengers, and who say, 'We believe in some of them, but we do not believe in others, and so we seek to choose a course that lies between them,' these ones are in truth really disbelievers-and for the disbelievers We have prepared a humiliating punishment - but as for those who believe in All...read more
This book includes a survey of the recording of Hadith and discussion of criticism raised against Isnad by some orientalists in general. It goes on to detail methods applied by the traditionalists to verify the authenticity of a Hadith. Isnad, consisting of the names of reporters, have been a major point of discussion by the traditionalists. Also included is a comprehensive study of ten Ahadith transmitted in Sunan Ibn Maja.
History, like beauty, is to a great extent in the eyes of the beholder. Descriptions of the sane events inevitably differ, depending on who is giving the description, and from which perspective; and interpretations of events are even more diverse, especially when they come from people who did not actually witness what happened.There are, however, two basic perspectives from which history can be (and in fact always has been) viewed – whether it is ancient or modern, long past or still in process of taking place, in the library or in the daily media – and these can be identified as the prophetic perspective and the kafir perspective. This book explores and analyses these two perspectives, and in so doing draws attention to what happens in life.
This book is an abridged translation of 'Uddat as-Sabirin wa dhakhirat ash-shakirin, a work which is well-known in the Arab world but which has been inaccessible to English-speaking Muslims until now. In this book, the author explains the Islamic concept of sabr (patience, fortitude) and its counterpart, shukr (gratitude), in a practical fashion which shows how these important spiritual values may be incorporated into everyday life. Although written over six centuries ago, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah's words are still relevant -- perhaps more so than ever -- today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (1292 - 1350 CE) was a Muslim scholar who lived in Damascus, Syria. He studied first under his own father, the qayyim (attendant) of the school of al-Jawziyyah, and then under the great scholar Ibn Taymiyyah. He compiled and authored many books, including the famous Zad al-Ma'ad (The Provision of the Hereafter), and was a contemporary of other leading scholars such as Ibn Kathir , Ibn Rajab, and others.
From Islamic Psychology TOWARDS ISLAMIC PSYCHOLOGY is a planned series of books which, drawing on the Islamic scholarly her itage, will offer practical advice rooted in the Qur'an and Sunnah, to address many of the psychological woes of our modern age.
A journey through women’s issue in Islam is the result of the author’s exploration of a number of issue surrounding Muslim Women, especially those which critics of Islam use as ammunition. These are issues, which are concern to all Muslim women. Bent Rib examines a number of controversial issues such as domestic violence, female genital mutilation and failure to educate girls, and points out the divergence between Islamic teaching and actual culturally influenced, practice. The problem is not Islam itself, but UN Islamic practices that prevalent in many communities, a situation, which has to be addressed.. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: HUDA KHATTAB is a british-born Muslim writer who holds a BA (Hops.) degree in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University). She is the author of The Muslim Women's Handbook and stories from the Muslim World, and has also translated several books from Arabic. Huda Khattab is married, and lives with her husband and children in Toronto, Canada.
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