A time when the Western world is globalising at an ever rapid
rate, questions in relation to what it means to be a Muslim minor-
ity are at the forefront of debates in policy, government, media
and academia. Many discussions emerge on radicalisation, secularisation, modernisation, identity conflicts, inter-generational change, cultural relativism, and social and economic alienation. A particular phenomenon to emerge is that of Islamic political radicalism. Those at the left of the political spectrum feel that the "war on terror" and structural inequalities are at the heart of the problem while those on the right feel it is all about the very essence of a religion that is seen as alien, barbaric or ill-adjusted to the expectations and aspirations of the West. The fact of the matter is that neither the religion is solely central or the material realities of isolated British Muslims or indeed foreign policy. They are all relevant in this sensitive equation. Today, as Muslims we too are looking inside the British Muslim community at large to determine what might be at fault within at the same time as the foreign policies of the Bush and Blair governments that have created havoc in distant lands without. The global context has been the self-fulfilling prophecy of the "clash of civilisations" thesis, a theory originally dreamt up by neo-conservative ideologues, such as Bernard Lewis, Samuel Huntington and Francis Fukyuyama.
THE MINARET SPEAKS uses an effective device to portray the cycle of events in the Indian subcontinent's Islamic history. A lofty minaret in Delhi which was built by Sultan Qutbuddin describes both the happy and the tragic times it has witnessed over seven centuries. It highlights the achievements of successful rulers and the failures of others and also focuses on the demise of Muslim power in the wake of British imperialism. Muslims in the West will appreciate this enlightened portrayal of the British onslaught on Islam in India. It offsets the often biased versions found in school textbooks.
SAYYED ABUL HASAN NADWI (1914-99), was one of the leading Muslim scholar of our time. He hailed from a family which has produced such illustrious figures as Sayyed Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). He was the Rector of Nadwatul `Ulama; Chairman, Managing Committee, Darul Musannifin (Shibli Academy), Azamgarh, India. He has authored numerous works; many have been translated into English: among them are Islam and the World; Hadith: Status and Role; Shaikh-ul-Islam Ibn TaimiYah, Life and Achievements; Studying the Glorious Qur'an; Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions; Stories of the Prophets; Muhammad the Last Prophet; Stories from Islamic History and A Starlight View of Islam's Past.
A STARLIGHT VIEW OF ISLAM'S PAST offers children a unique approach to chronological history. Based on the premise that a starlight can take years to reach earth, the author gives a vivid eyewitness account of past events unfolding in front of him. In three short stories he illustrates Islamic history from a global perspective rather than in isolation. Major events such as the spread of Islam, the Mongol and Crusader invasions and the loss of Andalusia benefit from this novel treatment.
SAYYED ABUL HASAN NADWI (1914-99), was one of the leading Muslim scholar of our time. He hailed from a family which has produced such illustrious figures as Sayyed Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). He was the Rector of Nadwatul `Ulama; Chairman, Managing Committee, Darul Musannifin (Shibli Academy), Azamgarh, India. He has authored numerous works; many have been translated into English: among them are Islam and the World; Hadith: Status and Role; Shaikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah, Life and Achievements; Studying the Glorious Qur'an; Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions; Stories of the Prophets; Muhammad the Last Prophet; Stories from Islamic History and The Minaret Speaks.
The Islamic Conquest of Syria
"Glory be to Allah, the keys of Syria have been given to me," proclaimed
Rasulullah (SAW) at a time when Muslims were facing complete destruction.
Yet fourteen years later, Yazid bin Abi SufyL marched into Caesarea,
the last Roman stronghold of resistance in Syria.
THE ISLAMIC CONQUEST OF SYRIA, is the first complete English translation of Futbhush5m, the ninth century Arabic classic detailing the Muslim advance into Syria. The English reader has, for the first time, the opportunity to read about the great epic struggle of a small ill-equipped band of Muslims that overthrew the superpower of their day. Events only briefly mentioned in other books are graphically described here, such as the Battle of al Yarmuk, which changed the course of world history. The great personalities of early Islam are brought to life in a unique way. The strategies of Khalid bin al-Walid 4, the piety of Abu `Ubaydah al-Jars:
the bravery of Dirar al-Kindi and many more are vividly described. ne text also sheds light on some lesser known aspects of Islamic history such as the significant role of women and Roman princes who had
AL IMAM AL WAQIDI, the great historian, was born at the beginning of 130
AH in al-Madinah, where he began his studies. He migrated to Iraq in
180 AH during the reign of Mamun ar-Rashid. There Yahyà al-Barmaki
welcomed him due to his great learning and he was included as one of
Mamün's elite. He was soon appointed as judge...read more
Rijal is a compilation from entries in at-Ta'liq al-mumajjad – Shaykh `Abd al-Hayy al-Laknawi's commentary on the Muwatta' al-imam Muhammad – which go into some detail on the narrators of the hadith and traditions in that book, most particularly their standing as scholars of hadith.
Since the majority of narrators here are among the great authorities of the Companions, the Followers, and Followers of the Followers later confirmed by alBukhari and Muslim and the rest of the major hadith scholars, this work will prove indispensable for the serious student of the sciences of the narrators of hadith.
In the final verses of Surat al-Furqan, Allah describes the special characteristics of those elite human beings whom He has raised to a high status both in this world and the Hereafter. They are the ones whom Allah has honoured by joining their names with His. They are the ones who will be safe on the Day of Judgement. They are the ones whose souls are tranquil and whose hearts have found peace. They are the Slaves of the All-Merciful.
The Slaves of the All-Merciful are living proof of the authenticity of the Message of Islam. They have struggled with their selves and increased their devotion until they have become beloved to Allah, and He has purified their hearts. If we desire to be one of them, if we long to attain to their exalted ranks, we must hasten to learn about their special qualities and strive to imitate them.
Mohsen Shaker al-Bayoumi gave first delivered the contents of this book as Friday sermons in Arabic in Kobe Mosque, Japan and later added more detail to them. His lectures were transcribed and translated by Abd an-Nur Anthony Brewer for the English speaking congregation and subsequently compiled in book form.
Featuring the world-renowned photography of Peter Sanders, this 13-month calendar includes full Islamic/lunar and Gregorian dates. Pictures include photos and descriptions of mosques from all over the world. With its quality printing and finish this calendar is a beautiful visual tool.
The shaikh gives a detail lecture on prophetic guidance the basic on how the prophet (saw) walk, talk, sleep, pray did jihad etc. we all strive to be like the prophet (saw) therefore this lecture is a must fo those who love the prophets (saw) and want to follow his sunnah as allah says
Indeed in the messenger of allah (muhammad saw) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for the meeting with allah and the last day, and remember allah much (33.21)
Menstruation is a test for women and because menses is a essential part of a woman's life, therefore this lecture is a must for all. The shaikh gives a detailed explanation of menstruation. This lecture deals with many issue such as touching/ reading the Quran, entering the masjid, itika'af, bleeding after childbirth, hajj, miscarriage, cohabitating with the husband and many other fiqh related issues.
They ask you concerning menstruation. Say: that is an Adha ( a harmful thing for a husband to have sexual intercourse with his wife while she is having her menses), therefore, keep away from women during menses and go not onto them till they are purified (from menses and have taken a bath)...(2:222)
The Sheikh Outlines the Islamic Perspective on Natural Disaster and the reasoning for why they occur? And some lesson we can learn from the past natural disaster.
Aisha (ra) said "when an earthquake occurs it’s a lesson for the believers and a punishment for the disbelievers".
Al-Isra Wal Mi'raaj (the night journey) is one of the many great miracle of our beloved prophet Muhammed (saw) as Allah says
"Glory to ((Allah)) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred mosque (Masjid Haram) to the farthest mosque (Masjid Al-Aqsa), whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things)". (17:1)
The shaikh outlines the various problems that have effect the ummah of Muhammad (saw) and the challenges that the Muslim youth have to face. And when there is no shariah in a society the challenges in that society are more. Some of the challenges the shaikh expands are Darwinism, racism, Tribalism, cast system, force marriages, the education system,
the work environment and many more etc. allah say
...And never will there cease fighting you until they turn you back from your religion (Islamic Monotheism) if they can.. (2:217)
The story of prophet Nuh (as) has been told in many surahs in the quran. Therefore they are many lessons to be learned from this story. The shaikh outline the many lesson we can learn from Nuh (as). The people of Nuh (as) were the first people to commit the crime of shirk. Allah say
We relate unto you (Muhammad saw) the best of stories through our revelation unto you, of this Quran, And before this (i.e before the coming of the Divine Revelation to you), you were among those who knew nothing about it (the Quran) (12:3)
And verily, this (Quran) is a reminder for the Muttaqun (the pious). (70:48)
This surah explains that Allah (swt) has given everyone a conscience, or inner voice, to be able to know the difference between right and wrong. Those who follow the conscience are the successful one and those that don't listen and listen to satan they are the losers in this life and the next. The second part tell the story of the tribe of thamud and their prophet Salih (a.s) and how the tribe of Thamud kill the she camel of allah (swt). The shaikh expands on the many lesson we can learn from this surah.
By the sun and its brightness, And the moon when it follows (the sun), By the day when it shows (the sun's brightness), And by the night when it hides it, By the sky and He who spread it, By the soul and he who perfected it, And inspired it (with a conscience) to know what is wrong for it and what is right for it: Surely the one who purifies it will be successful, And surely the one who curropts it will fail, (The people of) Thamud denied (their prophet) through their rebelliousness, When the worse of them was sent (to carry out mischief), The messenger of Allah said: 'It is the (female) camel of Allah, so let her drink!' But they rejected him and hamstrung her, so their Lord crushed them for their sin and levelled them (down to the ground), but he has not been afraid of the result of his action (91:1-15)
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