Muslims need to grow out of their own versions of history to confront the challenges they face today. Historical fallacies or fantasies will not serve the larger Muslim interests.
Muslims must not reduce the Sirah to a few anecdotal episodes. It is our guide for the total transformation of society.
Muslim youth in Canada have discovered that they can learn much about their rich Islamic heritage by participating in the celebration of Islamic History Month (IHM). October is commemorated as IHM in Canada.
On a visit to Tehran, Canadian writer recounts the history of US meddling in Iranian affairs that were brought to an end by the taking over of the US Den of Spies (aka the US Embassy) by revolutionary students.
The tragedy of Karbala must rank as one of the greatest setbacks in Islamic history. Are Muslims—Sunnis and Shi‘is—prepared to draw the right lessons from it or continue to turn this into a partisan issue?
Understanding the history of expansion of Masjid al-Nabawi and how the Green Dome over the Prophet’s (saws) tomb was erected will enable Muslims to understand its true significance.
Masjid al-Aqsa has a rich history. It is intimately linked with Prophetic history, not of one but numerous prophets. It was first built by the Prophet Ibrahim (as) years after he built the Ka‘aba with his first son Ismail (as). Muslims have always been its true custodians despite illegal Zionist encroachments
There is a long history of links between the Ikhwan and the Saudi monarchy. It has not always been a happy relationship but the Ikhwan have a choice to make: which side of the fence do they want to sit on.
The Muslim world is in so much turmoil because Muslims have allowed the two holiest cities of Islam—Makkah and Madinah—to fall into the hands of primitive savages from the darkest crevices of the desert in Nejd, Central Arabia. It is important to know where the House of Saud emerged from.
The story of a Moroccan anti-colonialist struggler, Allal al-Fassi is traced in exacting detail to remind Muslims of the rich legacy of Muslim heroes.
Islamophobia is a disease. It started when the message of Islam was first proclaimed.
The Khilafah was not abolished in 1924. When Muawiya declared himself king in early Islamic history, he abolished the Khilafah at that time. Muslims must get a better understanding of their history before they can take the steps to rectify the damage.
The subversion of Khilafah by the Ummayyad dynasty has led to two divergent memories in the Ummah. The Muslim masses yearn for memory based on Prophetic and Khilafah history while the ruling elites continue to push the memory of mulukiyya.
All Muslims agree to the status and the exceptional character of Al Imam Ali (radi Allahu anhu wa alayhi as salaam). You’d think if that’s the case then why are Muslims suffering from a Sunni-Shi’i sectarianism?! Its simple- it’s because we don’t express ourselves to each other in a way that meets the standard and the quality of this ayah. We’re going to cover this common Muslim knowledge that all Muslims share and we’re going to try to express it in a manner that meets the meaning of the ayah: "… be aware of Allah’s corrective power presence and express yourself as you are expressing facts and the truth." (Surah Al Ahzaab verse 70)
Much Islamic history is tied up with Central Asia. This area needs to be covered more, suggests a reader who is a retired professor.
We spoke previously and we will continue to explain currently a particular attitude, a holier than thou psychology that breeds intolerance and generates bigotry and displays prejudice and is defined by narrow mindedness and cramped ideas. This type of psychology and mentality that doesn’t accommodate a variation of legitimate ijtihad can no longer be exempt from our criticism and exposing it for what it is. We know that we are speaking about people or individuals who are closed minded. Some of them are verbally literal. We know that they refer to texts in a shallow way that almost excludes the minds interpretation of that text in a way that may not necessarily agree with them. We know this. We also know that these types of individuals and groups suspect the mind itself.
To continue to shed further light on those who have taken positions that are not within the parameters of our god-given Islam. There is a Qur’anic word and a Qur’anic concept- this word is al jahiliyyah. Allah says in an ayah in the Qur’an: Is it the governance of jahiliyyah that they seek and who could be better to govern than Allah? But only people of certainty are aware of this. (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 50)
There is a component or a character that displays itself in human nature. We can see this in the past and we can see this in the present and it will probably continue to be a constant feature of society and this is something that we may call or what some people call fanaticism. We may have to call it on different occasions a person who’s out of character or out of their mind or on other occasions people who may be referred to as psychopaths and some of it may be neurotic, over-zealous. This is a feature that even Allah has opened up our eyes about. It’s easier to see it in other peoples and in other societies than to see it in us and that’s how we begin. We begin to look at it through the ayaat in the Qur’an as it points to those who many of us consider to be the other.
In the past half of a year almost, with Allah’s help and guidance, we tried our best to explain to our hearts and to our minds together that we are not the images that are fabricated by the mainstream media. As in over the past twelve years or so there has been an incessant and obsessant drive to present Muslims as violent impulsive, irrational, backward creatures. We tried to explain all of that away with words from Allah and from our beloved Prophet. Even though the time span we have today is short because of weather conditions it would be noteworthy to recall the statement that was made after that event of September eleventh- the President at the time of the United States said something to the effect that “this is a Crusade.” Ever since that time there has been bits and pieces of news information indicating that all of that September eleventh event was contrived, all of it was fabricated.
This day is a day of taqwa and we are to refresh our memories and stimulate our conscience to the fact that Allah’s power and His authority are first and foremost on our minds and in our lives. Therefore, whoever is out here as far as power structures are concerned, as far as authoritarian establishments are concerned and how they interlock and coordinate and cooperate and they do so many things that when you say to the average person and remind them of Allah’s taqwa it seems like it’s a fleeting moment and then they recede into the status quo of these interlocking structures that are around. So at least during this time we should be sensitized and keen about the fact of Allah’s power presence, come what may come and go what may go. There’s a lot or a significant amount of distractions that the average you and me are exposed to- distractions from Allah and what He has to say to us.