Archive for the ‘History’ category

Can a non-Muslim person be in the Masjid?

Question: Can a non-Muslim person be in the Masjid? Answer: Thank you for your question. From the Sunnah (tradition of the Prophet ﷺ, peace be upon him) It is reported in authentic collections of hadith (narrations of the Prophet ﷺ), such as al-Bukhāri’s, that the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) allowed Thumāma bin Athāl to […]

Our Yesterday

By Salman Khan It was the 13th century. Europe was drowning in the Dark Ages. America was yet to be discovered. The world’s superpowers, as we now know them, were comparable to the third world of today, regions abundant with struggling social and economic systems. And, as history would have it, the third world of […]

In the Face of Perfection

وهو الذي جعل الليل والنهار خلفة لمن اراد ان يذكر او اراد شكورا “He is the One who made the night and day to follow each other for those who would reminisce or give thanks,” (Qur’an 25:62). Our scholars teach us that this verse reminds us to keep up with our lives, taking account of […]

The World Has Gone Crazy

The world has gone crazy. No really, take a look around. Everything is in complete chaos, nothing seems to make sense. It seems that with every coming day things just keep getting worse and worse. Humanity is lost. People do not care about each other like they used to. It is clearly apparent that the […]

No Strings Attached

By Nabila Z “And he [Musa] entered the city at a time of inattention by its people and found therein two men fighting: one from his faction and one from among his enemy. And the one from his faction called for help to him against the one from his enemy, so Moses struck him with […]

The Two Towers of Ta’if

On this day you will find a wide variety of perspectives across the kaleidoscopic amalgam of thought which is the Internet. From mourning, to patriotism, to conspiracy theory, someone has something to say and, by God, you are going to hear it. Sometimes you’re glad that you did and other times, not so much. Yet, […]

Taking Shaykh Abul Hasan’s Thought into a New Age

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Undoubtedly, Shaykh Abul Hasan’s thought needs further development. In the passages presented above, one sees the time and audience visible in the nature of the Shaykh’s discourse. He is mainly addressing Muslims in Muslim lands, or Muslim immigrants (still Urdu and Arabic speaking) to […]

Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi and His Message for Muslims in the West

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Note: Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadawi’s opinions below do not necessary reflect the opinions of the author or SuhaibWebb.com. To view Andrew Booso’s discussion and review of Shaykh Abdul Hasan’s positions, please be sure to visit the 4th part of the series: Part IV The Nadwi […]

Paragons of Leadership

Part I One of my favorite narratives in the Qur’an describes the incredible story of two great leaders who exhibited deep wisdom and formidable power. They not only had vast affluence and dominion; they also enjoyed loyalty and allegiance from their followers, and had the potential to engage in warfare if necessary. One of these […]

Be Amazing

The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) was sitting with his companions when he began to draw four lines into the sand. When he was done, he turned to his companions and asked, “Do you know what these are?” They replied humbly, not even trying to guess, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” The Messenger […]

A Moment in Black History

The Legacy of The Hon. Elijah Muhammad By Imam Ivan G. Nassar This article was submitted as a part of the “Expressions of the African American Muslim Experience” call for submissions. “Yes, today the Muslims are in all the major cities of America, and if you look around in the smaller cities you will find […]

Regarding the Permissibility of Music

Question: Some scholars and many zealous laymen claim that there is a consensus among jurists as to the prohibition of listening to any music with musical instruments. Some Imams say the opinion that allows it is a strange (شاذ) opinion, which is rejected as baseless by all prominent scholars and schools of thought. If this […]

Proactive Women and the Prophet ﷺ

A group of women from the tribe of Ghifar approached the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) to seek his permission to tend to the wounded during the battle of Khaybar. The Prophet ﷺ welcomed their request, giving them permission, stating, “By the blessings of God.” With this group of women was a young […]

Beautiful Muslim Women in History

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI What comes to your mind when I say, “A beautiful Muslim woman”? Many of us may think of a woman in hijab (headscarf) or modest attire. Hijab is indeed beautiful, but by thinking Islamic beauty is only because of hijab, we are perpetuating […]

More than Days: The History of Islamic Months

by Imam al-Qarafi | Translated by Suhaib Webb The names of the Islamic months are rooted in certain events that took place in them. Ramadan is named after Ramda; Ramda are stones heated by the sun during summer. Shawal is derived from the lifting (Ar. shayl) of a camel’s tail to ward off flies (because […]

Hudaybiya: Islam’s Victory by Nonviolent Resistance

By Adnan Majid Which one event does the Qur’an describe as the Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ (peace be upon him) “manifest victory”? The Muslim conquest of the entire Arabian Peninsula, Jerusalem, and beyond The Prophet’s ﷺ re-entry into Mecca and the destruction of the pagan idols in the temple of Abraham1`alayhi assalaam (peace be upon him) […]

`Āshūrā’ and the Jews of Medina at a Glance

The Day of `Āshūrā’ means different things to different Muslims. To some it is a day of fasting to commemorate a day when Moses and the Children of Israel were rescued. To some it is a woeful day of lament wherein al-Ḥusayn ibn `Alī, the beloved grandson of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ (peace be upon […]

The Electoral Shura Under the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs

The study of history is of no use unless it yields benefit for the future. To dwell on the pristine character of the four rightly-guided caliphs is to find magnificent role models of God-consciousness, devotion, sacrifice, integrity, and leadership. Yet, from the political standpoint, the imperfect realities of human nature continue to drive home a most obvious and self-confirming reality; the synergy of the system. No conglomeration of people, even with great leaders, can succeed in this world or the next without a system of law and governance. The best system is one that extracts only positive human qualities and enhances them, while the worst of systems is one that gives free reign to evil human tendencies.

Faithful Friends

By Sabeen Mansoori A cursory reading of any translation of the Qur’an leaves one wondering why Allah (swt) repeats the stories of the Prophets so many times. It is related that Prophet Musa `alayhi sallatu wa sallam (may Allah send His peace and blessings on him) throws down his staff which swallows up the snakes […]

Balancing Arabization

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Issue #2 - Names of Prophets and Naming Kids Our love of the Qur’an is something very special and nothing should ever hinder that. That said, once again, I pray that this special reality doesn’t confuse us regarding our understanding or representation of […]