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Words of Wisdom from Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī

When we listen to news stories that cause us distress, we are faced with the same question that those before us were faced with: what can we do? Definitely, getting involved and participating in relevant mediums of activism is part of the answer. Another part was once addressed by Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī in his article […]

Taking Responsibility for our Actions

The city under siege was about to surrender without any bloodshed in 1453 AD. But three Venetian warships came in with reinforcements, and the Muslim fleet, under the command of Turkish admiral Suleiman Baltughlu, failed to block the reinforcements from entering Constantinople’s gulf. The Ottoman sultan, Muhammad II (also known as Al-Faatih or Mehmet II) […]

No Experience is Worth Wasting

When Salah al-Din was fighting the Crusaders, one of the longest and most difficult battles was the siege of `Akka (Acre). About 3000 of Salah al-Din’s soldiers, under the command of Baha’ al-Din Qaraqush, were under siege from the Crusaders. In defense, Salah al-Din surrounded the Crusaders around the city, forcing them to fight two […]

Mending the Fabric of Brotherhood

The Fatal Mistake It was one of the most intense moments of his life. Those around him had likely never striven so hard and moved so fast. As the battle waned and the fighters retreated up the hill a sense of relief and calmness overtook them: they had made it out alive. Allah `azza wa jal […]

Imprisonment of the Body, Liberation of the Soul

Why Islam Can Liberate the Souls of Prisoners: Lessons Learned from the Life of Ahmed ibn Taymiyya “How many of us would be able to overcome our desires and resist the temptation of sin? How many of us even lower our gaze when we look upon something that we are not supposed to? The real […]

Sheikh ibn Taymiyyah Man of God (Part 2)

by Dr. Ahmed al-Raysouni | Translated by Suhaib Webb Sheikh ibn Taymiyyah Man of God: Part I | Part II His Humility and Treatment of Others Even though Ibn Tamiyyah reached lofty heights regarding his knowledge and acts of devotion, he remained humble; demolishing his self worth, denying himself [any status]. Ibn al-Qayyim said, “Many […]

Eulogy delivered by Ossie Davis at the funeral of Malcolm X February 27, 1965

MALCOLM X’S EULOGY Eulogy delivered by Ossie Davis at the funeral of Malcolm X February 27,1965 “Here – at this final hour, in this quiet place – Harlem has come to bid farewell to one of its brightest hopes -extinguished now, and gone from us forever. For Harlem is where he worked and where he […]