Ibn Munqidh was a Syrian courtier and writer who fought against the crusaders in the 12th century along with Salahuddin. But he also managed to befriend a few of the crusaders and he described their nature in his fascinating memoirs (Kitaab al-I’tibaar), snippets of which are reproduced below: Mysterious are the works of the Creator, the Author of all things! When one comes to recount cases More >
The following is a translated sermon of Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn – the greatest jurist Allah blessed the Muslims with in the last century. He delivered this sermon from the pulpit on Friday to the masses and the original title was “The Woman is the greatest temptation and What are the Man’s Responsibilities towards a Woman.” After the Shaykh passed away when his wife was interviewed More >
Imams in the USA have a habit of attacking the rich for their supposedly offensive amounts of wealth and they tout the Islamic values of sharing the wealth with those lesser well off than you. This stems from a serious misunderstanding by the Imams of the role the wealthy play in society today.
Generally the wealthiest individuals are also employers of millions of workers. Those workers in turn More >
The wives of scholars and preachers to Islam are often tested. Typically the wives of eastern scholars are much more patient, understanding, grateful, and proud of their scholar husbands. In the west however the situation is a bit different because of the groupie phenomenon. Let us hear what the wives of Ashyaakh have to say in their own words.
Wife of Shaykh # 1:
As a wife of a Shaykh who More >
One of the seven categories of men who will find shade on the Day of Judgment is the one who defeats his soul’s intense yearning to respond to a beautiful woman. He is the one who compels himself to escape seduction. It is no secret that a beautiful woman can captivate men, hypnotize them, and can cause their intelligence to evaporate. In the piece below renowned Muslim scholar ibn Hazm describes More >
A woman’s love comes in many forms. Sometimes her love manifests itself as love for her companion. Other times it is love for her brothers or sons or other ties of consanguinity. But few women have been able to express their canyon-deep love for male figures as al-Khansā’ did. In so doing she became the most famous Arab poetess and elegist in history.
Tumāḍir bint ʿAmr ibn al-Sharīd or al-Khansā’ More >
(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Kitaab al-Hayawanaat by noted 8th century belletrist ‘Amr ibn Bahr al-Jahiz who was one of the most eloquent Arabs in history. This rendition was translated by D.M. Hawke. More details can be found in The Life and Works of Jahiz by Charles Pellat. If anything al-Jahiz made a wonderful case for why reading is one of the best avocations. In our age More >
(Editor’s Note: The amazing story of Ma’roof the Cobbler is rooted in an ancient Persian collection titled Hazaar Afsaana (One Thousand Tales) which in the 14th century became the Arabian Alf Laylah wa-Laylah (One Thousand & One Nights). This gripping English rendition by Richard F. Burton (d. 1890) is replete with lessons derived from the human condition: of penury, excess, misfortune, fortune, More >
(Editor’s Note: Regarding the zakat comments in the article, the reader is encouraged to refer to a scholar to determine dues on agriculture or produce)
During the golden age of Islam, Muslims had a lifestyle that was very different than it is today. One of the most remarkable things about that time was the cultivation of plant life in containers. You can still see remnants of this practice in More >
A few lunar cycles ago an article debuted in the Islamic blogosphere regarding so-called shame grenades. A shame grenade was defined as “a rhetorical object hurled into a conversation to compel someone into a certain action via complete embarrassment. When detonated it makes everyone within its “shame radius” want to give up on life.”
Ironically the author then lobbed some heavy duty shame More >