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Muhammad’s Biography (part 8 of 12): The Campaign of BadrDescription: One of the most decisive battles in human history changed the political balance…

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God’s Preservation of the Sunnah (part 7 of 7): Summary

God’s Preservation of the Sunnah (part 7 of 7): Summary Description: The safeguarding and time sequence relating to preservation of the Sunnah and it’s comparison with the preservation of other religious scriptures, noticeably the Torah and the Gospels.By Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo (© 2007 IslamReligion.com) The above has been a very brief description of some of the important means by which Allah has preserved the ever-important Sunnah of the… Read more

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 1 of 5): Western Historical Methodology

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 1 of 5): Western Historical Methodology  Description: A comparison between modern methods of recording history and that used in hadeeth. Part One: Modern, Western Historical Methodology and external criticism.By Reem Azzam The study of hadeeth is one that goes back centuries and has been the subject of much discussion among both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  Some scholars deem… Read more

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 2 of 5): Internal Criticism

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 2 of 5): Internal CriticismDescription: A comparison between modern methods of recording history and that used in hadeeth.  Part two: Modern, Western Historical Methodology and internal criticism.By Reem Azzam Internal CriticismInternal criticism is concerned with the content of the source and naturally follows its external criticism (Lucey 24).  The goal in this step is to establish… Read more

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 3 of 5): Hadeeth Methodology

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 3 of 5): Hadeeth MethodologyDescription: A comparison between modern methods of recording history and that used in hadeeth.  Part Three: The methodology of hadeeth.By Reem Azzam  A Prophetic hadeeth is a narration from or about the Prophet Muhammad (may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him), and it is through the ahadeeth (plural of hadeeth) that Muslims know about the Prophet’s… Read more

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 4 of 5): The Classification of Hadeeth I

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 4 of 5): The Classification of Hadeeth I   Description: The various categories of hadeeth based upon the strength of the chain of narrators.By Reem Azzam The people involved in the transmission of a hadeeth constitute its isnad.  The isnad informs us about the hadeeth’s source, and this information later became an essential part of the hadeeth (Azami 31).  Abdullah… Read more

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 5 of 5): The Classification of Hadeeth II

Modern Historical Methodology vs. Hadeeth Methodology (part 5 of 5): The Classification of Hadeeth II   Description: The various categories of hadeeth based upon the strength of the chain of narrators. Part 2.By Reem Azzam According to the fifth category, a hadeeth can also be classified with respect to the nature of its text and isnad.  According to Al-Shafi’i, if a hadeeth reported by a trustworthy person goes against the narration… Read more

Righteousness and Sin (part 1 of 2): Righteousness is Good Character

Righteousness and Sin (part 1 of 2): Righteousness is Good CharacterDescription: Clinging to righteousness and avoiding sin is not just about worshipping One God without partner through conventional rituals.  It goes far beyond that to one’s moral and mannerly behavior, taking heed of one’s conscience, and seeking with one’s heart.  Part 1: Righteousness defined by revelation and reason.By IslamReligion.com An-Nawwas bin Sam’aan… Read more

Righteousness and Sin (part 2 of 2): Sin and Human Conscience

Righteousness and Sin (part 2 of 2): Sin and Human Conscience  Description: Clinging to righteousness and avoiding sin is not just about worshipping One God without partner through conventional rituals.  It goes far beyond that to one’s moral and mannerly behavior, taking heed of one’s conscience, and seeking with one’s heart. Part 2: Sin is what bothers the conscience and is shameful to the righteous heart.By IslamReligion.com In… Read more

Cheating and Deception

Cheating and Deception  Description: Islam absolutely forbids cheating and deception whether Muslims or non-Muslims are involved.  The stern warnings of the Prophet of Mercy to those who cheat others.By IslamReligion.com Cheating and deception are despicable characteristics that are beneath a decent person.  Intentionally distorting the truth in order to mislead others contradicts the values of honesty, which requires an attitude of… Read more

Actions and Intentions (part 1 of 2): Purity of Intention in the Religious Realm

Actions and Intentions (part 1 of 2): Purity of Intention in the Religious Realm Description: The role of intention in the acceptability of religion worship by God.By M. Abdulsalam (© 2006 IslamReligion.com) It is narrated on the authority of Umar ibn al-Khattab who said: I heard the Messenger of God say:“All actions are judged by motives, and each person will be rewarded according to their intention.  Thus, he whose migration was to… Read more

Prophet Muhammad’s Last Sermon: A Final Admonition

Prophet Muhammad’s Last Sermon: A Final AdmonitionDescription: The last sermon of Prophet Muhammad which he delivered at Hajj, the annual pilgrimage made to Mecca by Muslims all over.By Amatullah Abdullah (edited by IslamReligion.com) Beloved Prophet Muhammad, may God send His praises upon him, was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia circa 570 C.E.  He is an example for all of humanity.  He was a remarkable man at all times.  He excelled… Read more

Biographies of the Companions (Sahaabah)

Biographies of the Companions (Sahaabah) The Sahaabah were the companions of Prophet Muhammad (saas). They are described in glowing terms by the Prophet (saas) as the following hadith from Sahih Muslim shows: Book 30, Number 6159Narrated Aisha:A person asked Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) as to who amongst the people were the best. He said: Of the generation to which I belong, then of the second generation (generation adjacent to my generation),… Read more

The Rightly-Guided Caliphs

The Rightly-Guided CaliphsIntroductionMeaning of the Word 'Caliph'The word 'Caliph' is the English form of the Arabic word 'Khalifa,' which is short for Khalifatu Rasulil-lah. The latter expression means Successor to the Messenger of God, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him). The title 'Khalifatu Rasulil-lah'. was first used for Abu Bakr, who was elected head of the Muslim community after the death of the Prophet.The Significance of the CaliphateThe… Read more

Abbad ibn Bishr

Abbad ibn Bishr It was the fourth year after the Hijrah. The city of the Prophet was still under threat from within and without. From within, the influential Jewish tribe, the Banu anNadir, broke their agreement with the Prophet and made plans to kill him. For this, they were banished from the city. This was in the month of Safar.Two months of uneasy quiet passed. Then the Prophet received news that tribes from distant Najd were planning an attack.… Read more

Abdullah ibn Abbas

Abdullah ibn Abbas Abdullah was the son of Abbas, an uncle of the noble Prophet. He was born just three years before the Hijrah. When the Prophet died, Abdullah was thus only thirteen years old.When he was born, his mother took him to the blessed Prophet who put some of his saliva on the babe's tongue even before he began to suckle. This was the beginning of the close and intimate tie between Abbas and the Prophet that was to be part of a life-long… Read more

Abdullah ibn Hudhafah as-Sahmi

Abdullah ibn Hudhafah as-Sahmi History would have by-passed this man as it had bypassed thousands of Arabs before him. He, like them, would have had no claim to attention or fame. The greatness of Islam, however, gave to Abdullah ibn Hudhafah the opportunity to meet two world potentates of his time--Khusraw Parvez the King of Persia and Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor.The story of his encounter with Khusraw Parvez began in the sixth year of the… Read more

Abdullah ibn Jahsh

Abdullah ibn Jahsh Abdullah ibn Jahsh was a cousin of the Prophet and his sister, Zaynab bint Jahsh, was a wife of the Prophet. He was the first to head a group of Muslims on an expedition and so was the first to be called "Amir al-Mumineen"-- Commander of the Believers.Abdullah ibn Jahsh became a Muslim before the Prophet entered the House of al-Arqam which became a meeting place, a school and a place of refuge for the early Muslims. He was thus… Read more

Abdullah ibn Masud

Abdullah ibn Masud When he was still a youth, not yet past the age of puberty, he used to roam the mountain trails of Makkah far away from people, tending the flocks of a Quraysh chieftain, Uqbah ibn Muayt. People called him "Ibn Umm Abd"--the son of the mother of a slave. His real name was Abdullah and his father's name was Masud.The youth had heard the news of the Prophet who had appeared among his people but he did not attach any importance to… Read more

Abdullah Ibn Sailam

Abdullah Ibn Sailam Al-Husayn ibn Sailam was a Jewish rabbi in Yathrib who was widely respected and honoured by the people of the city even by those who were not Jewish. He was known for his piety and goodness, his upright conduct and his truthfulness.Al-Husayn lived a peaceful and gentle life but he was serious, purposeful and organized in the way he spent his time. For a fixed period each day, he would worship, teach and preach in the temple. Then… Read more

Abdullah ibn Umar

Abdullah ibn Umar At Shaykhan, halfway between Madinah and Uhud, the thousand strong Muslim army led by the Prophet stopped. The sun had begun to sink beneath the horizon. The Prophet dismounted from his horse Sakb. He was fully dressed for battle. A turban was wound about his helmet. He wore a breastplate beneath which was a coat of mail which was fastened with a leather sword belt. A shield was slung across his back and his sword hung from his… Read more

Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum

Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum was a cousin of Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, Mother of the Believers, may God be pleased with her. His father was Qays ibn Said and his mother was Aatikah bint Abdullah. She was called Umm Maktum (Mother of the Concealed One) because she gave birth to a blind child.Abdullah witnessed the rise of Islam in Makkah. He was amongst the first to accept Islam. He lived through the persecution of the Muslims and… Read more

Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf

Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf He was one of the first eight persons to accept Islam. He was one of the ten persons (al-asharatu-l mubashshirin) who were assured of entering Paradise. He was one of the six persons chosen by Umar to form the council of shura to choose the Khalifah after his death.His name in Jahiliyyah days was Abu Amr. But when he accepted Islam the noble Prophet called him Abdur-Rahman - the servant of the Beneficent God.Abdur-Rahman became… Read more

Abu-d Dardaa

Abu-d Dardaa Early in the morning, Abu-d Dardaa awoke and went straight to his idol which he kept in the best part of his house. He greeted it and made obeisance to it. Then he anointed it with the best perfume from his large shop and put on it a new raiment of beautiful silk which a merchant had brought to him the day before from Yemen.When the sun was high in the sky he left his house for his shop. On that day the streets and alleys of Yathrib… Read more

Abu-l Aas ibn ar-Rabiah

Abu-l Aas ibn ar-Rabiah Abu-l Aas belonged to the Abd ash-Shams clan of the Quraysh. He was in the prime of his youth, handsome and very impressive looking. He was the epitome of Arab chivalry and was endowed with all the characteristics of pride, manliness and generosity. He took great pride in the traditions of his ancestors.Abu-l Aas inherited the Quraysh love for trade. The Quraysh of course were known to be masters of the two annual trading… Read more

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari Khalid ibn Zayd ibn Kulayb from the Banu Najjar was a great and close companion of the Prophet. He was known as Abu Ayyub (the father of Ayyub) and enjoyed a privilege which many of the Ansar in Madinah hoped they would have.When the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be on him, reached Madinah after his hijrah from Makkah, he was greeted with great enthusiasm by the Ansar of Madinah. Their hearts went out to him and their eyes… Read more
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