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December 10, 2009

Imam Husain And His Martyrdom

all students of history are aware that the horrors that are connected with the great event of Kerbela did more than anything else to unite together the various contending factions which had unfortunately appeared at that early stage of Muslim history.

July 25, 2009

How Islamic inventors changed the world

From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential- and identifies the men of genius behind them

November 6, 2008

Canadian Muslims and Societal Contributions through Community Involvement

How often do we reflect upon the glorious past of our Muslim nation? The amazing contributions of Muslim civilization in Spain, examples of Islamic tolerance during the reign of the famous Salah-el-din and of course the incredible contributions Muslims have made to sciences, mathematics and philosophy? One can explore these contributions thoroughly and never cease […]

January 31, 2005

What Christianity and European Civilization Gained from the Crusade?

    The Crusades were launched in 1095 C.E. from the West to save Eastern Christendom (Byzantium) from the Muslim Rule. When they ended, the whole Christendom was under Muslims.

April 21, 2004

When Islam Almost Vanished

  The genocide lasted decades. Historians said that the world had never seen murder and destruction on such a massive scale. Millions died and those left alive often longed for death. People openly wondered whether the light of Islam would be forever extinguished. But the course of history changed through some of God’s most unassuming […]

March 1, 2004

Muslim Africans: A Past of Which to Speak

An area of history, which still remains in the shadows of today?s ingrained and accepted tale of Western dominance is the history of Muslim Africans. The tribulations and triumphs of Muslim Africans translates into a rich and vibrant history, a past of honour and a future of hope. From their explorative voyages in early centuries, […]

July 5, 2003

From Slavery to Leadership: Muslims in North America

    Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and Jameel Al-Ameen are perhaps a few names that cross our minds when we consider the evolution of Muslim identity and community in North America. What often escapes notice is the sacrifice, discipline, social justice, leadership, and cooperation modeled by such individuals and their communities.

May 6, 2003

Understanding Punishment in Shariah [I]: Its Role & Principles at a Glance

        Skilfully manipulated display of the imagery of a whip cracking on a naked back of a Nigerian woman and a veil enshrouding a woman?s face in Afghanistan have led many to believe that Shariah, the divine code of Muslim conduct, is in reality no more than a set of principles and […]

May 6, 2003

Understanding Punishment in Shariah [II]: Its Method, Allowance & Application

  The Islamic Shariah provides two different types of punishments: Tazeer and Hud. Tazeer, the lighter of two, means putting to shame or disgracing the criminal for offense he has committed against a member of the society. The objective of this approach is to educate and reform an offender and to facilitate his rehabilitation in […]

April 23, 2001

Abdullah ibn Abbas: A Student of the Prophet

The companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were people of strong belief in Allah (Most High) and the Last Day. Each companion had unique qualities and together they worked to spread Islam. One of these companions was ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas. From an early age, he showed signs of remarkable wisdom in matters […]

April 23, 2001

Abu Dujana: Wearing the Band of Bravery

  Amongst the companions of the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) were some of the most courageous men. They fought along his (pbuh) side in times of battle and devoted their lives to the obedience of Allah?s Messenger (pbuh) and the spread of Islam. One of the most formidable of those companions was […]

March 3, 2001

Abu Bakr As-Siddique: The Truthful Companion

  “No one has been a better Companion to me than Abu Bakr”.   These were the words of the Holy Prophet in his last sermon, about the Companion who will feature in this issue.

March 3, 2001

Al-Baraa ibn Malik: The Warrior of the Ansar

   “Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah’s Cause, so they kill and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him” (9:111)