Daily Archives: March 18, 2013

Non-Muslim Rights in the Ottoman Empire – Islamic History

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How Islam Spread in India?

Today, there are over 500 million Muslims throughout the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), making it one of the largest population centers of Muslims in the world. Since Islam first entered India, it has contributed greatly to the area and its people. Today, numerous theories about how India came to be such a largely Muslim land exist. Politically, some (such as the Hindutva movement in India) try to make Islam seem foriegn to India, by insisting it only exists because of invasions by Arab and Persian Muslims. The truth, however, is far from that.

Cheraman Juma Masjid

Cheraman Juma Masjid

The Earliest Muslim Indians

Even before the life of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in the 600s, Arab traders were in contact with India. Merchants would regularly sail to the west coast of India to trade goods such as spices, gold, and African goods. Naturally, when the Arabs began to convert to Islam, they carried their new religion to the shores of India. The first mosque of India, the Cheraman Juma Masjid, was built in 629 (during the life of Prophet Muhammad) in Kerala, by the first Muslim from India, Cheraman Perumal Bhaskara Ravi Varma. Through continued trade between Arab Muslims and Indians, Islam continued to spread in coastal Indian cities and towns, both through immigration and conversion. Read the rest of this entry

Ibn al-Haytham – The First Scientist

When learning about the Muslim scholars of the past, it is easy to be amazed by their brilliance, accomplishments, and contributions to the modern world. Each provided a lasting legacy that changed the world in their time and today. One scientist in particular stands far above the rest. He is Ibn al-Haytham, the great polymath who lived from 965 to 1040.

He was born in the Iraqi city of Basra during the Abbasid Caliphate. He came about 100 years after the establishment of the House of Wisdom in Baghdad. Undoubtedly  the culture of learning and advancement present in the Muslim world at that time had a great impact on him from an early age. He studied Islamic sciences and soon became a mayor of the city of Basra. During this time, he continued to study, focusing on sciences and other empirical subjects. His big break, however, would come in another part of the Muslim world. Read the rest of this entry

Do you ever think about Jannah and wish that you could see your house?

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Do you wish to live in Jannnatul-Firdaus, close to the prophets alayhimus-salam, the Sahabah radiallahu anhum, the Tabi’een, and the Saliheen?

If your answer is yes, then rejoice, because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has already informed us about our houses in Jannah. All it takes to reserve your house in Jannah is to follow three simple guidelines:

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: “I guarantee a house in Jannah (Paradise) for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a house in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even for the sake of fun; and I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners.” (Abu Dawud)

The three criteria that need to be met in order to guarantee yourself a house in the part of Jannah that you wish are these:

1) Give up arguing even if you may be right: Read the rest of this entry

Shirk; The Greatest sin!

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Beware of this unforgivable sin!   “Surely, ALLAH DOES NOT FORGIVE SHIRK, but He forgives other sins for whom he pleases..”

(The Holy Qur’an 4:116)

How to learn our kids 5 Daily Prayers?

482920_4122342023576_593329225_nYou can stimulate young children’s understanding and practice of prayer they are already inclined to by involving them in prayer through playful/fun activities and by simultaneously talking to them about it according to their level of understanding. The following are some practical tips to do so:

Teach cleanliness and relate it to Salah

1. When you put the washing machine on say: ‘’We’re washing the clothes.’’ Let your toddler also join in this by putting clothes in the washing machine or in a little tub for doll clothes.

2. Tell your child that we use water to clean ourselves after the toilet. Say ‘water’ many times and the word ‘clean’. Also say: ‘’(name of the toddler) is clean! MashaAllah nice and clean!’’ Read the rest of this entry