Why Umar رضي الله عنه had lines on his face

كان في وجه عمر بن الخطاب خطان أسودان من البكاء

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Umar رضي الله عنه used to have two black lines on his face due to his crying.

Medical apartheid  

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The assassination of Patrice Lumumba




Sahaba understand it the best…


[فهم السلف]
قال ابن عباس للخوارج:
جئتكم من عند المهاجرين والأنصار، وعليهم أنزل القرآن، فهم أعلم بتأويله، وليس فيكم منهم أحد

Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه said to the the khawarij:

I have come to you from amongst the alMuhajireen and the alAnsaar, and it was upon them that the Quran was revealed, so they are the most knowledgable with regards to it’s interpretation. And not one of them is amongst you.

The War Against the Arabic Language

The Purging of Muslim Spain

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In April 1609, King Philip III of Spain signed an edict denouncing the Muslim inhabitants of Spain as heretics, traitors, and apostates. Later that year, the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory, on threat of death. In a brutal and traumatic exodus, entire families and communities were obliged to abandon homes and villages where they had lived for generations, leaving their property in the hands of their Christian neighbors. In Aragon and Catalonia, Muslims were escorted by government commissioners who forced them to pay whenever they drank water from a river or took refuge in the shade. For five years the expulsion continued to grind on, until an estimated 300,000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory, nearly 5 percent of the total population. By 1614 Spain had successfully implemented what was then the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history, and Muslim Spain had effectively ceased to exist. “Blood and Faith” is celebrated journalist Matthew Carr’s riveting chronicle of this virtually unknown episode, set against the vivid historical backdrop of the history of Muslim Spain. Here is a remarkable window onto a little-known period in modern Europe – a rich and complex tale of competing faiths and beliefs, of cultural oppression and resistance against overwhelming odds.

Yusuf bin yahya Albowayti رحمة الله عليه

Many of us know of the tribulations that Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal رحمة الله عليه suffered during the trials of the creation of the Quran fiasco.

But their was a great imam by the name of يوسف بن يحي البويطي Yusuf bin yahya Albowayti that some maybe unaware of.

He was a major student of imam shafi’ رحمة الله عليه in fact he was given the position of leading his halaqat of ilm by the imam directly before passing away and this caused others to fall prey to shaytan’s arrows of envy, consequently leading some to make charges against him and report him to the rulers.

Eventually he was taken to Baghdad shackled with iron chains and trialled. But he maintained the Quran was the word of Allah and not a creation of Allah. Being of only four ulema who stood their ground.

Eventually his firmness lead him to incarceration and it his here I wish to translate something particularly moving about his legacy رحمة الله عليه.

Imam subki رحمة الله عليه narrates in his tabaqaat ash-shaafiyyah:

كان البويطى وهو فى الحبس يغتسل كل جمعة ويتطيب ويغسل ثيابه ثم يخرج إلى باب السجن إذا سمع النداء فيرده السجان ويقول ارجع رحمك الله فيقول البويطى اللهم إنى أجبت داعيك فمنعونى

Albowayti while in prison would perform ghusl every Friday and fragrance himself and wash his thobe. Then he would make his way to the door of the prison, after hearing the call to pray. At this, the prison guards would returns him saying ‘go back May Allah have mercy on you’. And Albowayti would say, ‘o Allah, verily I answered your call but they have prohibited me’

As events where to lead he رحمة الله عليه passed away in prison. But his legacy remains with us and his books are still invaluable to the fuqaaha and usooliyeen of al-Islam.

May Allah shower his mercy upon him رحمة الله عليه .

One of the shaykh’s book

The first ever map was by a Muslim

When mass literacy was feared by British politicians..


I am currently studying the affects of technology upon the English language, in particular the printing press. I came across this interesting quote:

“..the possibility of mass literacy was feared by British politicians, and when modern literature began to come within the economic reach of ordinary people, church leaders did everything possible to discourage them from reading it. Moreover, with the Stamp Act of 1712, the British government deliberately prevented poor people from reading the news by imposing a heavy tax on newspapers – a tax that was not abolished until 1855.”

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How we reached rock bottom

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
― George Orwell

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