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Observations on Chapter 1 of Karen Armstrong’s book “Islam: A Short History”

This review has opened my eyes.

Waqar Akbar Cheema

Islam A Short History
The following is a reproduction of some observations I made while reading the first chapter of Karen Armstrong’s book “Islam: A Short History” well over a year ago.
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All quotes and page numbers are from the e-book here
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She writes;

” … the opposition grew, led by Abu al-Hakam (who is called Abu Jahl, “Father of Lies,” in the Quran), …” (p.12)

The Qur’an no where mentions Abu Jahl explicitly, what to say of giving him this title.

Islamic tradition would later assert that there had been 124,000 such prophets, a symbolic number suggesting infinity.” (p.8)

Clear reflection of the mythological orientalist belief that Hadith is a later “invention”

“On one occasion his most intelligent wife,Umm Salamah, helped to prevent a mutiny.” (p.16)
This is a reference to short lived reluctance of the companions to put off ihram at the eve of Hudaybiya. Giving it…

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“Give us the good of this world and the next…”

:: Give us the good of this world and the next ::

Narrated by Anas (radiAllahu anhu):

The Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to say: 

“اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ “

“O God, give us all the good of this world, and the good of the life hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the fire.”

(Qur’an 2:201)

[Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 65 “Tafseer of the Prophet”, Hadith 4563]

 

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‘In The Belly Of A Whale’ by Shaykh Moataz Al-Hallak

Have you ever been in the belly of a whale? Listen to this inspiring and life changing Khutbah, reflect, and share it with others so others may experience a life changing event in their life inshAllah (God Willing). Continue reading

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‘Until I See You’- Beautiful Poem by Ammar Alshukry

Assalam-o-Alaykum Friends,

It has been a long time, life is busy and the blog has been neglected. However, as most of you may know I am always updating my facebook page, so do not forget to follow me on Facebook.

Now this attached video below has an amazing poem, please check it out, like it, love it, think about it, and reflect on it, and above all…do not forget to share it! 🙂
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An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an | Qur’an Series

“Some special knowledge of the circumstances that surround the message is also necessary for fuller understanding of its meaning and implications.”

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New Trend of Amateur Islamic Thinkers in Pakistan

Few quick thoughts/ concerns as below…

There is a new trend in Pakistan that I am noticing. I may be wrong, I wish to be wrong in this case.

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A Poem by the 14th century emperor of China about the Prophet Muhammad

 

A poem written by Hong Wu, the emperor of China who established the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century, written in praise of the Prophet Muhammad. (Emperor Wu was not a Muslim).

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Knowing a Man by his Moves- Sayings of the Salaf

It is reported that Al-A’mash – Allāh have mercy on him – said: Continue reading

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The Secret Of Her Importance

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“The secret of her importance lies in the tremendous burden and responsibility that is placed upon her, and the difficulties that she has to shoulder – responsibilities and difficulties some of which not even a man Continue reading

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When The Bee Was Inspired


‎”And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].” There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.”

[The Noble Qur’an, Surah An-Nahl ‘The Bee’ 16:68-69]

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'The Bee' © Umer Sultan 2012.

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