Tag: Muslim History

  • Muhammad Ismail Al-Bukhari, Preserver of sacred tradition,

    When we discuss a scholar of the highest caliber, such as Imam Al-Bukhari or the founders of the major schools of Fiqh, it is important to know what sort of person that scholar was. The first quality we note in Al-Bukhari was his great piety. He was a man who frequently spent hours in voluntary […]

  • Are Black American Muslims Arguing Themselves Into Oblivion? By Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

    We argue about the prohibited things, we argue about the permissible things, and we seem to argue most unfalteringly about the things that are in between. When we get tired of that, we find new things to make prohibited and then argue about that. We argue about fiqh, we argue about tafseer, we argue about theology, and we even argue about whether a person can recite the Quran in a melodious voice.

  • Can Muslims Create an American Identity? By Imam Luqman Ahmad

    American Muslims have come from many diverse paths that led them to where we are today. The notion that a singular, made for the media consumption, Muslim identity can be crafted by a few American Muslim intellectuals (mostly of foreign descent), is absurd, problematic, and misleading. We are who we are; with our differences, our problems, our successes, and our failures. We are all American Muslims with our different politics, backgrounds, proclivities, pastimes, lifestyles and ways of being American. That’s the real identity of American Muslims.

  • The Virtues of the Islamic Month of Rajab [Fadaa’il Rajab] by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

    The Muslim Hijri calendar was first introduced by the Caliph and companion of the Prophet (SAWS) Umar ibn al-Khattaab in the year 628 C.E[4]. It consists of 12 lunar months. The beginning of each month is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon. Each lunar month lasts approximately 29 or 30 days. The month of Rajab is one of the sacred months of the Islamic calendar. The other three sacred months are the consecutive months of Dhul Qi`da, Dhul Hijja, and Muharram. Thus we have just entered into the sacred month of Rajab, the seventh month of the Hijri calendar as of May 22nd 2012. It is a good idea to keep track of the Islamic months because during each month, there are recommended and sometimes compulsory actions which are recorded in the Sunna of the Prophet (SAWS).

  • The Virtues of the Islamic Month of Rajab: فضائل رجب

    The Virtues of Rajab: Fadaa’il Rajab by Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad “BEHOLD, the number of months, in the sight of Allah, is twelve months, [laid down] in Allah’s decree on the day when He created the heavens and the earth; [and] out of these, four are sacred: this is the ever-true law [of Allah]. […]

  • Leaderless in Muslim America by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

    To be leaderless in Islam is simply unthinkable. The fact that it is a condition to which many of us have grown accustomed, does not mitigate its negative consequence. ….

  • An American Muslim Imam’s Response to Imam Anwar Awlaki’s call for Jihad Against America

    Many Muslim Imams and scholars have branded our country as evil, even calling her the ‘Great Satan’. I say that the Lord that we worship favors not the east or the west; He favors the righteous wherever they dwell. “Say: To Allah belong both East and West: He guideth whom He will to a Way that is straight.” Quran, 2:142.

  • Is it a Big Deal When Prominent People Convert to Islam?

    When Umar converted, to Islam, the Muslims were inside the house of Ar’qam ibn Abi Ar’qam, they made a takbir so loud that that everybody at the Kaaba heard it. Darul Ar’qam is near Safaa, and anyone who has made hajj or umrah knows that Safaa is a little walk from the Kaaba

  • Tabaqaat al-Amrikiyyeen: Recording History for American Muslim Generations, by Shaykh Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

    Within the history of American Muslim community there are classes of individuals who have served Islam in a range of religious disciplines; there are imams, scholars, teachers, leaders, khateebs (preachers) and du’aat (missionaries) of Islam.