Tag Archives: Caliph

The Caliph and the New Clothes – An Eid Story

The Caliph and the New Clothes – An Eid Story Posted by Muhammad Wajid Akhter •  Source : MuslimMatters Two little boys came running to their mother with a request. “Jarir and Mughiz have both got new clothes for Eid. Can we have some new clothes as well?” Their mother, Fatima bint Abdul Malik, was no ordinary woman. Her father, grandfather and each of her four brothers were at one time or another Caliph and leader of the believers. In fact, her own husband was the present Caliph, Umar ibn Abdul Aziz – who ruled the world’s largest empire that stretched from the Atlantic to the Indian oceans. She promised them that she would check with their Read more ...

The Democratic Republic of Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)

By Amani Aboul Fadl Farag Courtesy: http://www.readingislam.com/ The United States boasts about democracy as being an invention which it has spread all over the free world, but according to facts of history, democracy is not an American invention. It is thought that democracy was first practiced in Rome BC where the Caesar was elected by the members of the Senate. But this Roman experience could easily be detected as an incomplete democracy, as the senators themselves were representatives of aristocracy and social elites who did not voice the common Romans as much as they voiced their own caste. No matter how short lasting and incomplete the Roman experience Read more ...

Religious Bravery

Amongst the lectures of the second Caliph, ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) is a lecture in which he stated, “O mankind! If anyone amongst you finds any deviation in me, then he should correct it.” A Bedouin in the mosque stood up and said, “I swear by Allah, if we saw any deviation in you, we would correct it with our swords.” At this moment ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “All praise is for Allah, the One who made in this nation people who would correct the deviance of ‘Umar with their swords.” The narrator states, “May Allah have mercy on you O ‘Umar. Indeed you gave due consideration to the reply Read more ...

Companion of the Prophet : Sa`id ibn `Amir al-Jumahy

There are big-name companions of the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) like Salman al-Farisi, Bilal, Abu Bakr and `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) whom we’ve heard so much about. Their journeys to Islam, and how they sacrificed for the sake of the truth brings smiles to our faces, or sometimes brings us to tears – and always make us feel connected to our Islamic heritage. There are other companions whom we don’t hear about as often, but their lives are also filled with struggles and exemplary behavior that deserves our attention. One of these lesser-known companions is Sa`id ibn `Amir al-Jumahy. His story is translated below, with some Read more ...

Hadhrat ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz (RA) : Last Sermon

Hadhrat 'Umar ibn 'Abdul 'Aziz (RA), surnamed "Al-Khalifat-us-Saleh" (The pious Caliph) was the son of 'Abdul 'Aziz, the Governor of Egypt, and his mother, Umm-i-Aasim was the grand daughter of the Caliph 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (RA). 'Umar ibn 'Abdul 'Aziz (RA), the pious caliph, in his last sermon said: "O people! You were not created in jest, neither shall you be abandoned to no purpose. For yours is a place of return, where Allah shall gather you together for decision and judgement between you. That day a servant shall be defeated and dejected only if Allah should expel him from His Mercy, which embraces all things, and from His Heaven, the compass of Read more ...

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (RA)

Abu Bakr (RA) was born in Makkah two years after the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). His parents belonged to the clan of Banu Taim. Even before entering Islam, Abu Bakr(ra) was well known for his manners, knowledge and wisdom. The Prophet (pbuh) said: "Whenever I invited anyone to accept Islam, he argued with me and rejected my words at the outset except the son of Abu Quhafah (Abu Bakr). He accepted it immediately and stayed steadfast in it." The assistance given by Abu Bakr (RA) to the Prophet in Allah's cause created a strong bond between them. Many muslims had migrated to Madinah to escape the persecution in Makkah. Abu Bakr(ra) expressed his Read more ...

The Basis of Shi’ah-Sunni Discord

What is the Basis of Shi'ah - Sunni Discord? By: Dr. Israr Ahmad The following paragraphs about Shi’ah-Sunni differences are written from a Sunni perspective; Shi’ah Muslims may not agree with all of it. The history of the Shi’ah-Sunni Conflict is almost as old as that of the Muslim Ummah. Only 25 years after the death of the Prophet (saw), internal discord and a series of civil wars started. This has been referred to in the history books as the “Al-Fitnatul Kubra” or the Great Discord. What was the cause of this internal conflict? Every revolution is followed by counter-revolutionary movements, which seek to overthrow the new order Read more ...

Heads of State with a Heart

Leaders of Yester-year to the Leaders of Today….. A Lesson IN-’DEED’ Caliph Umar (Radhiyallaho anhu) was the second caliph after the demise of the Prophet (Peace be upon him). He ruled for approximately ten years, six months with such justice, equity, mercy and practicality which is un-parallelled in history. Using todays terminolgy, he was the Head of State at that time, the President of the Muslim Nation. Once Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) was going on his usual round towards Harrah (a suburb of Madinah) with his slave Aslam, when he saw a distant fire in the desert. He said: “There seems to be a camp. Perhaps, it is a caravan that could Read more ...