‘The one who spoke, was Ja’far ibn Abi Ṭālib…’

The companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), the Ṣaḥābah, hold a truly special place in the history of Islam.  Whether one considers the most famous of them or even those that are perhaps less well known, their steadfastness, sacrifice, commitment and devotion is truly unparalleled.  It should be of no surprise that they are credited with having the accolade ‘may Allah be pleased with him/her’ after the very

image of poseidon emerging from the sea

Stories have the power to grip the imagination.  Uniquely mankind has been gifted in this regard.  The truly enduring stories or tales are those that are unhindered by the onset of time, often becoming readily familiar as part of popular culture. Perhaps it is an essential feature of the human psyche that tales of long ago can often deeply resonate within us, especially when they deal with elements of the

What was the reality of polytheism (Shirk) for the nation of Lot?

[The title image is a depiction of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by the dramatic artist John Martin (1789-1854)] Executive Summary   Many people are of the view that the idea of ‘worshipping Allah’, cannot be understood as being anything other than undertaking a set limited number of rituals.  Others maintain that monotheism (Tawḥeed) and polytheism (Shirk) solely concern graves, amulets, pictures and wizardry. Yet the truth of the matter

Holy Cow !?!?

Chapter two of the Qur’ān is entitled al-Baqara, rendered into English as ‘the cow.’   It is the longest chapter of the Qur’ān containing a total of 286 verses and was revealed in Medina. Verses 67 to 74 recount an event following the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt. Musa (Moses, peace be upon him) sets forth a command from the Lord for a cow to be slaughtered. 

How was the Sunnah recorded and documented?

Executive Summary    How was the Prophetic Sunnah recorded and documented?  Was it only an oral tradition, with no written record?  Was it only documented hundreds of years after the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) departure from this world? It is unfortunate that many are still unaware of the actual answers to these important questions.  In order to help address this, we have translated chapter 20 from Part 2 (The