Celebrating Valentines Day

The story of the Festival of Love (Valentine’s Day) The Festival of Love was one of the festivals of the pagan Romans, when paganism was the prevalent religion of the Romans more than seventeen centuries ago. In the pagan Roman concept, it was an expression of “spiritual love”. There were myths associated with this pagan … Continue reading Celebrating Valentines Day

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The Epic Beginnings of Mawlid 

With the arrival of Mawlid, with the streets hustling and bustling with sweets and other fanciful items, one looks and wonders at the gloss gory spent of money and is therefore forced to think about the epic beginnings of this ‘celebration.’Well, now delving into the origins of Mawlid, it was first heard of and initiated … Continue reading The Epic Beginnings of Mawlid 

Who Were the Kharijis? by Firas Alkhateeb

Throughout Islamic history, groups have arisen from time to time advocating radically new and divergent ways of thinking about the religion. One of the most radical and violent of these groups emerged during the political mayhem of ‘Ali’s caliphate, which lasted from 656 to 661. Known as the Kharijis, they emerged from a radical political … Continue reading Who Were the Kharijis? by Firas Alkhateeb

JERUSALEM AND UMAR IBN AL-KHATTAB by Firas Alkhateeb

Jerusalem is a city holy to the three largest monotheistic faiths – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Because of its history that spans thousands of years, it goes by many names: Jerusalem, al-Quds, Yerushaláyim, Aelia, and more, all reflecting its diverse heritage. It is a city that numerous Muslim prophets called home, from Sulayman and Dawood … Continue reading JERUSALEM AND UMAR IBN AL-KHATTAB by Firas Alkhateeb

AL-KHAWARIZMI AND MODERN MATH 

Modern theoretical mathematics is a complex and abstract field. It frustrates and annoys secondary school students in math classes, but also provides the basis for all the technological wonders we enjoy today. Without the incredible mind of a 8th century Muslim mathematician, al-Khawarizmi, the world of math today would look vastly different. Muhammad al-Khawarizmi was … Continue reading AL-KHAWARIZMI AND MODERN MATH 

IMAM AL-BUKHARI AND THE SCIENCE OF HADITH by Firas Alkhateeb

In Islamic sciences, all knowledge of the religion comes back to two sources: the Quran and the sayings and doings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ – the hadith. The Quran is considered the un-changed word of Allah as revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and is thus the foundation of all Islamic knowledge. Second after the … Continue reading IMAM AL-BUKHARI AND THE SCIENCE OF HADITH by Firas Alkhateeb