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The life of the first child to accept Islam, who became the fourth Khalif of the Muslims, and of whom the Prophet said, ‘I am the city of knowledge, and ‘Ali is its gate.’ Renowned for his wisdom and ability to judge with equity, ‘Ali was also a great warrior on the battlefield and never lost in single combat. He was honoured by his marriage to Fatima, the youngest daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace be on him and on his family and companions, and it is from their children that all the direct descendants of the Prophet are descended

This thesis concerns the hypothetical reconstruction of the Islamic city of Banten, Indonesia. For more than one hundred years this site lay deserted, abandoned even be-fore the end of the Sultanates of Banten. A minor port of the north coast of Java brought to life by conquering Moslem merchant-evangelists coming from the more eastern parts of the island, Banten flourished with the spice trade during the early European expansion overseas. But its greatness was short-lived. Old Banten is a lost city, and most of its monuments are buried and covered with grass. Unfortunately, there are very few published accounts describing Banten, especially after it was conquered by Maulana Hasanuddin 1525 A.D. It quickly became the principal port in western Java, replacing Sunda Kalapa (now Jakarta, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia). As the sixteenth century passed, Banten surpassed the other competing market places along Java’s north coast, and by 1596 it was the largest and most prosperous of them all. There are also very few published accounts during the critical 70 years of its development from its founding as an Islamic city to the arrival of the first fleets from northern Europe, and they are brief.

This Book is extracted from the Book of Imam Ibn Kathir ‘Al-Bidayah Wan-Nihayah’ one of the most important texts written about the History of the World until the time of the author. As with many Translation of Ibn Kathirs Works this is an Abridged version without impairing the contents of the book. All of the Prophet’s battles occurred after the Hijrah, within a span of ten years. The Prophet sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam had to fight in many of these battles. This book has a description of the Battles of Badr, ‘Uhud, al Ahzab, Banu Quraizah, Al-Muraisi, Khaibar, Mu’tah, Conquest of Makkah, Hunain and Tabuk.

IN the year 1132 a broken army, flying before its pursuers, reached the left bank of the Tigris. On the other side, upon a steep cliff, stood the impregnable Fortress of Tekrit, defended landwards by a deep moat and accessible only by secret steps cut in the rock and leading from the heart of the citadel to the water’s edge. The one hope of the fugitives was to attain the refuge of the castle, and their fate turned upon the disposition of its warden. Happily he chose the friendly part, and provided a ferry by which they crossed to safety. The ferry boats of the Tigris made the fortunes of the house of Saladin. The flying leader who owed his life to their timely succour was Zengy, the powerful lord of Mosil; and in later days, when triumph returned to his standards, he did not forget the debt he owed Tekrit, but, ever mindful of past services, carried its warden onward and upward on the wave of his progress. This warden was Saladin ‘s father.

This is the first volume in a series entitled ‘Stories of the Sahabah’ adapted by the author. This volume contains the biographies of twenty-one Sahabah who were promised paradise, as recorded in the ahadith. This series presents the lives of the Sahabah for younger generations of Muslims through rich and engaging stories.

A Christian Missionary’s narrative about Islam in China. Nineteen years ago, the writer, in the course of a long overland journey across China, came for the first time into personal contact with the Chinese Moslems. A prolonged visit, one Sabbath day, in company with Mr. John Brock, to a mosque in a city on the borders of the provinces of Honan and Anhwei, gave rise to many reflections con- cerning the followers of Mohammed residing so far away from the prophet’s sacred city of Mecca. The first sight of a Moslem place of prayer, so clean and well-kept, in con- trast with the dirty condition of an ordinary Chinese temple; the absence of all images in a land given to idolatry ; the ornamental inscriptions in Arabic in preference to the Chinese character, so honoured by the Confucian scholar ; and the conversation with a Mullah on lines quite other than those generally followed by the ordinary Chinese, could hardly fail to make a lasting impression.

To approach the stories of kings and potentates, as well as the movements and vicissitudes of tribes, nations, and masses from a proper historical perspective seems to be an unattainable objective. Something is needed more than human intelligence, empirical method, and rigid scientific criteria: and the only possible source for undefiled knowledge is through religious revelations. The History of Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) is an attempt in this regard. It gives a short account of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) based on the Qur’an and authentic and reliable sources in a simple and easy language.

Muslim women have always played a vital role in the Muslim community, and not only in traditional roles. Early Muslim women served the community through scholarship, teaching, nursing, and other important activities.

This book covers many Prominent Women throughout History Including:
Hawa the Mother of the Prophets, Sara, Hajar, Umm Musa, Maryam, The Prophet’s Wives & Daughters of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Many Prominent Sahabiyat. It also Discusses the Role of the Prophet (S) as a Husband.

Far from being downtrodden, meek slaves to the men in their lives, these women served Allah and their community with bravery and wisdom. Muslim women look to them as role models, may Allah be pleased with them all.

Note: It does not discuss Assiya the Wife of Pharaoh who is also among the Best Women

This Book contains Five of the Compositions by the Author who is also the author of the Popular Men Around the Messenger.

Although this book is written on orientalist lines, it gives an interesting perspective from orientalists at the turn of the 20th Century. The first part of the present volume, ” The Church of Islam,” devotes two chapters to an account of the building up of this inflexible theocracy ; the last two chapters give an account of the efforts made by a few of the Faithful to escape from the prison-house in which they had been walled up, and the results of the attempts. The Orientalist will perhaps object that the chapter entitled ” The Men of the Path,” is a very insufficient account of Moslem mysticism. I am aware that this is so. But my purpose, in the present volume, is merely to exhibit the general tendency of the movement ; its more detailed exposition I reserve for ” Islam in India.” The fourth chapter, entitled “The Free-thinkers,” and the whole of the second part, “The Supremacy of the Persians,” tells the story of the curious struggle in the bosom of Islam, between the Rationalizing spirit and the spirit of Orthodoxy, terminating in the complete triumph of the latter.