The Story of Ismail (Ishmael) - Ibn Kathir

Ibn Kathir

One day, Abraham woke up and asked his wife Hajar to get her son and prepare for a long journey. In a few days Abraham started out with his wife Hajar and their son Ishmael. The child was still nursing and not yet weaned.

Abraham walked through cultivated land, desert, and ...

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The Story of Nuh (Noah) - Ibn Kathir

Ibn Kathir

He was Noah ibn Lamik ibn Mitoshilkh ibn Enoch ibn Yard ibn Mahlabil ibn Qinan ibn Anoush ibn Seth ibn 'Adam, the Father of Mankind 'alayhis-salam.

According to the history of the People of the Book (this refers to the Jews, and Christians, so called by Allah because they ...

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The Story of Idris (Enoch) - Ibn Kathir

Ibn Kathir

Allah has praised Enoch, describing him as being a Prophet and truthful:

"Mention in the Book (Qur'an) Idris (Enoch). Verily! He was a man of truth (and) a Prophet. We raised him to a high station." [Al-Qur'an 19:56-57]

Enoch was born and raised in Babylon following the ...

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Muslim Women in History - Umm Aban bint Utbah

Umm Aban bint Utbah

She journeyed to Syria and witnessed its opening to Islam with her brother Abu Hashim and her husband Aban ibn Sa'id. She was widowed on the day of the Battle of Ajnadayn. It is said that they were together no more than two nights before she was widowed. Another ...

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Muslim Women in History - Ash-Shifa bint 'Abdullah al-Qurashiyyah al-Adawiyah

Ash-Shifa bint 'Abdullah al-Qurashiyyah al-Adawiyah

The Companion Ash-Shifa bint 'Abdullah al-Qurashiyyah al-Adawiyyah was one of the wise women of her time. Literate in an illiterate age, she was skilled in medicine, involved in public administration, and had a strong presence in early ...

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Muslim Women in History - Azdah bint al-Harith ibn Kaldah

Azdah bint al-Harith ibn Kaldah

The people of Maysan (a valley of many small towns between Basra and Wasit in Iraq) had collected an army against the Muslims. Mughirah bin Shu'bah took the Muslim army and went out to wait for them at Al-Murghab (a river) but the enemy did not appear ...

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Muslim Women in History - Jamilah bint Thabit ibn Abi'l-Aflah

Jamilah bint Thabit ibn Abi'l-Aflah

Jamilah bint Thabit ibn Abi'l-Aflah, sister of 'Asim, wife of Umar ibn al-Khattab, was also called Umm 'Asim. Her name used to be 'Assiyah (means "intractable") and the Prophet changed it to Jamilah (means "beautiful"). After she embraced Islam, she ...

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Muslim Women in History - Umm Al-Muqtadir-Billah

Umm Al-Muqtadir-Billah

She directed state affairs due to the incapacity of her son, the Abbasid caliph Al-Muqtadir-Billah, in the early fourth century Hijrah. In a public square in Baghdad, she set up a tribunal for the purpose of settling people's petitions and lawsuits one day a week. She ...

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Imam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Biography of Imam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah ... more

Women of Paradise: Asmaa bint Abi Bakr

Once again we will take a trip back in time and visit another great woman, Asmaa' bint Abi Bakr , one of the Sahabah (female Companions) of the Prophet This journey requires that we free our minds from the ideas of modernists and pay special attention to the life this blessed companion led, ...

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Abbad ibn Bishr: Friend of the Qur'an

He had lived, fought, and died as a believer. ... more

Islamic History: The Lifeline of the Muslims

The very few Muslims that do have some inclination towards their glorious past tend to depend on Islamic histories written in English in a distorted form by the rivals and opponents of Islam and the Muslims. Instead, Muslims should rely on... ... more

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