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Nusaybah bint Ka’ab

Nusaybah bint Ka’ab

When 74 leaders, warriors, and statesmen of Medina decided to follow the teachings of Islam and become Muslim, Nusaybah was one of only two women to personally give their bayah in person to the Prophet Muhammad (s). During the Battle of Uhud Nusaybah was helping the soldiers by treating their wounds and giving them water, but after some of the Muslim archers disobeyed their orders and began deserting their high ground believing victory was at hand, the tide of the battle changed. At this point Nusaybah picked up a sword and shield and entered the battle.Advertisements She ran to...

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Imam Abdullah Ibn Abdussalaam

He was born in the early 1700’s and could trace his family descent directly to the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him. Tuan Guru, meaning “esteemed master”, was the titled granted to the prince in South Africa due to his extensive knowledge. His knowledge covered several branches of Islamic ‘ilm, including Qu’ran, hadith, ‘aqidah, fiqh and tasawwuf. The earliest accounts of Islam in the Indonesian archipelago date back to the Abbasid Caliphate. It was followed by a series of slow, fragmented waves introduced by increasing trade links. As a result, tradesmen, merchants and royalty were some of the first...

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Imad ad-Din Zengi

He is originally from Palestine and was born in the 11th century when the Muslim world was one of division. Not only was the Abbasid Empire feeding off a dying power, and the Seljuks establishing domains across modern day Syria and Iraq; there was also a growing Empire in North Africa. And by 1097, the first Crusaders were entering Muslim territory. The initial Muslim response to the invasion was poor as the Muslim rulers were more concerned with fighting each other over territory than stopping the foreign threat. However, the imminent need to unite was realised when town after...

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Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani

Ibn Hajar is a widely loved scholar and commentator of hadith. He is the chief judge Shihab al-Deen who interpreted al-Bukhari in his valuable book Fath Al-Bari Fe Sharh Sahih Al-Bukhari. He was born in 773 Hijri and died in 852 Hijri.  He is originally from Palestine, but was born and raised in Cairo. He was the product of family who sought to foster his education from a young age. Although his parents passed on when he was very young, a relative sponsored his education. This relative was Zaky Al-Deen Al-Kharouby, the chief merchant in Egypt. He enrolled Ibn Hajar in Kutab “old fashioned school” where his early excellence was manifested. He completed memorising the holy Qur’an at the age of 9 (other sources say 12). He was described by the ability to memorise everything he read. Scholars stated that his ability to memorise chains was greater than Imam Al-Dhahabi. Imam Al-Dhahabi (who preceeded Ibn Hajar) was renowned for his passion for hadith, so much so, that he said: If the narrators of hadith were on one hill and I was on another one, I would call them with their own names, their fathers’ and mothers’ names, their ranking, those they narrated from and those that reported their narrations.” To surpass such a level is said to have a heart blessed with the mercy and light of Allah swt....

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Abu’l Abbas ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani

al-Farghani Abu’l Abbas ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani was a multi-talented man with knowledge in philosophy, astronomy, and theoretical physics which extended to engineering in his later life. He was born in modern day Uzbekistan and lived under the patronage of al-Mamun, an Abbasid Caliph during the ninth century CE. Some of his accomplishments included:Advertisements Determining the diameter of the Earth as well as other planets He wrote ‘Kitab fi al-Harakat al-Samawiya wa Jawami Ilm al-Nujum’ which was translated to Latin and widely studied in Europe from the 12th to the 17th century. According to Ibn Tughri Bridge, he...

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