Did Caliph ‘Umar burn the Great Library of Alexandria?

By |July 29th, 2019|History|

In the late 19th century, ‘Allamah Shibli Nomani (1857-1914) wrote a short paper on the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria. Originally published in Urdu in 1898 and subsequently translated into English in 1900, Nomani’s work, entitled An Enquiry into the Destruction of the Ancient Alexandrian Library, sheds important

Where were Indian Muslim scholars interned in Malta?

By |July 18th, 2019|History|

During the First World War, a group of Indian scholars and freedom fighters led by the head lecturer at Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband, Shaykh al-Hind Mawlana Mahmud Hasan was interned by the Allies on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean for anti-colonial activities. Their story is one of dedication, struggle

The Hadith of Sihr (Sorcery): Responding to Dr Akram Nadwi

By |April 30th, 2019|Islamic Sciences, Qur'an & Hadith|

By Mufti Zameelur Rahman According to an established and widely-known ḥadīth, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was affected by siḥr (sorcery) causing him to fall ill and imagine having done things that he did not do. The ḥadīth is found in the Ṣaḥīḥs of al-Bukhārī and Muslim,

Sectarianism and Its Roots in the Indian Subcontinent

By |November 16th, 2018|Islamic Sciences|

By Mufti Zameelur Rahman Introduction Asrar Rashid of Birmingham, UK, is a preacher who claims to be non-partisan, non-sectarian, and an objective, unbiased “Sunnī Muslim”. However, the subjectivity, and often baselessness, of his claims on the nature and roots of one of the most pronounced intra-Sunnī divides in the Indian