Category Archives: History

The Muslims of Aqsa: Their piety and love for the Qur’an

The efforts of Salah Ad-Din رحمة الله عليه to revive Islam in Aqsa lives on today, in the spirit of the Muslims there. Muslim presence in Aqsa continues to grow stronger as time elapses. When we visited 4 years ago, at Fajr there were 3 or 4 rows of Musallis in attendance. We went again only a few days ago but this time, we saw 10 rows of Musallis in attendance. We met with local citizens, Tableeghi Jamat brothers and Muslims from all over world; The atmosphere and spirit in Masjid Al Aqsa was truly remarkable. The locals are regular in Salah and they have a strong bond with the Qur’an, which undoubtedly attracts Allah’s mercy and divine assistance. Continue reading

Salah Ad-Din Ayyubi’s conquest of Palestine

Salah Ad-Din Ayyubi رحمة الله عليه conquered Palestine in 1187; a victory that we are still benefitting from today. Due to his efforts Allah has continued to protect Al Aqsa – the cream of the crop and the most prized city in the vicinity – for the Muslims to enter and pray.

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The rise of Islam in Turkey and Erdogan’s vision

This article is a continuation of our previous article, “the crucial role of Tasawwuf in the conquest of Constantinople/Istanbul”. To read that article, please click here

Less than 500 years after the conquest of Constantinople, Ataturk assumed power serving as the founder and first president of Turkey. He banned the Arabic language and distanced the masses from the Ulama, leaving them spiritually lost. If Ulama were to teach, they would be imprisoned. Deeni taleem (acquiring Islamic knowledge), tazkiyyatul qalb (spiritual reformation) and nisbat-ma-Allah (connecting with Allah) are key ingredients to a successful Islamic empire. Ataturk knew this and strove to abolish all three, leading to the eventual breakdown of the Ottoman empire. He served until his death in 1938. Continue reading

The crucial role of Tasawwuf in the conquest of Constantinople/Istanbul

Constantinople, a city in Turkey which is now known as Istanbul, was the capital of the Roman Empire. Nabi ﷺ once said to His companions, “Verily, Constantinople shall be conquered. What a wonderful leader will her leader be, and what a wonderful army will that army be” (Musnad Ahmad). Throughout Muslim rule, whenever a leader came into power conquering Constantinople was their primary goal as they wanted to be recipients of the glad tidings aforementioned. Continue reading