The Battles of Medina

The Battles of Medina

In the year 622 A.D., the Prophet Muḥammad (ṣ) fled to the northern city of Medina because of the Quraysh’s assassination attempts on his life. The leaders of Medina had heard about the Prophet’s (ṣ) justice and had invited him to the city to help resolve their...
Visiting the Beloved

Visiting the Beloved

I knew how it would be, so I didn’t expect the place to feel orderly or holy. I wasn’t looking or waiting for warm smiles from the guards. I was only thinking of you.  They gathered the women in one area of the outer precinct and sorted us in groups according to...
Allah’s Mercy to Mankind

Allah’s Mercy to Mankind

Arabian society—at the time of jāhiliyyah (ignorance)—was a society of tribal warfare and brutal cultural customs. There was no centralized government, so clans were created based on blood relations to create a sort of safety-net. Female newborns were buried alive...
Spiritual Building

Spiritual Building

Have you ever wondered what the foremost factor is for success in the hereafter, or even how to begin to attain traits associated with such success? If you have these questions, I salute you because these are the questions of all true believers. The essential element...
The Peak of Eloquence

The Peak of Eloquence

Many hear of the great text of ʿAlī  ibn Abī Ṭālib (ʿa), Nahj al-Balāghah, or Peak of Eloquence, but do not know much about it or its origins. Let’s take a look and see what this great book is all about by reviewing the compilation process of Nahj al-Balāghah, the...
She Saw Nothing But Beauty

She Saw Nothing But Beauty

In the aftermath of the tragedy of ʿĀshūrāʾ, the caravan of Karbala has taken off, and the enemies have mercilessly taken the family of the Prophet (ṣ), tied them, and imprisoned them. At first look, it is made to seem as though they have been defeated, but a closer...
A Safe Haven in Persecution

A Safe Haven in Persecution

It was the year 622 A.D. when the Prophet Muḥammad (ṣ) fled from Mecca, north to the city of Medina. As the Prophet (ṣ) had lost his sole patrons and protectors, most notably Abū Ṭālib (ʿa), he could no longer live in the city in light of the plots of the leaders of...
To be spiritually free

To be spiritually free

After witnessing the brutal massacre of all the male members of the Ahl al-Bayt (ʿa) in Karbala, and most significantly, Imām Ḥusayn (ʿa), Sayyidah Zaynab (ʿa) was amongst the members of the Ahl al-Bayt (ʿa) taken as a captive. From the courts of Ibn Ziyād in Iraq and...
Hurr – A twist in fate

Hurr – A twist in fate

It goes without saying that surely at one point or another in history, Ḥurr was clearly a foe and an enemy to the Ahl al-Bayt (ʿa) and the Imām of his time, Imām Ḥusayn (ʿa). His role in the suffering of the Ahl al-Bayt (ʿa) at Karbala is tantamount to their weakness...
Into the Depths of Knowledge

Into the Depths of Knowledge

    Knowledge is a building block for everyone’s life. If we think back upon our early years, as children, we recall that we were constantly exploring, learning, and asking questions. That’s why kids are so curious. It’s part of our nature to seek...