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...