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Meet the ‘silent sheikh’ who hasn’t spoken since 1990

More than 25 years ago, Sudanese Sheikh Bashir Mohammed Bashir decided to no longer talk and he’s been dubbed the silent sheikh since then. Bashir communicates with people by writing down what he wants to say on paper. He participates in conferences and appears on television interviews and also uses a pen and paper to communicate and answer questions. A …

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Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah: The tortured scholar

One day, , in the ancient city of Damascus a father was planning to go for a picnic with his family told everybody to get ready, but his son suddenly disappeared, so they had to go out without him. When they came back at the end of the day, they blamed him for not going out with them. He said, …

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Malik Ibn Anas

Abu Abdullah Malik Ibn Anas, the Shaikh of Islam, proof of the community, Imam of the abode emigration, knowledgeable scholar of Madinah (as predicted by the Prophet Muhammad [sa]) was born in Madinah in the year 714 CE, while his ancestral home was in Yemen. Born in a well to do family Malik did not need to work. However, he …

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Scholar of renown: Muhammad Abu Zahrah

His publishers call him Imam, ranking him with the great figures of Islamic scholarship of the past, such as Abu Haneefah, Malik, Al-Shafie and Ibn Taimiyah. Indeed, he has a great affinity with all these, as we will presently explain. If we consider this title on the basis of its linguistic meaning, which is a leader who shows the way, …

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Scholar of Renown: Wassil ibn Ataa’

Wassil ibn Ataa’ was born in Madinah in year 80 of the Islamic calendar, corresponding to 700 AD, which means that he was of the same age as many famous scholars, such as Imam Abu Haneefah, Imam Jaafar Al-Sadiq, and Imam Zaid ibn Ali. He was of Persian origin but affiliated to either the Dhubbah or Makhzoom clans. Many of …

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Scholar of renown: Sufyan Athawri

Abu Abdullah Sufyan ibn Saeed Athawri was a great scholar of both Fiqh and Hadith. He was born in Kufah in the year 97 A.H. As such, he was a contemporary of Abu Haneefah. In Hadith, Sufyan was one of the leading early scholars, reporting something like 30,000 Hadiths. He earned high esteem from many of those who helped put …

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The Persecution of Imam Mālik

Mālik faced a severe trial in his life. He held the view that a divorce, if its pronouncement was uttered under duress, did not take place. He taught this openly in his study circle. This had been the view of the Prophet’s Companion Ibn `Abbās. Some of Mālik’s rivals went to the Caliph al-Mansūr (or his officials) and said: “Mālik …

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Scholar of renown: Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali

Imam Abd Al-Rahman ibn Ahmad ibn Rajab is best known as Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali. He is also well-known by his title Zainuddin. He was born in Baghdad in 736 A.H., corresponding to A.D. 1337. He belongs to a family of scholars. His grandfather has had some learning and apparently he was a scholar with students, and his interest was in …

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Scholar of renown: Abu Tahir Al-Silafi

Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad Al-Silafi belongs to Isfahan in Iran where he was born in 475 AH, corresponding to 1183 AD. He is better known as Abu Tahir, in accordance with the Arab customary gesture of respect, calling a man as the father of his eldest son. Al-Silafi is his best known name, which calls him after his grandfather …

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Scholar of renown: Al-Hakim Al-Jushami

Al-Muhassin ibn Muhammad ibn Karramah Al-Jushami Al-Baihaqi is better known by his title, Al-Hakim. His descent takes him back to Muhammad ibn Al-Hanafiyah who was a son of Ali ibn Abu Talib, through a later marriage than his first marriage to Fatimah, the Prophet’s daughter. Sources differ as to whether Jushami, to which he is affiliated, was his hometown or …

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