Abu Al-Nasr Al-Farabi known in the west as Alpharabius  (870-950 C.E.) Abu Nasr Mohammad Ibn al-Farakh al-Farabi was born in a small village Wasij, near Farab in Turkistan in 259 A.H. (870 C.E.). His parents were originally of Persian descent, but his ancestors had migrated to Turkistan. Known as Alpharabius in Europe, Farabi was the son of a […]

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Abu Al-Hassan Al-Mawardi (972-1058 C.E.) Abu al-Hasan Ali Ibn Muhammad Ibn Habib al-Mawardi was born at Basrah in 972 C.E. He was educated at first in Basrah where, after completion of his basic education, he learned Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) from the jurist Abu al-Wahid al-Simari. He then went to Baghdad for advanced studies under Sheikh […]

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Abu ‘l-Hosain Ahmad ibn Mohammad al-Nuri, a native of Baghdad of a family from Khorasan, was a pupil of Sari al-Saqati and a faithful companion of al-Jonaid. A leading figure of the Baghdad circle, he composed some fine mystical poetry. He died in 295 (908). The self-discipline of Abu ‘l-Hosain-e Nuri Abu ‘l-Hosain, who followed […]

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Abu Abdallah Muhammad Ibn Jabir Ibn Sinan al-Battani al-Harrani was born around 858 C.E. in Harran, and according to one account, in Battan, a State of Harran. Battani was first educated by his father Jabir Ibn San’an al-Battani, who was also a well-known scientist. He then moved to Raqqa, situated on the bank of the […]

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Abu Ali al-Hussain Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina was born in 980 C.E. at Afshana near Bukhara. The young AbuAli received his early education in Bukhara, and by the age of ten had become well versed in the study of the Qur’an and various sciences. He started studying philosophy by reading various Greek, Muslim and other […]

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Ibrahim bin Adham Abu Eshaq Ebrahim bin Adham, born in Balkh of pure Arab descent, is described in Sufi legend as a prince who renounced his kingdom (somewhat after the fashion of the Buddha) and wandered westwards to live a life of complete asceticism, earning his bread in Syria by honest manual toil until his […]

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Hazrat Bayazid Bastami – Abu Yazid Taifur ibn ‘Isa ibn Sorushan al-Bestami رضي الله عن was born in Bestam in north-eastern Persia, the grandson of a Zoroastrian; there he died in 261(874) or 264(877), and his mausoleum still stands. The founder of the ecstatic (“drunken”) school of Sufism, he is famous for the boldness of […]

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Want to know how to achieve a pure heart? Here’s how. PRAN – The Practical Method of Taubah The classical scholars of Islam have described a pure heart as being one which is illuminated by the light of faith. This illumination in turn manifests itself on the face of the believer. When temptation is presented […]

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Hadrat Hasan Basrî  رضي الله عنه‎ (624-728CE) Al-Hasan ibn Abi ‘l Hasan al-Basri رضي الله عنه was born at Medina in 21 Hijri (642CE), the son of a slave captured in Maisan who afterwards became a client of the Prophet Mohammad’s ﷺ secretary Zaid ibn Thabet رضي الله عنه‎. Brought up in Basra, he met many […]

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Somebody offered Hadrat Owais Qarnî رضي الله عنه‎ some coins. He refused to accept them saying that he has two dirhams, and that was enough. The donor said, “But how long will that trifling sum serve you?” He replied, “Assure me that I shall of a necessity live longer than this moment (duration of life […]

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Abû Muhammad Imâm Ja’far Sâdiq رضي الله عنه‎  (700 or 702–765 CE) Imâm Ja’far رضي الله عنه‎ was once summoned by the Caliph. He went there. The Caliph was much pleased with him and wanted to offer some gold. But he refused to accept anything. The Caliph then entreated that he might ask anything to his […]

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Dear readers, There is a true story about a young child who was crying outside his Madrassah. He had a notebook in his hand and an elderly man was walking past. When he saw the young child crying uncontrollably, he felt sorry for him and asked the child with great affection for the reason why […]

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