What many adherents of the modern Salafi movement may not know is that Ibn Taymiyyah permitted bowing down to Idols, with the intention one was not actually prostrating to them, but to Allah, when they felt fear or lived in a polytheist dominated region.  Some of our dear readers from […]

Ibn Taymiyyah: Permissible to bow to Idols under Taqiyyah

Ibn Taymiyyah is famously known and particularly revered by those who call themselves the ‘Salafis’. While they do not follow him nor anyone in Taqleed (emulation) they strongly adore and hold to him as a master in Aqeedah and a master in Fiqh. The majority of Muslims today who are […]

Ibn Taymiyyah – The man who permitted the breastfeeding of ...

The Idol worshippers of Makkah did not affirm the true oneness of Allah [swt] One of the claims made by certain groups is that the polytheists of Makkah all affirmed divine unity and the oneness of Allah [swt] but only fell into shirk with regards to the ‘worship’ of Allah […]

Did the Idol worshippers affirm the true oneness of Allah ...

Ali ibn Abi Talib had a son named Uthman ibn Ali. He was a virtuous son who was a matyr on the day of Ashura in Kerbala at the young age of 21. The question that arises is – why did Ali ibn Abi Talib name his son Uthman ? […]

Uthman ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib

Some might claim that the Shiite perspective on the Ummayads as well as the alleged act of changing names is ‘one big Shiite conspiracy’. However, it is essential to examine the socio political context of the time, particularly pertaining to the importance of names and genealogy.  It is an undisputed […]

The Ummayads and importance of name

Any discussion about the names of individuals has to take into account the wider cultural context of the time period those individuals are named in. In the 21st century, Muslims who revere the first three Caliphs will immediately have them in their minds whenever the names ‘Abu Bakr’, ‘Umar’ and […]

The cultural context of the period

In order to accurately investigate the naming of the children of Ali ibn Abi Talib, it is important to gain a background of the totality of his offspring.  While sources differ on this issue, we will consult the works of Shaykh Al Mufid  -arguably one of the greatest classical scholars […]

The number and the names of the children of Ali ...

The contentions of Sunni arguments against Ghadir Khumm being a declaration for the appointment of Ali ibn Abi Talib [as] as the leader after the Prophet [saw] has in this piece, been dissected in three main bodies within encompassing multiple categories. 1.The context.  2. The words spoken by the Prophet […]