Month: July 2021

Hijra; an expedition to anew Civilization
Civilization

Hijra; an expedition to anew Civilization

The Hijra is always been one of the most vital factors in Islamic history. when the preaching of Islam in Makkah was so difficult, the messenger (ﷺ) and his followers depart in search of new fallows. It was after Abyssinia and Ta’if that messenger (ﷺ) chose Medina for Hijrah. Above and beyond the Islamic calendar is based on the Hijra, the most conversed themes in history of Islam is the migration to Medina. Hijra was not furnished in an overnight as some had projected, it was after three years of sporadic preparation, the messenger and his followers decided to emigrate. Believers instigated migration to Medina individually and in groups at different times by Parting their home, homeland and relatives and they decided to foldaway for the sake of Allah. Mus’ab ibn Umair (ر) and Umm Makhthoo...
Abdullah Bin Alavi Al Haddad: Legend of the Ba Alavi Sadath
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Abdullah Bin Alavi Al Haddad: Legend of the Ba Alavi Sadath

“Were we to visit her, we would find her earth Fragrant, perfumed as Ambergris breathing; Well-mannered, we would tread barefoot in her villages, Beholding that in a secret Wadi were we walking…((Editor’s Introduction, Muhammad Bin Abubakar Al Shilli, 1982:8)). These are the lines from one of the most celebrated Hadrami poets of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, Sayyid Abu Bakr bin Shihab about his hometown, Tarim. Tarim is a hamlet situated in the Hadhramaut Valley of south Yemen. An important center of theological and juridical learning, Tarim is also an abode to several hundred Sayyed communities from where millions of them lit the candle of Hadrami Diaspora and migrated to various parts of the globe. History of Alavi Sadath in Tarim marks a beginning by the arrival of...
The Regress of Knowledge: Understanding the Concept of Salafism in Traditional Islam
Religion, Theology

The Regress of Knowledge: Understanding the Concept of Salafism in Traditional Islam

The term Salafism like jihad has been absorbed into mainstream Western media discourse, especially with the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Much of the use of this term, however, is conceptually shrouded in confusion even in academic circles. Contemporary discussions on Salafism in the academia can be broadly categorized under those that grapple with the subject from the perspective of political science, and those who do so from a religious studies perspective. The former tend to discuss the concept in a fleeting manner usually by not much more than identifying Salafism’s theoreticians, such as Abdul Wahhab and Ibn Taymiyya and focus instead on the political, economic and the social dimensions behind the rise of Salafi movements. There is, accordingly, little interest...
What it means to be a “progressive Islamist”
Politics, Religion, Theology

What it means to be a “progressive Islamist”

The Muslim intellectual tradition is full of instances of contestation over the meaning and implications of many of its major concepts such as Sunna (custom or habit), Salafism, imam (belief or faith), tawhid (oneness or unity), and jihad (struggle), to name but the most prominent few. It is little wonder, then, that these and other major concepts in the Muslim intellectual tradition have been appropriated throughout Muslim history by various religious and political actors, with various degrees of success. Hence certain groups or actors were able to monopolies some of these concepts and came to be regarded or, indeed, simply to regard themselves as their most faithful, if not the only legitimate, interpreters. This history of contested interpretations is sometimes forgotten in the analys...