This is the famous grave yard in Makkah not to too far from Masjid Al Haram. Many of the Companions, their followers, scholars and the righteous are buried in this graveyard. One of the most famous graves is that of Lady Khadijah (the wife of the Prophet [SAW]). Continue reading →
Born and raised in Glasgow, UK, Shaykha Safia Shahid travelled to Syria in 2003 to study sacred knowledge. She remained there for five years, studying Arabic at the University of Damascus and the Abu Nour Institute.
Shaykha Safia attended the classes of several illustrious scholars of our time, such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish and received ijaza to teach tajwid from Shaykh Abul Hassan Al-Kurdi. She also benefited from the company of great gnostics such as Shaykh Ahmad al-Habbal and Shaykh Shukri al-Luhafi.
She studied numerous texts under the tutelage of the great erudite scholar Al-Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, and was gifted the honour of gaining teaching licenses in these texts as well as chains of transmission in other major books of hadith. She had the great honour of the company of Shaykh Muhammad, exposing her to an abundance of light, knowledge and wisdom.
Upon leaving Syria in 2008, Shaykha began teaching online classes, covering subjects such as tajwid and aqida (completing Al-Aqida Al-Tahawiya several times). In 2009 she moved to Birmingham where she serves as the Head of Education for women at the Jamatia Islamic Centre in Sparkhill. Her primary responsibilities there include teaching Islamic disciplines such as aqida, fiqh, tajwid, hadith and Arabic.
She also taught fiqh at Masjid Qamarul Islam and Arabic Language Intensive course at the Muath Centre. In 2012, she delivered ‘The Etiquette of the Believer’ UK Tour, covering 12 towns and cities nationwide. She has delivered talks at many Universities and continues to deliver talks and courses throughout the UK as well teaching online. In 2013 she moved to London and regularly commutes between London and Birmingham.
Professor Tariq Ramadan was born in Geneva, Switzerland in August 1962. He is the son of Sa’id Ramadan and Wafa Al-Bana, who was the eldest daughter of Hassan al Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Gamal al-Banna, the liberal Muslim reformer is his great-uncle. His father was a prominent figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and was exiled by Gamal Abdul Nasser from Egypt to Switzerland, where Tariq was born. Continue reading →
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‘If ye help him not, still Allah helped him when those who disbelieve drove him forth, the second of two; when they two were in the cave, when he said unto his comrade: Grieve not. Lo! Allah is with us. Then Allah caused His peace of reassurance to descend upon him and supported him with hosts ye cannot see, and made the word of those who disbelieved the nethermost, while Allah’s Word it was that became the uppermost. Allah is Mighty, Wise.’ [Qur'an 9:40]Continue reading →
‘Surely he beheld Him (Gibril) on the clear horizon’ [Qur'an 81:23]
This is the place where it all began. Where Hidaya descended from the Heavens. Where the first revelations came down to a trembling man in awe of what had befallen him (SAW).
‘Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, Createth man from a clot. Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, Who teacheth by the pen, Teacheth man that which he knew not.’ [Qur'an 96: 1-5]
How must it have felt that night when the Angel came down in all his glory? A moment in time that was to be the beginning of something so great that it would conquer the hearts and minds of billions of people around the globe.
To this day people come here to experience the climb and see for themselves the tiny cave in which the Prophet (SAW) sojourned himself, and, to where his blessed wife regularly brought him food and drink.
May our footsteps fall on the blessed earth on which the Prophet (SAW) walked and may the barakah of such a place bring untold blessings in our life.
‘Who gives his wealth (in charity) to become purified,while no one has conferred any favour on him for which he would give a return, but (he gave his wealth in charity) only to seek the Countenance of his Lord, the Most High.’
[Qur'an 98:18-20 *This verse was revealed in relation to Abu Bakr (RA) freeing Bilal (RA) as a slave in Makkah ]
This is the approximate location of the house of Abu Bakr (RA) in Makkah. This is the blessed house that the Prophet (SAW) would have frequented regularly. It was here that Abu Bakr (RA) lived with his family and it is from here that the blessed Hijrah to Madinah was commenced.
The approximate location is in the current Makkah Towers Hotel where a Masjid in the name of Abu Bakr (RA) has been built on the 4th floor.
More info available from the Islamic Landmarks website here:
The House of Umm Hani (aka Fakhita bint Abu Talib)
‘Glorious is He Who made his servant travel by night from Al-Masjid-ul-Harām to Al-Masjid-ul-AqSā whose environs We have blessed, so that We let him see some of Our signs. Surely, He is the All-Hearing, the All- Seeing.’ [Qur’an 17:01]
Umm Hani was the cousin of the Prophet (SAW) and the daughter of his uncle Abu Talib. The Prophet (SAW) grew up at the same time as her and would visit her house often. According to some sources, it is from here that the Prophet (SAW) commenced his Night Journey of Al Isra’ wal Mi’raj.
The house of Umm Hani, like many of the other historical houses in the area, has been eaten up by the current Mosque Complex. Umm Hani’s house was located near by the current Bab Malik Abdul Aziz Gate.
The house of Khadija (RA) also used to be in the Banu Hashim district near to the house where the Prophet (SAW) was born.
It was here where the Prophet (SAW) received some of the first revelations, it was here that most of his children were born, it was here that he spent some of his most difficult years whilst living in Makkah under the persecution of the Quraysh following the advent of Islam.
The house that was there was demolished to make way for the expansion of the existing Mosque. It is not clearly known any longer as to exactly where the house sat, but it was near about where the current ablution areas are behind the Marwah gates.
It would have been nice if the authorities had at least placed a plaque where the old house stood so that people could at least see where it was and where some of the early events of Islam unfolded.