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English Girls Wearing ‘Hijab’ 100 Years Ago

Professor Venessa Toulmin is a cultural historian. In this video she makes an interesting observation about a correlation between ‘respectable’ forms of ettiquette in Edwardian midlands and its similarity to the Muslim practice of Hijab both united in upholding a conservative, traditional and I would add a ‘normative’ notion of modesty in the Abrahamic part of the world.

This has been evidenced by rare footage, that is practically lost to/lost on contemporary popular culture and its populace, whose direction is being led by market interests.

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God Questions – Part 2

 

Allah, subhana wa ta'ala's name

Allah, subhana wa ta’ala’s name

What follows is a continuation of a conversation discussing God, continued from the last post

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Marrying Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) without a Modern Misunderstanding

SHORT ANSWER: What exactly is the issue that some have with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his marriage with Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her)? Quite simply, it is that she was allegedly a child when he consummated his marriage with her. But this assertion is wrong. She wasn’t a child. She was someone who was appropriately able to marry. This is the misunderstood point.

End of discussion. Next question.

“Wait, wait!” someone might say. “This isn’t a sufficient explanation!”

O.K. Let me elaborate:

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The Qu’ranic Versus…

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The Authentic Compilation of the Qur’an versus the (Relatively-Speaking) Inadequate Preservation of ALL the Other Previous Holy Books.

One ought to be awed by the material rigour in which the Qur’an was preserved and safe-guarded from corruption when compared to all the other previous sacred dispensations. Glory be to God.

Read a ‘basic-intro‘ here.

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The Hadiths Had It? Well, they Still Have It

Kaaba 1910

Kaaba 1910

 

A Few Words on Hadiths

The Hadith Tradition is a ‘common sense science’ or a ‘common sense tradition’ and is ‘one of the biggest accomplishments in human intellectual history… in its breadth, in its depth, in its complexity and in its internal consistency.’1

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The Parameters of Being a Layman “Scholar”

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This is not a definitive set of parameters. Not in the least. However, what is attempted is to begin an inquiry of sorts into the following challenge I’ve encountered as a Muslim: to purport to apply Islam for oneself or to explain Islam to Non-Muslims and Muslims, in the midst of primarily trying to learn, understand the said-knowledge myself, first, and at-the-same-time.

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