On Paul Willilams’ site, Blogging Theology, there was a conversation in the comments section of one post about the veracity of the (early) hadith tradition (which was very interesting) begun by a chap named Graham:
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:
“… The spread of Islam also was a breakthrough for capitalism and globalization. This is hardly surprising, considering Islam is the only world religion whose founder had a background in business and came from a long line of merchants…” Read more of Benedict Koehler article on ‘Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism”, here.
This lecture, given by the historian and former banker, Benedikt Koehler, actually begins from 7:00.
Controversial? No. Not really. Although it depends on what we mean by ‘Capitalism’. I’d remind the reader that ‘Interest’ (Usury) and ‘exploitation’ is strictly forbidden in Islam, so if you’re able to conceive of a capitalism without this, you might be closer to the genius of the Prophet’s revealed way… Continue reading
Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, who completed a monumental 57-volume work on the lives of female scholars of Hadith in Islamic History (May 2010) explains that there was, once upon a time, over 9,000 female scholars across the length and breadth of an enlightened Muslim civilisation.
This pro-active approach to knowledge, he explains, was a direct result of Prophet Muhammad’s efforts [peace be upon him]. Continue reading
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Religion is very easy, and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded.” [Bukhari:V1N38] Continue reading