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`ABD AL-QADIR (18o8-1883), Algerian independence leader, Sufi mystic, and poet. Born Muhy-i al-Din al-Hasani at Wadi al-Hammam, some 2o kilometers west of Mascara in Algeria, into a family of northern Moroccan origin who claimed descent from the prophet Muhammad, Amir `Abd al-Qadir entered history after the French occupation of Algierson 5 July 1830. This invasion led `Abd al-Qadir's father SἲdἲMuhyἲ' al-Din to proclaim a jihad against European colonization in the region of Oran. Ill healt ...more


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ABD AL-AZIZ, SHAH (1746-1824), Indian Islamic scholar. In northern India, `Abd al-`Aziz was a prominent Sufi `alim of his time, a powerful orator (khatib), an effective preacher (wa'iz), and an expert on hadith and the Qur'an. He left a deep imprint on Islamic learning through his writings and through the students who came to the Madrasah-i Rahimiyah from all overIndia. He was also a connoisseur of Indian vocal music and Urdu and Persian literature as well as an accomplished calligrapher and hor ...more

Ms. Afrah Alshaibani

May 2, 1996. Ever since I can remember, my family attended a non-denominational conservative Christian church (Church of Christ). I grew up in the church, taught bible school and sang in the choir. As a young teenager I began asking questions (as I think everyone does at one point in their lives): Why was I a member of the Church of Christ and not say Lutheran, Catholic or Methodist? If various churches are teaching conflicting doctrine, how do we know which one is right? Are they all right? Do ...more

Azhar Niaz

Azhar Niaz is a seasoned media professional with life-long experience as Programs producer in Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Pakistan) and Pakistan Television (PTV). Apart from his experience in leading audio/visual media in Pakistan; he has vast experience of working with national and international organization as media consultant and mass awareness campaign expert. Moreover, he has ...more

Anis Ahmad

Dr. Anis Ahmad is a social scientist; he specializes in Islamic Studies and is Meritorious Professor of Comparative Religion. He is Vice Chancellor of Riphah International University, Islamabad. He is also Editor-in-Chief of West and ...more


Succeeding the Umayyad Caliphate in 750, the ‛Abbāsid dynasty ruled the caliphate until 1258. Descendants of the Prophet's uncle al-‛Abbās, the ‛Abbāsid claimed membership in the family of the Prophet or Banu Hashim. This relationship enabled them to attract some support in the last three decades of the Umayyad Caliphate, from 720 to 750, when many Muslims were searching for an alternative to that regime. While the ‛Abbāsid family remained in Syria, their most active and militant sup ...more

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