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KASHANI, ABOL-QASEM (1882 in Tehran, Iran – 14 March 1962 in Tehran, Iran),   more fully, Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Abu al-Qasim Kashani, Iranian religious and political leader during the national movement in the 1950s. Born in Tehran, Kashani made a pilgrimage to Mecca at the age of fifteen and settled in Najaf, Iraq, to pursue his education. He studied under Ayatollahs Khurasani, Khalili Tihrani, and Kamarah'i and became a mujtahid at twenty-five. His political activity began against British r ...more


KARBALA. One of the holiest places of Shin pilgrimage in Iraq, some 6o miles (95 km) southwest of Baghdad, Karbala (Karbala') derives its fame from the fact that Husayn ibn 'Ali, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad and the third ShN imam, was killed there, along with his supporters, in the district of Ninawah on `Ashfira', the tenth day of Muharram AH 61/680 CE. The name Karbala' probably comes from the Aramaic name Karbala. However, Shi`i pious literature suggests that the word is made up of t ...more


MUSTAFA KAMAIL PASAH(August 14, 1874, Cairo, Egypt – February 10, 1908, Cairo), Egyptian nationalist. The name of the za'im Mustafa Kamil is borne by several major city streets and squares in Egypt. A lawyer by education, he was a passio ...more


KABYLIA. The rugged mountainous area known as the Kabylia lies to the east of Algiers, adjacent to the Mediterranean littoral. Endowed with meager resources, it is one of North Africa's most densely populated regions; densities range from 70 to more than 250 inhabitants per square kilometer. Its traditional economy depended upon arboriculture, supplemented by grain production and small-scale livestock breeding; vast forests of oak and cork provided additional sustenance. These resources would ha ...more


Established in the late 1980s, the Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation has centralized religious centers and institutions for Islamic education that were acquired through pious donations managed by the late Ayatollah Abol Qasem al-Kho'i (Abu al-Qasim Khu'i, d. 1992) in his position as the marja` al-taqlid (supreme juridical authority) of the majority of Shi`i Muslims. Practical considerations prompted lay and religious leaders among al-Kho'i's Persian and Arab followers in Europe and North America to ...more


ABD EL-KRIM (1882-1963), more fully, Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Karim al-Khattabi, Moroccan leader of the Rif Rebellion (1921-1926) and Islamic reformer. Abd el-Krim was the eldest son of `Abd al-Karim ibn Muhammad al-Khattabi, a notable of the Ait Warayaghar, a Tamazight-speaking Berber tribe of theRif Mountainsin northeastern Morocco. In 1921, Rifian troops under Abd el-Krim's command defeated Spanish forces under General Silvestre at the b ...more


Salam Alekhum. I became Muslim almost three years ago, right after Ramadan in between the two Eids. My spiritual search lasted over thirty years.I was born a Catholic and found many things I did not agree with: I believe in Jesus, but did not believe that he was the son of God, nor that he was God. I concluded on my own that he was a rabbi, since he was a learned Jew and a teacher. Because of this I went and studied under rabbis and learnt the Tanakh, the Torah and some of the laws of Judaism ...more

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