The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Audio Book)

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Amin Maalouf

European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. In “The Crusades Through Arab Eyes”, Amin Maalouf has sifted through the works of a score of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants in the events.

He retells their stories in their own vivacious style, giving us a vivid portrait of a society rent by internal conflicts, and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture. He retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, and offers fascinating insights into some of the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.

Reviews:

‘A useful and important analysis adding much to existing western histories … worth recommending to George Bush.’ London Review of Books ‘Well-researched and highly readable.’ The Guardian ‘A wide readership should enjoy this vivid narrative of stirring events.’ The Bookseller ‘An inspiring story … Very readable … Well translated … Warmly recommended.’ The Times Literary Supplement ‘Very well done indeed … Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East’s present conflicts.’ Middle East International

About Author:

Amin Maalouf is a Lebanese writer and journalist. He is the author of bestselling books, including Leo Africanus, Samakand, On Identity and Ports of Call. He has lived in Paris since 1976. Continue reading

An Explanation Of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s Four Principles Of Shirk

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Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 62 | Size: 1 MB

In this book, the author explains the dangerous concept of shrik through four simple principles. The sin of shirk – or associating partners with Allah – is the most reprehensible act that a person can do. It is for this reason that this sin is the one sin that Allah has promised He will never forgive. Unfortunately, many Muslims who are unaware of the reality of shirk fall into it out of ignorance. This short treatise is an ideal work for the Muslim in order to understand the essence of shirk, and thus essential reading for the one who wishes to avoid falling into the greatest trap of Shaytan. The explanation of the work of Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Wahhab has been taken from the works of Ibn Jibrin, Salih Al al-Shaykh, and other major scholars. Continue reading

The Clash Of Civilizations: An Islamic View

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Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 158 | Size: 5 MB

In a time when Muslims in the West live in an environment of turmoil and difficulty facing new challenges daily, they encounter a cultural dilemma, a clash of the Islamic and Western civilisations. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to know the foundations of these cultures, the differences between them as well as understanding islam correctly taken from its pure sources. In this book, the author highlights these aspects of the two cultures whilst also giving a detailed explanation of the core beliefs of Islam.

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a diploma in Arabic, and a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool Ad-Deen) at the Islamic Univeristy of Madeenah in 1979. At the University of Riyadh, College of Education, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in 1994. Since 1994 he has founded and directed the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (which is now known as Discover Islam) and the Foreign Literature Department of Dar Al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UAE. Presently, he is a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University in Ajman, UAE. Continue reading

Tawheed Made Easy

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Rayan Fawzi Arab
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 136 | Size: 4 MB

The Tawheedology Book is a Tawheed made easy book which gives the Muslim bright knowledge in regards of his creed and his conviction, most of its information is brought to you from the book called “Attawheed Al-Muyassar” narrated by Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmad Al-Huwail, and presented by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jabrain & Sheikh Khalid Al-Muslih.

For everything being in the skies and on the surface of this Earth is a purpose from the one Creator, and for us living here there are reasons, one major and many minor, the major reason is followed by minor ones, the minor reasons like sleeping, eating, and working are actions that we must take to enhance our ability to fulfill the major one, the major reason is obligated on all mankind, and that is to worship the All-mighty Allaah as he confirmed in his Glorious book:

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنْسَ إِلَّا ليعبدون

And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship me (Alone).

Hence if Allaah created us for that cause, then he must have set forward some foundations of submission so that we can worship him in the manner that pleases him, to this matter I ask myself, is it possible that one may worship Allaah along with other gods?

Logically speaking, I positively see that it is possible indeed, but…is that what the All-mighty Allaah demands? Does he command man to worship an idol or another man or is that a whisper from the devil’s plan? Indeed this is something that we sure need to understand.

Come with me to the Prophet Muhammad’s invitation to Islaam, when he was sent to the pagans in Makkah to deliver the message, he asked them whether they believe in Allaah or not, they said we do believe in Allaah, he then asked them, if so, then why do you worship other gods besides him? They replied: we only worship these gods so that they can get us closer to Allaah.

These people made an approach, to worship false gods to get closer to Allaah who is closer to them than their veins in their throats. Yes Allaah is nearer to you than your Jugular vein is; do you know what your Jugular vein is? The Jugular vein is a vein in your neck that plays a major role in your logical sense.

The All-mighty says:

وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الإِنْسَانَ وَنَعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ

And indeed we have created man, and we know what his own self whispers to him. And we are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge). – Qāf, V.16

But keep in mind that Allaah is not physically that close to you because he is literally above his throne, but he is that close to you only by his knowledge. So the major reason is to worship Allaah by singling him out, and that is where the word Tawheed stands. Tawheed in Arabic language is the source of making something single.

Example:

– If you were to say that no one shall exit the mosque except for Ahmad, then you are singling out Ahmad in exiting the mosque.

Hence, after knowing this it becomes an obligation upon us to single out the Allpowerful Allaah in the following three categories:

Tawheed Arrabubiya.
Tawheed Al-Aluhiya.
Tawheed Al-Asmaa’ Wassefat. Continue reading