Katip Çelebi and Knowledge

ʿIlm is a blessing of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala that He bestows on those who seek it. Katip Çelebi (1609-1657) is the greatest bibliographer and geographer of the Turkish history of science in Ottoman era. He is internationally famous in social sciences. He authored quality works in many fields. His most distinctive features are that he meticulously wrote his works by providing references; observed critical and objective point of view in accordance with today’s academic research methods; and he was the first Ottoman intellectual who consulted scientific works of the…

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Lessons of Wisdom from Abu Wuhaib (R)

Abu Wuhaib (R) was a fountain of wisdom for the Muslims of his time as well as those of later centuries with the life that he led. The original name of Abu Wuhaib (R), who was a known wali of his time, was Bahlul bin Amr al Sayrafi. He became famous as Abu Wuhaib. The date of his birth is not known definitely. Although he was from Kufa, he spent most of his life in Baghdad. He passed away in 805 A.D. in Baghdad and was buried in the Shunuziyyah…

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Imam Sharani

Imam Sharani was one of the great awliya of Egypt and an imam of Islamic law of the Shafii School. His given name was Abdulwahhab. He was born in 1491 AD (898 AH). He was descended from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Imam Sharani began his academic life in Cairo while he was still very young. He was intelligent and hardworking. He memorized the Qur’an by the age of seven. He also memorized most of the books he studied in his lessons. Sharani frequented the circles of knowledge and took lessons…

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A peak of wisdom and knowledge

A short life story of Imam Shafii, the scholar who ‘filled the earth with knowledge’ Imam Shafii, born in Gaza, Palestine, in 150 AH/ 760 AD was the imam and founder of the Shafii School of Islamic law, one of the four schools of Islamic law of Ahl Al Sunnah wal Jama’ah, which is the great path of the Qur’an, and he was the mujaddid of the second century. The year that he was born was also the year in which Imam Al-A’zam Abu Hanifa passed away. His given name…

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Imam Rabbani: The Sun of the 10th Century

Imam Rabbani was born in 1563 (h. 971) in Sirhind, India. He is called as “Mujaddid Alf Thani” for he is the Mujaddid of the second thousand-year. Imam-i Rabbani descends from Hazrat Omar (RA), so he is called with the family name of ‘Faruqi’; and he is called ‘Sirhindi’ as he is from Sirhind. With all these attributes his full name is Imam-i Rabbani Mujaddid Alf Thani Ahmad al-Faruqi al-Sirhindi. Having learned Arabic language and memorized the Qur’an and many treatises about various sciences at a very young age, Imam-i Rabbani…

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The Sultan of the Awliyas

Ghaws Al Azam Abdul Qadir Gilani who was a recipient of the hadith of our Prophet (PBUH) “the scholars of my ummah are like the prophets of Banu Israel” was born in village of Nif of Gilan state of Azerbaijan in 1078 (H. 471). When he was born it was the month of Ramadan and he did not suck his mother’s milk during fasting time in Ramadan. His mother narrated that extraordinary event as follows: “When my son Abdul Qadir was born the holy month of Ramadan had begun. He…

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Hujjat al-Islam Imam Ghazali: The Sun of the Fifth Century

Imam Ghazali, who has been a prominent and legendary scholar champion of Islam, was born in Ghazal town of Tus city of Iran in 1058 (H. 450). His name is Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Ahmad. His identity is Abu Hamid, and his titles are Hujjat al-Islam and Zauniddin. Because of his profound knowledge he was called “Hujjat al-Islam” and “Zauniddin” which mean the evidence of Islam’s being truth. His sincere and poor father was a devout man who earned his life by spinning wool. He used to love the scholars…

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