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The Khawarij: forefathers of today’s violent extremists

By: Source: Throughout Islamic history, groups have arisen from time to time advocating radically new and divergent ways of thinking about the religion. One of the most radical and violent of these groups emerged during the political mayhem of ‘Ali’s caliphate, which lasted from 656 to 661. Known as the Kharijis, they emerged from a radical political position and went on to develop particularly extreme beliefs that put them at odds with most Muslims. While they never became a major political or religious force in the Muslim world, they had major impact on their own times and their ideology has been replicated numerous times by...

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Students at al-Azhar University in Cairo (circa 1850).

Features of Sunni Islam

By: Faraz A. Khan Source: When it comes to the matter of becoming familiar with what really is meant by the term “Sunni” – the people, methodology, and scholarship, I would first suggest reading any basic text on Sunni creed. By the grace of Allah, a few have been translated into English, such as the excellent rendition of Imam Tahawi’s creed by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. Nevertheless, perhaps the following points can serve as a concise summary of the foundational principles of Sunni orthodoxy: 1. As per the name of the Sunnis in Arabic (Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama`a), we adhere to the way of the Noble Prophetic Sunna, as understood by our rightly-guided scholars...

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Supplications (duas) for protection

By: Mufti Faraz al-Mahmudi Source: Particularly in these trying times we would do well to turn sincerely to Allah, Most High, for our needs and for well-being – personal and for the entire Umma. Here are some supplications from the Quran and Sunna that help us do just that. 1)    Recite the following three times each after Fajr and Maghrib.  The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam has said it will safeguard and suffice one from everything else. (Tirmidhi)[1] قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ (1) اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ (2) لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ (3) وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ (4) قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ (1) مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ (2) وَمِنْ شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا...

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