'Aisha bint Abu Bakr (612-678 CE) is often considered Muhammad's favorite wife. . She was the daughter of Abu Bakr, a close friend and important supporter of the Prophet, and her marriage to Muhammad at a young age served to fortify the alliance between the two men. Although ‘Aisha was accused of adultery during her marriage to Muhammad, the Quran clears her name and rebukes those who make false accusations against women Sources indicate that 'Aisha was the second (some say first) wif
For Sunni Muslims, 'Ashura is simply a day of optional fasting. For Shi'a Muslims, however, the date is extremely significant as it marks the anniversary of the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, Muhammad’s grandson and a key figure in the establishment of Shi'ism.
The 'Eid al-Adha festival is considered the most sacred holiday in Islam. It celebrates the end of hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim is expected to make once in his or her lifetime. It also commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, and emphasizes the submission of one’s will to Allah.
'Eid al-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a festival of thanksgiving for the blessings that the Muslims enjoy during Ramadan. It is a celebration of great cheer and festivity. Muslims in Indonesia pray during 'Eid al-Fitr Date of observance: 1 Shawwal (August 19, 2012) Modern practices: A special congregational prayer known as salat al-jumah is held in the morning. Muslims hold large family meals throughout the day and exchange
Introduction 'Ubayd Allah al-Mahdi (d. 934 CE) is the founder of the Fatimid dynasty, an important Shi'i dynasty in North Africa from 909 to 1171 CE. A member of the Ismaili sect of Shi'ism, Ubayd Allah opposed the Sunni rule of the Abbasid dynasty and proclaimed himself imam and, therefore, the proper caliph of all of Islam. His claims did not go unnoticed by the Sunni governors, however, and he was imprisoned in North Africa near 902 CE. When the Ismaili movement had gained sufficient stren
'Umar ibn al-Khattab (c. 586-644 CE) was an early convert to Islam from its major opposing tribe in Mecca (Quraysh), an important adviser to Muhammad and Abu Bakr, and Islam's second caliph. Leaving his own tribe in Mecca, 'Umar, along with other early Muslims, accompanied Muhammad in his migration, or hijra, to Medina and participated in the formation of a unified Islamic community there. 'Umar had particularly close ties to Muhammad as his daughter Hafsa was married to the Prophet. 'Umar s
Introduction 'Uthman ibn Affan (c. 574 - 656 CE) was the third caliph of Islam, who continued the military expansion of Islam and oversaw the compilation of the official version of the Quran. As a wealthy member of the powerful Umayyad clan, 'Uthman's conversion to Islam initially upset his fellow tribesmen. However, his wealth and power were important to the establishment of Islam, and Muhammad offered one of his daughters to 'Uthman as a wife to fortify the alliance. 'Uthman was not espec
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'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (1077 – 1166 CE) is the recognized founder of the Qadiriyya Sufi order, Sufism is not a distinct sect within Islam; rather it is an attitude toward the practice of Islam. In other words, Sufis may be either Sunni or Shi'i, and they may also ascribe to any school of religious law. Often Sufism is described as Islamic mysticism. Although Sufism is not its own distinct sect, it does contain separate orders within it. The Qadiriyya order founded by al-Qadir stresses humilit
Abraham, the son of Terah, is called "the Father of the Faithful," as he is considered a main patriarch of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. He was born with the name Abram, but it was later changed by God to Abraham. In Islam he is known as Ibrahm. Among those who accept the Hebrew Bible or the Quran, he is thought to be a perfect example of complete faith and trust in God. The majority of information about Abram/Abraham's life is found in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible. A
Abu al-Hasan 'Ali al-Ash'ari (c. 873 – c. 935 CE) was a Muslim theologian whose opposition to the Mu'tazilah movement during the 10th century CE helped to define Sunnism and reestablish Islamic orthodoxy. A map of the Middle East shows Basra,Iraq, the birthplace of Abu al-Hasan 'Ali al-Ash'ari Born to a wealthy family, Ash'ari had ample opportunities for education, and he became a recognized religious scholar within the Mu'tazliah movement, which emphasized reason and rationalism and c
Abu Bakr (c. 573-634 CE) was a close friend, supporter, and adviser of Muhammad. He succeeded the Prophet as leader of the Islamic community after Muhammad's death in 632 CE. As one of Islam's first converts, Abu Bakr held a place of special significance within the Islamic community and was crucial to its establishment. It was through his influence that many early Muslims were converted. During the last years of Muhammad's life, Abu Bakr took on increasingly significant roles, including lead
Adam and Eve were the first humans placed on Earth by God, according to Christian tradition. Cast out of paradise after they disobeyed God's commandment not to eat from the Tree of Life, the Bible states that the Fall of Man, as this event is often called, affected all of humanity. There are two accounts of creation appearing in the first two chapters of Genesis. Some scholars suggest that this is a chiasmus: a Jewish literary device used to assist in learning by telling a story twice, the
Shortly after outlining the steps of spiritual progress for Scientology in 1965, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard resigned from his official administrative position with the Church of Scientology and spent the next period of his life developing higher orders of training. These efforts led to the formation of a new sub-organization within Scientology known as the Sea Organization, or, more commonly, the Sea Org. The organization literally began on the sea, housed on three different ships: the
Introduction Advent is the time of preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Its origin is unknown, but an "advent" season was mentioned in the records of the Council of Tours (567 CE); mentions of similar, unnamed celebrations are found in older records. In some liturgies, both the past and future comings of Jesus Christ are referenced. It is celebrated as a time of penance and repentance for Christians as well as a time for the joyful anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ. I