Chinese Emporer’s 100 Word Eulogy for the Prophet ﷺ

Emperor Hong-Wu wrote a 100 word eulogy praising Islam, Allah and the Prophet Muhammad which he had placed in the mosques which he ordered to be built.

The eulogy is in the form of a poem, each verse containing 4 words (characters) and 4 syllables.

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Echoes

by Nader Khan As a blinding light you came to us, And just as suddenly you went away. The universe still resonates, With echoes of “Sall Allah ‘alaih”. O flash of light, in the flow of time, O sweet Medinan beloved of mine, I speak with you in broken words, With a broken heart, and…

Ebola

By Dr Bilal Hassam Yesterday I was catching up with a teacher/ mentor of mine when he asked me a question about ISIS and Ebola…. Him: You’re a Doctor Bilal, tell me how would you feel if every doctor specialised in Ebola? Me: I don’t understand? Him: There was a big Ebola scare over the…

15 Diseases of Leadership

Here, the Prophet ﷺ defines leadership by its responsibility, not position. The focus is shifted away from the structure and towards the individual. By generalising the definition of leadership, He ﷺ is equating the characteristics found in each of them regardless of the level of authority given. If one cannot lead justly or effectively in their household, they will not be able to lead justly or effectively as a statesman. As such, it is essential for us to understand the notable qualities and the common pitfalls engendered within leadership so we are effective wherever Allah places us.

Dear Narcissus

A few months ago I was invited to attend a spoken word gathering to fundraise for Syria. The crowd was came from all ages, race and religion, but it was striking to see how similar the poems were. One particular poem that struck me was one about Narcissus, a man from greek mythology who was led to a…

A battle lost

by Umaymah Hewitt The air hung heavy with grief, loss and the stench of death. The battle was lost. The fallen were gathered from the battlefield. The commander of the defeated army was heavy of heart. He had lost over 70 men. Good, strong, faithful men were dead due to the folly of a few who…

All the small things

“In Egypt, I found something I believe brings many to Islam, namely, the mark of pure monotheism upon its followers, which struck me as more profound than anything I had previously encountered. I met many Muslims in Egypt, good and bad, but all influenced by the teachings of their Book to a greater extent than…