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Salman Rasheed

Salman Rasheed

The writer is a Karachi-based research analyst and political consultant.

Abu Dharr Al-Ghifari – Man of Moral Courage

Abu Dharr Al Ghifari (RA) was a Black Arab Sahaba who was known for his faithfulness, curiosity, and concern for the poor. His full name was Jundab bin Junadah from the Tribe of Ghifar. In the age of Jahiliya (Ignorance),

Islam and Animal Rights

All of Allah’s (SWT) creations deserve respect be it humans or animals and our faith teaches us to treat animals compassionately and not abuse them.  The Holy Quran, Hadith, and Islamic history provide us the proper guidance for the treatment

Reflections on 9/11 attacks

It’s been twenty years since the heinous 9/11 attacks on the United States of America.  The recent U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan has effectively ended the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) launched by the United States and its allies in

Mental wellness and Sunnah

Regarding mental wellness or wellbeing, we can learn a lot from the life of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). From the early revelations, we observe that Allah (SWT) was protecting the mental wellbeing of our Nabi (SAW), as this was

Revisiting the Afghanistan Papers

The Afghan Taliban’s control of Kabul and most of Afghanistan within five weeks has left many analysts and international mainstream media perplexed in how the complete collapse and surrender by the Afghan Government under Ashraf Ghani and Afghan National Army

Revisiting the Afghanistan Papers

The Afghan Taliban’s control of Kabul and most of Afghanistan within five weeks has left many analysts and international mainstream media perplexed in how the complete collapse and surrender by the Afghan Government under Ashraf Ghani and Afghan National Army

Uns bint Abdelkarim: Hadith Science Expert

Uns bint AbdelKarim was an expert in Hadith sciences and one of the few women to teach 1,000 students in the masjid of Amr bin al-As in Egypt.  She was the daughter of Qadhi Karim al-Din, and at the age

Władysław Turowicz – Chief Architect of PAF

It might be surprising for many Pakistanis that the chief architect of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the space program was a Polish World War Two pilot. Wladyslaw Józef Marian Turowicz was one of the refugee pilots from Poland

Three dangers to our success

Some dangers can hinder us from achieving the success that we desire in this life.  Let’s examine a few of these dangers and how to address them from an Islamic perspective. The first danger is our pursuit of perfection.  Sometimes,

How Islam Saved Judaism

In today’s world, the claim that Islam helped the survival of Judaism would seem absurd given the antagonism between Islam and Zionism but there can be no denial of this historical fact.  At the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s

Success through Simplicity

One of the forgotten sunnahs of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is simplicity, not referring to simplicity in dress, food, or housing but rather in the way we think about interacting with our world. We all know that our Nabi

Muhammad Asad: First Pakistani Passport Holder

Muhammad Asad was an Austrian-Hungarian-Jewish revert to Islam born in 1900 as Leopold Weiss whose forefathers were rabbinical clerics. His life is an example of devotion to Islamic scholarship that has impacted all corners of the Muslim World, including the

Life Lessons from Prophet Ibrahim (AS)

Allah (SWT) refers to the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) as haleem since he (AS) was even-tempered in his ability to forgive others. One of the life lessons we can learn from Ibrahim (AS) is how he (AS) dealt with those who

The FATF sham

The decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on June 25 to keep Pakistan on the grey list despite successfully complying with 26 out of 27 demands came as a shock to most Pakistanis and outside observers. I too

Questioning the Zionist Narrative

When anyone studies the history of the Palestinian issue, the neutral observers cannot help to be amazed at the blatant arrogance, the trampling of human rights, and the insensitivity of the global superpowers.  A recent lecture by Dr. Yasir Qadhi,

How to be open-minded in the Islamic context?

As Muslims, we place great importance on seeking knowledge. Being open-minded allows us to learn from others by examining, tolerating, and accepting differing viewpoints and situations.  In the Islamic context, open-mindedness means the capacity to examine, tolerate and accept differing

Who was Nana Asma’u of Africa?

Nana Asma’u was a respected Hausa-Fulani Islamic scholar, poetess, and educator of both men and woman during the period of the Sokoto Caliphate of Western Africa Empire that later became part of northern Nigeria, and a devoted Qadiri Sufi.  

Virtue of Patience

There are many definitions of sabr or patience and one is resilience, the ability to push on when others can’t.  Sabr is one of the most important characteristics that we can develop as a human and believer.  We need to

Rabiah Al-Adawiyyah

Rabiah Al-Adawiyyah was a leader and example of asceticism and closeness to God.  She is a spiritual role model who inspires us to worship Allah (SWT) full-heartedly, for His (SWT) pleasure alone.  Rabiah was a mystic of slave origin from

Sacrifice – An act of worship

Sacrificing ourselves for the benefit of others is one of the greatest ideals we can have as a Muslim.  Being self-centered is a commendable trait because knowing ourselves can help us care for others. The following hadith stated by the

Power to Forgive

When we talk about the power to forgive or the power of forgiveness, we don’t mean Allah (SWT) forgiving us for our sins but in the context of us having the capacity to forgive those who have wronged us.  Many

Umm Ayman: Our Nabi’s (SAW) Second Mother

Barakah Bint Thalabah or Umm Ayman (RA), as per her kunya, was one of the most important women in the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).  Umm Ayman was originally a slave of the Prophet’s (SAW) father but later

Rufaida Al-Aslamia: First Muslim Nurse

Rufaida Al-Aslamia was born around 620 AD and is known for her work in medical and social circles in the earliest days of Islam and was the first female Muslim nurse. She was a pioneer in the field of nursing,

Anger Management: Islamic Perspective

No doubt living in Pakistan is very stressful and takes a toll on our mental health.  Also, Allah (SWT) will test our temperament during the holy month of Ramadan.  All those with a short fuse including myself must try harder

The Algebraist of Baghdad

Sutaytah al-Mahamali was a renowned mathematician during her time. Her math skills were so remarkable that the scholars of Baghdad came to her when they could not solve an equation. Through her knowledge of math, she became an expert in

Fatima al-Fihri: Founder of World’s First University

Many including me will be amazed to know that the world’s first-ever university was founded by a Muslim woman, Fatima al-Fihri. In the Moroccan city of Fez, she founded a masjid that developed into the famous al-Qarawiyyin university.   Fatima al-Fihri

Nafisa – The Gem of Knowledge

Nafisa Al-Tahira bint Al-Hassan was the great great-granddaughter of Hazrat Ali (AS) and thus, a descendant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).  Also, she was an acknowledged scholar and teacher of Islam, having taught Imam Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi, and

What’s next for PM Khan?

The drama and comedy of the Senate elections along with the election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate are finally over for the people of Pakistan. Now, the time has come for Prime Minister Imran Khan and the PTI-led

Compassion: Greatest Quality of a Believer

Wouldn’t it be amazing to characterize a person as compassionate which is the greatest trait associated with the Almighty Allah (SWT)?  Notice how the Holy Quran starts with the name of Allah (SWT), “Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem”, “The Most Compassionate, The

Generosity in Islam

There is no doubt that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a generous person, not only materially but ethically and spiritually. One of the characteristics of the Prophet (SAW) was that he (SAW) was someone that others knew that they