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Abu Ibrahim Ismail is an Islamic history nerd who goes deep into some of history's most entertaining and amazing stories as it relates to Islam and Muslims.


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3-3: Ziyad And Hujr


Mon, Mar 13, 2017


The Umayyads had the practice of cursing Ali during their sermons. Many of the party of Ali did not like that.

One of these men was Hujr ibn Adi, a companion and commander in Ali's army. When he heard the Umayyads cursing Ali, he would shout at them and to make them stop.

But Ziyad ibn Abihi, the governor of Kufah and Basra, would not tolerate such defiance. He decided to find Hujr and make an example of him for others

This episode chronicles the story of Hujr ibn Adi and one of the early incidents that led to the split between Sunnis and Shiites.

After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page.

The Show Notes are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Hujr

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • The transcript for this episode
  • Links to the Muslim Podcast of the Week
  • Links to other related resources

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
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3-2: Ziyad And Basra


Mon, Mar 06, 2017


Basra is starting to slip out of control with rampant crime and too much rebellion. Muawiyyah is ready to bring in someone new; however, this new guy has a scandalous past.

In this episode we're introduced to Ziyad ibn Abihi, Muawiyyah's brutal governor of Basra. We'll see how Ziyad rises from obscurity to become the second most powerful man in the Empire.

After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page.

The Show Notes are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Ziyad

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • The transcript for this episode
  • Links to the Muslim Podcast of the Week
  • Links to other related resources

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
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3-1: Syria And Iraq


Mon, Feb 27, 2017


Welcome back to another season of the Islamic History Podcast!

In this season, we're going to mostly cover the Umayyad Dynasty. The first several episodes will be focused on the founder of this dynasty, Muawiyyah ibn Abi Sufyan.

Today's episode is an introduction to Syria and Kufah during this period. We'll take a look at the challenges the new Muslim Caliph had to face in the never ending Khawarij threat.

We'll discover how the early Muslim administrations were governed and some amazing details you probably never knew.

This is guaranteed to be an episode that will both educate and entertain you.

After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page.

The Show Notes are available at: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Kufah

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • The transcript for this episode
  • Links to the Muslim Podcast of the Week
  • Links to other related resources

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family

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Secret Society Of Assassins


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


This is a replay episode.

New episodes will begin next week, February 27, 2017.

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2-21: Ali And The Khawarij


Tue, Jan 10, 2017


As Ali struggled against the Khawarij, his grip on the Caliphate began to slip.

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2-20: Ali And Muawiyyah


Mon, Jan 02, 2017


After defeating Aisha at the Battle of the Camel, Ali held most of the Islamic Empire. The only holdout, was Muawiyyah, the powerful governor of Syria.

But things soon started to unravel for Ali.

He was having trouble maintaining control of Egypt, and Muawiyyah was making some strong allies. Nonetheless, the two parties engaged in rigorous negotiations in the hopes of avoiding warfare.

Despite these attempts, fighting looked inevitable. As the year 36 AH drew to a close, Ali began moving his forces toward the Syrian border. This would lead to a showdown with Muawiyyah known as the Battle of Siffeen.

After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page.

The Show Notes are available at: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Ali3

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • The transcript for this episode
  • Links to the Muslim Podcast of the Week
  • Links to other related resources

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family

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Bonus: The Crusades Part 2


Mon, Dec 26, 2016


  1. What caused the Crusades?
  2. How did the Christians do so well against the Muslims?
  3. How did the Caliph respond?
  4. Who are the Templars?
  5. Who was Saladin?

The Show Notes are available at: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Crusades5

Here's some of what you'll find at the Show Notes page:

  • Notes for today's episode
  • This week's book recommendation
  • Options to support the Islamic History Podcast

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family

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Bonus: 5 Questions About The Crusades


Mon, Dec 19, 2016


  1. What caused the Crusades?
  2. How did the Christians do so well against the Muslims?
  3. How did the Caliph respond?
  4. Who are the Templars?
  5. Who was Saladin?

The Show Notes are available at: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Crusades5

Here's some of what you'll find at the Show Notes page:

  • Notes for today's episode
  • This week's book recommendation
  • Options to support the Islamic History Podcast

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family

You can do all this at the Show Notes page: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Crusaders5



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2-19: Camel And Kharijites


Mon, Dec 05, 2016


Talhah and Zubair pledged allegiance to Ali ibn Abi Talib on the condition that he find and punish those responsible for murdering Uthman. But after several months, not much progress had been made.

In fact, many of those who were known opponents of Uthman, were now working with Ali. Because of this, many of the influential companions did support him.

One of those who did not support Ali was the Prophet's widow, Aisha. She had cobbled together a force with the intention of punishing Uthman's killers. Talhah and Zubair joined her, and before long, Aisha had almost 3000 men under her command.

But things quickly spiraled out of hand and Aisha found herself facing off against Ali ibn Abi Talib. This monumental battle would go down in history as one the most damaging and significant in Islamic history.

After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. You'll find various links, articles, and videos related to this episode.

The Show Notes are available at: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Camel

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • This week's book recommendation
  • Audio of one of my past khutbahs

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family

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2-18: Ali And Aisha


Mon, Nov 28, 2016


Ali's Caliphate was already in trouble.

The Umayyah clan was suspicious of him. Muawiyyah refused to acknowledge his leadership. There were gangs of bandits were roaming through Medina. And many companions refused to support him.

And to make things worse, Aisha, the Prophet's widow, was stirring things up in Mecca.

Aisha was outraged that Uthman's killers were still on the loose in Medina. She decided to take matters into her own hands. She rallied the people of Mecca and organized a group to find those responsible for killing Uthman.

These two figures, Ali and Aisha, are the most divisive figures in Islam. Sunni and Shiite both love and respect Ali, but the Shiites hold him to a much higher degree than Sunnis.

Aisha is a different story altogether. Sunni Muslims adore Aisha, but Shiites hate her. They accuse her of rebelling against Ali and attempting to overthrow him.

After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. You'll find various links, articles, and videos related to this episode.

The Show Notes are available at: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Ali1

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • This week's book recommendation
  • Nasheed of the Week video
  • My recent khutbah

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family

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2-17: Murder And Chaos


Mon, Nov 14, 2016


For several years, there had been a low level of discontent in the Muslim empire. While most of the inhabitants were happy, there were a significant number who were not.

Caliph Uthman had already spoken to his governors to try to get a handle on what was happening. Though they had many ideas, no one came up with a decision to fix the problem.

So Uthman decided to hold another meeting, but this everyone was invited. He hoped to speak with the malcontents directly and see what was happening.

The meeting was successful in that Uthman was managed to defend his decisions and found out why so many people were disaffected. He even agreed to several of their demands.

Unfortunately, some of them would not be satisfied until Uthman was completely out of the picture.

There's more to this show than just this single episode. Visit the show notes page for more links, articles, and videos related to this episode.

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman5.

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • Link to this week's book recommendation
  • Video to this week's favorite Nasheed

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family

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2-16: Lost Rings and Lost Opportunities


Mon, Nov 07, 2016


Many people mark the beginning of Uthman's troubles with the loss of the Prophet's rings.

But things really got bad for Uthman when he lost the support of the esteemed companion, Ammar ibn Yasir.

The antagonism against Uthman was growing in three main locations: Egypt, Kufah, and Basrah. The rest of the empire was calm and had no problems with his administration.

No matter how what Uthman did, he could not get to the bottom of their malcontent. These mysterious complaints against have led some to believe a nefarious individual was behind everything.

However, the reality was much more mundane. There were simply many people who did not agree with the way Uthman did things. Uthman was an old man and allowed trusted members of his family to run the government.

Unfortunately, when things went bad, it was Uthman who took all the blame

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman4

Here's some of the things you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • Links to various related episodes
  • Video to this week's favorite Nasheed, "Happy" by Omar Esa.

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Become a sponsor
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family

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2-15: Kufah And Quran


Mon, Oct 10, 2016


One of the most troublesome spots in the Muslim world was the Iraqi city of Kufah. The people were fickle, restless, and never satisfied with their governor. Uthman had to change their governor no less than three times.

Uthman's popularity took another hit during the Hajj of 649. Seemingly inconsequential actions had major repercussions.

But the most important event during this period was the one that would bring the most benefit. Upon discovering the message of the Quran was in danger of being diluted and fractured, Uthman took immediate stops to reverse this trend.

What came out of this was a standard, official compilation of the Quran that remains to this day.

But even this great achievement came with its problems. Ultimately, it was just another chance for Uthman's opponents to gripe about him.

The fun doesn't end when the podcast does. Visit the Show Notes page for more links, articles, and videos related to this episode

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman3

Here's some of the things you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • A link to the article "Do You And Your Muslim Spouse Speak the Same Language?" by Subhanah Wahhaj.
  • Video to this week's favorite Nasheed, "Jannah" by Deen Squad.

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  2. Subscribe on iTunes
  3. Share with your friends and family.

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2-14: Muawiyyah And Abu Dharr


Mon, Oct 03, 2016


Uthman has been accused of often appointing his family members to high positions. And in many instances that was true.

But some of his appointments were still very good, even if they were related to him. An example of that is Muawiyyah ibn Abu Sufyan.

In addition to finding favor with the Prophet of Islam, Muawiyyah was a competent governor of Syria. One of his earliest successes was the building of the first Muslim navy.

But he would run into trouble when another companion, Abu Dharr, begins to criticize the way some Muslims lived.

Abu Dharr was not one to hold his tongue; not even for the governor of Syria nor for the Caliph. When Abu Dharr's speech begins to rub people the wrong way, Uthman has to make some changes.

Unfortunately, he was unaware how those changes would damage his reputation.

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman2

Some things you'll find interesting in the show notes are:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • "Married Almost 10 Years!" By Subhanah Wahhaj
  • Video for favorite Nasheed of the week, "Muslim Queen" by Deen Squad.

Please support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  • Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  • Subscribe on iTunes
  • Share with your friends and family

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2-13: Uthman And Egypt


Mon, Sep 26, 2016


Uthman Ibn Affan has always been compared to others. Both during his lifetime and after, he has been compared to the Caliph that came before him and the one that would come after him.

There are many factors that contributed to his popularity among a small segment of the Muslim society. Some of them were based on decisions that Uthman made.

But some things were out of his control, such as:

  • Not as many conquests as before
  • Minority Muslim Arabs ruling over a conquered, non-Muslim people.
  • Economic strain from entitlements established by Umar Ibn Al-Khattab.

Still, there were some decisions that Uthman made that make us pause.

One of his most questionable decisions was replacing a popular and successful general like Amr Ibn Al-As with Ibn Abi Sarh.

It did not help that Ibn Abi Sarh had once betrayed Prophet Muhammad. And the fact that he was Uthman's cousin just made things even worse.

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman1

Some things you may find interesting in the show notes:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • "I Don't Need Any Reminders" by Subhanah Wahhaj (Available 9-27-2016)
  • Video for favorite Nasheed of the week, "Good Life" by Harris J.

Please support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

  • Give a monthly pledge on Patreon
  • Subscribe on iTunes
  • Share with your friends and family

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Bonus: The Nation Of Islam


Thu, Sep 01, 2016


A problem with my internet service delayed the release of this bonus episode.

This is another in-between/bonus episode as we continue to work on the series on the first 100 years after the Prophet's death.

This week we're going to discuss the Nation of Islam; an African-American religious and political group that gained fame during the 50s and 60s.

Some of their most famous members include the founder Elijah Muhammad, his protege Malcolm X, the famous boxer Muhammad Ali, Louis Farrakhan, and Imam W.D. Mohammed.

Show notes available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/noi

Please support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

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Bonus - Syrian Civil War


Mon, Aug 22, 2016


Another in-between bonus episode where we discuss the current Syrian conflict.

In my opinion, there are three main factors that led to the Syrian Civil War:

  1. Repressive rule from a minority Alawite leadership
  2. Uncommon strain on Syria's economy in the early to mid 2000's
  3. The Arab Spring upgrisings

We'll go into all three factors in the off-the-cuff discussion.

Support the Islamic History Podcast by giving a small monthly pledge. Visit https://www.patreon.com/islamichistory

Show notes for this episode can be found at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/BonusSyria



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2-12: Assassination And Election


Mon, Aug 08, 2016


We're back!

After a long hiatus we discuss the assassination of Umar ibn Al-Khattab and the choice of Uthman as the 3rd Caliph of the Muslim world.

Show notes available at islamiclearningmaterials.com/election



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2-11: Nihavand And Caltrops


Mon, Apr 11, 2016


By 641, the Muslims had captured most of the Southwestern part of the Persian Empire.

This area contained the best and most fertile lands and would be modern day Iraq, Kuwait, and parts of northwestern Iran.

As mentioned previously, Umar had grown weary of all the fighting and was grateful for their current holdings.

However, the Persian pride was wounded and they couldn't accept a peace treaty with the Muslims.

Emperor Yesdijird made his base in Nihavan and began to build another army to attack the Muslims.

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2-10: Alexandria And Fustat


Mon, Mar 21, 2016


The Muslims arrived at Alexandria in July 641
It was perhaps the most magnificent and biggest city they've encountered so far
Alexandria was founded by the Greek general Alexander the Great and is named after him
In Arabic it is called Al-Iskandariyah
Alexander meant for it to be a great center of Hellenistic culture
However Alexander left the city under the command of one of his generals soon after founding it. Then he went back on the warpath and never came back
At one point, it was the second most important city in the world after Rome; if Rome was like NYC then Alexandria was like London
Alexandria linked the Greek and Roman parts of Europe with and Arabia and Asia

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2-9: 'Amr And Cyrus


Mon, Mar 14, 2016


  • The Romans, either from fear or incompetence, had done little to stop Amr during this time
  • Finally, they had to march out from Babylon to meet Amr near Heliopolis and try to drive him from Egypt for good
  • Amr's spies told him of their movements and he planned to go out to meet them in battle.
  • But during the night he sent out two smaller forces; one in the hills overlooking the plains...Continue Reading


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2-8: Copts And Egypt


Mon, Mar 07, 2016


  • In 451, 115 years before Prophet Muhammad, several men representing various facets of Christianity met in Chalcedon in modern Turkey.
  • They were discussing how to define the true nature of Christ. They believed he was divine, yet he lived and died like a man.
  • 3 weeks later, they decided Jesus Christ had two natures in one: he was both God and man.
  • Any Christians who deviated from this belief were declared heretics which immediately led to a schism in the Church
  • While most Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians accepted the Chalcedon decree, Armenian, Ethiopian, and Coptic Christians did not...Continue Reading


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2-7: Plague And Famine


Mon, Feb 29, 2016


  • In 639, a plague broke out, originating in Nicopolis, or Imwas, in the modern state of Israel.
  • The city no longer exists as it was destroyed by Israeli army during Six Day war.
  • It is estimated around 20000 people died from this plague. Among them were many prominent Sahabas.
  • The most well-knonw of all was Abu Ubaidah, the general that succeeded KIW in Syria
  • Another companion was Muadh ibn Jabal - most famous for these instructions he received from Prophet Muhammad before embarking to Syria

Continue reading...



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2-6: 636 and 637 CE


Mon, Feb 22, 2016


Battle of Qadisiyyah was more devastating for the Persians than the Battle of Yarmouk was for the Romans
Their defeat at Qadisiyyah left the Persian capital exposed to Muslim forces
However, the Roman capital was hundreds of miles away in Constantinople and very safe from Muslim forces
The Romans still had the ability to wage war against the Muslims
However, the Persians were now just trying to survive
We'll look at the events in Syria after Yarmouk first, and then take a look at Persia after Qadisiyyah



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2-5: Yarmouk And Qadisiyyah


Mon, Jan 25, 2016


- Where we are so far
-- In 632 CE Prophet Muhammad died and Abu Bakr was chosen by the residents of Medina as the Caliph
-- Soon after, several of the Arab tribes that were allied with the Prophet rebelled against Abu Bakr
-- Abu Bakr and his general KIW led a successful campaign to bring these tribes back in line
-- These were known as the Ridda, or Apostasy Wars
-- Abu Bakr commanded KIW to begin an invasion of southern Persia.
-- KIW was successful and conquered most of the area around the Euphrates River
-- At the same time, Abu Bakr also ordered Abu Ubaidah to lead an invasion into Syria
-- Abu Ubaidah ran into strong resistance so Abu Bakr had KIW come from Persia to assist
-- KIW led the Muslims to conquer Syria all the way up to Damascus
-- Back in Medina, Abu Bakr died and Umar ibn Al-Khattab became the Caliph
-- Umar removed KIW as the leader of the Muslim armies and put Abu Ubaidah back in charge
-- The Romans and Syrians got over their initial shock of the Muslim invasion and began a strong counterattack.
- In the last episode we discussed how the Romans and Persians began to make a comeback
- Now we'll go into the details of that comeback and the result
- We will first discuss the events in Syria and then those in Persia



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2-4: Umar and Syria


Mon, Dec 21, 2015


In many ways, it was more of an organized mob. There were no uniforms and no ranks.
- Commanders were appointed at will, generally based on accomplishment or tribal position.
- Their weapons was whatever they could find. Many of them came from defeated Persian and Roman soldiers
- Most armies have to deal with supplies and feeding thousands of people. Many of the soldiers traveled with their families
- The Arabs didn't have that problem as they carried their food with them and were used to living on very little
- They could live for days, even weeks on just dates, water, and camel milk.
- This allowed KIW and other commanders to travel long distances with no supply chain or base of operations
- The desert itself was another advantage. Most of the Roman soldiers were not used to it.
- Unless they were invading a city, the Muslims usually fought with their backs to the desert.
- If they were ambushed or fought in the open country, they could slip into the desert where their enemey couldn't follow.
- The four armies sent by Abu Bakr pushed into southern Syria (modern day Jordan) and conquered many small towns

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2-3: Khalid And Persia


Mon, Nov 16, 2015


Two major empires in the area at this time: Persian and Byzantine
- Persian culture and power goes far back into Biblical times, even before Cyrus the Great (islamiclearningmaterials.com/gogandmagog)
- Once conquered by Alexander the Great
- Went through several dynastic changes
- Sassanid Empire was the last non-Muslim Persian dynasty
- Came into power 400 years before Prophet's birth
- By the time Prophet was in Medina, Sassanid Empire was going through political turmoil and very weak

Continue reading...



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2-2: Apostasy And War


Mon, Sep 28, 2015


Reasons for rebellion
 - False prophets
 - Unwilling to pay Zakah
 - Dislike of central authority
 - Not fully invested in Islam
- Abu Bakr's five step plan
 1. Protect Medina and hold out until Usamah returns with army
 2. When Usamah returns divide the army and send them to different parts of Arabian Peninsula
 3. Retake central-western Arabia creating a safe zone around Medina
 4. Concentrate on the big players (false prophets) and then take on Musailamah
 5. When the center's pacified, focus on smaller rebels in north and south

Continue reading...



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2-1: Abu Bakr And The Caliphate


Mon, Sep 21, 2015


Welcome to a new season of the Islamic History Podcast. In this season, we're going to cover the first 100 years of history after Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) death.

We will discuss the last days of the Prophet's life as well as the election of Abu Bakr to be his successor. Additionally, we will also see how the Wars of Apostasy began.



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1-14: Zayd And Zaynab


Mon, Jul 27, 2015


About the marriage and divorce of the companions Zayd and Zaynab
- Often used by anti-islamics to villify Prophet Muhammad
- They say the Prophet made this up in order to marry Zaynab
- Reason for this scandal comes from several weak reports from Muslim sources



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1-13: Mary and Jesus


Mon, Jul 20, 2015


Mary the Mother of Jesus is one of the most honored women in history.
- The two largest religions of the world hold her in high esteem.
- We'll discuss the different views of Mary from different religious groups
- The Muslim view is that she was one of the few women to reach the level of spiritual excellence.

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1-12: The Cave Part 3


Mon, Jul 13, 2015


Two questions: Who was Dhul Qarnay and who are Gog and Magog?

  • What we know about Dhul Qaynayn: he was a great ruler, he had lots of wealth and power, and he built a wal
  • Dhul Qarnayn often translated as one of two horns. Could also mean the one of two generations
  • Some thought Dhul Qarnayn was Alexander the Great, but now most likely was Cyrus the Great.

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1-11: The Cave Part 2


Mon, Jul 06, 2015


  • One of the more popular stories in the Quran
  • Has spawned many more stories and myths after the Islam
  • Primary personality is Khadhir a religious man who teaches Prophet Musa
  • Some controversy over whether Khadhir was a prophet or not
  • Umar thought he may have been an angel
  • Many believe him to have been a prophet since he received revelation
  • That is the opinion of Ibn Kathir, and also mentioned in tafsir attributed to Ibn Abbas
  • Persian tale called Iskandardamah combine the story of Khadhir and Dhul Qarnain into one story.
  • Khadhir Alexander's advisor and cook....

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1-10: The Cave Part 1


Mon, Jun 29, 2015


Islamic History From Surah Al-Kahf Part 1

  • Well-known story among Christians for centuries
  • Still celebrated as a holiday today in parts of Germany and Eastern Europe
  • Known as the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus
  • Ephesus is a coastal city in western Turkey
  • From the Catholic sources:

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1-9: Luqman the Wise


Mon, Jun 22, 2015


Difference of opinion about whether he was a prophet or not
- What is a prophet?
- Difference between a prophet and a messenger
- Majority opinion is that Luqman was not a Prophet
- However, it is strange for a regular person to be quoted so extensively in Quran
- Some say he was a slave and carpenter
- Story of sheep tongue and heart
- Don't really agree with idea of him being a slave
- Some say he may have been Aesop from Aesop's fables
- Islamic scholars probably got Luqman/slave idea from European depictions of Aesop

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1-8: Three Queens Part 3


Mon, Jun 15, 2015


  • Queen and ruler of Sheba during period of Prophet Sulaiman's rule of Israel 970 BC
  • Sheba is in modern day Yemen and the horn of Africa Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan
  • During ancient times, Sheba was a rich and powerful nation with amazing water irrigation technology
  • Yemen was also a popular trading port which connected Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
  • Sheba became wealthy due to frankinsense which is only in this area
  • Bilqis is mentioned in her dealings with Sulaiman in Surah Naml
  • Sulaiman was reviewing soldiers when he noticed hoopoe bird missing.
  • Bird returned to report on a land (Sheba) ruled by a woman
  • Queen Bilqis had all worldy needs and a magnificent throne, but she and her people worshiped the sun

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1-7: Three Queens Part 2


Mon, Jun 08, 2015




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1-6: Three Queens Part 1


Mon, Jun 01, 2015


Prophet Yusuf is sold into slavery in Egypt and becomes a servant in the house an Egyptian Minister, called Al-Azeez.
Al-Azeez' wife Zulaikah is enamored with Yusuf and tries to seduce him.
The Azeez walks in and a servant gives evidence that the wife was guilty.
The Azeez asks Yusuf to keep quiet but the word gets out (the servant witnessed it all).
Rumors and gossip abound and Zulaikah invites the noble women for dinner serving fruit to be cut with knives

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1-5: Sarah and Hajjar


Mon, May 25, 2015




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1-4: Prophet Lot and The People of Sodom


Mon, May 18, 2015


Prophet Lot originally left Babylon with Prophet Ibrahim and Sarah. It seems he was called to warn the people of Sodom while Ibrahim and his wife continued on to Egypt.

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1-3: Prophet Noah and The Great Flood


Mon, May 11, 2015


The story of Noah and the Great Flood is one that exists in both the Quran and the Bible. However, there is no recorded history of its occurrence.

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1-2: Shuayb and The People of Midian


Mon, May 04, 2015




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1-1: The Aad and The Thamud


Mon, Apr 27, 2015


The Aad and the Thamud are two nations mentioned several times in the Quran. They are often discussed when Allah is directing our attention to people who disobeyed Him and were punished as a result.

The exact time of their existence is nearly impossible to determine. But we can conclude from the verses of the Quran that they lived sometime after the flood of Noah and before the time of Ibrahim (AS).

Both groups of people were located on the Arabian Peninsula but in two entirely different areas.

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