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What is common between Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi and the Greek Mathematician, Pythagoras?


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A few years ago I came across a report which said that the Bahishti Zewar (The Heavenly Ornaments) – that famous book written by Hakeem al Ummah Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (may Allah have mercy on him) was not actually written by him! Continue reading


There’s something about 40 – The 40 days of Pythagoras, Greek Mathematician, Philosopher, Scientist & Mystic.


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Samos, Greece.

The image on your left is of the Greek island, Samos. The place where one of the most famous mathematicians of the past, Pythagoras is believed to have been born in 570 B. C., very little in known about the man himself except that he traveled a lot, visiting places such as Egypt in his search for knowledge and God knows what else, what we do know is that he dabbled in various sciences and is remembered throughout history as a mathematician, scientist, philosopher and…even a mystic, whoever he really was, I only remember him from the math class back when I was in school, where we were taught the Pythagoras theorem. I recall, it was pretty easy.

But was it knowledge that made his famous? Not at all as you’ll see. The following is a marvelous anecdote about him I came across a few years ago is an eye opener.

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There’s something about 40 – The 40 days of Paulo Coelho.


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The alchemWhile I was checking my inbox this morning, I received an email from Goodreads inviting everyone who had read Paulo Coelho’s bestseller, ‘The Alchemist’ to ask him any questions if any for a discussion group event to be held on April 2nd 2013, as you may know, this is the Goodreads version of another social network’s similarly titled but much more famous discussion group where they invite celebrities et al for a tête-à-tête with readers across the world, now the book itself is something I had read a long way back, and one of those books I had read cover to cover, though I had a few questions I could ask Coelho, I still wanted to refresh my memory regarding the book itself, so off I went to Wikipedia’s page for ‘The Alchemist’. 

Of the many things I read, one thing caught my attention, the ‘The Alchemist’ itself was not Coelho’s first publication but his sixth and all of his previous books were failures, while this too appeared that it was going to tread the same path as the Alchemist’s first publisher, a local publishing house in Brazil, after having had very reasonable success with the book told Coelho in no uncertain terms that, that it was never going to sell, and that “he could make more money in the stock exchange”.

What Coelho did next is inspiring to all those Muslims wanting to bounce back and or reinvent, rediscover themselves. Continue reading


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Inception of the great revival. Early history of the resurgence – The mother we had left to die.


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When Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Saheb (rahmatullaah alaih) commenced his mission of propagation, even the Ulamah were at variance with him and even the most eminent scholars tended to be critical towards him, but placing his confidence in Allah, he nonetheless planted the roots of this mission and went ahead. Continue reading


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The.Ijtema® Makes Available to its Readers a Very Rare, Two Volume, 900 Page Book on One Among the Two of the Muslim world’s Most Respected Islamic seminaries: Dar al Ulum Deoband.


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Here’s the download link of perhaps the most authentic book written on the history of the world famous Islamic seminary, Dar al Ulum Deoband, titled:

‘History of Dar al Ulum Deoband’

written by Maulana Sayyid Mahboob Rizvi and translated into English by Prof. Murtaz Husain F. Quraishi. Continue reading


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The Man Who Challenged God.


This story is a huge reminder for all of us.

A man in Uttar Pradesh, in North India, decided to die by his own timetable, and “challenge God”. He decided to meet his maker at 12.12.12 (12 minutes and 12 seconds after 12 noon) on 12-12-12. Continue reading


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The Amazing Story of an English Spy at Dar al Ulum Deoband, 1875.


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A cornucopia of arts, science, mathematics, guns, languages, and what not! Its a long read but a brilliant one, really worth the time.

Deoband tafsir

The time when the Dar al-Ulum, Deoband was established only nine years had passed over the fight for freedom of A. D. 1857.

Since the common Muslims and the elders at the Dar al-Ulum had taken up arms and ranked against the English in this fight for freedom, the English government was very much antagonistic to the Muslims, suspicious of and ill-disposed towards them. Continue reading