History of the Umayyad Empire

History of the Umayyad Empire

This video is a module from my latest online course; Muslim Golden Ages: Rise & Fall.

Through this course, you will

  1. unlock the hidden history of Muslim civilizations that has been kept a secret for too long.
  2. discover the key contributions of Muslims to various arts and sciences.
  3. understand how the Muslims fell from power, and how history was rewritten to hide our accomplishments.
  4. be inspired to become the best version of yourself and rise to greater heights.
  5. contribute to a discussion on how the ummah can rebuild itself and enter a new golden age.

In this course, you will NOT learn about:

  1. Too many names, dates and locations. (The focus is on beneficial knowledge)
  2. Sectarianism. (The course focuses on positive contributions, not criticisms)
  3. Political history and wars. (unless relevant to the topics…like the Mongols!)

Who is this course for? (You, of course!)

  • History Buffs.
  • Muslims who are curious about their legacy.
  • Muslim Teenagers who want to learn the real history of science and culture.
  • Parents who want to teach their children the correct history of science and culture.
  • Anybody who is tired of the Islamaphobes controlling the narrative and wants to empower themselves with the true history of the Muslim world.

Who is this course NOT for?

  • Sectarians who want history to reflect their worldview.
  • People who are unable to study history without bias.
  • Anybody who has no interest in the history of the Muslim world at all.
  • Young children¬†as some of the content is mature in nature!

Join the course today by clicking here.

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Ertugrul Season 1: 4 Lessons I Learned

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Ertugrul Season 1: 4 Lessons I Learned

Note: Dirilis Ertugrul (Resurrection: Ertugrul) is a Turkish Historical Fiction TV Series.
Seasons 1-3 are currently available on

This isn’t a review of Ertugrul Season 1. It is a reflection on some lessons that hit me when watching it. It took me a while to get down to watching the show, but after several recommendations, I am glad that I did.

Ertugrul is everything I wished for in a Muslim TV series. It is grounded, realistic, well acted, and portrays Islamic teachings is a practical, non-preachy, manner. I really love the show. Having finished watching Season 1 a few weeks ago, I decided to reflect on it for a while before writing.

I learned a lot watching Ertugrul but here are the four things that really hit me, which many people aren’t talking about:

1. The power of Media (especially TV Series) in shaping our cultures

I always knew that TV Series played an important role in shaping cultures. But until now almost any example I have seen is negative. Over the past two decades, I have seen the cultures of many Muslim homes eroded by Secular TV Series and their (lack of) morals. Slowly, some Muslims became accepting of Zina, Homosexuality, and all kinds of sin. The power of TV to influence the minds of the average person is scary.

Ertugrul is the first true example I have seen of the opposite. Over the past two months, I have been amazed by how many good qualities my friends, family and myself have picked up from this show. Ertugrul is bursting with good examples of everything: parenting, respecting parents and elders, treatment of spouses, honoring guests and so much more. And it really amazes me at how fast people are picking up these good qualities from watching this show.

Just imagine, two months of watching a Muslim TV series influenced some people so positively, imagine a generation raised on such wholesome media!

2. There is room for Historical Fiction in the Muslim world

I love fiction and believe it to be an extremely powerful tool for motivating people. A lot of people’s minds are captured by fictional stories. And they are influenced by these stories, whether they realize it or not.

However, the Muslim world has mixed opinions on fiction. There are Muslims who consider fiction completely Haraam and a waste of time. I know this, because such people gave me a hard time about my latest book ‘Ahmad Climbs A Mountain” which is fictional.

But there are also many others who appreciate a beneficial fictional story and realize there isn’t anything Haraam about it.

Ertugrul is historical fiction. Meaning that although it is based on history, with Ertugrul, Sulaiman Shah, Ibn Arabi, etc. all being real people from our history. The core story-lines are fictional to create an exciting Action-Adventure series.

And despite this, people have been very accepting of the show. In fact, I am yet to find Muslims bashing it for being fictional. This shows that there is room for more historical fiction in the Muslim world. Which gives me courage to finally work on some ideas I’ve been keeping locked away for the past few years. ūüėČ

3. We really need our own media

It has become extremely difficult for Muslims families to find wholesome programs to watch. Almost every modern-day show promotes the liberal agenda and tries to force the LGBT agenda upon viewers. Now, more than ever, we need to invest in Muslim media.

Ertugrul is a great first step in the right direction. It is proof that Muslims can produce high quality exciting TV series that are grounded in Islamic culture and beliefs. Ertugrul clearly shows what we are capable of producing and that there is a demand for such products.

Now we need more companies to follow in its footsteps and produce more awesomeness. We know that the average person’s beliefs and views are shaped by the media they view. So we really need to invest in and produce our own awesome media.

My hope is that this will lead to a generation of Muslims that will grow up on Muslim media. And as a result, they will be proud of their Muslim heritage and culture. Such a generation could really make a different is revitalizing Islam in their countries.

4. Dignity, Honor and Respect are beautiful but forgotten aspects of Muslim culture

We don’t talk about these topics enough, and as a result we live in a time when the Muslim world lacks honor, dignity and respect. This show is proof that the best way to teach these qualities is not through talking, rather it is through demonstrating.

In this show, we see so many beautiful examples of men and women who are honorable, dignified and respectful to each other. When you see characters like Hayme and Ertugrul, you actual feel respect for them because of the way they carry themselves. It is really something that needs to be seen to be understood.

In an era in which people are confused about gender, Ertugrul teaches us that when men are real men, and women are real women, people will love and respect them. There is no need to try to be like the opposite gender. If you want respect, be true to the teachings of Islam.

If for no other reason, I would love for more people to watch this show just to observe the manners, dignity and respect the characters carry themselves with. I hope that through repeated viewings of such beautiful manners, we will all start to mimic their behavior, and revive these Sunnahs in our lives.

Your Thoughts

So there you have it, four things I learned from watching Season 1 of Ertugrul. Share your lessons in the comments below!

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70 Facts About 70 Sahaba


Virtues of the Sahaba

Definition of Sahaba: Anybody who met the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), believed in him and died a believer.

“Allah looked into the hearts of His slaves, and He saw that the heart of Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the best of people‚Äôs hearts, so He chose him for Himself and sent him with His message. Then He looked into the hearts of His slaves after the heart of Muhammad, and He found that the hearts of his Sahaba (companions) were the best of people‚Äôs hearts, so He made them the supporters of His Prophet, who fought for His religion. So whatever they¬†think is good, is good before Allah, and whatever they think is bad, is bad before Allah.” (Abdullah Ibn Masood)

The Sahaba were the first and best generation of Muslims. We need to learn about them, love them, and emulate them. To help you learn more about the Sahaba, here is a short list of 70 amazing facts about 70 Sahaba.

NOTE: I did not write (RA) after each Sahabi’s name, as¬†it is recommended to say it but not obligatory to write it. (RA) is short for Radi Allahu Anhu/haa/hum which means ‘May Allah¬†be pleased with him/her/them’.

The Rightly Guided Caliphs: (The four Great Sahaba who ruled after the Prophet)

  1. Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq – He was the Prophet’s (pbuh) chosen companion for the Hijrah. (Migration To Madinah)
  2. Umar Ibn Al-Khattab – During his reign, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Egypt all became part of the Muslim Empire.
  3. Uthman Ibn Affan – He was considered the most modest of the Sahaba and even the angels would feel shy around him.
  4. Ali Ibn Abi Talib – He grew up in the Prophet’s (pbuh) home and accepted Islam when he was ten years old.

The Early Converts: (Those who converted before the Hijrah)

  1. Zaid Ibn Haritha РHe chose to live with the Prophet (pbuh) over his own father.
  2. Khadija Bint Khuwailid – She was the Prophet’s first wife and the first believer too.
  3. Fathima Bint Asad – She was the wife of Abu Talib and raised the Prophet (pbuh) after his grandfather passed away.
  4. Safiyya Bint Abdul Mutallib – She was the Prophet’s (pbuh) aunt and mother of Zubair Ibn Al-Awwam
  5. Abu Ubaidah Ibn Al-Jarrah – He was known as the trustworthy man of this ummah and was chosen to lead the Muslim armies by Umar Ibn Al-Khattab.
  6. Abu Dharr Al-Ghifaari – He was not from Makkah but went to Makkah in search of the Prophet (pbuh) and became an early convert.
  7. Zubair Ibn Al-Awwam – He was the first person to draw his sword in defense of Islam.
  8. Bilal Ibn Rabaa – He was an African slave who was freed and became the first Mu’addhin.
  9. Talha Ibn Ubaidullah – He was known as the living martyr due the number of injuries he sustained at Uhud.
  10. Sad Ibn Abi Waqqas – He was one of the blessed ten and the last of them to pass away.
  11. Fathima Bint Al-Khattab – She was the sister of Umar and converted to Islam before him.
  12. Zaid Ibn Al-Khattab – He was the elder brother of Umar, converted to Islam before him, and was martyred at Yamama.
  13. Abdur Rahman Ibn Awf – He was the wealthiest Sahabi and was extremely generous. He was also one of the blessed ten.
  14. Khabbab Ibnt Arrat – He was an early convert who endured the worst torture for the sake of Islam.
  15. Saeed Ibn Zaid – He was one of the blessed ten, husband of Fathima Bint Khattab and the son of the famous Zaid Ibn Amr Ibn Nufail. (look him up)
  16. Sumayya bint Khayyat РShe was the first martyr to die for Islam. She was killed by Abu Jahl.
  17. Yasir Ibn Amir – Husband of Sumayya, he was the first male martyr to die for Islam. Also killed by Abu Jahl.
  18. Ammar Ibn Yasir – The son of Yasir Ibn Amir. He lived a long life and died during the civil war.
  19. Mus’ab Ibn Umair – He was the first person to be sent out of Makkah on an¬†official mission of Dawah, and was responsible for the Dawah spreading through Madinah.
  20. Abu Hudhaifah Ibn Utbah – He was an early convert to Islam who was martyred at Yamama.
  21. Salim Mawla Abi Hudhaifah РHe was the slave of Abu Hudhaifa, who freed him and adopted him. They died together in Yamama,
  22. Hamza Ibn Abdul Mutallib -He was the uncle of the Prophet (pbuh). He was martyred at Uhud.

The Ansar of Madinah: (The helpers, the Sahaba from Madinah)

  1. Sa’d Ibn Muadh – He was the leader of the Aus tribe, and was martyred after the Battle of the Trench.
  2. Sa’d Ibn Ubadah – He was the leader of the Khazraj tribe, and was appointed as the leader of the Ansaar.
  3. Abdullah Ibn Rawaaha – He was the poet who defended Islam with his words. He was martyred at Mut’ah.
  4. Umm Sulaim Ar-Rumaysa – When Abu Talha wanted to marry her, she asked him to convert to Islam and his conversion would suffice as her Mahr (wedding gift).
  5. Anas Ibn Malik – The son of Umm Sulaim, he served the Prophet (pbuh) for ten years and never encountered a bad word from him.
  6. Al-Baraa Ibn Malik – Another son of Umm Sulaim, he was a brave warrior responsible for the victory at Yamama.
  7. Abdullah Ibn Salaam – He was a Jewish Rabbi who converted to Islam.
  8. Salmaan Al-Farsee – He was a Persian who traveled in search of the truth. His travels brought him to Madinah and Islam.
  9. Abu Darda – He was known for his dislike for this world and love of the late night prayer.
  10. Abu Dujana – He was a brave warrior who was given the Prophet’s (pbuh) sword.
  11. Umm Haram Bint Milhan – The Prophet (pbuh) prophecized that she would sail with the first Muslim navy. She did so and was buried in Cyprus.

The Late Converts: (Those who converted in the last five years of the Prophet’s life)

  1. Khalid Ibn Waleed – He was known as the sword of Allah and was undefeated in battle.
  2. Amr Ibn Al-Aas – He was a well-spoken diplomat and was responsible for the conquest of Egypt.
  3. Abu Sufyan – He fought against Islam most of his life, eventually converted and from his progeny came the first Muslim dynasty.
  4. Hind Bint Utbah – The wife of Abu Sufyan, and the mother of the first Muslim King, Muawiyah.
  5. Wahshi – He was a freed slave who was responsible for killing Hamza before becoming a Muslim, and accredited with killing the false prophet Musaylama after converting.
  6. Uthman Ibn Talha – He was responsible for the keys of the Kabah and this responsibility remains with his descendants until today.
  7. Ikrimah Ibn Abi Hakam – He was the son of Abu Jahl, and died a martyr at Yarmook.
  8. Safwan Ibn Umayyah – He was the son of Umayyah Ibn Khalaf and only converted to Islam after the battle of Hunayn.
  9. Suhail Ibn Amr – He was a dynamic speaker and initially a staunch enemy of Islam. He expressed great regret at accepting Islam so late, and made up for it in Jihad.
  10. Abu Hurairah – He converted to Islam three years before the Prophet (pbuh) passed away, yet narrated more Hadiths than any other Sahabi.
  11. Muawiyah Ibn Abi Sufyan – He was the first Muslim king and founder of the Umayyad Dynasty.
  12. Yazeed Ibn Abi Sufyan – He was the elder brother of Muawiyah and considered more righteous than him.
  13. Abbas Ibn Abdul Mutallib – He was the uncle of the Prophet (pbuh) and is considered the last person to make Hijrah to Madinah.

The Prophet’s Wives: (Khadija was already mentioned earlier)

  1. Aisha Bint Abi Bakr – She narrated more Hadiths than any other woman and was a great scholar of Islam.
  2. Sauda Bint Zam’ah – She was the second woman that the Prophet (pbuh) married and helped raise his daughters.
  3. Hafsa Bint Umar – She was the daughter of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab and the custodian of the Qur’an.
  4. Zainab Bint Jahsh – She was the Prophet’s cousin and married to him through Surah Al-Ahzaab. She was known for her generosity.
  5. Safiyyah Bint Huyay РShe was the daughter of a Jewish Chief, and a descendant of Prophet Harun (AS).
  6. Juwairiyyah Bint Al-Harith РShe was known for spending most of her time in Salah and Dhikr.
  7. Zainab Bint Khuzayma – She was known for her generosity and passed away two years after marrying the Prophet (pbuh).
  8. Maymuna Bint Al-Harith – She was the last woman that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) married.
  9. Umm Habiba Bint Abi Sufyan – She was one of those who migrated to both Abyssinia and later Madinah.
  10. Umm Salama – She was known for her wisdom and knowledge. She narrated many important Hadiths.

The Prophet’s Family and Relatives:

  1. Fathima – She is the leader of the women of Paradise.
  2. Zainab – She was the Prophet’s eldest daughter and passed away during his lifetime.
  3. Ruqayya – She was married to Uthman Ibn Affan and passed away around the same time as the Battle of Badr.
  4. Umm Khulthoom – She married Uthman Ibn Affan after her sister passed away. She also passed away during the Prophet’s lifetime.
  5. Hassan Ibn Ali – He was responsible for ending the first civil war and reuniting the ummah.
  6. Hussain Ibn Ali РHe was known for his courage in standing up for what he believed in. He was martyred at Karbala.
  7. Fadhl Ibn Abbas – He was the Prophet’s (pbuh) cousin and assisted in his burial.
  8. Abdullah Ibn Abbas – He was the younger brother of Fadhl and is known as the greatest authority on Tafseer.
  9. Jafar Ibn Abi Talib -He was the Prophet’s (pbuh) cousin, and represented¬†the immigrants to Abyssinia in the court of¬†the King of Abyssinia.
  10. Usamah Ibn Zaid – He was the son of Zaid Ibn Haritha and the Prophet (pbuh) appointed him as a leader when he was still a teenager.


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