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America and the Caliphate: Past & Present

In the International arena today, America continues to project itself as the lone unrivaled global power. Despite its ailments and suffering economy, and the setbacks in its decade long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it continues to lay claim as a superpower.  In the past few years, America has opened new war fronts. From the escalations in Somalia, Drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, and assault on Libya, America has either ventured alone, or with its NATO allies. The Muslim world is engulfed in this imperialist storm. In spite of the enormous resources, the Muslim world has witnessed turmoil in her lands, as a result of her rulers sheepishly giving into the demands of the US.  This is the grim reality of the Muslim lands with respect to the US at present. It’s a well established fact, that historically Muslims had been a major world power for centuries, under the Caliphate. Much has been written and known about the glorious era of Muslims under the Caliphate. The centers of learning

Striving for Laylatul Qadr

  Tafsir  al-Qadr : 1-5 إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ (1) وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ (2) لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ (3) تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ مِنْ كُلِّ أَمْرٍ (4) سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّى مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ (5) (1)We have indeed revealed This ( Quran) In the night of power:  (2) and what will explain to Thee what the night of power is?  (3) The night of power is better than a thousand months. (4) Therein come down the angels and the spirit by Allah ’s permission, on every errand:  (5) Peace!…This until the rise of morn! ( Al Qadr : 1-5). In the Quran , this surah is the 97th. There are some differences of opinion regarding the status of this surah that consists of 5 ayah. Some mufassirs such as Ibn ‘Abbas, Ibn Marduyah, Ibn al-Zubair, and ‘Aisha, classified this surah as Makiyyah. [1]  While some others classified it as Madaniyyah. Some of the latter are al-Waqidi, who said that this surah was first rev