Qutubuddin Aibak (d 1210) was a Turkic slave who hailed from Central Asia, lived in Iran and Afghanistan (as a slave) and then ruled large areas of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (as a 'Sultan'). He died in Lahore (Pakistan) and was buried here. Today his legacy is hiding from the public eye the way his tomb hides in a congested neighborhood of Lahore. So who was this 'slave turned Sultan' and what effect did his and his succeeding Turkic-Persian dynasties have on the Indian subcontinent (present day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh)? How does this form a historical link between the Indian subcontinent Central Asia and the modern state of Turkey? Click on the picture to find out more!
It's been 19 years since the esteemed Islamic scholar, historian, and literate, Maulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi, passed away (on 31st December 1999). The variety and extent of his contributions is mesmerizing to say the least! Today, he is still remembered due to his services and, particularly, through his writings which haven been translated in various languages. This article is a brief obituary in his remembrance; click on the picture above and read it through!
What is Sufism all about? To what extent is it related to Islam? Is it a distinct sect among the Muslims? What are some its core teachings? This post attempts to briefly answer these questions. Click on the picture to read it out!
Haji Abdul Wahhab (1922-2018) was a pioneer in the global 'Tablighi Jamat' Movement. Upon his recent demise, his funeral was attended by thousands and messages of condolences spread throughout the world. Haji Abdul Wahhab’s name had remained at the top in the list of ‘500 influential Muslims’ since many years. So who was he and what made him so popular? Click on the picture to find out!
'Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth' has become a hot title penned by the renowned American historian, Audrey Truschke. While most scholars and people have applauded her work, some have resorted to denial and hateful attacks on her. The reason for this contention is the personality around whom the book revolves - the Mughal Emperor of India, Aurangzeb Alamgir (d 1707). So what prompted Audrey to write this book and what makes it different? Click on the picture to read my review!
Since the advent of the British colonialists in the Indian subcontinent, the Muslims of this region (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) have largely remained divided in the camps of conservatives (termed 'Mullahs') and liberals (called 'Misters' in archaic terms). Recently, the case of Asia Bibi in Pakistan became typical manifestation and a hotbed for this century old divide. How should we approach such matters as a nation? Click on the picture to read my opinion!