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Imam 'Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak (q.s.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following article is about Imam 'Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak (q.s.), a renowned Khurasani scholar from Qadhi ‘Iyadh’s (r.a.) Tardzib al-Madarik as translated by Shaykha Aisha Bewley.
He was the client of the Banu Tamim, then the Banu Hanifah.  His kunya was Abu ‘Abd ar-Rahman.  He listened to Imam ibn Abi Layla (r.a.), Imam Hisham ibn ‘Urwah (r.a.), Imam al-A’amash (r.a.), Imam Sulayman at-Tamimi (r.a.), Imam Humayd at-Ta’wil (r.a.), Imam Yahya ibn Sa’id (r.a.), Shaykh ibn ‘Awn (r.a.), Imam Musa ibn ‘Uqbah (r.a.), the two Sufyans: Imam al-Awza’i (r.a.) and Imam ibn Abi Dzib (r.a.), Imam Malik (r.a.), Imam Ma’mar (r.a.), Imam Shu’ba’ (r.a.), and Imam Haywa ibn Shurayh (r.a.), and he studied with Imam Abu ‘Amr ibn al-A’ala' (r.a.), Imam al-Layts (r.a.) and others.  Imam ibn Mahdi (r.a.), Imam ‘Abd ar-Razzaq (r.a.), Imam Yahya ibn al-Qaththan (r.a.), Imam ibn Wahb (r.a.) and others related from him.
Imam ibn Wahb (r.a.) said, “ibn al-Mubarak lis…

The Jihad of Imam Shamyl (q.s.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is taken from The Jihad of Imam Shamyl (q.s.) by Ustadz Kerim Fenari.
The Chechen people’s desperate struggle for freedom has taken many Muslims by surprise.  As with Bosnia three years ago, the very existence of this Muslim country was unknown to many in our community.  But now, as the savage hordes of Tsar Boris the First pour down from the barbarian lands of the north to bring fire and the sword to the Chechens, it is worth remembering that the Caucasus has always been the graveyard of Christian invaders and the birthplace of Muslim heroes whose names still resound in the forests and valleys of that most romantic of all mountain lands.
The Caucasus, a sheer rampart which divides Europe from Asia, is like no other mountain range on earth.  The highest peaks in Europe are here, compared to which the Alps seem like the merest pimples.  Stretching for 650 miles from the Caspian to the Black Sea, their average height is over 10,000 feet. …