Questions tagged [history]

History pertaining to Islam, it's origin, spreading of Islam and others.

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Where was the first wall put inside a Mosque?

For example, there is no wall separating men and women around the Kaba which is the Grand Mosque. Every where else that I know of, except for one in Denmark, has a wall separating men and women. ...
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Does Qur'an 7:133 imply there were five plagues of Egypt?

Christianity describes ten plagues of Egypt: (a) water into blood, (b) frogs, (c) lice, (d) mixture of wild animals or flies, (e) diseased livestock, (f) boils, (g) thunderstorm of hail and fire, (h) ...
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In mainstream Sunni Islam, when was the last time a slave was legally recognized?

In a fatwa by Dr. Hatem al-Haj of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, we see: Islam restricted the tributaries of slavery and widened the out channels, which ultimately depleted the entire ...
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What books other than his sahih imam Muslim has written?

What books other than his sahih imam Muslim has written and which of those has reached us (Examples should be sufficient if exist)? When we look at the relief of his teacher imam al-Bukhari we find ...
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Did Muslim actually quote a hadith from his teacher al-Bukhari in his sahih?

It is well known that Muslim ibn al-Hajaj was one of the students of imam al-Bukhari. But did he actually quote in his sahih any hadith which he directly heard from al-Bukhari? The point is that ...
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Is (or was) there a school of Islam that accepts both Sunni and Shia hadiths?

I am asking if such a movement ever appeared, that would consider as authentic a hadith if it is considered authentic by either Sunni or Shia Muslims. In other words, the set of hadiths they consider ...
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Why were the Sunni Imams of fiqh made imams and nobody else?

How come the Sunni Imams of fiqh were made imam and nobody else? And similarly who decided credibility of muhadetheen.
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Did women create a space between their teeth to look beautiful in the Prophet's time?

Regarding the hadith: Allah has cursed those women who practise tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed, and those who remove their face hairs, and those who create a space between their ...
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Did any sect/denomation ascribe divinity to a person?

Did any sect/denomination ascribe divinity to a person in the history of Islam ? If yes, what sect/denomination and who was the person? Also what were their basis for that ?
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Why did the Prophet go back to Madina after conquest of Makkah?

Why did Prophet Muhammed (SAW) go back to Madina after conquest of Makkah? Was it an order from Allah or a personal preference?
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Who claimed that “and planned that which they were not to attain” (9:74) refers to abu Sufyan and his son Mu'awiyah?

Allah () said in surat at-Tawba: They swear by Allah that they did not say [anything against the Prophet] while they had said the word of disbelief and disbelieved after their [pretense of] Islam ...
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Why is prophet Muhammad different from other prophets and why this makes him so important?

Why is prophet Muhammad different from other prophets and why does this make him so important?
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Why was Quran not compiled at the time of the Prophet?

In the holy Quran, Quran is mentioned numerous time as the book It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; (3:7) In the last sermon of the prophet, the prophet said I leave ...
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Was prophet Noah (PBUH) a prophet for Indian people?

I have just read a post (Lost Prophets of Hinduism and India) and there are several scriptures in Hinduism which talk about the great flood (as mentioned in Quran and Injeel) and story is almost same ...
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History Book on The Effect of Islam on Western Civilization

What books are there with respect to early Muslim scholars' works and their effect on Western civilization? I would prefer easy to read not too technical books.
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Did Muhammad bin idrees ash shafaee make such a statement?

Did ash shafaee say imam layth bin saad is better imam than imam malik? If imam layth bin saad is better than imam malik why don't we have laythi school of jurisprudence?
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Did Muhammad torture anyone to get info?

According this wikipedia Article Kenana ibn al-Rabi was tortured by Muhammad to reveal where his treasure is? Why can't Muhammad just ask God or Gabriel where the treasure is? If it's not true, ...
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Did our Prophet Prophet Muhammad (SAW) (PBUH) know the earth was round? [closed]

Narrated Salim's father (i.e. `Abdullah): The Prophet said, "Whoever takes a piece of the land of others unjustly, he will sink down the seven earths on the Day of Resurrection." Sahih Bukhari 3:43:...
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What is behind the statement “Where it not 'Iyad the Maghrib would be unknown”?

There's a famous quote around al-Qadi 'Iyad القاضي عياض بن موسى, which is often mentioned: لولا عياض لما عُرف المغرب or لولا عياض ما عرف المغرب Which one may translate: Where it not 'Iyad the ...
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How accurate are these statements about the naming of Safina?

The Muslim historian, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, has recorded the following Mahran was renamed (by Muhammad) Safina (i.e. ship). He himself relates his own story. He says, “The apostle of God and his ...
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Authenticity of a story about Imaam Abu Hanifa debating a Roman

There's a message circulating around about Imaam Abu hanifah (rahimahullaah) saying that he debated a Roman. Here's the message: There was once an occasion when a Roman asked three questions to ...
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Earliest record of opposition towards Mawlid

As far as I've researched, the earliest record of yearly Mawlid of Nabi SAW (between 12-17 Rabi Ul Awwal) is during the 1100s initiated by the fatimids [1]. What I want to know is when they started ...
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What was Ramadan and fasting in Islam before the time of Muhammad ﷺ?

I want to know the status and significance of Ramadan and sawm before the time of Muhammad ﷺ. For example, in one hadeeth (reported by Wathilah ibn al-Asq’a): The Prophet (peace and blessings of ...
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Different versions of Arabic Qur'an

Tanzil.net writes: The Medina Mushaf ... publishes the holy quran according to three famous narration, i.e., Hafs, Warsh, and Ad-Duriyy. The Quran text provided by Tanzil is based on the Medina ...
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Was Idris 1 a Sunni or Shi’a?

Idris 1, founder of Al Maghreb (Morocco) and it’s Islamization. He fleed Arabia during the Abbasid Era when his brothers’ Alid rebellion failed and were killed. According to this article in ...
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When did converts to Islam start being called “reverts”?

I've seen a few related explanations behind the motivation behind using the word "revert" to mean "convert", e.g., ...we are all born as Muslims; ...children are born with an innate sense of ...
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Why 9th rabi-ul-awwal is celebrated as ed-e-zehra?

I want to know ,what is the significance of 9th Rabi-ul-awwal ? Shia believes that on this day Mukhtar-al-Saqafi had send the heads of the killer's of imam Hussein to his family, after looking at ...
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In 16th Century, How Hajis were verified, whether he is Muslim or not?

In 15th and 16th Century, How Government of Arabia or caretakers of Mecca verify that; a person who dressed like Haji; is Muslim or non-Muslim?
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Origins of Taqlid

Who was the originator of the doctrine of Taqlid? Which school of thought,if any in particular,propounded it first? And the term"doors of ijtihad are closed",what are the origins of this later term as ...
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Why did Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) order the killing of Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf?

This question is inspired by this question: How should insults to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) be handled? Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: The Prophet said, "Who is ready to kill Ka'b bin Al-...
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What is the reason for praying 20 rakaats in taraweeh?

It is clear that our prophet(PBUH) prayed 8 rakaats for taraweeh. But, I saw most of the masjids having 20 rakaats for taraweeh. since, Umar(R.A) made the taraweeh to 20 rakaats. What is the reason ...
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Is castration permitted in Islam

I know that in the Ottoman Caliphet, the janissaries were castrated, so was castration permitted according to Sharia Law
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Was King David a Muslim?

Someone mentioned, in a comment on one of my previous questions, that Muslims believe that King David was a Muslim. Is this indeed the generally held belief across the Muslim world? How can this be? ...
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Why Tafriqa (division) In Islam?

Salam everyone, I have question to ask. When ALLAH s.w.t had ordered us that we should not make any kind of tafriqa (sectarianism/splitting) then why all the Muslims have made their tafriqas (sects) ...
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Did Prophet Muhammad really believe what he said is the word of God?

I want to make a disclaimer first. I am not a follower of Islam or any other religion for that matter. I like to maintain a neutral perspective. I've been reading this book No God but God by Reza ...
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Did Prophet Mohammed Kill Anyone in a battle?

Everyone knows Prophet Mohammed fought in battles. But did the Prophet Mohammed kill anyone with his own hand? Please give proper references, thanks.
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What did Mushrikeen think about who built the Kaaba?

The monotheists in Mecca always believed that the Kaaba was built by Prophet Ibrahim (a.). But what about the polytheists (mushrikeen) in the time of prophet Muhammad (s.) and shortly before him? ...
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Is idol destruction a form of religious intolerance?

I am writing an essay in which I have to tackle a very hard question which is "Why did Holy Prophet (PBUH) destroy the idols upon conquest of Mecca. Isn't this a form of religious intolerance and goes ...
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Is Islam the oldest religion?

I walked past a group preaching Islam on the street the other day and something they said piqued my interest. They were repeatedly describing Islam is the 'oldest' religion. I wanted to know more, ...
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Is there a book that presents the surahs of the Quran in chronological order with full description

Not being fluent in Arabic, I have to rely on English translations and latin transliterations for trying to understand and pronounce the Quran. I think alot of mine and other people's questions about ...
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Should Muslims study other cultures/religions in order to seek knowledge?

Islam has given great importance to the process of seeking knowledge. We (Muslims) believe that non muslims seeking knowledge is very important, as it is the key element to find and follow the right ...
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Did the Prophet pay spoils of war to Meccan leaders to gain their support?

Jonathan AC Brown, in his book "Misquoting Muhammad" mentions (p 97) that the Prophet distributed much of the spoils of war to Meccan elite in order to win their trust. He doesn't mention a source for ...
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Who are the contemporary Ar-Rum?

This is sort of a less thought and express subject these days and I would like to shed back some light on it. Today we have some people expressing different viewpoint within the Ummah on the subject ...
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Are there any documented sermons by Prophet Muhammad other than the last sermon?

Are there any documented sermons by Prophet Muhammad SAW other than the last sermon? Preferably full-sermons like khutbah of the Friday prayer or Eid Prayer and not snippets/gist of the khutbah.
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Was Mary the Copt married or a concubine to Prophet Muhammad (saw)?

I would like know the status of Mary the Copt was she a concubine or did she marry and become one of the wives of Prophet Muhammad (saw)? There seems to be conflicting views about this and I would ...
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Is it likely that the sana'a manuscript was an accepted reading of the Quran?

My question is a bit broad and opinion based so I think I first have to add some of my research and analyzes in order for you to answer. I am not looking for an absolute answer, but more a "good guess"...
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When was the Quran (that is written in French language) written for the first time? [closed]

I read in a introduction to the Coran I took at Ste-Foy public library, in the province of Quebec, in Canada, that it was not written for 200 years; after it was written on "banana leafs" and after on ...
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Did women in Arabian peninsula have “Hijab” before Islam?

I searched about but didn't find my answer and even asked some clergymen but no result! I know in the other religions women wore hijab like Jews but as we know in Arabian peninsula most people were ...
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Why did Umar (RA) forbid Mutah (temporary marriage) after the death of the prophet?

I heard that Umar(RA) forbid Mutah marriage after the death of the Prophet(PBUH) and Abu Baker. What were his reasons for doing so ? Looking for answers from Sunni authentic sources.
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What is meant by the Kunya name of the Prophet?

Hadith 110, from Sahih al-Bukhari is narrated by Abu Hurraira; and he had said: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Name yourselves with my name (use my name) but do not name yourselves with my Kunya name (i.e. ...