Islam and Politics: Crash Course World History 216

In which John Green teaches you about how Islam has interacted with politics during it’s history, and how it continues to do so today. Islamist movements are in the news a lot lately, but how did that happen. John will point out that Islam has alway been tied to political movements. Mohammed was not only a religious leader, he led an empire. So how did this lead to modern movements like ISIS? Islam has traditionally been a pretty egalitarian religion, and its scriptures value peace, so it is surprising in a lot of ways that such a violent fundamentalist movement would come out of it. What is a caliphate? What is a Caliph? John will teach you all about it. Take it easy in the comments, y’all. Be kind and respectful to each other.

Fall in Love with the Real Thing


In another ayah, God says:

“But you prefer the worldly life, while the Hereafter is better and more enduring.” (87:16-17)

The Real version is better in quality (خَيْرٌ) and better in quantity (أَبْقَىٰ). No matter how great what we love in this life is, it will always have some deficiency, in both quality (imperfections) and quantity (temporary).

This is not to say that we cannot have or even love things of this life. As believers we are told to ask for good in this life and the next. But it is like the toy car and the real car. While we could have or even enjoy the toy car, we realize the difference. We understand fully that there is a lesser model (dunya: coming from the root word ‘daniya’, meaning ‘lower’) and there is the Real model (hereafter).

~ Yasmin Mogahed

A Christian Holocaust is in our mist. We are actually calling this a Christian genocide… Day by day, it is getting worse and worse. More children are being beheaded. Mothers are being raped and killed. Fathers are being hung. Right now, 300,000 Christians are fleeing Iraq and living in neighboring cities.
—  Mark Arabo, national spokesman for “Ending Genocide in Iraq,” spoke with CNN about the decimation of the Christian community by ISIS in Iraq.

One of the most best sayings that Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu that hits me so bad whenever i stumble upon it. 

If we go into and read the wise words of the four caliphs namely, Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthmaan and ‘Ali Radiyallahu Anhum each one of them had a mention of the love and the firmness of their stand on following the sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wassalaam. 

It goes into that thought of that the sahabah radiyallahu anhum used do a sunnah because it is a sunnah but nowadays we just leave it because it’s just a sunnah. Do we even know how beautiful it is to follow the sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wassalaam, what benefit we get from it?

It’s just sad how when nowadays some of us when we face such discrimination from other people, hearing people talk ill of us, telling us we are weird the next day we change our minds and let go of the sunnah that we are trying to revive, why? because we let ourselves become a slave of the dunya.

I hear a lot of people, i read a lot of statuses of people saying, i am a follower of the sunnah, yet they cannot with themselves be firm on what they say.

It is a sunnah that we read Sura Al Kahf during Jumu’ah, yet some can’t even read 5 verses from it?

It is a sunnah that before we eat we say Bismillah, but do we really say it?

It is a sunnah that we should say Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu before we enter our houses, but do we?

Some of these simple things from the sunnah are left behind because most of us are too occupied with the luxuries of life.

Let me remind you that these people (the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum), were presecuted because they were standing firm to what they believe in, because before they did such acts, they understood what is the importance and the benefit it has for them. Are we even willing to go unto such hardship that they went through?

Most of us leave a sunnah, or forget a sunnah or just neglect a sunnah because we do not bother to ask why it is a sunnah. We fail to realize the benefit from it, and we fail to understand that believers are indeed strangers. 

So before we decide to leave a sunnah because we just want it, why not read up a bit about it? 

Let me tell you, you read a couple of lines about something in relation to the sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu allaihi wassalaam and Islam the next thing you know you’re too drown to the grandeur of it that you just want to do it. Believe me.

My brothers and sisters in Islam, we should not let the sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu allaihi wassalaam fade in time. The teachings and values taught by our beloved Prophet sallallahu allaihi wassalaam should be given of importance, to be valued and to be practiced as well.

So please lets take time reading about the benefits of our actions in accordance to the sunnah, let us revive it. in sha Allaah. Let us become better followers, let us emulate the sahabah upon their obedience to the Prophet Sallallahu Allaihi wassalaam and their love for Allaah subhanahu wa’a Tala.

You may struggle now, but isn’t Jannah worth it? isn’t seeing Allaah worth it?

So will you forsake the sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu allaihi wassalaam just because someone disagrees with what you do? 


And we pray that Allaah puts in our hearts the love for His Messenger Sallallahu Allaihi wassalaam that we become true followers of the sunnah so we can do better our obligations to sha Allaah.




Saying of Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu
Fath Al-Baari, 2/421