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Whilst the rest of the world saw the African continent as a place of darkness and plunder, it was Islam that saw it as a safe haven, a place of promise and a place from where emanated some of our greatest heroes and legends.

Luqman (alayhis salam) is a well-known sage, whose advice to his son has been mentioned in the Noble Qur'an. Luqman's advice contains rare wisdom. The Qur’ân contains ten precious advices Luqman offered his beloved son.

Luqman’s (AS) full name was Luqman bin Anqa bin Sadun and his sons name was Tharan. Luqman was a wise and righteous man of African descent and was a distinguished man among his people. He was either from the area of Ethophia (Habshah), Nuba (south of Egypt) or Sudan. He was believed to live during the time of Prophet Dawood (AS). An entire chapter of the Quran is named after this great personality viz. Surah Luqman-Chapter 31.

A young Abyssinian girl ended up for sale in Makkah. There were many like her, boys and girls, Arabs and non-Arabs, who were captured and brought to the slave market of the city to be sold.

A terrible fate awaited some who ended up in the hands of cruel masters or mistresses who exploited their labor to the full and treated them with the utmost harshness. A few in that inhuman environment were rather more fortunate. They were taken into the homes of more gentle and caring people.

Islām is a way of life, which guides and assists mankind through every situation. For dealing with moments of grief too, Allāh ta'ālā has conveyed instructions through His Messenger sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam. There can be few instances that cause greater grief than the death of a loved one. Following the instructions brought by Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam will help lessen the grief and sorrow of the bereaved immensely, and make those who console them worthy of great reward. This is done through the Sunnah of ta'ziyah.

It is natural anthropological law that some people have more wealth than others. Likewise, some people are stronger and others are weak, some are well informed and others are less informed, etc.

Don’t give me a scissors, give me a needle!”

Sultanul-Awliya, Hazrat Nizamuddin Awliya (R) is among the most renowned and revered saints of India. A huge railway station, the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, and an entire colony is named after him in New Delhi, referred to as the Hazrat Nizamuddin colony.

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