Weekly Blog

Social Etiquette
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | July 18, 2016 The Quran has given certain injunctions that ensure harmonious social living. One injunction of this kind is set forth in the following verses: Believers, do not enter other people’s houses until you have asked their owners permission and greeted them. That will be the better for you, so that you may be heedful. If you find no one at home, do not go in until permi...
Animals as Teachers
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | July 11, 2016 According to the Quran, Cain and Abel were the first sons of Adam and Eve. There arose a controversy between the two brothers, and Cain killed Abel. One part of this story is narrated in the Quran: “When they both presented an offering, it was accepted from one of them and not from the other. The latter said, ‘I shall kill you!’ The former said, ‘God accepts [t...
Education Matters
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | July 04, 2016  The first divine revelation received by the prophet of Islam was, “Read! In the name of your Lord, who created … who taught by the pen, taught man what he did not know (96:1-5). According to a tradition, one night in the year 610 AD, the Prophet of Islam was secluded in the cave of Mount Hira. Suddenly the angel Gabriel appeared and said, “O Muhammad, read!” Pro...
The Way of the Faithful
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | June 27, 2016 Once two of the Prophet’s compan­ions, Abu Bakr and Umar, raised their voices in the presence of the Prophet. It happened that when a delegation of the Banu Tamim had come to Medinah Abu Bakr said that Alqaqa should be made their leader, whereas Umar was of the view that Alaqra bin Habis was a better choice. Both stuck to their opinion, whereupon they began to arg...
An Unconquerable Force
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | June 20, 2016 Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) lived for some time in Spain. But in 1400, when, Timur, along with other barbaric Tartar tribes, besieged Damascus, Ibn Khaldun was also present in the city. During the siege, negotiations took place between Timur and the people of Damascus. At that juncture Timur expressed his desire to see Ibn Khaldun, who had, by that time, earned a reput...