Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Philosopher

While many personalities in Islamic history are respected as “polymaths” for their contributions to many different fields of knowledge and culture, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is one of the very few Muslims to be described as such today. Dr. Nasr was born in Tehran, Iran in 1933 into a prestigious family of physicians and scholars. [...]

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Philosopher 2017-10-02T15:52:20+00:00

Dalia Mogahed: Scholar and Activist

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Washington, D.C. based Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), an organization which studies American Muslim community development and engagement with the broader public. From 2006 to 2012, Mogahed served as an executive director of the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies, a think-tank dedicated to studying [...]

Dalia Mogahed: Scholar and Activist 2017-09-20T17:48:18+00:00

Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi: Mathematician

Born in the late 8th century and living primarily in Baghdad, Al-Khwarizmi was one of the most influential mathematicians of all time. His work was revolutionary and provided a new approach to mathematics shifting emphasis from geometrical to algebraic representations. He was the one who invented the notion of “a thing” or more commonly known [...]

Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi: Mathematician 2017-09-08T16:11:47+00:00

Fatima Al-Fihri: Founder of the Oldest University in the World

Fatima Al-Fihri emigrated from present-day Tunisia to Fez, Morocco with her family in the early 9th century. Fatima and her sister Mariam were well-educated and wealthy women who wanted to use their wealth for the benefit of their community. In 859 CE, Fatima established the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and the University of Al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest university in [...]

Fatima Al-Fihri: Founder of the Oldest University in the World 2017-08-24T17:01:15+00:00

Muhammad Ali: Boxer

Named the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC, the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated and Fighter of the Year six times by Ring Magazine, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) will always be regarded as one of the world's greatest boxers. Celebrated not only for his athletic skills, his legendary stature continues [...]

Muhammad Ali: Boxer 2017-08-14T23:37:21+00:00

Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi: Physician

Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi was a physician born in al-Ray near Tehran (modern day Iran) in 251 H/ 865 CE. Among his many enduring and fundamental contributions, he was the first physician to detail the symptoms and signs of smallpox and measles and was a pioneer in the use of experimental medicine. Two of his [...]

Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi: Physician 2017-07-24T15:11:09+00:00

Salman Khan: Educator

Bill Gates, Google and AT&T recognize him as a hero. His organization has revolutionized the way education is spread across borders and to the masses, free of any cost to the student. With the mission to 'provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere', Khan Academy was founded by Salman Khan - a hero to the [...]

Salman Khan: Educator 2017-06-29T08:51:29+00:00

Ismail Al-Jazari: Master Engineer and Father of Robotics

Ismail al-Jazari was a famous engineer and craftsman who was a master in automata and mechanical inventions. Born in 1136 CE, Al-Jazari would go on to become the chief engineer for the Turkish Artuqid Dynasty. In his book “A Compendium on the Theory and Useful Practice of the Mechanical Arts”, he describes in detail 50 [...]

Ismail Al-Jazari: Master Engineer and Father of Robotics 2017-06-18T23:16:52+00:00