Muhammad Hamidullah

Muhammad Hamidullah is a name that too few people are familiar with, considering his incredible accomplishments. Born in Hyderabad (in British-ruled India) in 1908, he memorized the Qur’an and completed his traditional education at Dar ul-‘Ulum and Nizam College before pursuing an MA and LLB from Osmania University. At this point, Hamidullah moved to Bonn [...]

Muhammad Hamidullah2018-07-14T12:00:59-04:00

Al Hassan ibn Haytham

Ibn Al-Haytham, made major contributions to the fields of optics, mathematics, and physics. Born in Basra, Iraq, in 354 AH (965 CE) Al-Haytham rose in prominence as an acclaimed scientist before being invited by the Fatimid Caliph to Cairo, Egypt where he spent the remainder of his days. In his book “Kitab al-Manazir (The Book [...]

Al Hassan ibn Haytham2018-04-03T18:42:35-04:00

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Professional Basketball player

Very few Muslims have excelled in their line of work like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has. Born as Lew Alcindor in 1947, his exceptional height and skill allowed him to dominate on the basketball court from a young age. He led his New York City high school team to a 71-game winning streak and a championship. In [...]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Professional Basketball player2018-03-11T13:56:29-04:00

Nana Asma‘u: Writer and Social Activist

Few women in African or Islamic history have been as celebrated as Nana Asma’u. Born in 1793, she was the daughter of Shaykh Uthman ibn Muhammad Fodiye (sometimes spelled Usman dan Fodio), an Islamic reformer and leader of the Sokoto Caliphate in what is today northern Nigeria. Nana Asma’u received the best education available to [...]

Nana Asma‘u: Writer and Social Activist2018-01-17T16:40:05-04:00

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: Philosopher2017-10-02T15:52:20-04:00

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 Activist2017-09-20T17:48:18-04:00

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: Mathematician2017-09-08T16:11:47-04:00

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 World2017-08-24T17:01:15-04:00

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: Boxer2017-08-14T23:37:21-04:00