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2-19: Ali and Basra

Talhah and Zubair pledged allegiance to Ali ibn Abi Talib on the condition that he find and punish those responsible for murdering Uthman. But after several months, not much progress had been made.

In fact, many of those who were known opponents of Uthman, were now working with Ali. Because of this, many of the influential companions did support him.

One of those who did not support Ali was the Prophet's widow, Aisha. She had cobbled together a force with the intention of punishing Uthman's killers. Talhah and Zubair joined her, and before long, Aisha had almost 3000 men under her command.

But things quickly spiraled out of hand and Aisha found herself facing off against Ali ibn Abi Talib. This monumental battle would go down in history as one the most damaging and significant in Islamic history.

After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. You'll find various links, articles, and videos related to this episode.

The Show Notes are available at: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Camel

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • This week's book recommendation
  • Audio of one of my past khutbahs

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Direct download: 19.mp3
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2-18: Ali And Aisha

Ali's Caliphate was already in trouble.

The Umayyah clan was suspicious of him. Muawiyyah refused to acknowledge his leadership. There were gangs of bandits were roaming through Medina. And many companions refused to support him.

And to make things worse, Aisha, the Prophet's widow, was stirring things up in Mecca.

Aisha was outraged that Uthman's killers were still on the loose in Medina. She decided to take matters into her own hands. She rallied the people of Mecca and organized a group to find those responsible for killing Uthman.

These two figures, Ali and Aisha, are the most divisive figures in Islam. Sunni and Shiite both love and respect Ali, but the Shiites hold him to a much higher degree than Sunnis.

Aisha is a different story altogether. Sunni Muslims adore Aisha, but Shiites hate her. They accuse her of rebelling against Ali and attempting to overthrow him.

After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. You'll find various links, articles, and videos related to this episode.

The Show Notes are available at: IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Ali1

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • This week's book recommendation
  • Nasheed of the Week video
  • My recent khutbah

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

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Direct download: 18.mp3
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2-17: Uthman and Murder

For several years, there had been a low level of discontent in the Muslim empire. While most of the inhabitants were happy, there were a significant number who were not.

Caliph Uthman had already spoken to his governors to try to get a handle on what was happening. Though they had many ideas, no one came up with a decision to fix the problem.

So Uthman decided to hold another meeting, but this everyone was invited. He hoped to speak with the malcontents directly and see what was happening.

The meeting was successful in that Uthman was managed to defend his decisions and found out why so many people were disaffected. He even agreed to several of their demands.

Unfortunately, some of them would not be satisfied until Uthman was completely out of the picture.

There's more to this show than just this single episode. Visit the show notes page for more links, articles, and videos related to this episode.

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman5.

Here's some of what you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • Link to this week's book recommendation
  • Video to this week's favorite Nasheed

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

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Direct download: 17.mp3
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2-16: Uthman and the People

Many people mark the beginning of Uthman's troubles with the loss of the Prophet's rings.

But things really got bad for Uthman when he lost the support of the esteemed companion, Ammar ibn Yasir.

The antagonism against Uthman was growing in three main locations: Egypt, Kufah, and Basrah. The rest of the empire was calm and had no problems with his administration.

No matter how what Uthman did, he could not get to the bottom of their malcontent. These mysterious complaints against have led some to believe a nefarious individual was behind everything.

However, the reality was much more mundane. There were simply many people who did not agree with the way Uthman did things. Uthman was an old man and allowed trusted members of his family to run the government.

Unfortunately, when things went bad, it was Uthman who took all the blame

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman4

Here's some of the things you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • Links to various related episodes
  • Video to this week's favorite Nasheed, "Happy" by Omar Esa.

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Direct download: 2-16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

2-15: Uthman and The Quran

One of the most troublesome spots in the Muslim world was the Iraqi city of Kufah. The people were fickle, restless, and never satisfied with their governor. Uthman had to change their governor no less than three times.

Uthman's popularity took another hit during the Hajj of 649. Seemingly inconsequential actions had major repercussions.

But the most important event during this period was the one that would bring the most benefit. Upon discovering the message of the Quran was in danger of being diluted and fractured, Uthman took immediate stops to reverse this trend.

What came out of this was a standard, official compilation of the Quran that remains to this day.

But even this great achievement came with its problems. Ultimately, it was just another chance for Uthman's opponents to gripe about him.

The fun doesn't end when the podcast does. Visit the Show Notes page for more links, articles, and videos related to this episode

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman3

Here's some of the things you'll find:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • A link to the article "Do You And Your Muslim Spouse Speak the Same Language?" by Subhanah Wahhaj.
  • Video to this week's favorite Nasheed, "Jannah" by Deen Squad.

You can support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

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Direct download: 2-15.mp3
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2-14: Uthman And Abu Dharr

Uthman has been accused of often appointing his family members to high positions. And in many instances that was true.

But some of his appointments were still very good, even if they were related to him. An example of that is Muawiyyah ibn Abu Sufyan.

In addition to finding favor with the Prophet of Islam, Muawiyyah was a competent governor of Syria. One of his earliest successes was the building of the first Muslim navy.

But he would run into trouble when another companion, Abu Dharr, begins to criticize the way some Muslims lived.

Abu Dharr was not one to hold his tongue; not even for the governor of Syria nor for the Caliph. When Abu Dharr's speech begins to rub people the wrong way, Uthman has to make some changes.

Unfortunately, he was unaware how those changes would damage his reputation.

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman2

Some things you'll find interesting in the show notes are:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • "Married Almost 10 Years!" By Subhanah Wahhaj
  • Video for favorite Nasheed of the week, "Muslim Queen" by Deen Squad.

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Direct download: 2-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

2-13: Uthman And Egypt

Uthman Ibn Affan has always been compared to others. Both during his lifetime and after, he has been compared to the Caliph that came before him and the one that would come after him.

There are many factors that contributed to his popularity among a small segment of the Muslim society. Some of them were based on decisions that Uthman made.

But some things were out of his control, such as:

  • Not as many conquests as before
  • Minority Muslim Arabs ruling over a conquered, non-Muslim people.
  • Economic strain from entitlements established by Umar Ibn Al-Khattab.

Still, there were some decisions that Uthman made that make us pause.

One of his most questionable decisions was replacing a popular and successful general like Amr Ibn Al-As with Ibn Abi Sarh.

It did not help that Ibn Abi Sarh had once betrayed Prophet Muhammad. And the fact that he was Uthman's cousin just made things even worse.

Show notes for this episode are available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/Uthman1

Some things you may find interesting in the show notes:

  • Transcript for this episode
  • "I Don't Need Any Reminders" by Subhanah Wahhaj (Available 9-27-2016)
  • Video for favorite Nasheed of the week, "Good Life" by Harris J.

Please support the Islamic History Podcast by doing one (or more) of the following:

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Direct download: 13.mp3
Category:Islamic History -- posted at: 1:50am EDT

Bonus: The Nation Of Islam

A problem with my internet service delayed the release of this bonus episode.

This is another in-between/bonus episode as we continue to work on the series on the first 100 years after the Prophet's death.

This week we're going to discuss the Nation of Islam; an African-American religious and political group that gained fame during the 50s and 60s.

Some of their most famous members include the founder Elijah Muhammad, his protege Malcolm X, the famous boxer Muhammad Ali, Louis Farrakhan, and Imam W.D. Mohammed.

Show notes available at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/noi

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Direct download: bonus-noi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Another in-between bonus episode where we discuss the current Syrian conflict.

In my opinion, there are three main factors that led to the Syrian Civil War:

  1. Repressive rule from a minority Alawite leadership
  2. Uncommon strain on Syria's economy in the early to mid 2000's
  3. The Arab Spring upgrisings

We'll go into all three factors in the off-the-cuff discussion.

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Show notes for this episode can be found at IslamicLearningMaterials.com/BonusSyria

Direct download: bonus-syria.mp3
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2-12: Assassination And Election

We're back!

After a long hiatus we discuss the assassination of Umar ibn Al-Khattab and the choice of Uthman as the 3rd Caliph of the Muslim world.

Show notes available at islamiclearningmaterials.com/election

Direct download: 12.mp3
Category:Islamic History -- posted at: 12:00am EDT