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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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2-5: Yarmouk And Qadisiyyah

- Where we are so far
-- In 632 CE Prophet Muhammad died and Abu Bakr was chosen by the residents of Medina as the Caliph
-- Soon after, several of the Arab tribes that were allied with the Prophet rebelled against Abu Bakr
-- Abu Bakr and his general KIW led a successful campaign to bring these tribes back in line
-- These were known as the Ridda, or Apostasy Wars
-- Abu Bakr commanded KIW to begin an invasion of southern Persia.
-- KIW was successful and conquered most of the area around the Euphrates River
-- At the same time, Abu Bakr also ordered Abu Ubaidah to lead an invasion into Syria
-- Abu Ubaidah ran into strong resistance so Abu Bakr had KIW come from Persia to assist
-- KIW led the Muslims to conquer Syria all the way up to Damascus
-- Back in Medina, Abu Bakr died and Umar ibn Al-Khattab became the Caliph
-- Umar removed KIW as the leader of the Muslim armies and put Abu Ubaidah back in charge
-- The Romans and Syrians got over their initial shock of the Muslim invasion and began a strong counterattack.
- In the last episode we discussed how the Romans and Persians began to make a comeback
- Now we'll go into the details of that comeback and the result
- We will first discuss the events in Syria and then those in Persia

Direct download: 2-5.mp3
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