I had purchased this three volume History of Islam books sometime ago, since I was and am eager to learn about Islamic history. It is the only type of history which I can read over and over again and never be bored by, and getting hold of these detailed books in English was like striking gold! The author, Sheikh Akbar Shah Najeebabadi, starts off the first volume by mentioning the importance of history and the identity crisis which Muslims faced back when he wrote the book, and if it applied to his time of several decades back, I can only imagine how many more times over it applies to our generation.
Among the nations of the world, Muslims are the only nation which is replete with splendid deeds and marvelous performance. And, above all, it has such tested and trusted knowledge and information about the deeds of its elders and heroes which are irrefutable and beound all doubts. The Muslims need not be introduced to the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, nor they are in need of Mahabharat and Ramayan, for they in their real history have all kinds of more splendid and amazing models than those of Illiad and the Odyssesy, and Mahabharat and Ramayan contain.
How pitiable and amazing it is that at a time when there is tough competition among nations of the world to excel one another, the Muslims despite having the most glorious history, appear to be detached and careless as regards their history. The class which may be said to be more wakeful and vigilant among the Muslims, also quotes in its lectures, speeches, writings, articles, magazines, newspapers and books any eminent person Europe or the Christian world wherever it needs to cite examples of high morals or amazing performance, since it is unaware of such personalities among the Muslims.
Who can deny this fact that the educated class among the Muslims quote in their speeches and writings names of Hannibal, Shakespeare, Bacon, Newton, etc., more frequently than those those of Khaalid ibn Waleed, Hassaan bin Thabit (Radiallahu Anhum), Salahuddin Ayyubi, Firdausi, Tusi, Ibn Rushd (Averroes), and Bu Ali Sina (Avicenna) [Rahimahullah]?
It truly is sad that as some become more “progessive” they find the rich history and ways of the Muslims as something just for the 7th century, when in fact the achievements of the Muslims continued for many centuries after the 7th century and helped the whole world. More focus is placed on learning about and emulating the ways of regular people who mean nothing and have little impact on society, like most of the celebrities out there.
InshaAllah I’ll post more extracts from this book daily. 🙂