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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Khalid bin Waleed RA

I know that I mentioned an interest in making an altered version of Ambleside Online's curriculum and I am doing just that. It's taking a long time - including some late nights when my teething baby is asleep (for 10 minutes at a time, SubhanALLAH). I am in the process of putting together the proper materials and I hope to have everything mapped out for this soon, InshaALLAH.

One of the key components in Ambleside Online is narration. Reading rich literature and having the child narrate what has been said, either verbally, written or through art/drawings, etc.

I read the first chapter to my daughter just to see how she liked it and she did well, MashaALLAH. Narration also gets the child to focus and pay attention and the quality of the story is certainly important for that too. I am trying to gather resources - some of them free (woohoo!) to highlight the accomplishments of our Muslim heroes and hope to have a list of these soon, InshaALLAH.


EDITED: Oum Anas has brought it to my attention that the book on Khalid bin Waleed RA has some questionable content once you get into it. For that reason, I have taken the link down lest we be guided astray. May ALLAH always be pleased with our efforts and protect us all from confusion and misinformation about our deen (AMEEN).

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

As Salaam Alaikum,
This such a great idea. I am always looking for great curriculum that is Islamically centered. I am trying to put together my materials for the fall, and I get sooo overwhelmed. I would love to see what you come up with, as your resources have been such a blessed aide to me.

May blessings of peace and mercy be upon you and your family,
Candace

Nakia said...

As salaamu 'alaikum Candace, so good to hear from you.May ALLAH make things easy for you and your family (AMEEN).

JazakILLAH Khair for your kindness.

I'd really be interested in what you're using next year - send me an email. Weren't you using Pathway Readers last year? My daughter really likes them.

I'm going to try to post our resources and a schedule of some sort - it does get overwhelming but hang in there, InshaALLAH.

Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia

Oum Anas said...

Assalamu aleikum

Regarding the book you mention, it was mentioned on an e-list I belong to in 2006. This is what I could find about it (and I'll try to be short):

In the FAQ (of the website swordofAllah.com) it says:
"Is there any difference between the hard copy of the book and the contents
that you have produced on this web-site?

No. With the exception of spelling mistakes, we have not changed any content
of the book. However, since the book contains some factual errors and
Islamic errors, we have included these in a separate section on our
web-site. Some of them are listed below.

What are the main errors or criticisms of the book then?

1) The main criticism of the book is that it may seem to some readers that
the author has, unintentionally, played up a disagreement between Umar bin
Al-Khattab (RA) and Khalid bin Al-Waleed. At parts throughout the book, it
may seem to the reader that Khalid bin Al-Waleed actually did more for Islam
or was of a higher status than Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA). At other points,
the author seems to have shown, unintentionally, Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) in
a bad light. However, even though there were disputes and disagreements
between the Companions of the Prophet (SAWS), it is part of the Islamic
Aqeedah (Creed) that we remain silent about any mistakes they made and about
anything that occurred between them, as the Prophet (SAWS) advised us in an
authentic hadith:

"When my Companions are mentioned then withhold" [Sahih At-Tabarani]

From this hadith, the scholars derived that we should therefore mention
their virtues and remain silent about any mistakes they made and about
anything that occurred between them. See the section on the Excellence of
the Companions for more ahadith regarding the virtues of the various
Companions, and their ranks of excellence as described by the Prophet
(SAWS). There is no doubt that Khalid bin Al-Waleed was one of the most
excellent Companions of the Prophet (SAWS), who did much for Islam. However,
there is absolutely no comparison between him and Umar bin Al-Khattab
Al-Farooq, the Second Caliph, one of the ten promised Paradise and the one
buried next to the Prophet (SAWS) to be raised up with him on the Day of
Judgement.

2) Another error is when the author questions the judgement of Abu Bakr (RA)
for sending out the army of Usama bin Zaid and beginning of the wars against
apostasy.

3) The author mentions the widespread belief that Imam Hasan's (RA) wife
poisoned him at order of Muawiyyah (RA). This is a historical distortion by
the Shia, as the part on Imaam Hasan in the Excellence of the Companions
section details." end of quote
and:
After reading the bibliography of A.I Akrams book The Sword of Allah
(http://www.swordofallah.com/html/appendixa.htm), I must say: something
smells fishy...

The authors and books are well known (I've heard of several of them before),
so it seems like The Sword of Allah is a distortion and lie, with its author
taking advantage of the early revered scholars he claim as sources... Allahu
a'lam.

In the FAQ they stated only one thing to come from the shia, but the way the
author discredits Abu Bakr and Umar (rAa) and puts Ali in such a good light,
exaggerating and making things up is very typical of the shia too...

In MSA-USC Hadith Database
(http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/reference/searchhadith.html) there is no
reference to Zulfiqar and the words Ali and sword only come up with three
things:

1. That Hamza (rAa) before the prohibition of drinking cut off the humps of
two camels with a sword that belongeed to Ali (rAa).

2. That Ali (rAa) kept a document with instructions specially given to him
from the Prophet (sAas) in the sheath of his sword.

3. The story when Ali (rAa) killed Marhab in the battle of Khaibar.

Oum Anas said...

Also:
"He looked at Ali fondly, for Ali was dearer to him than any other man."

From Saheeh Muslim we read (and in sahaba.net):
Book 031, Number 5876:
'Amr b. al-'As reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent
him in command of the army despatched to Dhat-as-Salasil. When 'Amr b.
al-'As came back to the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) he said: Who
amongst people are dearest to you? He said: A'isha. He then said: Who
amongst men? He said: Her father, and I said: And who next? He said: Umar.
He then enumerated some other men.

Nakia said...

As salaamu 'alaikum wa RahmatuLLAHI wa Barakatuhu Dearest Sister,

JazakILLAH Khair for your thorough research. May ALLAH forgive me for my mistakes. I will take down the link because I don't want to put out any questionable material if I can help it, InshaALLAH.

Again, JazakILLAH Khair for mentioning this and May ALLAH reward you for your efforts (AMEEN)

Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia