Abdullah (Name)

Abdullah (transliteration: ʿAbdullāh, Arabic: عبد الله) is an Arabic name for God that means “servant of God”. The name is made up of the words ʿabd (“servant”, “slave”) and the Arabic word for God (Allah). Due to the way the Arabic language works, when pronouncing the name ʿabd Allah becomes ʿabdullah. The name Abdullah is also spelled as Abdallah, Abdellah, Abd Allah, Abdollah, Abdola […]

A bash script for automatically restarting an unresponsive Apache server only when needed

One of my servers responds to about 100,000 requests per day. Apache would randomly hang a few times a day, taking all of the websites down. I tried every solution I could find online to prevent Apache from hanging, but nothing helped, so I decided to stop wasting time on it and simply develop a […]

Amra (Name)

Amra (transliteration: ʿAmrah, Arabic: عمرة) means “headdress”, such as a turban or a hat.. It can also mean “spacer bead”, a small bead added between large beads in a pearl necklace. Amra may also be spelled as Amrah. There are 20 Sahabiyyat (female Companions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him) named Amra: Amra […]

A Study of the Hadiths on Qadar (Predestination): Judging Between Fatalism and Free Will

This is a supplement to my essay Reconciling Free Will and Predestination in Islam with al-Māturīdī and Ibn Taymiyya Qadar (divine predestination) is one of the most controversial issues in Islam. Muslim thinkers are generally divided into two groups on this issue. There are the rationalists and semi-rationalists like the Matūrīdīs, Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya and most mainstream intellectuals […]

Aamir (Name)

Aamir (transliteration: ʿĀmir) (not to be confused with Ameer) is an Arabic name for boys that means “long-lived”. It can also mean “inhabited”, “thriving”, as opposed to “abandoned” or “deserted” when speaking of a house or settlement. The name Aamir is also spelled as Aamer and Amer. Aamir was a very common name in ancient Arabia, […]

Amr (Name)

Amr (transliteration: ʿAmr, Arabic: عمرو) is an Arabic name for boys that according to Ibn Faris means “the visible part of the flesh of a person’s jaw”, meaning the part of the flesh of the jaw that can ordinarily be seen in the mouths of some people when they speak. Amr also refers to a high-quality […]

IslamQA: Number of hadiths in the six major collections

As-salaamu ‘alaykum, wa rahmatu-llaahi wa barakaatuh. Which of the six well-known Hadith collections contain the largest number of Hadith? Jazak-Allahu khayran. Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh, The number of hadiths that are mentioned in both Bukhari and Muslim are 2514 (excluding repetitions). Below are the hadith counts from the major collections according to Wikipedia: Sahih […]

The Sayings of Ibn al-Jawzi

Selected and Translated by Ikram Hawramani Copyright © 2017 Ikram Hawramani A Brief Primer on Ibn al-Jawzi Abū l-Faraj ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Ibn al-Jawzī (1116 – 1201 CE) was a major historian, hadith scholar, jurist and popular preacher in medieval Baghdad. He is said to have written over a hundred works (some mention as many as […]

Measuring Economic and Military Potentials of World Nations with the Human Genetic-Cultural Quality Index (HQI)

Introduction What is the biggest predictor of a country’s scientific output, industrial capacity and military prowess? It is not geographic size. For instance, Kazakhstan and Mongolia are huge compared to Israel and Switzerland, yet Israel and Switzerland far outdistance them in all measures of intellectual, technological and military attainment. It is not population. India’s 1.28 […]

The 12-Year Min-Max Average: A Simple Method for Calculating Real, Legitimate Economic Growth and Canceling Out Central Bank Manipulations and other Noise

Introduction Real economic growth is different from the increase in GDP that comes from monetary expansion. The 12-year min-max method that I have come up with is a way of calculating a country’s GDP growth rate over a 12-year period that aims to cancel out “fake” growth caused by monetary expansion and boom-bust cycles by […]

Abdul Rahman (Name)

Abdul Rahman (transliteration: ʿAbdul Raḥmān, Arabic: عبد الرحمن) is an Arabic name for God that means “servant of the Most Gracious”, “servant of the Most Merciful”, meaning “servant of God” since al-Raḥmān is one of the names of God in Islam. The name is made up of the words ʿabd (“servant”, “slave”) and the name of God al-Raḥmān. Due to […]

Ahwas (Name)

Ahwas (transliteration: Aḥwaṣ, Arabic: أحوص) is an ancient Arabian name for boys that means “squint-eyed”. Ahwas is also spelled Ahwass. There are two Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) named Ahwas: al-Ahwas ibn Abd bin Umayyah bin Abd Shams الأحوص ابن عبد بن أمية بن عبد شمس al-Ahwas bin Mas`ud الأحوص بن […]

Aswad (Name)

Aswad (transliteration: Aswad, Arabic: أسود) is an Arabic name for boys that means “higher in rank”, “higher in status”, “highest in rank”, “highest in status”. Aswad also means “black-colored”, and this is latter meaning is the one in common use today. The word Aswad is used in the Quran in verse 2:187: Permitted for you is […]

Asim (Name)

Asim (transliteration: ʿĀṣim) is an Arabic name for boys that means “protector”, “defender from harm”. The name Asim is also spelled Aasim, Asem, Assim, Assem and Aasem. There are 23 Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who have the name Asim: Asim al-Ahwal bin Sulaiman عاصم الأحول بن سليمان Asim bin Thabit bin […]

Barza (Name)

Barza could refer to two different names: Barza (1) Barza (transliteration: Barza, Arabic: برزة) is an Arabic name for girls that means “dignified”, “self-respecting”, “respected”, “one whose good qualities are apparent”, “a dignified middle-aged woman who mixes with men and takes part in their conversation and is listened to (because of her wisdom and status)”. […]

Basheer (Name)

Basheer (transliteration: Bashīr, Arabic: بشير) is an Arabic name for boys that means “bringer of good news”, “bringer of good tidings”, “announcer of joyful news”. Basheer is also spelled as Bashir and Basheere. The word Basheer is used nine times in the Quran. Below are two examples: We have sent you with the truth—as a […]

Bishr (Name)

Bishr (transliteration: Bishr, Arabic: بشر) is an Arabic name for boys that means “cheerfulness”, “good cheer”, “geniality”, “affability”, the fact of someone having a happy and smiling face and amiable manners toward others. Bishr is also the name of a mountain in Najd (the central part of the Arabian peninsula), and the name of a […]