Empires to Nations


  • Colossus from the West
  • Into The Lizards Hole
  • The Nation of Ataturk
  • Dark Hour : Break up of the Ottoman Empire and the end of the Khilafah
  • Zionist Nemesis : Formation of the Jewish nation state - Israel
  • The New Age: Call for freedom, nationalism, socialism and secularism
  • Islam the unconquerable
  • Days of Rage : Uprisings reviewed

Islamic Legacy : Colossus from the West

In the year 1683, Ottoman forces under Kara Mustapha Pasha besieged the European city of Vienna. The Ottomans had amassed an army of over a hundred thousand men in an attempt to take control of the city and open a gateway to Western Europe for future Muslim dominance. A combined European force managed to narrowly avoid defeat and repelled the Ottoman attack.

Since then, Western European nations had been in the ascendancy both militarily, and politically while on the contrary, the Muslim world was in demise. In less than 200 years since the siege of Vienna in 1683, up to 70% of the Muslim world was under the rule of European Imperialists.

By 1913, eleven European countries ruled over 50% of the world and controlled over 80% of the global economic output.

What allowed Europe to dominate the world while the Muslims, once dominant themselves, fell woefully behind?

Empires to Nations - Into the Lizards hole

In the year 1820 Rifaid At-Tahtawi a graduate from the Al-Azhar University of Cairo, traveled to France from Egypt along with other subjects of the Ottoman Empire to learn about the French way of life and system of government. He spent 5 years carefully taking note of all aspects of the French society.

On his return he published a book outlining his observations and conclusions. He noted that the French society was a place of disbelief and of an inferior faith and culture. However the French had surpassed the Muslims in terms of technology, economics and military might. The key to this success he added, was to be found in the political reformation of the French. The French constitution treated the KIng and its subjects alike, its judicial system was applied equally, and there was freedom of expression which allowed an exchange of ideas. He believed it was a duty for the Muslim Ummah to regain its scientific and economic superiority over its rivals. The question was how?

in the 1800s for the first time in over a thousand years the Muslims were lagging behind the West and were forced to react. They decided that the best way to catch up with the West was to emulate them, and in doing so followed the lizard into its hole, and ultimately to their own destruction.

How did the reaction from the Muslim world to the resurgence of the West lead to its own demise?

Empire to Nations - The War to end all Wars

By the beginning of the 19th century intense imperial rivalry and competition had put Europe on the brink of war. The Ottoman empire was at its weakest stage. It had lost all its European and African territories to the European powers. The Turks needed an ally to protect them from these land hungry imperial forces. That ally came in the form of Germany who by then was growing to become the most powerful force in Europe.

When World War 1 erupted in July 1914, the Ottomans had a choice of either remaining neutral, or to join the side of the Germans. The Sultan called for a Jihad against the English, French and Russians and by doing so had chosen the option of war. It was the last war the Ottomans would ever fight.

The Ottomans fought tenaciously. In Galipoli the Turks struck the Allied forces a major blow by repelling their forces both by land and sea. In the Hijaz however, the Arabs in search of an independent state joined with side of the British and revolted against the Ottomans. Eventually the Germans along with their Ottoman allies were brought to their knees and had to surrender.

In these humiliating times for the Muslims, one man was making a name for himself by constantly defying the British. He was the only Ottoman commander to remain undefeated during the war and was labelled by Winston Churchill as the greatest the Ottomans had. The Great War may have seen the demise of the Ottomans, but it would be the arena where Mustapha Kemal Ataturk would rise to the fore.

Where will you stand on Turkish history's most divisive figure?

Empires to Nations: The cycle of Tyranny

Nawal El Saadawi working in a hospital in Cairo reports on the day when freedom was achieved from the tyrants,

"Suddenly as we stood there patients rushed out of the wards shouting 'Long live the revolution!' I could see their mouths wide open, their arms waving in the air, their tattered shirts fluttering around their bodies. It was as though corpses from the dissecting hall had suddenly risen from the dead and were shouting, 'Long live the revolution!' The men carrying the coffins put them down and mixed with the crowd shouting, 'Long live the revolution' and women who had been mourning the defunct started to shrill in celebration."

The year is 1952. Cairo was in an atmosphere of joy and celebration that spilled into the streets and lasted all night. Egypt is ecstatic over the rise of the Free officers movement to power. They were celebrating their freedom from an oppressive and corrupt ruler.

60 years later...

The year is 2011. Cairo was in an atmosphere of joy and celebration that spilled into the streets and lasted all night. Egypt is ecstatic over the fall of Hosni Mubarak, a leading figure of Free officers movement. They were celebrating their freedom from an oppressive and corrupt ruler.

Same old story? What has changed? Will the cycle continue?

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Al-Andalus Rises


Al-Andalus Rises is the first in a multi-part series covering the history of Al-Andalus or Islamic Spain. For seven centuries Islam ruled in Spain, a period which gave rise to great pioneers in all facets of civilisation. From the Sahaba who were the first to set foot in Egypt, to those who followed their mission all the way to the Spanish coast, Islamic Legacy will study the great men behind the great feats that led to the dramatic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the year 711CE. From this Al-Andalus arose and with it a unique chapter in Islamic history began.


Eid-ul-adha about 1400 years ago:
A small army settles in the town of Arish in northern Sinai. It is the day of Eid-ul-adha, a day of offering prayers and sacrifice. The takbiraat fill the air. This is but a short rest for these men are on a daunting mission. Four thousand men, led by the astute companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Amr ibn Al'Aas, will take on the might of Byzantine Egypt in an attempt to spread Islam to the land of the Pharaohs. This is no easy task. Even the Muslim Khalifah, Umar ibn Khattab has his doubts. 40,000 men were involved in the Syrian campaign, will a meagre 4000 be enough to taken on the might of Egypt? These 4000 men would open the way for conquest that would reach the very heart of Europe itself!

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Conquest of Constantinople


For centuries the capital of the great Byzantine Empire resisted attacks from its external enemies. Its walls had remained impregnable for a thousand years. In 1453, a young sultan inspired by the words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), led a formidable force to the gates of Constantinople. Sultan Mehmet and his Ottoman army aspired to be the ones to liberate the city in the name of Islam.

Would he be the one to succeed where generations failed before him?


  • What is Islamic Legacy?
  • Introduction
  • Brief History of Constantinople
  • Fortress Constantinople
  • First Muslim Attacks
  • A Young Sultan is Born
  • Opposing Forces
  • The Conquest Begins
  • Early Setbacks
  • Inspiration from Allah
  • The Final Assault
  • Conclusions
  • What Islamic Legacy?




The Crusades: Through Muslim Eyes


Of the many stored that we hear in our lives, there are some that truly stay with us, even if, at first, we don’t quite understand why.

These are stories full of darkness and dread, of deeds so horrific that one wonders how the Muslim Ummah can possibly emerge from the shadow of such evil times. And yet the Nation of Islam endures, indeed, it thrives.

New generations replace older ones. A people arise that are empowered by belief in Allah and courage and determinations to change their situation for the better.

This is one of those stores.

And it all began in Jerusalem. In the year 1099 …

Islamic Legacy presents “The Crusades”, a retelling of the story of this monumental event, this time though Muslim eyes. We trust insha’Allah that you will find this presentation both fascinating and beneficial.

The Crusades were an epic confrontation between Christian Europe and the Islamic Empire that lasted hundreds of years. The lands of Islam were invaded by a marauding nation known as the Christian Franks. Chanting “God Wills It” they unleashed their bloodlust on the Ummah of Muhammad (peace be upon him) …

But Allah has promised to protect the Ummah of Muhammad from an external enemy, and so He raised a generation led by Nur al-Deen Zengi and Salah ud-Deen Ayyubi - great warriors who worshipped Allah alone and conducted themselves with justice and accountability. The army of Allah confronted the Franks in the battle of Hattin in 1187. The outcome of this clash would determine the fate of the region for generations to come …


Disc 1

  • Jerusalem Burns
  • Knights from a Dark Age
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Antioch!
  • Mixed Fortunes on the Road to Jerusalem
  • The Night is Darkest before the Dawn

Disc 2

  • The Awakening
  • The Lion’s Nephew
  • Salah ud-Deen ibn Ayyub
  • Reynald of Chatillon and the Templar Knights
  • A Clever Ruse
  • The Battle of Hattin
  • Jerusalem Liberated
  • Conclusion




The Crusades II - Mongol Scourge


The unanticipated assault of the Mongol Tatars on the Islamic Empire has been and will always be one of the worst and the most bloody of its kind ever to effect the Muslim Ummah in its history. The way Allah spared the religion of Islam through this extremely difficult time is incredible and nothing short of divine. It is truly a time in Islamic History every Muslim should know about and no Muslim should ever forget ...


Disc 1 - Mongol Fury Unleashed

  • Prelude
  • The Seventh Crusade
  • The Slave Kings of Egypt
  • Evil Stirs in the Steppes
  • Humiliation
  • The Christian-Mongol Alliance
  • The Mongol Ultimatum

Disc 2 - Twin Fires Extinguished

  • Ain Jalut
  • The Revenge of Baybars
  • Mongol Conversion to Islam
  • End of the Frankish Occupation
  • Conclusion

Disc 3 - Warriors of the Pen: Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah & Al-Izz Ibn Abdis Salam

  • Prelude
  • Exodus
  • Taking to the Battlefield
  • Intellectual Inferno
  • Final Days
  • Al Izz Ibn Abdis Salam

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