Author Archives: Ustadh Mahmoud Shelton

About Ustadh Mahmoud Shelton

Mahmoud Shelton studied at the University of Edinburgh before taking a degree in Medieval Studies at Stanford University. Shelton is the author of Alchemy in Middle Earth: The Significance of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, The Balance of George Lucas' Star Wars, and numerous articles. He is also a contributor to The Royal Book of Spiritual Chivalry and The Sufi Science of Self-Realization. Contributions by Mahmoud Shelton * Chivalry of the Night and Day * Alchemy in Middle Earth * contributor, The Royal Book of Spiritual Chivalry
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Doomsday?

May my salams reach everyone. I was wondering if there’s any truth behind the Mayan prophecy, in which their calendar ends on December 21, 2012… Continue reading

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The Golden Chain

Please help me understand the shajrah of the Naqshbandiyyatul Aliyya when the secret passes from Salman al-Farisi R. (passed away in 33 A.H. during the reign of `Uthman) to Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr Q… Continue reading

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Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron built by Caliph Umar ?

I have read that it was Caliph Umar(r) in 637AD, who built a roof or a mosque over the cave of Patriarchs. The Crusaders then later converted into a church and was restored back to Muslim control by Saladin. Continue reading

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Mawlid

As far as I know the Mawlid al Nabi (salah Allah aleyhi wa salam), as we recognize today, was introduced by Emir Nur al Din al Zengi in the late 12th century… Continue reading

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Nephilium, demons, jinn-human hybrid

What are nephilium, aliens, vampires. or illuminati created this myth or these are jewish & christian beliefs??? E.g., christian beliefs that angels too fall.. Continue reading

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Hajji Bektash and the Bektashis

I was just wondering if you could please tell me how the 13th century ‘saint’ Hajji Bektash is regarded by mainstream Sunni ulama? And also, is the Bektashi order that he founded considered an authentic tariqa of Tasawwuf? Continue reading

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41 Tariqas

1.What are the names of the 41 different tariqas and who are the Imams of each of those tariqas? I would be really grateful if this information … Continue reading

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Al Khidr and St George

What is the connection between Al Khidr (as) and St-George? Some Christians say St-George was the son of a Palestinian Christian and was martyred… Continue reading

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Dajjal and Bermuda Triangle

There’s a theory that Dajjal will emerge from florida and that he is currently in the bermuda triangle. He’s been capturing aeroplanes and ships to increase his army… Continue reading

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Imam Jilani’s Sirr al-Asrar

Is the book Sirra al-Asrar of Shaykh Abdal Qadir Jilani authneically reported from him ? Is the book we have today authentic from him… Continue reading

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