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Remembering the First Muslims in Canada

It is unknown when Muslims first arrived and settled in the space that is now called Canada, but it certainly didn’t happen as recently as is often believed. Even the evidence that we do have suggests that Muslims have been making Canada their home since 1851, more than a decade before the country itself was …

What Really Happened in Karbala?

What Really Happened in Karbala?

Tragedy of Karbala marks the greatest shameful tragic day in Islamic history, when the blood of the noble people of God was shed in this merciless slaughter. No doubt that Imam Al-Hussain, by giving his life, was teaching Muslim generations to come…


European Refugees in the Middle East During World War 2

Much of the discourse around refugees, particularly within certain strands of the media, has taken the flavor of “us” and “them”. Refugees are regularly dehumanized, and talked about in the language of “swarms”. This is not reserved to right-wing media, with former British Prime Minister David Cameron using the latter term to describe some of …

A Dutch Revert's Reflections on His First Hajj

A Dutch Revert's Reflections on His First Hajj

In most of our deeds we follow in the footsteps of the Prophet, peace be upon him, but not for the sa’i. Here, you follow in the footsteps of Hajar, like the Prophet peace be upon him used to do. Hajar and her son Isma’il…


How Did Hajj Look Like in the Old Days (Watch)

Today’s hajj is very different from hajj in the past. Everything has vastly changed; from how the holy cities looked like to transportation facilities. These photos of hajj date back to 1953. Many of you may not have been born when these pictures were taken. Enjoy watching these interesting pictures and realize how lucky we …


Hajj Hospitality through the Ages

Makkah’s first permanent houses were built around the Ka’bah and did not have doors as an indication to pilgrims that they were welcome to make themselves at home among a people who considered themselves privileged to host them — the living epitome of the Arab greeting ‘ahlan wa sahlan.’[1] Hospitality before Islam Even in the pre-Islamic …

Queen Victoria

Story of Queen Victoria and Abdul: History's Surprises Never End

Throughout the ages society has tended to be functional, particularly amongst the ruling class, where sense of duty to one’s nation is given priority over the way one feels. So when love, the bond which brings joy to the life of so many, finds a way through, it often manifests itself in ways that are …

The Historic Hajj of Mansa Musa, King of Mali

King Mansa Musa is famous for his Hajj journey, during which he stopped off in Egypt and gave out so much gold that the Egyptian economy was ruined for years to come. Mansa Musa was the great-great-grandson of Sunjata, who was the founder of the empire of Mali. His 25-year reign (1312-1337 CE) is described …

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