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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 …

How Much Do You Know about Al Azhar?

Recently, Al Azhar has been in the news after the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, received Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, at Al-Azhar headquarters, with the Pope participating in Al-Azhar’s International Peace Conference, held on April 26. In this article, we present a short history of the Al-Azhar mosque …

Nusaybah bint Ka`b A Woman of Distinction

Nusaybah bint Ka`b: A Woman of Distinction

Surrounding our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) were men and women of unparalleled faith, commitment, and love for Allah and His Messenger. These men and women were always courageous, charitable, chivalrous, and compassionate.                                                            *-*-*-*-* Although the books on early Islamic history often praise the contributions of the male Companions of Prophet …

How an Ottoman Sultan Helped Ireland During the Great Famine

The Great Famine in the mid-19th century was one of the most devastating events in Irish history. Between 1845 and 1852, potato blight hit the island’s potato crop. The potato was a staple item of food in Ireland, so many years without a good harvest led to mass starvation, disease, and the deaths of nearly …

Muslims in China- Past and Present

Throughout 1400 years, Muslims in China have gone through many ups and downs, until they reached the state of “harmony” with non-Muslims Chinese. Muslims in China began as traders and soldiers in the 7th century, therefore instilling in the early Muslim settlers a sense of belonging and legitimacy; they were not a burden on the …

Did You Know About the Possible Contact Between the Islamic World & the Vikings?

During the Islamic Golden Age, from the 8th century to the 13th century, the Abbasid Caliphate established one of the largest empires in history. This empire had contact with different cultures around the world, such as the Indians and Chinese in the east, and the Byzantines in the west, which led to the establishment of …

Muslims Crossed The Atlantic Before Columbus

The old poem that most American school children recognize begins “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” Indeed, in the year 1492, Christopher Columbus (whose real name in Italian was Cristoforo Colombo) sailed across the Atlantic in the name of the Spanish crown and landed in the Caribbean part of North America. For hundreds of …

Nana Asma’u - The Early Islamic Feminist Icon

Hidden in the Savanna of Nigeria, abounded with rain forests, oil palm, and fertility; a flame lit an invigorating female empowerment, leadership, and competence. The light of her works continues to inspire and is practiced 153 years ensuing her death. Daughter of the Sokoto caliph, and named after Asma’ bint Abu Bakr, she is Nana …

6 Andalusian Thinkers You Need to Know

When we talk about Andalusia, we often immediately think about the Golden Ages of Islam, the glory of islamic civilization and how Al-Andalus was one of the most important keys in the history of the technological and scientific progress. Knowledge is power and searching after knowledge is an obligation in Islam. No progress could be …

Does Islam Have Pagan Roots?

Salam dear brother,  Thank you very much for contacting About Islam with your question.  In the past, some opponents of Islam have tried to discredit it in whatever way possible. One way was to malign the Last Prophet personally; another was to question the authenticity of the Quran. They discovered that these were futile attempts, so …



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