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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 …

Did You Know that Muslims Ruled Part of Italy for Over 200 Years?

Did You Know that Muslims Ruled Part of Italy for Over 200 Years?

Regarding the topic of Islam on the European continent, the focus is usually exclusively on the period of Muslim Spain, al-Andalus, that lasted from 711 to 1492 (with a Muslim minority population that remained until 1609) and the Ottoman Empire, which crossed from Anatolia into Southeastern Europe in the early 1300s. What is usually forgotten …

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Abu Zayd Al-Balkhi Introduced the Concept of Mental Health in the 9th Century

Abu Zayd al-Balkhi was a 9th century Muslim polymath, whose writings touched on subjects as varied as geography, medicine, philosophy, theology, politics, poetry, ethics, sociology, grammar, literature and astronomy. Born in 849 CE (235 AH) in the Persian village of Shamisitiyan, within the Balkh (from which he gets his name) province, now a part of …

The Mesmerizing Description of Hajj by a Jewish Convert to Islam

Muhammad Asad (1900-1992), born into an Austrian Jewish family as Leopold Weiss, embraced Islam in 1926 after living and working in the Middle East for several years as a journalist. Known as “Europe’s gift to Islam”, Asad built up a long list of achievements for himself, including a very popular translation of the Qur’ān into …

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How Did Our Holiest City Start?

Makkah is the most sacred place on earth for Muslims. It’s a city in the Tihamah plain of western Arabian Peninsula. It lies at 70 km inland from the Red Sea in a narrow valley at a height of 277 m above sea level. According to 2012 estimates, Makkah had roughly two million people, although visitors …

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 …

7 Remarkable Islamic Victories That Took Place in Ramadan

7 Remarkable Islamic Victories That Took Place in Ramadan

Ramadan is a special month that’s full of blessings for the Muslim Ummah. It is not only famous for fasting and charity, but also for great Islamic victories that changed the world. In Islamic history, Ramadan witnessed battles, heroes and victories. Here are some of the major Muslim victories that took place in Ramadan.

10 Oldest Mosques in the World

10 Oldest Mosques in the World

Ever wondered about the oldest masjids in the world? If yes, then you have come to the right place. In this post, we have for you some of the world’s oldest masjids, in order of their respective age, so the oldest one comes first, followed by the next oldest masjid, and so on. 1. Masjid …

6 Andalusian Thinkers You Need to Know

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 …

Muhammad ’Abdu: Father of Islamic Feminism and Critical Thought

Muhammad ’Abdu: Father of Islamic Feminism and Critical Thought

Muhammad ’Abdu was an Egyptian Islamic jurist, journalist, religious scholar and liberal reformer. He was regarded as one of the key founding figures of Islamic Modernism. ‘Abdu was born in 1849 to a Turkish father and an Arab mother in Egypt (Nile Delta) and grew up during the government of Muhammad ’Ali. At the age …



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