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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. Discovery of America …

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The Book Anyone Curious About Chernobyl Must Read

Name of the book: Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future Author: Svetlana Alexievich Number of pages: 304 Publisher: Penguin Classic Language: English The May 2019 launch of the HBO five-part miniseries, Chernobyl (watch trailer), has created worldwide buzz with over 250,000 user ratings, making it the highest rated (9.5) TV show on the world’s …

The Historic Hajj of Mansa Musa, King of Mali

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 …

Ottoman

A Self-Made Woman Ruled the Ottoman Sultanate 400 Years Ago

Talking about women with power is often still, in the 21st century, a controversial or sensitive subject. The poster of Rosie the Riveter girl with a clenched fist and a red bandana was iconic in popular culture, but it was not until the late 1970’s that female power was considered as a significant agent of …

Did You Know Women in England Used to Wear Hijab 100 Years Ago?

Did You Know Women in England Used to Wear Hijab 100 Years Ago?

The idea of modesty is always changing and evolving, especially in recent times. What some consider as “modest” today would have been scandalous a hundred years ago. For most of human history, most societies have dressed in manners that were much more modest than today. It seems only in the past hundred years or so …

How a Muslim 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 …

Where Are Most Quran Copies Printed?

Where Are Most Quran Copies Printed?

The King Fahd Complex is the largest Islamic publishing house in the world, with the capability to produce 30 million copies of the Quran each year in constant shifts. Actual annual production is in single shifts, so it usually numbers 10 million copies…

Muslim Slaves Dedication to Islam

Stories of Muslim Slaves Dedication to Islam

What is interesting is that many accounts show that African slaves were strategically taken from different parts of Africa and different tribes so that they could not speak to one another and plan revolts or escape. However, where many white…

African Muslims

6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam to America

As a Muslim of West African origin living in the United States, my Muslim-ness is always contested by Europeans, Americans, and even clueless Africans. They ask me questions like: “Are you Muslim?” and “Were you born Muslim?” I get asked these questions a lot by Americans because Islam is something that was made to sound foreign to …

black companions

Who Are the 7 Black Companions of the Prophet?

Talking about black companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the first name that comes to our minds is Bilal ibn Rabah, the chief of all the people who give adhan, the chief of all of the Mua’dhins. However, this article is not about Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him). This article highlights some of the …



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