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Holiest City

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 …

Hajj Hospitality

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 …

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

Watch How Hajj Looked Like in the Old Days

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 may not have been born when these pictures were taken. Enjoy watching these interesting pictures and realize how lucky we are with …

A Dutch Revert's Reflections on His First Hajj

A Dutch Revert's Reflections on His First Hajj

I am in Hajj and like so many others, that doesn’t just mean I’m going to Makkah but Madinah as well. It’s possible to visit Madinah before or after the days of Hajj. For the second time, I’ve chosen to go to Madinah first. This way, I will have to pass by the miqat…

Barirah and Mughith

Barirah and Mughith - A Love Story at the Prophet's Time

This is a fictional piece of creative writing, inspired by the story of the Prophet’s Companions, Barirah and Mughith. Their story is famously quoted in books of hadith, and resonates with human experiences that are not often discussed amongst Muslims – that of love, both passionate and unrequited, of heartbreak, and of the tumultuous nature of …

Muslim Heritage Trail & British Descendant of the Prophet

The launch of Britain’s first self-guided Muslim heritage trail on July 25th, 2019 took place at Woking Mosque, followed by a tour of the nearby Brookwood cemetery, which is home to the first Muslim burials dating back to the 19th century. The initiative was developed and promoted by Sadiya Ahmed, the founder of the Everyday …

Asiyah, the Wife of Pharaoh – The Change Maker

Asiyah, Wife of Pharaoh – The Change Maker

A tyrant rises to power, ruling his nation with cruelty and hatred. In one fell swoop, he creates a giant chasm between two segments of society — those whom he belongs to, and those whom he has declared outsiders. For years, he considers himself successful in enforcing his agenda of prejudice and discrimination… until revolution …

The Story Behind the Srebrenica Massacre

The Story Behind the Srebrenica Massacre

“Not Allah, not the United Nations, not anything can help you. I am your God. “These were the words uttered by Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladicas he boarded a bus carrying Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica to Serb held territories for mass execution. Mladic’s trial formally started in the Hague in 2012 for committing crimes against …

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 …

Chernobyl mini series

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 …



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