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education in Islamic history

Education in Islamic History

From the very earliest days of Islam, the issue of education has been at the forefront at the minds of the Muslims. The very first word of the Quran that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)was, in fact, “Read”. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)once stated that “Seeking knowledge is mandatory for all Muslims.” With such a direct …


Isfahan, The City That Was Once Called “Half The World”

Isfahan is Iran’s third largest city and number-one tourist destination, with an impressive history and outstanding architecture. The city that was once called‘Isfahan nasf-e jahan’which literally means ‘Isfahan is half the world’. A rhyming proverb that is justifiable. It was one of the largest cities in the world and had been given the honor to …

How Much Do You Know about Al Azhar? - About Islam

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 …

Muslims in China- Past and Present - About Islam

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? - About Islam

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 …

Does Islam Have Pagan Roots? - About Islam

Does Islam Have Pagan Roots?

Salamdear 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 …

Canada celebrates Islamic History Month

Canada Celebrates Islamic History Month

TORONTO – Canada will be celebrating Islamic History Month in October and the government is encouraging Canadians to partake in activities across the country to build greater understanding of Muslims. “As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I encourage all Canadians to take advantage of Canadian Islamic History Month to enhance our understanding of the rich heritage …

Al-Bara' ibn Malik: Allah and Paradise (Story) - About Islam

Al-Bara' ibn Malik: Allah and Paradise (Story)

He was thin and wiry with so little flesh on his bones that it was painful to look at him. Yet, he was so courageous and daring that `Umar once wrote to his governors throughout the Islamic state that they should not appoint him to lead any army out of fear that he would have …

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