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Muslims Crossed The Atlantic Before Columbus : By : Firas AlKhateeb

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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 years, it has simply been ... Read More »

The rule of the fifth rightly guided caliph

The rule of the fifth rightly guided caliph

Glory be to Allāh and Salutations on the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallāhu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) ‘UMAR BIN ‘ABD AL-’AZIZ (RAHIMAHULLĀH) One day Hadhrat ‘Umar bin ‘Abd Al-’Aziz (Rahimuhullāh) noticed something very strange while having a conversation with his daughters. Whenever any one of his daughters spoke to him she made sure she covered her mouth with her hand. When he ... Read More »

When Islam came to Australia

When Islam came to Australia

Few Australians are aware that the country's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had regular contact with foreign Muslims long before the arrival of Christian colonisers. And Islam continues to exercise an appeal for some Aboriginal peoples today, writes Janak Rogers. The white lines are faint but unmistakable. Small sailing boats, picked out in white and yellow pigment on the ... Read More »

Islamic Architecture in Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock is often held up as the first work of Islamic architecture. © Arwa Aburawa

By Arwa Aburawa Freelance Journalist – UK Haram al-Sharif: first qibla, second mosque and third holiest site in Islam The Dome of the Rock is often held up as the first work of Islamic architecture. © Arwa Aburawa Nestled in the old city walls of Jerusalem, the Haram al-Sharif, or al-Aqsa Sanctuary, is the single most sacred site in the ... Read More »

Nostalgic memoirs of a great personality

Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar (born 1829, died 1925)

  The Colombo National Museum and the Moorish Muslims of Sri Lanka Mohammed Jehan Khan. The construction of the Museum was carried out by Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar (born 1829, died 1925, aka Wapchi Marikar Bass, who was descended from the Sheikh Fareed family of Iraq who arrived in Ceylon in 1060 AD). Wapchie Marikkarwas a Renowned Architect and a ... Read More »

Race in Sri Lanka: What genetic evidence tells us By Asiff Hussein

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Muslims least exclusive community in Sri Lanka   Race is a touchy issue almost everywhere in the world but nowhere is this more pronounced than in countries where there is a plurality of peoples. People become more race conscious when another group of people differing in physical features, language, culture and religion live in their midst. The greater the difference, ... Read More »

THE KANDY CLOCK TOWER – Sri Lanka

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The story behind this clock tower is a tragic one. The Ismail clock tower which was built in 1947 by the Ismail Family ( Haji Mohomed Ismail) in memory of his beloved son Mohomed Zacky Ismail who lost his life in Kadugannawa on the 14th Aug 1947.   The clock tower is a historic monument and marks the center of ... Read More »

Giant 500-year-old copy of Koran too fragile to be be displayed is bigger than a flatscreen TV By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

The hand-written copy of the Koran - Quran

Library to publish pages online to give scholars access A rarely-seen manuscript of one of the world's most important copies of the Koran is to be published online. The hand-written holy book, estimated to be around 500 years old, is so precious and fragile scholars have been unable to put it on display. Now experts at the University of Manchester's ... Read More »