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The First Muslim-American Scholar: Bilali Muhammad

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An unfortunate misconception among today’s American Muslim community is that Islam has only been present in America for less than 100 years. Many American Muslims are children of immigrants who came to the United States from the Middle East and South Asia in the mid-nineteenth century, and thus wrongly assume that the first Muslims in America were those immigrants. The ... Read More »

Islamic Astronomy

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Precision and Observation: Refining the Works of Ptolemy After the age of the Ancient Greeks and the end of the Roman Empire, the science of astronomy went into decline in Western Europe. Barbarian incursions and empire building meant that little attention was paid to science and learning, and any such pursuits were limited to monasteries and the homes of nobles. ... Read More »

The Cedid Atlas

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The Cedid Atlas (The New Atlas in Ottoman Turkish) was one of the first printed atlases in the Muslim world. It was commissioned by the Ottoman government in 1803 as part of its 19th century reforms to bring the empire up to par with other European powers. All of the maps in the atlas were thus adapted from an earlier ... Read More »

5 Muslim Inventions That Changed The World

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Coffee About 1,600,000,000 cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world. Billions of people rely on it as part of their daily routines. And yet, very few people are aware of the Muslim origins of this ubiquitous drink. According to the historical record, in the 1400s coffee became a very popular drink among Muslims in Yemen, in the ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

The Uniques Malay Club celebrates 90th Anniversary

The Uniques Malay Club celebrates 90th Anniversary

  The Uniques Malay Club which was founded in June 1922 reached 90 years last year but due to the logistics of bringing together its members living abroad the official celebrations will be held on Sunday Jan. 06, 2013 at the Lavinia Breeze Hotel Mt Lavinia. In a country where the mortality rate of social organizations is high, to have ... Read More »

Saladin remembered – Arabnews

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The great ruler Saladin — Salah Addin Al Ayyubi — the Iraqi born Kurdish Muslim was remembered in the Israeli daily Haaretz on Oct. 2 for liberating Jerusalem from the Crusaders on Oct. 2, 1187, titled “This day in history.” Saladin captured almost every Crusader city. Jerusalem capitulated to his forces after a siege. Upon the capture of Jerusalem, Saladin ... Read More »