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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 »

Muslim Spain: a look at the history By:- Arwa Aburawa

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  The story goes that when the ruler of Granada, Muhammad XII of Granada, was forced out of the city in January 1492, he took one last look at the Alhambra and wept. Though nobody will ever know for sure what thoughts were running through his mind as he fled into exile, I’d like to think that he shed tears ... 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 »

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

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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 »

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

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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 »