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    Baghdad: Foundation

    The Founding of Baghdad Abbasid Caliph al-Mansur founded Baghdad on July 20, 762 C.E., intending it to serve as the capital of Islam and calling it “Madinat-us-Salaam,” or City of Peace. Baghdad was also known as the Round City because it was constructed in a circular shape, consisting of towering semi-circle city walls on the […]

Baghdad: Foundation

The Founding of Baghdad
Abbasid Caliph al-Mansur founded Baghdad on July 20, 762 C.E., intending it to serve as the capital of Islam and calling it “Madinat-us-Salaam,” or City of Peace. Baghdad was also known as the Round City because it was constructed in a circular shape, consisting of towering semi-circle city walls on the right

By |September 24th, 2014|Asia, Muslim Heritage|1 Comment
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    The History of Islam in Africa

    By Amadou Shakur The Prophet Muhammad reminded the Muslim world, “We are a single community, distinct from others.” The distinction shapes the Muslim’s religious identity and underlines the nature of the Islamic ideal, whether the purity of the monotheistic concept, the uncompromising quest for morality, or the lifelong seeking of knowledge.  It also accentuates the […]

The History of Islam in Africa

By Amadou Shakur
The Prophet Muhammad reminded the Muslim world, “We are a single community, distinct from others.” The distinction shapes the Muslim’s religious identity and underlines the nature of the Islamic ideal, whether the purity of the monotheistic concept, the uncompromising quest for morality, or the lifelong seeking of knowledge.  It also accentuates the common

By |September 18th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|7 Comments
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    A Time to Unite and Heal as a Nation

    Talat G. Hamdani, Mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani NYPD Cadet, EMT, WTC II Supporter of 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Muslim Americans have carried the cross since September 11, 2001. Time has come to take it off. My son, Mohammad Salman Hamdani, 23, was a first responder, an NYPD Cadet who was killed that day at […]

A Time to Unite and Heal as a Nation

Talat G. Hamdani, Mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani
NYPD Cadet, EMT, WTC II
Supporter of 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Muslim Americans have carried the cross since September 11, 2001. Time has come to take it off. My son, Mohammad Salman Hamdani, 23, was a first responder, an NYPD Cadet who was killed that day at WTC while trying

By |September 11th, 2014|9-11, Muslim Heritage|2 Comments
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    Ibn Battuta

    Ibn Battuta: Celebrated Traveler     Ibn Battuta, a celebrated traveler, was born in Tangier, Morocco. He lived from 1304 to 1368/1369 and is renowned for his travelogue, Rihla, which simply means Travels. It recounts his many journeys throughout the Muslim world as well as far-flung regions like Russia, China and Constantinople. Along the way, […]

Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta: Celebrated Traveler

 

 

Ibn Battuta, a celebrated traveler, was born in Tangier, Morocco. He lived from 1304 to 1368/1369 and is renowned for his travelogue, Rihla, which simply means Travels. It recounts his many journeys throughout the Muslim world as well as far-flung regions like Russia, China and Constantinople. Along the way, he encountered many

By |September 7th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|0 Comments

Umar the Great

By Salman Yazdani
Whenever we talk of great generals or kings of the world one name usually comes to our mind, i.e., Alexander the Great. For obvious reasons he deserves this reputation, but many of us don’t know that there was another ruler in history who was greater than many influential kings in every respect, even

By |September 4th, 2014|Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|1 Comment
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    Salahuddin Ayyubi (Saladin)

    Saladin: Courageous and Brilliant Salahuddin Ayyubi, popularly known in the West as Saladin, was a courageous and brilliant Muslim leader during the 12th century. His firm foundation in the religion and its prime values, leading to his commitment to the Islamic cause, enabled him to accomplish great things. His Ayyubid Empire united Egypt and Syria. […]

Salahuddin Ayyubi (Saladin)

Saladin: Courageous and Brilliant
Salahuddin Ayyubi, popularly known in the West as Saladin, was a courageous and brilliant Muslim leader during the 12th century. His firm foundation in the religion and its prime values, leading to his commitment to the Islamic cause, enabled him to accomplish great things.

His Ayyubid Empire united Egypt and Syria. Above all,

By |August 31st, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|22 Comments
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    Muslims in White House

    Muslim Americans Serving in the U.S. Government June 3, 2009 | 3:37 See video here. The United States government reflects the rich diversity of the American population. Meet three Muslim Americans who freely retain and express their own faith identities while serving their nation. June 2, 2009 (public domain)  

Muslims in White House

Muslim Americans Serving in the U.S. Government

June 3, 2009 | 3:37

See video here.

The United States government reflects the rich diversity of the American population. Meet three Muslim Americans who freely retain and express their own faith identities while serving their nation. June 2, 2009 (public domain)

 

By |August 24th, 2014|Muslim Heritage, North America|3 Comments
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    Europe: The Seeds of Renaissance

    Gaining knowledge, an Islamic duty Islam encourages the gathering of knowledge and the use of reasoning. In the Qur’an, God repeatedly urges humans to use their intellect and thinking skills so that they may differentiate between truth and falsehood.[1] Furthermore, Islam is a universal religion – not for a few chosen people or tribes, but […]

Europe: The Seeds of Renaissance

Gaining knowledge, an Islamic duty
Islam encourages the gathering of knowledge and the use of reasoning. In the Qur’an, God repeatedly urges humans to use their intellect and thinking skills so that they may differentiate between truth and falsehood. Furthermore, Islam is a universal religion – not for a few chosen people or tribes, but for

By |August 17th, 2014|Europe, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|0 Comments
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    Prince Among Slaves

    By Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe Prince Among Slaves is a nationally broadcast documentary, which is now a part of a major humanities outreach project.  The documentary is a production of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) in association with Spark Media and Duke Media.   It tells the amazing story of an enslaved Muslim Prince from Africa […]

Prince Among Slaves

By Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe
Prince Among Slaves is a nationally broadcast documentary, which is now a part of a major humanities outreach project.  The documentary is a production of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) in association with Spark Media and Duke Media.   It tells the amazing story of an enslaved Muslim Prince from Africa who

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Fatima al-Fihri: Founder of World's Very First University

Sumara Khan
The name Fatima Al-Fihri crowns the annals of history with the distinction of having established the world’s very first university. Yes, it was a Muslim woman who pioneered a model of higher learning coupled with the issuance of degrees of various levels.

Fatima Al-Fihri migrated with her family in the early ninth century from Qayrawan

By |August 7th, 2014|Muslim Heritage, Society|4 Comments