Category: Muslim Heritage

Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu, Mali

  Timbuktu has long captured popular imagination as a legendary city. The fact that it actually exists still surprises some people who have merely pictured it as a mysterious or mythical place. In reality, Timbuktu became renowned for its riches and scholarship after it was permanently settled by the Muslims. Timbuktu is located in the

Fatimah bint Sa’d al Khayr

By Sumara Khan The pursuit of knowledge and wisdom into the far reaches of the world is one of the jewels of Islamic civilization, and one of the most widely travelled seekers is a remarkable Muslim woman named Fatimah. Fatimah bint Sa’d al Khayr was born in 1130 CE in the province of Kashgar in

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

  The world was lately riveted by the events taking place in Cairo, Egypt. The unfolding revolution in Tahrir Square transcended ethnic and religious affiliations, inspiring people worldwide with the power of change. In fact, this historic city has undergone many upheavals over the centuries and repeatedly risen above the setbacks with renewed fervor. Cairo,

Muslims in Australia: The Building of a Community

Muslims in Australia: The Building of a Community

  The general picture of Muslims in Australia is of a predominantly urban, intricate mosaic of communities and relationships at various stages of development. … Overall, it is a success story, a remarkable achievement. In less than forty years, Muslim communities have established themselves and created social and community structures to support an Islamic way

Islamic Calligraphy

Islamic Calligraphy

A little taste of an Islamic Art The Glorious Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) in the seventh century of the Christian Era (610 CE – 632 CE). The revelations came to the Prophet through the angel Gabriel. For the past fourteen centuries, Muslims from all over the world

Baghdad: Libraries and House of Wisdom

Baghdad: Libraries and House of Wisdom

  Libraries Muslims learned how to make paper from the Chinese, and proceeded to transform this art into a major industry. By 793 C.E., there were many paper mills in Baghdad. This was a revolutionary development because the existing alternatives to paper were papyrus, which was fragile, and parchment, which was expensive; paper, on the

Al-Shifa bint Abdullah

By Sabeen Khan Al-Shifa bint Abdullah al-Adawiyyah was born in Mecca; her real name was Laylah, but she was called Al-Shifa as tribute to her knowledge of and skill in healing. She was married to Abi Khaithamah bin Hudhayfah bin Amir al-Qurashi al-Adawi. She was an extremely intelligent and wise woman. Very few people were

Muslims in Latin America

Muslims in Latin America

  When the Americas were discovered by the Spaniards in the fifteenth century, they brought slaves from the north and west of Africa who introduced Islam in Latin America, staying in countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and some Caribbean islands. In many cases, these Muslim slaves were forced to leave their religious beliefs or be

Astrolabes and Early Islam: Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya

By Nageen Khan What is an Astrolabe? An astrolabe is a historical instrument used to predict the position of the sun, moon, planet, and stars. It was perfected during the Islamic Golden Age and the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. Many prominent historical figures (including writer Geoffery Chaucer and possibly ancient astronomer Claudius Ptolemy) have

Know These Great Women of Islamic History

By Dr. Abu Nawaar In the Quran, God SWT declares: “For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for