Category: Muslim World

Shariah Law: Opportunity or Threat to America? Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Shariah Law: Opportunity or Threat to America? Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Shariah is an integral part of Islam. It is often defined as ‘Islamic law,’ causing one to assume that it consists mostly of criminal rulings and penalties. However, Shariah encompasses much more than the conventional understanding of law. While Shariah provides the legal framework for the foundation and functioning of a society, it also details

African Muslim Slaves in the Americas: An Understudied Presence

African Muslim Slaves in the Americas: An Understudied Presence

For three hundred and fifty years, Muslim men, women, and children, victims of the general insecurity that the Atlantic slave trade and the politico-religious conflicts in West Africa fostered, were sold in the New World. They were among the very first Africans to be shipped, and among the very last. When they reached the other

Europe: Spain

Europe: Spain

The Umayyads in Spain, also known as al-Andalus After a coup overturned the Umayyad rule in Damascus in 750 A.D. and the victors massacred the royal Umayyad family, Abdul Rahman, the lone surviving relative of the caliph, escaped. He traveled south to North Africa, narrowly escaping his pursuers, and eventually entered Muslim Spain, a pro-Umayyad

From Mulberry to Silk – The Journey of Islam in China

From Mulberry to Silk – The Journey of Islam in China

By Musaddique Thange China is sometimes referred to as a “riddle wrapped in an enigma”. A nation with an ancient civilization that is one of the fastest growing economies of the modern world, a people steeped in history that also carry the promise of the future, and a country that is at once associated with

Ibn Khaldun: Father of Social Sciences

Ibn Khaldun: Father of Social Sciences

Ibn Khaldun: Judge, Scholar, and Diplomat Ibn Khaldun, the father of social sciences, was an eminent figure who hailed from northern Africa; he lived from 1332 to 1406 A.D. He was born in present-day Tunisia and traveled extensively across North Africa, not to mention a stint in Granada, Spain. He died in Egypt. [Read more:

Islam in America

Islam in America

Explore the relationship between Islam and America through a Multimedia Interview with Imam Khalid Griggs. History of Muslims in America. Of all the faiths practiced in the United States, Islam is the fastest growing, the most questioned and the least understood. Who are the American Muslims? When did they start coming to the US, where

Cordoba: A City of Light

Cordoba: A City of Light

By Salman Yazdani   Located in the Iberian Peninsula, Cordoba was one of the prominent centers of learning and culture in the enlightened Muslim world.  While the rest of Europe was going through its dark ages, this was the most prosperous and sophisticated metropolis in the continent.  It was the capital of Muslim Spain, spanning

The Muslim World

The Muslim World

Fourteen hundred years ago, God sent Angel Gabriel to reveal the religion of Islam to Muhammad, peace be upon him (pbuh). God transformed him from an ordinary man to the last of the Prophets. He was given the responsibility of guiding humanity to righteousness and the worship of One God alone. Muhammad (pbuh) advised his

Granada: The Last Refuge

Granada: The Last Refuge

By Salman Yazdani Muslim rule in Granada With its unique location at the foot of Sierra Nevada and stunning natural surroundings, Granada conquered the hearts of Arab Muslims. They established a prosperous, educated and versatile society in this city. Under Almohad rule by the year 1200 C.E it was one of the most prosperous and

Reflections on Black History Month

Reflections on Black History Month

By Zaid Shakir Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20 percent of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the percentages of Muslims in the slave