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Muslim inventions that shaped the modern world

By : Olivia Sterns | CNN | 22 July 2015

London (CNN)
Think of the origins of that staple of modern life, the cup of coffee, and Italy often springs to mind.

But in fact, Yemen is where the ubiquitous brew has its true origins.

Along with the first university, and even the toothbrush, it is among surprising Muslim inventions that have shaped the world we live in today.

Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

By Benedikt Koehler | IslamiCommentary | 01 May 2014

Arabs first made a name for themselves in business; their reputation for religious zeal came later. Arabs earned a reputation as long distance traders and risk investors long before the advent of Islam, and arguably the spread of Islam also was a breakthrough for capitalism and globalization. This is hardly surprising, considering Islam is the only world religion whose founder had a background in business and came from a long line of merchants.

Najashi: The king who supported Muslim emigrants

By : Abu Tariq Hijazi | Arabnews | 28 Mar 2014

It was a very critical moment. Jafar ibn Abi Taleb, the elder brother of Ali ibn Abi Taleb, who after embracing Islam escaped the prosecution of Makkans and led a delegation of over 80 emigrants to Habesha, was standing in the court of Christian King Najashi to defend Islam. He had full faith in Almighty Allah and so he spoke fearlessly.

A Short Story about the Prophet Dawud (David)

A Short Story about the Prophet Dawud
After the death of Talut the Most High made Dawud (peace be upon him) a king and a prophet. When he reached 40 years of age, he set out for Bait al Muqaddas. During Dawud’s reign, the Israelites conquered Jordan, Sham, Palestine, Oman, Aleppo and Hamat. The Jabbars had been living in many lands. After running them out, the Children of Israel brought these lands to monotheism.

The Mystery of Macedonia’s Islamic Manuscripts

Source : Balkananalysis | 08 Jan 2014
In this intriguing new interview, Balkanalysis.com Director Chris Deliso gets the insights of Prof. Dr. Mesut Idriz, an expert on the subject who has done considerable research on the history, identity and preservation possibilities of Islamic manuscripts from Macedonia.

The man who traveled for 30 years

By Abu Tariq Hijazi | 18 May 2013

Shamsuddin Mohammed, “Ibn Battuta”, the great Muslim adventurer of Morocco, was born on 17th of Rajab 703 AH (corresponding to Feb. 24, 1304) to an educated family in Tangier.

Ibn Battuta was the only medieval traveler who is known to have visited the lands of every Muslim ruler of his time. He also traveled to Ceylon, China, Byzantium and south Russia. His travels are estimated to have spanned no less than 75,000 miles, a distance unheard of before the age of engines.

Muslims playing active role in Togo

Source : AN | 26 Feb 2013

Islam reached Togo about the same time as it did in much of West Africa. Tribes and other communities of the region came in contact with Islam in the 1700’s that came across the salt and gold trade routes. The Berber and Tuareg merchants traveled the trans-Saharan trade routes.

The Introduction of the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah

By Dr. Spahic Omer / 22 Feb 2013

Hudaibiyah: A turning point in the history of Islam

By Abu Tariq Hijazi | 15 Nov 2012

The incident of Hudaibiyah reserves in history a significant phase of Islam when Muslims got an opportunity to unexpectedly notch gains from the jaws of an apparent defeat.

It was the sixth year of Hijrah since the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his supporters had left the beloved city of Makkah. They were eager to visit the holy Kaaba and perform tawaf (circumambulation).

Jairana: A landmark in the history of Islam

Source : Arab News | 02 Oct 2012

The bloodless conquest of Makkah occupies a great moment in the history of Islam. But when the holy Prophet (peace be upon him) heard of war preparedness of Hawazen and Thaqeef, he marched to Taif heading a 12,000 strong force. It was the largest force commanded by him at that time. Initially, Muslims suffered a setback, but with the Prophet’s (pbuh) undaunted courage and strong faith in Allah’s support they defeated the large pagan force at the Battle of Hunain.

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