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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.

Inventions 1001 celebrate contributions by Muslims

By : Amal Al-Sibai | Saudi Gazette | 21 Jan 2014

While Europe was grappling through the “Dark Ages,” the Muslims were thriving and experiencing what was for them, “the Golden Ages.”

They made groundbreaking discoveries and inventions in areas of astronomy, mathematics, medicine, mechanics, and more; they greatly influenced the lives of people and served as a foundation for educating generations for years to come.

How many people are aware that the camera was first invented by a Muslim or that the very first clock was designed by a Muslim?

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.

Biographical Accounts Of The Tatar Sheikh Muhammad-Zakir al-Chistawi (Kamalov) in The Arabic Manuscripts

For several centuries the Tatar literature has been evolving within the entire Islamic civilization maintaining strong ties with the Arabic, the Persian and the Turkish cultures.

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

Sufi Trail reveals secrets of Islamic mysticism

Source : AP | 08 Nov 2012

Perched high on a hilltop, this Sufi shrine was erected in the 16th century to honor the Sufi mystics.

And today a group of tourists are gathered to learn more about Sufi mysticism in the Palestinian village of Birzeit, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Raed Saadeh is briefing visitors before the start of the Sufi Trail.

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