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History of Islam in China

Muslims take great pride in citing a hadith that says "Seek knowledge even unto China." It points to the importance of seeking knowledge, even if it meant traveling as far away as China, especially as at t the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), China was considered the most developed civilization of the period.

Islam in China began during the caliphate of 'Uthman ibn Affan (Allayhi Rahma, ra), the third caliph. After triumphing over the Byzantine, Romans and the Persians, 'Uthman ibn Affan, dispatched a deputation to China in 29 AH (650 C.E., Eighteen years after the Prophet's (pbuh) death), under the leadership by Sa'ad ibn Abi Waqqaas (Allayhi Rahma), Prophet Muhammad's (Salla Allahu wa Allahai wa Sallam, pbuh) maternal uncle, inviting the Chinese emperor to embrace Islam. 


Umar ibn al-Khattab, a companion of the prophet, said:

One day we were sitting in the company of Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) when there appeared before us a man dressed in pure white clothes, his hair extraordinarily black. There were no signs of travel on him. None amongst us recognized him. At last he sat with the Apostle (peace be upon him). He knelt before him placed his palms on his thighs and said: "Muhammad, inform me about Islam."


Only for Allah

There was a pious man among the Banu Israel who always remained busy in the worship of Allah. A group of people came to him and told him that a tribe living nearby worshipped a tree. The news upset him, and with an axe on his shoulder he went to cut down that tree.


Story of Barsisa, The worshipper

At the time of Bani Israel, there was a man in a small village, called Barsisa. He was, what you call, a monk. But he was a true Christian. He believed in Tawheed and believed Isa (peace be upon him) was a messenger of Allah. 


Spanish language still influenced by Islamic culture till today

Spain is closely connected to the Islamic world. Not only does Spain enjoy good diplomatic relations with a big number of Islamic countries, but it also has the intrinsic presence of Islamic culture at the Iberian Peninsula for nearly eight centuries — from the time of Al-Ándalus.


Country of Kings

By S.M.H.Akbar /Haj and Umra magazine/Jeddah/June 2009 

Ancient Ghana derived power and wealth from gold and the introduction of the camel as the Trans-Saharan trade increased the quantity of goods that wre transported. 

ISLAM in Ghana is said to have been brought by traders. Much of the information about Ghana comes from the Arab writers. Al-Hamdani, for example, describes Ghana as having the richest gold mines on earth. These mines were situated at Bambuk, on the upper Senegal River.


Islam In Russia

By Elmira Akhmetova
Freelance Writer

Part 1

There are about 20 million indigenous Muslims living in the Russian Federation where the total population is over 140 million (about 15 percent of the total population). Unlike other Muslim minorities in Europe, Russian Muslims are not foreign immigrants. They are native citizens of the country in which they live in.


Sufi History in Daghestan

Sufism has an age-long history which has yet only recently become the subject of study. However the last few years have seen a certain amount of work done, for example, the publication of important articles on the history and practice of Sufism in Daghestan, especially in the 18th-20th centuries, Sufi treatises by Daghestani authors. The research sources pool has grown. The Eastern Literature publishing house in Moscow has released an important monograph by a Daghestani author Alikber Alikberov on the early history of Sufism in Daghestan.


History of Islam in Russia

Islam and the Golden Horde

The first Mongolian ruler, who embraced Islam, was Berke Khan (in mong. "Falcon"). Indeed, he became the falcon of Islam. He, who was the Temuchzhin’s (Genghis Khan’s) grandson and participated in the numerous campaigns of his grandfather and brothers, including those against Moslems, adopted Islam from Boharzi Sheikh in the city of Bukhara. And he, mighty heir of the throne of one fourth of the Empire which included most of the inhabited world, the grandson of “Conqueror of the Universe“, is said to have waited for three days for an audience at the doors of the Sheikh – a resident of the subdued country! Truly, what patience, what faith he had!

1001 inventions: Exhibit helps people discover Muslim heritage throughout our world

Source : Barbara Ferguson | Arab News

New York | 04 Apr 2011
The story of “One Thousand and One Nights” helped shape a certain stereotypical understanding of Islamic culture here in the West. Now an exhibition called “1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World,” which opened in December 2010 in New York Hall of Science, focuses on the reality — the period when Muslims’ sphere of influence stretched from China to Spain for hundreds of centuries.

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