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The Romans and Quran

The Romans and Quran

“The Romans have been defeated in the lowest land, but after their defeat they will soon be victorious. Within three to nine years. The decision of the matter, before and after, is with God.” (Quran 30:2-4)   Quranic miracle which predicted the victory of the Romans (Byzantines) over their Persian Sassanid enemies. Shortly before the expansion of Islam began, Persian[Read More…]

August 13, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Fredrick II Hohenstaufen – a German Emperor and Islamophile

Fredrick II Hohenstaufen – a German Emperor and Islamophile

On the historical plan, the relations between Islam and Germany in the Middle ages were not just political ones, but civilizational ones as well. Fredrick II Hohenstaufen was not only a ”founder” of the specific shape of German sympathy towards Islam, he also started the pattern to which all the later attempts of western understanding of Islam aligned to. As[Read More…]

August 13, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
A Catalan Muslim Commander – Abu-l-Hasan Ali ibn Ruburtayr

A Catalan Muslim Commander – Abu-l-Hasan Ali ibn Ruburtayr

Abu-l-Hasan Ali ibn Ruburtayr or Reverter was the younger son of Reverter I viscount of Barcelona, and a Muslim Catalan mercenary commander. He left the Christian faith and territories, and converted to Islam. His Christian name is unknown.   When his father died in 1142 or 1144, he became leader of the Christian mercenary regiment of Tashfin ibn Ali, the[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Sinan Reis – The Great Jewish Convert

Sinan Reis – The Great Jewish Convert

Sinan Reis known as ”The Great Jew” Sephardi convert to Islam and one of the sea captains of the Hayreddin Barbarossa, a famous Ottoman corsair admiral. Sinan’s family was expelled from their home following the decision undertaken by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille to expell the Jews from the Imperial Spanish territories. After that his[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 1 comment History & Culture
France and Ottomans: a Union of the Lily and the Crescent

France and Ottomans: a Union of the Lily and the Crescent

Ironically, one of the most Islamophobic countries in present time, France, has a long history of agreements, alliances and collaborations with Islamic powers. The most famous and well known example of this is the Franco-Ottoman alliance which lasted more than 250 years. After the defeat of the French king Francis I by the Habsburg armies of Charles V at the field[Read More…]

July 28, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Robert of Saint Albans – Crusader Templar knight and a Convert to Islam

Robert of Saint Albans – Crusader Templar knight and a Convert to Islam

Robert of St.Albans was initially a crusader knight who came to the holy land with fervor and passion in his heart to wage the holy war against the Muslims. However, soon, after meeting with the locals and getting to know the Islamic customs and faith, he embraced it. Later, after his conversion, he was made a general in Saladin’s army[Read More…]

July 26, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Hasanaginica – a European Muslim Opera

Hasanaginica – a European Muslim Opera

Hasanaginica, also known as ”The mourning song of the Noble wife of Hasan aga” is a Bosniak Muslim folk ballad created in the period from 1646–49 in Imotski (present day Croatia) at a time, part of the Bosnia eyalet of the Ottoman Empire. It was passed down in oral form, knee to knee for a period of time before it[Read More…]

July 22, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
SREBRENICA…

SREBRENICA…

In the days following the 11th July.  23 years ago, the largest genocide in Europe after the second world war was unfolding. More than 8000 ethnic European Muslims were butchered by the Orthodox religious extremists after the Srebrenica “safe zone” was betrayed and delivered into their hands. Before the international court for war crimes in Hague, the case of organized[Read More…]

July 12, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Possibly First Mosque in New York Founded by Tatars

Possibly First Mosque in New York Founded by Tatars

«Tatar Mosque in Brooklyn, New York» — Powers Street Williamsburg Brooklyn Possibly First Mosque in New York , Founded by Tatar Muslims from Poland, Lithuania and Belarus at the beginning of the 20th Century.

July 3, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
Sevdalinka a Traditional Bosniak Folk Music

Sevdalinka a Traditional Bosniak Folk Music

Sevdalinka, also known as Sevdah music is a traditional Bosniak folk music integral to the unique Bosniak Islamic culture. In a musical sense it is characterised by a slow and moderate tempo and intense emotional, often melancholic melodies. Most of the comosers of the Sevdah songs are unknown, because they have been written many centuries ago and were passed knee[Read More…]

July 1, 2018 0 comments History & Culture