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
An Albanian ruler of Egypt

An Albanian ruler of Egypt

Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769-1849). Albanian Ottoman governor of Egypt and later the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan. Born into Albanian family in present day Kavala, northern Greece. Muhammad Ali was a brilliant military strategist, politician and reformer who attempted to make Egypt his own personal kingdom, later on, even winning wars against the Ottoman Empire. Some of his most[Read More…]

July 1, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
A festive qasida in Zagreb

A festive qasida in Zagreb

A festive qasida in Islamic center of Zagreb (Croatia) during the celebration of fast-breaking day (Eid al-Fitr).

June 17, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
‘Witaj Szkoło!’ Welcome to school! Every child in Poland is greeted by this sentence in early September when school commences after the summer holidays. Although religious education is not compulsory in Poland, a vast majority of school children attend classes of religion, usually run by a Catholic priest/nun (sometimes, if enough parents/students request it, lessons of ethics are taught). Muslim pupils usually aren’t as lucky as the kids in Białystok, where the local Muslim Religious Association in co-operation with Białystok’s education board and the Muftiate office organises Islam classes. The children who attend are a mix of Polish and Crimean Tatars and Chechen refugees. Pictured is Mirza, a local imam, who is leading a prayer class to a mixed group of boys and girls.

Polish Muslim Community in the Heart of Europe

The Podlasie region of north-eastern Poland is home to a small Sunni Muslim community called Polish Tatars or Lipka Tatars, who have settled there for over 300 years. Photographer Selim Korycki is one of the 3000 Poles with Tatar heritage.  For centuries, the Tatar relatives on his father’s side resided in what is known today as the Grodno Region of Belarus. Like[Read More…]

June 3, 2018 0 comments History & Culture
A Very British Ramadan

A Very British Ramadan

A Very British Ramadan – White Muslims with own culture – wonderful to see.

May 27, 2018 2 comments History & Culture