5-minute Guide to Gaza

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Get fast facts about the desperate situation facing children and their families in Gaza.

Caught in the conflict between Israel and Hamas are the families of Gaza. Here is a quick summary of the challenges faced by many Gazan children and their families.

Minute 1: Gaza’s History

  • The Gaza Strip is a sliver of towns, villages and farmland at the southeast end of the Mediterranean. It’s located between Israel to the north and east, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to the south.
  • Gaza city, the region’s capital, has been continuously inhabited for more than 3,000 years and was a crossroads of ancient civilizations.
  • The Israeli military occupied Gaza from 1967-2005.
  • Today, more than 40 per cent of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza are refugees, many of whom live in crowded camps.
  • An 18-month blockade by Israel has driven most families in Gaza into dire poverty. Closed borders and restricted movement has hampered aid from reaching those in need.

Minute 2: Socio-economic Conditions

  • 49.1 per cent of Gazans are unemployed.
  • More than 50 per cent of families in Gaza live below the poverty line.
  • Most Gazans live on less than $2 a day

Minute 3: Food and Water

  • Socio-economic conditions in Gaza, which is subject to severe restrictions, have deteriorated sharply, causing nearly 80 per cent of Gaza’s residents to rely on food aid.
  • 46 per cent of all Palestinians are either food insecure or in danger of becoming so.
  • In Beit Lahya, North Gaza, most households have access to water, but the quality is so poor that 95 per cent have to buy drinking water.

Minute 4: Gaza’s Children

  • More than half of Gaza’s 1.5 million residents are children.
  • 50,000 children in Gaza are malnourished. About half of children under two are anemic and 70 per cent have vitamin A deficiency. Current malnutrition rates rival levels seen in drought-stricken regions of Africa
  • Nearly half of all students in the Palestinian territories have seen their school besieged by troops, and more than 10 per cent have witnessed the killing of a teacher in school.

Minute 5: World Vision’s Work in Gaza

  • There are two World Vision communities in Gaza.
  • World Vision supports 23,893 children in the West Bank and Gaza, including 6,000 children sponsored by Canadians.

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Please donate now to World Vision’s relief efforts in conflict ridden regions.

Haraam E-Numbers List

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Haram E-Numbers List

The following is a list of products containing animal by-products, such as animal fat, gelatine and fatty acids (fats). It is by no means certain that they are Haraam. Only Allah (SWT) knows, and may we be guided by Him. It is better to avoid products these e-numbers, as there is doubt about them.

E No. Description Notes

COLOURS

  • E120 Cochineal (red colour) from scale insects
  • E140 Chlorophyll fatty acids & others
  • E141 Copper phaeophytins from chlorophyll

PRESERVATIVE

E252 Potassium Nitrate waste animal & vegetable material

EMULSIFIERS

  • E422 Glycerol (Glycerine) from soaps & fatty acids
  • 430 Polyoxyethelene stearate fatty acid molecules
  • 431 Polyoxyethelene stearate fatty acids
  • 433 Polysorbate 80 oleic esters of sorbitol
  • E470 Sodium salts of soap fatty acids
  • E471 Glyceryl Monostearate from glycerin & fatty acid
  • E472a Acetic esters of fatty acids esters of glycerol & acetic acid
  • E472b Lactic esters of fatty acids esters of glycerol & lactic acid
  • E472c Citric esters of fatty acids esters of glycerol & citric acid
  • E472d Tartaric esters of fatty acids esters of glycerol & tartaric acid
  • E472e Acetyltartaric esters of fatty acids esters of glycerol & tartaric acid
  • E473 Sucrose esters esters of glycerol & sucrose
  • E474 Sucroglycerides from lard
  • E475 Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids
  • 476 Polyglycerol polyricinoleate castor oil & glycerol esters
  • E477 Propylene glycol esters propylene glycol
  • 478 Lactylated glycerol esters glycerol esters & lactic acid
  • 491 Sorbitan monostearate stearic acid and sorbitol
  • 492 Sorbitan Tristearate stearic acid
  • E494 Sorbitan mono-oleate from oleic acid
  • 542 Edible bone phosphate steam-extract from animal bones

ANTI-CAKING AGENTS

  • 570 Stearic acid fatty acid in animal fats & veg oils
  • 572 Magnesium stearate stearic acid

FLAVOURINGS

  • 631 Sodium 5_inosinate meat extract & dried sardines
  • 635 Sodium 5_ribonucleotide meat extract & dried sardines
  • 904 Shellac resin by lac insect

Additives or ingredients, which have not been allocated EEC numbers and may be derived from non-halal sources, are :

  • Edible / Animal fat or oil
  • Gelatin / gelatine
  • Enzymes of catalase, lipase, pepsin, trypsin, rennin (or rennet)
  • Please note that the E471 is also known as mono & di-glyceride of fatty acids (some manufacturers do not put the E-number but
  • put the wording instead). This can be of vegetable or animal origin. There are two ways of finding out : either the wrapper says
  • “suitable for vegetarians” or you have to ask the manufacturer.

Translations Of The Meanings Of The Holy Quran

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Israel’s Sonic Booms Terrifies Gaza Children

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Deafening Sound Considered Retaliation for Palestinian Attacks
By WILF DINNICK, Dec. 29, 2005

It’s Israel’s latest weapon: Without notice, an Israeli jet fighter flies low over the densely populated Gaza Strip, breaking the sound barrier.

The massive sonic boom often breaks windows, shakes entire apartment buildings and terrifies the people of Gaza.

Shaul Mofaz, Tzipi Livni, Ehud Olmert

Just about every night for the last five months, 10-year-old Basma Abid Adiam has had trouble sleeping.

Her father says during the day she often seems distant. Basma’s problems started when the Israeli air force began breaking the sound barrier almost nightly over her home.

On the fourth floor of her family’s apartment building, surrounded by her brothers and sisters, Basma said shyly, “We are afraid when we hear the boom. I wet my bed. During the day when we go to school, we are afraid and try to hide.”

An international activist waves to Palestinians after arriving to Gaza in an attempt to break an Israeli blockade August 23, 2008. Israel said on Saturday it would allow seafaring activists seeking to challenge its blockade on the Gaza Strip to enter the Hamas-controlled territory. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

Responding to Rocket Attacks Against Israelis

Since Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip last September, a small group of Palestinian militants has been using the northern Gaza area to launch homemade rockets at Israel.

The Palestinian authority has either been unable or unwilling to stop the attacks. The Israel army says it has to take action.

The almost nightly sonic booms are the Israeli air force’s attempt to turn the Palestinian population against the militants in Gaza and help stop the attacks.

Targeting innocent civilians violates the Geneva Conventions. Both Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups have asked the Israeli High Court to stop the air force from this practice.

Dr. Eyad Sarraj, a psychiatrist in Gaza, says it is the children who are harmed the most.

“For children under the age of 6, large noise means danger, a danger to life,” he said. “This is definitely a form of collective punishment, which under international law is prohibited and considered a war crime.”

An activist tosses roses into the sea as part of a memorial service in memory of 14 Palestinian fishermen killed since the Israeli siege of Gaza and 34 U.S. sailors killed by Israeli fire during an attack against the USS Liberty 41 years ago in the Cypriot port of Larnaca on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. About 40 activists from 16 countries will set sail aboard the boats from the Mediterranean island for the estimated 30-hour trip to the Palestinian territory. They say they will "non-violently" resist any attempts by Israeli authorities to arrest them. From AP Photo by PHILIPPOS CHRISTOU.

But Rannan Gissim, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, defends the tactic. “The inconvenience that it causes the Palestinian population cannot be measured against the question of life or death for Israelis on the other side.”

AL-WIRDUL AAM – Dua

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AL-WIRDUL `AAM
THE GENERAL LITANY

1. Recite Once :

الرَّجِيْمِ الشَّيْطَانِ مِنَ بِاللهِ أَعُوْذُ

A-`ŪDHU BILLĀHI MINASH SHAYTĀ-NIR RAJĪM

I seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan, the rejected one.

2. Recite Three Times :

الرَّحِيْمِ الرَّحْمنِ اللهِ بِسْمِ

BIS-MIL-LĀHIR RAHMĀ-NIR RAHĪM

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

3. Recite Once :

اللهِ عِنْدَ تَجِدُوْهُ خَيْرٍ مِّنْ لِأَنْفُسِكُمْ تُقَدِّمُوْا مَا وَ
أَجْرًا أَعْظَمَ وَ خَيْرًا هُوَ
اللهَ اسْتَغْفِرُوا وَ
رَّحِيْمٌ غَفُوْرٌ اللهَ إِنَّ

WA MĀ TUQAD-DIMŪ LI-ANFUSIKUM MIN KHAYRIN TAJIDŪHU `INDAL-LĀHI HUWA KHAYRAN WA A`A-ZAMA AJRĀ WAS-TAGH-FIRUL- LĀH INNAL-LĀHA GHAFŪRUR- RAHĪM

“And whatever good you send forth for yourselves, you shall find it with Allah, better and greater in reward. And seek the forgiveness of Allah, for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [ Surah Al-Muzzammil, 73:20 ]

4. Recite Ninety-Nine Times :

اللهَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ

AS-TAGH-FIRUL- LĀH

I seek the forgiveness of Allah.

5. Recite Once :

الْقَيُّوْمَ الْحَيَّ هُوَ إِلاَّ إِلَهَ لآ الَّذِيْ الْعَظِيْمَ اللهَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ
. إِلَيْهِ وأَتُوْبُ

AS-TAGH-FIRUL- LĀHAL `AZĪMAL- LA-DHĪ LA ILĀHA ILLĀ HUWAL- HAYYAL- QAY-YŪMA WA ATŪBU ILAYH

I seek the forgiveness of Allah, the Most Great, other than whom there is no god, the Living, the Self-subsisting Supporter of all, and I turn to Him in Repentance.

6. Recite Once :

النَّبِيِّ عَلَى يُصَلُّوْنَ مَلاَئِكَتَهُ وَ اللهَ إِنَّ
. تَسْلِيْمًا سَلِّمُوْا وَ عَلَيْهِ صَلُّوْا آمَنُوْا الَّذِيْنَ أَيُّهَا يَا

IN-NALLĀHA WA MALĀ-IKATAHU YUSALLŪNA `ALANNABIY, YĀ AY-YUHAL- LADHĪNA ĀMANŪ ŞALLŪ `ALAYHI WA SALLIMŪ TASLĪMĀ

“Verily Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you who believe, send blessings on him and salute him with all respect.” [ Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:56 ]

7. Recite Ninety-Nine Times :

النَّبِيِّ رَسُوْلِكَ وَ عَبْدِكَ مُحَمَّدٍ سَيِّدِنَا عَلَى صَلِّ اَللهُمَّ
. سَلِّمْ وَ صَحْبِهِ وَ آلِهِ عَلَى وَ الأُمِّيِّ

ALLĀHUMMA ŞALLI `ALĀ SAYYIDINĀ MUHAMMADIN `ABDIKA WA RASŪLIKAN- NABI- YIL- UMMIY,
WA `ALĀ ĀLIHI WA SAHBIHI WA SALLIM

O Allah, bless our master Muhammad, Your Servant and Messenger, the Unlettered Prophet, and his family and Companions, and grant them peace.

8. Recite Once :

النَّبِيِّ رَسُوْلِكَ وَ عَبْدِكَ مُحَمَّدٍ سَيِّدِنَا عَلَى صَلِّ اَللهُمَّ
بِقَدْرِ تَسْلِيْمًا سَلِّمْ وَ صَحْبِهِ وَ آلِهِ عَلَى وَ الأُمِّيِّ
عَظَمَةِ
. حِيْنٍ وَ وَقْتٍِِ آُلِّ فِيْ ذَاتِكَ

ALLĀHUMMA ŞALLI `ALĀ SAYYIDINAA MUHAMMADIN `ABDIKA WA RASŪLIKAN- NABI- YIL- UMMIY,
WA `ALĀ ĀLIHI WA SAHBIHII WA SALLIM TASLĪMAN BIQADRI `AŻAMATI DHĀTIKA FĪ KULLI WAQTIN WA HĪN

O Allah, bless our master Muhammad, Your Servant and Messenger, the Unlettered Prophet, and his family and Companions, and grant them peace, as greatly as the greatness of Your Being, at every moment and time.

9. Recite Once :

. الله إِلاَّ إِلَهَ لاَ أَنَّهُ فَاعْلَمْ

FA`LAM ANNAHU LĀ ILĀHA IL-LAL-LĀH

“Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah.” [ Surah Muhammad, 47:19 ]

10. Recite Ninety-Nine Times :

. الله إِلاَّ إِلَهَ لاَ

LĀ ILĀHA IL-LAL-LĀH

There is no god but Allah.

11. Recite Once :

اللهُ صَلَّى اللهِ رَسُوْلُ مُحَمَّدٌ سَيِّدُنَا اللهُ إِلاَّ إِلَهَ لاَ
عَلَيْهِ
. سَلَّمْ وَ صَحْبِهِ وَ آلِهِ عَلَى وَ

LĀ ILĀHA IL-LAL-LĀHU SAYYIDUNĀ MUHAMMAD UR RASŪLUL-LĀH, ŞALLAL-LĀHU `ALAYHI WA `ALĀ ĀLIHI
WA SAHBIHI WA SALLAM

There is no god but Allah, our Master Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, may the blessings of Allah be upon him and his family and his Companions, and may He grant them peace.

12. Recite Three Times : (Suratul Ikhlas)

الرَّحِيْمِ الرَّحْمنِ اللهِ بِسْمِ
أَحَدٌ اللهُ هُوَ قُلْ
الصَّمَدُ اَللهُ
يُوْلَدْ لَمْ وَ يَلِدْ لَمْ
أَحَدٌ آُفُوًا لَّهُ يَكُنْ لَمْ وَ

BISMIL-LĀHIR- RAHMĀ-NIR RAHĪM QUL HUWAL- LĀHU AHAD, ALLĀHUŞ- ŞAMAD, LAM YALID WA LAM YŪLAD, WA LAM YAKUL- LAHŪ KUFUWAN AHAD

“Say: He is Allah, the One; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.” [ Surah Al-Ikhlas, 112: 1-4 ]

13. Recite Once : (Suratul Fatihah)

الرَّحِيْمِ الرَّحْمنِ اللهِ بِسْمِ
يَوْمِ مالِكِ الرَّحِيْمِ اَلرَّحْمنِ الْعَالَمِيْنَ رَبِّ لِلَّهِ اَلْحَمْدُ
الدِّيْنِ
الْمُسْتَقِيْمَ الصِّرَاطَ اهْدِنَا نَسْتَعِيْنُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ إِيَّاكَ
عَلَيْهِمْ الْمَغْضُوْبِ غَيْرِ عَلَيْهِمْ أَنْعَمْتَ الَّذِيْنَ صِرَاطَ
. آمِيْن . الضَآلِّيْنَ وَلاَ

BISMIL-LĀHIR- RAHMĀ-NIR RAHĪM ALHAMDU LIL-LĀHI RABBIL- `ĀLAMĪN, AR-RAHMĀ-NIRRAHĪM, MĀLIKI YAWMID- DĪN, IY-YĀKA NA`BUDU WA IYYĀKA NASTA`ĪN, IH-DINAŞ- ŞIRĀTAL MUSTAQĪM, ŞIRĀTAL LADHĪNA AN`AMTA `ALAYHIM, GHAYRIL MAGH-DŪBI `ALAYHIM WA LAD-DĀLLĪN. AMEEN.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All Praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgement. You (alone) we worship; And You (alone) we ask for help.
Guide us to the Straight Path. The Path of those upon whom You Have bestowed Your Grace, Not (the Path) of those who earn Your anger (wrath), Nor of those who go astray. [ Surah Al-Fatihah, 1:1-7 ]

14. Make Du`ā’ for yourself, your parents, your Sheikh, your fellow Brethren on this Path, and all Muslims.

HASBUNALLĀH DHIKR

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HASBUNALLĀH DHIKR

1. Recite Once:

الرَّجِيْمِ الشَّيْطَانِ مِنَ بِاللهِ أَعُوْذُ

A-`ŪDHU BILLĀHI MINASH SHAYTĀ-NIR RAJĪM

I seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan, the rejected one.

2. Recite Once:

الرَّحِيْمِ الرَّحْمنِ اللهِ بِسْمِ

BIS-MIL-LĀHIR RAHMĀ-NIR RAHĪM

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

3. Recite Once :

لَكُمْ جَمَعُوْا قَدْ النَّاسَ إِنَّ النَّاسُ لَهُمُ قَالَ اَلَّذِيْنَ
فَاخْشَوْهُمْ
الْوَآِيْل وَنِعْمَ اللهَُ حَسْبُنَا وَّقَالُوْا إِيْمَانًا فَزَادَهُمْ

AL- LA-DHĪNA QĀLA LAHUMMUN NĀSU INNAN- NĀSA QAD JAMA`Ū LAKUM FAKH-SHAW-HUM FAZĀDAHUM IMĀNAN(W) WA QĀLŪ HASBUNALLĀHU WA NI`MAL WAKĪL

People said to them (i.e. the Believers): “A great army is gathering against you, so fear them”: But it (only) increased their faith, and they responded: “Allah is sufficient for us. And He is the best Disposer of affairs.” [Surah Āli-`Imrān, 3:173]

4. Recite Four Hundred and Fifty Times :

الْوَآِيْل وَنِعْمَ اللهَُ حَسْبُنَا

HASBUNALLĀHU WA NI`MAL WAKĪL

“Allah is sufficient for us. And He is the best Disposer of affairs.”
[Surah Āli-`Imrān, 3:173]

5. Recite Once:

سُوْءٌ يَمْسَسْهُمْ لَّمْ وَفَضْلٍ اللهِ مِنَ بِنِعْمَةٍ فَانْقَلَبُوْا
وَاتَّبَعُوْا
عَظِيْمِ فَضْلٍ ذُوْ وَاللهُ اللهِ رِضْوَانَ

FANQALABŪ BI-NI`MATIM MINALLĀHI WA FADLIL LAM YAM-SAS-HUM SŪ-UN(W) WAT-TABA`Ū RIDWĀNALLĀH WALLĀHU DHŪ FADLIN `AZĪM

And they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allah; no harm ever touched them. For they followed the good pleasure of Allah. And Allah is the Lord of limitless bounties. [Surah Āli-`Imrān, 3:174]

6. Recite Three Times:

الْمَقَادِيْرِ بِهِ جَرَتْ فِيْمَا بِنَا اُلْطُفْ لَطِيْفُ يَا اَللّهُمَّ

ALLĀHUMMA, YA LATĪF, ULTUF BINĀ FĪMĀ JARAT BIHIL MAQĀDĪR

O Allah! O Most Gentle and Kind! Treat us gently in unfolding in our lives that which your inevitable Decree contains.

7. Recite Once:

وَ صَحْبِهِ وَ آلِهِ عَلَى وَ مُحَمَّدٍ سَيِّدِنَا عَلَى اللهُ وَصلَّ
. سَلَّمْ

WA SAL-LALLĀHU `ALĀ SAYYIDINĀ MUHAMMADIN WA `ALĀ ĀLIHI WA SAHBIHĪ WA SALLAM

O Allah! Bless our Master Muhammad, and his family and his companions, and give them peace.

8. Make Du`ā’ for yourself, your parents, your Sheikh, your fellow Brethren on this Path, and all Muslims.

PRECOLUMBIAN MUSLIMS IN THE AMERICAS

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PRECOLUMBIAN MUSLIMS IN THE AMERICAS
By: Dr. Youssef Mroueh

Preparatory Commitee for International Festivals to celebrate the millennium of the Muslims arrival to the Americas ( 996-1996 CE )

INTRODUCTION

Numerous evidence suggests that Muslims from Spain and West Africa arrived to the Americas at least five centuries before Columbus. It is recorded,for example, that in the mid-tenth century, during the rule of the Ummayyed Caliph Abdul-Rahman III (929-961 CE), Muslims of African origin sailed westward from the Spanish port of DELBA (Palos) into the “Ocean of darkness and fog”. They returned after a long absence with much booty from a “strange and curious land”. It is evident that people of Muslim origin are known to have accompanied Columbus and subsequent Spanish explorers to the New World.

The last Muslim stronghold in Spain, Granada, fell to the Christians in 1492 CE, just before the Spanish inquisition was launched. To escape persecution, many non-Christians fled or embraced Catholicism. At least two documents imply the presence of Muslims in Spanish America before 1550 CE. Despite the fact that a decree issued in 1539 CE by Charles V, king of Spain, forbade the grandsons of Muslims who had been burned at the stake to migrate to the West Indies. This decree was ratified in 1543 CE, and an order for the expulsion of all Muslims from overseas Spanish territories was subsequently published. Many references on the Muslim arrival to Americas are available. They are summarized in the following

A: HISTORIC DOCUMENTS:

1. A Muslim historian and geographer ABUL-HASSAN ALI IBN AL-HUSSAIN
AL-MASUDI (871-957 CE) wrote in his book Muruj adh-dhahab wa maadin aljawhar (The meadows of gold and quarries of jewels) that during the rule of the Muslim caliph of Spain Abdullah Ibn Mohammad(888-912 CE), a Muslim navigator, Khashkhash Ibn Saeed Ibn Aswad, from Cortoba, Spain sailed from Delba (Palos) in 889 CE, crossed the Atlantic, reached an unknown territory (ard majhoola) and returned with fabulous treasures. In Al-Masudi’s map of the world there is a large area in the ocean of darkness and fog which he referred to as the unknown territory (Americas). (1)

2. A Muslim historian ABU BAKR IBN UMAR AL-GUTIYYA narrated that during the reign of the Muslim caliph of Spain, Hisham II (976-1009CE), another Muslim navigator, Ibn Farrukh, from Granada, sailed from Kadesh (February 999CE) into the Atlantic, landed in Gando (Great Canary islands) visiting King Guanariga, and continued westward where he saw and named two islands, Capraria and Pluitana. He arrived back in Spain in May 999 CE. (2)

3. Columbus sailed from Palos (Delba), Spain. He was bound for GOMERA (Canary Islands)-Gomera is an Arabic word meaning ‘small firebrand’ – there he fell in love with Beatriz BOBADILLA, daughter of the first captain general of the island (the family name BOBADILLA is derived from the Arab Islamic name ABOU ABDILLA.).Nevertheless, the BOBADILLA clan was not easy to ignore. Another Bobadilla (Francisco) later, as the royal commissioner, put Columbus in chains and transferred him from Santo Dominigo back to
Spain (November 1500 CE). The BOBADILLA family was related to the ABBADID dynasty of Seville (1031-1091 CE). On October 12, 1492 CE, Columbus landed on a little island in the Bahamas that was called GUANAHANI by the natives. Renamed SAN SALVADOR by Columbus. GUANAHANI is derived from Mandinka and modified Arabic words. GUANA (IKHWANA) means ‘brothers’ and HANI is an Arabic name.Therefore the original name of the island was ‘HANI BROTHERS’. (11) Ferdinand Columbus, the son of Christopher, wrote about the blacks seen by his father in Handuras: “The people who live farther east of Pointe Cavinas, as far as Cape Gracios a Dios, are almost black in color.” At the same time, in this very same region, lived a tribe of Muslim natives known as ALMAMY. In Mandinka and Arabic languages, ALMAMY was the designation of “AL-IMAM”or “AL-IMAMU”, the leader of the prayer,or in some cases, the chief of the community,and/or a member of the Imami Muslim community. (12)

NOTES

4. A renowned American historian and linguist, LEO WEINER of Harvard University, in his book, AFRICA AND THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA (1920) wrote that Columbus was well aware of the Mandinka presence in the New World and that the West African Muslims had spread throughout the Caribbean, Central, South and North American territories, including Canada,where they were trading and intermarrying with the Iroquois and Algonquin Indians. (13)

B: GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS:

1. The famous Muslim geographer and cartographer AL-SHARIF AL-IDRISI (1099- 1166CE) wrote in his famous book Nuzhat al-mushtaq fi ikhtiraq al-afaq (Excursion of the longing one in crossing horizons) that a group of seafarers (from North Africa) sailed into the sea of darkness and fog (The Atlantic ocean) from Lisbon (Portugal), in order to discover what was in it and what extent were its limits. They finally reached an island that had people and cultivation…on the fourth day, a translator spoke to them in the Arabic language. (3)

2. The Muslim reference books mentioned a well-documented description of a journey across the sea of fog and darkness by Shaikh ZAYN EDDINE ALI BEN FADHEL AL-MAZANDARANI. His journey started from Tarfaya (South Morocco) during the reign of the King Abu-Yacoub Sidi Youssef (1286-1307CE) 6th of the Marinid dynasty, to Green Island in the Caribbean sea in 1291 CE (690 HE). The details of his ocean journey are mentioned in Islamic references, and many Muslim scholars are aware of this recorded historical event..(4)

3. The Muslim historian CHIHAB AD-DINE ABU-L-ABBAS AHMAD BEN FADHL AL-UMARI (1300-1384CE/700-786HE) described in detail the geographical explorations beyond the sea of fog and darkness of Mali’s sultans in his famous book Massaalik al-absaar fi mamaalik al-amsaar (The pathways of sights in the provinces of kingdoms). (5)

4. Sultan MANSU KANKAN MUSA (1312-1337 CE) was the world renowned Mandinka monarch of the West African Islamic empire of Mali. While travelling to Makkah on his famous Hajj in 1324 CE, he informed the scholars of the Mamluk Bahri sultan court (An-Nasir Nasir Edin Muhammad III-1309-1340 CE) in Cairo, that his brother, sultan Abu Bakari I (1285-1312CE) had undertaken two expeditions into the Atlantic Ocean. When the sultan did not return to Timbuktu from the second voyage of 1311 CE, Mansa Musa became sultan of the empire. (6)

5. Columbus and early Spanish and portuguese explorers were able to voyage across the Atlantic (a distance of 2400 Km’s) thanks to Muslim geographical and navigational information. In particular maps made by Muslim traders, including AL-MASUDI (871-957CE) in his book Akhbar az-zaman (History of the world) which is based on material gathered in Africa and Asia (9). As a matter of fact, Columbus had two captain of muslim origin during his first transatlantic voyage: Martin Alonso Pinzon was the captain of the PINTA,and his brother Vicente Yanez Pinzon was the captain of the NINA. They were wealthy, expert ship outfitters who helped organize the Columbus expedition and prepared the flagship, SANTA MARIA. They did this at their own expense for both commercial and political reasons. The PINZON family was related to ABUZAYAN MUHAMMAD III (1362-66 CE), the Moroccan sultan of the Marinid dynasty (1196-1465CE). (10)

C: ARABIC ( ISLAMIC ) INSCRIPTIONS:

1. Anthropologists have proven that the Mandinkos under Mansa Musa’s instructions explored many parts of North America via the Mississippi and other rivers systems. At Four Corners, Arizona, writings show that they even brought elephants from Africa to the
area.(7)

2. Columbus admitted in his papers that on Monday, October 21,1492 CE while his ship was sailing near Gibara on the north-east coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque on top of a beautiful mountain. The ruins of mosques and minarets with inscriptions of Quranic verses have been discovered in Cuba, Mexico, Texas and Nevada. (8.0)

3. During his second voyage, Columbus was told by the indians of ESPANOLA (Haiti), that black people had been to the island before his arrival. For proof, they presented Columbus with the spears of these African muslims. These weapons were tipped with a yellow metal that the indians called GUANIN, a word of West African derivation meaning ‘gold alloy’. Oddly enough, it is related to the Arabic word ‘GHINAA’ which means ‘WEALTH’. Columbus brought some GUANINES back to Spain and had them tested. He learned that the metal was 18 parts gold (56.25%), 6 parts silver (18.75%) and 8 parts copper (25%), the same ratio as the metal produced in African metalshops of Guinea. (14)

4. In 1498 CE, on his third voyage to the new world, Columbus landed in Trinidad. Later, he sighted the South American continent, where some of his crew went ashore and found natives using colorful handkerchiefs of symmetrically woven cotton. Columbus noticed that these handkerchiefs resembled the headdresses and loinclothes of Guinea in their colors, style and function. He refered to them as ALMAYZARS. ALMAYZAR is an Arabic word for ‘wrapper’,’cover’,’apron’ and/or ‘skirting’ which was the cloth the Moors (Spanish or North African Muslims) imported from west Africa (Guinea) into Morocco, Spain and Portugal. During this voyage, Columbus was surprised that the married women wore cotton panties (bragas) and he wondered where these natives learned their modesty. Hernan Cortes, Spanish conqueror, described the dress of the Indian women as ‘long veils’ and the dress of Indian men as ‘breechcloth painted in the style of Moorish draperies’. Ferdinand Columbus called the native cotton garments ‘breechclothes of the same design and cloth as the shawls worn by the Moorish women of Granada’. Even the similarity of the children’s hammocks to those found in North Africa was uncanny.(15)

5. Dr. Barry Fell (Harvard University) introduced in his book ‘Saga America-1980′ solid scientific evidence supporting the arrival, centuries before Columbus, of Muslims from North and West Africa. Dr. Fell discovered the existence of the Muslim schools at Valley of Fire, Allan Springs, Logomarsino, Keyhole, Canyon, Washoe and Hickison Summit Pass (Nevada), Mesa Verde (Colorado), Mimbres Valley (New Mexico) and Tipper Canoe(Indiana) dating back to 700-800 CE. Engraved on rocks in the arid western U.S, he found texts, diagrams and charts representing the last surviving fragments of what was once a system of schools – at both an elementary and higher level. The language of instruction was North African Arabic written with old Kufic Arabic scripts. The subjects of instruction included writing, reading, arithmetic, religion, history, geography, mathematics, astronomy and sea navigation. The descendants of the Muslim visitors of North America are members of the present Iroquois, Algonquin, Anasazi, Hohokam and Olmec native people..(16)

6. There are 565 names of places (villages, towns, cities, mountains, lakes, rivers,.. etc. ) in U.S.A. (484) and Canada (81) which derived from Islamic and Arabic roots. These places were originally named by the natives in precolumbian periods. Some of these names carried holy meanings such as: Mecca-720 inhabitants (Indiana), Makkah Indian tribe (Washington), Medina-2100 (Idaho), Medina-8500 (N.Y.), Medina-1100, Hazen-5000 (North Dakota), Medina-17000/Medina-120000 (Ohio), Medina-1100 (Tennessee), Medina-26000 (Texas), Medina-1200 (Ontario), Mahomet-3200 (Illinois), Mona-1000 (Utah), Arva-700 (Ontario)…etc. A careful study of the names of the native Indian tribes revealed that many names are derived from Arab and Islamic roots and origins, i.e. Anasazi, Apache, Arawak, Arikana, Chavin, Cherokee, Cree, Hohokam, Hupa, Hopi, Makkah, Mahigan, Mohawk, Nazca, Zulu, Zuni…etc..

Based on the above historical, geographical and linguistic notes, a call to celebrate the millennium of the Muslim arrival to the Americas, five centuries before Columbus, has been issued to all Muslim nations and communities around the world. We hope that this call will receive complete understanding and attract enough support.

FOOTNOTES:

(1)See ref 4 (2)See ref. 9 (3)See ref. 3 (4)See ref. 1, 2 and 5
(5)See ref. 6 (6)See ref. 14 (7)See ref. 21 and 22 (8)See ref. 15
(9)See ref. 4 (10)See ref. 15 (11)See ref. 15 (12)See ref. 6
(13)See ref. 20 (14)See ref. 16 (15)See ref. 7 (16)See ref. 10 &12

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