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ISLAMIC FACTS


Interesting Islamic Facts

The Majority of muslims do not live in the middle East. The most populous muslim country is Indonesia, the 4th largest country in the world with 184 million muslims

There are more muslims in India than the combined population of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and the whole of the Arabian Peninsula.

The following English words are borrowed from Arabic: Algebra, Zero, Cotton, Sofa, Rice, Candy, Safron, Balcony. And even 'alchohol' derives from Arabic : al-kuhl meaning powder. These are just a few mentioned here.

The first treatise on smallpox and measles was written by Abu Bakr alrazi (c.864-925,known to Europe as Rhazes). (Due to this) Inoculation agianst smallpox became a common practise in muslim lands. Despite this , Scientific text book credit the invention of a smallpox vaccine to Edward Jenner.(1749-1823).

Early Oxbridge students studied books written by muslims on mathematics, medicine, chemistry, optics and astronomy.

Adelard of Bath (a city in the UK) was a leading scholar of the middle ages. what made him famous was translating the word of muslim scientists from Arabic to latin!

The 1860 city records of Cardiff (UK) show a masjid in operation in a converted building at 2 Glynrhondda St. Yemani sea men on their trips between Aden (in Yemen) and Cardiff founded this masjid.

The first purpose built masjid is claimed to be in Woking (South of England) with money provided by the ruler of Bhopal, in India (the Shah Jehan masjid was built in 1889).

The Islamic calender is based on the phases of the moon, with it being approximately 11 days shorter than the 365 days of the year in the Julien calender. Hence, the dates of our festivals move through the year.

The grand doors of our prophets (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) masjid in Medina weigh 2 and half tonnes each! Enormous quantities of "sag wood" was gathered from all over the world and shipped to the united kingdom to be dryed in computerised furnaces (the traditional drying process would have taken many years!). Even then , it took 5 months to dry the wood! the wood was then shipped to Barcelona (Spain), Where the main body of the doors where made. And finally the French even paid their little part, as the brass ornamentation was carried out in the city of Roi (France). Next time you visit the holy masjid, keep this entire in mind!

The Zam Zam well came into existance at the time of prophets Ibrahim and Ismail (alayhum salam). It then "dissapeared" for nearly 26 centuries (2600 years) due to the certain events and was rediscovered and dug by the grandfather of our beloved prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam). The location of the well was revealed to him in a dream.

It was only in 1932 the Kiswah (cloth of the Ka'bah) was wholly made by Saudis (citizens of Saudi Arabia).

The roof top of our prophet's (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) masjid in Madina is disigned to be strong enough to carry addtional floors in the future.

The black stone (as it is known), Cannot really be described in full, because the parts we touch with our hands and "Kiss" , are eight small pieces, the biggest of which is the size of a date.

Adam (alayhis salam) was 30 Ziraa tall. Ziraa is a measurement and one Ziraa is approximately half a metrE

date founded
622 CE
place founded
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
founder
Muhammad, an Arabian camel driver
adherents
1.3 billion {Adherents.com}
size rank
second largest in the world
main location
Middle East and North Africa
major sects and denominations
Sunni and Shiite; Sufi is a mystical branch
sacred text
Qur'an (Koran)
original language
Arabic
religious professionals
sheikh; imam (Shi'ite)
house of worship
mosque
type of theism
strict monotheism
ultimate reality
God (Allah in Arabic); the same God revealed in the Jewish and Christian Bibles
human nature
Born in a state of purity, imperfect but capable of seeking God and doing good
purpose of life
Submit to the will of Allah and attain paradise after death
how to live
Follow the Qur'an, Hadith and Five Pillars of Islam
afterlife
Resurrection of body and soul followed by eternal paradise or hell
symbol
crescent moon and star
major holidays
Ramadan - month long, begins Oct. 16, 2004
Eid al-Fitr - Festival of Breaking the Fast
Hijra - week long; begins 1 Muharram
Eid al-Adha - Festival of Sacrifice
Five Pillars
1. Confession of faith (shahada)
2. Daily prayer (salat)
3. Alms tax (zakat)
4. Pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj)
5. Fasting during Ramadan (sawm)
Seveners
Shi'ite denomination holding that the legitimate line of imams ended with the seventh.
Twelvers
Majority Shi'ite denomination that reveres the Twelve Imams.
Twelve Imams
1. Ali
2. Al-Hasan
3. al-Husain
4. Ali Zayn al-Abidin
5. Muhammad al-Baqir
6. Ja'far al-Sadiq
7. Musa al-Kazim
8. Ali al-Rida
9. Muhammad al-Taqi
10. Ali al-Naqi
11. al-Hasan al-Askari
12. Muhammad al-Mahdi

Did you know that cow's milk has a cure for every illness in it?

Yes, it's true! On the authority of 'Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:

"Drink cow's milk! For verily it (the cow) eats from all kinds of vegetation, and it (the milk) is a cure for every illness." [1]

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Did you know that one of the Companions was reported to have lived 250 years?

It's true! It has been reported that Salmaan Al-Faarisee (may Allaah be pleased with him) lived 250 years. Some reports even say 350 years. [2] However, this seems unlikely due to the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam):

"The lifespans (of the members) of my ummah are between 60 and 70 (years). Few live beyond this." [3]

A number of scholars rejected the reports about Salmaan al-Faarisee living 250 years, like Ath-Thahabee, since there are no connected chains to any of them. He suggested that Salmaan probably did not live past his seventies [2], and Allaah knows best.

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Did you know that there is a kind of kufr (disbelief) that is obligatory on every Muslim?

Yes, there is. In fact, one can not be a Muslim without commiting this act of disbelief. It is the disbelief that Allaah refers to in the Verse [4]:

( So whoever disbelieves in the taaghoot (those worshipped other than Allaah) and believes in Allaah, verily he has grabbed hold of the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. )

It is a condition for a person's acceptance of Islaam that he disbelieves in everything that is worshipped besides Allaah, as belief in Allaah along with other deities has not caused a person to enter into Islaam. This is the essence of a Muslim's testimony of faith: Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, meaning: "There is nothing worthy of worship except Allaah."

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Did you know that there are Muslims who claim to have the same level of faith as the angels and prophets?

Yes, there are. They are a group of innovators called the Murji'ah. The Murji'ah claim that eemaan (faith) is one level, it does not increase or decrease. Based on this, they claim that a person either has eemaan or not; so whoever has it, he has the same amount of eemaan as the angels and the prophets!

Of course, the Murji'ah's beliefs are rejected by many Verses in the Qur'aan and narrations from the Messenger that prove that eemaan has levels and it fluxuates due to a person's obedience or disobedience. For example, Allaah says [5]:

( Verily the believers are only those whose hearts tremble at the mention of Allaah, and when His Verses are recited they are increased in eemaan, and they put their trust in Allaah )

So the Qur'aan proves clearly that eemaan increases. As for the decrease of eemaan, Sufyaan ibn 'Uyaynah was asked, "Does eemaan increase and decrease?"

He replied, "Don't you read the Qur'aan: ( So their eemaan was increased ) in so many places?"

Then it was said, "But does it decrease?"

He replied, "Nothing increases except that it also decreases!" [6]

This shows how ridiculous it is to believe that eemaan does not increase or decrease, which implies that the drunk, fornicating Muslim has the same level of eemaan as the righteous Muslims, the Prophets, and even the Angels!

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Did you know that the Prophet's favorite color was green (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)?

Yes, it's true! Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) said, "The most beloved color to the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) was GREEN

Islam is NOT an inheritance nor a set of empty rituals, nor a simple testimony as widely believed in the traditional so-called islamic world. Islam is a life long actual identifiable process.

Islam is much much more and has a much broader meaning than the traditional false concept of the five pillars of islam.

That is in addition to the fact that these concepts themselves have been greatly distorted and abused for the longest time, the thing that you may have already began to realize or should realize shortly.

It will not be an easy ride, to some people, it will be strange and shocking but, soon enough, if you continue to free yourself and sincerely desire and seek GOD'S guidance, you will feel like you are being born again, with a pure clear vision in real freedom.

You will realize how devastating these false and wrongful concepts have been to you and to people around you, and you will surely realize how much people can be dominated and emotionally wrongfully and unjustly enslaved in the name of GOD, HIS message, and HIS messenger, and in the name of religion in general.

Islam is best described as a pyramid layers/levels instead of Pillars and corners... why?

Because, Islam is the our sacred, most noble method of duty in worshiping the GOD almighty and is the logical, rational, sensible, free, intellectual, progressive, COMPOUNDING and elevating process of freedom, peace, justice, guidance, redemption, ...


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