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By on June 04,2007

A Brief History of Islam (part 1 of 5): The Prophet of Islam


imageIn or about the year 570 the child who would be named Muhammad and who would become the Prophet of one of the world’s great religions, Islam, was born into a family belonging to a clan of Quraish, the ruling ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

A Brief History of Islam (part 2 of 5): The Hijrah


imageAfter Muhammad had preached publicly for more than a decade, the opposition to him reached such a high pitch that, fearful for their safety, he sent some of his adherents to Ethiopia.  There, the Christian ruler extended protection to them, ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

A Brief History of Islam (part 3 of 5): The Conquest of Mecca


imageThe Constitution of Medina - under which the clans accepting Muhammad as the Prophet of God formed an alliance, or federation - dates from this period.  It showed that the political consciousness of the Muslim community had reached an important ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

A Brief History of Islam (part 4 of 5): The Caliphate of Abu Bakr and Umar


imageWith the death of Muhammad, the Muslim community was faced with the problem of succession.  Who would be its leader?  There were four persons obviously marked for leadership: Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq, who had not only accompanied Muhammad to Medina ten ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

A Brief History of Islam (part 5 of 5): The Caliphate of Uthman ibn Affan


imageElection of UthmanUmar ibn Al-Khattab, the second caliph of Islam, was stabbed by a Persian slave Abu Lu’lu’ah, a Persian Magian, while leading the Fajr Prayer.  As Umar was lying on his death bed, the people around him asked him ... [full story]





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