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First Muslim and first Mosque in India

First Muslim and first Mosque in India

There is an ancient mosque built in the early 7th century at Kodungallur (629 CE) on the southwest coast of Kerala, India, known as Cheraman Malik Masjid which still exists in its original structure and is said to be the first mosque in the Indian sub-continent.   In fact it could be the second oldest mosque in the world, second only to the Prophet’s mosque in Medina. The story of this mosque is connected to the Hindu King Cheraman Perumal Rama Varma Kulashekhara the Chera ruler of the principality of Kodangallur in Kerala and to the miraculous splitting of...

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The Arba’een Walk from Najaf to Karbala

A record 22 million pilgrims visited the burial shrine of Imam Hussein (r) in Karbala, Iraq on 21 November 2016 setting a new record for the annual pilgrimage known as Arba’een Walk, the world’s largest peaceful gathering. Arba’een commemorates the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (r), son of Imam Ali (r) and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s).  which falls on the 20th day of the month of Safar. Imam Hussein (r) together with 72 companions were killed by Yazid’s army in the Battle of Karbala in 61 AH (680 CE).Advertisements In the words of the...

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Sydney marks 13th Ashura Walk

The 13th Ashura walk on Wednesday 12 October 2016 commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (r), took place in Sydney with nearly 5000 people walking from Hyde Park to the Royal Botanical Gardens in the city. Imam Hussein (r) was the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad (s) who was martyred on 10th of Muharram 61 AH, 680 CE in the city of  Karbala (in modern day Iraq). The procession brought together with people from different Muslim communities wearing black and carrying red flags and green banners beating their chests and chanting poetry in order to mark the Shahadah of...

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Lessons from the Shahadah of Imam Hussein

Muslims mark the Shahadah (martyrdom) of Imam Hussein, may Allah be pleased with him, the grandson of the Prophet (s) and son of Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (r) every year during the month of Muharram.  His Shahadah on 10 Muharram 61 AH (1 October 680 CE) at Karbala, Iraq is highly significant in Islamic history with lessons for the entire Muslim community of all times. It teaches Muslims to be patient and to stand up against any form of injustice and oppression. In the words of poet/philosopher of South Asia, Sir Dr Muhammad Iqbal “Imam Hussein uprooted despotism...

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Lady Khadija: The First Lady of Islam

Lady Khadija al-Kubra (r) the beloved wife of our holy Prophet (s) the First Lady of Islam. 10 Ramadan was her death anniversary. We remember this exceptional lady for her steadfast support of the Prophet s) and his mission.  She continues to be a great inspiration and role model for any woman to look up to even today. Khadija (r) was the daughter of Khuwaylid, belonging to the clan of Banu Hashim of the tribe of Banu Asad.  She was a distant cousin of Prophet Muhammad (s). She was one of four greatest and exceptional ladies in the entire...

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