Interesting facts about Islam

Posted on November 14, 2011

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01. 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 Georgian calender. Hence, the dates of our festivals (Eid -ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha) move through the year.

02. Adam (peace be upon him) was approximately 30 Ziraa tall. Ziraa is a measurement and one Ziraa is approximately half a metre.

03. 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 approximately 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.

04. The splitting of the Moon was one of the greatest miracle of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). When prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was 52 years old, the leaders of the disbelievers of the Quraish tribe came to him and said, “If you are a Prophet, then split the moon into two parts.” The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) dearly wanted the people to convert to Islam, especially his close friends and relatives. He prayed, raising up his hands, and the moon split into two equal halves. Each part of the moon was seen above different mountains. The disbelievers said, “Muhammad has performed magic.” They did not accept Islam.

05. The Ummah of prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are more than that of all the Ummahs of all the previous prophets and messengers put together.

06. According to the Qur’an, the Kaaba was first built by the Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and and his son Ismail (peace be upon him).

07. Muslims do not worship the Kaaba; the Kaaba is simply a focal point for prayer ordered by Allah Subhanaho Wa Taala..

08. Prominent Kuffar like Abu Jahl would secretly listen to the verses of the Holy Quran because they were fascinated by it.

09.According to Islamic governments there are over 1.2 billion Muslims in the world today. The Muslim population of Russia alone is over 50 million. In other words, at least one out of every six persons in the world is Muslim, which is one of the reasons why …

10. … the name “Muhammad” is the most common name in the world.

11. At least one of Prophet Muhammad’s wives was African. Her name was Maria the Copt. Two of the Prophet’s wives were Jewish. Their names were Raihanah and Safiyah.

12. Albania is the only European country whose population is over 90% Muslim. It is on the Adriatic Sea, and borders Greece and Yugoslavia.

13. Former pop star Cat Stevens is an Islamic scholar currently living in England. His Muslim name is Yusuf Islam.

14. To find the Gregorian equivalent to any Muslim calendar date (i.e., 1 Muharram of any year), multiply 970,224 by the Muslim year, point off six decimals, and add 621.5774. The whole number will be the Gregorian year and the decimal multiplied by 365.24 will be the first day of the Muslim year.

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

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

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

18. Adelard of Bath (a city in the UK) was a leading scholar of the middle ages. What made him famous was translating the work of Muslim scientists from Arabic to Latin!

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

20. 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).

21. The grand doors of our prophet’s 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 dried in computerized 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 paid their little part, ams the brass ornamentation was carried out in the city of Roi. Next time you visit the holy asjid, keep this entirely in mind!

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

23. The roof top of our Prophet’s Masjid in Madina is designed to be strong enough to carry additional floors in the future.

24. Some verses in the Koran refer to man being equal to woman. Mathematically, the number of times the word “man” appears in the Koran is 24. The number of times the word “woman” appears in the Koran is also 24.

25. The Holy Quran has 30 parts and 114 surahs.

26. Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem is repeated 114 times in the Quran.

27. All except for Surat “Al Tawbah” start with Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem and Surat “Al Namel, No. 27” has Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem in its body

28. Al-Baqarah is the longest surah in the Quran while Al-Kawthar is the shortest surah in the Quran. Al-Baqarah kind of sums up the whole Quran.

29. Milk is the best drink mentioned in the Quran while, Honey is the best food thing mentioned in the Quran.

30. The best month is Ramadan while the best night is the Night of Power in Ramadan (Laylat al Qadr).

31. Quran was revealed in a period that spanned over 23 years: 13 in Mecca and 10 in Madina!

32. Whoever reads one letter of the Quran gets 10 Rewards.Surat Al-Ikhlas is considered 1/3 of the Quran.

33. Reading 1 verse in Ramadan is equal to reading the entire Quran in other months.

34. The Quran will intercede for people who recited it on Judgment Day

35. The Quran will complain of people who didn’t recite it on Judgment Day

36. Two of the Ummahatul Mu’mineen (Mothers of the Ummah – the wives of the prophet Mohammad) died before him, They are Khadija and Zainab Bint Khuzaimah RadiAllahu Anhoma.

37. Muslims do not worship the Kaaba; the Kaaba is simply a focal point for prayer ordered by Allah Subhanaho Wa Taala..

38. The Zam Zam well came into existence at the time of prophets Ibrahim and Ismail. It then disappeared for nearly 2600 years due to the certain events and was rediscovered and dug by the grandfather of our beloved prophet peace be upon him. The location of the well was revealed to him in a dream.

39. 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.

40. Islam is the FASTEST growing religion according to many sources. It is projected that Islam will be the #1 religion by the year 2030.

41. The 10 Sahabah who were promised Paradise during their lifetime were Abubakr Siddique, Umar bin Khattab, Uthman bin Affan, Ali bin Abi Talib, Talha Bin Ubaidullah, Saeed Bin Zaid, Abu Ubaidah Bin Jarrah, Zubair bin Awwam, Saad Bin Abi Waqqas, and Abdur Rahman Bin Auf RadiAllahu Anhum Ajmaeen.

42. Did you know that Imam Bokhari Rahmatullah Alaih compiled his collection of 7,275 Ahadith by selection from 600,000. Before writing each Hadith he would make 2 Rakaat nafl Salaat.

43. Islam is not “spread by the sword”. It is spread by the word (Islamic teachings) and the example of its followers. Islam teaches that there is no compulsion in religion (the Holy Qur’an 2:256 and 10:99).

44. Abdullah Ibn Zubair (RA) was the first baby boy to be born after Hijrah. His Father was Zubair (RA) and his mother was Asma (RA). His aunt (mother’s sister) was none other than Ummul Mu’mineen Aaiysha (RA) and his grand father was Abu Bakr Siddique (RA)

45. Muslim women wear the head covering (hijab) in fulfillment of God’s decree to dress modestly. From a practical standpoint, it serves to identify one as attempting to follow God in daily life and, therefore, protects women from unwanted advances from men. Righteous women throughout history have worn this type of modest dress. Prominent examples are traditional Catholic Nuns, Mother Teresa and the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

46. Interestingly, the inside of the Kaaba is empty.

47.Allah is not the God of Muslims only. He is the God of all people and all creation. Just because people refer to God using different terms does not mean that they are different gods. Spanish people refer to God as “Dios” and French people refer to God as “Dieu”, yet they are all the same God. Interestingly, most Arab Jews and Arab Christians refer to God as “Allah”. And the word Allah in Arabic appears on the walls of many Arab churches.

48.Muslims believe that God has revealed 99 of His names (or attributes) in the Holy Qur’an. It is through these names that one can come to know the Creator. A few of these names are: the All-Merciful, the All-Knower, the Protector, the Provider, the Near, the First, the Last, the Hidden, and the Source of Peace.

 49. Muslims do not believe in the concept of “vicarious atonement” but rather believe in the law of personal responsibility. Islam teaches that each person is responsible for his or her own actions. On the Day of Judgment Muslims believe that every person will be resurrected and will have to answer to God for their every word, thought, and deed. Consequently, a practicing Muslim is always striving to be righteous.

50. Arranged marriages are allowed in Islam but are not required. Whereas “forced” marriages, usually stemming from cultural practice, are forbidden. Divorce is permissible, however, reconciliation is what is most encouraged. But if there are irreconcilable differences then Islam permits a fair and just divorce.

51. Islam and the “Nation of Islam” are two different religions. Islam is a religion for all races and enjoins the worship of the one unseen God who, orthodox Muslims believe, never took human form. The “Nation”, on the other hand, is a movement geared towards non-whites and teaches that God appeared in the form of Fard Muhammad in 1930 and that Elijah Muhammad (a man who died in 1975) was a prophet of God. These beliefs clearly contradict the basic Islamic theology outlined in the Qur’an. The followers of “the Nation” adhere to some Islamic principles that are mixed with many other teachings that are alien to Islam. To better understand the difference between the two, read about Malcolm X, his pilgrimage to Mecca and his subsequent comments to the media. Islam teaches equality amongst all the races (Holy Qur’an 49:13).

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