Category archives for Europe

Muslim Leader Calls for Jihad against extremism and oppression

  “Lack of justice leading to increased terrorism and sectarianism” – Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad The Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in India concluded on 28 th December in Qadian with a powerful and faith inspiring address by the World Head of the community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who addressed the […]

The Root Cause of Terrorism: An Unholy Thought

This article examines the root cause, regardless of the religious or the political affiliation of the perpetrator. Contents THE GOLDEN RULE EPILOGUE There is an often quoted saying, “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; […]

Debate: Does Sharia Law negate Human Rights?

This Debate occurred on 8th December 2011 and was co-hosted by One Law for All and UCL-ASHS. Debate: Sharia Law Negates Human Rights. For the motion: 1) Maryam Namazie – Human rights campaigner, spokesperson One Law for All. 2) Anne-Marie Waters – Lawyer, spokesperson One Law for All. Against the motion and defending Islam: 1) […]

Media’s crucial role towards cultural integration and diversity in Malta

Source / Courtesy: Malta Times   Director of SOS Malta Claudia Taylor-East said that the main aims of the Media InterAct project being organisation in collaboration with the Public Broadcasting Services was to see how media can engage with third-country nationals on a culinary front. “PBS will be producing and showing 13 programmes on television […]

Tear down the Spanish Wall!

By Zia H Shah MD At the time of Spanish inquisition when each and every Muslim was killed or forced to convert on the point of sword, in the fifteenth century, it was not only bloody but also ensured that no formal credit could be given to Islam or to its founder, the Holy Prophet […]

Amnesty International advocating human equality and rights of minorities every where

Amnesty International describing herself: Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and […]

Pan African Dinner, 26th November 2011, Ahmadiyya Muslims celebrate African Independence

On 26 November 2011, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat celebrated the Golden Anniversary of the Independence of Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Tanzania in an event organised by the Pan-African Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK. Dignitaries representing a number of African countries attended the function that took place at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, Surrey. The highlight […]

How Europe came to forget about its Arabic heritage.

BY ABDUL HAQ COMPIER Source / Courtesy: January 2011, Alislam-eGazette Summary: Traditional education about Western civilisation tells the story of how around 1500, Greek texts recovered the lost memory of Europe’s Greek and Roman past and unleashed an era of progress in science and civilisation called the Renaissance. In fact, the progress in civilisation had begun in […]

Islamic contributions to Medieval Europe

Most of the information here is reproduced from Wikipedia, just to ensure longevity of this information.  I was happy to note today that my effort was worthwhile, as the original article has been trimmed, since I copied it almost a year ago.  More specifically, the section of Law has been taken out from the new […]

Polygamy in the Holy Qur’an

King Henry the VIII and his six wives This is an article by Dr. Khaula Rehman published in spring 2010 volume of Muslim Sunrise. A picture is worth a thousand words, let me introduce King Henry the VIII to soften the righteous indignation of those who have only been told about the permission of polygamy in Islam […]

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta participated in President’s Charity Fun Run 2011

A record-breaking some 11,000 people filled the streets from San Anton to Valletta in the third – and biggest – the yearly President’s Charity Fun Run for Istrina that took place this morning. The aim of this annual event is to collect funds for the Malta Community Chest Fund. Funds are mainly collected from the €10 […]

France withdraws embassy staff from Iran

France is repatriating a number of diplomats and their families from Iran following an attack on the British embassy in Tehran. French officials said the move was a temporary security measure. Britain expelled 25 Iranian diplomats following Tuesday’s attack, when hundreds stormed the British embassy. British officials say the attack probably had the tacit support […]

Muslim Television Ahmadiyya on iPhone and iPad‏

Al Islam announces that it has jumped out of your internet browser! Al Islam is now offering applications for a variety of different devices including native iPhone apps, native Android apps, and mobile web apps. For the iPhone app store, and the Android market, simply search “Ahmadiyya” to find all of the applications made by […]

Mariano Rajoy's party wins Spain election

Source / Courtesy: China Daily MADRID – Mariano Rajoy has been elected as the next prime minister of Spain with a landslide victory in the general election on Sunday. Rajoy’s center-right People’s Party pocketed over 10,300,000 votes to win 186 seats after nearly 98 percent of the votes were counted. The PP polled 44.5 percent of the votes, […]

Arrest at The Sun spreads Murdoch hacking scandal

Source / Courtesy: Yahoo News LONDON (AP) — A journalist at Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun tabloid has been arrested on suspicion of police corruption, British media reported Friday, a development that spreads the taint of scandal to the country’s biggest-selling newspaper. U.K. broadcasters and newspapers identified the journalist as award-winning editor Jamie Pyatt, whose name […]

October 2011 Alislam-eGazette: The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him

  So said Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Have you any notion what was the strange event that occurred in the desert country of Arabia when hundreds of thousands of the dead were revived within a brief period and those who had been misguided through generations put on Divine color, and those who […]

Spain: Meeting of the East and the West!

I was in Spain in April of 2011. The trip reminded me of all the history I had studied of transmission of knowledge from the East to the West from 10th to the 15th centuries.

This knol will intertwine my visit with my family to Spain, with the transmission of knowledge over the five centuries, the book by Samuel Parsons Scott titled, History of the Moorish Empire in Europe and related materials.

We flew into Madrid drove to Sevilla and stayed there and made day trips to Granada, Gibraltar, Cordoba, Pedrabad, Toledo and finally Madrid again before we flew back.

This knol is not about nostalgia or about Islam or Muslims alone, this is about humanity at large. Muslim Granada stood for almost two centuries after the fall of Toledo, against all odds, allowing a continued interaction between the Muslims and the Christians, over centuries, a necessity for transmission of knowledge and renaissance of Europe, which in its turns provided rich fruits for humanity.

What delayed the expulsion of Muslims from Europe for almost two centuries was the Black Death, which was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. This plague epidemic is estimated to have killed 30–60 percent of Europe’s population. Thought to have started in China, it travelled along the Silk Road and had reached the Crimea by 1346. From there, probably carried by Oriental rat fleas living on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships, it spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe. The plague may have been a blessing in disguise that was a major catalyst in the renaissance of Europe. But, for this plague the myopic Christian armies of the time, guided by the Catholic Church, would have succeeded in pushing the Muslims into the Mediterranean, without learning what they needed to, two centuries too soon for their own good!

Murdoch was sent ‘hacking is rife’ email

Source / Courtesy: The Independent Emails published today show that News International boss James Murdoch was sent details in 2008 of claims that phone-hacking was “rife” at the News of the World. But Mr Murdoch told the House of Commons Culture Committee, which is investigating the hacking scandal, that he did not read the email […]