Black Spirituality Religion : Some Interesting Facts About Islam...

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  1. Aqil

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

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    The very first muezzin (caller to prayer) of the Islamic religion was an African. His name was Bilal ibn Rabah, or Bilal the Abyssinian...

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    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...

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

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

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    The Islamic lunar calendar has 12 months based on lunar phases, producing a year that is 10 or 11 days shorter than a solar year (i.e., 365.24 days). Since no extra month is intercalated, the Muslim New Year (1 Muharram) moves backwards through the seasons, returning to the same place every 32½ years.

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    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.
     
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    I thought Mary was Egyptian. are you saying her religion was copt. Was she given to muhammad from the Egyptian government as a gift??
     
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    Re: Maria the Copt...

    Dre...Egypt is in Africa...
     
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    Bilal the Abyssinian, the first muezzin (caller to prayer) was an African. Abyssinia is the ancient name of the East African country of Ethiopia, which is a Greek word meaning, "land of the burnt faces." The English word "abyss" is derived from Abyssinia, and it means "a deep, dark hole."
     
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    some corrections

    '' Abyssinia is the ancient name of the East African country of Ethiopia, which is a Greek word meaning, "land of the burnt faces." The English word "abyss" is derived from Abyssinia, and it means "a deep, dark hole."

    Actually the word abyss is neither a english word nor refers to Abyssia,which is modern day ethiopia.


    Abyss is actually a ancient Sumerian word that comes form the word Abuzu,which means a river within an ocean. To the Sumerians there was a spirtual connection to this place that was believed to be in a place called Dilmun.
     
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    From the AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY:

    abyss n. 1. a. The primeval chaos. b. The bottomless pit; hell. 2. An unfathomable chasm; a yawning gulf. 3. An immeasurably profound depth or void; the vast abysses of space anfd time [Lat. abyssus < Gk. abussos, bottomless: a-, without + bussos, bottom.]
     
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    ''From the AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY:

    abyss n. 1. a. The primeval chaos. b. The bottomless pit; hell. 2. An unfathomable chasm; a yawning gulf. 3. An immeasurably profound depth or void; the vast abysses of space anfd time [LLat. abyssus < Gk. abussos, bottomless: a-, without + bussos, bottom.]''


    Yeah,but like most linguist admit greek,latin and other indo e3uropean words have loan words. Much of the vocabulary of English is dervied from greek,latin,and other pharases.

    Abyss happenes to be a loan word from the Sumerians

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    Abyss (Ancient Mesopotamia Sumerian) a deep dark hole.

    http://www.feedback.nildram.co.uk/richardebbs/essays/loanword.htm

    Other loan words in english include adboe from the kemetians,oasis,desert,and other words as well.
     
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    I'll concede your point, as the extent of my knowledge of the word "abyss" comes from the dictionary, which makes Latin and Greek the root languages of the word...not the ancient Sumerian language...
     
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    And Sopdet...Muslim contributions to civilization are evident in the Arabic words that passed into the English language directly or through French, Spanish, and especially Latin. Here are a few examples and their related fields: albatross, gazelle, giraffe and popinjay in zoology; azimuth, nadir and zenith in astronomy; alfalfa, apricot, artichoke, coffee, cotton and lemon in agriculture; alcohol and alkali in chemistry; muslin and sash in textiles; candy, sherbet and syrup in foods; algebra and cipher in mathematics; elixir in drugs; almanac, monsoon and sirocco in meteorology; lute and timbale in music; alcove and minaret in architecture; caliber and magazine in firearms; tariff in trade; admiral and arsenal in war; mattress and sofa in furniture; genie and kismet in literature.

    These and many more words we use everyday find their origin in the Arabic language...
     
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