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 Did you know that:

Countries that are NOT Arab: India, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey.
Not all Arabs are Muslims, and not All Muslims are Arabs. Arabs are only about 25% of the Muslim population, but are 85% of the Arab population.

About 70% of the territory covered by the Arab world is in Africa and about 30% in Asia. The whole area is approximately 14,000,000 sq. km, while Canada covers 9,221,000 sq. km, West Europe covers 1,089,000 sq. km, and the USA 9,159,000 sq. km.

The Arabic language is spoken by 200 million people.
Arabic is the official language of 22 Arab countries.
Arabic is spoken by 3 million people of Arab descent living in the U.S. and in Canada.
In 1974, the United Nations adopted the Arabic language as one of its 6 official languages.
The Middle East is the owner of 2/3 of the World's known oil reserves.
The Middle East contains some of the greatest archeological and religious sites.
The name coffee comes from the Arabic work qahwah.
Islam is the first Religion on Earth.
Did you know that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world.
Islam has an exception for every rule it has.
It is estimated that the world population of Muslims today ranges between 1.2 billion and 1.5 billion people, and that only 18% of them live in Arab countries.
Indonesia is currently the most populous Islamic country with 213 million followers.
the Islamic calendar is based on sightings of the crescent moon (hilal), with a year being approximately 11 days shorter than the 365 days of solar calendars.
Muslims believe Muhammad was the last prophet sent by God to mankind.
The Qur'an has been completely memorized by a percentage of Muslims (hafiz) all around the world for nearly 14 centuries.
The Qur'an is believed by Muslims and traditional Islamic scholars to have remained unchanged since its revelation.
Muslim explorers arrived in North America before Columbus and became Indian chiefs
Many ancient-Greek writings, including the work of Aristotle, were introduced to Europe during the late Middle Ages by Islamic scholars.
The Arab astronomer Al-Khwarizmi wrote several scientific books in the ninth century. Latin scholars later translated his work in the 13th century--introducing Europeans to the word "Algebra" and the place-value decimal system still in use today.
The modern use of the Scientific Method was developed in early Muslim philosophy.
Arab mathematician Ibn Al-Haitham advanced the science of optics in the 10th century, by solving particular problems related to the refraction of light.
These familiar English words have their medieval origins in the language and scientific contributions of Islamic scholars: alkali, alchemy, alcohol, algorithm, almanac, zenith, zero, and many more.
The upper-class of Europe practiced the art of Courtly Love during the later Middle Ages, which was influenced by Arabic poetry.
Zinedine Zidane (soccer player) is an Arab Muslim from Algeria.

 

 

*Masjid Al-Aqsa (Al-Aqsa Mosque)

 

 Did you know that:
Masjid Al Aqsa was the second Masjid on earth
It was built 40 years after the Ka’ba in Makkah

Most scholars are of the opinion that Masjid Al Aqsa was first built by Prophet Adam.

Ibrahim rebuilt the Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem as he and Ismail rebuilt the Ka’ba in Makkah.

Prophet Daud began the rebuilding of Masjid Al Aqsa.
It was Prophet Sulayman who finally completed the building of Masjid Al Aqsa.

Masjid Al Aqsa built by Sulayman was destroyed in 587 BC by Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon.

The Jews call this same Masjid Al Aqsa built by Sulayman as their Temple.

The Jews re-built their Temple on them same site in 167 BC but was destroyed in 70 AD and Jews banished from Jerusalem.

The site of Masjid Al Aqsa remained barren and was used as a rubbish tip for nearly 600 years until the Great Khalifah Umar bin Khattab liberated Jerusalem in 637/8 AD.

The Khalifah Umar bin Khattab began the foundation of Masjid Al Aqsa and a timber mosque was built.

The Umayyad Khalifah, Abd’ al Malik ibn Marwan in 691/2 [72/73 AH] began the construction of, Dome of the Rock – today this is the Golden Domed Mosque.

The al Buraq wall or Western Wall where Prophet Muhammad tied his animal the Buraq on the night journey of al Isra is what the Jews call the wailing wall.

To Muslims it is the land or the Haram Sharif area which is most holy and important.

The Haram area of Al Aqsa has within it the Masjid Al Aqsa [Black Domed Mosque] and Dome of the Rock [the Golden Domed Mosque].

Israel occupied Masjid Al Aqsa in 1967.

 

 

 

* 'Masjid' means - Muslim place of worship, also called a Mosque.

 

Sources:

The History Channel
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
The National Association of Arab Americans
Jerusalemites
Friends of Al-Aqsa
 
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Al-Aqsa Mosque
Dome of the Rock