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Fascinating Facts




Fascinating Facts

The first mosque in the United States was founded in 1893
The 19th century American Muslim Muhammad Alexander Russell Webb found a mosque in what is now downtown Manhattan

The largest Muslim community in the Western Hemisphere in the 19th century was in Brazil


In the 4th century A.H. (10th Century A.D.), Jabir al-Battani discovered the phenomenon of predictable annual solar eclipses.
Muhammad b. Malik's poem, Alfiyah Ibn Malik contains exactly one thousand verses explaining everything you need to know about Arabic grammar.
The word - believe - occurs over one thousand times in the Quran, one time for every six ayat.
The first Muslim arrived in North America in 1539 as a guide for the Franciscan Friar Marcos de Niza exploring what is now Arizona.

Population of Muslims in Canada
1871............13
1901...........400
1911.........1500
1951.........3000
1991.....253,260

"There are many Islamic elements in Latin culture
The Spanish "ojala" is derived from the Arabic "insha'allah" (both expressions mean God willing), while the Spanish exclamation "olé" comes from "Allah."
The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca has the tallest minaret in the world.

Population of Muslims in the US
1900..................10,000
mid 1970s..............800,000
mid 1990 s............4,500,000
mid 1995..............5,100,000
in 2000..............5,730,000

The tones used for Quranic recitation are 400 percent finer than those used in Western music.
Cordoba, Spain's three famous millhouses designed and built by Muslims in the 12th century were still being used in 1950.
Ibn al-Nafis was the first to describe the pulmonary circulation of the blood - 3 centuries before Michael Servetas (1556) and Rinaldo Colombo (1559)
The Quran has been translated into Zulu, even though there are only 10,000 Zulu speaking Muslims.

700 BC
The Egyptians developed the first egg incubators 'chicken ovens'

1000 BC
Human excrement, manure, and plant waste are used as fertilizer in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The idea of fertilization subsequently spreads.
The cat is domesticated in Egypt

2000 BC
Bananas and tea cultivated in India
The first seed drills are used in Egypt. Seeds are deposited into the plowed furrow by a funnel attached to the back of the plow.
Fowl are domesticated in the Indus valley, probably from Gallus gallus.
Apples begin to be cultivated in the Middle East.
The watermelon is cultivated in Africa.

2400 BC
Honey bee domesticated in Egypt

2500 BC
Elephants domesticated in India
Cabbage is cultivated in the Middle East
Wheat and barley are cultivated at Mohenjo Daro ( present day Pakistan). Millet, dates, melons, and other fruits and vegetables are also eaten.

3000 BC
Camels domesticated in the Middle East.
Systematic three-year crop rotation is introduced in Mesopotamia.
Rice begins to be cultivated in India.
Irrigation canals begin to be built in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

4000 BC
Grapes cultivated in present-day Turkestan.
Wheat, barley, peas, dates, and other fruits are grown in the Indus valley. Water buffalo, camels, and cattle are bred for food and as draft animals.

8000 BC
Cattle domesticated in the Middle East, probably from the wild ox Bos taurus.
Domesticated wheat is grown at Tell Mureybit on the river Euphrates, Syria.
Domesticated barley is grown at Jericho, in the Middle East.

10,000 BC
The goat is domesticated in the Middle East at Asiab (near Iraq)

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