is a Muslim?
What is Islam?
What is Islamic Culture?
is a Muslim?
A Muslim is a person who is follower of Islam. It means one who
submits and implies complete submission to the will of Allah (God).
Islam is a religion based
on the teachings of the prophet Muhammad who lived around 700 CE.
1300 years ago, the prophet Muhammad said: All mankind is from
Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a
non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no
superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over a
white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim
is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one
brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim that belongs to
a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not
therefore do injustice to yourselves. Remember one day you will meet
Allah and answer your deeds. So beware: Do not stray from the path
of righteousness after I am gone.
is Islamic Culture?
Islamic culture has to do with behavior it is a way of behaving
so that you stay on the path of righteousness as defined by the
prophet Muhammad. If you stay on the path of righteousness, you
assure your place in heaven.
Most of the traders who traveled the
Trans-Sahara Trade Route were Muslims. Their caravans carried silk
and iron and spices across the vast desert, to trade for gold. The
traders brought with them more than goods. They also brought their
belief in Allah and their Islamic culture.
the traders from the east first arrived in West Africa, the king of
Ghana did not want his people to be bothered by the strangers, or
tainted by their strange ways. The king ordered a separate city to
be built, a city just for traders. Although there was religious
freedom in Ghana, few people knew about the Muslim way of life. The
kings and people of Ghana continued to worship many gods, as they
had always done.
Ghana declined in strength, and Mali rose in its place, the kings of
Mali found the religion of the foreign traders most interesting. Some
royals had already adopted the Muslim beliefs and way
of life. Others joined them. There was religion freedom in Mali. Most common people
continued to worship many gods and goddesses, in the old ways.
By the time Mali declined in strength, and Songhay rose in its
place, Islam was firmly established. Songhay was a strong Muslim
kingdom. Many common people had also converted, although some
continued in the old ways.
The Muslin traders assisted in the
cultural and intellectual development of the people by introducing a
written language, a written record of history, Muslim laws, books, a
system of formal education and study, and a unifying administrative