By: Imam Yahya John Ederer
There is a big misunderstanding amongst much of our immigrant community here in the West. Sadly, this misunderstanding has been passed on to other Muslims and non-Muslims here, thus making it an accepted reality. This article—attempts to clear up this misunderstanding.
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Muslims ruled over Spain from 712 AD to 1492 AD for 780 years, yet today there are no Muslims in Spain though every aspect of Spanish life has a touch of Islam. Spanish language has many Arabic words, its music has an Arabic tone, its culture has more Arabic influence than the European, and proper nouns in Spanish often have the Arabic prefix “Al”. From 1492, when the last bastion of Muslim political strength Grenada fell, the Muslims of Spain were on the decline and its culmination took place after 120 years when the last batch of Muslim die-hards left Spain in 1612. From that year, Islam vanished from the Spanish horizons.
Before Safavid conversion of Iran to Shia religion in 1501 and established Twelver Shiism as the official religion of their empire, Persians were indeed Islamised, but it was not Arabised. Persians remained Persians. And after an interval of silence, Iran reemerged as a centre of Islamic studies and Islamic civilisation, producing scientists, Scholars and intellectuals, such as :