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Happy Columbus Day: Muslims discovered America

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North America may be reviled as ‘the Land of the Infidels’, but according to Muslim Imam, al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, it is the Muslims and not the seafaring Columbus who discovered it.

This tops the whopper category edging out Islam claims that Moses was not a Jew but the first Muslim.

  “(A) ncient Arabic (Muslim) language maps, Native American tribes with African names and words clearly embedded in their languages, statues, diaries, artifacts, etc. destroy European imperialistic notions of history rooted in White Supremacy…those very same Muslim African explorers…who were already present in the Caribbean and North America, before the bearers of the Cross arrived,” elaborates this enlightened Imam.” (Political Mavens.com, Sept. 21, 2007).


“Once at a pre-Sept. 11, 2001 national meeting of leaders, this writer was asked something like, “Why is it that Muslim African American men so often seem angry when dealing with other Muslims?  I answered the question on various levels, but was recently reminded of the exchange while reading a Muslim newspaper,” the leader of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, New York City recounts in a column.

(Muslim newspapers, like some of those in the West it seems, don’t always get it right.)

“Some of the offensive attitudes and behaviour that we encounter from Muslims would not be displayed towards us by at least some people of other faiths, out of either sensitivity and awareness, or apprehensiveness.  But some of our Muslim brethren of different ethnicities feel that they can say anything to or about any Muslim, and that it is fine for them to do so, whether they know what they are talking about or not.”

That was the preface of a diatribe that went on to describe the history of African people, Muslim ones in particular, and America’s relationship with the Original (Native) Americans.

“Afrocentric Muslims might be surprised that many Native Americans consider the diffusionist views of pre-Columbian Muslims to be essentially racist”.  First of all, to state that a relative handful of Muslim explorers came to the land of the Original Americans, met them, peacefully interacted with them, traded with them…inter-married with them, and perhaps even gave another relative handful of them da’wa is hardly diffusionist.”

“America is the land of those indigenous inhabitants called “Indians”.  It was their God-given custodial land—the land of the “Red Man”, before the “White Man” stole it, committed genocide against its true people, stole the “Black Man” from Africa and brought him to the stolen land against his will, and it was he, “The White Man”, who populated the land from Europe.  To this day “he” grants reluctant access to “his” country, to the “Brown and Yellow Man” of Asia, and all other peoples, Muslim and Non-Muslim.  That is historical fact.  To cite the history of Muslim Africans’ pre-imperial, pre-colonial, pre-genocidal presence amongst the Native Americans, is not to diffuse the history of the original “People of the Land”.  It is to add to it!”

Missing from the Imam’s history lesson is the historical fact in the long chapter of the Barbary pirate.

While movie audiences may look at the pirates of old as swashbuckling Errol Flynns and Johnny Depps, they were in reality the Barbary pirates, also sometimes called Ottoman corsairs, throat-slitting pirates and privateers that operated from north Africa) the “Barbary cost”).  They enriched themselves with stolen booty out of Tunis, Tripoli, Algiers, Sale and ports in Morocco, preying on Christian and non-Islamic shipping in the western Mediterranean Sea from the time of the Crusades until the early 19th century, when the Americans put an end to them, closing that chapter before going on to fight Muslims as terrorists.  The victory of the Americans over the Muslim pirates was the first U.S. foreign war, considered to be the birth of the Marines!

Nor is ‘Abdur-Rashid even original in his revisionist claims.  The United Nations was first in trying to convince the world that Christopher Columbus did not discover North America, but a Chinese-Muslim explorer discovered us a half century before C.C.

The world’s largest bureaucracy backed the claims of Gavin Menzies, a former British Navy submarine commander and author of the controversial best-selling book, 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, and even chose May 16, 2005 as the day the history of the world would be rewritten.

The UN, under King of Snooze secretary general Kofi Annan bought into Menzie’s theory that the Chinese Muslim explorer, Admiral Zheng He or Cheng Ho discovered the new world.

The author, through a Canadian architect, had discovered what is believed to be the centuries lost naval base of China’s most famous explorer.

“The discoverer of this Atlantic coast site is a secret, described only by Menzies as a “distinguished Canadian architect”.  The mysterious architect will brief the Canadian Government and then go to UNESCO to make the discovery an official UN World Heritage Site.” ( CanadaFreePress, March 11, 2005). “May 16 is the Red Letter Day when public disclosure will be made at the Library of Congress.  It’s adios, Columbus, hello Zheng.”

The last word here belongs to www.Serbianna.com: “I don’t know if there’s anything to this claim, (‘Abdur-Rashid’s), but I like it.  For years I’ve been imploring Native Americans to direct any lingering resentment over the loss of their land towards Muslims, since the whole reason Columbus had to find a New World is that Muslims controlling the land trade routes to the east would attack traders or extort a high tax.  But thanks to this cleric, now we now that not only did Muslims make discovery of the New World a necessity, they encroached the Indians first! 

“There’s a new “White Man” in town!  Please direct grievances accordingly.

(Black people should be aware that this new white man owns and trades slaves, and the people who should be most upset when he blows up our buildings are the Mexicans who build them.)”


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