Mecca , Saudi Arabia Before the rise of Islam the Ka'aba, and Mecca previously known as Bakkah , were revered as a sacred sanctuary and was a site of pilgrimage. Muhammad earned the enmity of his tribe by claiming the shrine for the new religion of Islam that he preached. He wanted the Kaaba to be dedicated to the worship of the one God alone, and all the idols were evicted. The Black Stone al-Hajar-ul-Aswad , still present at the Kaaba was a special object of veneration at the site. According to tradition the text of seven especially honoured poems were suspended around the Ka'aba. According to Islam, Muhammad's actions were not strictly a conversion but rather a restoration of the mosque established on that site by Abraham , who is considered to be a prophet in Islam.
Conversion of non-Islamic places of worship into mosques
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Early records[ edit ] One of the earliest accounts of Islam's possible presence in North America dates to , when a Moroccan slave, called Estevanico , was shipwrecked near present-day Galveston, Texas. While enslaved, he became the religious leader and Imam for a slave community numbering approximately eighty Muslim men residing on his plantation. During the War of , Muhammad and the eighty Muslim men under his leadership protected their master's Sapelo Island property from a British attack. Between and , over a hundred American sailors were held for ransom in Algiers. Several wrote captivity narratives of their experiences that gave most Americans their first view of the Arab World and Muslim ways, and newspapers often commented on them. The views were generally negative. Royall Tyler wrote The Algerine Captive , an early American novel depicting the life of an American doctor employed in the slave trade who himself is captured and enslaved by Barbary pirates.
Islam in the United States
Since that action coincided with Passover, the Romans allowed pilgrims to enter the city but refused to let them leave—thus strategically depleting food and water supplies within Jerusalem. Within… Character of the city Jerusalem plays a central role in the spiritual and emotional perspective of the three major monotheistic religions. For all three faiths it is a holy city, a centre of pilgrimage , and an object of devotion.
My parents are both muslims. And they like good muslim parents encouraged me in the islamic way of life. I had a firm belief in God and feared the day of judgement so tried to be good. But sometimes I would fail.