The Connection Between Islam And Native Americans

December 11th, 2013  

The videos below show the commonality of the traditions, heritage, history and principles between Islam and Native American/Indian cultures. The videos were brought to the attention of the webmaster by the Grand Sheik in New York Republic.

History Of Islam In America: Source: http://sunnahmuakada.com

Estimates of the percentages of Muslim slaves as a total of the whole vary from 10-20%. More than 50% of all slaves brought to America came from areas under the influence of Islam. Muslim slaves first arrived in what is now the United States during the 1520′s. These were the Senegambians, who were known to believe in Allah and abstain from beer and pork.

Estevanico of Azamor, also know as Estevan, Esteban, Estebanico, Black Stephen, Stephen the Moor. He was a Muslim of Moroccan descent and his real name was Mustafa Zemmouria. He began exploring America in the 16th century. He landed in Florida in 1527, and until 1539, explored Arizona and New Mexico. In 1587, a shipload of Muslim Moriscos landed and settled in the coastal towns of South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and along the western belt of North Carolina mountains.

In 1790, the South Carolina legislative body granted a special statute to a community of Moroccans, as the Sultan of Morocco had recognized the United States in 1787.

There exists evidence that Muslim slaves, despite living in a society hostile to slaves, assembled communal prayers. In some cases Muslim slaves were provided a private praying area by their owner. Bilali, a notorious Muslim slave, is known to have fasted, wear a fez and kaftan and observe the Muslim feasts in addition to his prayers. Many Muslim slaves conversed in the Arabic language. Some even wrote literature (such as an autobiographies) and chapters from the Quran.

There are numerous accounts of Muslims who were integrated within Native Indian tribes pre-Columbus, of Turkic, Moorish and African Muslims leaving colonies to live amongst the Native Indians. There are also historical letters and colonial advertisements describing the threat to the colonies of African Muslim Slaves fleeing and integrating with the Native American Indians. There is also the case of Mahomet Weyonomonof the Mohegan tribe, who arrived in Britain in 1736 CE century to discuss the land grabs by the British.

In the 12th century Al-Idrisi reported in Nuzhat Al-Mushtaq Fi Ikhtiraq Al-Afaq (Excursion of the Longing One in Crossing Horizons), that a group of eight Muslim sailors from North Africa sailed west of Lisbon. After sailing west for more than 31 days, they landed on what must have been an island in the Caribbean. The intrepid explorers were initially imprisoned by Indians but were later released when a translator appeared who spoke Arabic

1310 CE Sultan Abu Bakari of the Mandinka kingdom of Mali sent two different fleets of ships, totalling 2,400 ships, sailing west from Africa. The fleets never returned to Africa.

There are also numerous reports of ‘black skinned’ Indians. For example in Honduras Columbus reported seeing Black skinned Indians. Giles Cauvet’s ‘Les Berberes de l’Amerique’ reported that a pre-Columbian tribe in Honduras was know as the Almamys a corruption of the Mandinka word for the Arabic Imam.

The Ottoman Navy from late 14th century was one of the main navel powers , and controlled much of the Mediterranean Sea. There where many skirmishes and battles with the European nations, and as such many Turkish sailors where imprisoned and taken to the new world. Once in the New World, these Muslim captives were assigned to slave labor on sugar plantations and in the mining operations of among other places, Cuba and Brazil.

Many of the Santa Elena colonists were forcibly converted Muslims and Jews (Conversos). In Spain the Muslims were known as Mudajjan. Captain Joao Pardo recruited heavily from the Berber Galician Mountains of northern Portugal in 1567 CE.

When Santa Elena fell, its inhabitants-including its converted Jews and Muslims escaped into the mountains of North Carolina.

In Eastern Tennessee in the late 1700, Jonathan Swits an English men married a Mullungeon women and utilized them in his mining operations and these dark skin individuals were known as Mecca Indians and they described them as being good with Silver crafts and this really comes out of Muslim Spain and Muslims were very good in that. He continues to say that they use to fall down in prayer on the ground a number of times during the day facing East.

In 1784, Tennessee governor John Seevier records an encounter with people in the Western North Carolina with Dark reddish brown complexion and he said that they were supposed to be of Moorish decent.

In 1622 CE the European colony of Jamestown was overrun by Native Americans. The African slaves did not share the same fate as the Europeans who were killed , but where instead taken and integrated into the Native American communities.

Christopher Columbus embarked on four journeys to the new World, between 3rd August 1492 and 11th January 1502. This was the period between the fall of the Andalus city of Granada and the final expulsion of Muslims from the peninsula 1492 CE – 21st September 1609. During this period there where an estimated 500,000 Muslims and Moriscos (Muslims who had been forcibly converted to Christianity under the The Spanish Inquisition). It is not surprising that quite a few found their way to the New World.

On his first voyage he had two captains of Muslim origin, Martin Alonso Pinzon, the captain of the Pinta, and his brother Vicente Pinzon the captain of the Nina. They where wealthy expert ship outfitters who helped organized Columbus’s expedition and repaired the flaship Santa Maria. The Pinzon family were related to Abuzayan Muhammad III the Moroccan Sultan of the Marinid Dynasty1196 CE. Vicente Pinzon also sailed with Columbus during his historic 1942 voyage to the New World and served as captain of the Nina. In late 1499 CE. Vicente sailed a second time to the Americas, landing on the Brazilian coast at Santa Maria de la Consolacion. Sailing northwest from his initial landfall in Brazil, he explored the Amazon River estuary and the Gulf of Paria in northeast Venezuela. Vincente made two additional voyages to the Americas before 1508 CE. Franciso Pinzon was the third of the Pinzon brothers to sail with Columbus in 1492 CE. Franciso served as the pilot of the Pinta.

Contempory estimates of the slaves brought to the new world range from 15-20 million. Of those 15-20 million estimates of the number who were Muslim range from 10-30%. This is based on the recording of the areas and tribes of those who were brought over, and the percentage of those tribes that were Muslim. Transit records, and Plantation records normally recorded either the area or the Tribe.

From the various tribes, i.e Fulbe, Fulani, Tukoor, Mandinka, Soninke, Hausa, Taureg, Songhai, Kasonke, Kanuri, Mandara, Wolof, Vai, Nupi, Susa, Ashanti and Yourba, the percentage of Muslims were as follows:

50% of Yourba

90% of the Hausa

90% of the Mandinka

95% of the Fulani

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