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 Louisiana is located in the southern part of United States. It bordered by the Texas in the west, Arkansas in the north, and in the eastern side Mississippi makes boundary with it. However, in the south Mexico Gulf makes coastline with it. Louisiana is the only state of the US that has political subdivisions known as parishes. Parishes have local government that tantamount to the counties.

Interestingly, some of the Louisiana urban cultures have multicultural and multilingual heritage. In fact, it has been highly influenced with an admixture of 18th century Spanish, French, and African cultures. These cultures are very significant in the US because of uniqueness. Actually, the reason behind these cultures is – initially, the region was the French and Spanish colony.ome of the important cities are Baton Rouge (capital city), Bossier City, Lafayette, Alexandria, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe.

Today the Muslims in this part of this America are estimated to be going to fifty thousand. This makes the population of the Muslims in that area to be 1% of the area total population. It is also well known that this state is populated with people from different cultural affiliation. And a very conducive co-existence is known to have ruled the place all the while.

The Muslims have many major Islamic Centres such as The Islamic Center of North Louisiana, The Islamic Centre of New Orleans, The Islamic Center of Lafayette, The Islamic Center of Baton Rouge - LSU Location, Mosque Islamic Society of Central Louisiana, Islamic Center of Beaumont, and so many others. This is a very clear point that shows the real impact of the Muslims populace in the society.

However, since the recent influx of immigrants into America and Europe from the Arab war-afflicted countries like Syria, Louisiana is known to be one of the major places these people have got into and many more about entering which has caused much debate between the political parties, and even made a party lose its mandate to another for not supporting the influx. Louisiana, like many other states in the America, can have the history of how Muslims first came in to be the same or with little or no difference. America has always been in good relationships with Muslims and Muslim countries through history.

In fact, the very first country to recognize the United States as an independent nation was the Sultanate of Morocco, under its ruler Mohammed ben Abdallah, in the year 1777. He maintained several correspondences with President George Washington.

On 9 December 1805, President Thomas Jefferson hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House for his guest Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, an envoy from Tunis.

Bilali (Ben Ali) Muhammad was a Fula Muslim from Timbo. Futa-Jallon, in present-day Guinea-Conakry, who arrived at Sapelo Island during 1803. 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 1812, Muhammad and the eighty Muslim men under his leadership protected their master's Sapelo Island property from a British attack. He is known to have fasted during the month of Ramadan, worn a fez and kaftan, and observed the Muslim feasts, in addition to consistently performing the five obligatory prayers. In 1829, Bilali authored a thirteen-page Arabic Risala on Islamic beliefs and the rules for ablution, morning prayer, and the calls to prayer. Known as the Bilali Document, it is currently housed at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Between 1785 and 1815, 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 Middle East and Muslim ways, and newspapers often commented on them. The views were generally negative. Royall Tyler wrote The Algerine Captive (1797), 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. Finally Presidents Jefferson and Madison sent the American navy to confront the pirates, and ended the threat in 1815 during the First Barbary War During negotiation of the treaty of peace which ended hostilities, American envoys made clear that the United States had no animosity towards any Muslim country.

On the morning of April 4, 1865, near the end of the American Civil War, Union troops commanded by Col. Thomas M. Johnston set ablaze the University of Alabama; a copy of the Quran known as the “The Koran: Commonly Called The Alcoran Of Mohammed.” was saved by one of the University's staff. Two hundred and ninety-two Muslims are known to have fought during the Civil War. The highest ranking Muslim officer during the War was Captain Moses Osman. Nicholas Said, formerly enslaved to an Arab master, came to the United States in 1860 and found a teaching job in Detroit. In 1863, Said enlisted in the 55th Massachusetts Colored Regiment in the United States Army and rose to the rank of sergeant. He was later granted a transfer to a military hospital, where he gained some knowledge of medicine. His Army records state that he died in Brownsville, Tennessee, in 1882.  Another Muslim soldier from the Civil War was Max Hassan, an African who worked for the military as a porter. [1]


[1] ) Many of these facts taken from Wikipedia.

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