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Rare Autobiography by Omar Ibn Said, An Enslaved West African Scholar

The Library of Congress has recently discovered a rare manuscript, an autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, a slave hailing from West Africa.  The autobiography is 15 pages long, and is written in Arabic. He describes his life in West Africa, in a place called Futa Toro, between modern-day Senegal and the Gambia. Omar Ibn Said […]

In Peace: The Spread of Islam in Africa

“Islam spread through West Africa through nonviolent means.” Our ideas of Africa nowadays consist of everything from famines, war, refugees fleeing their homeland, to the recent shootings of black people by police, and the Black Lives Matter movement. But this race of beautiful, strong, and intelligent people surely had to have a noble history. In this illuminating […]

In Soweto: “Allah is Beautiful and Loves Beauty: Celebrating the Beautiful Messenger”

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus delivered this beautiful talk in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, during a session which ended with two local women embracing Islam. Follow the Spread Light tour of South Africa on the SeekersHub website. Your financial support is crucial to our #SpreadLight campaign, which seeks to provide truly excellent Islamic learning to at least 1,000,000 seekers of […]