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The Throne of Adulis

An inscribed marble throne at the Ethiopian port of Adulis offers us a rare window into the fateful events comprising what has come to be known as the Red Sea Wars. Tirelessly examined by scholars of Arab historiography but woefully overlooked by the world at large, the sixth century international conflict was waged between Christian Ethiopians and Jewish Arabs, creating a context for the ultimate implosion of the Persian Empire and the swift rise of Islam. Here, G.W. Bowersock, author of, The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam (Emblems of Antiquity) offers an invaluable account of this tumultuous epoch in pre-Islamic Arabian history, piecing together a seamless narrative from a host of historical fragments.

 


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Wednesday Prayer

Adhan is the first call to prayer. The Adhan is uttered in a loud, albeit sweet melodious, voice to announce to the faithful that it is time for the Obligatory Prayer and to invite them to offer the prayers. Those who perform Adhan are known as ‘Muedhin.’ The honour of being the first Muedhin goes to Bilal, a black slave who converted to Islam. He had a very sweet, resonant and musical voice. He was appointed as Muedhin by the Prophet of Islam. The appointment of a black slave as the first person to call Muslims for prayers, shows that in Islam all human beings are treated as equals. Rich or poor, black or white, short or tall – all are equal in the eyes of Allah. It is the piety of each individual that makes the difference.



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Sunday Prayer

SHE IS THE CREATOR

There’s a tradition that Muhammad said, “A wise man
will listen and be led by

a woman, while an ignorant man will not. “Someone too
fiercely drawn by animal

urges lacks kindness and the gentle affections
that keep men human.

Anger and sharp desiring are animal qualities. A
loving tenderness toward

women shows someone no longer pulled along by wanting.
The core of the feminine

comes directly as a ray of the sun. Not the earthy
figure you hear about in

love songs; there’s more to her mystery than that. You
might say she’s not from

the manifest world at all, but the creator of it.

— RUMI —