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Last Update : 30/01/2024
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As-salamu alaykum to all Muslim Brothers and Sisters...
InI message to InI first of all is that we are indeed brothers and sisters for 1 coming from the same lineage and 2 Both Muslims and Rastafari having faith in the same god ALLAH which we call YAH or JAH. This should mean that we are not that different from one and other, being inspired by the same God only having a different name for it. And even though the teachings might be slightly different they are very similar, when reading the Quran we can see the link with the Bible is extensive sharing many of the same stories, traditions and faith. We both respect and honor the old prophets like Abraham, Jacob, King David, Solomon, the Prophets and Yeshua. We can see that the Islamic faith is a beautiful one with many good teachings. We have found that the majority of Muslims live in peace with people that have different faiths. So we suggest to work together in unification and peace. 

SAME DESCENDANTS

With Abraham we have the same descendants, both Israelites/Rastafari and many Arabs being from Hebrew descent. Muhammad is acknowledged to be a descendant from Ishmael, the first born son of Abraham who he had with the Egyptian handmaid Hagar. For those that don’t know it, Egypt/Kemet was ruled by Nubians in those times so we can assume that Hagar was also from this race. Do some study on this, as it is well known and excepted by most scholars of Egyptian history. So Most or Many Arab people and Israelites are half brothers. It is considered that Ishmael had a big role within the lineage of the Arab population, although he was not the Only forefather of the Arab nation. The Arab nation came into existence through multiple sources not just one person. However Muhammad is believed to be from the lineage of Ishmael, through his son Kedar and later Adnan, probably not all Arabs are descendants from Ishmael, the Prophet Muhammad most probably was. This might also be the reason why other Arabs didn’t except his teachings at first. besides that His teachings went against the tradition of other Arabs in those times it might also be because descendants of Ishmael used to look different then other Arabs. Bilal for one, Muhammads first and most faithful follower is also known to be an Ethiopian. And this could also have been the reason why Muhammad told his followers to flee to Ethiopia from persecution of Arabs who didn't agree with his teachings. Muhammad said they would be protected in Ethiopia because a righteous king lived there, maybe this was also because they were African.

MESSOPATAMIA / EGYPT

What is also good to know or study is that Ur in Messopatamia (now Irak and Iran), where Abraham came from, had a larger population from African descent then now in these days. Although it was a region with people from different cultures and anthropology is not clear about this matter, we can see in the artwork from those times that Africans had a strong presents in this region. Nimrod for instance who ruled over babylon was known to be a descendant from Cush, who is African. Also Biblical scriptures indicate that the Israelites had similar physical features as the Egyptians. This can be seen for instance through the story of Joseph the sons of Jacob. Joseph lived with the Egyptians after being sold as a slave in his teens by his brothers. They did not recognize him when they came to Egypt later for help, but were not able to recognize him between the Egyptian population thinking he was one of them. If he would have looked distinctively different from the Egyptians this would be more difficult to hide. Although still possible...
Then we Also have the story of Moses who lived as an adopted son of the Pharaoh and was probably not recognized by the pharaohs daughter or by the pharaoh himself to be an Israelite. The Bible only mentions his daughter had compassion for this baby she found in the river and decided to adopt him. But this was in a time when the Pharaoh was against the Israelites and had ordered All Israelite babies to be killed because the Israelite population was growing too fast and he was afraid of their future dominance because of this. So instead of killing Moses he decided to adopt him, which is not very logical. This could possibly be because he didn't know Moses was an Israelite because he looked similar to Egyptians. This only came to his awareness when Moses decided to defend the Israelites in a later stage of his life. Moses himself probably knew he was an Israelite because he was nursed by his true mother Joshebet, after his sister Miriam had advised the Pharaohs daughter to find a handmaid and nurse for Moses. So even though its not decisive proof, both these stories of Joseph and Moses indicate that the Israelites and Egyptians might have had similar physical features. And although most people in the world today think the Egyptians in those times looked like the Egyptians we see in Egypt today and that we see in the movies, this is not historically accurate.

MUSLIM CONQUESTS

The Muslim dominance of Egypt and other parts of North Africa only came into existence after the Arab conquests after the Life of Muhammad somewhere in 700 AD. When large territories where conquered. Mainly north Africa but also other parts of the Middle East that were not ruled by Muslims or Arabs like they are today, like the Persian Empire, the Levant, Central Asia and Spain.    
These conquests came by the order of the Rashidun Caliph who succeeded Muhammad, they were Abu Bakr, Umar ibn al-khattab, Uthman ibn Affan and Ali ibn Abi Talip.
Even though Muhammad said that Muslims should only defend themselves but never ordered to expand the Muslim territory by violent conversion, only through peaceful preaching and persuasion. So these conquests can be been seen as something that goes against the teachings of Muhammad. Although some might argue these regions posed a threat to Islam and were therefore conquered. As of today we don’t know what this threat was but we will try and study and overstand this idea in due time.

THE ISLAMIC SLAVE TRADE

What most people are not aware of is that before the transatlantic slave trade by Europeans, there was something known as the Islamic slave trade Period. This came into existence during the Islamic conquests and lasted after the transatlantic slave trade until about 1900 but we can still see exploitation of Africans in these days. So that is 1300 years of slavery! And although it is difficult to determine how many slaves were taken and used during this period as there is little documentation about it, it were probably as much or even more then slaves taken during the transatlantic slave trade as this endured much longer. The regions where people were taken from were East, West and North Africa and were used for things like Domestic service, Military service Agriculture, Construction, Entertainment, Sex, Trade workers and Administrative work, whatever InI could be used for. There is a difference though compared to the transatlantic slave trade and that is that Islam instructs good care for slaves and should be treated with some degree of humanity and also had the opportunity to become free after some time of service. How slaves were treated was up to the slave masters degree of (humanity) and how good of an Muslim he or she was. So there were slave masters that treated their slaves reasonably (good) but also ones that didn’t. In any case slavery is never something that can be explained as something good. But we also have to realize that slavery existed all over the world in many different cultures, also within African, Asian, Slavic and European societies. Its only that the Islamic slave trade and european transatlantic slave trade stand out more then others because if its severity and aimed at African People in particular. And should not be forgotten.  

POSITIVE RECOGNITION

There are many examples of how the Koran has taught people to live a life that is filled with Love and care for each other regardless of faith and race, so even though we had to mention violent conquest and slavery, there have been many Muslims throughout history that have achieved great things and have been very valuable for the development of human kind and are respected for this worldwide. It would be very short sighted not to acknowledge this or to view Islam as something bad just because of the negative aspects to it. So even though large territories were conquered, sometimes by force and sometimes in more peaceful ways through persuasion, the countries where Muslims resided often received valuable cultural contributions. The conquest of Spain is a good example of this. The Moors ruled there from 700 to 1500 AD so 800 years. The Moors were a mix of African and Arab Muslims and they arrived in a time that is known to be the dark ages of Europe in which it had fallen from Civilization into chaos and low livity after the fall of the roman empire. The Moors had a big role in restoring civilization to Spain but also other regions of Europe, introducing many things that could be considered as a higher level of existence and we still benefit from that in these days, its only forgotten by most people. This cultural upliftment also happened in other regions of the world where Islam was in power, and something we can’t deny and should be respectful of.

ETHIOPIA
    
Something else good to know or to remind you of, is the fact that Ethiopia called Aksum in those days, played a big part in Islamic history when a large group of followers of Muhammad together with his cousin, wife and possibly his daughter Fatimah, fled to Ethiopia after being hunted down by Arabs who opposed Muhammad’s teachings and being protected by the Ethiopians from this persecution. This was the first settlement of Islam in a country outside of Saudi Arabia and from that time have always lived there side by side and in peace with the Christian Ethiopian people. This group of Muhammadans later had a big role in the world to spread the message of Islam. When Muhammad learned about this act of kindness and solidarity by the Ethiopians he instructed every Muslim Never to attack or invade Ethiopia and to always be kindhearted to InI.

RASTAFARI

It might also be of interest to you that we as Rastafari (most of InI) have faith that the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I is the second coming of Christ and that His Majesty most probably had Arab and/or Islamic Roots through His mother Yeshimebet Ali. Although very little is known about her, the name Ali which is an Islamic name indicates that she might have been Arabat least, although maybe not a Muslim, but also Could have been. When we look at Emperor Haile Selassie I’s physical features we can clearly see some Arab influence. If we look at His Father he is clearly a black African man, so if his wife Yeshimebet would have had the same complexion, His majesty most probably would have had a darker complexion also. His Majesties beloved wife Empress Menen or Woizero Asfaw also had Islamic roots and that Her blood line can be traced back to that of Prophet Muhammad and we can clearly see Arab Features in Her appearance.
What might also be interesting to know is that Emperor Haile Selassie I was governor of the region of Harar from the age of 13 after his father Ras Makonnen passed away who was governor of Harar before this time. This was until Ras Tafari received other responsibilities within the Ethiopian Royal house when He was about 30 years of age. Harar has been recognized by UNESCO in 2006 as one of the Holiest cities within Islam, for having one of highest amounts of Mosques and for its unique architecture and shrines.   
We know that the Koran acknowledges Christ as one of the greatest Prophets being on the same level as Muhammad. It is foretold that He would return one day  and that Muslims should show Raspect when He does and that this return would be the beginning of a new era of Peace on Earth. InI have mentioned this to some Muslims but seem to have difficulty excepting this because of certain expectations that should accompany the Return of Christ. One of this is the Prophecy that before the Christ returns, first the Anti Christ has to come and that Christ would defeat him in a war, this is similar in Christian faith, they are also waiting this. What most people forget is that in the time when His Majesty lived among InI, between 1892 and 1975, there were the 1st and 2nd world wars and that people who are considered by many people to be the most evil ones in our time, Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin lived in this period too. His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I actually fought On the battle ground personally against the armies of Mussolini who was trying to overtake Ethiopia. And he had a part in the 2nd world war when he gave a speech at the United Nations advocating for collective security, and that if this wouldn't happen that Europe would be next. They didn’t listen and the 2nd world war began a couple of years later. During this time His Majesty kept advocating for collective security and because of this managed to defeat the Italians with the support from other nations in 1941.
So even though this fight with the anti Christ didn't happen in the way some people expect it to be, it did actually happen to some degree With Haile Selassie I being seen as the return of Christ by InI Rastafari and mussolini by going to war with H.I.M. Therefore mussolini literally Was the anti Christ and Haile Selassie I also managed to defeat him on the battleground.
Then we also have the Fact that we as Rastafari have kept the fight going against what we see as bad or evil and are great advocates for righteousness and known and respected for this throughout the world. So even though His Majesty Haile Selassie I might be gone, He still lives on through InI as Rastafari.
One other thing Christ the Messiah had to do with His return was to wake up Israel and gather the lost tribes of Israel to bring them back in the promised land or New Jerusalem, Zion. This is also something Haile Selassie has achieved through InI as Rastafari because it was with His crowning in 1930 that this became a reality by Rastafari remembering that We are original Israelites, before His Majesty this was not known by Anyone, nobody was talking about this. Rastafari have had a lot of influence on other African people who now have a similar faith in this through Reggae music and InI culture, so even though this awakening and gathering of the lost tribes of Israel is a slow process, it has happened already for many people, and has the potential to spread out further.
His Majesty is Also the only African leader ever who gave land to people from the diaspora if they wished to return, called Shashemane. Although we as Rastafari didn't make enough use out of that opportunity because of different reasons, His Majesty should still be credited for doing this at least. There is also a place in Ethiopia actually called New Jerusalem in line with this Biblical Prophecy, this is in Lalibella world famous for its rock hued Churches.
Also good to mention is that the people who embrace the Rastafari livity live Christ like life’s also part of the prophecy with the Return of Christ.
So because of these things, and we haven't mentioned everything that indicate Haile Selassie I is actually the return of Christ we would like to encourage Muslims to study this further and to see if there is any truth in InI faith, and Regardless of what ones might find and believe, to be Raspectful to Rastafari in honor of Muhammad’s words to show Love towards the Ethiopians.
This website may assist in finding truth in these words as this is also of importance for people within the Islamic faith. So feel free to look around we also have a page about Islam in which we will try to respresent Islam in the best way possible, and at the IBL page we can listen and read online versions of the Koran, as of this day 30 Jan 2024 we haven't done this yet but we will in the future, so feel free to take a look some times.
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Give thanks for taking the time to read this.  
One Blessed Love, Rastafari

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