Quran 66:11

I am a Muslim.

I am not a terrorist

I am not for war

I am not for hate

I am not for injustice

I am not for oppression

I am a Muslim

I am for peace

I am for love

I am for freedom

I am for justice

I am a Muslim

I wear a hijab

I pray 5 times a day

I read the Quran

I am a Muslim

I have beautiful hair

I go out with friends

I read science fiction books

I am a Muslim and today is as sad for me as it is for every other “American” citizen.


January 11th 630: Conquest of Mecca

On this day in 630 CE, the prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, led an army of 10,000 men to conquer Mecca, which is in modern-day Saudi Arabia. At the time of Muhammad’s birth in Mecca in 570, the city was ruled by the pagan Quraysh tribe. In 610, Muhammad is said to have begun receiving divine revelations from God through the Archangel Gabriel. He then began to preach this new religion which focused on one god: Allah. This posed a challenge to the paganism of the Quraysh tribe, who persecuted Muhammad and his followers, causing them to flee to Medina. This conflict lasted for years, with the two frequently clashing in battle, until 628 when they negotiated the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah in which the Quraysh promised to cease fighting and to allow the Muslims into Mecca for pilgrimage. However, the Quraysh did not hold to this treaty and in 630 slaughtered a group of Muslims. Therefore, Muhammad gathered his army of 10,000 and marched to Mecca; the city swiftly surrendered after little bloodshed. Muhammad then declared amnesty for the people of Mecca, but destroyed the pagan imagery to devote the area to the worship of Allah. Muhammad declared Mecca the holiest site in Islam, and made it the centre of Muslim pilgrimage; a pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Muhammad died in 632, and the subsequent leadership crisis caused the religion to split into Sunni and Shia sections. The faith Muhammad had begun spread rapidly, and soon became one of the leading world religions.