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Author Archives: Ruqyah Sweidan

Abdullah Qulliam: Builder of Britain’s First Mosque

Abdullah Qulliam is a British convert, who is known for his achievements of introducing islam to Great Britain. He built Britain’s First Mosque in 1891 and his achievement signified a starting point to the growth of Islam in the country. Many believe that he was the first native Englishman to embrace Islam. Today, there are nearly four million Muslims in Britain.

Abbas Ibn Firnas: Maker of the First Flying Machine

By Ruqyah Sweidan, Arab America Contributing Writer You may have heard about DaVinci’s experiments with flight engineering. You most definitely know about the Wright brothers inventing the first motorized flying plane. But, did you know that centuries earlier, a Muslim scholar built wings of silk, wood, and feathers?  Abbas Ibn Firnas was born in Al-Andalusia … Continued

You can Ski in Morocco?! Your guide to the Oukaimeden Mountain

By: Ruqyah Sweidan/Arab America Contributing Writer Skiing. Snowboarding. Sledding. These are some of the most popular winter sports we enjoy when we are blessed with snow. Many people travel to ski resorts in the US and in Europe to experience exclusive activities. Many do not know that there is a prominent ski resort in the … Continued

The Rich Christian History of Libya

By: Ruqyah Sweidan/Arab America Contributing Writer One of the lesser-known demographic facts about the North African country of Libya is its Christian population. Most, unfortunately, the population has dwindled greatly due to war. Nevertheless, Libyan history and architecture tell the story of the noblest and rich presence of Libyan Christians. Buried for more than a … Continued

Entrepreneurship of Syria: Struggles and Perseverance

By Ruqyah Sweidan/Arab America Contributing Writer Syria today is unfortunately known for its horrific, long-term war. This issue overshadows the accomplishments and talents of the people. Regardless of the conflict, Syrians are still inquisitive, talented people who want to contribute to the world. Thus, they continue to strive toward their vast professional goals. We know … Continued

A Victorian-Era, Daughter of a British Earl, Muslim Convert Woman?

By Ruqyah Sweidan / Arab America Contributing Writer As of 2018, just under four million Muslims are residing in Britain. While many Muslims as well as their descendants are immigrants statistics have shown growing numbers of white British individuals converting to Islam. The message of Islam has spread organically. Although now it occurs at a … Continued

Ouarzazate: the Largest Hollywood Set Outside America

By Ruqyah Sweidan / Arab America Contributing Writer Ouarzazate is the capital city of the Ouarzazate Province in the region of Drâa-Tafilalet, located in south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate sits in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. The area is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco. This … Continued

Like Scuba Diving? Here is your Guide to the Red Sea of Sudan!

By Ruqyah Sweidan / Arab America Contributing Writer Diving is one of the most popular and enjoyable leisure activities. It reveals a whole new world beneath the surface, and there is a plethora of destinations for one to indulge in this exhilarating activity. The Red Sea, or Al-Baḥr Al-Aḥmar is a narrow strip of water … Continued

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