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Author Topic: U.S. City named after Muslim Hero: Biography of Emir 'Abd al-Qadir  (Read 1050 times)
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« on: November 06, 2012, 03:23:55 PM »

http://www.examiner.com/article/u-s-city-named-after-muslim-hero-biography-of-emir-abd-al-qadir

U.S. City named after Muslim Hero: Biography of Emir 'Abd al-Qadir
RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY JUNE 8, 2009BY: J. SAMIA MAIR



According to the official website of Elkader, Iowa (founded in 1846), the town was named after Emir 'Abd al-Qadir, whom they describe as "a young Algerian hero who led his people in a resistance to French colonialism between 1830 and 1847."

http://www.elkader-iowa.com/History.html

Emir 'Abd al-Qadir was an amazing person from what I have read. He responded to French savagery with incredible magnanimity, becoming the personification of Islamic virtues.

Reza Shah-Kazemi writes in his article about Jihad:

http://www.zaytuna.org/seasonsjournal/seasons4/45-68%20Spirituality%20of%20Jihad--Reza%20Kazemi.pdf

"At a time when the French were mutilating Arab prisoners, wiping out whole tribes, burning men, women, and children alive; and when severed Arab heads were regarded as trophies of war--the Emir manifested his magnanimity, his unflinching adherence to Islamic principle [by refusing] to stoop to the level of his 'civilized' adversaries.'"

When the Algerian resistance failed, the Emir eventually was exiled to Damascus where he saved the lives of thousands of Christians against Muslims whom he believed were acting against Islam.

During his lifetime, the Emir achieved somewhat of a celebrity status. His noble character was celebrated around the world by French prisoners, Christians, Muslims, and others--and apparently the founders of Elkader, Iowa.

Author John W. Kiser recently published a biography about the Emir, Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (2008). The book has been well-received by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

http://www.amazon.com/Commander-Faithful-Times-el-Kader-1808-1883/dp/0979882834/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1244374603&sr=1-1

For example, Daisy Khan, Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement, writes "an extremely important book for both Muslim and non-Muslim audiences...in Abd el-Kader, we can look to a leader--as scholar, spiritual master, and warrior--who struggled for justice in his own society without transgressing the limits of a just war."

http://www.asmasociety.org/about/b_dkhan.html

Kiser notes in his book that "Abd el-Kader's humanitarianism, and specifically, his rules for the treatment of prisoners anticipated the Geneva Code of 1949." (p. 322, fn)

I did not agree with everything Kiser had to say or his characterization of some events. For example, Kiser writes, "There was only one compass for the emir: Islam." (p. 264). Later, he mentions a couple of reports that the Emir had 5 wives, but notes that it "would not have been characteristic of the emir to violate the limit of four wives permitted in the Koran, yet neither was he perfect." (p. 321)  While no human is perfect, it seems extremely unlikely that the Emir would have had 5 wives, given his strict adherence to Islamic law.

Kiser also includes an improbable story of how the Emir met his first wife. The story includes a secret rendezvous, an embrace, and a voyeur, whom the 15-year-old Emir tracks down and apparently kills in a river struggle. Although Kiser questions its veracity, nevertheless he states that the story is conceivable. (pp. 22-23)

Overall, I tremendously enjoyed reading about this great man and his adherence to Islamic principles when faced with abominable horrors. His exemplary character is a testament to the beauty of Islam.

http://www.amazon.com/Savage-War-Peace-1954-1962-Classics/dp/1590172183/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244382755&sr=1-1
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2012, 03:35:11 PM »

interesting ahmed.

There are actually quite a few countries/islands which trace there names back to islamic/arab sailors and explorers.

for example one i remember on top of my head is portugal, which was named after the arab color orange, with a slight change in the way you say the word.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2012, 03:39:04 PM »

I was reading some stuff and came across this in google results, never heard of this before.
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2012, 06:11:59 PM »

I heard e-kul also had muslim descendants.

proof he comes from a family line of Mukhtar-e-kul


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twbKwDX74zo

All this time i thought he was a stupid atheist.I think e-kul is playing us.
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2012, 06:26:16 PM »

I think we're onto something... he must have had some cultural upbringing amongst muslims but obviously completely ignorant of the religion, so if his father abused him as a child... he must have hated islam out of it as a result...

It's kind of like Irshad Manji, that lesbian loud mouth, how she devoted her 'career' to bashing Islam and Muslims and promoting her books and rambling about 'whats wrong with islam' when it was more like what was wrong with her bengali cultural origins and upbringing, how she was mistreated as a child.

I remember when she was initially briefly popular. She got destroyed in her own books, she was paraphrasing things from quran and misquoting verses, and making up her own meanings. She was trying to say she was getting her information from 'scholarly circles', it was such a humiliating joke.. she lost her limelight but as usual these kind of folks breed amongst one another in the same social circles. You'll find her giving speeches in pro-israel circles and other islamophobe circles such as robert spencer, tarek fatah, pamella geller, ali hirsi, brigette, salman rushdie etc...

In the end no one cares for them other than other islamophobes. I feel bad for e-kul though.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2012, 07:52:41 PM »

Why does Muslim singing sound like the person singing it is getting ass raped by a hot metal rod?  The sounds are torture to a Westerner.
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2012, 10:53:14 PM »

Why does Muslim singing sound like the person signing it is getting ass raped by a hot metal rod?  The sounds are torture to a Westerner.

your posts are torture.

Is that what your dad did to you, rape you with a metal rod?
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