Selam Ya Resulallah

By Lamija Welcome, our greatest son from the land of Arabia and of noble lineage. Welcome, our beloved nobleman from the House of Hashim and the noble tribe of Quraysh. The greatest man that has ever walked on this Earth was the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He was born in the Arabian city…

Ferhadija Fairytale

By Lamija I raise this glorious Oratory in the name of AllahBenefactor Ferhad – Bey, the helper of the believersWith a thirsty sword he engraved in marble his heroic nameWith the war intake, that good man raised the endowment Sipahi, when arrived to the building, told it the chronogram: In the name of Allah, this…

Albanians and Islam: An Introduction

By Jetim The iterations and contexts in which Islam is found around the world are countless. One such iteration that has not often captured the hegemonic eye is Islam in the Balkan Peninsula. Though this changed for a time in the wars emanating from the breakup of Yugoslavia, this region has usually remained under-represented and…

Islam on Edge: A Mosque in Batumi

By Yıldız’ın Kızı Merely miles from the Turkish border, a Muslim legacy of its own is living on, unaffected by our ignorance of it. The only mosque in town– the Batumi mosque– was situated on an unassuming cobbled street near Piazzia Square. The small, two-story structure seamlessly blended in with the walls; only the minaret gave…