When the Caliph Helped Ireland – Untold History

22At a time when really difficult images are being associated with Islam, we have a long legacy of contribution to the world. This legacy should not be hijacked by rogue organizations. The world and the media should not do the injustice of associating the classics with the fake. What did this Muslim world look like from the inside? First, it was a civilization of kindness and empathy which supported other humans.

During the Great Famine in Ireland (1845 – 1852), a disease filled the potato plantations, which was the main food at the time especially amidst the poor. The harvest was severely affected that year; a lot of people died, and the Irish dubbed it as the Great Hunger. They say a million people died, and a million people fled from the famine. A million is a lot of people to die.

It isn’t that there wasn’t any food in Ireland; there was, but Ireland was subjugated by the English. A lot of property was owned by the English, so in order to pay for living on the land, the produce was sent back to England and the poor died in Ireland.

Eventually, news of this reached the Ottoman Caliph that Christian people were dying in Ireland out of poverty. Please help. This was the time when the Ottomans had some internal problems as well. However, the Caliph felt a huge sense of responsibility and out of his deep humanity, he promised: “I will send ten thousand silver pounds to Ireland.”

However, he was not a reckless ruler and recognized that Ireland was under the stewardship of Britain. He found out that the British queen Victoria was giving only two thousand silver pounds to help out Ireland.

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In the times of the old,
Immorality was common to the feeble and bold.
Injustice prevailed to rich’s avail
The mystery so great, no one to unveil
These dark ages have most atrocities filled in it
With the Arabs been socked in it
Corruption sways the heart of men
To them a means to an end
They bury their female child
Mostly seen as sex object
Who is bold enough to face the penalty to object?
Men’s hearts filled with envy and grudges
With worship of different deities
Theft, murder, rape, and immoral dressing
These are norms in the society
Until a clearsign from above skies
That answers the entire why
A beam of light into the dark
That gets only white from black
To end immoralityand injustice
A messenger of the Most High
To lift to greater height
From dark to light was the change
Just believe in God was the wage
Lands of terror and fight
Became that of peace and light
Widespread were his great words

Love, peace and morals were his swords
Believe in God and act on His commands
Because that would be good deeds in our hands
So follow the way of the Prophet
His best! Who can contest?
With this great Deen he brought the solution
To all injustice and aberrations
Now, the world is going back to the old times
And everything back to the bad times
So, why not go back to his teachings?
For he has brought nothing, but good tidings
Which is the only visible way out?
Go back and emulate his example
That he left for the whole of mankind.