What You Didn’t Know About East Africa

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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam ala sailed over Lima Afridi Nabina Muhammad and while alihi wa sahbihi wa bedico Southern. All praise the due to Allah, Lord of the worlds and peace and blessings be constantly showered upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad, the master of the first and the last, and upon his family and companions and all those who call to his way to the Day of Judgment. My beloved brothers and sisters, I begin with the greeting words of the righteous are Salaam wa Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. And I sincerely pray to Allah subhanaw taala for the safety of this world 2020 We are going through amazing changes with the covid

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19 pandemic. And I pray that Allah subhanaw taala would spare the children and the elderly and all those who are in need, during this pandemic, and would give the Muslim world the ability to rise to the surface, and to show the world that the real solution is within the revelation. It's the lifestyle revealed by Allah subhanaw taala, to all of the prophets and to our last prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. And so, this time is, we could say, a time of isolation.

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And as the Muslims and the rest of the world are forced to stay within their homes, it is a chance for us to reflect it is a chance for us to look into ourselves and not just be caught up with the things that are happening around us on a daily basis. And so, self introspection and looking inside oneself also should connect us to the past, because by connected to the past, we gain clarity in the present. And people who do not understand their past will actually be confused in the present. And so we find that in the book of Scripture of the Muslims the last testament Alcor, an, Allah subhanaw taala has revealed one third of the revelation in a historical form, I'll pass us these are the

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stories of the prophets. These are the stories of the nations that came before us. And it is through these stories, that we gain valuable lessons to help us in the present day. And Sarah to use her first 11 Allah tells us laqad canovee, apostasy, him Ebert, only Allah Al Bab, that in their stories, is wisdom, great lessons for those who would reflect. And so the history the stories that are being given to us or not being given just to read, but to benefit from. And so, in looking at our history, and looking at the world, it's crucial for Muslims to understand the background that we are coming from. And I want to focus in this series, inshallah, on the African continent, and

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especially East Africa, to look at this mysterious part of the world misunderstood. And I can say, honestly, that East Africa and Africa as a whole is one of the most misrepresented, Miss under misunderstood places on the planet Earth.

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And so, to break through the ignorance, to break through the barriers of confusion, we want to go back in time to understand what happened in this continent. And to put it in perspective, so that we could understand more about the people who are living in this region. today. Many European historians, when they look at Africa, they write about a dark, backward continent. They write about ignorant people, and some of the top historians have even said, Africa has done nothing for the onward flow of civilization.

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They couldn't be a great ally than this, or greater distortion. The reality is if we go back and try to understand Africa, not as an isolated continent, but actually as part of a huge portion of the landmass of the earth. We understand that over 55 million years ago or so, according to scientists, they were tectonic plates shifting. There were major changes that went on in the geography of the world. And the African continent split away from what is now known as Arabia and the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa. Then from

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25 million years or so, with tectonic shifts going on a great Valley formed, it is called the Great Rift Valley. And that valley in the northern part reaches all the way to the Jordan Valley, in the Middle East, and goes all the way down to Mozambique in the south. And so this is a large system, a large ecological system, a valley system. And it is this area that we want to look at. And especially with the formation of the Red Sea, and with the movement of the currents and the ocean, we're looking at East Africa as being from from the top of the Red Sea, all the way down to Mozambique. And the inland form of East Africa, would be not only Egypt and the Sudan. But it would

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also stretch down to Ethiopia, to Uganda, to Kenya, to Tanzania, all the way down to Mozambique. That whole region, there is what we are considering to be East Africa. And it's important for us to have that perspective, when we are looking at history because nothing is static. And as time changes, the earth changes, circumstances changes. And Allah subhanaw taala continues to make revelation continues to give us information. But we are the ones who have to give perspective to the changes and understand what is going on in our lives today. So again, if we go back in time, we find that the oldest our remains or records of Homo sapiens is actually coming out of that Eastern

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Africa, Southern Africa region. We are people from 1000s of years ago homosapiens, then migrated north, and then moved from the highlands of Ethiopia, and Uganda and Kenya, they move down. Now, it's important when you look at the map of Africa, you would think that the Nile River flows from north to south, but in actuality, according to the geography, it is flowing from South north. So the upper part of the Nile is the southern region. And it is from there that the early human beings in Africa, then migrated and finally reached what is now known today as the Nile Valley.

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Some historians go back to 17,000 years that the Nile Valley actually was had the ability to be cultivated. But we know that around 10,000 BC,

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that the early people coming out of that Eastern African region, settled into the Nile Valley, and began to organize themselves and to cultivate crops. And so they developed the early city states of the Nile Valley. And we have solid information that by 3500 BC, there were a number of states in what is now known as the Sudan, Northern Sudan and southern Egypt, the Nuba region

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and these states

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were known as taciti. And we have proof of 12 kings, who that recorded themselves and we're living in this area with their people. And it is from these civilizations that the people again, continue to follow the Nile, they followed it down. So this is the Upper Egypt area, and they follow the Nile north, so they're going down north, and

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they migrated until they reached the Delta. And that is what is known as Lower Egypt. And so Upper Egypt was that Nubian area, the area of Sudan, and southern Egypt and lower, lower Egypt was the Delta region. And it is reported that around the year 3200 BC, that a great leader whose name was nemea, he united Upper and Lower Egypt, and number, who in some cases, is called minase.

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This was a great political move. And we could say it is one of the greatest unifications that happened in the ancient world. And so he united Upper and Lower Egypt and we still have a bust, a sculpture of his face. So we can say that Manet's The Great Leader of Egypt, he united Upper and Lower Egypt and he was able to bring about

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This unification and bring together the strength of the upper section and the lower section. It is through this unification that the ancient Egyptians, sometimes known as the unknown people who originally came there, that they were able to develop an amazing society. And one of the Egyptian historians manito, he actually records 30 dynasties over 561 different kings, who we now know as the Pharaoh, or the pharaoh in Arabic. And the ancient Egyptians were able to develop the early one of the earliest writing systems, the hieroglyphics. They developed physics and math and philosophy. They had a calendar going back 1000s of years. And because of this development, they were able to

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control the Nile. Remember, the Nile is flowing down. And this Nile is the gift of Egypt. It is the gift of the Sudan, this whole area. So the Nile flows into this desert like region, it turns green agriculture grows, and the ancient Nubian Egyptians were able to subjugate the river to control it had to send it out into the different agricultural areas in order to develop their civilization. And so, by the year 2650 BC, this is what is called the Old Kingdom of Egypt. It is around that time that they built the Step Pyramid in Saqqara this step pyramid is an amazing structure that is still standing up until today.

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It was built for the pharaoh whose name was Xhosa. And I had the opportunity to go below the pyramid and to look at the different chambers. And to see that they were doing complicated brain surgery that they knew decimal numbers, they physics, math, they had an amazing understanding of how to deal with structure and architecture. So this society now continues to develop. And by the year 2500 BC, approximately, the ancient Egyptians build the Great Pyramid at Giza.

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This pyramid up until today is one of the wonders of the world. Just imagine this, this Great Pyramid of Giza that is built, it had approximately 2,300,000 blocks of granite. Some of these blocks were a dump two tons, the blocks were actually cut out in Aswan, which is in the south. And they were taken up, remember going down, they were taken from s one which is in the salt of Egypt, all the way to the area of Giza, which is near near that delta.

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And they were put into perfect position to develop this amazing structure. It's It's shocking that this pyramid, built by African people buy the ancient East Africans was the tallest building in the world up until the 19th century. It's shocking to 1,300,000 blocks of granite, it's shocking that the corners of the Great Pyramid are perfect right angles, that the corners are go exactly north, south, east and west. And there is more granite, there is more stone in this building than all of the churches and cathedrals in England from the time of Christ until now.

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It's also shocking

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that it was not slavery, as we have been taught, because the ancient Egyptians saw it as national service. And it was actually done during the time of who fooled again, an African Pharaoh. And he developed this pyramid, and we see that it was practical science. Now just to have the right perspective, because especially for Muslims, Christians and Jews, there is an understanding of the Prophet Abraham Ibrahim Alayhi Salam who travels from Iraq, through Syria and then down into Egypt and

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Ibrahim alayhis salaam, his time is approximately around 1640 BC. So we need to put this into perspective. If you look back at the Step Pyramid 2650 BC, you look at the Great Pyramid done much later 2500 bc or so. And then now Abraham

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Islam is coming in much later than that. If you look at the time of Moses, or Musa alayhis salaam, he is coming approximately around 1525 BC. So that means it is over 1000 years after the time of the building of the great pyramids, and so he was not done by slaves. He was not the pharaoh beating the children of Israel, and they're carrying stones on the head. The pyramids were built long before Abraham himself actually entered into Egypt, long before masala Salaam was born. And so we need to have the right perspective. even greater than that, in terms of perspective, the Greek civilization, which many people say is the basis of civilization in Egypt and an Africa, Greek civilization kicked

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in somewhere around the eighth century, which is the seven hundreds. So if you look at that, the ancient Egyptians developed their early pyramids 2000 years before the Greeks even started their civilization. And the ancient Greeks were not racist. The ancient Greeks wrote about their civilization, and they said, We got it from the ancient Egyptians, and they were dark skinned people with Willie here.

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And so, the reality is, is that with the development of calendars with the development of hieroglyphics, with the development of architecture and, and science on this level, we can safely say that this part of East Africa was one of the most important places on the face of the planet Earth.

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30 dynasties 561 kings, so many things happen, so many incidents happened, even the concept of the belief in one God, because the Quran is telling us that prophets and messengers were sent to every nation and every tribe. And so therefore, at some point in time, prophets and messengers were also sent into the Nile Valley region. And so the pharaoh that we know, that comes in our Quranic texts, and we find in the biblical texts as well, that is probably the son of Ramsay's, or his grandson. And again, that is coming long after the building of the pyramids, long after the basic development of Egyptian society. And so again, now looking at our East African structure, from the top of the

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Red Sea, all the way down to Mozambique. We go to the year 1473 BC.

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It is around this time, that the daughter of the pharaoh took most the first she became the queen of Egypt, Hatshepsut was her name, and she married her half brother took most the second who was 12 years old, and she virtually was the Regent of Egypt. Eventually, she completely took over Egypt. And so Hatshepsut was the very famous woman in ancient Africa and the ancient world. And she did a number of very powerful things. People remember Hatshepsut, for two major reasons, one was the fact that she built a beautiful temples structure and a city structure. And this is Dr. Darrel bar. And

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she organized this area and built this beautiful structure. And you can see on the walls I had a chance to go to the temple of Hatshepsut. And you can see on the walls, the reliefs, they actually drew pictures on the walls, and some of the remains up until today. And there's hieroglyphs on the walls. And I looked at the walls and I saw a discussion happening about trading going on between the ancient Egyptians and the people of a land called Ponte. Ponte plan was to the south. And it's you can see the Egyptians now meeting the people of punt and a brisk trading going on in this area. So Hatshepsut was known for using the Red Sea and then traveling down to the bottom of the Red Sea, to

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what is now the Horn of Africa. It would be now the present day, Djibouti, Somalia, this area down in there, and this was a land that was so important to the Egyptians at that point in time, that they call it the land of the gods. And they said that in this land

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And there are so many products that can be used for religious purposes. In their poetry in their writings. They looked at Ponte as a type of mythical land, a mysterious land, and some say even the mother of Hatshepsut, hatha that she came from that region. And so a brisk trade was going on. Some of the interesting products that were coming out of point was gold, frankincense, ivory, Ebony, leopard skins, also, aromatic resins, live animals fragrant woods, I make up for cosmetics, cinnamon, kapa, carved amulets, nappsa, myrrh, with your Frankincense. And so so you can see some very important products for religious purposes, you'll see that in many parts of the ancient world,

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they were using frankincense and myrrh, which was coming from Southern Arabia hadramaut, in this region, and plant was a type of trading center. And so the people of that area were gathering the products that were coming from Southern Arabia from the resin of the trees. This is the Frankincense. There's also a type of frankincense, which is gummy, and you can chew it. So it's like the first chewing gum.

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Cosmetics. So think about this, the level of society going now, cosmetics, beautiful air, you know, glitter, aromatic smells, perfumes. And so this is a magical land, and a very important Center, which today, we would call the Horn of Africa. And so drawn on the walls of Hatshepsut, up until today is this connection to show what was happening in East Africa, moving from the Red Sea, and then taking us up later on. Egypt was conquered by the Persians. And we find that, although there was a connection made by the ancient Egyptians, between the Red Sea, they used the Nile, okay, and they were able to connect the Nile to the Mediterranean. So the red seats of the Nile to the

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Mediterranean. But it was later on in the time of derrius, the great. This is the Persian leader who conquered that area, that they were able to really develop that. And so this enabled the Greeks and the Romans to come from the Mediterranean region, when we look at our map again, and we see the connection between the upper part of the Red Sea, going down to the Horn of Africa, and then down into East Africa itself, along the coastline to Mozambique, we recognize that there are a number of civilizations.

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One of the great civilizations that comes in our ancient texts, is the empire of Exxon. And this came into prominence from around 100 ad to about 940 ad. And it was basically Eritrea and northern Ethiopia.

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But at different points. It included the Sudan,

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Yemen,

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Somalia, it actually stretched out at different points. Because of the achievements that were made by the people of Exxon.

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They developed a high technology. And the proof of that is the fact that the largest obelisks in the world are not found in Egypt, although they have the obelisk. And the obelisk is that straight structure, that granite structure, one piece of granite sticking up to the sky, and when I visited the area, the guide actually told me on the side because I asked him the real reality of the obelisk. He said it was a sundial, and it's actually something which was being used in their astronomy, and their math. And so the largest obelisk in the world is not an Egypt, but it is in present day Ethiopia, which formerly was excellent. You'll find herbalists all over the world. The

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Europeans stole some of the herbalists the Americans put one in Washington, DC, there are publics in France, of course, they have the Eiffel Tower, this obelisk all over the world. And again, this is trying to match that technology coming out of East Africa. Imagine somebody saying that Africa has done nothing for the onward flow of civilization when the largest

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Building in the world's tallest building in the world, up until the 19th century, was an Africa.

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It was in Egypt, the Great Pyramid. And when the largest herbalists in the world were in Ethiopia.

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So the ancient exabytes

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that we could call Ethiopians, although it was dealing with a great territory, the ancient aksumite dynasty was also known for its powerful armies, they had developed amazing formations with their army and, and weaponry, and they were able to harness the use of elephants. And these elephants change the structure of warfare. It's like in World War One, the tanks are coming in and they will be in developed and then later on helicopter gunships. And now there are drones. And so technologies change the relationship of people in wars, and because of this technology, and this power, the great visionary called Manny, and he lived in Babylon and Persia. And this saw famous visionary of ancient

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times.

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He and coming in around the third century AD, so he considered that there were great four great powers in the world. And at that time, he considered Persia, the sassanid dynasty, to be one of the great powers, also the Roman Empire. The third were three kingdoms of China. And the fourth was the empire of Axel. And so East Africa, East African people were considered to be one of the most powerful groups of people on the face of the planet Earth.

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There are many different traces of the civilization there in East Africa. And it's interesting to note that the followers of Esau, a slum of Jesus, when they were under persecution, and Jesus was raised, they had to migrate to different areas. And it is reported that mark actually reached the Nile. And so the teachings of Jesus you could call the real Orthodox Christianity, the original religion went up south. And the people there developed a type of pure Christianity, which is actually closer to the original teachings of easily Islam. And we remember that he was actually Jewish, and all of his followers were Jewish, they were following the Old Testament. And this

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revised form that came with Esau Islam, it went up the Nile until it reached the southern part of Egypt, and Sudan, and went all the way into Ethiopia. And so the xo mites are accepted Christianity. And they were a powerful dynasty, and they were linked with the Roman Empire. So in the same way that there are diplomatic messages between different powers in the world today, that there is a type of United Nations and there are different agreements that are made between world powers. today. In the ancient times, there was also understanding between the world powers, and the Romans were in direct communication with the x Semites of Ethiopia. And it is reported that around 520 ad, that

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King Caleb, of the acts of mites of the Ethiopians, he sent an expedition into Yemen. And this is because a Jewish King by the name of Dune was, he had been persecuting people and torturing people. And so he sent an army there. And he eventually defeated Dune was who wrote into the ocean, never to be found again. And the acts of mites conquered Yemen. And so they took over that whole region there. And it's interesting, it is interesting to Muslims because this story appears in the court and in the chapter called bhuj. So it is in this chapter was summer that will brooch in this mighty chapter of the Quran. It tells us cotulla, as hobbled of Dude, that the people of the trench, these

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people were killed.

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And it gives a beautiful rendition of this story, and what happened at that time. And so,

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the Christian x somites, getting a message and in unity with the Romans, that time Byzantium

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they conquered the region. So the Christians had a block going up the Nile, and all the way over into Yemen into this area. And it was a struggle that went on between the Christians and the Persians. Because again, the Persians considered the Ethiopians and the Romans, to be the greatest enemies to Chinese was sort of landlocked, in the eastern side. And so a power struggle went on. And it is from this power struggle, that the Ethiopian General abraha was able to seize power in Yemen in this area. And he built a place, he built a type of Cathedral or church in Yemen. He was defiled by one of the of the Arabs who is in the area, because the Arabs had the Kaaba in Mecca. And it is

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from there, that abraha made the decision to attack Mecca.

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The rest has been recorded in the history of Islam and in world history, that abraha did go forward to conquer Mecca. And Allah subhanaw taala, revealed in the chapter of the birds sort of feel, and speaking about these small birds, which flew in the air, and they drop down stones upon the elephants, because remember, abraha went north with elephants. And so with the elephants going north, and reaching into the meccan area, the Arabs at that time, had no power to stop them. And it is also part of what Allah who sent

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birds carrying small stones, and drop them from high altitudes, and crush the army. And it's interesting to note also, that historians also show that along with the stones

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that hit the elephants, there was also a virus, there was also a plague that broke out, and that virus then decimated. And as Allah said, with Giada, home cosmin moku. And so they were so destroyed, their bodies were so destroyed and diseased, that they will like the cut, they will like grass that is chewed up in the mouth of a cow, and then spit down. And so, the virus

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and army of Allah subhanaw taala, along with the birds, we are facing one of these armies today with the COVID-19.

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And again, history is repeating itself. And we see that East Africa is a venue of major events that are that are taking place in the world to the point where that year is called in history, Hamill field, it is the year of the elephants. It is a crucial year. So

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the ancient lands of Egypt of Nubia of Aksum. Now, Ethiopia, Eritrea

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were connected all the way down that Valley region. They were connected to the south. They were also connected to the north with the extension of the Red Sea going to the Nile and to the Mediterranean. So the business was now bristly going from that Mediterranean region, all the way through to the point where the court and again in the chapter of Quraysh, it is speaking about relative sheeta he was safe, that the the journeys that the Arabs would take in the winter and in the summer, and it is recorded that the Arabs have hadramaut. And there is the MAR society and great societies in Yemen and and how the remote that the Arabs would get the resin, the frankincense, the mer, the spices,

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even there was coffee, so many products came from that area, they would take these spices and they would ship them to different places. We saw how Puntland how Somalia was like a trading house for these aromatic spices. And we also can see that the Arabs would use the Arabian Peninsula now, and this is now running parallel to the Red Sea trade. They would go overland, and they would take care of ants. And they would travel from Yemen, to Mecca, all the way to Gaza,

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on the Mediterranean into Syria into these regions there and they would trade and barter and bring back products and carry

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themselves. So brisk trade routes were going and the frankincense and myrrh that came out of hadramaut and out of Yemen, and then through Puntland, Somalia, up into Egypt, this was able to filter to different parts of the world. And people in ancient religions in the Mediterranean in Asia, throughout the world, people wanted to have this beautiful smells, because that frankincense, that low bond, that that that smell that comes, it purifies the air. So this region was considered to be an area of great riches. And it was connected not only to the north, but it was also connected to the south. So we could say that East Africa in ancient times, was a connected region. It was a

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region that actually reached all the way up to the Jordan Valley. But for our intents and purposes, we can say from the Red Sea, it went all the way down. And you find on both sides of the Red Sea, whether it be in Egypt, or in Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia. And on the other side, which is Arabia, and Yemen, the people were very similar. The languages were similar, the culture was similar. And trade was very brisk. And so we find not only physical connections between the people, but also linguistic connections. And so the ancient Semitic languages, there is the Semitic languages of the ancient Arabs, halibel, bat yada, there are the ancient perishing Arabs, whose languages in AD and the mood

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and muda in solid, they are dead languages today, then there is a lot of elounda there is the original Arabs, you could say, who were or the base Arabs, the pure Arabs coming out of Yemen.

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And then there is a lot about mastaba. And these are the people who learn to speak Arabic, are later on and we see as Arabic went north, to Syria into Lebanon, Lebanon, and Egypt and Morocco and other parts of what is now known as the Arab world. So these Semitic languages actually were connected to East Africa as well. And we see in ancient Ethiopia, Amharic, which is a symmetric tongue, which is spoken in Ethiopia, we see Jewish people called falesha Jews, who were living in Ethiopia,

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we see languages, they call hermetic languages, or languages, which are related to the Semitic Semitic languages being spoken in East East Africa, in Egypt, in parts of the Sudan, in Eritrea, we find this linguistic connection, we also find the connection in their coinage and the connection in their understanding of the world. And so, so much was there in the ancient world, so much of a connection. And even when we go back into our biblical literature, we see the story of Solomon Nabi Suleiman alayhis salaam, and the famous King Solomon, who thought he was the most powerful person on earth. And then you heard about a queen in the south. And this is the story of Bill peace, or the

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Queen of Sheba, whose base was in Ethiopia and in Yemen, remember that connection that is there. And so they met at a salon because he was given the power to control even the jinn, and to to connect with the birds and to connect with insects. And so he was able to bring the throne of Bill peace, all the way from Ethiopia, all the way into, up into what is now Palestine into this region there, he was able to bring that throne, he was able to make that connection with Bill piece. And this is an amazing understanding, up until today, if you go to what is known as exome, and this is an Ethiopia high land Ethiopia, you will find a temple there that the Church of of St. Mary, and you

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will find the special place where the Ethiopians believe is the Ark of the Covenant. And so it is believed that so they manually slam that with the ancient records and the scrolls and there was a chest and there, the power that was given to humanity through these testaments, these early testaments was manifests in this ark of the covenant and according to the Ethiopian

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Humans are so a man or a slam, gave it to his son menelik, who took it to eat to to Ethiopia. And that is still resting within that area in excellent. Allah knows best, I had the opportunity to visit there an exome. And I reached the place where the Ark of the Covenant is lying.

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There is a priest at the door, and there's another priest who's living on the inside. And people are so serious. The Ethiopian priests are so serious about this, they are living in a type of ear to calf, a type of isolation, a spiritual isolation, and they are constantly doing their repentance, and they are protecting it and the and the one who lives inside, never comes out his whole life. And when he's about to die, he brings his successor, he appoints a successor, and that person comes in, and the Ethiopians refused anybody, even the Queen of England, to go inside to see the Ark of the Covenant. I asked about it to historians, especially to Palestinian historians, who really were deep

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into that ancient history. And they don't believe it's the actual act, but they believe there is something of value inside something from the ancient times. And so the ancient is connected to the present. And people up until today have that connection to the ancient world. There's no separation really, between what is now Arabia on the eastern side and Africa, on the western side of the Red Sea. It was all originally part of one continent. And when it's separated, the people coming in, moved on to both sides. And because it is so close, when you're in Djibouti, you can see Yemen on a clear day. So the region is very close. And the people are close, they intermarried. The trade was

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brisk conquest, we're going on constantly. And this is crucial for us in understanding East Africa, and looking at its connection with the ancient world. And we pray and we hope that we will be able to continue our understanding, to go on to understand our East Africa, remember from the top of the Red Sea, to the Horn of Africa, and then down the coastline to Mozambique, and then inland to the societies living in Tanzania, and Malawi, going up to Uganda, to Kenya, to Ethiopia, to Somalia, to the Sudan to Egypt, that whole region there. We want to look at that region to understand what developed further south. What happened in the history that can give us lessons for today.

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This is so important. When we look at East Africa, there is a tendency for people today, when you mentioned Africa, they think about a Dustbowl, they think about refugees. They think about a state of confusion. And no doubt. East Africa and the Sahara region have been struck with climactic changes. But what we have to understand is that there are resilient human beings living in this area who have carried on a tradition that goes back to ancient times. And I can safely say that that tradition, which was coming out of the highlands of East Africa, and which went into the great Nile Valley, which traveled along the Red Sea and moved over to Portland, and then later went down the

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Swahili coast to coast of East Africa, that that civilization is one of the most important early civilizations in human existence. And it is affecting us up until today, the past is connected to the present. And although people may be suffering at one point, it does not take away from the contributions that the people of any region have done to the world. And that is what is being a true human that is what is using our intelligence, that we are able to connect the past to the present and then look to the future.

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So let us reflect on the past. Let us look at the achievements of all of the peoples of the world. Put it into proper perspective. Look at the situation today. And what is happening in the world. Recognizing the achievement of all human beings throughout this planet and then connected to our projection for the future.

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And maybe inshallah, we will be able to develop a type of society where those who have freely give to those who do not have because as they say in the Arabs would say Yeoman laka, where Yeoman Holic there is one day for you, and there is another day that would be against you. So I pray that Almighty Allah subhanaw taala would bless the people of ancient East Africa would bless all of those righteous ones from the beginning of time, as I leave you in peace with these thoughts, was Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh