Al-Qur’an, Guidance and Purpose

Al-Qur’an is the holy book of Islam. Muslims believe that the Qur’an is the culmination of God’s revelation and provided cover for humans and the pillars of faith that was delivered to the Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel; and the first revelation received by the Prophet Muhammad is as in Al-Qur’an Al-‘Alaq verses 1-5….

Islam, the Origin and History

Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a religious text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Allah), and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570–8 June 632 CE), considered…

Islamic religion in Indonesia

The spread of Islam in the Nusantara is the spread of Islam in the Nusantara(now Indonesia). Islam was brought to the Nusantara by merchants from Gujarat, India during the 11th century, although Muslims have come to the Nusantara earlier. In the late 16th century, Islam has surpassed the number of adherents of Hinduism and Buddhism as the dominant religion…

Hayam Wuruk and the Golden Age of Majapahit

Majapahit was an empire centered in East Java, Indonesia, which once stood from about 1293 to 1500 AD.  Founder and first King of the kingdom of Majapahit is Kertarajasa Jayawardhana also called Raden Wijaya. There is no record about when he was born but it was said that he died in 1309. Raden Wijaya ruled in…

Zheng He, a brief history of Islam in Indonesia

Zheng He, or better known by the Indonesian people as Ceng Ho or Sam Po Kong is a Chinese person who has an important role in the spread of Islam in Indonesia. He along with his crew across the ocean by ship measuring 144 meters came to visit the kingdom of Majapahit in Java in…