Fast Facts 4

  1. Columbus admitted that on October 21, 1492 CE while his ship was sailing near Gibara on the north-east coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque (he knew Mosques because he’d seen them in Spain) on top of a mountain. The ruins of mosques and minarets with inscriptions of Quranic verses have been discovered in Cuba, Mexico, Texas and Nevada proving that Muslims were in America before the Europeans. [OBREGON, M The Columbus Papers, The Barcelona Letter of 1493, The Landfall Controversy, and the Indian Guides, McMillan Co. 1991]
  2. There are 565 names of places (villages, mountains, rivers, etc.) in U.S.A. (484) and Canada (81) which are derived from Islamic and Arabic roots. These were originally named by the natives in pre-Columbian period. E.g. Mecca (Indiana), Makkah Indian tribe, Medina (Idaho), Mahomet (Illinois).
  3. Makkah has some of the highest land prices in the world: Land around the Haram sells at around $70 000 (+-R420 000) per square meter.
  4. The Haram of Makkah exceeds the capacity of the world’s largest stadium by 5 times.
  5. There were 6 226 daily flights arriving in Jeddah with Haj pilgrims in 2002.
  6. 24 million litres of ZamZam water was distributed at Haj 2005. (Billions of litres have been taken from this one well for over 1000 years, yet it does not dry.)
  7. 14 Hospitals in Makkah, Mina and Arafaat are used ONLY during Haj. 9 600 people work there.