5 historical facts! Viking evidence so close to Islam

Not many know, the Vikings are described as identical faces sangar with horned helmets, it turns out that since centuries of lights, they have intersected with Muslim civilization.

In mainland Europe, such large tall, bushy-bearded figures, often referred to as Norsemen meaning northerners, refer to their place of origin.

This is reinforced by several important facts and a series of discoveries, which indicate that the Vikings had been in contact with Muslims.

Like a cloth that says “ALLAH” to the discovery of a ring inscribed with pieces of the shahada. In addition, there are several important things below to be evidence of the closeness of the Islamic world with the Vikings.

The Muslim Viking

According to the records of Amin Razi, a Muslim geographer in the 16th century, the Vikings were known to be very fond of pork and considered a delicacy. Despite being a Muslim, the “contrary” habit remains a difficult thing to eliminate.

In contrast to Amin Ramzi, Omar Mubaidin wrote that in the past, viking contact with the Islamic world occurred because they attacked many Muslims in the Iberian peninsula. Several Viking communities settled in southeastern Seville, eventually converting to Islam.

Discovery of Viking relics that shocked world archaeologists

Another evidence that became a “silent witness” to the vikings’ closeness to Muslim civilization is the discovery of two important relics, a piece of cloth and a ring belonging to the Vikings. The ring was inscribed with the phrase “il-La-La” which means “for God”.

Another discovery that is still being debated is a piece of cloth inscribed with the phrase ALLAH in Arabic. The cloth is part of a Viking garment excavated from 9th or 10th century graves in Birka and Gamla Upsalla, Sweden.

Lafadz is written in Kufic script, an ancient language that developed in the city of Kufa, Iraq in the 7th century.

Viking close to Islamic civilization as merchants

The vikings built trading centers such as Kiev in Ukraine and Novgorod in Russia. The Currency of the Arab Dirham, was used to help stimulate the economy in the Viking era. The Dirham coins were used between the 10th and 12th centuries as common currency by the Vikings of York and Dublin in Ireland.

According to the records of an Abbasid dynasty envoy, Ibn Fadlan, the Vikings came as merchants and campers. The Vikings also met people from Turkey and Bulgaria who at the time dominated power.

Al-Mas’udi, who was also a merchant, added on his note that Muslims were very interested in hats and fur coats made of black foxes by the Vikings.

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The tradition of exploring the world by sea became the beginning of meeting with the Islamic world

In addition to having a large and strong physique, the Vikings were also known as formidable sea explorers. This kind of tradition lasted from the 8th century to the 11th century. They sailed the seas from Western Europe to Central Asia. In central Asia, the Vikings made contact with Muslims for the first time.

In the historical record written by Omar Mubaidin, there are several Fleets of Vikings transporting people from various regions of Andalusia. The residents are from Lisbon, Seville, Cadiz, and Asilah in Morocco. Saudi forces launched an attack on the Viking fleet on the Guadalquivir river, killing more than 1,000 people and destroying 30 ships.

Praise of the Arabs to the Vikings

Arab Muslims’ contact with the Vikings was started by Ahmed Ibn Fadlan, the greatest Muslim scholar and explorer of the time. He quoted the term “saqaliba” which means blonde and white people, is the Vikings he saw. He even added, that the figure of the Vikings had a perfect physique like a tall date tree.

No less, Ibn Rustah who is also a Muslim explorer and earth expert said, that the Vikings were filled by people who always maintained their appearance and personal hygiene. They are very protective of their guests who come in their community with women who are always decorated with gold.

Although there are still various pros and cons, the long history of the Vikings who have long struggled with Muslim civilization, is an irrefutable historical proof.

From this fact, it is expected that in fact every tribe, although angry from different backgrounds, has had good historical relationships and inspires each other, so that its historical value can benefit the next generation.

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