Muslims in American History: A Forgotten Legacy

What do you know about Muslim immigration to America? When did the earliest Muslims arrive? When did members of this community first arrive in America? Dr Jerald Dirk received his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Harvard College in 1971, his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1974, his Master of Arts (clinical child psychology) from the University of Denver in 1976, his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 1978, and his sessions program certificate in Islamic studies from Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in 1998. In 1969, he obtained his License to Preach from the United Methodist Church and was ordained into the Christian ministry (deaconate) by the United Methodist Church in 1972. He converted to Islam in 1993 and completed the ‘Umrah and Hajj in 1999. His vocational history includes over five years teaching in American colleges and universities and over 20 years spent in the private practice of psychotherapy. In addition, he has taught at the middle school level at two different private Islamic schools and has served as the psychoeducational consultant at one private Islamic school. Dr. Dirks is the author or co-author of over 60 published articles in the behavioral sciences (primarily in psychosomatic medicine), over 140 published articles on the Arabian horse and its history, and over 220 published articles or formal presentations on Islam, comparative religion, and private Islamic


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  1. hqhasn said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    Ich nie, wie dieses schöne Buch “Koran” hören
    ist groß Allah (Gott) zu buchen. Gift & guide line für die Menschheit!
    Study .. Denke …&… Implementieren auf euer Leben ….
    Sie wird je gelingen, nach dem Tod auch.

  2. mawnyz1 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    @lydiamunro1 You must mean another Muslim country had been invaded?
    How right you ARE, as youve shown by Historical proof with evidence!

  3. lydiamunro1 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    The agreement content among others is about authority Cherokee tribe pursuant to trade, shipping, and cherokee rule at that time is follow Islamic law. U can see the Cherokees women closing their aurat whereas men folk wear turban.

  4. lydiamunro1 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    If you visit Washington DC,go to Library of Congress.There u can see United States government agreement with quarter Cherokee tribe, namely either quarter Indian, year 1787. To the agreement, you will meet Chief signature Cherokee that called Abde Khak and Muhammad Ibnu Abdullah.

  5. lydiamunro1 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    @mawnyz1 Zheng He admiral or better known as Cheng Ho admiral in Malaysia and Indonesia was the first person that find amerika continent.Around 70 previous year Columbus erect the flag in American land,Laksamana Zheng He already reach there.And Zheng He was a good muslim.

  6. cherish933 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Mashallah !!!

  7. SpankyBurrito said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Santa Claus converted to Islam.. KIDDING. Good video bro..

  8. http1966 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Excellent hidden history of America,never written and spread by the Europeans. May Allah bless Prof.Dirk. M.Akhtar

  9. DrDhakna said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    @ok748
    Check him out
    youtube.com/watch?v=CKXKKyyXG4g

  10. lazimammoth said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    @melmais In the whole world

  11. believeonetime said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    @melmais And then JESUS will return to destroy the Antichrist…
    Thank you JESUS = EMMANUEL= GOD WITH US …

  12. Rauydian said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    @Martintfre Islam is comprehensive system, it includes governance. An apostasy in that senario, according to scholars is punishable by death. In Islam not every apostate is killed, in fact Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) did not kill a person who apostated.

  13. Fadil1954 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    @melmais , Well God works in mysterious ways, they try to suppress the truth but it keeps popping out no matter what they do :-))

  14. commander272727 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    all i can say is MASHALLAH!!!!

  15. giofig40 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    @lifeinaletterbox Allah is my God and your God; Jesus is my Prophet and your Prophet and Muhammad peace be upon him is the last Prophet for all mankind

  16. rogsahl said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    The so called slaves, were first slaves under muslims in Africa, and then sold, by muslims to “white” people

    So beacuse of this, muslims build the US?

  17. ok748 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    up till now i have not seen a reverted American Muslim like him. He is great, though old but treasurer of knowledge.Remember Prophet peace on him was 62, 63 or 65 when demised. He is great american Muslim . May Allah bless him and his family in this world and here after. amen

  18. blueeagleTFL said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    @Martintfre An aposate of islam stops becoming muslim.

  19. giofig40 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    @aziz79 brother love your non-believing brother, no matter what color… Allah knows best of what you do and to those who dont believe… be strong brother assalamu alaikum

  20. theproudONE92 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    @3457lkande1 yea he has a masters from harvard and u think u know something

  21. LORDABBA9 said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    Morisco is a derogatory term. Moor is the proper appellation. He is meaning to say Moors. Most Europeans cite this history, but they do their best to hide the history of the Moors. The Moors were on this land since time immemorial and are the founders of Islam.

  22. KavkazMuslimUSA said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    This is our brother Jerald Dirks. Dr. Dirks is a former minister (deacon) of the United Methodist Church. He holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver. Author of “The Cross and the Crescent: An Interfaith Dialogue between Christianity and Islam” (2001), and “Abraham: The Friend of God” (2002).

  23. Martintfre said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    A traitor in to the USA is some one who has actively done harm to the state.
    An Apostate merely stops being Muslim .

    And you did not answer the question – what happens to an apostate?

  24. GodRMK said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    @Martintfre How are traitors of the US treated?

  25. Martintfre said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    How are apostates treated?

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