Talk:Muslims in Britain

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"The history of Muslims in Britain is very long.


One of the earliest pieces of evidence for the Muslim presence is a coin minted in 157 A.H. for the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia in the reign of King Offa (which is 773-774 C. E.). The coins are enscribed with Kufic script bearing the legend: "There is no deity except Allah, He is the one and only, He has no partner."(Sûrah CXII), "Muhammed the Messenger of Allah, sent him with guidance and true religion to make it victorius over all (other) religions." (Sûrah IX, 33), and "In the name of Allah. This (coin) was minted in 157 A.H.". It is on display in the British Museum.

There is some debate about whether King Offa had converted to Islam or not. "

As it stands, this is an extremely dubious assertion -- Arabic coins circulated throughout Europe at this time as there were few other large gold coins being produced. Is there some source that can be cited to back the Muslim Offa claim? Arwel 12:46 25 May 2003 (UTC)
The assertion is ludicrous. Many places created imitations of Islamic coins during this time period. They often blundered the legends because they clearly didn't know Arabic. Do you have any evidence to support this assertion? M123 16:19, 24 Aug 2003 (UTC)

Found some information about the coin for those interested: http://answering-islam.org/Hoaxes/offa.html M123 17:06, 24 Aug 2003 (UTC)


This article should be merged with Islam in the United Kingdom