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Is England set to get a Muslim monarch?

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On May 6, 2023, people of England shall celebrate the coronation of their new monarch – King Charles III while they will also witness the silent recognition of Camilla Parker Bowles as the queen. Everyone in the world is aware of the identity of Camilla – a woman who is held responsible for wrecking a happy family of Charles and Diana. For this reason, Queen Elizabeth was vehemently against granting Camilla Parker Bowles the status of the English queen. But now nothing can stop as Charles is not only under heavy influence of Camilla, in most cases, he is rather delighted in implementing her wishes. Anyway, that may not be a real serious issue. Instead, what people of England really need to know – their new king is a Muslim while late Queen Elizabeth was the direct descendant of the Prophet of Islam.

In a 1997 Middle East Quarterly article titled ‘Prince Charles of Arabia’, Ronni L. Gordon and David M. Stillman looked at evidence that Britain’s then crown prince might be a secret convert to Islam. They shifted through his public statements (defending Islamic law, praising the status of Muslim women, seeing in Islam a solution for Britain’s ailments) and actions (setting up a panel of twelve “wise men” to advise him on Islamic religion and culture), then concluded that, “should Charles persist in his admiration of Islam and defamation of his own culture”, his accession to the throne will indeed usher in a “different kind of monarchy”.

King Charles has often surprised his subjects, but few shocks match the allegations of The Evening Standard article that appeared on October 15 1996:

The idea of King Charles III lugging around a prayer mat and turning to face Mecca five times a day sounds a tad unlikely – but, then again, so did confessing to adultery on prime-time television a couple of years ago. So perhaps no one should be shocked by the suggestion in a forthcoming book that Prince Charles has converted to Islam.

This claim was put forward by no less a personage than the grand mufti of Cyprus: “Did you know that Prince Charles has converted to Islam. Yes, yes. He is a Muslim. I can’t say more. But it happened in Turkey. Oh, yes, he converted all right. When you get home check on how often he travels to Turkey. You’ll find that your future king is a Muslim”. “Nonsense”, replied a Buckingham Palace spokesman, denying Charles’s supposed conversion.

Lord St. John of Fawsley, a constitutional expert, is no less dubious, commenting that “The Prince of Wales is a loyal member of the Church of England”. Sometime later, a leak to the press told of Charles’s “desire to play a greater role in the Church of England”, an apparent attempt to reinforce the prince’s Anglican credentials.

Few years ago, then Prince Charles visited Islamic Foundation offices in Markfield, England. It may be mentioned here that, Islamic Foundation is the leading UK publisher of books and writings by Islamist ideologists such as Abul A’la al-Maududi , the founder of the violent South Asian Islamist movement Jamaat-e-Islami. Indeed, long staffed by officials from the movement’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi branches, it serves as a leading think tank for Jamaat-e-Islami in the West. One key trustee of the Islamic Foundation, Khurshid Ahmad, also served as vice-president of the Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami. He has described the Taliban as “refulgent and splendid”, and has warned of the “implication of Europe’s being in the clasp of Jews”. While visiting the Islamic Foundation in 2003, then Prince Charles met with leading Islamists such as Manazir Ahsan and Hashir Faruqi, globally-known Jamaat-e-Islami leaders who coordinated the riots against Salman Rushdie.

Charles was photographed talking with Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, a diehard anti-India, anti-Hindu and supporter of Pakistan, In November 2013, the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced Mueen Uddin to death in absentia for his role in the abduction and murder of 18 journalists and intellectuals during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. Mueen Uddin was in charge of Jamaat-e-Islami’s Al-Badr killing squad.

According to an article published in the Middle East Eye, King Charles III is the “most pro-Islam monarch in the British history”.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who was the direct descendant of the Prophet of Islam, her son Prince Charles now becomes King Charles III of England. It was earlier reported that Charles had already gone through a stealth conversion to Islam.

Most of the British people really aren’t aware of a plain fact that Queen Elizabeth, who was the Head of the Church of England, was a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohamed, according to researchers. This revealing story comes with another research-based observation of eminent scholar Dr. Daniel Pipes, who has categorically given facts proving, the next heir to the British Crown – Prince Charles had already embraced Islam – years back and he was already practicing rituals of Islam.

In March 2018, a Moroccan newspaper claimed it had traced the Queen’s lineage back 40 generations, through English, Scottish and European royalty until it reached the Muslim kings of Spain and, through them, to the founder of Islam. The revelation, published in the Assahifa Al-Ousbouia newspaper, was greeted with glee in the Muslim world, with some declaring: “Allah save the Queen”. Back in 1986, this claim was aired in Burke’s Peerage, Britain’s bible of aristocratic genealogy. At the time Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burkes Peerage — which has provided authoritative genealogical records of aristocratic families for over 200 years — wrote to then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher asking for greater security for the royal family.

“The royal family’s direct descent from the prophet Mohammed cannot be relied upon to protect the royal family forever from Muslim terrorists”, he said.

Harold Brooks further said, “It is little known by the British people that the blood of Mohammed flows in the veins of the queen”.

The Queen’s family tree stays in England back to Richard of Conisburgh, grandfather of King Richard III, who died in 1415. However, after that — according to the researchers — it moved to Spain, and to Richard’s mother, Isabella of Castile, daughter of Pedro, King of Castile and Leon until 1369.

From here, the line is traced to Abbad al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Abbad, the Muslim king of Seville who died in 1042, then on back to Hasan ibn Ali, the Prophet Mohamed’s grandson through his youngest daughter Fatima. From there, it reaches the Prophet who died in the 7th century in what is now Saudi Arabia.

David Starkey, the acclaimed British historian, said the theory was “not at all outlandish,” although it remained unproven. Dr Starkey told The Times of London that the family tree was “rock solid” back to Richard of Conisburgh and there was a lot of intermarriage between English and Spanish royal families (Henry VIII’s first wife, for instance, was Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile). He added that the “the medieval monarchs of Spain and the Islamic royal houses were very close and totally intermeshed,” while the early caliphates of Islam were based in Spain. The Umayyed Caliphate, established after Mohamed’s death, reached over 15 million square kilometers from the Caucasus to Muslim Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar.

Family tree of Queen Elizabeth showing she was a direct descendant of the Prophet of Islam.

Brooks-Baker connected Queen Elizabeth to Muhammad via Zaida of Seville, a Muslim princess from the 11th century who converted to Christianity and became King Alfonso VI of Castile’s concubine. However, it’s not clear if Zaida was actually related to Muhammad or not.

Abdelhamid Al-Aouni, the historian who penned the article for Al-Ousboue, believes there is a connection, too. Using Zaida as his lynchpin, he traced Elizabeth’s genealogy back 43 generations all the way to Muhammad. The purported connection “builds a bridge between our two religions and kingdoms”.

Zaida was the fourth wife of King Al-Mu’tamid ibn Abbad of Seville. She bore him a son Sancho, whose descendant later married the Earl of Cambridge in the 11th century. But British magazine the Spectator points out Zaida’s origins are ‘debatable’. Some historians believe she was the daughter of a wine-drinking caliph descended from the Prophet. Others say she married into his family.

On October 10, 1986, the United Press International in a release titled ‘Moslems in Buckingham Palace’ said, “Mixed in with Queen Elizabeth’s blue blood is the blood of the Moslem prophet Mohammed, according to Burke’s Peerage, the genealogical guide to royalty. The relation came out when Harold B. Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke’s, wrote to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to ask for better security for the royal family. “The royal family’s direct descent from the prophet Mohammed cannot be relied upon to protect the royal family forever from Moslem terrorists,” he said. Probably realizing the connection would be a surprise to many, he added, “It is little known by the British people that the blood of Mohammed flows in the veins of the queen. However, all Moslem religious leaders are proud of this fact”.

“Brooks-Baker said the British royal family is descended from Mohammed through the Arab kings of Seville, who once ruled Spain. By marriage, their blood passed to the European kings of Portugal and Castille, and through them to England’s 15th century King Edward IV.

“The Umayyad Caliphate was an Arab caliphate established after the death of Prophet Muhammad. It was a formidable force and at its peak, ruled over 15 million km2 from the Caucasus (Eurasia) to the Iberia Peninsula (Muslim Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar). It was the fifth largest empire in history, governing 62 million people (29% of the world’s population at the time).

“The capital of Islamic Iberia was Cordoba in present-day Spain, which existed between 756 and 929. Cordoba became a cultural and intellectual center for the Muslims, Christians, and Jews, where advances in science, history, geography, astronomy and mathematics were made. It was also not uncommon that interfaith marriages between Muslims, Christians and Jews occurred during this period.

“The downfall of the Umayyad Caliphate came after the Abbasid Revolution (661-750 CE), the second of the four major Caliphates in early Islamic history. The Abbasid was a dynasty formed by Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Abbad, who was claimed by historians to have been a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad through the Prophet’s daughter, Fatima.

“It was through Al-Qasim bloodline that historians believed that Queen Elizabeth shared her genealogy antiquity with.

“Al-Qasim became the ruler of Seville, a territory in Muslim Spain and ruled until his death in 1042. After two successions, his grandson Muhammad Al-Mu’tamid took control of Cordoba in 1071. He was to be the third and last of the Abbasid.

“In 1091, the Abbasid kingdom fell into the hands of the Almoravid dynasty, a Berber imperial dynasty of Morrocco. The Berbers are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa.

“Al-Qasim had a daughter named Zaida. She was a refugee Muslim, who fled to King Alfonso VI’s court – the Spanish King of Leon, Castille and Galicia, during the attack on the Abbasid kingdom by the Almoravids.

“Zaida converted to Roman Catholicism and married King Alfonso VI. She adopted the name Isabella after her baptism. Together, they had three children who went on to have more descendants.

“Two centuries later in 1352, a descendant of Zaida and King Alfonso, Maria de Padilla had children with King Peter of Castille. The king fathered four children with her, two of whom married sons of King Edward III of England.

“Generations later, Queen Elizabeth was born, bringing with her a colorful lineage of royalty from both the Western and Eastern civilization”.


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