Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Let us clarify certain confusions about Islamic Gold and Silver coins.

Let us clarify certain confusions about Islamic Gold and Silver coins.
These coins are already in circulation in various parts of the world where Muslims use them to pay Zakat, save or trade and thus bypass the Banking system and currency controls. The state of Kalantan in Malaysia use these as standard currency where even the salaries are paid in Gold and silver coins.

In 1400 years of Muslim history, all coins had Quranic verses on them. First Islamic coins were minted in the time of Ummayad Caliph and they had Kalima on them. Since then, every Muslim dynasty, Abbasid, Usmani or Mughals had Islamic / Quranic writings on coins. All Islamic scholars in 1400 years have allowed this.

During the times of Khilafat e Rashida, Muslims used gold and silver coins of Persoan and Byzantine empires and did not mint own gold coins. It was done later during Ummayads, whose picture we have given below.

InshAllah, soon, these coins will be officially introduced in Pakistan also for Muslims to use for paying Zakat, save and trade. This is the real and truly Halal Islamic currency, the currency of Khilafat !!

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Gold coin of Ummayad Caliph Abd al-Malik
Probably made in Syria, AH 77 / AD 696-7

This is the first issue of coins struck by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik (reigned AD 685-706) as part of his revolutionary reform of the Islamic coinage in AD 696-7. The reform involved substituting any images on the coins for writing. It was principally done because of the unease felt by Muslim clerics against the portrayal of images. From this time inscriptions predominate on Islamic coins, although there are some exceptions.

The inscriptions, which do not include the name of the caliph or the mint, state the essence of the Muslim message in Arabic, the Islamic profession of faith, the shahada. The inscriptions are in the angular Kufic script.

Along with the new design came a new weight standard. The Byzantine standard of 4.55 g, which had been previously used, was adjusted to 4.25 g, a weight also known as the mithqal.
 
 

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