The untold history - when the Muslims helped Ireland


Why does an Ireland football club (Drogheda) have a star and crescent symbol as their logo? Between 1845 and 1849, there was a great famine in Ireland. This period was known as the great hunger. At least one million people died due to famine-related diseases and more than one million Irish fled their country. The Ottoman ruler at the time decided to help. He declared his intention to send £10,000. However Queen Victoria requested that the Sultan send only £1,000 sterling, because she had sent only £2,000. Despite this, the Sultan sent the £1,000 but also secretly sent 3 ships full of food. The ships arrived at Drogheda harbour.

Because of the great effort of the Ottoman Empire to help the people of Ireland, Drogheda added the Ottoman crescent and star to its coat of arms. This is why, until today, the football club's emblem retains this design. This is indeed what Islam teaches us. Muslims have a duty to help those in need and be good to all. We are after all brothers and sisters in humanity and children of our father Adam.


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