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Taken from here: http://www.masud.co.uk/ISLAM/bmh/BMH-AQ-offa.htm
Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam, writing as Professor H. M. Léon, M.A., D.C.L., F.S.P., etc. (1916)
In the Numismatical department of the British Museum there is preserved a curious and interesting gold coin, over twelve hundred and thirty years old, on which is inscribed in unmistakable Arabic characters the declaration that ‘There is no Deity but Allah, The One, Without Equal, and Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah,’ and the further declaration, engraved around the margin of the coin, ‘Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah, Who sent him (Muhammad) with the doctrine and the true faith to prevail over every other religion.’
This coin was engraved, struck and issued by Offa, King of Mercia, or ‘Middle England’ (an ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom, which extended on both sides of the River Trent from the North Sea to Wales), from 757 to 796. The name, originally restricted to the district around Tamworth and Lichfield and the Upper Trent valley, refers to a ‘march,’ a moorland, or frontier, which had to be defended against hostile neighbours; in this case such ‘alien enemies’ being the Welsh, the ‘Ancient Britons,’ who for centuries contended with the Anglo-Saxon invaders for supremacy in that region.
An Assyrian black obelisk depicting the Jewish King Jehu bowing to the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III (825 B.C.) . (Written in cuneiform: “The tribute of Jehu, son of Omri: I received from him silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom, golden tumblers, golden buckets, tin, a staff for a king [and] spears.”) (2 Kings 10:32)
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, “Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring.” So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you). The angels said, “As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi” (i.e. Peace and Allah’s Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam’s salutation the expression, ‘Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi,’ Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure). People have been decreasing in stature since Adam’s creation. (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 543)”
Many Non-Muslims can not understand how this hadith can be true because in modern times these fossils have not been discovered. Thus many non-muslims will dismiss Islam and its validity and some muslims may even reject hadith in response to their criticism.
This post will show a 60 cubit skeleton was found during Roman times, and hopefully dismiss such confusion.
It has been suggested that Petra in Jordan is the very Thamud to which the Prophet Salih was sent.
Assuming that Petra and Thamud are one in the same; let us examine recent findings from National Geographic – Petra:Ancient City of Petra Built to Align With the Sun:
These wealthy spice traders worshiped the sun, among other deities, and may have given importance to the equinoxes, solstices, and other astronomical events that are determined by how the sun moves across the sky.
Now keeping all of this in mind, let us go to Surah Shams(91) which in English means Sun: