By: Abdullah Hakim Quick
In actuality he was lost and bumped into the Americas on his way to India. We should not celebrate “Columbus Day” as a time of discovery but a day of mourning over the millions of indigenous people who died during the subsequent conquest. May Almighty Allah, the Creator, the Great Spirit bring peace and justice back to the land and cure the mental and physical wounds of the oppressed people!
The old poem that most American school children recognize begins “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” Indeed, in the year 1492, Christopher Columbus (whose real name in Italian was Cristoforo Colombo) sailed across the Atlantic in the name of the Spanish crown and landed in the Caribbean part of North America. For hundreds of years, it has simply been accepted that Columbus was the first explorer to valiantly sail across the sea and “discover” the Americas. However, this theory no longer stands up to modern scholarship.