Celia, A Slave by Melton A. McLaurin

By Melton A. McLaurin

Celia was once a typical slave--until she struck again at her abusive grasp and have become the defendant in a landmark trial that threatened to undermine the very foundations of the South's "Peculiar Institution."

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More messages followed for 23 years, until Gabriel finally told Muhammad to share God’s message with others. MECCA Mecca is the center of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad, the religion’s founder. Mecca is located in western Saudi Arabia, not far from the Red Sea. 3 The city is so sacred only Muslims are allowed within its boundaries. Mecca is home to several Muslim shrines. The Ka‘bah is the holiest. This shrine is near the center of the Haram Mosque, or the Great Mosque, which is the focus of activity in the city.

84 million square feet (356,700 sq m). 4 Muhammad did as the angel commanded and shared the message. At the time, Meccans believed in many gods, so some people did not like what Muhammad said. Others were interested in his message and became his followers. In 622, local rulers ran Muhammad and his followers out of Mecca. Muhammad and his people left and lived in an oasis named Yathrib, which became Medina. Muhammad and his followers survived in Medina by raiding and fighting. They attacked caravans passing through from Mecca.

4 M A L A L A YO USA FZ A I ‡ 47 Defying the Taliban Malala and Ziauddin’s bravery was apparent as the Taliban’s power in Swat grew in 2007 and turned into terrorist attacks in 2008. In July 2008, the Taliban launched a series of attacks, bombing government bodies, including schools. The group focused on girls’ schools, citing the institutions’ defiance of Islam. Attackers ruined hundreds of buildings and threatened teachers and students. Ziauddin kept his daughter’s school open, but doing so was very risky.

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