be upon him) in the 600s, Arab traders were in contact with India.
Merchants would regularly sail to the west coast of India to trade goods
such as spices, gold, and African goods. Naturally, when the Arabs
began to convert to Islam, they carried their new religion to the shores
of India. The first mosque of India, the Cheraman Juma Masjid, was
built in 629 (during the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
of Allah be upon him)) in Kerala, by the first Muslim from India,
Cheraman Perumal Bhaskara Ravi Varma. Through continued trade between
Arab Muslims and Indians, Islam continued to spread in coastal Indian
cities and towns, both through immigration and conversion.