Muslims vs. Muslims - Who’s right?

Being a Muslim, have you ever been labeled as a Sunni, Shia, Wahhabi, Sufi, or something else?

What about being accused of being a liberal, hijabi, sellout, or a hardliner?

Many of us may take it as an insult to be labeled as one but the reality is that it is how we are labeled by others – unfortunately sometimes unbeknownst to us – and that is how at times we pick our social circles.

Who is right?

Muslims, Jews and the Nobel Prize

Next month, Prof. Ada Yonath will be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry, becoming the fifth Israeli scientist to win this award. This has sharpened, once again, the grim statistics regarding the scarcity of Nobel laureates in the Muslim and Arab worlds. While Jews, who are only around 0.2 percent of the world population, have won a quarter of all Nobel Prizes awarded in the sciences, Muslims, who are one quarter of the world population, have won only a handful, even by the most generous accounts. And while relative to its size, Israel's tiny academia has been the world's leading Nobel power over the past decade, Arab universities have yet to produce their first Nobel laureate.

Ada Yonath from the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot.

Muslims, Modernity and the West: the Great Deception (part 1)

“Islam is a wicked, vicious faith”.

“We will not rest until the flag of Allah and the flag of Islam is raised above 10 Downing Street”.

“SIOE does not accept the notion of ‘moderate Muslims’ ”.

“The real enemies of the British people are …the Crescent Horde – the endless wave of Islamics who are flocking to our shores to bring our island nations into the embrace of their barbaric desert religion.”

“We urgently need global chemotherapy against Islam to save civilisation”.

“When we say “innocent people” we mean “Muslims”. As far as non-Muslims are concerned, they have not accepted Islam. As far as we are concerned, that is a crime against God”.

The Journey Towards Islam

Thought of the Day: O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (Him) Any who denieth Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Day of Judgement, hath gone far, far astray. (4:136)

My name was Ratna Kumari. I was born and brought up as a good Christian with so many restrictions of do’s and don’ts and belief in Trinity. I was one of the regular churchgoers and punctual readers of the Bible. Life was very simple and colorless.

Ramadan - more than just fasting, a time to give

Kuwait City - A friend in New York recently asked me what Ramadan was like. Borrowing a chapter from my 3-year-old son's playbook, I tried to explain it in constructs that would be familiar to her. I asked her to imagine a traditional American Thanksgiving with all her extended family present, where they fasted from dawn until dusk (while experiencing caffeine withdrawal and nicotine fits), before breaking the fast with the evening iftar meal. Then I told her to imagine that Thanksgiving went on for an entire month.

"You poor thing!" she gasped.

"Why do you think we celebrate when it's over?" I replied with a grin.

Ramadan - The month of Quran

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his household and companions.

Fellow Muslims! I implore myself and you all to fear Allah; this honours the soul and brings it close to its Lord. No God-fearing person will ever fail and anyone who disregards the importance of piety will never be successful.

Dear Muslims! Whoever observes the condition of people in light of the current trials, tribulations and calamities that are occurring all over the world will see that the Muslims are in dire need of a generous guest that brings with it relief and progress. They are in need of this grand guest with whom they hope to be strengthened after a series of indescribable calamities and weakening incidents; hence their need for this great month of tranquility and spiritual development. It is the month of self-examination, conscience reawakening and freedom from selfishness and lustful desires. Allah says that which translates as:

Ramadan In History

All praises to Allah, Lord of the worlds. He who revealed in His Glorious Qur'an, "O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you that you may keep your duty to your Lord (having taqwa)," (2:185). And may blessings and peace of Allah be upon His last Messenger Muhammad ibn Abdullah, forever.

Ramadan is a time for Muslims to fast and reflect

Ramadan is here again.

For those who are unfamiliar, Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar in which the revelation of the Holy Qur'an began to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Ramadan is observed by fasting from dawn to sunset every day of the lunar month of Ramadan. Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until dusk. Smoking, profanity, lying and other vices also invalidate the fast.

Why fast the month of Ramadan? The simple answer is that God instructed us to fast in the Qur'an. In chapter 2:183 Allah says: "Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may (learn) self-control." The purpose is to worship God by obedience, and the result, hopefully, is to draw closer to God.

Ramadan is About Sharing and Forgiving

15 August 2009 In the week before the holy month, children go from door to door in their neighbourhoods, singing Ramadan songs. In return, they usually
receive sweets.

Ramadan is here, here is Ramadan. Ramadan is coming, the time that
is blessed.

Ramadan is coming, the time we love best.

The month in which the Holy Quran
was sent.

A time of great blessing, in which to repent.

Fasting for Allah is a great Muslim deed.

Controlling desires and suppressing greed.

The time has come again to hear
such songs.

The custom and tradition of Ramadan may have a modern twist, but they are still kept and passed on from generation to generation since the beginning of Islam.

“In the ancient traditions, UAE people prepared for the arrival of the Holy month of Ramadan two weeks in advance or from the blessing night in mid Shaban”, said Shaikha Al Jabri, researcher at Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH).

Ramadan resolutions

Another sense of precedence for setting goals in the holy month of Ramadan should come from the fact that Allah Almighty has made certain things obligatory for Muslims while encouraging them toward other levels of worship (Sunan and Nawaafil, that is, the desirable and the additional). Some Muslims focus more on the later (like the Taraaweeh prayers) to the neglect of the obligation (like the five daily prayers). It is important to fulfil the obligation, before attempting to practise the Sunan and Nawaafil.

When setting goals for Ramadan, then, remember to set smart (sensible, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals:

Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

Who: Who is involved? (remember, you are a Muslim, a servant of Allah)

What: What do I want to accomplish? (for Ramadan - attain Taqwa; in life - seek the pleasure of Allah)

Ramadan thoughts: Haj & Umrah Frequently Asked Questions

Do Haj & Umrah expiate major sins?

With regard to this question, Dr. Salah Sultan, President of Islamic American University, Detroit, US, and former professor of fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) at Cairo University, Egypt, answers:

“Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) says: “The performance of ‘Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous ones. And the reward for Haj Mabrur (pilgrimage accepted by Allah) is nothing but Paradise.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 27, Hadith no. 1)

Ramadan, month of immense bestowal

[A khutba delivered at the Mushallah of the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines, August 28, 2009. It is transcribed from an extemporaneous, MP3 recorded version. Due to lack of time to meticulously write the Arabic orthography, the transliteration of Qur’anic words and verses is made to veer slightly from the standard Arabic transliteration. Readers are advised to rely instead on the Arabic scripts of the Qur’an.]

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Alhamdulillah awwala bilaa awwal kaana qablahu wa l-akhirii bilaa aakhir yakuunu ba’dahu. Afdalu s-salaat wa akmalu t-tahiyyaat a’laa shahibi l-hawri l-mawruud wa maqaami muhammadi l-mahmuud. Ash hadu an laa ilaaha illa l-llaah wahdahu laa sharikala lahu l-mulk wa lahu l-hamd wa huwa a’laa kulli shay-in qadiir. Wa ash hadu anna muhammadan a’bduhu wa rasuulu.

Amma ba’ad. Qaala l-llahu subhanahu wa ta’ala fii qur-aani l-kariim: “yaa ayyuha l-ladhiina aamanuu ittaqu l-llaah haqqa tuqaatihi walaa tamuutunna illaa wa antum muslimuun.”

Ramadan, the Month of the Qur'an

From ad-Dawal ila-Allah

There is a very good reason why Ramadaan, out of all the months in the Islamic calendar was chosen by Allah to be the month of Fasting. That reason? It was in this month, on the Night of Decree (Laylatul-Qadr), that the Qur'aan was revealed to mankind.

Allah, the Most High says: " The month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur'aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the Furqaan (criterion) [between right and wrong]. So whoever of you sights [the crescent on the first night of] the month [of Ramadhan], he must fast that month." [Soorah al-Baqarah (2) :185]

Allah honored this month by revealing the Qur'aan in it and it is because of this that He obligated fasting in it.

Ramadan: The month of the Qur’an-Mozammel Haque

Allah says that the Last Revelation of His was sent down in the month of Ramadan on the Night of Power Lailatul Qadr. (Qur’an, 91:1-3.) It is the month of Ramadan that Allah has honoured it by revealing the Qur’an. Because of this strong relation between the Qur’an and the month of Ramadan, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to read the Qur’an to Archangel Jibreel every Ramadan.

Therefore it is the right place to discuss the purpose and objective of the revelation of the Qur’an, its importance, the various hostile campaigns against it and the do’s and don’ts of the Qur’an.First of all, Allah the Most High, created man and gave him the gift of expression. For the guidance of mankind Allah sent Prophets to every single community.

Red on Women Drives Men Wild

Psychologist Daniel Niesta holding one of the images used in the study that compared men's rating of attractiveness of a woman depending on whether she was wearing blue or red. Credit: University of Rochester

Red may be the color of love for a reason: It makes men feel more amorous towards women, a new study reports.

From ancient rituals to those red paper lace hearts on Valentines, red has been tied to carnal passions and romance in many cultures over the course of history.

In five psychological experiments, University of Rochester psychologists tested how different colors affected men's attitudes towards women.

In one experiment, test subjects were shown a picture of a woman that was framed by either a red or white border and asked to answer a series of questions, such as: "How pretty do you think this person is?" Other experiments contrasted red with gray, green or blue (keeping saturation and brightness levels the same between the different hues).

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