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      The Holy Qur'an  (Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)
     76. TIME { MAN, (EVERY) MAN, THIS (DAY AND )AGE}
 

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     THE FIRST UMAA CONVENTION OF AMERICAN SHIAS                                                     “SHI'ITES ADDRESS NEGATIVE IMAGES”  By Julia Duin                                                   THE WASHINGTON TIMES:  May 25th. 2003
     Several thousand Shi'ite Muslims are gathering in downtown Washington this weekend to counteract what they perceive as universally negative impressions of them portrayed by the world's media and other Muslims.
     "The misrepresentation of these images from September 11 have to be corrected," said Nasir Shamsi, spokesman for the Universal Muslim Association of America, which sponsored the gathering. "The Shi'ites want to distance themselves from the extremism."
     But the battle is uphill, said speakers at the first convention of Shi'ite Muslims in North America. The convention was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where the 1,200 attending yesterday were expected to increase to more than 2,000 today.
   

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     THE FIRST UMAA CONVENTION 2003 …..  With between 2500 to 3000 American Shias--a diverse gathering  of all shades and colors and backgrounds--from different states participating in the very first UMAA Convention, held at Grand Hyatt Regency Hotel at Washington DC on the Memorial weekend ( May 23-25), it was an overwhelming experience.. To quote Dr. Hasnain Walji, President of World Khoja Ithna Ashri Federation, it was a phenomenal event, the first of its kind. Syed Mazhar Jafri of Chicago and many other participants called it the first Shia convention ever held.  There is Audio/Video of the Convention linked on the article.

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     The Shine in the Fields .... by Rumi

The shine  in the fields and in the orchard
has become the light of your face.  

No home now, no loved occupation, no belongings,
no figuring profits and loss. 

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     Commitment with Understanding .....  There is a great deal of gloom and despondency among Muslims. This is in spite of the fact that we have a tremendous human potential of some 1.3 billion and we are are leading the world in growth - especially in productive youngsters. We are also blessed with an abundance of natural resources such as petroleum and natural gas, while inhabiting the most strategic areas of the globe. Place these factors in the context of Islam's uniquely transcendental message, alongside the testimonials of

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    THE LIFE AND THE TIMES OF IMAM JA'FAR AS-SAADIQ (a)
by Late Dr. Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi
Imam Ja'far As-Saadlq was bom in 83 AH during the reign of the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik bin Marwan.  He was only three years of age when Walid bin Abd al-Malik succeeded to the caliphate after his father.  The Imam had the good fortune of spending the first twelve years of his life with his grandfather, Imam Ali Zain al-Abideen.  He then spent the next eighteen years of his life with
his father, Imam Muhammad Baqir.

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     JUMA CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS { THEIR IMPORTANCE} …..  In the Holy Quran, Allah [SWT] declares [in Sura-e-Jum'a, Verses 9, 10 and 11]:   TRANSLATION:  "O You who believe, when the call for prayer is made on the Day of Congregation [Salaat-e-Juma literally means congregational prayer!] [Friday], hasten [rush] to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off all business [This includes all work, whether job, business or any other]. . That is better for you, if you know!

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     THE FOUR WIVES ..... Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.    He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her to off neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.

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      Easing into Islamic democracy .... By Jane Lampman Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor    WASHINGTON – As the US debated going to war in Iraq last fall, some American Muslims were pursuing their own small anti-terror campaign in the Muslim world. As part of an ongoing effort to promote democracy in the region, they provided an opening in three Arab countries for both Islamic and secular democrats to come together for the first time to debate the compatibility of Islam and democracy. In Morocco, Egypt, and Yemen, government leaders, by Jane Lampman Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor,

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     Grieve Not Over Unworthy Things....   

By being unconcerned by trifles, you display a virtue that will bring you happiness, for the one who is lofty in his aims is engrossed only with concern for the Hereafter.
One of or pious predecessors advised one of his brothers:
“Have one concern only: the concern of meeting Allah, that of standing in front of Him, that of the Hereafter.”

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     The Muslim Woman and Her Parents....  She treats them with kindness and respect (birr)  One of the main distinguishing characteristics of the true Muslim woman is her respectful and kind treatment of her parents. Islam encourages respect towards and kind treatment of parents in many definitive texts of the Qur'an and Sunnah; any Muslim woman who reads these texts has no choice but to adhere to their teachings and treat her parents with kindness and respect, no matter what the circumstances or the state of the relationship between daughter and parents.

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     On UMAA Convention....  by Okasha Naqvi, NJ, 13 years 

The UMAA convention was a real success,
hard work and perseverance made it the best!

                                                   

    

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