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NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article  1: 

English translation of Sura LUQMAN from Holy Qur'an from by Abdullah Yusufali 

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful 

 

31:1     A. L. M.

31:2    These are Verses of the Wise Book,

31:3    A Guide and a Mercy to the Doers of Good,

31:4    Those who establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity, and have (in their hearts) the assurance of the Hereafter.   a

 

Article  2:

Prophet Saleh (a)  Excerpt from the book, THE PROPHETS OF ISLAM by the late Dr. Syed  Haider Hussain Shamsi   

Hazrat Saleh was born in the ninth generation from Nuh. He was appointed prophet for the Thamud people who inhabited the mountainous territory between Hejaz and Palestine. They built their homes by hewing the rocky faces of cliffs. They lived long lives and worshiped gods made from stone.    a

 

Article  3:

Rumi's Tribute to Shams-i-Tabriz "Wooden Walking Stick"  by Rumi   

 

Friend, you are Moses. I the wooden walking stock. Sometimes that simple use. Other times, a dragon earth-energy.  You decide. 

 

There's no time or place in the air you inhabit. 

 

The days you give me I give back to you. 

 

I have seen your unseeable beauty and taken report without words to my heart, 

which became all eye with the news.  a

 

Article  4:

Outsiders' Interpretations of Islam  "A Muslim's Point of View"  by Muhammad Abdul-Rau 

          As the world continues to grow smaller there is growing pressure for all of us to try to live as one community of humankind. The pressure to become one is, in reality, a pressure exerted upon cultures and nations outside the big powers to conform to their ways of life. In reaction to this pressure Muslim intellectuals have sought to adapt what is valuable and necessary in the modern age to Islamic principles. This is the great challenge facing Muslim scholars today.     a

 

Article  5: 

"Ten Things Every Muslim Must Do" by Yahiya Emerick    

          Through these ten points several aspects of Islam are being served and we can feel that we are doing something in an organized fashion to help promote a healthy and constructive way of life.
 

#1 Sponsor an Orphan. Before anything else, there are hungry children everywhere who have needs right now. There are several reputable programs that offer orphan sponsorship  at very low monthly cost. We know that we can afford to do it. Supporting an orphan can make us close to the Prophet in Paradise.  a

 Article  6:

Make Room for Happiness  by By  Richard Trubo

Are happy people born that way? Or do they know something unhappy people don't? Experts have some answers -- and some strategies for happiness.

If anyone can tell you something about life after death, it might be Dan Baker. When his infant son, Ryan, died from a lung disorder, Baker felt so emotionally crippled he was inconsolable. He was sinking in the quicksand of his own despair.

"I felt overwhelmed with grief," recalls Baker, PhD, now a medical psychologist at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Ariz. "I wanted to wrestle with God and rewrite history."     a

 Article  7:

Your Altitude in life depends on your Attitude.  by  Shah N. Khan

Experience and studies indicate that attitude is one of the traits that separate average sales people and businessman from their highly successful colleagues. Many people  believe that it's true in life in general, not just sales. Think about the happiest, most successful people you know. How do you usually find them? Are they depressed, negative, or even apathetic? I doubt it. They're usually enthusiastic, smiling, and positive about life.   a

Article   8:

The Islamic Family Life by Heena Ahmed, UK

‘Those who show the most perfect faith are those who possess the best disposition and are kindest to their families.’ (Hadith)

The above Hadith (tradition) emphasizes the importance, significance and the idea of commitment in family life in Islam. It tells us that those people, who are most obedient in faith, are those, who are most kind, loving and caring towards their family.   a

 Article  9: 

How to improve Salat (namaz)  by Khurram Murad

       Here are practical ways we can improve and enjoy our Salat as it was meant to be! Today we have indeed come to treat the Prayer (Salah) as something insignificant in our lives. Very often we hear our elders say, "I will start praying when the time comes." Others, especially the younger Muslims, do not find much comfort, and joy in their Prayers. Due to our treatment of Prayer as a burden, our love and passion for the Prayer has vanished.     a

Article 10:

The two wolves inside of us 

     An old Indian Grandfather said to his grandson who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice........
       "Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy.
        It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times."
        He continued......  
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Article 11:

Beware folks !  One in Three U.S. Children Born in 2000 will Become Diabetic

        NEW ORLEANS (June 14) - One in three U.S. children born in 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more, a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

The odds are worse for black and Hispanic children: nearly half of them are likely to develop the disease, said Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan, a diabetes epidemiologist at the CDC.

``I think the fact that the diabetes epidemic has been raging has been well known to us for several years. But looking at the risk in these terms was very shocking to us,'' Narayan said. 
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Article 12:

Allama Muhammad Iqbal  -  (1877 - 1938)

         Iqbal, Sir Muhammad (1873-1938), philosopher, poet, and political leader, was born in Sialkot. In 1927 he was elected to the Punjab provincial legislature and in 1930 became president of the Muslim League. Initially a supporter of Hindu-Muslim unity in a single Indian state, Iqbal later became an advocate of Pakistani independence. In addition to his political activism, Iqbal was considered the foremost Muslim thinker of his day. His poetry and philosophy, written in Urdu and Persian, stress the rebirth of Islamic and spiritual redemption through self-development, moral integrity, and individual freedom. His many works include. The Secrets of the Self (1915), 23); a long poem; A Message from the East (19and The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (1934).      a

Article 13:

Reflections of a tender heart  "A poem by Okasha Naqvi, 13 years, NJ" 
There has always been a moment,
when you think all hope is gone,
You search and search until on you it finally dawns.
There has always been one that looked after you for your best.
There has always been one that helped you get through every test.
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