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January 2004

 

 

 

 

Article 1:

     The Holy Quran   Chapter 70,  HIGH RANKS  (al-ma'rij) 

     Translated By Shaikh Muhammad Sarwar 

 

Article 2:

     ON BEING A MUSLIM - by Dr. Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi
     TOTAL SUBMISSION TO THE WILL OF ALLAH - Obedience to Divine Ordinances
     (the practice of Frua'at): Belief in Qdada and al Qadr, Belief in the Doctrine of Bada'

     BELIEF IN PROPHETS FROM ALLAH & THE LAST PROPHET:
     Belief in the Divine Books, Belief in al Qur'an, Belief in al Hadith and in al Sunna
     LOVE FOR THE HOUSE-HOLD OF THE PROPHET:
     The Will of the Prophet, Respect and follow ahadith relating to this love, Benefits to 
     Muslims from this love


Article 3:

     THE LIFE AND THE TIMES OF IMAM ALI BIN MUSA Raza (a) 
     by Dr. Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi

     Excerpt from the the late Author's book, " Lives of the Twelve Imams From the Alhe Bait (a). 
     Ali bin Musa Raza (a)  was bom during the reign of the Abbasid caliph al­Mansoor 
     Dwaneeqi.  He was only two weeks of age when his grand father, Imam Ja'far as-
     Saadiq was martyred.  He was thirty-five years of age when his father was
     martyred by the caliph Haroon ar-Rashid.  He had witnessed the treatment his
     father had received at the hands of the caliphs for refusing to accept them as
     his leaders.

 

Article 4:

     The Superman Syndrome  by   Kathy Paauw
     "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." --John Lennon

     I just got back from a business trip to the East Coast. While I was away
     several hundred e-mail messages accumulated, in addition to a tall stack of mail
     and a full voice mailbox. Had I been here to respond to all of it as it came
     in, I would have spent much more time doing so. When faced with the massive
     volume, I became much more efficient. I asked myself, "What's most important?" And
     my clarity and focus was much sharper as a result. When I returned from my
     trip, what I really wanted was to spend time with my family… not with my e-mail,
     in-box, or the telephone. With great clarity and intent, I deleted much of my
     e-mail without even reading it.

 

Article 5:

     The wheat that grows on my grave  -  by Rumi

     If you bake bread with the wheat that grows on my grave
     you'll become drunk with joy and
     even the oven will recite ecstatic poems.
     If you come to pay your respects
     even my gravestone will invite you to dance
     so don't come without your drum.


Article 6:

        Noble Prize Acceptance Speech  -  By SHIRIN EBADI

        This year, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to a woman from 
        Iran, a Muslim country in the Middle East. My selection will make
        women in Iran, and much farther afield, believe in themselves. Women
        constitute half of the population of every country. To disregard
        women and bar them from active participation in political, social,
        economic and cultural life is tantamount to depriving the entire
        population of every society of half its capability. The patriarchal
        culture and the discrimination against women, particularly in the
        Islamic countries, cannot continue.

 

Article 7:

     PROPHET ADAM (a)  -  by late Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi
     An excerpt from his book, " The Prophets of Islam ". 

     THE CREATION OF ADAM 
     The most widely held belief about the origin of Adam has been that Allah
     created him from non-existence by His Will using the earth materials.  This did
     not involve the biological processes of evolution or reproduction.  Allah
     created Man and Woman from clay in the form and shape, the way they are today.  Any
     belief or controversy to the contrary is only a speculation.    

 

Article 8:

     Aga Sultan Sir Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan III  -  By Shah N. Khan

     Aga Khan III (1877-1957) was born in Karachi and became head of
     the Ismaili sect in India beginning in 1885. He gained worldwide
     fame as he persuaded his followers and other Muslims to side with
     the Allies during World War I (1914-1918).
     In the 1930s he headed the Indian delegation to the Assembly of
     the League of Nations. His services for the Muslims of India are
     remembered with admiration and respect.

 

Article 9:

     Consciousness and the constitution  -  by Altaf Anjum
     courtesy: Daily News, Monday, 22 December, 2003

     --an article that deals with the problem of collective identity and
     co-existence. Although written in the context of search for national consensus in the
     body politic of Pakistan, yet it so correctly applies to the Muslim Umma at
     large, which tends to be fragmented in small pieces of meaningless and
     ineffective groups rather than being integral part of a larger spectrum, with her myriad
     colors that serve to only accentuate and enrich its beauty rather than tarnish its radiance. "  
     Nasir Shamsi (Al-huda Editor)


Article 10:

     Your heart !  -  by Okasha Naqvi, 13, New Jersey

     To love,
     you must have a heart,
     in anger,
     you're torn apart.
     in body,
     you must have a soul.
     In every soul, there is a hole,
     that hole, my dear, is your fear,
     fear, in shape of anger and tears.

 

Article 11:

     Dr. Robert Crane on The future of Muslims in America 
     Date:   12/15/03 12:14:39 AM Eastern Standard Time

     Dear Dr. Crane,
     Salam alaikum,,
     I am currently conducting a study of the civil liberties crisis engulfing the
    American Muslim community since September 11, 2001. The research is being
    directed toward a book that will lay out the recent crisis and I am eager to gain
    some feedback on ideas that I am exploring.  I am hoping to obtain the
    insight of a number of influential leaders and commentators from within the American
    Muslim community. Given your expert knowledge and vast experiences in the
    many years of American Muslim institution building

 

Article 12:

     TWELVE RULES FOR RAISING DELINQUENT CHILDREN
     courtesy:http://www.focusas.com/index.html
     Published in the Houston Chamber of Comerce Bulletin


      DOWN IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, the police department has issued a leaflet entitled
      "Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children." Here they are, as printed in
       the local Chamber of Commerce publication, "Business";

           1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he
               will grow up to believe the world owes him a living.

           2. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he's
                cute. It will also encourage him to pick up "cuter phrases" that will blow off
                the top of your head later.

 

Article 13:

     Pakistan as a Frontline State in the Terror War  -  Ras H. Siddiqui
     courtesy: Pakistan Link

     SAN FRANCISCO--A group of students at the City College of San Francisco
     probably got more than they bargained for as its instructor Professor Javaid Sayed
     made it a Pakistan Night of sorts for his "United Nations Class" nearing the
     end of its semester. The Rosenberg Library witnessed a real grass roots type of
     interaction between local students and their honored guest, Pakistan's Consul
     General in Los Angeles, the Honorable Noor Muhammad Jadmani.

 

Article 14:

     Basics Of A Happy Marriage

     Faith: The most basic and essential attribute of a Muslim marriage is the
     common faith that binds the couple. Since Islam is a way of life and not just a
     religion confined to weekly worship it becomes an integral part of a Muslim's
     life. The frame of reference shared by the couple eases communication and
     sharing of values. Faith plays an important role in the developing a loving relationship.

 

Article 15:

     Growing Wahhabi Influence in the United States
     (Testimony of Stephen Schwartz - director, Islam and Democracy Program at the
     Foundation for the Defense of Democracies before the Congress sub committee
     in the wake of 9/11. )

     Chairman Kyl, other distinguished members of the subcommittee, thank you for
     your invitation to appear here today.
     I come before this body to describe how adherents of Wahhabism, the most
     extreme, separatist, and violent form of Islam,

 

 

 

 

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