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  The Holy Qur'an   

Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali

73. THE ENSHROUDED ONE
BUNDLED UP

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What Qur'an Says About Women?
Compiled by Dr.Masood Tariq

Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: Women and sons;
Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence);
and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this
world's life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (To return to).
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Islam and secularism: odd couple or partners?
By Dr Iftikhar H. Malik

Europeanization of the world since the 15th century is a mixed but significantly painful human experience and that is why there has been so much skepticism of the whole idea of progress. Interpreting contemporary conflicts simply as clash of cultures or contestation between  modernity and tradition is already simplistic. For instance, as suggested by Edward Said and more recently by John Gray, Political Islam - or whatever one may call it - is, to a large extent, rooted in modernity and is not an entirely traditional assertion.      [More]

 

 
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"Depression"
      by Syeda Tatheer Zahra Shamsi,   CP sychol.
(Title refers to Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society)

I don't feel like getting out of bed in the mornings. Things are getting too much for me. I don't have the energy to do anything at the moment. I've completely lost my appetite. I'm not interested in anything any more. Nothing you can do will make me feel better. Life is really getting me down.                  [More]

 

 
 

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Do Muslim Husbands Make the Grade?
courtesy: Muslimah

When we seek out knowledge about marriage we see that the Qur'an and Sunnah have   assigned tremendous importance to the marriage contract and have distinguished it above all other contracts. Indeed the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, said, "When a man marries, he has completed half of his religion and he needs only to fear Allah to complete the other half." (Mishkat) In the Qur'an, Allah says, "And how could you take it (back) while you have gone in unto each other, and they have taken from you a firm and strong covenant?" [4:81]
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How Islam Lost Its Way
By Pervez Amir Ali Hoodbhoy

(Yesterday's Achievements Were Golden; Today, Reason Has Been Eclipsed ) Sunday, December 30, 2001

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- If the world is to be spared what future historians
may call the "century of terror," we will have to chart a perilous course between the Scylla of American imperial arrogance and the Charybdis of Islamic religious fanaticism. Through these waters, we must steer by a distant star toward a careful, reasoned, democratic, humanistic and secular future. Otherwise, shipwreck is certain.                                [More]   

 

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Imam Hasan Askari (a)
by late Dr. Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi
(Excerpt from his book, And The Message Continues---

 

 

 

 

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 Watermelons
 A Health and Islamic Perspective 

Although watermelons can now be found in the markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is in the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality.

History
Originating in Africa, watermelons were first cultivated in Egypt where testaments to their legacy were recorded in hieroglyphic painted on building walls.
The fruit was held is such regard that it was placed in the tombs of many
Egyptian kings. It is not surprising that watermelon played such an important
role in this country, and subsequently in countries in the Mediterranean region,
since water was often in short supply in these areas, and people could depend
upon watermelon for its thirst-quenching properties.                                  [More]

 
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My Little Mosque Poem
 by Mohja Kahf 
 courtesy: Ramona, CA

( Mohja Kahf, a literature professor at the University of Arkansas, she was born in Syria and came to the United States in 1971 with her parents. ) Mohja Kahf's first book of poetry is E-Mails from Scheherazad (University Press of Florida, 2003).

In my little mosque
there is no room for me
to pray. I am
turned away faithfully
five times a day

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Amazing facts.. 

About Honey and Bees

Did you know that bees have 4 wings?
The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
A bee flies at a rate of about 12 miles per hour.
How many eyes does a honeybee have? Five.
The queen bee is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength. She will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day.      [More]

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The Light And Shadow
by Rumi

How does a part of the world leave the world?
How can wetness leave water?

Don't try to put out a fire
by throwing on more fire!
Don't wash a wound with blood!
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RELIGION, CULTURE, AND RELIGIOUS CULTURE
[By Dr. Mohamed Elmasry]

It is not uncommon to confuse religion, culture, and religious culture.

What complicates the issue even more is that "culture" can include all patterns of human   behavior -- religion, language, dress styles, social customs, etc. Thus, it becomes a catch-all word indicating "the total way of life of any group of people."                                    [More]

 

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A GLASS OF MILK

By Syed Ali Hassan Jarchavi, CA

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a   lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?" You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has   taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said..... "Then I thank you from my heart."        

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A Life Time Journey
by Bart S Terry Sr

Behind the house I grew up in, was this patch of woods about 3 acres in total, but it was a   forest to me. I can recall the many, many hours I spent just exploring everything I could see,  smell, touch, or taste. My dog Max running like a mad man at all the different smells he picked up. Whether it was a rabbit he flushed out or good old Mr. Coon, I called him, giving Max a good game of hide and seek. Hearing the small types of the baby Coyotes making sure mother   is not to near .                  [More]

 

Article 15         

Covering others' faults

Allah, the Exalted, says:

"Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated    among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter.'' (24:19)

240. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,   "Allah will cover up on the Day of Resurrection the defects (faults) of the one who covers up the faults of the others in this world".   

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