Holy Qur'an  "THE TIDINGS 78" THE ANNOUNCEMENT  Article 1 

   THE JOYS OF RAMADAN FASTING  "Fasting  an exercise in self-restraint "
   By Shahid Athar, M.D., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.P.
                                                  Article 2  
   Fasting was ordained to us to learn self restraint. 
   "O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those  before you so that   you can learn self restraint". (Quran 2:183)

  Ali (a) and his assassin

   by Rumi                                                                                             Article 3  

   Professor Nicholson's English translation of Jalaluddin Rumi's legendary poem 
   in Farsi: "Ali and His Murderer" book I lines 3844-3892, and 3924-3947 Begins page 208

   ( How the Prophet, on whom be peace, said in the ear of the stirrup holder of  the Prince of the    Faithful ‘Ali, may God honor his person, "I tell thee, Ali  will be slain by thy hand." )

   He is always there when you need Him !   
by Okasha Naqvi age: 14   
                                                                Article 4  
   There has always been a moment,
   when you think that 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.


    by Okasha Naqvi, New Jersey, 14 years                                     Article 4A  

      I stood up slowly from my sleep,
      the sky was barely lit,
      I tore from the temptation of sleep with all my might.
      I dragged myself down the stairs, the aroma of food filled the air,
     my family was getting ready for sahoor,
     looking half asleep,

    Islam and the Question of Violence 
by Seyyed Hossein Nasr                                                                   Article 5  
Despite the presence of violence in many regions of the world ranging from 
     Ireland to Lebanon to the Pacific Basin and involving many religions from 
    Christianity to Hinduism, the Western world associates Islam more 

    than any  other religion with violence. 


   Shia-Sunni Dialogue: Maulana Kalbe Sadiq’s 

   Inclusive Understanding of Islam by Yoginder Sikand                Article 6  
    Maulana Kalbe Sadiq is one of the leading Ithna Ashari Shia ‘ulama of India. 
     He hails from a learned Shia family of Lucknow that has produced numerous 
     scholars in the past.


     Why America needs Rumi
      By Maliha Masood
                                                                     Article 7 
    Maliha Masood is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at
    Tufts University. She is the author of an upcoming travelogue on the Middle 
    East to be published by Cune Press in 2005 and the co-producer of a documentary
    film on American-Muslim women. She currently resides in Seattle.

       Ayyub: An Example of Faith and Patience                                 Article 8  

    The story of Ayyub (Job) gives consolation to all those who are 
     ill or deprived of wealth or children.

     Bulla Ki Jaana Maen Kaun
by the Punjabi mystic poet Bhulle Shah                                           Article 9  
     Says Bulla, who knows who I am!     I am not in the mosque of the believer,
     Nor in false rites.                               I am not in the pure or the impure.
     Neither Moses nor Pharaoh.              Says Bulla, who knows who I am!


       10 Things You Can Do To Develop A Culture Of Muslim Unity
by Abdul Malik Mujahid                                                             Article 10  
        The sight is always amazing. Pilgrims standing shoulder to shoulder, of all shades and races,   dressed in  simple white, stripped of all kinds of worldly barriers, be they of wealth,  profession, geography, class, education or other. 

        New Frontiers in Conflict Management: Part  1
        A "Grand Strategy" to Wage Jihad 
        Against Terrorist Muslims who would Hijack Islam
                    Article 11  

         Poem  by Sajjad Shamsi                                                          Article 12  
      We are starting a series of English poems written by Sajjad Shamsi (now  residing in       England). The reader will get to know the poet through the following  introduction,       written by the late Dr. Haider Hussain Shamsi, for his anthology of  poems, titled,          "Gathering Shadows ". 



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