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Happy New Year                                 Newsletter for January 2005




Article  1   The Event (Chapter 56 of Quran)


Article  2   LUQMAN (a)

( Excerpt from the late Dr. Haider Hussain Shamsi's English translation of " The Prophets of Islam ".
Luqman was a great wise man of Allah. He is famous for laying down the principles of high quality of human conduct and wisdom. 


Article  3   Let's rescue a once - beautiful word from its captors 

courtesy: The Star Ledger, Wednesday, December 29, 2004 - BY ANISA MEHDI 


Article  4   Tsunamis: Red Cross Red Crescent relief effort in full swing as

                               death toll continues to mount 31 December 2004


Article  5   Let Muslims, Christians unite behind Jesus' mission 
  by Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi (House of Wisdom, Dearborn,MI)


Article  6     MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL...

by Baryy Wolfer
Two mothers who had just given birth stood outside a glass wall in the hospital. Behind the glass, a nurse lifted their two brand new baby boys.

Article  7   An Intelligent Woman

A Wife and Mother Who Was a Sister First. 
(A Buddhist Tale)
Once upon a time some bandits robbed a village. Then they escaped into a thick forest. Some men from the village chased them. They surrounded the forest and searched it for the robbers, but they could not find them.  


Article  8   Seeing with Muslim Eyes by  HAMZA YUSUF

( excerpt from The Empire and the Crescent,
Global Implications For a New American Century)

How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms. --- Aristotle.

THE MYSTIC POET, Rumi, tells of three foreigners traveling down a road together. They come across a drachma on the road, and picking it up together, each declares what he wishes to do with it. The first says he will buy `inab, which is Arabic for grapes; the second, a Persian, says, "No! We must buy anger;' Farsi for grapes. The third, a Roman, exclaims it must be vitis? Latin for grapes. They begin to fight, and soon a journey distinguished by camaraderie descends into a fisticuff of animosity. Rumi remarks that all they needed was a translator to explain that they all really wanted the same thing.


Article  9   A Poem on Hajj by Okasha Naqvi 15 yrs, NJ

Once a year it happens,
everyone is busy about,
Here comes that special time
when we go visit Allah’s House!


Article 10    Glossary and Manasik of Hajj

afdhal meritorious
ahkam decrees or injunctions; plural of hukm
ahwat greater precaution or care
'Arafat the 9th day of Dhu'l Hijjah when the pilgrims assemble at the place 
outside Makkah, known as the plain of 'Arafat
'asr afternoon
aqwa (what is) more stronger or forceful
ashwat rounds or turns; plural of shawt

Article 11   The Origins of the Sunni/Shia Split in Islam

by Hussein Abdulwaheed Amin, 

Editor of

The Shia shahadah (declaration of faith) states:
"There is no god but Alláh, Muhammad is the Messenger of Alláh, Alí is the Friend of Alláh, the Successor of the Messenger of Alláh And his first Caliph."
If you are already familiar with standard Sunni beliefs, you will immediately notice the addition to the shahadah regarding Imam Ali (ra), cousin of the Prophet (pbuh), husband of his daughter Fatima, father of Hassan and Hussein and the second person ever to embrace Islam. The term Shia or Shi'ite derives from a shortening of Shiat Ali or partisans of Ali.



There is great deal of misconception about the doctrine of 'ismah  (infallibility) and its precise meaning among the Isma'ilis, in general, and among the  Dawoodi Bohras, in particular. The doctrine of 'ismah i.e. infallibility applies  only to the Prophet in Sunni Islam and to the Prophet, his legatee (wasi) and  imams in the Shi'ah Islam. 

Article 13    Muslims in America: Seven Centuries of History

The New York Times estimates (Feb. 21, 1989) that there are approximately 7  million Muslim in America. The Chicago Tribune puts the number at 16 million. 
Other estimates put the number at around ten million, and the number is to  double by the year 2027. The reason for the discrepancy is that the Census  Bureau  does not ask for religious affiliation and the 3000 mosque membership rosters  do not accurately represent all the Muslims in the USA.


Article 14   When have I become less by dying ?  

by Rumi
O my noble friends, slaughter this cow,
if you wish to raise up the spirit of insight.
I died to being mineral and growth began.
I died to vegetable growth and attained to the state
of animals.
I died from animosity and became Adam:
why then should I fear?


Article 15    Tsunami  by William Rees-Mogg

" ....The tsunami mocks this pride. Perhaps our modern skyscrapers would withstand, as some tall hotels have withstood, the rush of the water.
But our global system has an arrogance that challenges the forces of nature. It is as though mankind had decided to tweak nature by the nose to show who is the boss. The tsunami has demonstrated that nature, and not mankind, is still the real master. "



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