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the Message Continues i/53   -   Newsletter for  January  2006



Article 1:


The Holy Quran  "Sura Muzammil"





Article 2:






The meaning and explanation of " DARABA " in Quran  by Jeremy Henzell

I remember you speaking of your discomfort about Qur’an 4:34, which is often taken as justification for the “chastisement” (Arabic root verb daraba) of wives by husbands. Yusuf Ali, for example, translates it as “beat them (lightly)”, Pickthall as “scourge them”, and Arberry, Fakhry and Muhammad Asad as “beat them”, although Asad’s note refers to the fact that the Prophet himself intensely detested the idea of beating one’s wife and according to one Tradition he forbade the beating of any woman with the words “Never beat God’s handmaidens”. However, authentic traditions supposedly state that in his sermon on the occasion of the Farewell Pilgrimage, shortly before his death, he stipulated that beating should be resorted to only if the wife “has become guilty, in an obvious manner, of immoral conduct” and that it should be done “in such a way as not to cause pain”. On the basis of these traditions, all authorities stress that this “beating”, if resorted to at all, should be more or less symbolic – with a siwak or something similar, such as a “toothbrush” or a “pencil”, as rendered by Ibn ‘Abbas, or even “with a folded handkerchief” (Razi).   More.....



Article 3:





 Still us and them?  By Tim Townsend

Maysa Albarcha, holding her daughter Sara, shops last month with her sister-in-law, Remy Javed, at the St. Louis Galleria. Albarcha and Sara are St. Louis natives. Javed and her family are from Pakistan.
(Robert Cohen/P-D)   More.....



Article 4:






Keep the Kindness Flowing!
Science now supports the physiological effects of kindness on not only the body and emotions of the receiver but also on the giver as well. Kindness causes us to feel better!
I often say to my students, "don't wait for science to prove what you already know from personal experience." The validation science offers is wonderful but even without it most people already know that kindness makes the giver and receiver feel better.  More.....



Article 5:






Interfaith, not infidel By Iftekhar Hai

IN my 15 years as an interfaith peace activist, I have been asked one question over and over again: Who are the "kafirs" — "infidels" — condemned in the Quran? Are they Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, atheists?"  More.....




Article 6:





Ali Shariati and The Iste'mar Theory
By Tarek Heggy
Dr. Ali Shariati (1933-1977), who wrote and published his works before the downfall of the Shah of Iran, is one of the most prominent Iranian thinkers of the twentieth century. While conceding that he is undeniably a man of considerable intellect, I nevertheless find it hard to agree with his views on several major issues, in particular his unswerving conviction that Western civilization is purely material in nature and not the outcome of a system of values that made it what it is today (notwithstanding its many defects).   More.....






Article 7:






HEART DISEASES  by By Dr.Khalid bin Abdul Aziz A-Jubair
 1- Arterial Diseases.
 2- Cardiomyopathy
 3- Valvular lesion.
 4- Arrhythmias.
 5- Other diseases related to the heart and lungs.     More.....





Article 8:








by Abdulaziz Sachedina,  Ferdowsi / University of Mashhad, Iran
As I looked out of the window of our residence in Mashhad I saw the two minarets of the shrine of Imam Reza (peace be upon him) reminding me of his blessed presence in this city. I greeted him as "the son of the Prophet" and my mind searched for the authentic link for such a greeting. Of course, there came the assuring voice from inside: "He is indeed the son of the Prophet, through the daughter of the Prophet, Fatima (peace be upon them all!)." She is a link to the Prophet for all her children through her marriage to Imam `Ali b. Abi Talib. Through her all the eleven Imams share their spiritual and biological connection to the Holy Prophet. She is the nucleus of their spiritual station, held collectively, as the Fourteen Infallible ones. Fatima Zahra relates these Imams to the Prophet as she relates the entire community of believers to the Prophet through her spiritual station (/wilaya/) and her sacrifice for the religion of Islam.   More.....








Article 9:







by Valerie J. Hoffman (Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Illinois)

Ibadism, a distinct sect of Islam that is neither Sunni nor Shi‘i, exists mainly in Oman, East Africa, the Mzab valley of Algeria, the Nafus mountains of Libya, and the island of Jerba in Tunisia. The sect
developed out of the seventh-century Islamic sect known as the Khawarij, and shares with that group the desire to found a righteous Muslim society and the belief that true Muslims are only to be found in their own sect. Ibadis refer to themselves as “the Muslims” or “the people of straightness” (/ahl al-istiqama/). Nonetheless, Ibadis see themselves as quite different from Khawarij.  More.....




Article 10:






The Kharijites and their impact on Contemporary Islam   "Part 1"
By Shaykh Seraj Hendricks

Much of the excesses and extremism that we observe today may be understood in terms of the origins and unfolding of Kharijism during the first few centuries of Islam.

While a number of writers - both past and present - are of the opinion that this sect is extinct, others are of the view that its not. I share the latter view. The influences of this sect have always been present,
in different guises and in varying degrees, throughout the history of Islam. But it appears to have gained a renewed momentum with the emergence of Muhammad Abdul Wahhab during the latter part of the 18th century. More.....



Article 11:






Terrorism is incompatible with Islam
by Nasir Shamsi


Here is my take on the key issues that concern all of us in the wake of the terrible tragedy of the subway bombings in London resulting in loss of innocent lives and injuries to many. This paper, I hope, will contribute towards understanding of the essence and spirit of the teachings of Islam; it will provide an insight into the beliefs and practices of the Muslims living in the West.    More.....







Article 12:







Intelligence is better for you by Rumi
The generous Prophet said it so well:
"A grain of intelligence is better for you than fasting and the performance of ritual prayer,"

because intelligence is the substance, the others are contingent:
these two are made obligatory for those who possess the complement, in order that the mirror might shine brightly.   More.....



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