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In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.


the Message Continues i/60   -   Newsletter for  August  2006





Article 1: 






            The Holy Quran
            Translated by Abdullah Yusufali

            84. THE SUNDERING
             “SPLITTING OPEN”    






Article 2:

Imam Ali ibne Abi Talib (a)                   

 by Dr.Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi
( from his book - The Lives of the Twelve Imams from the Ahle Bait ).      


The birth of Imam Ali took place under unique circumstances inside the holy Ka'ba.  It is considered unique because no prophet or saint has ever been bom in a holy sanctuary.  Fatima binte Asad, the expectant mother of Ali was praying outside the Ka'ba when she suddenly felt the labor pains.  Just then the wall of the holy sanctuary opened.   More.....  









Article 3:

ALI BIN ABI TALIB  "The Model of Islam"
by Nasir Shamsi

       The name of Ali bin Abi Talib (a) is synonymous with Islam; no episode of early Islam can be mentioned without his presence or participation in one way or another.  He was brought up by the Prophet himself and was fully immersed in all moral and spiritual aspects of his teachings.  It is quite apparent that Allah had a plan in providing a gift to His last Apostle on earth, in the magnificent form of Ali.    More..... 





Article 4:

Of Fear, Hatred and Survival !
by Dr. Robert Crane
           Last week, I was taken aback when I mentioned to someone who has absolutely no background in public policy of any kind that the best solution to bring equality to all the peoples of Iraq would be to privatize the oil so that every citizen of Iraq, Shi'a Sunni, and Kurd would own equal shares of stock.  This person immediately objected that no Shi'a or Kurd would want to share any oil with the Sunnis because naturally every Shi'a and Kurd would want to keep it all for themselves.  I then was equally surprised that I had never even thought of this.




Article 5:



Faith and Policy

by Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi


Title in the Detroit News:  "Bush must stop Israel's immoral war, which massacres civilians."  More.....








Article 6:


by Jim Guirard
          For the last several weeks, Bush political confidante and former White House staffer Karen Hughes has prudently taken a "listening trip" approach to her new role as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.






Article 7:

Sunni-Shia Unity - A lecture by Shaykh.Ahmad Deedat

( The lecture by Shaykh Ahmad Deedat, a world renowned Sunni scholar from South Africa was made, following his visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran on  March 3 , 1982 ).

(Part 2)   (Continued from i/59 Article 5)     More.....










Article 8: 

Let's Bring Shias and Sunnis Closer!

In his recent Fatwa, Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi points out, there is much that Sunnis and most Shias share, and this must form the basis for developing a genuine Islamic ecumenism.

By Yoginder Sikand

The Qatar-based Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is considered to be one of the world's leading Islamic scholars. Author of numerous books, he is known for his open-minded attitude One issue on which the Shaikh has written extensively relates to relations between different Islamic groups, sects and movements. He decries extremist interpretations of the faith that readily brand all other Muslims as infidels and outside the pale of Islam.













Article 9: 







Vision problems

Continued from i/59 Article 9

Alternative names:    Vision Impairment; Impaired vision; Blurred vision

Definition:  There are many types of eye problems and visual disturbances. These include blurred vision, halos, blind spots, floaters, and other symptoms. Blurred vision is the loss of sharpness of vision and the inability to see small details. Blind spots (scotomas) are dark "holes" in the visual field in which nothing can be seen. For the most severe form of visual loss, see blindness.  More..... 








Article 10: 

Confronting adversity

          The other day, during an extended after-dinner conversation with Yasin Malik, Chairman, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, the discussion turned to the impact of adversity on human character. 
          In other words, the concept of qut (rhymes with put), the Punjabi term for absorbing punishment and enduring a beating. In this connection, Yasin Malik alluded to the great Sufi teacher Ibn Arabi (1165-1240), who had keen insight into the human experience; in Syria today, his tomb remains a significant site of pilgrimage. According to Yasin Malik, Ibn Arabi had this to say about adversity:
Trouble, difficulties, and hardships are three great teachers. Fortunate is the person who keeps company with them, which in turn teach him valuable lessons.  






Article 11: 

Sufis and the spread of Islam

By Dr Masood Bhutto

          IN the Subcontinent, the Sufis made untiring, selfless and incessant struggle for the spread of Islam. They devoted their lives and gave up their homes to champion the cause of Islam in a miraculous way. Neither did they resort to arms nor to swords for this. It was their affection, sympathy, fraternity and unlimited philanthropist actions that won the hearts of people. The spread of Islam stems from the invasion of Muhammad Bin Qasim in the Subcontinent, but roots of Sufism can be traced to the time when the first Sufi, Muhammad Alfi, came to the Subcontinent.   More.....




Article 12: 

Saladin's Begging Bowl  by Rumi 

Of these two thousand "I" and "We" people, which am I?   More.....









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