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  • Pearls of Wisdom: No.57 “Food for the Soul” SUBJECT: DEEN(ISLAM) IS EASY
      Allah, The Most Exalted, says: “Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.” (Quran:2:185)
    The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said; “Verily this religion is ease; and none make this religion difficult except that it overwhelms them.” (Hadith Bukhari) Note: Islam is a simple religion and not burdensome. However, that Islam is easy and not ‘difficult’ is not to imply that Muslims will not face 'hardship'. It implies that the practicing of Islam is quite easy and simple. None should go to extremes in religious matters and forsake the easy approach as it may become too taxing and the possibility that the person may abandon the act in totality. It does not mean that we should not seek to be more perfect in our worship, for that is something...
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  • Winning the Race? By Abu Muhammad Yusuf
    Winning the Race? By Abu Muhammad Yusuf It may be an athletic race, an exam, a business deal, an argument or whatever; our human instinct wants us to be at the top. We all want to win the battle, but in the process are we not losing the war? In pursuit of our material goals we often lose focus and although we may “achieve, win or succeed”, it could be at a substantial cost to ourselves, families, friends and community. A few years ago at a Special Athletics Meeting, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 50 meter race. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one boy who stumbled on the tarmac, tumbled over a couple of times and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed...
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  • HE VIRTUES MONTH OF ZIL HIJJAH By E ISLAM TEAM
    HE VIRTUES MONTH OF ZIL HIJJAH By E ISLAM TEAM Importance of First 10 Days of Zil Hijjah The Takbeeraat of Tashreeq Fasting on the day of Arafah(9 Zil Hijjah) Qurbani / Udhiyya IMPORTANCE OF FIRST TEN DAYS OF ZIL-HIJJAH         The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in Islamic calendar. The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." (Hadith -Bukhari)         Almighty Allah Ta'ala says, (By the dawn; by the ten nights) (Quran-Al-Fajr 89: 1-2). Ibn `Abbas, ibn az-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations are of the opinion that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Kathir said: "This is the correct opinion." (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 8/413)     The...
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  • Udhiya (Qurbani)
    Udhiya (Qurbani) What is Udhiya?   ‘Udhiya’ is an Arabic word meaning "blood sacrifice", and ‘Qurbani’ is an Urdu and Persian word derived from the Arabic word "Qurban" which literally means an act performed to seek Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure. It is technically used for the sacrifice of an animal slaughtered for the sake of Allah Ta’ala.   The sacrifice of an animal has always been a recognised form of worship in many religions, but in the ‘Shariah’ (Islamic sacred law) of The Last and Final Messenger of Allah Ta’ala (Peace be upon him) the sacrifice of an animal has been recognised as a form of ibadah (worship) during the three days of the month Zul Hijjah, namely the 10th, 11th, and 12th.   This is to commemorate the unparalleled sacrifice offered by the Prophet Sayyidna Ibrahim, Alayhi Salam, when...
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  • True Richness! By Abu Muhammad Yusuf
      Truly, the richest person is not the one with most materials possessions nor is the poorest person one in abject poverty. True wealth lies in contentment. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: “Richness is not the abundance of wealth; rather, it is self-contentment.” Discontentment makes rich people poor while contentment makes poor people rich. There was a crow which lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan. “This swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.” He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colours. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The...
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  • ‘මා දුටු බරපතලම අධිකරණ අපහාසය කළේ ඥානසාර හිමි‘ - මහේස්ත්‍රාත් රංග දිසානායක
    ‘මා දුටු බරපතලම අධිකරණ අපහාසය කළේ ඥානසාර හිමි‘ - මහේස්ත්‍රාත් රංග දිසානායක ( තිළිණි ද සිල්වා සහ රංජන් කටුගම්පොළ) හෝමාගම මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයේ දී ඥානසාර හිමි බලහත්කාරයෙන් පැමිණ ප්‍රකාශයක් කර පිටවීම මහේස්ත‍්‍රාත්වරයෙකු ලෙස තම සේවා කාලයේ තමා දුටු අධිකරණයට අපහාස කිරීමේ බරපතලම සිද්ධිය යැයි හෝමාගම හිටපු මහේස්ත‍්‍රාත් සහ...
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  • Pearls of Wisdom: No.55 “Food for the Soul” SUBJECT: DO NOT DESPAIR IN THE MERCY OF ALLAH
    Allah, The Most Exalted, says: “O my servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Verily, Allah forgives all sins, for he is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Qur’an 39:53) The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said; "Indeed, before Allah created the creation, He decreed for Himself, 'Indeed My Mercy prevails over My Anger.” (Hadith Bukhari and Muslim) Note: No matter how big the sin or sins that you have committed, no matter what your past has been like, if you come back to Him with one sincere, sincere Tauba(Repentance), coming from the heart, He will indeed forgive you. E very pious person has a past and every sinner has a future! Allah created mercy in one hundred parts and sent down to earth only one part. Because of this one part, there is mutual...
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  • ඥාණසාර හිමිගේ හැසිරීම සළුකොට තැකිය නොහැකියි - මහේස්ත්‍රාත් සාක්කි දෙයි
    ජංගම දුරකතනයක් නාදවුවත් ,ඈනුමක් ඇරියත් මිනිසුන් රිමාන්ඩ් කිරීමේ බලතල ඇති මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයක  ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියන්   කළ ප්‍රකාශ හා හැසිරීම් සුළු කොට තැකිය නොහැකි බව හෝමාගම හිටපු මහේස්ත්‍රාත් සහ කොළඹ  අතිරේක මහේස්ත්‍රාත් රංග   දිසානායක අද (18) අභියාචනාධිකරණය හමුවෙහි පැවසීය. හෝමාගම මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයේ කලහකාරී...
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  • Problems, Problems, Problems… By Sister S Bemath
    PROBLEMS!!!...How we hate them! The time and energy we waste, stewing over problems instead of tackling them cheerfully and constructively, recognising them as the growth points of life and progress. Life can expose us to a series of problems. Problems evoke in us a great deal of emotional pain, such as sorrow, fear, anger, anxiety, sadness etc. These are uncomfortable emotions. Do we want to moan about them or solve them? Discipline is the basic set of tools we require to solve life's problems... it is in this whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning.

    Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes success and failure. Problems are what cause us to grow mentally and spiritually. Without growth, we're doomed to stay as we have always been. Wise people learn not to dread problems, but to welcome,...
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At least 15 pilgrims killed in Saudi Arabia hotel fire

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Emergency personnel evacuate injured people after the fire broke at the hotel in Medina (8 February 2014) Preliminary indications suggest that the casualties were killed by suffocation

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At least 15 people have been killed and 130 injured in a fire at a hotel used by pilgrims in the Saudi holy city of Medina, state media report.

The blaze started on Saturday afternoon, the authorities say, in the eastern part of the city.

The victims' nationalities are unclear - about 700 people from different countries were staying at the hotel.

The travellers were in Medina to perform the Umra, or minor, pilgrimage made by Muslims.

The city is where the the Prophet Muhammad is buried and is Islam's second holiest city, after Mecca.

A helicopter evacuates people from the hotel after the fire broke outPilgrims injured in the fire were hastily evacuated

Television stations in Egypt said that some Egyptians were among those who died. Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said Cairo was "still trying to confirm the numbers".

The fire was brought under control on Saturday afternoon, with survivors transferred to other hotels in the city.

Authorities are reported to have initiated an investigation into the cause of the fire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26105944

 

10 things you did not know about President Mursi

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At times of great tribulation and turmoil, the first casualty is always the truth. Why? Because the greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressors and tyrants is their ability to manipulate the  facts  to suit their agenda. Because without the truth, we cannot see what is right and what is wrong. Without the truth, there is only falsehood… and injustice.

And that is how we find ourselves where we are in Egypt today, where the elected President of a nation – who was kidnapped and held incommunicado for months till his supporters could be imprisoned, crushed, tortured, killed and banned – stands trial for crimes that seem to multiply by the day. Depending on which side of the divide you fall, President Mursi is either a principled hero of epic proportions or a bungling nefarious criminal mastermind. So who is the real President Mursi?

Here are ten little known facts that may help provide us with some clues:

1. He is a Hafiz of the Qurʾān : One of the little known facts about the president is that he has memorised the entireQurʾān by heart. This is no mean feat and something that itself is worthy of praise. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn theQurʾān and teach it.” Abu Musa Al Asharee raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said,“Part of showing glory to Allāh is to show respect to a white-haired Muslim, and a carrier of the Qurʾān who does not exaggerate in it nor ignore it and a just ruler.” An interesting combination of virtues there don’t you think?

2. He is intelligent: It is widely assumed that Mursi is not that bright. He is repeatedly portrayed as bumbling and dimwitted. His detractors point to a series of decisions that seemed to exacerbate anger against him – such as the taxation U-turns, the choice of governor for Luxor and his battle royale against the judiciary. And yet the majority evidence points to Mursi being much more academically gifted than any of his detractors. He has a PHD, is a professor and was the head of the Department of Engineering in Zagazig University. He has previously worked on various projects in America and was a visiting professor there. In his short time in office, he managed to achieve a fair amount and surrounded himself with individuals with proven track records in their fields.

 

Mob 'hacks women to death' in Myanmar

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Mob 'hacks women to death' in Myanmar

A witness and a rights group say more than dozen Rohingya Muslim women and children killed in western Rakhine state.

A villager and a rights group have claimed that a Buddhist mob have hacked more than a dozen Muslim women and children with knives in an isolated corner of Myanmar.

Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, which has been documenting abuses against members of the Rohinyga Muslim minority for more than a decade, said on Thursday that the violence took place on Tuesday in Du Char Yar Tan, a village in western Rakhine state.

 

Saudi royal faces death penalty for murder

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TUESDAY, 31 DECEMBER 2013 15:14

A Saudi prince who murdered a fellow Saudi may be executed, a newspaper reported on Sunday, in a rare example of a member of the kingdom's ruling family facing the death penalty.

The English-language Arab News did not name the prince or his victim, but said a senior member of the family and government, Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman, had "cleared the way for the possible execution of a prince convicted of murdering a Saudi citizen".

In a message about the case to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Prince Salman said: "Sharia (Islamic law) shall be applied to all without exception", the daily reported.

Prince Salman's message followed a statement from the victim's father that he was not ready to pardon the killer and he was not happy with the amount offered as blood money.

The families of murder victims are encouraged by authorities to accept blood money instead of insisting on execution.

The paper quoted Crown Prince Salman's message as saying: "There is no difference between big and small, rich and poor ... Nobody is allowed to interfere with the judiciary's decision. This is the tradition of this state. We are committed to following the sharia."

Reuters was unable to reach an Interior Ministry spokesman for comment.

 

The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) offers scholarships

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Islamic university offers scholarships

JEDDAH: HABIB SHAIKH

Published — Monday 2 September 2013

Last Update 2 September 2013 12:37 am

The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), an OIC affiliate university, is offering a range of undergraduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. scholarships to students from OIC member states under the Educational Exchange Program (EEP). The university is also offering placement in its post-doctoral program, where students can engage in research and other activities.

The participation of the IIUM in the OIC–EEP bodes well for promoting greater cooperation in higher education and strengthening academic links between the OIC member states, which is imperative for the advancement of knowledge in the Muslim world.

The OIC Educational Exchange Program, entitled “Solidarity through Academia in the Muslim World,” is drawing increasing interest and participation from member states and their public and private sector universities. A significant number of students are currently benefiting from higher education scholarships offered under the program.

The IIUM is also ready for short-term and long-term arrangements for faculty exchange, whereby higher education institutions in both the public and private sectors of OIC member-states are encouraged to engage in faculty exchange to varying extents.

OIC member-states are also encouraged to send lecturers and researchers to the IIUM for training courses and specialized projects to cater to the specific needs of member states. Such specialized requests can be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Details of the IIUM offer are being shared with OIC member states by the OIC General Secretariat through official diplomatic channels. Students, researchers and faculty members can also directly access these details on the OIC website at http://www.oic-oci.orgunder the tab “Educational Exchange Program.”

 

Egypt’s democracy goes from womb to mummy’s tomb

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It took 60 years for the Central Intelligence Agency to admit this week that it was behind the coup that took place in Teheran in 1953 – and it may be years or decades before we come to know who played what role in the Egyptian coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader.

 

The July 3 Egyptian coup is not exclusively homemade. Like the 1953 Iranian coup that ousted the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadeq and reinstalled the Shah, a US puppet, the Egyptian coup had its foreign elements. As post-coup Egypt witnessed an unprecedented bloody crackdown of anti-coup protesters comprising largely the conservative segment of society and the poor, the blood stained hands of some regional countries also became evident. By being the first to openly back the military coup and the bloody crackdown in which more than 2,000 people were killed, Saudi Arabia made little effort to hide its role in the coup.....

 

Rohingya boats sink off west Burma - many missing

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At least 50 Rohingya Muslims are feared drowned after their boats capsized off western Burma, officials say.

The boats, said to be carrying about 100 passengers, were evacuating people ahead of powerful Cyclone Mahasen.

The vessels sank off Pauktaw township in Rakhine state late on Monday. More than 40 survivors have been found and eight bodies recovered.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are living in temporary camps in Rakhine after violence last year.

The UN had called for an urgent evacuation ahead of the storm, warning that many areas where displaced people are now living are in low-lying coastal areas at risk of flooding or tidal surges.

 

Saudi Arabia praises Iran for protecting the Red sea

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Saudi Arabia praises Iran for protecting the Red sea

May 12, 2013 at 10:54 am | lanka C news

The commander of the Navy of Saudi Arabia Dalil Al-Dro was full of praise for Iran for continuously  protecting  and looking after the Red sea it had given the whole are a much needed protection and surveillance

The Iran’s commander of the forces Rear Admiral Habbolan Sayari after meeting the Naval commander of Saudi Arabia had admitted after the surveillance there have been given enough security to the entire area from the sea robbers. Hence there is no danger from enemies.

The two have had talks to find more means of strengthening the security further.

http://lankacnews.com/english/foreign-news/saudi-arabia-praises-iran-for-protecting-the-red-sea/

 

Boom in UK converts to Islam

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British university report concludes number of converts has nearly doubled in the last decade to about 100,000 people.
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he number of converts to Islam in the UK has nearly doubled in the last decade, with over half of them being white females, a new study has found.
The report by Kevin Brice of Swansea University shows that the number of people converting to Islam has risen from about 60,000 in 2001 to about 100,000 in 2010.

The publication, entitled A Minority within a Minority: A Report on Converts to Islam in the United Kingdom, was based on three surveys, one of which found 56 per cent of respondents to be white British and 62 per cent female.

Published on Tuesday on behalf of Faith Matters, a UK charity, the report stated that there have been 5,200 conversions to Islam in the last year alone.
"This is a group of people whose lives are very much a part of British society and their religious affiliations are just a part of that," said Brice, also a convert to Islam.
 

Egyptians Approve New Constitution

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CAIRO – A constitution commemorating a new era in Egypt’s future was approved in a referendum after the second round of vote showed a greater support for the document among Egyptians, officials in rival camps announced preliminary results early on Sunday, December 23.

"According to our calculations, the final result of the second round is 71 percent voting 'yes' and the overall result (of the two rounds) is 63.8 percent," a Brotherhood official, who was in an operations room monitoring the vote, told Reuters.

The vote passed off peacefully with long queues forming in the 17 provinces that did not vote in the first round on 15 December.

 

Palestinians celebrate status upgrade at UN

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Overwhelming majority of states vote to give Palestine non-member observer status, despite Israeli and US opposition.

Jubilant Palestinians have rejoiced at the historic but largely symbolic vote at the UN General Assembly in New York granting them a non-member observer status.

Celebrations took place overnight in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Al Jazeera's correspondents in both places reported.

"People here know that when they wake up on Friday they'll still be living under an Israeli occupation. They won't, for instance, be in control of their own borders," reported Nadim Baba from Ramallah, West Bank, amid deafening noise from ecstatic Palestinians. 

 

Opening Statement by H.E. Mohamed Morsy President of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Opening Session of the XVI Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement)

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In the name of God the most Merciful and Compassionate. Peace be upon Prophet Muhammad, upon all the Prophets and Messengers of God, and upon his companions Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali.

His Excellency President Mahmud Ahmadi Nejad the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,

Excellencies Heads of States or Governments, Ministers and Heads of Delegations, His Excellency Dr. Nabil El-Araby Secretary General of the Arab League, His Excellency Nassir Abdelaziz Al-Nasr, President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, Ambassadors and Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I declare open the XVI Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. The Movement that succeeded to turn the vision of its founding fathers from principles and concepts to concrete actions, from a condition of weakness to a source of strength at the international stage.

   

Celebration in Egypt as Morsi declared winner

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate and president-elect in victory speech vows to unite the country and stand up for democracy.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has officially won Egypt's presidential election and will be the country's next president, the electoral commission has announced.

Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafik, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated.

The president-elected delivered a victory address on Sunday night. He spoke on state television, long a medium which demonised him and the Muslim Brotherhood. He thanked the Egyptian people for their votes, calling them "my family" and "my beloved," and promised to work to "restore their rights."

"I have no rights, only responsibilities," Morsi said. "If I do not deliver, do not obey me."

 

Morsi camp claims Egypt presidency win

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Brotherhood claims victory based on unofficial tallies, but SCAF decree limiting presidential powers overshadows count.

The Muslim Brotherhood has declared their candidate, Mohammed Morsi, the winner of Egypt's presidential runoff, and unofficial vote tallies show him leading the race by more than one million votes.

The group held a press conference early on Monday morning to announce Morsi's victory. With 12,793 of the country's roughly 13,000 polling stations reporting, Morsi had 12.7 million votes, while his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, had 11.84 million, the group said.

His staff and supporters broke into chants of "down with military rule" after the results were announced.

Morsi himself also spoke. He addressed the families of the martyrs killed during the revolution, and promised to restore their rights in a "state of laws".

   

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