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Living The Quran -Proper Response

Al-Baqara (The Cow) – Chapter 2 : Verse 216

“… It may be that you dislike something, though it is good for you. And it may be that you love something, though it is bad for you. And God knows, and you do not know.”

There are four possible states in which the human being can live. A person is either receiving blessings (nima) or tribulations (bala) from God; or is either living in obedience (taa) or in disobedience (masiya). Each condition invites a response. What comes to a person in his or her life may help a person move closer to God when the response is right:

1. When God gives a person blessings, the response is gratitude in all of its manifestations. Gratitude is expressed first by performing what is obligatory then going beyond that by performing virtuous, recommended acts.

2. The response to tribulation is patience, as well as steadfastness and resolve. This is what God demands from people in times of trial – a beautiful patience.

3. As for obedience, one must recognize that obedience is a blessing from God. If a religious person starts to believe that he is better than other people – even if these “other” people are in the state of disobedience – he invites haughtiness.

4. When it comes to disobedience, the response is repentance to God (tawba), seeking His forgiveness, pardon, and mercy, feeling remorse for the past, and having the resolve never to sink into disobedience again.

Compiled From: “Purification of The Heart” – Hamza Yusuf, pp. 69-71

 
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Belgian ‘Ghent city’ cancels a six-year-old ban on hijab

BRUSSELS — A Belgian city has rescinded a six-year-old ban on the wearing of hijab, allowing civil servants to don the religious outfit, to the jubilance of the Muslim community.

“This is a historic turning point for ethnic and cultural minorities,” Naima Charkaoui, director of Forum of Minorities, told Reuters on Tuesday, May 28.

Ghent city, Belgium’s third largest, has banned the wearing of hijab in 2007 after center-right parties dominated the city council.

The ban has prevented Muslim women in headscarves from sitting at public counters in city offices.

A similar ban on hijab was introduced in 2007 in Belgium’s second city Antwerp.

But the ban has prompted calls for removing the ban and granting Muslims the right to wear what they want.

More than 10,000 residents, or about five times the number required to call for a vote, have signed a petition to ask for lifting the hijab ban.

The citizen action was organized by the Forum of Minorities group.

Reaching the city council, currently dominated by Socialist and Green majority, the issue was debated for four hours until midnight Monday.

After lengthy debates, 29 of the city council’s 51 members voted to rescind the ban on the wearing of religious or political symbols for city officials dealing with the public.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

The Muslim headscarf came into storm since France banned the wearing of hijab in public places in 2004.

Several European countries have followed the French suit, amid raging debates in other states about the Muslim outfit.

Belgian Muslims are estimated at 450,000 – out of a 10-million-population.

 
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Terrorism & Intolerance against muslims in UK

 

source: The Guardian

 
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U.S.A terrorist ‘Robert Bales’ to plead guilty

A US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in two rampages last year will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, his lawyers say.

Seventeen victims were women or children..

Staff Sgt Robert Bales will make the plea in a hearing on 5 June.

He left a US outpost in Kandahar province in the early hours of 11 March 2012, attacking two villages nearby. Most victims were women and children.

Family members of those killed have told the BBC they were outraged he might not die.

“We will not be satisfied unless he is executed,” Haji Abdul Baqi, who had some cousins killed and injured in the attack, told BBC Afghan.

“If they don’t execute him, they are showing their power. He martyred 16 of our people, but they are not executing the one person who did all that. Would they forgive us if we killed 16 Americans?

“We have informed them [the Americans] that we are not taking part in this case because [they] are more powerful than us and a weak person cannot sue a powerful one.”

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22712004

 
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Daily mail: Islam is the religion of the future.

  • Two photos show Sunday morning services in churches in East London
  • The third shows worshippers gathered for Friday midday prayers outside a nearby mosque
  • The difference in numbers could hardly be more dramatic

The empty pews at churches just yards from an overcrowded mosque

“What these pictures suggest is that, on current trends, Christianity in this country is becoming a religion of the past, and Islam is one of the future.” 

Pay no attention to the 2011 Census that told us 33.2 million people in England and Wales describe themselves as Christians.

For if you want a more telling insight into religion in the United Kingdom today, just look at these photographs. The story they tell is more revealing than any survey.

The difference in numbers could hardly be more dramatic. At St George’s, some 12 people have congregated to celebrate Holy Communion.

When the church was built in the early 18th century, it was designed to seat 1,230.

Numbers are similar at St Mary’s, opened in October 1849. Then, it could boast a congregation of 1,000. Today, as shown in the picture, the worshippers total just 20.

While the two churches are nearly empty, the Brune Street Estate mosque has a different problem — overcrowding.

The mosque itself is little more than a small room rented in a  community centre, and it can hold only 100.

However, on Fridays, those numbers swell to three to four times the room’s capacity, so the worshippers spill out onto the street, where they take up around the same amount of space as the size of the near-empty St Mary’s down the road.

source:Daily mail

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in News, Relax

 

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Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees

Terry Holdbrooks was deployed to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to guard detainees. The Phoenix, Ariz., resident has become a devout Muslim and an unlikely advocate for the prisoners’ rights.

Roughly 100 prisoners at the facility are reportedly on a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detentions.

Shane T. McCoy/Department of Defense via AP

Roughly 100 prisoners at the facility are reportedly on a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detentions.

The ex-U.S. Army employee converted to Islam, inspired by the faith of the Guantanamo detainees he was charged with watching. Since then, he says he has lost his friends, received violent threats, and been labeled a “race traitor” online.

But he hasn’t gone quietly. The 29-year-old has done his fair share of media and has even signed on for a job as a speaker for the Muslim Legal Fund of America. Now the devout Muslim is racking up frequent flyer miles and touring the country with what he calls the “truth about Gitmo.”

“Gitmo was supposed to be a cushy deployment since we were just going to babysit detainees,” Holdbrooks said. “But it changed me.”

The Phoenix, Ariz., resident spent the year between 2003 and 2004 guarding U.S. military prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was often given the job of escorting detainees to interrogation rooms. He says he witnessed atrocities committed by his fellow American soldiers that he never thought were possible.

Terry Holdbrooks self-published a book about his conversion to Islam and about the atrocities he witnessed as a guard at Guantanamo.

Terry Holdbrooks

Terry Holdbrooks self-published a book about his conversion to Islam and about the atrocities he witnessed as a guard at Guantanamo.

Speaking on the phone to the Daily News, Holdbrooks rattled off the grim list.

“I saw people put in stress positions for eight hours until they defecated themselves,” he said. “Then the guards would come in and emasculate them.”

He said he saw prisoners shackled to the ground with the air conditioner set high, then doused with cold water. He said that menstrual blood was smeared on their faces and that they were forced to hear the same music on repeat for hours.

Holdbrooks (not pictured) said he was often responsible for leading detainees to interrogation rooms.

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Holdbrooks (not pictured) said he was often responsible for leading detainees to interrogation rooms.

“Gitmo is 100 percent antithetical to the basis of our legal system,” he said. “That’s not the America I signed up to defend.”

While preparing for deployment, Holdbrooks said the Army trained him to think of the prisoners as the “worst of the worst” and “lower than humans.”

 

The Guantanamo Bay detention center is located on the southeastern coast of Cuba.

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The Guantanamo Bay detention center is located on the southeastern coast of Cuba.

Source:nydailynews.com

 
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Take Advantage Of 5 Matters Before 5 Other Matters

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters:
your youth before you become old;
your health before you fall sick;
your wealth before you become poor;
your free time before you become busy;
your life before your death.”
~ Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Narrated by ibn Abbas, from Musnad Imam Ahmad.

Young, Adult, Old

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