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  1. How I Converted

    Assalamu Alaikum! Masha'Allah! 022.016: "Thus have We sent down Clear Signs; and verily Allah doth guide whom He will!"
  2. Here's Another One

    Asslamu Alaikum! Masha'Allah brother, welcome back :D
  3. Us Will Cease To Exist In 2007

    Salam lol...This is obviously a worthless hoax cooked up by enemies of Islam aka losers, who probably must have too much free time, to make the Quran look bad. Only the ignorant ones would fall into it.
  4. I Do Not Apologize

    Salam! Thanks for your comments! But also calm down a little bit and don't get too emotional over an essay! Regarding the username, nice suggestion but no thanks I'm happy with the one I'm currently using... :D Wassalam!
  5. Black Bush!

    :D :D "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_80.67.74.156/7/386/9950/v001/comedystor.download.akamai(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/9951/chappelle/213_blackbush.wmv"]Watch the video![/url]
  6. How To Gain Khushu In Salat

    Assalamu Alaikum! "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_63.175.194.25/index.php?ln=eng&ds=qa&lv=browse&QR=22174&dgn=4"]This link might help answer your question![/url] Wassalam!
  7. My Story...

    :D JazakAllahu Khair brother rasheed for sharing your beautiful journey to Islam. All praises are due to Allah who guides whomever He pleases.
  8. How To Gain Khushu In Salat

    Wa alaykumu assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu Jazakullah khair for the reminder. It's always nice to share advices concerning Khushu in Salat. It's said whenever the time of the Salat approached, 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA) used to quake and change color. People asked him: "What is the matter with you , commander of the believers?" To this he would reply: "The time has come for a trust which Allah offered to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to carry it; they were wary of it, but I have taken it on."
  9. Black Bush!

    :D His name is Chappelle. He does tv-shows at comedycentral.com. You can visit the site for his and other tv-shows. Though I like to watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart :D
  10. :D UNITED NATIONS, Dec 21 (IPS) - A renowned Islamic scholar of Egyptian origin is barred from taking up a post in one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States -- the University of Notre Dame -- after the U.S. State Department invokes an anti-terrorism law to keep him out of the country. A nationwide survey discovers that nearly one-half of all Americans believe the U.S. government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim-Americans. The growing new phenomenon labelled �Islamophobia� -- the paranoid fear of Muslims -- is fast spreading, both in the United States and in Western Europe, warn academics, Middle East experts and senior U.N. officials. Alarmed at the rising racial and religious intolerance, the United Nations is expressing ''deep concern'' over the increase in anti-Semitism, Christianophobia and Islamophobia worldwide. A resolution adopted by the 191-member U.N. General Assembly this week calls upon all states to cooperate with the U.N. Commission on Human Rights to eliminate the growing new trends in racial and religious discrimination. For the first time, the United Nations earlier this month hosted a seminar zeroing in on the subject of Islamophobia, symbolising the gravity of the situation. ''When a new word enters the language, it is often the result of a scientific advance or a diverting fad,'' said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. ''But when the world is compelled to coin a new term to take account of increasingly widespread bigotry, that is a sad and troubling development. Such is the case with Islamophobia,'' he added. Addressing the seminar, which was attended by religious leaders, academics and senior U.N. officials, Annan said that efforts to combat Islamophobia must also contend with the question of terrorism and violence carried out in the name of Islam. ''Islam should not be judged by the acts of extremists who deliberately target and kill civilians. The few give a bad name to the many, and this is unfair,'' he added. ''The Christian West has feared Islam both religiously and politically,'' according to Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University and keynote speaker at the seminar. ''Today, the paradox of Islamophobia remains that many people afraid of Islam know very little about it. They feel a great need to see 'the other' as the enemy.� In the United States, the targeting of Muslims was triggered by the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001 (9/11) because all of the attackers were of Middle Eastern origin. Last week, Cornell University released the results of a survey it conducted in September revealing U.S. citizens' willingness to restrict the civil liberties of Muslim-Americans. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has previously accused U.S. law enforcement agencies of racial profiling of Muslims living in the United States. ''In U.S. media and political discourse, a mixed -- and often implicitly negative -- view of Islam exists,'' says Norman Solomon, executive director of the Washington-based Institute for Public Accuracy. ''There's a lot of anti-Muslim bigotry. Some of it is based on religious chauvinism from Christians and Jews. Some of it is racist,'' he told IPS. The perception that Muslims hate israel has fed anti-Islamic fervour among strong supporters of israel. And -- particularly since 9/11 -- U.S. nationalism has largely and foolishly identified Islam as a major threat to America, added Solomon, co-author of 'Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You'. ''Ultimately I believe that public hostility toward Islam in the United States today is mostly a matter of geopolitics and U.S. nationalism,'' he added. ''While the 9/11 attacks clearly had an impact on Islamophobia, it is important to recognise that this phenomenon has been around in one form or another virtually since the advent of Islam in the seventh century,'' says Mouin Rabbani, a contributing editor to the Washington-based 'Middle East Report'. It has developed and changed over the centuries on the basis of a variety of religious and racial prejudices, he added, as well as associated political factors such as colonialism, nationalism and the Arab-israeli conflict, and socio-economic issues like oil and immigration. ''Islamophobia as a phenomenon has evolved and ebbed and flowed over time and across space,'' Rabbani told IPS. In the United States, for example, Islam was largely associated with the African slave population and resistance to slavery (and to a lesser extent subsequent African-American militancy), and Islamophobia served as part of the process of the dehumanisation and domestication of this population. Since 1945, by contrast, U.S. Islamophobia has largely been projected externally, particularly against Arabs (and Iranians -- who seem more often than not to be identified as Arabs -- as well as assorted others like non-Arab, non-Muslim Sikhs, for those incapable of making distinctions). This, Rabbani points out, is related to the emergence of the United States as a global power, its pursuit of control over the strategically significance Middle East, and its increasingly close embrace of israel. More recently, with the end of the Cold War (during which prejudice against Muslims coincided with support for Islamic militancy), some intellectuals, such as Samuel Huntington and Bernard Lewis, sought to formulate a theory of Islam as an enemy civilisation. In a report to the General Assembly last month, Doudou Diene, special rapporteur of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, said ''there appears to be agreement that racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the upswing in Europe.'' Rabbani said European Islamophobia has had a somewhat different trajectory, emerging initially in response to the theological and territorial challenge presented by the rise of Islam as an alternative monotheistic religion and the expansion of Islamic empires. It was then put into the service of European colonialism in the Middle East and other Muslim territories, and more recently in response to the growth of Muslim migrant populations in western Europe. ''My impression is that while prejudice against Muslims has certainly intensified, hostility to Islam as a religion has grown exponentially -- though the two are obviously inter-related,'' he added. ''A main effect of 9/11 has been to make Islamophobia not only more widespread but also considerably more mainstream and respectable -- it has let the genie out of the bottle,'' Rabbani said. Solomon said that until recent decades, the U.S. mass media and overall political climate have unequivocally embraced only Christianity. Anti-Jewish undertones -- and sometimes-explicit anti-Semitism -- were present through the middle of the 20th century, until the Jewish faith gained general acceptance at least in public. Before and during the air war on Yugoslavia in spring 1999, for instance, a lot of sympathy was generated by the White House and the U.S. news media for Muslim victims of Serbs in Kosovo. ''Granted, this was opportunistic and propagandistic. But the U.S. establishment is quite capable of at least going through the motions of lauding Muslims,'' he said. And in fact, the rhetoric of the administration of President George W Bush, with some lapses, has tried to make clear its supposed respect for the Islamic faith while singling out a few Islamic terrorists for condemnation, according to Solomon. ''That said, the hostility toward Muslims in the United States is, overall, appalling. The events of 9/11 were used as an excuse to greatly magnify that hostility and cloak it in pseudo-patriotism.� (END/2004) "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.ipsnews(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/interna.asp?idnews=26762"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.ipsnews(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/interna.asp?idnews=26762[/url]
  11. Islamic worship?

    Salam! Do you feel better now?
  12. Puppies for sale

    :D A very heart warming story :D :D
  13. :D Salamu Alaikum brother, Just wanted to add something here so that our atheists visitors don't get the wrong idea when talking about faith. Though I know what you mean by that statement :D The concept of faith in Islam is very different from other religions. You don't need to have only faith to believe in the existence of god. We as muslims are encouraged to think about our faith which in Islam means you looked at it and confirmed it; yes it makes sense I've accepted it now. It's something that you have to reflect on it. In fact the Quran encourages us to look out to the world and look inside ourselves and we'd come to know the truth. So faith in god does not come blindly. It is confirmation. Wasslam!
  14. Salam! I neither love nor hate him. I think he personally never claimed that his theory proved that god doesn't exist. It was others who took the opportunity to deny the existence of god. In his death bed he probably believed in the existence of a creator.
  15. FITRA

    :D In what state is human born? Good, evil or neutral? What's up with Adam? What about original sin? And more....a good read for both muslims and non-muslims! "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_thetruereligion(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=74"]Fitra: The Islamic Concept of Human Nature[/url] Wassalam!
  16. about the name Jana

    Salam Jana and welcome to IF, I did a quick search and found out the following which makes me believe that Jana is Islamic :D Meaning: God's Gracious Gift Origin: Jana -> Jan -> Johannes -> John -> Yahyah Yahyah (pbuh) or John the baptist was the son of Prophet Zakariyah (pbuh) I hope it helped! Wassalam!
  17. Salam! Baghdad was used to be called House of Wisdom. The best scholars and intellectuals of the that time would come there from all over the Islamic Empire to study, learn and contribute to the scientific community and society. In Islam there's no contradiction between faith and the laws that governs the natural world. One of the first thing the muslims did was to seek and translate any scientisic and ancient texts that they could get their hands on from Greece, Persia, India..etc. Among these were the work of the Greek philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato who were a taboo subject among the Christains in Europe. How do you think Christopher Columbus got the idea that there might be land on the other side of the atlantic? Did he just wake up one morning and said to himself: "Oh boy, lets see if there's something beyond the atlantic ocean"? Or what about Galileo?
  18. I Do Not Apologize

    Salam Eoin! Yea, I read both essays but I think yours had more anti-muslim sentiments :D It had a feeling it was directed agains muslims.
  19. Salam gill! I think you westerners give too much credit to yourselves. Sorry but, I have no idea what this statement means! errr...or simply maybe because of better communication and transportation systems that helped the explosive growth of knowledge, and many other reasons... Yes, only when the religion is Christianity!
  20. I Do Not Apologize

    Salam Eoin! I think "you" is a more correct term than mentioning "some Americans"...etc, because the term "you" doesn't point at any specifed group of people but at the reader. So you wouldn't feel offended unless you're among the ones whom this article is directed at.

    :D Do you know that the Day of Judgment could be nearer than you think. Noone knows when death approches, it could be tomorrow, next week, in a month or maybe in a few minutes....And the next time you wake up (raise up) it is Day of Judgment.
  22. Salam! I guess it shows how much "educated" he is. Maybe he's intelligent but I'm not so sure if he's fair. Certainly he's biased concerning Islam, most of the wersterners are anyway. Concerning the political system in Islam, there's no such things as 'institutional arrangements by which successors in the role of omnicompetent ruler could be chosen' as the author wants his readers to believe. It was not the job of our beloved Prophet (pbuh) to instruct the muslims on how to be ruled politically/institutionally as long as the muslims followed the Quran and Sunnah. It is up to muslims to choose by who or how to be ruled. This essentially means democracy, but it's by no means similar to a secular democracy. There is this huge misconception in the western world (caused partly by the muslims themselves) that the political system in Islam must be a theocratic one. That's simply not true, because a system has to fulfil two conditions to be called a theocracy: 1. The acceptance that god/deity alone is the sovereign, the ruler of your life. 2. The acceptance of priesthood or officials to be divinely guided. In other words certain clergy who believe themselves to be the representatives of god on earth and who alone have the right to interpret the will of god. Muslims have no problem with the first element. It is compatible with Islam. We submit ourselves to the will of Allah. That's why we call ourselves muslims. And the only way to do that is to follow the Quran and the authentic ahadith. Now the second element is not Islamic at all. In Islam there's no church as an institution or such. There's no clergy who can claim to have the sole right of interpreting and implementing the will of Allah. It was added later by misguided muslims who desired to rule over the ummah. Iran comes up as a good example. I'm assuming that you're an American. And that you are also aware that hundreds of years ago your forefathers established the Constitution so that the later generations would abide by it even though rulers and lawyers come and go but those set of laws remain largely the same. I'm sure most Americans regard the Constitution with its various amendeds as sacred and alomst holy although it was founded by merely humans. If I was to make a rough analogy I would say that we muslims regard the Quran and the Sunnah as the ultimate guidens for whole mankind (the Ultimate Constitution), and that it was completed and established on earth by Allah through His Final Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) about 1400 years ago. In the case of intellectual problem the ignorent author makes the false assertion that the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and material advancement in the West was the result of the separation of religion from state. That's absurd to say the least. The Islamic civilization that followed the period of Prophet (pbuh) and that was established for hundreds of years is a witness to that. Enlightenment didn't just come out of nowhere. The Renaissance had its beginning in Baghdad eventhough the author wouldn't like you to believe that. This is not merely my opinion it is fact and you can go and check it out by reading unbiased history. There were many inventions, discoveries and material advancements during the period of the Islamic civilization done by muslim scientists, scholars etc. To just brush off all these evidences and claim that to be enlightened you have to "liberate" yourself from god is utterly nonsense. Besides who said enlightenment is only about material advancement? Ok I touched upon the "two intractable problems" that you mentioned. But I leave the rest for now, because I don't have much time...maybe later :D
  23. :D Ok, maybe an easy question for some, but what was Abdul-Muttalib's real name? He was the Prophet's grandfather. Please answer by choosing an alternative!
  24. Salam gill, It's not about 'being hypersensitive to anything that might be seen as critical of Islam or Muslims' but about disingenuous people like the author of the above article. It is pretty clear from the article that he is really not interested in any kind of dialogue or constructive criticism. As a matter of fact he's not interested in Islam at all. I got the impression that he cleverly twists and manipulates words to deceive his readers, which tells me how little respect he has for them. Do you think Michael Moore produced an honest accurate description of GWB when he made "Fahrenheit 9/11". Many thought so, many more didn't. This guy is even worse than Moore in dishonesty. If you don't know much about Islam you'll fall into his trap, thinking he's telling truth. He simply insults anything Islamic and praises anything anti-islamic even if it has to be through deception.
  25. Salam! This article has so many mistakes, most likely deliberately, that you don't know where to start.... :D It's simply a slander against Islam. One that makes the ignorent one feel either confused or satisfied when reading it. Obviously the guy hates religion and thinks that it's for the weak minded people. Well that's his opinion...but putting it this way was pretty cheap.