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  1. Hamas

    As a Palestinian I would like to try to explain .. In palestine .. there are many factions with one common target is the liberation of Palestine .. the first faction revealed was Fatah .. and they have big history in the resistance in palestine and outside .. after that Hamas had been established as the biggest Islamic movement ( there was also Islamic Jihad but it is a small movement ) .. As Hamas establish at the first Intifada .. other factions tried to Isolate it because they knew that the Islamic ideology is stronger and will take the control of everything and will not concess on any of our rights because that violate the principles of Islam .. by the first 90s .. the negotiation took place .. and series of concession occured .. first was the recognition of israel as a country .. to accept to drop the militant resistance from our choices .. and to accept temporary solutions .. all other factions even they claim not .. but all of them except the Islamic movements ( Hamas and Islamic Jihad ) accept what happened .. as the palestinian authority established .. the main 2 things they did .. is stealing and collaboration .. alot of resisters put in the palestinian prisons .. and security coordination held between palestinians and israeli. after that .. the israeli didnt give anything to palestinians .. that what made Yasser Arafat to spark the second Intifada .. all the factions united again in the resistance and all prisons were emptied . the israeli and their supporters in the west .. started in their plan to kill arafat and replace him by a pirson who will go more with the israeli project in the region .. so they killed Arafat and bring Abbas who was not admired by Fatah ( but this prove that Fatah is controlled from outside) after abbas had come .. the surprise was what hamas got in the election .. the results showed that palestinian people got bored from the corrupt government and they would like a change .. continue .. later
  2. Ramadan Mubarak

    Assalam Alykom Ramadan mubarak .. for all brothers and sisters .. I have been away from this forum .. so I am happy to join agian ..
  3. Nice Song

    IF YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES - THAN WATCH THIS VIDEO CLIP IT BEAUTIFULLY PORTRAYS HOW OUR LIFE ENDS AND CONTAINS THOUGTH PROVOKING MESSAGE "DUST IS MY BED" [using large font size is not allowed] (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=6cDRuji544s&mode=related&search"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=6cDRuji544s...ated&search[/url]
  4. Logic Riddle

    i think he does not have to escape he can stay in the room .. hahaha :sl:
  5. Praise be to Allaah. Time is of the essence, it is too precious to be wasted or neglected. The wise person is the one who pays attention to his time and does not treat it as a vessel to be filled with cheap things and vain talk. Instead, he limits it to worthy efforts and righteous deeds that please Allaah and benefit other people. Every minute of a person�s life carries the potential to raise his own status and to make his people happier, little by little. If you are keen to attain the highest position, and bring the most happiness to your people, then forget about relaxing and keep away from empty amusement. In one minute you can do a lot of good and earn much reward. In just one minute, by giving in charity, studying, memorizing, or striving to do good deeds, you can make sure that this minute of your life is not wasted. One minute may be recorded in your book of good deeds if you know how to make the most of it and take care of it: Strive to make the most of each minute If you forget it, you forget the most important thing, the truth. There follows a list of things that can be done in one minute, by the permission of Allaah: 1. In one minute you can recite Soorat al-Faatihah 3 times, reciting rapidly and silently. Some scholars said that the reward for reading al-Faatihah is more than 600 hasanahs, so if you read it 3 times you will, by the permission of Allaah, gain more than 1800 hasanahs � all of that in one minute. 2. In one minute you can recite Soorat al-Ikhlaas (Qul Huwa Allaahu Ahad) 20 times, reciting rapidly and silently. Reciting it once is equivalent to one-third of the Qur�aan. If you read it 20 times it is equivalent to reading the Qur�aan 7 times. If you read it 20 times in one minute each day, you will have read it 600 times in one month, and 7200 times in one year, which will be equal in reward to reading the Qur�aan 2400 times. 3. You can read one page of the Book of Allaah in one minute. 4. You can memorize a short aayah of the Book of Allaah in one minute. 5. In one minute you can say Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu�l-mulk wa lahu�l-hamd wa huwa �ala kulli shay�in qadeer (There is no god except Allaah alone with no partner; to Him be dominion and praise, and He is Able to do all things) � 20 times. The reward for saying this is like freeing 8 slaves for the sake of Allaah from among the sons of Ismaa�eel. 6. In one minute you can say Subhaan Allaahi wa bi hamdihi (Glory and praise be to Allaah) 100 times. Whoever says that in one day will be forgiven for his sins even if they are like the foam of the sea. 7. In one minute you can say Subhaan Allaahi wa bi hamdihi Subhaan Allaah il-�Azeem (Glory and praise be to Allaah, glory be to Allaah the Almighty) 50 times. These are two phrases which are light on the lips, heavy in the balance and beloved to the Most Merciful, as was narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim. 8. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: �When I say �Subhaan Allaah, wa�l-hamdu Lillah, wa laa ilaah ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar (Glory be to Allaah, praise be to Allaah, there is no god except Allaah, and Allaah is Most Great)�, this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.� (Narrated by Muslim). In one minute, you can say all of these words more than 18 times. These words are the most beloved words to Allaah, the best of words, and they weigh heavily in the balance of good deeds, as was narrated in the saheeh ahaadeeth. 9. In one minute you can say, Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah (there is no strength and no power except with Allaah) more than 40 times. This is one of the treasures of Paradise, as was narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim. They are a means of putting up with difficulties and of aiming to achieve great things. 10. In one minute you can say Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah approximately 50 times. This is the greatest word, for it is the word of Tawheed, the good word, the word that stands firm. If these are the last words of a person, he will enter Paradise, and there are other reports which indicate how great these words are. 11. In one minute you can say Subhaan Allaah wa bi hamdih, �adada khalqihi, wa ridaa nafsihi, wazinata �arshihi, wa midaada kalimaatihi (Glory and praise be to Allaah, as much as the number of His creation, as much as pleases Him, as much as the weight of His Throne and as much as the ink of His words) more than 15 times. This words bring many more times the reward for other forms of tasbeeh and dhikr, as was reported in saheeh ahaadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). 12. In one minute you can seek the forgiveness of Allaah more than 100 times by saying �Astaghfir-Allaah (I seek the forgiveness of Allaah). The virtues of seeking forgiveness are no secret, for it is the means of attaining forgiveness and entering Paradise, and it is the means of being granted a good life, increasing one�s strength, warding off disasters, making things easier, bringing rain and increasing one�s wealth and children. 13. You can say a few brief and concise words in one minute, and Allaah may bring about some good through them that you could never imagine. 14. In one minute you can send blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) 50 times by saying Sall-Allaahu �alayhi wa sallam (May Allaah bless him and grant him peace). In return Allaah will send blessings upon you 500 hundred times because one blessing brings ten like it. 15. In one minute you can motivate your heart to give thanks to Allaah, to love Him, to fear Him, to put hope in Him, to long for Him, and thus travel through the stages of �uboodiyyah (total enslavement to Allaah). You could do this when you are lying on your bed or walking in the street. 16. In one minute you can read more than two pages of a useful book that is easy to understand. 17. In one minute you can uphold the ties of kinship by calling a relative on the phone. 18. You can raise your hands and recite any du�aa� you wish from the books of du�aa�, in one minute. 19. You can say salaams to and shake hands with a number of people in one minute. 20. You can forbid an evil action in one minute. 21. You can enjoin something good in one minute. 22. You can offer sincere advice to a brother in one minute. 23. You can console someone who is depressed in one minute. 24. You can remove something harmful from the road in one minute. 25. Making the most of one minute motivates you to make the most of other periods that would otherwise be wasted. Al-Shaafa�i (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: When people go to sleep, I let my tears flow, and I recite a verse of the most eloquent poetry Is it not a waste that nights go by and I do not increase in knowledge, yet this time is counted as part of my life? Finally, the more sincere you are towards Allaah and the more aware you are of Him, the greater will be your reward and the more your hasanaat will increase. Note that most of these actions will not cost you anything; they do not require tahaarah (purity) and they will not tire you out or take much effort. On the contrary, you can do them whilst you are walking, or in your car, or lying down, or standing, or sitting, or waiting for somebody. These actions are also among the greatest means of attaining happiness, expanding the chest (i.e., bringing relief and joy) and removing stress and anxiety. May Allaah help us and you to do that which He loves and which pleases Him. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.
  6. Blackout In Besieged Gaza City

    thanx and may Allah bless all supporters .. i have tp emphasis one point here .. the seige has not been lifted or decreased .. even the telephone and mobile service will be cut in 48 hours if no enough fuel enter the strip .. but dont worry about the people in gaza .. they are very strong and believe in alllah who can save them from the brutal zionist ,,
  7. He reverted to Islam then died ! A man used to live in Saudi Arabia originally from India was a Siekh, and a Muslim Shaik ( Muhammad Farrag ) used to invite him a lot to Islam. He neither refused nor accepted the idea because of his family. Then one day Allah opened his heart to Islam, he came to the shaik in his Masjid to embrace Islam. The shaik was busy with his students and some Du’ah (Muslim missioners who invite people to the worship of Allah). Sheik Muhammad did not know that the man wanted to enter in Islam so he did not give him any attention and he left the Masjid with his students. The man, who wanted to enter in Allah’s religion, remained standing at the door of the Masjid watching the shaik and his students riding their cars and moving away. On that sight he could not prevent himself from crying and burst into tears. While he was standing weeping at the door of the Masjid, a young man who lived in the same quarter passed by him. He asked him about the reason of his crying and the Indian replied that he wanted to be a Muslim. The young man (May Allah rewards him the best) took him to his house. He made him perform abulution (wudoo) and say the two testimonies (No god but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger). The Indian left after he said the testimony and it was about the dusk prayer (Al-Maghrib). Then he went to his room and suffered from a severe stomachache. The young man came to shaik Muhammad and told him the whole story. The shaik repented what he had done though he was ignorant of the matter. He went to the Indian’s room, but his colleagues told him that he had died last night and he was then in the fridge of the Central Hospital. The shaik went with some Du’ah to the hospital to receive his corpse, but the hospital refused stating that the embassy had sent to his family in India and they would receive his corpse to be burnt there. The sheik objected saying that the man became a Muslim and there were witnesses on that, but still the hospital refused. Sheik Muhammad went to Shaik Abd Al-Aziz Bin Baz (May Allah rest his soul and have mercy upon him) and told him the whole story. Shaik Abd Al-Aziz said that the Indian should not be given to his family as he became their brother in Islam; they should pray on his corpse and bury him there. He should not be given to the unbelievers. Sheik Abd Al-Aziz sent a copy of the subject to the emirate and requested an order to give the corpse to sheik Muhammad Farrag. The emirate ordered the hospital to give the corpse to Shaik Muhammad and he received it. Some Du’ah washed the man and put him in his coffin. The funeral prayer coincided with Al-Goma’ah (the congregational prayer). Shaik Muhammad gave a wonderful oration on the one who embraced Islam then died without making one prostration to Allah. He stated in the first oration some similar examples from history, then he stated in the second one the story of the Indian man upon whom they would pray after Al-Goma’ah. The Muslims pray upon him, then they carried him upon their shoulders and they all went to the graveyard led by a lot of Du’ah and scholars. It was a moving scene, May Allah accept (his deeds) and have mercy upon him. Written by meteor at clouds site. On the Authority of ‘Abdullah bin Mus’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), the true and truly inspired said, “(The matter of Creation of) a human being is put together in the womb of the mother for forty days, and then he becomes a clot of thick blood for a similar period, and then a piece of flesh for similar period. Then Allah sends an angel who is ordered to write four things. He is ordered to write his (i.e. the new creature’s) deeds, his livelihood, his (date of) death, and whether he will be blessed or wretched (in religion). Then the soul is breathed into him. By Allah who is no God but Him, a man amongst you may do (good) deeds till there is only a cubit between him and paradise and then what has been written for him decides his behavior and he starts doing (evil) deeds characteristic of the people of the (Hell) Fire so he enters it. And similarly a man amongst you may do (evil) deeds till there is only a cubit between him and the (Hell) Fire, and then what has been written for him decides his behavior, and he starts doing deeds characteristic of the people of Paradise so he enters it.†Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim. from Islamway[using large font size is not allowed]
  8. PLEASE READ TILL END. YOU WON'T REGRET IT. My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body. Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct answer. When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, 'My ears, Mommy.' She said, 'No. Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon.' Several years passed before she asked me again. Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer. So this time I told her, 'Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes'. She looked at me and told me, 'You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind. 'Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, 'No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child.' Then last year, my grandpa died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried. I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry. My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to Grandpa. She asked me, 'Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?' I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me. She saw the confusion on my face and told me, 'This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you it was wrong and I have given you an example why. But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson. She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears. She said, 'My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder.' I asked, 'Is it because it holds up your head?' She replied, 'No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, My dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it.' Then and there, I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one. It is sympathetic to the pain of others. People will forget what you said....... People will forget what you did........ But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.
  9. besmellah arrahman arraheem look how you will be shocked!! .. Mercy of Allah given to animals .. very affecting video[using large font size is not allowed] you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=TTeaSpwCfIE[using large font size is not allowed]
  10. How To Weep For Fear Of Allaah

    hope that the brothers and sisters agree ,, there is a hadith tells that if u cant cry from ur heart .. try to pretend that u cry .. Åä áã ÊÈßæÇ ÃÊÈÇßæÇ
  11. Nice Song

    thanx adaa .. we are all waiting for the moment .. that u will announce your Islam in this forum
  12. How To Become A Muslim

    B e s m Allah AL_RAHMAAN AL_RAHEEM How to Become A Muslim[using large font size is not allowed] Islam is submission to God. Historically, Islam is the first and the last revealed religion with a Book. With Islam, God completed His religion, perfected His bounty over his creatures and was satisfied with Islam to be the only religion accepted by Him for all His creatures. Who Is God? God is Allah, a concept we perceive in our hearts and minds. Human faculties are limited within two thresholds of capacities, a lower and a higher. Our minds' capacity of perception is like a glass of water, everything that is poured into it beyond its capacity to hold water overflows. This does not mean that there should be nothing beyond our minds' capacity to perceive or to understand. God in this respect lies beyond our minds' capacity to define. He is the Unlimited, the Omniscient and the Omnipotent. All that one can think of, as to be The God, God is beyond it. God is not present in His creatures, nor in what is created. Everything that is created is limited and limited, but God is the Infinite and the Unlimited. God is the absolute Abstraction. How Did Man Know God? God sent his Messengers through revelation to selected persons of His human creatures to be His Prophets or messengers to acknowledge His human creatures of His presence, and to teach them His Way i.e, His religion which is, was and must always be only one, that is Islam, or Submission to God-The Creator who is the Beneficent and the Merciful. The Way to God is His religion with which all His creatures are bound, from the First couple, Adam and Eve, to the last Prophet Muhammad, and the last created man on earth. All human creatures are alike in their voluntary bondage to their Creator. They must be submissive to Him willy-nilly. Their life and existence are a trust bestowed to them by God. God had displayed His Trust i.e, life, to all His creatures permitting them to choose to be or not to be, but no one dared to bear such responsibility other than Man, who through his ignorance and destitution ventured and accepted it. Man is born responsible for his free choice. He is to be questioned at the Day of Judgment about what he had done during his first existence to be either rewarded or punished. What Are The Revealed Books of God? The revealed Books are basically mere editions of the Mother Book i.e God's Book. Each issued Book was kept sound and unchanged as long as its prophet was alive, but when the prophet died, his followers or his clergymen tried to claim to themselves his role and the distortion ensued. This was what has happened to Moses' Book The Torah, which after two thousand years of his death, the Jewish rabbis started to rewrite it from their own, including in it all their grudge and hatred upon all other peoples on earth. They monopolized and specified their own God Yahweh in a henotheistic way, and claimed to themselves being his chosen people after his becoming disappointed and unable to make other people keep his religion. Some of the revealed Books, like their peoples, became extinct. Other Books, like the Torah of the Jews, and the Injeel-(Evangel) of the Christians, have lost their original texts and all what we have left about them we can see in the Holy Qur'an, the Last Edition of God's Book containing The Mother Book, which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in Arabic and God has taken the responsibility of Its preservation to the Day of Judgment. In the Holy Qur'an, we are told how the Jews rebuked Moses with their demands and how, when he left them for forty days, he returned to find them worshipping the Golden calf. The Qur'an tells us as well, how they mutilated the Torah and rewrote it at their wont and said, ' It is from God ', but surely it was not. In the Holy Qur'an, as well, we are also told, how the Christians have taken Jesus-Christ, the Prophet, for God, and how they have subdivided God's unity into three faction-Trinity, and all that happened after the Christ's ascent to his Creator by the Latin clergy Tertullian in the 2nd. Century AD, and was codified by the church in the 4th. Century AD. In Islam, the subject of belief is individual and only God knows who is a true believer and who is a hypocrite. Each person shall be questioned about what he or she had done in their First Life, and shall also get what they deserve in Life After. There is no clericalism in Islam, every Muslim is his own minister. Even the Prophet Muhammad, as he told his daughter, could not mediate to relieve her from the sins she might have committed. The Five Principles or Pillars of Islam are: - The belief in God, in God's Books, in God's Messengers, and in God's destiny. - The five daily prayers. - The fasting a month in Ramadhan. - Paying the alms on one's superfluous possessions. - One Pilgrimage to Ka'ba in Mecca, if possible. The Holy Qur'an says, " Say, we believed in God, and in what was revealed upon us, and upon Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in what had Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets had from Their God. We do not discriminate between any one of them and any another one, that we are to him all Muslims. He who wishes to adopt any religion other than Islam, shall not be accepted from him and he will surly be in Life After among the losers." [using large font size is not allowed]
  13. Be Careful What You Plant

    BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PLANT If you plant honesty, you will reap trust. If you plant goodness, you will reap friends. If you plant humility, you will reap greatness. If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory. If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony. If you plant hard work, you will reap success. If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation. If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy. If you plant patience, you will reap improvements. If you plant faith, you will reap miracles. But If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust. If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness. If you plant pride, you will reap destruction. If you plant envy, you will reap trouble. If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation. If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation. If you plant greed, you will reap loss. If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies. If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles. If you plant sin, you will reap guilt. So be careful what you plant now, It will determine what you will reap tomorrow, The seeds you now scatter, Will make life worse or better, your life or the ones who will come after. Yes, someday, you will enjoy the fruits, or you will pay for the choices you plant today.[using large font size is not allowed]
  14. Be Careful What You Plant

    :D thanx Aaqib Ahmed
  15. Mobile Phones Vs. Quran

    Mobile Phones vs. Quran I wonder what would happen if we treat our Quran like we treat our mobile phones. What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it? What if we flipped through it several times a day? What if we used it to receive messages from the text? What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it? What if we gave it to kids as gifts? What if we used it as we traveled? What if we used it in case of an emergency? This is something to make you go ... "Hmm...where is my Quran?" Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't ever have to worry about our Quran being disconnected! Pass this on to everyone you know that has a mobile phone. Makes you stop & think "where are my priorities?"
  16. Care For Animals

    CARE FOR ANIMALS A man once came to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) carrying with him his belongings and a box. He said, "O Prophet! While I was passing through a jungle, I heard the voice of some bird's babies. I took them and put them in this box. The moment I did that, their mother came fluttering round my head." And the Prophet said, "Put them down". When the man put the box on the ground, the mother of the young birds joined them. Seeing this, the Prophet asked the man who now had a look of surprise on his face, "Are you surprised by the affection of the mother towards her young? I swear by Him (Almighty Allah) who has sent me, surely, God is more loving to his servants than the mother to these young birds. Return these baby birds to the place from where you took them, and let their mother be with them." "Fear God with regard to animals", said the Prophet of Islam, "ride them when they are fit to be ridden, and get off their backs when they are tired; surely, there are rewards for being kind and gentle to animals, and for giving them water to drink." Islam has taught that in the eyes of Allah, animals also have rights in the same way as man has. They should not be treated badly, tortured or left to starve without food or water. Imam Ali (AS) had some ducks under his care in his house. At the time of his death, he had given particular advice to his sons to take good care of those animals, or to set them free if it was not possible to look after them properly. The Holy Qur'an has also guided us by telling us that, in the eyes of God there is no difference between the human world and the animal world. "There is no beast on earth, nor bird which flieth with its wings, but they are nations like you - unto the Lord shall they return". The Prophet of Islam was once performing ablution (Wudhu) for prayers from a pot of water. A cat passed there and turned its eyes at the pot of water with a thirsty look. The Prophet realised at once that the cat was very thirsty, so he stopped the ablution (Wudhu) and placed the pot before the cat. Only after the cat had fully quenched its thirst, did the Prophet resume the ablution (Wudhu). By this action, the Prophet has shown that quenching the thirst of even a small dumb animal is a noble act full of virtue and should be given first attention before one prepares for offering prayers to God
  17. Lebanon's Presidential Crisis

    The Lebanese constitution is a loosely-termed document that is easily prone to subjective interpretation. Unfortunately, this is coupled with the presence of a ruling political elite that is more than willing to stretch this constitutional ambiguity and abuse the textual flexibility. This “political malpractice†on the domestic front is filling the gap which resulted from the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon. The point of contention here is the common assumption that the Ta’if Agreement maintained positive ambiguity for two main reasons. The first reason was providing flexible legal grounds for the unique multi-sectarian political dynamics of Lebanon. In a sense, this constituted the pillar characteristic of the consociational system of the country. The second reason was the realization that the Ta’if Agreement was, in practice, a stepping stone for Syrian political leverage and domination over the often bickering Lebanese factions no less no more. The current political crisis in Lebanon is not breaking with precedent. In 1988, President Amine Gemayel turned power over to a military government headed by General Michel Aoun. History repeats itself today in terms of the failure to reach an agreement over appointing a president who would satisfy Damascus, pacify Tel-Aviv, and serve Washington’s campaigning purposes, all while preserving the traditional Arab recognition. Iranian Influence? In Lebanon, all political-sectarian parties opt for blatant bandwagoning with external powers in face of internal adversaries. At present, the situation in Lebanon is even more complex. Iran is much more powerful; b ack in the late 1980s, Tehran was exhausted with an eight-year war with Iraq, whereas the Tehran of today enjoys notorious influence over players like Hezbollah, Hamas, and — a much more defined ally — the Assad regime. On the Lebanese scene, all political-sectarian parties opt for blatant bandwagoning with external powers in face of internal adversaries at the heart of one of the most erratic power balancing systems in the world. Within the Lebanese polity there is nothing “impossible;†there are no constraints and very few ethical guidelines for political directives, decisions, and subsequent alignments of the ruling oligarchy. A shift of alignments is plain ordinary. A change in political positions is even more frequent. All in the total absence of a common, all-encompassing national “ethos,†and the presence of a subsequent political culture that lacks the foundations of citizenship, accountability and civil obligation. Beyond this bitter reality, all current details, specificities and developments only oblige to serve the purpose of interests of the Lebanese leading figures and their supporting external patrons. The bitter reality gets bitterer: the Lebanese society is divided by ever-sharpening sectarian loyalties. Similar to most of the region’s states, the country’s political culture lacks any signals of constructive accountability and transparency. Consequently, the ruling oligarchy maintains substantial elasticity in political maneuver and decision-making. This has resulted in position skewing that has at times exhibited total realignment overnight. Shifts of Alliances In light of all the above, internal conditions could shift dramatically in a matter of minutes. The only internal variable would be the prolonged interests of the current politico-sectarian powers. And once again, sectarian balances shift along regional confrontations. Along the lines of their allegedly representative parties, the Sunni and the Druze sects currently aligned against Syria’s regime. The Shiites, however, have stuck to their alliance with Damascus, and continue to pledge their support for the popular option of facing US imperialism and intervention along with the Zionist israeli threat. The Maronites are divided equally along the two camps only to make the political scene more complicated. Consequently, the obvious lesson that this crisis has reestablished is the failure of the Ta’if agreement as a power-sharing moderation system for an unstable region. Deeper at the heart of the crisis are the challenges posed by the changing regional political coordinates of the various sects. Lebanon is very conducive for foreign intervention, it is vulnerable to the developments in the most unstabe region on the globe: the Middle East. The key to the Baabda Presidential Palace lies in the hands of the regional players, with each holding an equal half. In light of the current Iranian-American confrontation — with Syria and israel playing the “wingman†of each, the Lebanese crisis constitutes an important card that each side is trying to obtain. The political impasse, however, has reached an advanced stage. The United States has restricted its options to non-military measures all while the Iranians and the Syrians insist on playing a “high-risk, high-return†game. What is happening in Iraq in terms of violence is replicated in Lebanon on a miniature scale. A Western Scheme? The Lebanese front is a cold one; a mailbox for the Syrian-American exchange of messages. The Lebanese front is a cold one; a mailbox for the Syrian-American exchange of messages. The US administration is playing the “democratization†card by supporting the March 14 parliamentary majority. On the other hand, the Iranian-Syrian side plays on the idea of steadfastness in face of a “Western scheme†for an israeli-dominated, ethnically-partitioned Middle East. Bridging this split is neither easy, nor achievable in the foreseeable future. However, the current stances of both sides seem to abide by the choice of prolonging the status quo. The disastrous situations in Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon has urged the Bush administration to tone down its discourse. For the neoconservatives residing in the White House, a deal with Syria over Lebanon would be like self-denunciation regardless of any positive results. Meanwhile, Tehran and Damascus seem convinced that the current situation is serving their interests. One of these interests is Syria’s control over Lebanon, which is expected to be reinforced through the coming package-deal with the United States on the Lebanese political situation. Syria can no longer enforce solutions on all Lebanese protagonists as it previously did during Presidency of Elias Hrawi and Emile Lahoud’s from 1995 to 2004 — both in violation of the Lebanese constitution. However, Syria still enjoys enough leverage to have a veto power on any decision concerning Lebanon. The Syrian Recipe for Influence A deeper analysis of the Lebanese reality proves that the pro- versus anti-Syria categorization is overstated. A deeper analysis of the Lebanese reality, nevertheless, proves that the pro- versus anti-Syria categorization is overstated. The assumption that Syria’s recipe for influence lies in the March 8 group, and specificallyý in Hezbollah’s popularity and loyalty to Asad, lacks accuracy. The Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) — the major Maronite party today — cannot be considered pro-Syrian as it capitalizes on its 15-year-struggle against Syrian “occupation†of Lebanon. Yet, Syria is benefiting from the divide between FPM’s popular Maronite figure Michel Aoun and the prominent figures of the March 14 parliamentary majority — Saad Hariri and Walid Jounblatt. Thus, it is the power-balancing game that is serving the Syrian interests. And with Aoun remaining steadfast in his position, the opposition has succeeded in ending all efforts for advancement in deadlock. The current stalemate has proven immune to middle grounds and efforts for mediations from the Arab and European powers keen to maintain a calm Lebanese front. The only acceptable outcome seems to be one that would constitute a substantial gain for one of the two sides. This was behind the failure of the Annapolis conference. The bland decisions only kept the points of contention under control, allowing for the possibility of agreement on a neutral outcome in the Lebanese presidential crisis. In case such an agreement takes place, neither Syria, nor the United States could claim victory or defeat. As a result, the regional dynamics translated into a sudden quiet on the Lebanese political arena. After the failure of all efforts, mechanisms, initiatives and interventions, an overnight change was witnessed by the political circles. As head of the only national institution that enjoys unanimous support among all Lebanese parties and sectarian circles, the election of the army chief General Michel Suleiman has enjoyed the biggest political support since the beginning of this crisis. More important, General Suleiman enjoys a clean record of relations with both camps. Lebanon’s political institutions are fragmented. The government is only recognized by the powers that currently hold a share in it. There is a general lack of trust among the majority and oppositional powers, which poses procedural difficulties for agreement. Nonetheless, overcoming this issue only seems to be a matter of time. The approval of General Suleiman’s candidacy is not enough as it does not fully address the question of who controls what and how. Regionally speaking, the arrival of the Army Chief to the presidency is a reflection of a twofold reality. The first is the tenuously slow pace of developments and evolution along the lines of the current major issues preoccupying the Middle East, the most relevant being the Iraqi condition, the israeli-Palestinian negotiation track, the Palestinian-Palestinian schism and potential conflict, the Iranian nuclear threat and, last but not least, the Syrian-Arab relations. The second, which is actually a result of the firs, is a tacit agreement by the confronting regional axes to delay any possible clashes as a least common denominator status quo. Seeing this ongoing deadlock, Lebanon will be held hostage of this uncertainty as the most honest embodiment of what is currently happening in the whole of the Middle East. There seems to be no apparent intention by the regional powers of taking the conflict level up one notch, leaving the crisis at a political tag. However, the situation could slide into numerous possible scenarios of violence viewing the incremental increase in division and tension. Potential outcomes depend on regional developments. In turn, regional developments are obviously unsubstantial and the current issues at stake are definitely unresolved. To this end, the only achievable solution has been proven to be a concession agreement by both fronts in Lebanon; a president who belongs to neither side. The central obstacle however, is neither domestic, nor regional. It is the fact that a concession agreement in the domestic logic collides with the regional confrontational logic. The problem remains: what deal would satisfy the Syrian quest for control in Lebanon while saving face for the Bush administration? Accordingly, the unanimous approval on General Michel Suleiman’s candidacy is not enough as it does not fully address the question of who controls what and how. Any concessional progress is either far-fetched or advancing at an extremely slow pace. In light of this impasse, Lebanon stands at a stalemate. Until further notice, Lebanon will be kept at a freeze until deemed otherwise.
  18. Islamic Phrases And Sayings

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  19. Abu Bakrah, may Allah be pleased with him, said: We were in the company of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) when he observed: Should I not inform you about the most grievous of the major sins? (The Holy Prophet) repeated it three times, and then said: Associating anyone with Allah, disobedience to parents, false testimony or false utterance. The Holy Prophet was reclining, then he sat up, and he repeated it so many times that we wished that he should become silent. (Muslim) you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_hadith.al-Islam(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/Bayan/Display.a...g=eng&ID=50 Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated: Regarding the major sins, the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) observed: Associating anything with Allah, disobedience to parents, killing a person and false utterance. (Muslim) you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_hadith.al-Islam(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/Bayan/Display.a...g=eng&ID=51 Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) observed: Avoid the seven most grievous sins. (The hearers) asked: What are they, Allah's Messenger? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Associating anything with Allah, magic, killing of one whom Allah has declared inviolate without a just cause, devouring the property of an orphan, dealing in usury, fleeing on the day of fighting, and calumniating the chaste, innocent, believing women. (Muslim) you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_hadith.al-Islam(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/Bayan/Display.a...g=eng&ID=52 `Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As, may Allah be pleased with them, reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) observed: Abusing one's parents is one of the major sins. They (the hearers) asked: Messenger of Allah, does a man abuse his parents? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Yes, one abuses the father of another man, who in turn abuses his father. One abuses his mother and he in turn abuses his (the former's) mother. (Muslim) you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_hadith.al-Islam(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/Bayan/Display.a...g=eng&ID=53
  20. Major Sins And The Gravest Among These

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