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  1. Fifa World Cup 2014

    World cup going on
  2. 2013-2014 Club Football Season

    1. UEFA Competitions (Europe)
  3. 2013-2014 Club Football Season

    Atletico Madrid and Liverpool surprising many of us. Can Chelsea stop them?
  4. 2013-2014 Club Football Season

    3 way title race this season in epl and la liga. Very exciting!
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  6. Spain's modern welcome for Sephardic Jews raises Islamic questions After banishing Spain's Jewish population in 1492 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand turned their attention to its Muslims. But how many left and how many stayed? The Alhambra in Grenada, Andalusia, was built by Moors beginning around AD889, who officially stayed in Spain for several centuries. Photograph: Shaun Egan/Getty Images Perched dramatically on a rocky mountain, the small city of Toledo overlooks a bend in the Tagus river. Within its maze of cobblestone streets are buildings that once housed Masjids, churches and synagogues, hinting at the varied cultures that once called this medieval city home. Earlier this month, about 50 miles away from Toledo, the Spanish government sought to strengthen its ties with one of these cultures, announcing plans to fast-track the naturalisation of Sephardic Jews, whose ancestors were expelled five centuries ago from Spain. The bill, said the Spanish government, would "correct a historical wrong". The legislation has yet to be approved by parliament, but already consulates in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem said they have been flooded with requests for information. Up to 3.5 million people around the world are thought to have Sephardic – Hebrew for "Spanish" – Jewish ancestry. Now the descendants of another group who figured prominently in Spain's colourful past – before also being expelled – say it's only fair that the same right of return be extended to them. Shortly after banishing the country's Jewish population, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand turned their attention to Spain's Muslims, forcing them to covert to Christianity or face expulsion. The Muslims who converted, known as Moriscos, often did so in name only, holding on tightly to their customs and traditions. In the early 1600s – nearly 120 years after Jews in Spain were told to leave – the Moriscos were also expelled. An estimated 275,000 people were forcibly resettled, the majority of them heading to Morocco, some to Algeria and Tunisia. A group representing Moriscos in Morocco recently sent a letter to Spain's King Juan Carlos asking the country to make the same conciliatory gesture to the descendants of Muslims. Speaking from Rabat, the president of L'Association pour la Mémoire des Andalous strongly criticised Spain's double standard in offering to naturalise the descendants of Jews ousted from Spain but not Muslims. The Spanish government "should grant the same rights to all those who were expelled", Najib Loubaris told news agency EFE. "Otherwise the decision is selective, not to mention racist." The Spanish government's offer to Sephardic Jews was "very positive", said Loubaris, in that it showed an acknowledgment of "guilt for the expulsion that the Spanish state committed against its own citizens". Loubaris estimated that 600 families in Morocco can trace their origins to Spain. Most no longer speak Castilian Spanish, he said, but their connection to Spain is evident in their music, architectural styles and gastronomy. In Spain, the Junta Islámica reinforced the vivid links between the expelled Muslims and Spain. To this day, across the country there are families "who can demonstrate their lineages, who can show that their relatives were expelled hundreds of years ago," said Muhammad Escudero Uribe. Whether it is citizenship for Muslims or Jewish descendants, he said, "the cause and historical background is the same. And for this we want this same right to be extended. From a legal standpoint, it's only just." His organisation has spent years lobbying the Spanish government to naturalise the descendants of Muslims. In 2006, a left-wing party in the autonomous region of Andalusia proposed a bill that would recognise the rights of Muslims who were expelled. The bill never made it to a vote. "It doesn't seem that the government shares our position," lamented Escudero Uribe. The push for citizenship rights is just one part of a larger campaign being waged to raise awareness of Islamic influence in Spain, said Antonio Manuel Rodríguez Ramos, a law professor at the University of Córdoba. "We're the only place in Europe that has estranged itself from its past," he said. The right of return for those with Spanish Muslim ancestry would be "symbolic rather than practical," he said. While Sephardic Jews may be able to provide proof of their lineage through their surnames, their language or through certification from the federation of Jewish communities in Spain, setting similar criteria for the descendants of Spanish Muslims would be nearly impossible. "But the gesture would go a long way in repairing centuries of forgetting." Since the Spanish government's announcement, columnists around the world have mused on what prompted Spain to reach out to Sephardic Jews. Michael Freund, writing in The Jerusalem Post, called the decision "decidedly ironic". He explained, "the expulsion happened in part because Spain wanted Jews' assets, and now they are welcoming Jews back for the same reason". Others, such as the Portuguese lawmaker who drafted a law similar to Spain's that will eventually allow Jews expelled from Portugal five centuries ago to return, insisted that the experiences of Muslims and Jews on the peninsula couldn't be compared. "Persecution of Jews was just that, while what happened with the Arabs was part of a conflict," José Ribeiro e Castro told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Antonio Manuel Rodríguez Ramos suggested another reason. The hundreds of thousands of Muslims who left in the early 1600s couldn't possibly have been the only Muslim descendants in the country, he insisted. "The majority of these people didn't leave when they were expelled," he argued. "They stayed and they created a culture that can be described as most authentic and most Hispanic." Extending the right of return to the descendants of Spanish Muslims would shine a spotlight on a truth that most in Spain would like to ignore, he argued. "The danger is that we will have to recognise that the majority of the Spanish population is of Muslim descent," said Rodríguez Ramos. "It's an effort to hide our history, to hide our memory." Muslim Influence in modern-day Spain: - The Moors introduced a variety of new crops to the Iberian peninsula including oranges, lemons, cotton and sugarcane. They also introduced rice, a key ingredient in paella, one of Spain's most well-known dishes. - Arabic had a profound influence on Spanish, with linguists arguing that thousands of words of Arabic origin are used today in Spain. Examples include alcalde (mayor) and alfombra (carpet). - The architectural influence of the Moors remains the most recognisable legacies in modern-day Spain, from the Mezquita de Córdoba to the Alhambra palace in Granada. Moorish architecture is defined by slender columns, horseshoe arches, serene courtyards and geometric patterns. - The tangled, narrow street plans seen in many southern Spanish towns date back to Moorish times. - The guitar, along with flamenco's signature cry of olé, are believed to be derived from early versions of the instruments brought by the Muslims to Spain. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/spain-sephardic-jews-Islam-muslim?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487
  7. Dreams - Need Someone Who Can Interpret Dreams?

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  8. Muslim American Woman Says Islam Changed Her Destiny SHIRAZ (Iran), Feb 24 (Bernama) -- An American woman, who converted to Islam 25 years ago, said on Sunday that her choice of Islam as her religion has changed her destiny, Iran's IRNA reported. Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of the 36th Nationwide Competitions on Recitation and Memorisation of the Holy Quran, Muri Haski, said her husband who is Iranian has encouraged her to study and make research on Islam. Haski said that she had converted to Islam after an in depth study of the religion. "I am proud of having a great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and of my religious book, the Holy Quran, which guides me throughout my life," she said. -- BERNAMA http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/wn/newsworld.php?id=1016988
  9. Brand Islam is fast becoming the new black in marketing terms We should be paying more attention to the 'third one billion' and the Islamic economic paradigm, argues Jonathan Wilson The Islamic economic force is about much more than 'meat and money'. Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian The ancient Muslim tradition of commerce along the silk roads and spice trade routes has been rebranded into a phenomenon I have termed "Brand Islam". Islamic marketing is a term that is only about five years old. This facelift has seen it flourish into a new marketing sub-discipline, of growing global interest in industry and among scholars. Previously, relevant issues would have been addressed under a banner of multicultural or ethnic marketing; but it's becoming clear that this approach doesn't reflect enough of the nuances associated with Muslim consumers and markets. Now, Islamic marketing seems ready to become another must-have in a growing portfolio of marketing degree and professional courses on your CV. The 2011 Census in the United Kingdom has the Muslim population at 2.7 million, which is 4.8% of the total population. Of those, around 100,000 are converts to Islam, about two thirds of whom are female. There were an estimated 5,200 conversions to Islam in 2011, making it the fastest growing religion in the UK. In 2010, Miles Young, Global CEO of Ogilvy, described Muslims as the "third one billion" in terms of market opportunity, and bigger news than the Indian and Chinese billions. One quarter of the world's population are Muslim, with well over half of Muslims today under the age of 25. If we look at Jim O'Neill's acronyms for the emerging economies to watch – in 2001 it was BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China); and more recently in 2013 MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey) – then it's clear that economies with large Muslim populations are growing in importance. muslim pop At the end of 2013, at the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), held for the first time outside of the Muslim world, in London, and at the first Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES), speakers stressed that Muslim majority and minority markets, while rooted in Islamic principles, transcend faith. PwC, Thomson Reuteurs and Dinar Standard used these conferences as platforms to share findings in their new reports. The global expenditure of Muslim consumers on halal food and lifestyle sectors is estimated at $2.3tr (£1.4tr); and Islamic financial assets are growing at 15-20% a year. We've moved beyond Theodore Levitt's 1983 Harvard Business Review classic on globalisation. Globalisation has not made us all the same – we are seeing evidence of duality rather than singularity. On one level there is a convergence, but we are also becoming more cultural as a mechanism of coping and maintaining a unique identity. This is more about having a cultural compass than a moral compass. An Islamic identity has risen as something that homogenises diverse audiences and governs key behavioural traits. Furthermore, as with other niche segments, there is evidence to show that there are patterns of higher consumption and greater loyalty, when aligned with Islam. Just as the Chinese have brought us new terms and concepts such as guanxi (social relations) and mianzi (maintaining one's face); and likewise the Japanese with kaizen (improvement and change for the best) and kanban (just-in-time production); the modern Muslim world has specific characteristics. While Sharia finance has been in pole position and halal has been the powerhouse driving the concept of an Islamic economic paradigm, this is about more than meat and money. Brand Islam is joining sectors together, including fashion, cosmetics, entertainment, tourism, education, pharma, professional services and others under one narrative. We are seeing Muslims searching for a way to reach out and harness spirituality in a post 9/11 era. This is perhaps analogous to a post African-American civil rights movement, where 'black' music, comedy, fashion, cosmetics, and sports now transcend race and ethnicity – minority is a mainstream cultural phenomenon. Author John Grant draws parallels with the Muslim world (which he calls the Interland) and the rise of Japanese brands, like Sony – which manifested a desire to change negative world perceptions towards Japan post occupation in 1945. An emerging contribution of Islamic marketing is the idea that professionalism cannot be judged by products and services alone. Islam exacts that individuals, in both their professional and private lives, stand beside their offerings and audiences – you practise what you preach. This is not unique to Islam or Muslims, but they are at the forefront of this wider agenda. Furthermore, having made all of these points, relatively speaking there is a paucity of data on what makes Muslims tick and how we should be advertising to them in a way that resonates. Dr Jonathan A.J. Wilson is senior lecturer in advertising and marketing communications, University of Greenwich http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/media-network-blog/2014/feb/18/islamic-economy-marketing-branding
  10. As-Salamu Alaykum (السلام عليكم)

    :wa: Welcome brother Hoopoe. I am glad that finally it has worked, and you are here...XD
  11. As-Salamu Alaykum

    :Wa: Welcome Atiq Aziz. Post more so that we can interact with you.
  12. Hi I Am New

    Welcome Ismail. Very good news and happy to have you here.
  13. Test 1

    :sl: Please keep on topic. Feel free to start a new, separate topic to discuss whatever you feel like discussing, but not here please. Going off-topic is a violation of IF rules, and is not fair to the topic starter. Thank you for helping us better organize IF. :b: Yes.
  14. Peace Upon U

    :wa: Welcome brother abdu. Enjoy your stay!
  15. My Name Is Sehar

    :wa: Welcome sister binte Iqbal. In sha Allah we can help you.
  16. Assalaamu Alaikum

    :wa: Welcome brother Abdullah. Enjoy your stay.
  17. Reclaiming Islam

    Recent media coverage focusing on the Syrian crisis has illustrated the rampant use of the term "Islamist." Many journalist and experts continue to freely use the term Islamist in describing the various factions and political proponents in the Muslim majority world. Historically, though inaccurately, the term "Islamist" has been associated with totalitarian, oppressive, and terrorist affiliations. This negative implication intrinsically vilifies Islam, portraying it as the enemy, therein creating the problem. There is a legitimate disconnect with the application of Islamist and the context in which the term is used. While there is no such word as "Islamist" in the Muslim vocabulary; this terminology has been used to build an obscure image of Islam. If we had to define Islamist, it would literally be: one who is motivated to pursue the Qur'anic view of humanity in all aspects of life; one who serves humanity first, prevents harm and protects society. For at its very core, Islam prescribes the principles of justice and equity for peace and human development for all of mankind. Not to mention the very root word of Islam itself is derived from the word peace. The Qur'anic worldview is one that inherently places peace at the very foundation of all human development activities, the backbone of Islam. Continuously placing Islam front and center of activities related to violence, extremism, or tyranny is grossly inaccurate. It actually relinquishes all personal responsibility and shifts blame on religion. This has created confusion and fear of the religion of Islam and its 1.6 billion followers based on misinformation, half-truths, and gross negligence. It speaks nothing of the millions and millions of Muslims, who follow Islam, strive to prosper with peace, justice and equity each and every day throughout the world. The misconceptions stem from trying to link independent political, violent or radical ideologies to religion. This thought process is not only false but it is impractical and counterproductive; for example when we identify radical factions as "Islamic radicals" or violent extremists as "violent Islamist extremists," we create misnomers, because radical, violent and extreme practices go against the very nature of Islam. For Islam promotes and teaches humans to practice balance in all aspects of life with moderation and without excess to acquire peace. As humans we are influenced by our culture and traditions; political, economic and psychological experiences not only shape our attitudes and behaviors but separate and divide us. Consequently our world views and religious views differ from place to place, era to era and cross cultures. Thereby continuing to irresponsibly link religion, in this case Islam, to violent and radical elements takes the world's focus away from understanding the overwhelming problems of both the Muslim world and the cause of its troubles. Not to mention, it provides an easy scapegoat for those looking to legitimize their illegitimate actions which are detrimental to humanity. The critics of Islam say that at best, not more than 1 percent of the world's Muslim population might be extreme, radical or violent. I say, that those in the media, experts and Muslims themselves must stop purporting religion as the reason for radical, extreme and oppressive actions and stop this 1 percent from using Islam in placing a distance between themselves and their evils. We must look deeper to examine the real cause of their actions when the insight to follow the very basic values of Islamic principles is absent from anyone labeled or claiming to be "Islamist." More so now than ever Muslims around the world must take a stand -- not defensive or offensive, but one to that leads to the path of education and awareness by becoming better acquainted with their Islamic values and heritage. We must first and foremost hold ourselves and others accountable. We must condemn the use of this terminology, whether it refers to groups in Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Africa, Asia or the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. Muslims need to reassert themselves, end this cycle of ignorance, spark the conversation -- or it will not be long before our faith is redefined to us by those with false authorities http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ghazala-salam/reclaiming-islam_b_4017719.html
  18. Richard Dawkins' latest anti-Muslim Twitter spat lays bare his hypocrisy The celebrity atheist's Twitter rant against journalist Mehdi Hasan shows he's a believer too – in his own mythology Richard Dawkins has accused Mehdi Hasan of not being a serious journalist for his belief that Islam's prophet Muhammad was carried to heaven on a winged horse. Photograph: Murdo Macleod Richard Dawkins and Twitter make one of the world's great pairings, like face and custard pie. But whereas more accomplished clowns ram custard pies into the faces of their enemies, Dawkins' technique is to ram his own face into the custard pie, repeatedly. I suppose it saves time and it's a lot of fun to watch. On Sunday afternoon he was at it again, wondering why the New Statesman employs an imaginative and believing Muslim: "Mehdi Hasan admits to believing Muhamed [sic] flew to heaven on a winged horse. And New Statesman sees fit to print him as a serious journalist." But this is only half the fun. The real comedy comes when he lifts his face from the pie, dripping scorn and custard, to glare at the audience who can't see how very rational he is. Because there are some people who don't understand that everything Dawkins says illuminates the beauty of reason. For instance, Tom Watson, the MP who pursued Murdoch, tweeted back almost at once: "You really are a gratuitously unpleasant man". To this Dawkins replied "Actually no. Just frank. You'd ridicule palpably absurd beliefs of any other kind. Why make an exception for religion?" "You are gratuitously unpleasant; I am just frank" comes straight out of the Yes Minister catechism of irregular verbs. But it gets better. Dawkins continues: "A believes in fairies. B believes in winged horses. Criticise A and you're rational. Criticise B and you're a bigoted racist Islamophobe." It is of course horribly unfair to call Dawkins a bigoted racist Islamophobe. Anyone who follows him knows he is an equal opportunities bigot who is opposed to Christians of every colour as well. But if you will tweet, as he has previously done, that "I have often said that Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today", then us inferior, less rational types can easily suppose that he means what he says, and that therefore he does think that Muslims, especially proselytising ones like Mehdi Hasan, are spreading evil and should not be employed by respectable magazines. Of course Dawkins would probably deny with complete sincerity that this is what he means – until the next time he says it. This doesn't make him unusually hypocritical. It just means that he thinks the same way as people who believe stories that are differently ridiculous to his – that the twelfth imam will return, or that Muhammad ascended to heaven on a winged horse. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/22/richard-dawkins-islamophobic#start-of-comments
  19. Did Anyone See That Article About...

    Could you link that article?
  20. As' Salam Wa' Alaikem!

    :wa: Welcome StillLearnin. Hopefully we can help you in your learning.
  21. Bro andalusi is a live encyclopedia of qur'an miracles. :m:
  22. Us Government Has Shut Down

    Very strange!
  23. Lahore: Eighteen members of a Hindu family in Khanpur area of Pakistan's central Punjab province have converted to Islam, local residents said on Wednesday. Seven men and 11 women of the family adopted Islam during a ceremony conducted on Tuesday evening by Mian Ghaus Mohammad, custodian of the Khwaja Ghulam Fareed shrine at Jhok Farid. They recited the Kalima Tayabba, the Islamic confession of faith, and converted to Islam, local residents were quoted as saying by state-run APP news agency. Samaram, the head of the family, chose Mohammad Sharif as his new name. Prominent people of the area were present on the occasion.
  24. Photography

    Great Photos!
  25. 2013-2014 Club Football Season

    A very bright start from Arsenal. Ozil playing so well.