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  1. Istanbul

    Aya Sofya (church converted to Masjid, now museum) (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img110.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00024tw.jpg"][/url] Blue Masjid (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00013ur.jpg"][/url](www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00221ds.jpg"][/url](www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00236rn.jpg"][/url] (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00249og.jpg"][/url](www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00474kl.jpg"][/url](www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00522gp.jpg"][/url] (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00531ga.jpg"][/url] View of Aya Sofya from Blue Masjid (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img181.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg00579vc.jpg"][/url]
  2. salam, it's also worth hearing why some people think it's fine. see below, taken from (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_qa.sunnipath(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=140&CATE=24"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_qa.sunnipath(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/issue_view.asp?HD=...140&CATE=24[/url].
  3. Muslim Youth Helpline

    Salam, Might be a useful option for people. Wassalam.
  4. Almaghrib

    as-salamu 'alaykum, I attended their opening course in the UK, and it was very good, masha'Allah. Recommended. was-salam.
  5. as-salamu 'alaykum, This is a super course. Strongly recommended. was-salam.
  6. Salam, Have your parents met the brother? If not, could a meeting be arranged? If they see he's a decent person, that'd help. Do you also have a relative or family friend that your parents respect that can argue your corner for you? Wassalam.
  7. Salam, Two brothers I know who went with them for Hajj recommended (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 yetal-hidaayah.travel/"]Al-Hidaayah[/url]. I think they are expensive though, possibly because they provide accommodation very close to the Jamarat in Mina (the European tents are normally far away I hear). They don't include Qurbani, but then I suspect most Hajj operators don't because I believe some people are exempt from offering Qurbani. Hopefully someone else will clarify. Wassalam.
  8. Islam In England,

    Salam, I don't think threats or punishments would work - at least I wouldn't respond well to that. Are you close to your sister? How about spending more time with her (maybe via a hobby or interest), getting closer to her, and then explaining to her nicely why boy-girl interaction is frowned upon in Islam. And then say you're just concerned for her - you're advising her because you care. It's said that one of the reasons people look for pre-marital relationships (not that your sister has done that - we don't know that from what you said) is because they're not getting the emotional support at home. It could be a case of that as you mentioned you guys only see your father for part of the year. Allahu 'Alam, but maybe it'd help if you were to compensate for that by being a bit of a father-figure for her. You mentioned there aren't many Muslims near you, but it'd help if your sister had Muslim friends. (Is there a masjid in the area where she could meet other sisters?) Obviously it's harder to be Muslim if everyone around you isn't, and are doing things that aren't Islamic. Wassalam.
  9. Salam, Different brothers I know who went with (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 yetdometours(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]Dome Tours[/url] last year, and the year before, all recommended them. (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 yetebrahimcollege(contact admin if its a beneficial link).uk/"]Ebrahim College[/url] also recommend them (I believe they went with them for their (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 yetmakkatwinpeaks(contact admin if its a beneficial link).uk/index.php"]Twin Peaks Challenge[/url]). Make du'a for us! Wassalam.
  10. Down Memory Well

    (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 yetcageprisoners(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/articles.php?id=21859"]Down Memory Well[/url] Babar Ahmad Last night I lay awake unable to sleep, As I let my soul wander too deep. My heart was in doubt about Your Promise, No-one could give me solace. My soul left my body and my body left my cell, As I pulled up my pail from Memory Well. I journeyed back to the time of my birth, Not knowing then what it was worth. What I discovered was a chest of treasure, As I realised You had blessed me without measure. I remembered all the good You had done for me, In all my years when my body was free. I was hungry and You fed me, I was bare and You clothed me. I was alone and You gave me company, By blessing me with friends and family. When I was sick You cured me. When I was hurt You healed me. When I was sad You cheered me up. When I was broken You fixed me up. I veered off the path but You brought me back. I lost my footing but You set me on track. I went astray but You gave me direction. I felt afraid but You gave me protection. When the pack of beasts savaged me that day, And the racist devils mocked how I pray, I asked You for death but You gave me life. I asked it to end but You gave me respite. As I lay in pain in the cell that December, You sent me a gift I will always remember. A dream unlike I had ever seen before. A vision that made my spirit soar. What I saw that winter’s night, Turned my darkness into light. Even as I bled to the bone, I knew then that I was not alone. You set me free so my body could heal, And my heart and soul could recover their zeal. You were preparing me for what lay ahead: A path of peril, fear and dread. Once again You blessed me with captivity, And made me into someone I never dreamed to be. O Allah! I never sought all this attention, That I got because of my detention. The more they defamed me the more You honoured me. The more they detained me the more the blind could see. The harder it got the more You helped me. The darker it got the more You enlightened me. As I then gazed at my memories in the pail, I began to see beyond the veil. I truly was an ungrateful servant, Whose woes appeared ever so fervent. As my feelings of sorrow turned into shame, I realised I had only myself to blame. How dare I moan about my pain, When others far worse did not complain? My throbs of doubt transformed into certainty, As I fell asleep with my soul in serenity. I had quenched my thirst from Memory Well, And pulled myself out from my own hell. O Allah, forgive me for my ingratitude! O Allah, ignore my shameful attitude! You were always there when I wanted You to be, And I know now that You will never abandon me. Babar Ahmad MX5383, HMP Manchester September 2007, Ramadan 1428
  11. Down Memory Well

    Salam, This poem is from (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 yetcageprisoners(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/articles.php?id=21859"]here[/url]. For more about Babar, visit (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 yetfreebabarahmad(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetfreebabarahmad(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url] Please make du'a for him. May Allah free Babar, and give him ease after this difficulty, and grant beautiful patience to him and his family, and make his imprisonment a means to raise his rank in the Hereafter. And also for others in his situation. Wasslaam.
  12. Unislamic Desires

    Salam, All guys don't do this, and I don't think it'd be 'normal' in a healthy relationship, so you're not overreacting in my opinion. What's concerning is, from what you said, he doesn't seem to intend on changing - would you really want to marry such a person? Wassalam.
  13. My Princess

    Salam, Congrats bro, and amin to the du'as! Hope everyone's in good health iA. Wassalam.
  14. Love Of Allah

    Salam, There's a short book on this topic (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 yettasawwuf(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/writings/love_allah/love_full.pdf"]here[/url]. Wassalam.
  15. Counselling Room

    Salam, Would it be a good idea to pin a notice in the Counselling Room about this UK charity? Might be useful for people. They provide phone, Internet, and email counselling. Wassalam. -- (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 yetmyh(contact admin if its a beneficial link).uk/"]Muslim Youth Helpline[/url] Phone - 0808 808 2008 Internet (MSN Messenger-style) - Click the 'need help?' icon at the bottom-right of (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 yetmyh(contact admin if its a beneficial link).uk/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetmyh(contact admin if its a beneficial link).uk/[/url] Email - help[at]myh(contact admin if its a beneficial link).uk
  16. Dealing With A Past Sin..

    Salam, I don't think you have to disclose your past. I can't find an exact match to your situation, but from the second link below, Sh Ahmad Kutty says: Links: (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 yetislamonline(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503547886"]Must a Wife Tell Her Husband Her Bad Deeds?[/url] (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 yetislamonline(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503546714"]A New Convert: Shall I Expose My Past to My Spouse?[/url] (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 yetislamonline(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Cyber_Counselor/CyberCounselingE/CyberCounselingE&cid=1120469514737"]Five Weeks of Fornication... Now Married - contribution[/url] You can imagine that disclosing your past would give Shaytan ammunition to cause problems in a marriage. It could easily be brought up in an argument for example. Ignorance is bliss in this respect. Also, it might be idealistic, but some would argue that a person should be married according what they are in the 'here and now', not according to their past. Some other related info (from the 3rd link above): Please also read about the Sinner/Repenter from Bani Israil (also from the 3rd link): May Allah grant you the best in this life and the Hereafter.
  17. The Kite Runner

    Salam, ^^If I remember right, it has some Taliban 'bashing'. But the book's not really about that - it's more about the story. Wassalam.
  18. Turkey

    Salam, Sorry - I guess what I meant is Istanbul is tidier. Wassalam.
  19. Turkey

    Oh, don't let me put you off - I'd still recommend it and really enjoyed it, and want to go back iA. It's just worth mentioning that it's not as 'crisp' as Istanbul.
  20. Turkey

    There are some (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 yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/index.php?showtopic=36024"]Marrakech pics[/url] on the forum too. It's also a nice place, but arguably not quite in Istanbul's league. One thing you'd notice about Marrakech is that it has some very... strong smells because of the tanning of leather they have going on. (Sorry - bit off-topic there).
  21. Turkey

    Peace, Istanbul is a bit of a postcard city - most of your pictures will come out fantastic there because of the bright blue skies and amazing architecture. (Actually, there's some pictures in the IF Gallery (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 yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/index.php?showtopic=16717"]here[/url]). About the call to prayer: the words are different at dawn. See (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 yetislamonline(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/english/introducingislam/Worship/Prayers/article03.shtml"]below[/url]: I think the adhan at Dawn is wonderful to respond to (one of the great things about Istanbul) - it's only tough if you try to fight it. It's apt that the person who hears the adhan says after As-Salatu khairun min an-naum ("Prayer is better than sleep") words like Sadaqta wa bararta ("You have uttered the truth and counselled right"). I think they don't mind non-Muslims visiting the Masjids in Istanbul, which is what I saw. That's cool because in Marrakech for example, I don't think they don't let them in. Bit of a shame and a missed opportunity there..
  22. The Kite Runner

    Salam, He's got a new one out called (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 yetamazon.co.uk/Thousand-Splendid-Suns-Khaled-Hosseini/dp/0747582793/ref=pd_bbs_1/203-0771419-6445539?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187971669&sr=8-1"]A Thousand Splendid Suns[/url]. Wassalam.
  23. Arabic Weekend: Ibn Jabal Fasttrack

    Salam, I would highly recommend this. It's an intro to their Level 1 course. If you visit (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 yetibnjabal(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetibnjabal(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url] and look at the different levels of classes they provide, you'll see it goes something like: Level 1: Grammar Level 2: Applied Arabic - Fables, Short Stories, Poems Level 3: Shari'ah (mostly Arabic) Level 4: Fiqh (entirely Arabic) So this course is a stepping-stone to the juicy stuff. The notes they'll provide iA are superb btw. Wassalam.
  24. Prostitution In Iraq

    Salam, Sadly, this affects Iraqi refugees too: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2701324.ece"]'50,000 Iraqi refugees' forced into prostitution[/url] Ameen to the du'a. Wassalam.
  25. Babar Ahmad Journal: 3 Years In Captivity

    Salam, Jazak'Allahu khayr. May Allah free Babar, as He freed Yusuf and Yunus, 'alay-hima as-salam. Wassalam.
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