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The marvel of Islamic geometric design

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Source: theguardian.com

By: Alex Bellos

To paraphrase Monty Python, what has Islam ever done for us? You know, apart from the algebra, the trigonometry, the optics, the astronomy and the many other scientific advances and inventions of the Islamic Golden Age.

Well, if you like art and interiors, there’s always the stunning patterns that grace mosques, madrasas and palaces around the world.

Islamic craftsmen and artists – who were prohibited from making representations of people in holy sites – developed an instantly recognizable aesthetic based on repeated geometrical shapes.

The mathematical elegance of these designs is that no matter how elaborate they are, they are always based on grids constructed using only a ruler and a pair of compasses.

Islamic design is based on Greek geometry, which teaches us that starting with very basic assumptions, we can build up a remarkable number of proofs about shapes. Islamic patterns provide a visual confirmation of the complexity that can be achieved with such simple tools.

Dust off your old geometry set, and let’s see how.

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BUILDING STRONG FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS DESPITE THE CULTURE GAP – ART OF CONNECTION WITH BELAL KHAN

Source: muslimmatters.org

By: Belal Khan

To understanding culture properly, see it as a combination of what we deem important coupled with how we implement it.

For example, respect to parents is something that’s seen as important in both cultures. But, the way that respect is applied is different.

In American society, you’re develop bonds of friendship with respect. However, overseas respect comes with treating them with authority, almost like a formal relationship. But, that won’t necessarily breed respect in an American setting.

So, how do we bridge the cultural gap between parents and kids, especially when they grew up in two different worlds?

Looking back at my childhood, I’m greatful for the fact that I have a close relationship with my parents. I believe the age difference between my parents and I had something to do with it, considering that most of my friends’ parents were much older.

A lot of my friends also lacked the experience of being told stories about their childhood, their families, and their siblings.

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UNDERSTAND YOUR IDENTITY AND GAIN SELF CONFIDENCE: ART OF CONNECTION WITH BELAL KHAN (VIDEO)

Source: muslimmatters.org

By: Belal Khan

John Hopkins basketball coach was quoted saying,

“People often fail because they give up what they want most for what they want now.”

The challenge that a lot of us have, especially growing up in the US and the times we live in today where there’s a lot of connection and communication, is answer the question, “What’s the identity that we want to adapt?”

Knowing the answer will lead to self confidence needed to stand for something.

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Let’s Convey Through Writing But Begin With Reading

Source: blog.islamiconlineuniversity.com

By: Nisaar Nadiadwala

Four of my books are duly edited and two of them are already published. These four copies have undergone a thorough linguistic screening process and each para had a grave grammatical mistake. My English teacher would have caned me for such mistakes but my readers pardon me because of the value that my provides them. I still remember meeting a prominent publisher who told me that even bestselling authors have to get their content corrected from other linguistic experts because sculptors of thoughts may not be technicians of grammar.

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There are no mistakes, when you treat everything as a lesson in becoming wiser at the art of living.

gb copy There are no mistakes, when you treat everything as a lesson in becoming wiser at the art of living.
es copy No hay errores, cuando usted trata todo como una lección en ser más sabio en el arte de vivir.
nl copy Er zijn geen fouten, als je alles te behandelen als een les in steeds wijzer op de kunst van het leven.
fr copy Il n’ya pas d’erreurs, quand vous traitez tout comme une leçon de devenir plus sage à l’art de vivre.
de copy Es gibt keine Fehler, wenn Sie sich als Lektion in klüger bei der Kunst des Lebens zu behandeln alles.
CN67867 Méiyǒu cuòwù, dāng nǐ bǎ yīqiè dōu zài biàn de gèng cōngmíng zài shēnghuó de yìshù kè.
Sweden Det finns inga misstag, när du behandlar allt som en lektion i att bli klokare på konsten att leva.
rus7897 Там нет ошибок, когда вы ко всему как урок в становлении мудрее в искусстве жизни.
4523turkey Eğer yaşam sanatı akıllıca olmak bir ders olarak her şeyi tedavi sırasında herhangi bir hata vardır.
images Non ci sono errori, quando si trattano tutto come una lezione a diventare più saggio l’arte di vivere.
indonesiaID Tidak ada kesalahan, ketika Anda memperlakukan segala sesuatu sebagai pelajaran untuk menjadi lebih bijaksana pada seni hidup.

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The Art of Advice

As humans, it’s natural for us to make mistakes, but as Muslims we should be able to give advice to our brothers and sisters who slip up, and also we must learn to accept advice from them when we are the ones who slip up. As Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (r) said “There is no goodness in people who don’t give advice, and there is no goodness in people who don’t like to be advised.” So Naseeha (advice) plays a big role in making this ummah stronger , if done correctly.

From what I have observed, Muslims nowadays are facing problems with the way they advise others and with the way they receive the advice themselves.

Giving Advice

Sincerity– Having the right intention is the most important thing. Your sole purpose of giving advice should be to please Allah and not to embarrass the person or show them that you are a better Muslim.

The right attitude – You should use kind words and avoid being rude, in other words, always be humble  .The person you are advising should not feel as if you are judging them. The main reason as to why most Muslims or people in general reject advice is because of the language used and the way it is put forth.

Secrecy – If you were to advice someone in public, it would mean exposing their faults to everyone, this sort of embarrassment is something that nobody would like to experience, so as Muslims we have to make sure that we advise our brothers and sisters in private. You can either have a private conversation with them or if you don’t know them personally an email would be a nice idea.

Don’t get angry – If the person responds in a bad way or rejects your advice, don’t get angry and just let it go, you have done your part as a Muslim brother/sister and it is up to them if they want to act upon your advice. Getting angry would contradict the whole point of giving advice.

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