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FINDING LOVE IN RAMADAN, PART 2

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By: Ustadh Yahya Ibrahim

Source: http://muslimmatters.org/

Five steps to Finding Love in Ramadan

These five steps are all statements made by the messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). Equally, they are typified in conduct by all those who were sent by Allah to lead humanity from darkness into light.

Prophet Yusuf 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) life story, in particular, is highlighted by imam Ibnul Jawzi in Bustan al-Wa’idhin wa Riyad as-Sami’in, as typifying the spirit of the month of Ramadan. Just like Prophet Yusuf 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) was the most beloved of the twelve sons to Ya’qub 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), Ramadan is likewise the most beloved month to Allah from the twelve months.

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CONSUMPTION-CONSCIOUSNESS IN RAMADAN

By: Meena Malik

Source: http://muslimmatters.org/

A couple nights ago, we broke one of our family Ramadan rules of “no fried food” and my mom went all out and cooked a bunch of deep-fried traditional Pakistani food.  It tasted amazing and hit the spot, but we paid for it and all felt lousy when we woke up for suhoor the next morning.

By no means am I a health-nut, but during this month I find a new level of painstaking awareness of what I am eating and other habits that contribute to my general well-being.  The gray areas of my eating habits before become a lot more black and white during Ramadan, like avoiding fried food, for instance.

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FINDING LOVE IN RAMADAN, PART 1

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By: Ustadh Yahya Ibrahim

Source: http://muslimmatters.org/

Hate is Blind

Hate is just as blind as love, if not more. Many of us, at one point or another, have disliked another human being to a sinful degree. Our heart, normally soft and forbearing, constricts in rancor against them. Naturally, there are usually justifications for our hatefulness, and in reality the reasons probably warrant some level of aversion.

Often I am asked to sit in mediation between estranged couples, emotionally charged fathers and sons, feuding relatives, distrustful neighbors or disputing former business partners. On one such occasion a seemingly outwardly devout gentleman leaned over and said, “Shaykh, if I die before you, please lead my janāzah and make sincere du’ā’ for me. Also I give this as a wasiyya, if Omar (the man he is in dispute with) comes to pray at my funeral, I want you to kick him out of the masjid and tell him that I do not need his prayers.”

The seed of hate begins to sprout in the depth of the heart and, without intervention, the seed takes root and rises out of the heart into a thicket of anger, mistrust, gossip, fear, separation and condescension.

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Gaza: why Israel is losing the social media war


By: Paul Mason

Sourcehttp://blogs.channel4.com/

When Shujaiya was attacked by the Israeli Defence Force, killing dozens of civilians, the first I heard about it was via Twitter, early Sunday morning.

An activist on the ground I follow tweeted: “people running out of Shujaiya, bodies lying on ground”.

Soon after, Mohammed Omer an award-winning Palestinian journalist who tweets as @Mogaza – reported:

“Israel refuse allowing ambulance crew to get into Shejaia now! scores of dead bodies in all streets now!

Not long after that, numerous western TV journalists stationed alongside Palestinian ambulance crews, including my colleague, Jonathan Miller, reported the same things. There was immediacy, corroboration and – with pictures – evidence.

Now compare that to the Israeli Defence Force Twitter feed, @IDFSpokesperson, as news emerged of the massive bombardment and civilian deaths. These are the first three tweets:

Nothing in those three tweets constitutes either a defence of, or explanation for, the killing of tens of non-combatants. But in the space between them, anybody following the Gaza conflict from both sides would have seen tens of independently shot images and accounts of civilian death and the destruction of housing and civilian infrastructure.

The incident shows who is winning the social media war over Gaza. It is evidence of a massive change in the balance of power between social media and the old, hierarchical media channels we used to rely on to understand wars.

Specifically social media has the power to do three things: first, to show people reality or a version of it independent of what TV networks show. Second, and I think just as important, journalists on the ground are using social media to report, necessarily short-circuiting the normal editorial processes that used to filter what they said. Third, to get into your real life consciousness much more powerfully than the old media.

Let’s work through each of these new powers and understand their impact. In a society where the media is supposed to observe balance and impartiality, getting real-time access to corroborated facts independently of TV stations is not so revolutionary.

But modern-day America is not one of those countries. Its media is traditionally heavily skewed towards the pro-Israeli view. My colleague, Matt Frei, tweeted that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interview with Netanyahu was less a grilling more “a warm bath and a back rub”. Others used more profane metaphors.

But now, for the first time in a major Arab-Israeli conflict, the American public has other sources of reality. All research says that young people everywhere regard Twitter as essentially a news service, and via your social network you can easily get served up words and pictures more impactful than anything on TV. By the time many Americans woke up on Sunday, these pictures were of dead Palestinian children.

Netanyahu complained the Hamas strategy was to provide “telegenically dead” people: but where Israel is losing the hearts and minds of the world is not via “tele” anything: it is in the JPEGs that stream into millions of people’s mobile phones every time they glance at the object in the palm of their hand.

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Abdul Nasir Jangda: The Night of Power, Better than 1,000 Months (Video)

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Nouman Ali Khan: Fasting Without Taqwa? (Video)

info-pictogram1 Taqwa is an Arabic word which is explained as a shield against wrongdoing and further expounded as to be “conscious of Allah” or to have “fear of Allah” or to be “cautiously aware of Allah”.

The origin of the word Taqwa is from the Arabic root letters wa’ ka’ ya (meaning shield) and its verb is from the word “Ittaki”. Ittakimeans to be careful or to be protected or to be cautious. Taqwa is an internal compass on the path that leads towards Allah. The broader meaning and character of Taqwa is to develop one’s behavior, so as to be cautiously aware in the worship of Allah and attain nearness to Him and in so doing, perfect oneself.

This consciousness and fear of Allah is understood as a protection and a shield against wrongdoing. The abstention of evil through this fear, consciousness and establishing a cautious awareness of Allah, ultimately develops one’s love of Him.
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Negativity becomes a habit, just the same as positivity, the difference is the amount of belief you hold in yourself.

gb copy Negativity becomes a habit, just the same as positivity, the difference is the amount of belief you hold in yourself.
es copy La negatividad se convierte en un hábito, lo mismo que la positividad, la diferencia es la cantidad de fe que tienes en ti mismo.
nl copy Negativiteit wordt een gewoonte, net als positiviteit, het verschil is de hoeveelheid geloof die je hebt in jezelf.
fr copy Négativité devient une habitude, la même chose que la positivité, la différence est le montant de la croyance que vous détenez en vous-même.
de copy Negativität wird eine Gewohnheit, genauso wie Positivität, der Unterschied ist die Menge an Glauben Sie an sich selbst zu halten.
CN67867 消极成为一种习惯,只是一样积极,所不同的是信仰你自己持有量。
Sweden Negativitet blir en vana, precis som positivitet, skillnaden mängden tro du håller i dig själv.
rus7897 Негатив становится привычкой, так же, как положительности, разница сумма веры вы держите в себе.