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Muhammad Ali can barely speak or leave home, brother says

Heavyweight boxing legend, 72, too ill to attend premiere of new documentary about his life

56da5458-0449-42a1-bf82-bb8b362bd006-460x276Muhammad Ali in 2005. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters


By: Rory Carroll

Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s disease has advanced to the point he can barely speak or leave his Arizona home, according to a member of his family.

According to his younger brother, Rahman Ali, the 72-year-old former heavyweight world champion was too incapacitated to attend this week’s Hollywood premiere of a documentary about his life, I Am Ali.

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Scotland stays in UK, but Britain faces change

British Prime Minister David Cameron and many of Salmond’s SNP colleagues, though, were against the idea. Scots, Cameron said at the time, would be faced with “what I’ve always wanted, which is one single question. Not two questions, not devo-max, not different options; a very simple, single question.”

refer19092014Pro-Union supporters celebrate as Scottish referendum polling results are announced at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.- AFP


Edinburgh, London: When 3.6 million Scots voted on Thursday on whether to leave or stay within the United Kingdom, they were answering one simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country?

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Map by The New York Times

Through Thick and Thin


By: Maryam Amirebrahimi


Every person has a different marriage experience and sometimes, it may turn sour. When words of divorce are spoken, it can often lead to incredibly painful emotions. In this narrative, a woman describes the way she grappled with her emotions through patience and prayer, and what she realized about her husband, and her marriage, in the end.

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Ten-Point Plan For What To Do On The Night Of Power


Photo of a ray-less Sunrise, a sign of Laylat’l-Qadr the night before


We prepare ourselves so well for Laylat’l-Qadr in terms of what it means to us andwhen it will be, but when we get there many of us don’t know what to actually do on the night itself and achieve the success being offered!

So, we came up with a plan as gleaned from the actions of the blessed early generations:

1. Prepare a list before the evening starts listing all of the specific du‘ās you want to make. This is not necessarily a Sunnah of course – this is only because the Muslims of our generation are not so great at ritual worship and making long, detailed meaningful du‘ās by ourselves; thus we need help, direction and structure.

2. Pray ‘Ishā in Jamā‘ah – that’s half the night in prayer achieved as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Muslim, and that’s a portion of Laylat’l-Qadr achieved as stated by some of the Salaf like Ibn al-Musayyib and al-Shāfi‘ī.

3. Pray with the Imām, don’t leave him after 4 rak‘ah or 8 rak‘ah or whatever. Finish the Tarāwīḥ prayer with him and the Witr prayer as well, even if he prays it early in the night. You have now achieved the reward of praying the full night, which if it is Laylat’l-Qadr, then you’ve in sha Allah achieved the full reward of standingthe night of Laylat’l-Qadr as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

4. Avoid setting up two night prayers, calling them Tarāwīḥ and Tahajjud.Either elongate one of them to last longer in the night, or just pray one of them completely with the Imam with Witr. This is the Sunnah of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Ramaḍān: a single congregational prayer, not two separate ones, is the action of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

5. Make a HUGE amount of du‘ā during ALL the rest of the time available before Fajr starts.

6. If you feel the need to take little breaks in the night, only do the following in them:

a) Give plenty of Ṣadaqah, carefully and judiciously, to the highest-returning projects as possible, across as many fields and initiatives as possible, as varied as possible, as much as possible. Take advantage of the hugely multiplied rewards on offer. You can plan this in advance online to save time browsing on the night itself.

b) Read or reflect on something beneficial about Allah or read the Qur’ān itself. Focus on His Mercy. And then call upon that Mercy later in your du‘ā.

c) Keep your tongue busy with dhikr. Don’t waste a single second talking, watching or listening to anything from the dunya if possible. It’s just not worth it. It can wait one night.

7. If you want to bank on just one du‘ā to really focus on during this night then choose the best Prophetic one of:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allāhumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuḥibbul ‘afwa, fa‘fu ‘annī

(O Allah, indeed you are the One who pardons, indeed you love to pardon. So please pardon me.)

8. Reduce the amount of food and time you will spend on eating Suḥūr so that you can spend more time making du‘ā. This night is about standing in prayer, yes, but if you’ve done the above, then that standing is sufficient. Now make the night allabout du‘ā.

9. Pray the Fajr prayer in Jamā‘ah with the Imām. You have just achieved standing the entire night in prayer as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in al-Bukhāri. So that’s all of Laylat’l-Qadr in standing achieved if it was indeed that night. Doing this is like a double guarantee for the night

10. Finally, after your dhikr until Sunrise and your Shurūq prayer, get to sleep quickly so as to not to sleep too much during the day because there’s more ‘ibādah to be done on the 27th day too, to complete a successful night of al-Qadr as per the actions of the Salaf.

Bad habits do not leave us unless we make an effort to leave them.

gb copy Bad habits do not leave us unless we make an effort to leave them.
es copy Los malos hábitos no nos dejan a menos que hagamos un esfuerzo para salir de ellas.
nl copy Slechte gewoonten laat ons niet, tenzij we een poging doen om ze te laten.
fr copy Les mauvaises habitudes ne nous laissent pas moins que nous nous efforçons de les quitter.
de copy Schlechte Gewohnheiten lassen uns nicht, wenn wir nicht eine Anstrengung, sie zu verlassen.
CN67867 Huài xíguàn bùyào líkāi wǒmen, chúfēi wǒmen zìjǐ nǔlì gěi tāmen liú xià.
Sweden Dåliga vanor inte lämna oss om vi gör en insats för att lämna dem.
rus7897 Vrednyye privychki ne ostavlyayut nas , yesli my ne prilozhit’ usiliya, chtoby ostavit’ ikh.
4523turkey Biz onları bırakmak için çaba sürece kötü alışkanlıklar bizi bırakmayın.
images Le cattive abitudini non ci lasciano meno che non facciamo uno sforzo per lasciare loro.
indonesiaID Kebiasaan buruk tidak meninggalkan kita kecuali kita berusaha untuk meninggalkan mereka.

Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story. That’s the end of their part in your story.

gb copy Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story. That’s the end of their part in your story.
es copy Algunas personas van a salir, pero eso no es el final de tu historia. Ese es el final de su parte en su historia.
nl copy Sommige mensen gaan om te vertrekken, maar dat is niet het einde van uw verhaal. Dat is het einde van hun aandeel in jouw verhaal.
fr copy Certaines personnes vont partir, mais ce n’est pas la fin de votre histoire. C’est la fin de leur partie de votre histoire.
de copy Einige Menschen gehen zu lassen, aber das ist nicht das Ende der Geschichte. Das ist das Ende ihrer Rolle in Ihrer Geschichte.
CN67867 Yǒuxiē rén yào líkāi, dànshì zhè bùshì nǐ de gùshì de jiéwěi. Zhè shì tāmen zài nǐ de gùshì bùfèn de jiéshù.
Sweden Vissa människor kommer att lämna, men det är inte slutet av din historia. Det är i slutet av sin del i din berättelse.
rus7897 Nekotoryye lyudi sobirayutsya ukhodit’, no eto ne konets vashey istorii. Vot i konets ikh chasti v vashey istorii.
4523turkey Bazı insanlar terk edecek, ama bu hikayenin sonu değil. Bu hikaye onların parçası sonu.
images Alcune persone stanno andando a lasciare, ma non è la fine della vostra storia. Questa è la fine della loro parte nella vostra storia.
indonesiaID Beberapa orang akan meninggalkan, tapi itu bukan akhir dari cerita Anda. Itulah akhir dari bagian mereka dalam cerita Anda.