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Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Masjid, Putrajaya in Malaysia

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info-pictogram1 When we know the status of something, it is easier to honor it. Unfortunately, Muslims today do not honor the mosques as they should be honored. We know that the masjid is the House of Allah, but we fail to internalize the nobility this title holds. When any object or person is connected to the Grand Name of Allah, it shows prestigious rank. For example, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) calls some of His exclusive slaves, “ebaadur-Rahman”, the slaves of the Most Merciful. By connecting them with His Name; Allah is honoring them. Similarly, the masajid are known as “Buyutullah”, the Houses of Allah. Of all the places on this earth, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) informed us that the mosques are the most beloved placed to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) . Think about it: Our Lord loves the masajid! Even the name holds great honor; “masjid” literally means “place of prostration (sujud)”. They are the greatest places to worship Allah and to remember Him. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says, “And the mosques are for Allah (Alone).” (72:18)

Article source: http://muslimmatters.org/

Photographs of The Rupture Of Perito Moreno Glacier

By: Jakub Polomski

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A Quran folio in gold Kufic script from 9th-10th century Iran (IMAGE)

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Circa 1920: Jewish immigration camp @ Tel Aviv, Palestine

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Subhana’llah: Seahorse (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 According to the World Register of Marine Species, there are 53 species of seahorses. They range in size from under 1 inch, to 14 inches long. They are categorized in the Family Syngnathidae, which includes pipefish and seadragons.

Subhana’llah: Quail Bird (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 The quail is a small bird that inhabits woodland and forest areas around the world. There are thought to be more than 15 different species of quail, with each species of quail being found in different parts of the world and all have slightly different appearances depending on how they have adapted to their environment.

25 of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

Source: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/07/25-cutest-parenting-moments-animal-kingdom.html

The animal kingdom harbors many parenting secrets. Compared with humans, animals have both unique and similar ways of parenting their offspring. For instance, elephants rely on young females to act as babysitters for their young calves–sound familiar?

Not everything animal parents do is identical to human parents. For instance, the Panda bear commonly gives birth to two babies but she only raises one. Before you go thinking Panda moms are callous and cruel, it’s not that at all. Instead, out in the rough and tough wild mothering one baby requires all of the resources a Panda has to offer. Her decision boils down to one healthy baby or two weak babies.

Not everything is bleak out in the wild, in fact few things are. It appears animals enjoy raising their young just as much as us furless humans! Check out these photos of the cutest parenting moments in the animal kingdom to see just how much fun animal families have living life on the wild side.
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This Polar Bear cuddles her baby close, her thick claws and foreboding paws keeping a tight grip on her sweet little cub. 

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David Lazar shot this stunning image of two lionesses living in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. The two adoringly gaze at their baby sibling, with pride often reserved to parents. 

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How cute are they?!?!

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This mama helps her baby to stay afloat as they go for a swim in the waters they call home.

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How about a nap now? 

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Baby squirrels are so small and hairless you can hardly tell what they are–but this mama knows her baby when she sees him.

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What is under this mommy’s colorful wings–2 sleepy chicks!

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This is one strong possum carting around 6 babies on her back, while simultaneously scaling a fence–you go mom! 

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“Wait up Ma!” This Fox hollers, clinging tight to his mommy’s bushy fox tail.

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Elephants are the only other species (besides us humans) that visits the graves of their deceased loved ones. You can only imagine how much love elephants have for their offspring. This adorable pair link trunks as they travel onward.

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How Bear-y cute are these two?!

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Parents always know best–this loving mother swan tucks her babies under her wings where they will stay warm and dry while traveling across the pond.

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Crocodiles are not often considered “cute” but despite their scaly skin and forbidding sharp teeth, turns out they are family-orienated! Udayan Rao Pawar, was voted Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2013 after he snapped the photo below of a croc family. He camped out on the banks of the Chambal River in India in order to see 2 gharial crocodile colonies. While the animal sightings at the Chambal River are incredible, the area is threatened by illegal sand-mining and fishing.

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Play Time! This big mama finds her baby cub’s ticklish spots!

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Penguins use a buddy system to help watch over their young, adults take turns forming groups around baby penguins in order to keep them safe and warm.

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No butts about it, these two are definitely related.

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As mom and dad share a passionate embrace, the little one begs for some attention around here. 

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Peek-a-Boo–Did someone say FISH?!?!  These two grizzly bears play in deep water, baby isn’t afraid, she knows she has her mom there to protect her. 

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“But I’m already clean!”

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Papa bear teaches his cub some things

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Has anyone seen my baby chick? 

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While mama hunts for some food, baby decides now is a nice time to take a nap. 

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When you become a parent (human or animal) you realize that the one thing greater than enjoying a good meal is feeding a good meal to your children.

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You might think this bird has one too many legs, but think again….

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Photo Credits: Anton BelovodchenkoDailymailUKJan PelcmanChuck Babbitthqwide,Pensivesquirrel.wordpress.com Ric SeetJeanette DiAndaIgor Shpilenok, Laurie Rubin, Tin Man,  DailyMail, Udayan Rao PawarDaniel MungerFrederuque Olivier/John Downer ProductionsUKDailyMailWolfgang von VietinghoffMarco MattiussiMichael NicholsEdwin Kats, Jim Ridley,  ImgurAndre PretoriusMichael Milicia

The line for food at Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp

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This jaw-dropping photo published in The Guardian this week shows the line for food at Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp. The UN says that some people in this camp have been reduced to eating animal feed!

Extremely small amounts of aid have gotten in recently but delivery has been suspended repeatedly due to ongoing security concerns. The situation is dire! Take action to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria –>http://bit.ly/1mIYFrT

Subhana’llah: Shahara Bridge, Yemen (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 A village located at the top the peaks of the magnificent Jabal Shahara. Shahara was once a stronghold for the Imams. This stimulated city could sustain itself for months on end in cases of isolation. Travelers come to Shahara is to watch the well-known Bridge of Sighs. This bridge was constructed in 17th century to connect towns at the tops of mountains in the state of Yemen. Shahara Bridge built to fight against Turkish invaders. Many say that the local people can eliminate the bridge in few minutes in case of any imminent danger. It’s a scary bridge and a popular tourist attraction. The local residents still cross it often as a part of their daily routine. The manufacturing genius of this bridge spans a sheer 300foot deep canyon. It can be reached by climbing the many stepped slopes or, selecting the path of least resistance, by accompanying a local guide with you.