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Documentary: The Islamic Economy (Video)

info-pictogram1 The Islamic Economy, charts the spending power of the Muslim consumer. The Muslim population is growing both locally and globally, and the impact is beginning to be far reaching. We reveal how the Muslim spending clout and the products and services growing in this market are a powerful store of impending trade for the mainstream.

Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS Foundation Admits Less Than 27% Of Donations Fund Research & Cures



By: Anthony Gucciardi

As a huge proponent of serious charitable organizations, it always is disturbing to see trends such as Kony 2012 and various Susan G. Komen for the Cure initiatives take the social media atmosphere by storm. From the ultimate backlash against the celebrity-driven Kony fraud to the embarrassment of the KFC ‘Buckets for the Cure’ campaign backed by Susan G. Komen, I was immediately hoping that the infamous new ‘ice bucket challenge’ would in fact be an exception to the series of misled social media fundraising campaigns.

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Tips for Single-Parent Households



This is the second of a series of three articles on having a productive household. In this part, we will discuss 7 more aspects of a productive household. These will relate to how fathers and single mothers can contribute to a more productive household, In sha Allah. (Part 1)

1. Stay Married

One of the most important things a father can do to contribute to a productive household is remain married to his wife. Divorce dissolves families and prevents children from living in the most desirable family atmosphere.

Of course, divorce is allowed in our religion. In some situations such as abusive relationships, it may be preferable. Then there may be situations in which a husband or wife may become widowed. These are exceptions we can not overlook. Nevertheless, in general, the ideal environment for a healthy productive family is an intact one.

According to one hadith, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) considers divorce the most hated permissible act. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was reported to have said: “The most hateful permissible thing (halal) in the sight of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)is divorce.” [Ibn Majah]

Divorce causes difficulties for all parties involved. The most obvious harm occurs when the partners have children. Divorce shakes the foundation of what children know to be familiar and stable. The children are forced into a situation that causes them extreme grief and uncertainty. They lose trust in those closest and most dear to them, often times becoming emotionally insecure.

Even without children, the two divorced individuals themselves suffer great anxiety, emotional upheaval and psychological trauma. Divorce frequently leads to the development of a host of uncomfortable and unhealthy feelings and interactions from the former partners. Divorced spouses often feel betrayed, they lose trust in others and they can fall into long-term depression. This emotional devastation affects the individuals’ interactions with others, including their future relationships. The effects of divorce can sometimes be suffered throughout life.

According the American Psychological Association, “… about 40 to 50 per cent of married couples in the United States divorce.” This is not a precedent we wish to establish for our children.

Children should be raised in intact households. This is obvious, yet much easier said than done, of course. Couples should look to fulfil their responsibilities rather than demanding their rights, then Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) may bless them. Remember that Qur’an and the sunnah have the best advice on how to sustain a working marriage. Additionally, to aid in achieving intact productive households, parents should take advantage of the other resources. Some of these include counselling (recommended in Qur’an), books, websites and suggestions from relatives and friends from whom we may gain helpful advice and encouragement.

2. Support the Children

Of course, this world is not perfect. Sometimes, families break up. In these situations, it is extremely important that the father remains an important part of the children’s life. Divorce can bring about extremely intense feelings between former spouses. For the children’s sake, a father should not let the estrangement affect the relationship he has with them. The children still desire to be with both parents. They need both parents. Each fulfils a different need that is necessary for the children’s proper development.

In addition, children of divorce can sometimes feel abandoned when one parent chooses to avoid interacting with them after the divorce. This can lead to the children having low self esteem and projecting this self image upon society through violence, disrespecting others and displaying self-destructive behaviours. For these reasons, it is important for husbands to be there for their children, despite the difficulty and discomfort they may experience during and after divorce. 

3. Fathers Should be Kind to Children’s Mother

It is often the mother whom children are most attached to. Let your children see your affection towards their mother. This gives them peace of mind and teaches them how to treat their own wife once they mature.

Do not abuse your wife. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has recommended other methods to use rather than hitting. How many husbands truly attempt to put into practice these recommendations given by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)? Anger-management problems, low-self esteem, arrogance and lack of knowledge of conflict management are often the true reasons for physical abuse in the home.

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) never used physical discipline with any of his wives. He is the best of examples for us to emulate.

He also said: “The most perfect man in his faith among the believers is the one whose behaviour is most excellent; and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.” [At-Tirmidhi]

The above hadith says it all when it comes to the husband’s treatment of his wife.

4. Be Kind With the Children

The Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: ”Indeed among the believers with the most complete faith is the one who is the best in conduct, and the most kind to his family.” [At-Tirmidhi]

It has become a norm in some households for the father to be a stern disciplinarian. This is nothing further from the way in which the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was known to run his household. Not only should fathers be kind and gentle with their spouse, but also with their children.

Abu Hurairah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) kissed his grandson Hasan bin ‘Ali in the presence of Aqra’ bin Habis. Thereupon Aqra’ remarked: “I have ten children and I have never kissed any one of them.” The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) cast a glance upon him and said, “He who does not show mercy to others, will not be shown mercy.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

There is no reference to Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) ever hitting any of his children, stepchildren or grandchildren. What he was known for was kissing them, saying he loved them and being exceptionally patient with them. This is the best model for fathers who wish to establish productive households.

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At the time of reciting Quran, realize the beautiful manner of divine glory & think that what u recite is not human words.

gb copy At the time of reciting Quran, realize the beautiful manner of divine glory & think that what u recite is not human words.
es copy En el momento de recitar el Corán, darse cuenta de la manera hermosa de la gloria divina y creo que lo que u no es recitar las palabras humanas.
nl copy Op het moment van het reciteren van de Koran, het realiseren van de prachtige manier van goddelijke glorie en denken dat wat u reciteren is geen menselijke woorden.
fr copy Au moment de la récitation du Coran, de réaliser la belle manière de la gloire divine et pense que ce n’est pas u réciter des paroles humaines.
de copy Zu der Zeit des Koran zu rezitieren, erkennen die schöne Art und Weise der göttlichen Herrlichkeit und denke, dass das, was u rezitieren ist nicht menschliche Worte.
CN67867 在背誦古蘭經的時間,實現神聖光輝美麗的方式和認為什麼ü背誦不是人話。
Sweden Vid tidpunkten för recitera Koranen, inser vackert sätt av gudomlig härlighet och tror att det som u recitera är inte mänskliga ord.
rus7897 На момент читает Коран, реализовать красивую манеру божественной славы и думаю, что то, что у читать не человеческие слова.
4523turkey Kur’an-ı Kerim okuyan zamanda, ilahi zafer güzel şekilde gerçekleştirmek ve ne u ezberden insan kelime olmadığını düşünüyorum.
images Al momento di recitare Corano, realizzare la bella maniera di gloria divina e pensare che quello che u recitare non è parole umane.
indonesiaID Pada saat membaca Quran, menyadari cara yang indah kemuliaan ilahi & berpikir bahwa apa yang u membaca bukanlah kata-kata manusia.

Reaching out to as many people as possible to benefit them in any way, is an investment that bears fruit in this life and the next.

gb copy Reaching out to as many people as possible to benefit them in any way, is an investment that bears fruit in this life and the next.
es copy Llegar a tantas personas como sea posible en beneficio de ellos de cualquier manera, es una inversión que da frutos en esta vida y la siguiente.
nl copy Bereiken van zo veel mogelijk mensen om hen te profiteren op enigerlei wijze, is een investering die vrucht draagt ​​in dit leven en het volgende.
fr copy Tendre la main à autant de personnes que possible à leur profit en aucune façon, est un investissement qui porte ses fruits dans cette vie et la prochaine.
de copy Zugehen auf die so viele Menschen wie möglich, sie in irgendeiner Weise profitieren, ist eine Investition, die Früchte trägt, in diesem Leben und im nächsten.
CN67867 Jiēchù dào jǐn kěnéng duō de rén jìn kěnéng dì yǒulì yú tāmen yǐ rènhé fāngshì, shì guàguǒ de tóuzī zài cǐ shēnghuó hé wèilái.
Sweden Att nå ut till så många människor som möjligt för att gynna dem på något sätt, är en investering som bär frukt i detta liv och i nästa.
rus7897 Obrashcheniye k stol’ko lyudey, skol’ko vozmozhno , chtoby v ikh interesakh v lyubom sluchaye, eto investitsiya, kotoraya prinosit plody v etoy zhizni i v sleduyushchem.
4523turkey Gibi pek çok kişiye ulaşarak onları herhangi bir şekilde faydalanmak mümkün olduğunca, bu hayatta meyve taşıyan bir yatırım ve yanında.
images Raggiungere a quante più persone possibile a beneficio loro in qualsiasi modo, è un investimento che porta i suoi frutti in questa vita e nella prossima.
indonesiaID Menjangkau orang sebanyak mungkin untuk menguntungkan mereka dengan cara apapun, merupakan investasi yang menghasilkan buah dalam kehidupan ini dan berikutnya.