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Following the shocking murders in Paris, condemned by Muslims all over the world, and subsequent moves to depict the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once again,Imams from around the world have come together to issue the following advice to those concerned about the depiction.

1.    For Muslims, love of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is a NECESSARY part of our FAITH. He is dearer to us than our parents and children. We prefer him to our own self.

2.    Accordingly we regret and are naturally hurt by the depiction of our Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace), a great personality held in high esteem by 1.8 billion Muslims and millions more, in such a manner.

3.    Muslims do believe in freedom of speech. And they do respect the right for people to say what they believe to be correct. However, freedom of speech should not be translated in to a duty to offend. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that absolute freedom of speech does not exist. There are laws to protect the dignity and properties of people. We urge governments, civil society and our media to foster a culture of mutual respect and unity, not one of division and disdain.

4.    Most Muslims will inevitably be hurt, offended and upset by the republication of the cartoons. But our reaction must be a reflection of the teachings of the gentle and merciful character of the Prophet (peace be upon him).  Enduring patience, tolerance, gentleness and mercy as was the character of our beloved Prophet (peace and Blessings be upon him) is the best and immediate way to respond. With dignified nobility we must be restrained, as the Qur’an says “And when the ignorant speak to them, they say words of Peace.”

Our aim is to not, inadvertently, give the cartoons more prominence through our attention. Muslims must remain calm and peaceful in their speech and actions. Repel harm with goodness is the Qur’anic imperative and by which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) lived. If we feel strongly, the only course of action to us is with reasoned debate, civil activism and other legal avenues, God willing.

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The abyss of bogus jihad

Syrian refugees flee violence and bloodshed. “So called “Jihad” is far more than a threat to the lives of unsuspecting innocent people, both here in the West and in Muslim countries. It is a threat to our religion”


By: Imam Zaid Shakir

Those of us who have been speaking out against the menace of so-called “Jihad” must redouble our efforts. “Jihad” is far more than a threat to the lives of unsuspecting innocent people, both here in the West and in Muslim countries. It is a threat to our religion, in terms of how Islam is being represented by the advocates of “Jihad” and how it is being perceived by others. Muslim scholars cannot remain silent and allow this misrepresentation to go unaddressed.

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He will always be with you: Al-Baaqi – the Everlasting



By: Jinan Bastaki

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When Ramadan ended this year, I felt my heart break. There is always a sadness with the departure of Ramadan, but usually it is mixed with the excitement of Eid.

Not this year. This year felt different.

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A Taste of Reality


By: Soufyan Bouharat

Bismillah (In the name of Allah).

Let’s think and reflect for a moment about life. The true reality of the purpose of our existence. Imagine this: a life without entertainment. For example, no TV, no Music, no Games, no Sport, no Internet. Just imagine that we would do none of these amusement activities. These types of entertainment are not a primary need.

Imagine sitting in your home or walking outside with nothing of these distractions coming up in your mind. What remains? The true purpose of life.

And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” – Qur’an Chapter 51: sūrat l-dhāriyāt (The Wind that Scatter)

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How the British Divided Up the Arab World



The development of the modern nation states throughout the Arab world is a fascinating and heartbreaking process. 100 years ago, most Arabs were part of the Ottoman Empire/Caliphate, a large multi-ethnic state based in Istanbul. Today, a political map of the Arab world looks like a very complex jigsaw puzzle. A complex and intricate course of events in the 1910s brought about the end of the Ottomans and the rise of these new nations with borders running across the Middle East, diving Muslims from each other. While there are many different factors leading to this, the role that the British played in this was far greater than any other player in the region. Three separate agreements made conflicting promises that the British had to stand by. The result was a political mess that divided up a large part of the Muslim world.

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10 Extraordinary Camouflaged Animals

“Camouflage is a set of methods of concealment that allows otherwise visible animals, soldiers, military vehicles, or other objects to remain unnoticed by blending with their environment or by resembling something else.”

Here Are Some Of The Animals That Use This Amazing Technique Called “CAMOUFLAGE” 
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1.Common Baron Caterpillar
The Common Baron caterpillar feeds on mango trees and cashew nuts during its larvae stage, using remarkable camouflage to hide from predators by seemingly disappearing into foliage. Once metamorphosed it transforms into a light brown butterfly.It is a medium-sized nymphalidbutterfly which is a native to India and Southeast Asia.(source)

2. Uroplatus phantasticus

Uroplatus phantasticus, also known as the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko is a species of gecko which is only found in Madagascar. It is an arboreal species that relies on its natural camouflage in the northern and central tropical forests of Madagascar.Other names for it are the eyelash leaf tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf tailed gecko.This creature is a master of disguise and you might have a hard time to distinguish this creature from the leaves since all 9 cm of the gecko literally looks exactly like a leaf, right down to the grungy, dead leaf tail.(wiki)

3. Phasmatodea
The Phasmatodea are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe and Australia), walking sticks or stick-bugs (in the United States and Canada). The ordinal name is derived from the Greek word phasma, meaning an apparition or phantom, and refers to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage can make them extremely difficult to spot. Phasmatodea can be found all over the world in warmer zones, especially the tropics and subtropics. The greatest diversity is found in Southeast Asia and South America, followed by Australia. Phasmids also have a considerable presence in the continental United States, mainly in the Southeast.(wiki)
4. Pygmy Seahorse
A tiny, brightly colored marine animal is an expert camouflage artist and, as the tiniest cousin of the seahorse, is known as the ‘pygmy seahorse’. It takes its name from the fact that it is so tiny, and has often been overlooked by researchers and biologists. Measuring less than an inch in length, it is the smallest seahorse in the world.(source)
5. Cuttlefish
Cuttlefish are sometimes referred to as the “chameleons of the sea” because of their remarkable ability to rapidly alter their skin colour at will. Cuttlefish change colour and pattern to communicate to other cuttlefish, to camouflage themselves and in deimatic display to warn off potential predators.(wiki)
6. Jaguar
The Jaguar (Panthera Oca) is a mysterious animal. Being the largest South American cat, it can live up to 16 years and most species are found in the zoos. The Jaguar lives in the understory, the last or bottom layer in the rain forest, which helps it camouflage with its beautiful fur. The Jaguar’s fur is yellowish- brown in color and coated with irregular black spots. Sometimes people confuse Jaguars with Panthers. They are related, but the Jaguar’s jaw is bigger and its head is heavier.(source)
7. Decorator  Crab
Decorator crabs are crabs of several different species, belonging to the super family Majoidea (not all of which are decorators), that use materials from their environment to hide from or warn off predators. They stick mostly sedentary animals and plants to their bodies as camouflage or, if the attached organisms are noxious, to warn off predators through aposematism.(wiki)
8. Tiger Sharks
These sharks have dark blue or gray backs that blend in with the dark waters near the ocean floor. They also have white or light-yellow bellies that match the light waters near the ocean’s surface. This camouflage makes it hard for other animals to see the sharks, whether they are swimming above or below them. Plus, tiger sharks have stripes on their backs that look like shadows of waves in the water, helping to disguise them even more.(source)
9. Arctic Fox
Scientifically known as the Alopex lagopus, the Arctic fox is also known as the White Fox. Arctic Foxes are found in the Northern hemisphere and mostly live in areas of Northern Canada, Alaska and around the Arctic Circle in the tundra and some coastal areas. The Arctic fox weighs around 2.5 to 9 kg and has a length that measures about 75 to 115 cms. This white fox has been given the name due to its white coat which serves as a camouflage. Once the spring or the summer sets in, this white coat tends to become slightly thinner and the legs along with the back and the tail tend to become slightly brown. Some Arctic foxes even have a bluish coat during the winter season which becomes darker during the summer days.(source)
10. Eastern Screech Owl
The screech owls are about 7 to 10 inches tall and have a wingspan of about 18 to 24 inches. They have either rusty or dark gray intricately patterned plumage with streaking on the underparts. Mid-sized by screech-owl standards, these birds are stocky, short-tailed and broad-winged. They have a large round head with prominent ear tufts, yellow eyes and a yellowish bill. Rusty birds are more common in the southern parts of the range; pairings of the two color variants do occur. A pale gray variation also exists in western Canada and the north-central United States. This coloration helps them get camouflage against the tree bark.(wiki)

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You can’t stay strong in faith by complaining. When you complain, you remain. When you praise, you’ll be raised.

gb copy You can’t stay strong in faith by complaining. When you complain, you remain. When you praise, you’ll be raised.
es copy No se puede permanecer fuertes en la fe por las protestas. Cuando te quejas, te quedas. Cuando te alabamos, te criaste.
nl copy Je kunt niet sterk blijven in het geloof door te klagen. Als je klaagt, blijft u. Wanneer u loven, zult u worden verhoogd.
fr copy Vous ne pouvez pas rester forts dans la foi en se plaignant. Lorsque vous vous plaignez, vous restez. Lorsque vous louez, vous serez ressuscités.
de copy Sie können nicht stark zu bleiben im Glauben durch beschweren. Wenn Sie sich beschweren, bleiben Sie. Wenn Sie loben, werden Sie angesprochen werden.
CN67867 Bàoyuàn nǐ bùnéng qiáng liú de xìnxīn. Dāng nǐ bàoyuàn, nǐ yīrán cúnzài. Dāng nǐ zànměi, nǐ huì dédào tíshēng.
Sweden Du kan inte stanna stark i tron genom att klaga. När du klagar, förblir du. När du beröm, kommer du att höjas.
rus7897 Vy ne mozhete ostavat’sya sil’nymi v vere , zhaluyas’ . Kogda vy zhaluyetes’ , vy ostayetes’ . Kogda vy khvalite , vy budete podnyal.
4523turkey Sen şikayet ederek inancı güçlü kalamaz. Eğer şikayet zaman, kalır. Eğer övgü zaman, yükseltilmiş olacak.
images Non si può rimanere forte nella fede da lamentarsi. Quando ti lamenti, si rimane. Quando ti lodiamo, ti verrà sollevato.
indonesiaID Anda tidak bisa tetap kuat dalam iman dengan mengeluh. Ketika Anda mengeluh, Anda tetap. Ketika Anda memuji, Anda akan dibangkitkan.

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.

gb copy The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.
es copy Las cosas que haces por ti mismo se han ido cuando te hayas ido, pero las cosas que hacemos por los demás como su legado.
nl copy De dingen die je doet voor jezelf zijn verdwenen als je weg bent, maar de dingen die je doet voor anderen blijven als uw nalatenschap.
fr copy Les choses que vous faites pour vous-même sont partis quand vous êtes parti, mais les choses que vous faites pour les autres restent que votre héritage.
de copy Die Dinge, die Sie für sich selbst tun, sind vorbei, wenn Sie weg sind, aber die Dinge, die Sie für andere tun als Ihr Erbe bleiben.
CN67867 Zǒuliǎo nǐ zuò de shìqíng wèi zìjǐ shì dāng nǐ zǒuliǎo, dàn nǐ zuò de shìqíng wèi biérén liú zài nǐ de yíchǎn.
Sweden De saker du gör för dig själv är borta när du är borta, men de saker som du gör för andra lever som ditt arv.
rus7897 To, chto vy delayete dlya sebya proshli, kogda vy ushli , no chto vy delayete dlya drugikh ostayutsya v kachestve nasledstva.
4523turkey Kendiniz için yapabileceğiniz şeyler gitti zaman gitti, ama başkaları için yapılacak şeyler sizin miras olarak kalır.
images Le cose che fai per te stesso se ne sono andati quando sei andato, ma le cose che fai per gli altri rimangono come eredità.
indonesiaID Hal-hal yang Anda lakukan untuk diri sendiri hilang ketika Anda pergi, tetapi hal-hal yang Anda lakukan untuk orang lain tetap sebagai warisan Anda.