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August 8, 2010

America and Islam – The Interview

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From the daily show 08/05/2010, an interesting interview on American’s and Islam.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-5-2010/akbar-ahmed

The interview includes: the high level of respect that the US founding fathers had for Islam and the prophet of Islam, the sterotypes of Islam and Muslims (race and appearance).

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October 15, 2009

Islamic Flash

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An interactive flash-based user-friendly presentation covering the basic general information about Islam. Topics include: Goals of Islam, pillars of Islam, Muhammad, Jesus, Allah (God), and the Miraculous Quran. Hear wonderful spiritual audio while browsing through the wonderful soothing interface.

Very appropriate for new Muslims or non-Muslims who are interested in learning the basics of this faith. This is a free software and may be distributed freely, so please distribute with daawa intentions.

see http://www.islam-presentation.com/

May 9, 2009

Prophet Mohammed: A Pioneer of the Environment

Francesca De Chatel  writes: “There is none amongst the believers who plants a tree, or sows a seed, and then a bird, or a person, or an animal eats thereof, but it is regarded as having given a charitable gift [for which there is great recompense].” [Al-Bukhari, III:513].

The idea of the Prophet Mohammed as a pioneer of environmentalism will initially strike many as strange: indeed, the term “environment” and related concepts like “ecology”, “environmental awareness” and “sustainability”, are modern-day inventions, terms that were formulated in the face of the growing concerns about the contemporary state of the natural world around us.”

source: islamonline.net

April 5, 2009

Prophet Saleh (p.b.u.h)

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This is part of the Sunday School Teaching and Learning series

March 29th, 2009

March 24, 2009

Meaning of Islam

Filed under: Islam,Opinion,Other,Prophet Muhammed,Religion — WhyIslam @ 2:15 pm
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Every religion of the world has been named either after the name of its founder or after the community and nation in which that religion took its birth. For instance, Christianity takes its appellation from the name of its prophet Jesus Christ; Zoroastrians from its founder zoroaster; and Judaism, the religion of the Jews, from the name of the tribe Judah (of the country of judea) wherein it took its birth. Similar is the case with other religions. But not so with Islam. This religion enjoys the unique distinction of having no such association with any particular person or people. The word ‘Islam’ does not confer any such relationship-for it does not belong to any particular person, people, or country. It is neither the product of any human mind nor is it confined to any particular community. It is a universal religion and its objective is to create and cultivate in man the quality and attitude of Islam. Islam, as a matter of fact, is an attributive title. Whosoever possesses this attributive, may he belong to any race, community, country, or clan, is a Muslim. According to the Qur’an (the Holy Book of the Muslims), among every people and in all ages there have been good and righteous people who possessed this attribute of them were and are Muslims.

Source: Towards Understanding Islam by Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi

February 10, 2009

On The Other Side of Education

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On my way back from work, I was listening to some program on NPR, the guest speaker was talking about the importance of education. “Education is the best investment” he said; “Education is the reason that the pay gap between men and women have decreased in the past few decades; education is the reason why minorities are occupying a larger part of the more-technical work force”; he then added “Education, education, education”.

From the Muslim point of view (and being on the other side of education as a nation in recent history), I was trying to apply this concept to the Muslim nation in general and to our local Muslim community in particular. But as simple as ‘education’ sounds, it is really quite complex.

What type of education can we apply to the local Muslim community? Should this education be applied only to the local Muslim community or to the surrounding non-Muslim community as part the Muslim education?

Are we talking about worldly education or Islamic education? Tonight for Isha for example, there were a few doctors, a few engineers, and a few business owners. So clearly, worldly education shouldn’t be our focus in the near future. So what education?

Should Islamic education be the main focus? Would non-Muslims be included in the ‘education’? Before we attempt to answer those questions, let us first identify our populations of and around any Islamic center in the west. Who should be getting this ‘education’?

First: The people around the Masjid – non Muslims: It’s true: many non-Muslims are mis-informed when to comes to Islam, but when the neighbors of an Islamic center are mis-informed about Islam, we have nobody but ourselves to blame.

Second. The Muslims themselves: Two main questions come to mind: (1) Are Muslims limiting themselves to Halaqas? What happened to the ocean of Islamic sceiences?(2) Can you recall when (if ever) there was a academic discussion of ‘how to give Dawa?’ or ‘how to approach people about Islam?’ or ‘what do you say when people ask you about Islam’? exactly!

There is no doubt in my mind that there is no ideology that would stand against Islam. But we need to learn Islam and learn how to convey the message of Islam.

3. The one-foot-in one-foot-out and the new Muslims: If your experience is anything like mine, then you have seen a new Muslim declare the creed after Jumaa, then 200 people will hug him and you never see that person again (for the majority of people). Do you see anything wrong with this picture? These people have taken the hard way to reach Islam but are we welcoming them enough? Do we have a way to record and track our new brothers? Are we extending our hands to help and support them?

This entry is only a collection of questions to help us move forward; I think it’s time that we stop and ask for directions. If nobody is giving us directions, maybe we need to look at the sun to know our south from our north or if it’s dark outside, we need to find the north star. It’s really worth the trouble… because…

Imagine with me that each Masjid in the US spread and explained the ideology of Islam to its neighbors. Imagine with me that all the Muslims are well rooted in Islam and ready to give direction to people. Imagine further that new Muslims were greeted with peace (not only figuratively) and that they were helped and supported.

Imagine…

November 8, 2008

Stoning victim ‘begged for mercy’

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I have read this news headlines with the usual irritation of impartial reporting when it comes to Muslims, Palestinians, etc… however, this time, I decided to respond to this article and point out the inconsistencies found in such a piece of news. The response is divide into the following.

1. The authenticity of such news
2. The message behind such reporting

Why is this reporting flawed?

Check out the following statements: “A man grabbed the saw and he cut Adam’s leg” or “They kept John away from his family for ever”. These two statements are very similar to the title of the article except for the follows: the first man is a doctor who cut Adam’s leg to save his life and John is a murderer who was put in jail for life because of his actions. Technically, none of the first statements are incorrect. Just out of context. Very dangerous.

Why? This is the first question that should be answered. (more…)

October 6, 2008

The Rival to the Bible

Filed under: Islam,Opinion,Other,Religion,Zakaria Botros — WhyIslam @ 11:05 pm
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Roger Bolton  from the BBC News Magazine on the BBC website writes this article. Here is an excerpt:

For those who believe the Bible is the inerrant, unaltered word of God, there will be some very uncomfortable questions to answer. It shows there have been thousands of alterations to today’s bible.

The Codex, probably the oldest Bible we have, also has books which are missing from the Authorised Version that most Christians are familiar with today – and it does not have crucial verses relating to the Resurrection.

“When people ask me if the Bible is the word of God I answer ‘which Bible?'”

source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7651105.stm

Ebook: The Sealed Nectar

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A complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad (S) by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarkpuri. It was honored by the World Muslim League as first prize winner book. Whoever wants to know the whole life style of the Prophet in detail must read this book. Download the e-book here.

October 2, 2008

Islamic Analysis Audio Books

Filed under: Islam,Opinion,Other,Religion — WhyIslam @ 9:37 am
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I came across a good resource of audio books in the category of Islamic analysis from Harun Yahya website. You can find the link here

Warning: Audio Books contain Music.

Example: Deep Thinking

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