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May 20th, 2010

violet_bruises @ 10:51 pm: May 20th -- A Day of Strength
I just signed onto AIM after a fun evening with Andrea and I happened to catch Tiarra's status. It really spoke to me:

"We're here on Earth to do good for others. What others are here for I don't know."

I think this statement describes the sentiment of today well. After e-mailing the creators of that group about some of the images of our beloved prophet that went too far (and after a really negative comment I received on my status) that there really are a bunch of self-righteous people that don't care about other faiths and only value what's good for them. It's a sad world, especially when all faiths are perverted by extremists, but as Andrea said tonight we can't let our personal feelings and the feelings of those around you get in the way of God. She's 100% right; I love Allah and I love Muhammad (pbuh) as well as Jesus, Abraham and all the other prophets (peace be upon them), through them I do my good deeds and Islam has helped my life in a way I can't really describe. I feel at peace, especially with the prayers and especially reading the Qur'an. Thinking of the quote Tiarra posted, I know Allah put me on Earth to do good for others and to be honest and fair. I'd like to  say and deep down I believe that we're all good, but that's not the case and essentially I don't know what the others are here for -- those being the people who partook in "Draw Muhammad Day Event" and didn't care about respecting a belief system. But, as I LOVE ALLAH posted, we need to be kind to these people and ignore their words with forgiveness. After I got that nasty, rude response, that's what I just did. I just let it go and continued on with my faith in Allah. Let the people of that group do whatever they want -- nothing is going to stop them and you can't change people.

Anyway, I had a great time with Andrea tonight. We went to Pampered Chef demo. I'm seriously thinking about getting into business, but I have to talk to my parents and do some research before I decide. I think this would be a good opportunity for me, but of course I'm going to be having a talk with Allah (pbuh) for Allah (pbuh) and Muhammad (pbuh) guide me. When I got home I saw a Venus Fly Trap waiting on the table for me. I'm trying to think of a name for it, so suggestions would be awesome! I'll post a picture tomorrow! For those of you who haven't seen my new poem, here it is:
Allah's Love

Give me your tired, weary and poor,
Ravaged by desperation and fear,
thrown out by coattails of hope's door
to the streets of quarters for tears.
"Please help me, God bless you,"
yet the people ignore and continue astray.
"Here let me help you," said in the blue
of this woman's shirt in wind sways.
Emptying three quarters into the can,
smiling, she has done a good deed
for Allah; she never ran.
For Allah's love is not only in time of need,
but for all believers who praise
and the non-believers as well.
Allah's love is warm and can raise
the spirits where evil dwells.
Allah embraces all
for he does not want us to fall.


Current Location: My basement
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: Mewithoutyou-Allah, Allah, Allah

August 25th, 2009

imfinallyfound @ 06:51 am: Ramadan
It is said that during the month of Ramadan God closes the gates of hell. Therefore we do not struggle with the evils of Satan for the next month. Instead, we struggle with the evils within OURSELVES.

April 15th, 2008

sayf_udeen @ 10:48 pm: Salamu alaikum all Muslim brothers and sisters.
Salaams all.
I am new here. I run a board, which is a mized faith board and have invited people of all other religions to join and I decided there can never be too may of my brothers and sisters in Islam there. So do feel free to join... ^_~

http://z3.invisionfree.com/Semiotic

~Sayf

April 14th, 2008

imfinallyfound @ 08:47 am: from the hazzan, or call to worship
Prayer is better than sleep.

July 12th, 2007

pravover @ 03:08 pm: Islam in Russia
Ислам – переводится с арабского как «покорность» - религия, предполагающая веру в 1) Единого Бога (Аллаха); 2) Его ангелов; 3) всех Его пророков и посланников (от Адама до Иисуса Христа и Мухаммада, мир им); 4) Его писания (такие как Тора, Евангелие и Коран); 5) Судный день и воскресение мертвых; 6) предопределение как добра так и зла.

Ислам основан на пяти столпах:

* свидетельствовании веры в то, что никто не достоин поклонения и никто не обладает могуществом и властью кроме Единого Бога и что Мухаммад, мир ему, является его последним посланником, которому было ниспослано заключительное Откровение (Коран) и дан завершенный Закон (Шариат);
* ежедневной пятикратной молитве;
* ежегодной выплате обязательного налога с излишка имущества (у кого он есть);
* ежегодном посте в месяц Рамадан;
* единоразовом паломничестве в Запретную (для греха) землю для тех, у кого есть такая озможность.


Ислам является решением для русских, потому что:

http://community.livejournal.com/norm_blog/24935.html

December 24th, 2006

the_new_voice @ 07:02 am: A true Muslim
Hello, sirs!
What have you done to make friends with the Jewish?
What have the Jewish done to make friends with the Muslims?
What have the Christian world done for collaboration with the Jewish
and the Muslims?
Being brought up in Judaism, how have I imagined the Muslims? See
the film "The Thirteenth Warrior". To my mind, thist man is a true, real
Muslim, such as the Koran orders to be.

October 25th, 2006

floatingpetals @ 02:17 pm: A British Teacher Finds Islam in Ramadan

A British Teacher Finds Islam in Ramadan

By  Idris Tawfiq

 
 
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Idris Tawfiq

We can all look back at memorable times in our lives. People and places can have a special significance for us and we need to look back, from time to time, to see how the hand of Allah has been at work in our lives, even though we did not notice.

We are often too busy to see the pattern which our life has taken and which has led us to where we are today. By reflecting on what has been, we can learn to be grateful and learn to see all things as part of Almighty Allah’s eternal plan for us.

I look back at my first Ramadan as a Muslim and ponder on all that has happened in my own life since then. That first Ramadan was very special. Before talking about that, though, I need to say something about the two Ramadans before it.

I was Head of Religious Education in a Boys' School in South London and it was my responsibility to teach the pupils about the world’s different religions. In English schools the pupils learn information about the six major world faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism, although no preference is given to any.

My classroom was the only room in the school with a fitted carpet and a washbasin, essential for the prayers.
Whilst providing information, it is supposed to be a way of encouraging tolerance and understanding in an increasingly multi-cultural world. It is one way, if handled sensitively, of counter-balancing the wrong ideas about Islam which British people get by the stories they see on the television news.

I had already visited Egypt and seen for myself how sweet and gentle Muslims can be. Now, though, I had to teach about Islam. Since I was not Muslim, reading about Islam was one of the ways I prepared for my lessons, learning as much myself as I would teach the pupils.

In schools in the UK, as in many non-Muslim nations, there is usually no allowance made for pupils of any religion who wish to pray. Many of the boys in this school where I taught were Muslim, and many of them were from the Arab world.

Just before the first Ramadan I was at the school, the pupils approached me and asked if they could use my classroom to pray, even though they knew I was not Muslim. Allah works in very extraordinary ways, using the simple things of life to work marvels in our lives.

My classroom was the only room in the school with a fitted carpet and a washbasin, essential for the prayers, so it was my classroom that was to be used. I agreed to their request, but the head teacher asked that a teacher be present to supervise the pupils. So, for the whole of Ramadan I sat at the back of the classroom every lunchtime, while the boys prayed the noon prayer and, on Fridays, the Friday congregational prayer.

By the end of that Ramadan I knew how Muslims prayed and I could recite the prayers to myself, even though I didn’t know what they meant. After Ramadan we kept using the classroom at lunchtime for prayers, and this continued all year.

The following Ramadan, while still not a Muslim, I fasted along with the pupils, to show my solidarity with them. Not long after that, Al-hamdu lillah, I embraced Islam. But that is another story. The example of the students had led me to become Muslim. I then joined the pupils each day for prayers, the newest Muslim and the least knowledgeable of all.

That evening of my first Ramadan as a Muslim was a very special evening that I will never forget.
My first Ramadan as a Muslim, then, was to be very special. At the end of the holy month the pupils and I organized a special iftar meal for ourselves. Iftar is quite literally the breakfast, when the fast is broken. To celebrate the blessed night of Laylat Al-Qadr, when Prophet Muhammad is received the first revelation of the holy Qur’an, the boys stayed behind after school.

During the time between the end of lessons and the Call to Prayer we watched a film about the life of the Prophet. We then prayed the sunset prayer together, with the oldest boy leading the prayers and reciting the holy Qur’an in a very beautiful voice.

As the sun was setting, gathered together in that simple classroom, it was as though an angel came down to visit us. After prayers we had an iftar party. Everyone had brought some food or drink, however little or how lavish, to share with the others and we had a splendid meal.

Although this took place after the events of September 11, 2001 when many in Britain were deeply suspicious about Islam and Muslims, many of the non-Muslim teachers came to congratulate us and to wish us a happy Ramadan.

The head teacher had to be in a meeting, but he took some dates with him to eat at the time we were going to break the fast. The headmaster had learned from us that the Prophet used to break the fast during Ramadan by eating some dates, and so he wanted to do this out of respect for what we believed.

In a Muslim country it is easy to take one's Muslim faith for granted. Friends and family are there to encourage us in our fasting. There are special programs on television to help us know more about Islam and to keep it constantly before our eyes.

Celebrating Ramadan in a country that is not Muslim, on the other hand, can be difficult. Often you can be the only one who is fasting. After breaking the fast there may not be anything special to do in the evening, especially if there is not a mosque nearby.

That evening of my first Ramadan as a Muslim was a very special evening that I will never forget. It gave witness to others about the message of Islam and, for those present, it was a real celebration of the joy and the brotherhood of Islam which touched all of our hearts. Al-hamdu lillah.


Idris Tawfik is a British writer who became Muslim a few years ago. Previously, he was head of religious education in different schools in the United Kingdom. Before embracing Islam, he was a Roman Catholic priest. He now lives in Egypt. For more information about him, visit www.idristawfiq.com.



August 29th, 2006

the_new_voice @ 06:13 pm: To the Moslems
If You consider that You are living a right way, that You are right, do show it by Your own life SO that the others will see it and like it and they'd tell – yes, really, it's worthy to live like this, it's worthy to accept this way of life. Believe me – every normal human is ready to see and accept the positive, even if this positive comes from a different religion, from a different nation.
I have studied the Koran, and You – have You read the Bible and the New Testament?

the_new_voice @ 06:01 pm: Not Islam is bad, but the perversion of Islam, correspondingly, those distorting Islam are preventing it from development. And Allah is also suffering! and is exhausted from the distorting ones.

August 22nd, 2006

american_muslim @ 12:11 am: Young, Hip, and Muslim?
Salaam Aleykoom!

I'm a young American Muslim who is sick and tired of only hearing about Islam in headlines. So I've started a new line of clothing and gifts that is geared towards young, modern Muslims who are ready to make their own headlines. Some political, some funny, some religious, and lots of ARABIC! So check it out, please spread the word if you dig it, and check in periodically for new designs.

And if you like it, WEAR IT WITH PRIDE!

American Muslim

Shukran!!

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