Archive for July, 2013

The recent arrest of Wadie Maswadeh, a 5-year-old Palestinian child by the Israeli military has caused outrage around the world. The Israeli soldiers arrested the child for allegedly throwing a rock, even though the arrest of anyone that age is a violation of Israeli law. After the arrest, the child was threatened and the child’s father was handcuffed and blindfolded. Etyan Buchman, a spokesman for the Israeli military, responded to the outrage declaring: “This is conduct that was considered reasonable by all military personnel involved.”
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This a routine policy in Israel. the United Nations say that Israel arrests up to 700 Palestinian children every year.


Taraweeh prayer day 1, 2013 from California.
The reciter is from Morocco masha Allah.

It was thanks to the work of Al Idrissi (1100-1166) that world geography knew major developments. Al Idrissi incorporated the knowledge of Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Far East gathered by Arab merchants and explorers with information inherited from the classical geographers to create the most accurate world map in pre-modern time.
He was the first to draw a scientifically-based world map in 1154, known as Tabula Rogeriana for the Norman King Roger II of Sicily. He spent eighteen years at the court of King Roger, working on commentaries and illustrations of the map. This is practically a geographical encyclopedia of the time, containing information not only on Asia and Africa but also Western countries.


What is Ramadan?

Posted: July 7, 2013 in Islam, Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.
During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits — essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings. The Arabic word for “fasting” (sawm) literally means “to refrain” – and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person’s body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God.


Ramadan Tuesday

Posted: July 7, 2013 in Islam, Ramadan, USA
“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.” Qur’an 2: 183

First day of Ramadan will be Tuesday, July 9, 2013 and Eid al-Fitr on Thursday, August 8, 2013, inshaAllah.

May Allah keep us on the right path, and accept our fasting and prayers. Ameen.

A group of independent and amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong recently released a 5-minute film on YouTube dramatising Snowden’s hotel stay. In short vignettes, the film also gives fictional accounts of a local reporter to whom Snowden reaches out, the CIA’s Hong Kong staff, and Hong Kong police on the search.

To play the role of Snowden, the filmmakers found Andrew Cromeek, an American English teacher working in Hong Kong.
Souce: Aljazeera