Berlin Mosque opens its doors to the public
Visitors at the town mosque for the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford were greeted with this phrase throughout an open house earlier this month.
Translated to “the peace of Allah be upon you,” the welcoming message set the tone for an afternoon.
“One of the things I often say is that, as Muslims, we have to spend less time talking about what we’re not and more time talking about what we are about,” said Imam Refai Arefin, one of the presenters throughout the day’s proceedings.
The program began with a tour of the mosque, located at 1781 Wilbur Cross Highway, followed by a brief overview of the articles of faith and Five Pillars of Islam: Shahada (faith), Salat (prayer), Zakat, Sawm (fasting) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
Attendants also bore witness to a recitation of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, as well as presentations from members of the mosque on different topics in Islam that have become misconstrued in modern society.
“I think I was getting really sick and tired of the media putting down some beliefs and kind of bashing them,” said Candi Gilbert, a member of the Berlin community who visited the mosque. “And I’d read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (written by Khaled Hosseini, a Muslim author) and thought ‘the Islamic religion is really quite beautiful, quite lovely.’ Read Full Article…
Hajj: Walking the Walk
It is a Muslim’s sacred duty to live for a few days as a pilgrim, a reasonable requirement for a lifetime. The Pilgrimage or the Hajj is a composite of rites that are essentially reenactments of events of the distant past and, at one point, a grand dress rehearsal for what is to come. Adam, Abraham, Hagar, Ishmael, and Muhammad are the human names most closely associated with this rite, and what’s asked of the pilgrim is simply to emulate them, for the reason that their deeds, however ordinary they may appear, were connected to a higher realm. The response to this call remains a marvel, especially in an era in which there is enormous pressure to be devotees of the material world and to succumb to the spiritual sloth this engenders. Despite this Read Full Article...
Turkey launches first ‘halal cruise’
ISTANBUL – Catering to the growing global halal market, Turkey will launch its first Muslims-friendly cruise on the Aegean Sea next month for religiously observant travelers in the country.
“It will not be just a cruise which does not have alcohol or pork-related products. It will be a cultural and historical tour which promises an atmosphere of social networking,” Kemal Gunay, Fusion Tour general manager, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, August 5.
The country’s fist halal cruise was announced by the Antalya-based Fusion Tour company on Tuesday as a new approach that aims at tapping into the $145 Billion worth global halal tourism sector.
Themed “On the track of the Ottomans,” the first halal cruise will sail to Greece without alcohol, pork-related products and gambling on board.
“We don’t even have a painting on a wall of the ship which is against Islamic values,” Gokmen Aydinalp, tour project manager, claims organizers have thought of everything. Read Full Article…
Halal vitamins take over shelves in pharmacies worldwide
Move over Centrum, there’s a newer vitamin brand that’s taking over shelves claiming to be better – and they’re proudly halal.
NoorVitamins, a brand of Noor Pharmaceuticals, the first and only halal-based pharmaceutical company in the US founded in late 2011, is aiming to set the highest standards in the dietary supplements industry.
For CEO Dr. Mohamed Issa, having a halal product is not good enough – being the best is the goal.
“We are not going to stop at just being halal,” Dr. Issa states. “We want to make sure that we give our Muslim consumers and really all of our consumers the confidence that the products they’re buying are the best possible products irrespective of [whether it’s] halal or not.
“I think as Muslim consumers we are used to settling for halal, even though halal may be second best, but ‘at least it’s halal.’ With us, what we’re saying is that the halal product they’re buying is actually the best product on the market.” Read Full Article…
Germany opens first Islamic bank
CAIRO – Germany has officially opened its first Islamic bank in accordance with Shari`ah laws in Frankfurt, offering the country’s Muslim population better chances of halal investments.
“We are proud to have this license. Hamad Al-Marzouq, board chairman of Kuwait Finance House (KFH), parent of Kuveyt Türk, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Tuesday, July 21.
“Exercising banking in line with the Islamic Shari`ah is very important not only for the German side, which seeks to boost Germany’s financial position, but for millions of clients wishing to use banking services offered by the bank in three Germany cities,” he added. Read Full Article …
8 ways of approaching the Quran with purity of intention
Read the Quran with no purpose other than to receive guidance from your Lord, to come nearer to Him, and to seek His good pleasure.
What you get from the Quran depends on what you come to it for. Your intention and purpose is crucial. Certainly the Quran has come to guide you, but you may also go astray by reading it should you approach it for impure purposes and wrong motives.
Thereby He causes many to go astray, and thereby He guides many; but thereby He causes none to go astray save the iniquitous (al-Baqarah 2:26).
The Quran is the word of God; it therefore requires as much exclusiveness of intention and purity of purpose as does worshipping and serving Him. Read Full Article…
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Student Finds Old Parchment In University Library, Turns Out It’s Probably The World’s Oldest Quran
A Ph.D. student who stumbled upon several ancient pieces of paper hidden in another book may have inadvertently discovered pages from the world’s oldest Quran, researchers at the University of Birmingham in England announced Wednesday.
Radiocarbon dating estimates the pages, likely made of sheep or goat skin, are 1,370 years old, the BBC reports. The testing is more than 95 percent accurate, meaning the parchment is probably from the era of Prophet Muhammad, who is thought to have lived between the years 570 and 632. Read Full Article…
How Snapchat found religion
In the past 10 days, people around the world have sent more than 1.5 million tweets using the #mecca_live hashtag, many of them urging Snapchat to feature Muslims’ pilgrimage to Mecca during Ramadan as one of its Live stories.
The plea worked. On Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest day of Ramadan, Snapchat opened Mecca to the world, curating its users’ photos and videos into a piece of content that’s attracted a lot of applause from around the Internet.
Seven Reasons to Perform Hajj While Young
“The feet of man will not slip on the Day of Resurrection until he is asked of five things: of his life as to how he spent it, his youth as to how he used it, his wealth as to where he got it and how he spent it, and of his knowledge as to what he did with it.” (Tirmithi)
“That they may witness benefits for themselves…” (Qur’an, 22:28)
From a young age, many of us dream of going to Hajj – to see the Ka`bah in person, the Station of Ibrahim, drink ZamZam, perform tawaaf (circling the Ka`bah), wear the white garments of Hajj, and be with brothers and sisters from around the world in the greatest international gathering in the history of humanity. It is a rare opportunity for forgiveness, for change, for turning to the Creator, and for Paradise, insha’Allah.
But it can sometimes feel out of reach and far away. This is especially the case with the youth.
But as a person moves on in life, high school and university finish. There may be money left over, or loans that finally get paid off, and a person is in a position to perform Hajj. At the same time, there are many options in life. It could be marriage, travel or vacation – one has to choose. For the young, with all of life’s possibilities tugging at the heart, here are a few reasons to put one’s heart, efforts, and resources into making that life-long dream a reality: the journey of Hajj. Read Full Article…
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