Monday, August 29, 2005

The Higher Criticism

Orwellian drama in Saudi society

On the one hand, Saudi Arabia's religious authorities condemn Christians as cross-worshippers, on the other hand, the House of Saud is intimately intertwined with one of the most fundamentalist Christian nations in the world; America. George Bush, who swears off alcohol, condemns the teaching of evolution in state schools and believes God plays an active role in foreign policy, has all the hallmarks of a fundamentalist. In America, of course, his 'sacred' calling is tempered by Congress.

Taken from Higher Criticism

Nice,Informative and very well written-Ahmad

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Words Of Wisdom

Assalaamu alaikum wr. wb.

Greetings To All,

Ok, I know this is probably not a cool thing to do but I couldn't help it, I cut and paste the below quotes from another blog cos I found the sayings too irresistable and decided to copy'em instead of putting a link. Its run by a sister, and is a very informative blog (worth reading - May Allah reward her for her efforts.)
The quotes are by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller(May Allah Bless him much) in a recent suhba he gave, they are very spiritual in nature, the quotes are contributed by those who attended the suhba, may Allah(swt) reward them for their efforts. :grin:
Alhamdulillah Ya Rabbil Alameen.
Wasalaam
Sulaiman

Taken from Salikah
Quotes:

'love is not an easy matter...' (Shaykh Abd ar-Rahman Shagouri)

"The only escape from Allah, is to Allah"- Shaykh Nuh, in response to a question that ended with: "...so theres no escape from Allah?"

'man sumut najaa' Hadith of our Beloved (saw). With the rough meaning of, 'he who keeps quiet is saved'. In relation to the topic of keeping ones speech in check.

...that darknesses and tribulations upon the heart were from the wisdom of Allah and were to teach us to appreciate the blessings we have...he used the example that love after having being rejected is more sweeter than recieving love without any effort...so the lights that come to us after the darknesses of tribulation are sweeter than just receiving blessings without having suffered for them...

...that the key to the universe is la ilaha ilAllah...that all actions are but the action of Allah...true tawheed...

...that dhikr is the reason for existence...that we should take a moment to ready ourselves for the Divine Presence before beginning our dhikr...

...that the Divine Presence is a gift...so we have to show gratitude for it...

...that dhikr without the heart connecting to Allah is not dhikr at all...

...that dhikr is the greatest joy any of us can achieve...

...that dhikr burns off the shaitaan...

...that iman, complete tawakkul and genuineness in one's slavehood defeats shaitaan..


Thank You Brother Sulaiman

Taken from Salikah
Quotes:

The Path Is Here


The Path a locally produced (Singapore) magazine is finally out now.
Some articles in the magazine

Alienation & Faith
Kabir Helminski

Can Islamic Intellectual Heritage Be Recovred
William C. Chittick

How Would You Respond To The Claim That Sufism Is Bid’a
Sheykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

I Need A Guide
Sheykh Hisham Kabbani

Pearls of the Divine Oceans
Mawlana Sheykh Nazim Adil Haqqani

Reliance On Allah
Sheykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Peace And Tranquility In The Family
Sr Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

Naqshabandi Sufi Order: Way of the Siddiq
Abdul Shakur Bin Abdul Hadi

Available Now at Wardah Books
58 Bussorah St
Tel: 65 67415903

Taken from WaridPress
Wardah Books
Al-Fathhu



The Path team has done a good job. A must read!- Ahmad

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Conversational Modern Standard Arabic (level1)


12 week course aims to provide participants with the basic linguistic foundation in modern standard Arabic. This is a highly interactive course that engages students in Arabic conversational activities to enrich their vocabulary and understanding of the use of the language. At the end of the course, the participants will be equipped with the ability to speak basic conversational Arabic fluently.

Teacher
Zuraimi Bin Naharudin
He hold a diploma in Arabic language and a Certificate in teaching Arabic from Cairo University. He also received his education from Damascus, Syria and Cairo, Egypt.

Course Duration/ Time
Every Saturday
10am-12pm
Beginning10th Sep 05

Pre-requisite
Able to read simple Arabic

Course Fees
$65 monthly payment for 3 months
One time registration and book fee of $20

Al-Markaz LLP
58 Bussorah St
2nd Level above Wardah Books

Contact
Zuraimi 811297976

zuraimi@al-markaz.biz

When the candle goes out, all goes dark

When the candle goes out, all goes dark...

"Upon visiting the Prophet’s grave the Quranic statement that kept returning to my mind was: “Muhammad is no more than a Messenger: many were the Messengers that passed away before him. If he died or were slain, will ye then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah.” (The Holy Quran, 3:144) I realized how the Sahabah must have felt on the day of Uhud when this ayah was revealed after the spread of the rumor of the Prophet being killed. Imagine, the state of these people, in the heat of battle, defending their beloved Prophet, hearing news that he is killed. Not having anything to live for, many turned back, stopped fighting, struck deeply by this statement. Some simply put down their weapons and sat down, loosing all drive to continue the struggle."

Taken from Rihla

Very well written and informative blog, a must bookmark- Ahmad

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Stephen Schwartz


The author of The Two Faces of Islam, Stephen Schwartz, will be in Singapore in September for a couple of talks.

Click here to go to the NUS website for more information on his talk, "The Future of the Wahhabi World Offensive" on 1 September 2005.

Click here to go to the ISEAS website for more information on his other talk, "Global Wahhabism and its Consequences" on 6 September 2005


Taken from Reading Sanctuary

A Must Read


“I am the slave of the Quran while I still have life,
I am dust on the path of Muhammad, The Chosen One,
If anyone interprets my words in any other way,
I deplore that person and I deplore his words.” — Rumi

"It was as if Maulana Rumi knew that his words would be misunderstood and mistranslated, especially by those unfamiliar with Islam. As can be seen from the translation of one of his quatrains shown above, no one should interpret Rumi's speech and poetry as having meanings that do not conform to the revelation and to the practice of Islam. "

Taken from Reading Sanctuary


A must read! - Ahmad

What is Jihad?


"Jihad: The Struggle for Peace

No word has been so abused as the word ‘Jihad’. Jihad
has been misunderstood by the media and more
worryingly by Muslims themselves. Sadly, the gross
distortion of the concept of Jihad has led to the
senseless killing of innocent human beings. With the
rise of Global Terrorism, there is an urgent need for
Muslim Scholars to stand up and to bring to light the
correct understanding of Jihad in the Islamic
Tradition.

This series of talks has been developed to explain the
reality of Jihad; thus opening the door towards peace."

Taken From Al-Fathhu's Blog


I went for the first talk and for sure to go the next coming one-Ahmad