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Islam in Spain

Islam and Spain have a special relationship that cannot be comparable to any other nation in Europe.

Muslims ruled Spain, or al-Andalus, for more than 700 years, from 711 to 1492 – a period of time during which both the religion and the country thrived as a spiritual, economic and commercial haven.

The Reconquista campaign launched by Christian forces in northern Spain culminated in the end of Muslim rule in 1492 when Queen Isabel of Castile took Granada.

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Basic Beliefs and Common Stories

Jews, Christians and Muslims believe that God made a covenant, or agreement, with Abraham. It was to keep faith in One God and to worship Him, and to teach the practice of worship to his children down the generations.

In return, God would preserve, protect, and multiply the children of Abraham. This covenant became the legacy, or trust, for the children of Abraham to continue.

Abraham had two sons, Ishmael (son of Hagar) and Isaac (son of Sarah). He settled them in different parts of the Arabian Peninsula: Isaac near Jerusalem and Ishmael near Makkah.

According to the scriptures, Abraham’s offspring would become the fathers of great nations. The people of these nations are now called Jews, Christians, and Muslims. They are all monotheists, which means people who believe in one God, or the Creator of all that is in the universe and on earth.

The common core of Abraham’s story is his faith and obedience to the call of God. Judaic and Christian traditions convey this theme in the book of Genesis. God calls to Abraham, and he replies “Here I am” (Genesis 1:22).

Likewise, the Qur’an states “When his Lord said to him: ‘Surrender!’, he said: ‘I have surrendered to the Lord of the Worlds'” (2:131).

In fact, when Muslim pilgrims say “Labaik! Allahuma labaik!” as they approach the sanctuary at Makkah — which they believe Abraham built — they are repeating, “Here I am, Lord, at Your Command!”

There is also another act belonging to the common core of Abraham’s story. In this story, God tells Abraham in a dream to sacrifice his son. Abraham and his son were prepared to obey this divine command. But, instead, God redeemed the sacrifice with a magnificent ram. This miracle meant that God does not require human sacrifice, but only the willingness to obey.

While the story is the same among the monotheistic traditions, it is interpreted slightly differently. The Biblical account says the son to be sacrificed is Abraham and Sarah’s son, Isaac, while the Qur’an states it is, Ishmael, whose mother was Hagar. The lesson of obedience and strength of faith, however, is the same.

Source : http://www.islamic…CommonStories.htm

 
 

SPEECH BY HJ MOHD ALAMI MUSA PRESIDENT MUIS AT THE MOSQUE COUNCIL MEETING

SPEECH BY HJ MOHD ALAMI MUSA
PRESIDENT MUIS
AT THE MOSQUE COUNCIL MEETING
SAT, 16 MAY 2009
AT AL-MAWADDAH MOSQUE

The Singapore Muslim community is generally homogeneous.  Nearly all of them are from the “Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah” (Sunni) school of thought.  A majority of them embrace the Shafi’e School of Law. Therefore, they share many things in common from the theological and jurisprudential perspectives. This has in many ways contributed to the unity of our local Muslim community in leading their Islamic life.  This spirit of unity is further reinforced as the majority of Muslims share a common language and culture, as they are Malays.

2 Singapore has positioned itself to be a talent magnet in the world.  In other words, Singapore strives to make itself attractive to individuals with the knowledge, expertise and capital to come to our shores to work, operate businesses and eventually make Singapore their home.  Besides these new resident Singaporeans, there is a sizeable force of transient foreign workers who are now contributing to Singapore in several ways, namely, in the construction industry or the domestic work sectors.  There are now about one million of them in Singapore.

3 The local Muslim community is also seeing more foreign Muslims in their midst today.  They attend prayers in our mosques and they participate in our religious events.  We must make them feel welcomed.

4 I am pleased to say that our mosques have been very open to welcoming foreign Muslims who work and reside in Singapore.  In fact, a number of mosques are providing useful services or forging collaborations with them.  Mosques like Khadijah and Hj Mohd Salleh (Geylang) allow religious classes to be conducted in the Bangladeshi language for construction workers.  The Mujahidin and Sultan mosques conduct skills-based training programmes for Indonesian domestic workers.  These are some examples of how mosques in Singapore serve the needs of foreign Muslims in Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »

 

SPEECH BY MR Zainul Abidin RASHEED, SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE

SPEECH BY MR Zainul Abidin RASHEED, SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AT THE COUNCIL Tilawah Al-Quran ORGANIZED BY MUIS HELD ON SUNDAY, 10 MAY 09 AT 830 PM AT THE SINGAPORE ISLAMIC HUB AUDITORIUM

I respect

Chairman Al-Quran recitation
Tuan Hj Md Ayob Bin Johari

Muis President
Tuan Hj Alami Musa

Mufti of Singapore
Sohibusamaha Syed Isa Bin Semait

The Qari and Qariah
Judge wise

Ladies and gentlemen

Assalamualaikum wr wb

Alhamdulillah, all praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. BLESSINGS Bless us and greetings, Muhammad who has been sent as a mercy to the universe.

I can be thankful that with the full Council that this blessed. Hopefully, with the ceremonies such as this, many among us will be more likely to read, understand the Quran and instructive example of taking lessons in the Quran.

I think that the council is as good an occasion to encourage our society to appreciate the beauty of the Qur’an and the growing interest in exploring religious learning. Apart from identifying the reader that the Qur’an can represent Singapore in international competitions, it is also a platform to eradicate illiteracy in the Qur’an. With the increasing interest for people to read the Qur’an, if Allah will increase the desire to cultivate religious life based on the welfare of all nations.

This is because, first sentence is revealed organizing us to read. Based on this call, the practice of reading the Qur’an is not only the extent RECITING THE QU’RAN or studying how the only good. In fact, the achievement of a more noble achievements which lead to the adoption of Islamic syumul as shown by Muslims in ancient times as the thief’s, who live according the Qur’an and Sunnah, as well as reading the Qur’an in measure, and a soft voice. Therefore, Muslims must learn Arabic, Tafsir Al-Quran and knowledge related to reduction context. Highlights from this process is to appreciate and practice his teachings. Hopefully, through such approaches, keep the local Muslim community showed a high compassion which can produce the Muslim community of excellence, dedicated, progressive, inclusive nature of religion with other people and contribute to the prosperity of the country. Read the rest of this entry »

 

SEEKING KNOWLEDGE IS EVERY MUSLIM’S DUTY TO ALLAH (SWT)

by Ahxuan

The rise of Muslims to the zenith of civilization in a period of four decades was based on lslam’s emphasis on learning. This is obvious when one takes a look at the Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad which are filled with references to learning, education, observation, and the use of reason. The very first verse of the Qur’an revealed to the Prophet of Islam on the night of 27th of Ramadan in 611 AD reads:

“Recite: In the name of thy Lord who created man from a clot. Recite: And thy Lord is the Most Generous Who taught by the pen, taught man that which he knew not.” (Quran, 96:1-5)

“And they shall say had we but listened or used reason, we would not be among the inmates of the burning fire.” (Quran, 67:10)

“Are those who have knowledge and those who have no knowledge alike? Only the men of understanding are mindful. ” (Quran, 39:9)

The Qur’an encourages people towards scientific research:.

“And whoso brings the truth and believes therein such are the dutiful.” (Quran, 39:33)

Every Muslim man’s and every Muslim woman’s prayer should be:

“My Lord! Enrich me with knowledge..” (Quran, 20:114)

The pursuit of knowledge and the use of reason, based on sense and observation is made obligatory on all believers.

The following traditions of the Prophet supplement the foregoing teachings of the Qur’an in the following way:

Seek knowledge “even though it be in China.”

“The acquisition of knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim, whether male or female.”

“The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.”

“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.”

“God has revealed to me, ‘Whoever walks in the pursuit of knowledge I facilitate for him the way to heaven.’

“The best form of worship is the pursuit of knowledge.”

“Scholars should endeavor to spread knowledge and provide education to people who have been deprived of it. For, where knowledge is hidden it disappears.”

Some one asked the Prophet : “Who is the biggest scholar?” He replied: “He who is constantly trying to learn from others, for a scholar is ever hungry for more knowledge.”

“Seek knowledge and wisdom, or whatever the vessel from which it flows, you will never be the loser.”

“Contemplating deeply for one hour (with sincerity) is better than 70 years of (mechanical) worship.”

“To listen to the words of the learned and to instill unto others the lessons of science is better than religious exercises.”

“Acquire knowledge: it enables its possessor to distinguish right from the wrong, it lights the way to heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless – it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among friends and an armor against enemies.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

நாம் வெறும் பெயர் தாங்கி முஸ்லிம்களா???ஒரு சுய அலசல்

1. ” இன்னும் : மனிதர்களில் (ஓர் உறுதியும் இல்லாமல் ) ஓரத்தில் நின்று கொண்டு அல்லாஹ்வை வணங்குகிறவனும் இருக்கிறான்.அவனுக்கு ஒரு நன்மை ஏற்படுமாயின் அதைக் கொண்டு அவன் திருப்தியடைந்து கொள்கிறான்.ஆனால் அவனுக்கு ஒரு சோதனை ஏற்படுமாயின் அவன் ( தன் முகத்தை ) அல்லாஹ்வை விட்டும் திருப்பிக் கொள்கிறான்;இத்தகையவன் இம்மையிலும் மறுமையிலும் நஷ்டமடைகிறான்.இதுதான் தெளிவான நஷ்டமாகும்.” ( 22 :11 )

சுபஹானல்லாஹ்……இது நம்முடைய வாழ்வு முறையோடு எவ்வளவு பொருந்துகிறது.நம்மை திருத்திக் கொண்டு நஷ்டத்திலிருந்து தவிர்ந்து கொள்வோம்…….
2. ” அன்றியும்,அவர்கள் பொய் சாட்சி சொல்ல மாட்டார்கள்; மேலும்,அவர்கள் வீனான காரிய(ம் நடக்கும் இட)த்தின் பக்கம் செல்வார்களாயின் கண்ணியமானவராக (ஒதுங்கிச்) சென்றுவிடுவார்கள்.” ( 25:72 )
சின்ன சின்ன விஷயங்களில்கூட நாம் பொய்க்கு துணைப் போக கூடாது.வீணான காரியம் என்றால் வெட்டிப் பேச்சு, ஊர் வம்பு போன்ற காரியங்களும் தானே……….
3.” (பெருமையோடு) உன் முகத்தை மனிதர்களை விட்டும் திருப்பிக் கொள்ளாதே ! பூமியில் பெருமையாகவும் நடக்காதே ! அகப்பெருமைக்காரர்,ஆணவங் கொண்டோர் எவரையும் நிச்சயமாக அல்லாஹ் நேசிக்க மாட்டான்” ( 31 : 18 )
4. ” உங்களுக்கு ஷைத்தானிடத்திலிருந்து ஏதேனும் ஊசலாட்டம் ( தீயதைச் செய்ய ) உம்மைத் தூண்டுமாயின், உடனே அல்லாஹ்விடம் காவல் தேடிக் கொள்வீராக ! நிச்சயமாக அவன் ( யாவற்றையும்) செவியேற்பவன் ; நன்கறிபவன்” ( 41 : 36 )
இது நமக்கு அடிக்கடி நடப்பதுதான்.அதாவது கெட்ட எண்ணம் அல்லது தூண்டுதல்.அதற்கான solutionதான் மேற்கூறிய வசணம்…………

 

நன்றி     :           http://islampreaches.blogspot.com

 

Not for the Environment … but for Man

by Wael Nawara

Environmentalism Is Actually Humanism

One of my friends, Thomas Morrison, has made a very clever argument against, among other things, perpetuating “… the divide (or rather the illusion of separation) between humanity and Nature.” He argues that man’s creations, buildings and cities are all part of Nature. “Nobody looks at a termite mound, ant-hill or bird’s nest as “unnatural” – and until we, as a species, can look on New York, Los Angeles, London, Lisbon and Delhi as a product of Nature, we have not overcome the illusion of our separation from Nature. I believe humanity to be a part of Nature, and this means that city streets, cars, aeroplanes, subways full of jostling commuters and gridlocked motorways are all part of Nature, because they were made by human hands, and human hands are part of Nature.”

To be honest, until I read his note and thought about this whole divide, I used myself to make such distinction, even unconsciously, between the a state of natural beauty and another where man-made creations interfered in my eyes with such beauty. But once I thought about this whole thing, knowing that I had always thought of Man as being one with Nature, it then follows that whatever Man creates is also a product of Nature. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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