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60 Minutes – You decided!

September 24th, 2009 No comments

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Vocabulary via Video

July 7th, 2009 No comments

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Great website for learning vocabulary with videos

Cool website  to help improve your vocabulary.

visit here http://www.wordahead.com/Default.aspx

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Microsoft Launches Maren, a Native Windows Arabic Transliteration

July 3rd, 2009 No comments

An excerpt from ArabCrunch about Maren.
This is a really cool tool that allows you to type arabic without requiring an arabic keyboard. Download and install it today!

Microsoft today launched Maren a native windows transliteration that works in all most all windows application without a need for an internet connection.

As we have mentioned in past blog posts, Arabizi which is writing Arabic in Latin characters is popular especially among the young generation in the Arab world, let alone Arabs who reside in the west and do not have any Arabic keyboard. There has been some online application that deals with this problem. But Yamli was the pioneer in making it a business, it has an online editor, API, innovative search that is built on top of the concept and a Firefox toolbar which now is updated to version 1.0. Google followed yamli’s steps and came up with Ta3reeb an online Arabic Transliteration editor and now with an API . Onkoosh on the other hand provides it via its search engine only.

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The King And The Ring

June 29th, 2009 No comments

A powerful king, ruler of many domains, was in a position of such magnificence that wise men were his mere employees. And yet one day he felt himself confused and called the sages to him.

He said:’I do not know the cause, but something impels me to seek a certain ring, one that will enable me to stabilize my state.

‘I must have such a ring. And this ring must be one which, when I am unhappy, will make me joyful. At the same time, if I am happy and look upon it, I must be made sad.’

The wise men consulted one another, and threw themselves into deep contemplation, and finally they came to a decision as to the character of this ring which would suit their king.

The ring which they devised was one upon which was inscribed the legend:

This, too, will pass.

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Imam Ghazali – Last Qasida

May 23rd, 2009 No comments

Imam Ghazali woke up one early morning and as usual offered his prayers and then enquired what day it was, his younger brother, Ahmad Ghazali replied,”Monday.” He asked him to bring his white shroud, kissed it, stretched himself full length and saying “Lord, I obey willingly,” breathed his last.
And underneath his head rest they found the following verses; composed by him, probably, during the night.


Say to my friends, when they look upon me, dead
Weeping for me and mourning me in sorrow

Do not believe that this corpse you see is myself
In the name of God, I tell you, it is not I,

I am a spirit, and this is naught but flesh
It was my abode and my garment for a time.

I am a treasure, by a talisman kept hid,
Fashioned of dust, which served me as a shrine,

I am a pearl, which has left it’s shell deserted,
I am a bird, and this body was my cage

Whence I have now floron forth and it is left as a token
Praise to God, who hath now set me free

And prepared for me my place in the highest of the heaven,
Until today I was dead, though alive in your midst.

Now I live in truth, with the grave – clothes discarded.
Today I hold converse with the saints above,

With no veil between, I see God face to face.
I look upon “Loh-i-Mahfuz” and there in I read
Whatever was and is and all that is to be.

Let my house fall in ruins, lay my cage in the ground,
Cast away the talisman, it is a token, no more

Lay aside my cloak, it was but my outer garment.
Place them all in the grave, let them be forgotten,

I have passed on my way and you are left behind
Your place of abode was no deweling place for me.

Think not that death is death, nay, it is life,
A life that surpasses all we could dream of here,
While in this world, here we are granted sleep,
Death is but sleep, sleep that shall be prolonged

Be not frightened when death draweth night,
It is but the departure for this blessed home
Think of the mercy and love of your Lord,
Give thanks for His Grace and come without fear.

What I am now, even so shall you be
For I know that you are even as I am
The souls of all men come forth from God
The bodies of all are compounded alike

Good and evil, alike it was ours
I give you now a message of good cheer
May God’s peace and joy for evermore be yours.”

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BBC Interview: Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad

May 17th, 2009 No comments

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BBC Radio 3 Interview with Joan Bakewell on the radio show Belief Talks to Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad about his conversion to Islam. Interview was conducted a couple of weeks after his visit and speech at the Vatican.

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AlHambra – Virtual Tour

January 19th, 2009 No comments

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Take a virtual tour to the AlHambra Palace – Granada, Spain. The most celebrated islamic architecture of – Al Andalus, the Golden Age of Islam.

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Science and Islam

January 13th, 2009 No comments

This is the first of a 3 part series on Science and Islam aired on BBC Channel4 on 5th Jan 2009.

Part 1 – The Language of Science

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.

Its legacy is tangible, with terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali all being Arabic in origin and at the very heart of modern science – there would be no modern mathematics or physics without algebra, no computers without algorithms and no chemistry without alkalis.

For Baghdad-born Al-Khalili this is also a personal journey and on his travels he uncovers a diverse and outward-looking culture, fascinated by learning and obsessed with science. From the great mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, who did much to establish the mathematical tradition we now know as algebra, to Ibn Sina, a pioneer of early medicine whose Canon of Medicine was still in use as recently as the 19th century, he pieces together a remarkable story of the often-overlooked achievements of the early medieval Islamic scientists.

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Where Islam Meets America – Introducing Zaytuna College

January 11th, 2009 No comments

 

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Islam has never become rooted in a particular land until that land began producing its own religious scholars. During its twelve-year history in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zaytuna Institute has helped a generation of American Muslims appreciate the enduring legacy of Islamic scholarship. Now, Zaytuna has arrived at a new chapter in its history—and, God willing, in the history of Islam in America.

Please join Imam Zaid Shakir and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf during this special evening as they introduce Zaytuna College, discuss the need for establishing an accredited institution of higher learning, describe the details of the Bachelor’s degree programs the College will offer, and introduce the Bay Area Muslims who will help make it a reality.

Finally, they will invite you to support Zaytuna College, where future generations of Muslims can begin to shape the land in which they live.

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

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Who Speaks for Islam – Dahlia Mogahed and Irshad Manji

December 26th, 2008 No comments

Dalia Mogahed, author of the best book ever on Muslim opinion (”Who Speaks for Islam”), calmly dispatches Irshad into the stands for a grand-slam, see must-view video below.

While Jeffrey Goldberg, the moderator, couldn’t quite keep the discussion impartial (though he does try hard), Dalia remains calm and effectively hammers Irshad’s case for a “new” Islamic reform into the ground.

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