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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

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[U.T.M] Islamic smartphone ready for launch

get-attachment.aspxThe soon-to-be-launched “Peace Mobile,” an Islamic smartphone, is a useful media gadget that reconciles Qur’an with modern science.
The smartphone was invented by Dr. Zakir Naik, an internationally renowned public speaker on Islam and comparative religion, and is
ready to be launched internationally in the last week of Ramadan.
Demand for the Islamic handset is scaling among Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Thousands of people have already ordered the gadget online,
while hundreds are talking about it o n various media platforms.
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A breakthrough technological initiative by Naik, founder and president of the IRF (Islamic Research Foundation), the phone will facilitate

  • the implementation of Islamic ethos in daily life. Peace Mobile is completely customized with authentic Islamic apps and software and helps practicing Muslims stay connected with the Islamic world.
    Naik was in Riyadh recently speaking at a Ramadan forum organized by the IICC (India Islamic Cultural Center), where he urged knowledge and unity.

    The Islamic scholar has always stressed the need for both religious education and modern education, considering both as essential.
    The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is a nonprofit organization that owns the Peace TV channel, a major Islamic satellite television network that recently exceeded a record global viewership of 200 million.
    Featuring over 80 hours of Naik’s videos, 50 Islamic applications, hundreds of Islamic wallpaper and 200 Islamic ringtones, the phone contains numerous books on Islam and comparative religion written by Naik,

    apart from other Islamic programs. Okasha Mujahid, international business manager at Darussalam, a Riyadh-based Islamic publishing house, welcomed the smartphone and said, “Darussalam has earnestly

    worked to spread the word of Islam through its publications. Peace Mobile can help become an extension for this.”
    “People will be able to experience the difference, as communicating through technology wil l make life easy and convenient par excellence while fostering an intimate relationship with the Creator,” read an official statement by the IRF.
    Competing with the most prominent of smartphones, Peace Mobile is equipped with advanced specifications in a stylish design, including a 4.6-inch screen, capacitive multi-touchscreen tablet,

    a dual 32-GB SD SIM card and 4-GB internal memory dual core processor, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, in addition to Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 OS, upgradeable to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.
    The IRF has officially announced that the dispatch of the mobile phones will start by the last week of Ramadan. The handsets will be available worldwide from UAE through online purchase and delivery

    will be completed via DHL or FedEx. The handset is priced at $240, equivalent to SR901 and AED882.
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    Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Article


    India’s Sufi pictorial takes Islam to children worldwide

    By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS,

    New Delhi : “O Imam Ali, can you tell us how far it is to heaven?” asked a group of Muslim pilgrims to which the wise one replied, “Just Two Steps Away”… The cover of a new Islamic text reaches out to children worldwide with its witty quips.

    A pictorial anthology, “40 Sufi Comics” by Bangalore-based entrepreneurs and creative artists Arif and Ali Vakil, has brought anecdotes, fables, lessons and traditions from Islam and Sufism in English for younger generations of Muslims across the world.

  • The book, launched in the capital Feb 17, is already in use in madrassas – Islamic seminaries – across Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Africa and Dubai which have stocked their libraries.

    The Islamic Shia Study Centre (ISSC) at West Madrasah in Ontario has included the book in the syllabus, said Ali Vakil.

    The book has been translated into French, Russian, German and Indonesian.

    “We decided to create the pictorial book three years ago. It started as an experiment. We were running a spiritual blog to share with friends and family. And we thought why not put the stories from Islam in the form of a picture book with Islamic texts and share it with the world,” Ali Vakil told IANS.

    Vakil said the seeds of the book were sown during their (brothers Arif and Ali) childhood in Dubai.

    “We went to school in the morning and a madrassa in the evening to study Islam. Our teachers would narrate stories of faith, wit, love, sacrifice and adventure. The stories stayed with us,” the young writer said.

    The Vakil brothers have also launched an I-pad app of the book in colour strips.

    “We are trying to get it translated in Persian and Urdu for use in India,” Vakil said.

    The book is divided into five segments – “Ethics, Spirituality, Philosophy, Existence of God and References for Tradition”.

    The book conveys Islam to children through “exchanges of simple and practical wisdom”.

    “When a man asked the prophet to explain nobility of character to him, he replied, ‘It means that you should forgive him who wronged you, re-establish ties with him who has broken them off, give to him who has denied you something, and tell the truth even if it is against your own interests.”

    The book even teaches the correct postures and thoughts for prayer in an illustrated section, “Secrets of Prayer Taught by Imam Jafar Sadiq”.

    “When you face the Qiblah, you should despair of this world, what it contains of creation and what others are occupied with, empty your heart of all pre-occupation which might distract you from Allah,” the book teaches beginners, “Opening the Prayer”.

    The anthology has culled its texts from “Prophetic Traditions in Islam”, “Nahjul Balaga”, a collection of sermons from Imam Ali, “Sahife Sajjadiya” from Psalms of Islam, “Lantern of the Path”, a collection of sayings by Imam Jafar Sadiq and Mizan Al-Hikmah, the scale of wisdom.

    “We are working on the second volume of the Sufi comic in colour with short anecdotes,” he said. Islamic pictorial books are still unfamiliar in India, Vakil said.

    Mumbai-based Goodword Islamic Books, is one of the biggest publishers of Islamic children books and pictorial texts in the country with categories like “Treasury of Stories From Quran”, “Tell Me About Series”, “Quran Stories from Little Hearts”, “Treasured Islamic Tales” and “Ramadan and Eid Stories”.

    (Madhusree Chatterjee can be contacted at

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    Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Article



    A dream of an educated world

    Why is education important?

    Well, the first ayah revealed to the Prophet Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him was

    Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists),

    See that bold there? READ! The very first revelation given to the Prophet Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him emphasised the importance of education. Without education we would know nothing! We would be totally lost, unaware of the world and how to live in it.

    There would be no scholars, scientists, doctors, engineers, lawyers, mathematicians, and so on and so forth. Because education is needed to understand and learn and teach and develop. Nothing comes from no where and we’re not suddenly going to know everything!

  • I think, one of the main reasons why 3rd world countries are 3rd world countries is because of the lack of education. Yes, obviously poverty is very important, but the people need education to get themselves out of that poverty. People need education to know how best to run the country, how best to provide for the people, how best to take care of the people. People need education to live a good life.

    Parents need education
    Everyone knows the home is the first school of a child and so every parent must be able to give their a child a good start in life. However the parent needs to be educated beforehand to be able to do this. Yes, they can copy their parents, and people around them, but the best example is the example of the Prophet Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him and what Islam says. A lack of education can result in parents passing on a form of Islam which is mixed with culture and passes on a lot of negative traits.

    Whereas a childhood centred around Islam will teach the child the right morals, the right etiquette for everything in life; from relationships, to eating, to sleeping, to everything! This will no doubt help them become great Muslims who are going to succeed in whatever they do. Whether that be just parents themselves, or doctors and lawyers and teachers or whatever. Their continuous education will help them understand Allah and learn to deal with all sorts of tribulations.

    And I’ve seen parents who aren’t educated who simply don’t realise some things are bad for their children. They just can’t comprehend it because it’s never been taught and they don’t realise the consequences of things. That’s where secular education comes in. I’m not saying everyone should be educated to degree level but at least to GCSE level and it’s equivalence. This would help them grasp and understanding of science and maths etc which are pretty vital imo. They need to be taught to understand how things work and in turn how we should do things.

    Why am I ranting?
    Because having an education is a human right and duty, given to us by Allah (swt). Everyone needs and deserves it; man, woman, old and young. It really gets to me when I see parents who aren’t giving their children the best start in life because of a lack of deen (and I feel sorry for those who weren’t fortunate enough to have an education themselves). It really bugs me that women are being deprived of education when…what’s that saying? ‘Educate a man, educate an individual, educate a woman, educate a nation’! It really bugs me that some people are just too poor to get the most basic education.

    I want everyone to have the opportunity to learn. I want to make a change. I wish I could. One day insha’Allah.

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    Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Article



    Muslim woman avoids idle talk and idle deeds

    Muslim woman avoids idle talk and idle deeds

    Muslim women, who are sincerely devoted to Allah,organize their whole lives in accordance with the law Allah ordered in the Quran and they do this with a meticulous care. Therefore, like it does for all people, Islam brings honor, dignity and respect to the esteemed Muslim women, who truly live in the way Allah ordered, during their life both in this world and in the hereafter; and thus grants them with a superior morality. In our previous article, we made a detailed explanation upon this subject.

    And in this article, we will continue to emphasize the features of Muslim women.Idle talk and wasting time with worthless deeds is a very common feature of females in the societies that do not practice Quranic Morality. Yet, Allah described the true believers in a Quran verse as the ones “who avoid vain talk”(Surah Al-Muminun,3). “Avoiding idle talk and vain deeds” is a significant feature of the true believers. The personality of a Muslim woman is much more different than all characteristic features of females who do not live in accordance with the Quranic Morality. She knows that Allah destined a short earthly life span for men and time is quickly being consumed. This short life span is all they have to attain Allah’s blessing, His will and His eternal paradise. Therefore, Muslim women act knowingly that any moment is very precious. They are aware that any moment they waste with a vain deed or an idle talk is a great loss, indeed – which may cause a feeling of regret in the Hereafter. Read the rest of this entry »
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    Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Article


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    Are women created only for family life?

    We have been used to thinking that women have been created for the family life and for raising children, and thus their natural place is in their homes. Nothing in the Quran or Sunna clearly supports such a view or assumption. Such a division of labor between the husband who earns the living of the family and the wife who stays at home doing housework is a societal experience, which has occurred for a very long time throughout history in so many societies, including the Arab society at the time of Islam, and the subsequent Muslim as well as other societies until recent times when change has come out. Women learn and work equally to men, and the family responsibilities are requiring more financial resources. Caring about the home has to be reviewed, and the Prophet’s traditions indicate his assistance to his wives.

    However, such a modern experience of women’s work and the consequent need for husband’s help in the housework in so many countries does not necessarily mean that it is an eternal natural law. Social change never stops; and norms are introduced, maintained or abandoned according to their practical benefit.

    In English, the verb form “to husband” denotes the mastery and management of the house, and “husbandry” may mean the control of resources and careful management or the or production of plants and animals. The word “groom”-used in bridegroom-is related to feeding. This may merely reflect a societal tradition that has existed throughout history. The Arabic language, however, differently uses the same word “zawj” meaning mate or companion of the other, for both husband and wife.

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    Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Article



    Why we should send our Children to a Muslim School

    Obligations, benefits and blessings
    by Hussein Abdulwaheed Amin

    At state, secular or church schools in the West today Muslim children do not receive a proper grounding in knowledge of Islam.  Moreover, both in the classroom and in the playground they are often exposed to ideas, influences and behavior which can both pressurize and tempt them away from the straight path of Islam and its moral code.  Thankfully, as Muslim communities expand through immigration and the conversion of westerners, Islamic schools are being set up to cater for the educational and spiritual needs of our young people.  Where possible we should do all we can to strengthen and support these establishments.  Muslim schools are good for our community and our children because:

    * The basics of Islam are taught and practiced in the school
    * Almost all the teachers are Muslim and thus maintain an Islamic atmosphere in the classroom.
    * Students are expected to wear Islamic attire and maintain a proper Islamic manner which is hopefully  reflected in the rest of their lives.
    * There is less peer pressure to indulge in any un-Islamic behavior.
    * Topics covered in classes are presented from an Islamic perspective, thus enabling the students to relate to the world from an Islamic point of view.
    * There are no problems of drugs, guns, sexual promiscuity nor sexual education taught in a moral and religious vacuum.
    * Muslim schools usually have small classes and a good student/teacher relationship and ratio. Read the rest of this entry »


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