Source : Maha Akeel | Arabnews / Jeddah | 09 Mar 2011
It was a magical evening of a visual, sound and flavor festival, which combined traditional Islamic arts, music and cuisine.
Under the patronage of Princess Adela bint Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the spouse of the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Mrs. Fusun Ihsanoglu, hosted a cultural event from Feb. 27 to March 7 at her residence in Jeddah, which was attended by princesses, spouses of members of the diplomatic corps, artists and distinguished guests.
Source : Jamal Badawi
Chairman, Islamic Information Foundation - Canada
Prior to the advent of Islam, female infanticide was practiced by the Arabs.
Islam not only succeeded in uprooting this evil practice by declaring it to be murder, but also ended the prevalent notion that the birth of a girl was not as auspicious as the birth of a boy. Islam teaches that the birth of any child is a great blessing.
Source : Haleh Banani, M.A.
Every man dreams of having a woman who can please him on many different levels. One that fulfills his desires, stimulates him intellectually and soars with him to new spiritual heights. A unique woman that will not only be a source of comfort, but also a source of strength.
It is very easy to dream and have expectations of your spouse but what do you have to do in order to attract a woman with these qualities and keep her giving at that level?
Source : Brian Knowlton | The New York Times
ATLANTA | 27 Dec 2010
Around Sept. 11, 2001, not long after she founded the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, Soumaya Khalifa heard from a group whose name sounded like “Bakers Club.” It wanted a presentation.
The address was unfamiliar, but she went anyway. The group turned out to be the Bickerers Club, whose members love to argue. Islam was their topic du jour and their venue was a tavern. Ms. Khalifa laughed, and made the best of it.
This is a story filled with lessons and warning, anyone who is in a high position of academic activity or in Tasawwuf or in any other service of Deen will derive benefit and guidance from it. They will learn that it is of utmost importance for one to avoid thinking of others as being inferior to him. They should always remember the advice of Shaykh Shahabuddin Suhrawardi (rah), the spiritual guide of Shaykh Saadi (rah): “Never become self-conceited and never look down upon anyone else.”
One sunny spring afternoon Nasrudin was sitting peacefully by the imposing North gate of Samarkand watching the colourful string of caravans following each other and followed in turn by the curious glances of the populace.
A stranger, an obviously rich merchant from Persia about to leave town, felt attracted by Hodja’s honest-looking turban and stopped his convoy to inquire about the dangers of travel.
A young woman teacher with obvious liberal tendencies explains to her class of small children that she is an atheist. She asks her class if they’re atheists too. Not really knowing what atheism is but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks. There is, however, one exception. A beautiful girl named Zainab has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different. “Because I’m not an atheist.”
The significance and role of theological schools (mazhabs)
To clarify, the existence of four different schools of law [mazhabs] within the same religion, their use and correctness we consult «Treasury of beneficial knowledge», written by outstanding scholar of our time, Shaykh of Naqshbandi and Shazali tariqahs Said-Afandi al-Chirkawi. Here is how he answers these questions: