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  1. Does anyone know where Sister Smiley has gone? She was one of the top contributors to this site, and having not seen her post, for such a lengthy period of time, I am starting to become quite concerned.
  2. I hope, that sister Smiley, is well also. I haven't seen this sister, post for a very lengthy period of time. Insh'Allah, she is well.
  3. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - By Dr Stephen Covey
  4. Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh respected brothers and sisters. I have some questions on the topic of Irfan, and I would be honoured, if you could take the time, from your busy schedules to answer them, they are as follows: 1.) Is there a difference between Irfan and Sufism? (I have found that some people, use these terms interchangeably, whilst others emphasise a difference between the two) 2.) Is it necessary for all Muslims, to practice Irfan, as an obligatory part of religion? (In the same way, that one would for example, perform the 5 daily prayers, and observe the fasts of Ramadhan) The Holy Prophet (SAWS) has said: "I was appointed for the Prophethood so that I may accomplish the important task of moral perfection within human souls.” -al-Mustadarak, vol. 2, p-282. 3.) Is it possible for a Muslim to acquire this “Moral Perfection” that the Holy Prophet (SAWS) has mentioned, without practising Irfan? 4.) Is it possible to practise Irfan, without the guardianship or supervision of a teacher? 5.) I have been reading some books on Irfan, such as Self-Building and Light Within Me. Both of these books seem to warn the reader about the dangers of worldliness. I am a recently graduated Cancer Research Scientist. My research and academic pursuits require me at times to work up to 16 hours a day. I have worked incredibly hard, to get to where I am today. I aspire for higher positions, in my field, and a better life, for both myself and my family. Would all of these things be considered worldliness? Am I committing a sin, by having such aspirations? How exactly does one differentiate between what is worldly and what is not? As a side note, I do completely understand that the nature of my questions exposes a vast world of ignorance on my part. I would like to apologise for this, and sincerely hope I do not offend anyone by the nature and style of my questions. Please bear me with patience. I look forward to hearing your replies. May Allah (SWT) reward you all in abundance.
  5. Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh I thought you might be interested to have a look at the following section from the BNP manifesto 2010, entitled "counter-jihad-confronting-the-islamic-colonisation-of-britain". Wa Salaam The following is taken from the British National Party manifesto, 2010: http://www.general-election-2010.co.uk/bnp-manifesto-2010-general-election/bnp-manifesto-2010-counter-jihad-confronting-the-islamic-colonisation-of-britain
  6. Taken directly from the BNP website: http://bnp.org.uk/2009/12/police-attempt-to-halt-filming-of-tory-led-islamic-march-in-gwent/ Please visit the above link, for pictures, and a crude video, they have made of the Ashura procession. As can be seen, from the tone of the article, this is clear, typical scare-mongering aimed at the naive British White Working class. With a clear intention to inspire victimism, and induce a reactionary, powerless state, with the BNP as the only hope, of reclaiming that "Loss" of power. Furthermore it is rather disappointing, that they have decided to target a "Shia" procession. In my humble opinion, out of all the muslim divisions and groups residing in Britian, surely it would be the "Shia", who would most be able to truly empathise and understand the true horrific evil manifested in Terrorism and Islamic Extremism. However, when we read the following speech, by Nick Griffin to local party activists in Burnley in March 2006, it becomes rather clear, as to why this makes little difference: - Nick Griffin - 2006
  7. I am sorry to hear you feel that way. You are a valuable human being to this blessed earth, and you will serve an important, remarkable purpose to someone at some point, within the fabric of this society. Therefore the intrinsic value that lies within you will be projected through your actions, and ability to serve the members of this human race. N.Eldon Tanner has said: “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth” You seem to have adopted a reactionary mindset. Be proactive, in every aspect of your life, not reactive. Proactive people, work on the things they can do something about. The nature of their energy is positive, enlarging and magnifying, causing their circle of influence to increase. They do not blame circumstances, conditions of conditioning for their behaviour. Their behaviour is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions based on feeling. Reactive people, on the other hand, focus on the weakness of other people, the problems in the environment, and circumstances over which they have no control. Their focus results in blaming and accusing attitudes, reactive language, and increased feelings of victimization. The negative energy generated by that focus, combined with neglect in areas they could do something about, causes their circle of influence to shrink. As Henry David Thoreau said: “I know of no more encouraging fact, than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour”.
  8. Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah brother. Just one day to go…… Thank you, for providing that first-hand footage from Birmingham, and also, that very interesting reference to Shia Nation: Especially, this discussion: http://www.queeryouth.org.uk/community/ ... ntry408812 Those questions you have raised are very valid. The EDL, don’t seem to have any real objectives, no particular vision. The entire basis, upon which they stand their ground, is highly dubious. Questions, of a very similar nature are put to Mr Trevor Kelway, by Mr “Enigmatic”, on that forum, you referenced. However notice how he continues to ignore the highly objective questions being put to him, and rather focuses on his usual, Anjem Choudary, Islamist, Anti-Shariah Law, rhetoric. Perhaps, you are correct; maybe this is all a set-up. Interestingly enough, the BNP conspiratorially claims that the EDL is a Zionist front organization, or is some other form of conspiracy run by “some dark hand”. UAF, claim on the contrary, with apparent evidence that many of the EDL members have close associations with the BNP. Whoever, they are, I am sure I will have the opportunity to draw my own conclusions as I attend my workplace, on Saturday morning, (Very close to Leeds City Square). The Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University students are planning demonstrations alongside the UAF, on the same day. Muslim youths, are apparently coming down from Bradford/Dewsbury/Huddersfield. This truly sounds like a recipe for complete destruction. On a more lighter, note, EDL, have ruined Christmas……… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/8331312.stm
  9. Details of the English Defence League (EDL)(Taken from EDL website): Message from Nick Lowles - Head of "Hope Not Hate" campaign: Statement from Leeds United Against Facism: As a British Muslim, currently residing in Leeds I am deeply concerned about this particular EDL protest. The fact that Leeds is in the close vicinity of cities such as Bradford, as well as towns such as Dewsbury (both with large Muslim populations), there is a potential danger that the Muslim youth will utilize this as an opportunity to take the law into their own hands, leading to clashes between the two sides, and inevitable violence. Such reckless, irresponsible actions will no doubt, have repercussions on the Muslim community of Leeds as a whole. Therefore I would urge the Muslim youth to show self-restraint, self-discipline, and to seek to understand the real political agendas behind such demonstrations, as well the real problems that many radical Muslims pose to the fabric of British society today. Remember the truly catastrophic Bradford Riots of 2001, and the consequences both for the Bradford community, and all those who participated in the riots. Don’t attend the demonstrations. Stay at home. In the words of Gandhi: “They cannot take away our self-respect, if we do not give it to them”
  10. Mash'Allah, brother, what a meticulous, detailed explanation of the Salat-Al-Layl. May Allah (SWT), reward you in abundance for your efforts.
  11. More than 40 people have been arrested during two political demonstrations in Manchester city centre. At least 2,000 people attended the protests, by the English Defence League (EDL) and members of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) on Saturday afternoon. Witnesses said "ugly scenes" broke out between rival protestors and police. Forty-eight people have been arrested, four among them were held on suspicion of affray. Most of the other arrests were for public order offences. Other people were detained on suspicion of racially-aggravated offences or over possession of weapons or drugs. A senior police officer said the day had "proved a challenge" for the force Protesters were herded towards railways stations by police officers as the protests came to an end. Many of them were moved away from the city centre on buses. One man suffered a head injury during the protests, but did not need hospital treatment, a police spokeswoman confirmed. About 700 members from the EDL and 1,400 members from UAF were separated by a line of riot police, dogs and mounted police in Piccadilly Gardens. Mat Trewern, from BBC Radio Manchester, said the atmosphere had turned "quite nasty" as the day progressed. He said: "There had been some ugly scenes as protesters clashed with police, but it has started to calm down and the crowds are dispersing. "At one point, earlier on, when it became extremely tense, members of the UAF tried to break the police line between the two groups, which in turn angered the EDL members. More than 2,000 protesters were thought to have been in the city centre "Trouble had started when 100 members of the EDL arrived at Piccadilly Gardens and they were immediately met with shouts of 'racists' and 'off our streets' by members of the UAF, who had already congregated at Piccadilly." He said the number of protesters from the UAF outnumbered those from the EDL by about two to one. "The disruption in the city centre has been on a large scale, shoppers and businesses have been affected by the protests." Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said the presence of so many protesters in the city had "proved a challenge" but that life in the city had gone on as normal. He said the police reaction had been necessary in order to tackle "the few hell-bent on violent confrontation" and described some of those arrested as "agitators and trouble-makers". He said: "I would like to thank all those people who came to Manchester today and protested peacefully for their patience and understanding. "I'd also like to commend the vast majority for demonstrating in a peaceful manner. Most of the arrests were for public order offences "However, the history of protest has been marred, by those who came intent on violent confrontation." Greater Manchester Police confirmed a man, believed to be heading to the protest, had earlier been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of distributing racially aggravated material. Muslim leaders had renewed appeals for people to avoid the demonstrations. Nanu Miah, a community leader from Oldham, said before the protests in Manchester: "We are not encouraging people to go, we don't know who EDL is and what could happen." An EDL event in Birmingham in September led to counter-demonstrations and bricks being hurled at riot police. Up to 90 people were arrested. Source: BBC NEWS
  12. _jen_, I completely agree. There is no doubt that the EDL protests, on a Friday of Ramadhan, on 9/11, and on the Quds Day, were inflammatory and provocative. The whole point was to present Islam/Muslims, to the British people, as a hateful, sadistic, violent ideology. As well as incite fear, paranoia, and interfaith tension. And the Muslim youths, in attempting to “Defend the mosque”, have completely and successfully fulfilled the aims of the EDL. The next day we saw images, in the news, of young Muslims, alongside members of UAF, chasing the EDL protestors, and hurling bricks and bottles at them. The EDL protestors became martyrs, and the Muslim youths, and UAF the oppressors. You are absolutely right; the young Muslims do require education in such matters. However I really wonder how effective such education would really be. I really feel, it is more a matter of the principles with which they have been brought up from a very young age. In other words we need to look at the long-term; parents need to elevate their children from such primitive and defensive thinking, and rather to teach them to seek to understand the issues and political agenda’s behind such protests, as well the real problems that some Muslims exhibit in British society today. With regards right wing organizations such as the BNP and EDL, merely condemning them as racist or fascist bigots is not really addressing the issue. We need to engage in dialogue with them, and analyze some of the genuine concerns they have with some Muslims living in Britain today, and seek to address them on a communal level. The vision that Barack Obama has of America and its relationship with Islam, I really feel a similar correlation can be established in British society today. “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
  13. Message from Nick Lowles, Head of the Hope Not Hate Campaign - "Exposing the extremism behind the BNP" Friend ---- I'm writing with bad news - but with the opportunity for you to do something about it. Over the past few weeks we've led campaigns against the English Defence League - a violent group of anti-Islamic football hooligans who are hell bent on whipping up interfaith tension through violence and intimidation. We've had some success in getting their marches banned in the past - but sadly it seems that the violence is spreading. On Saturday they are holding a protest in Manchester - and I fear that there could be violence. We can't get this one banned - it's a static march so they don't need permission. But we can stand up for hope. I've written a letter to the Daily Mirror and the Guardian - which I hope will be printed on the day of the EDL's protest in Manchester. I'd like you to read it - and then co-sign it as well. Together we can send the message that we reject their hate, we reject their fear and that we are stronger together than apart. You can sign the letter here: http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/together In truth, this isn't about religion. It's about figures on the far right trying to create fear and tension within and between communities - and then capitalise on this division. But as we understand what they are trying to do, you, I and the thousands of people who view each of us as equals can organise against their hatred and send a clear message: we stand as one, and by attacking one of us you attack all of us. This is about how we see our society - please co-sign our letter now: http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/together We can sit back and let this happen. Or we can send them a message of hope not hate. Please join us. Best wishes, Nick
  14. Salaam Alaykom Brother. I would strongly recommend that you read, a book entitled: "The seven habits of highly effective people" - By Dr Stephen Covey In particular a section, entitled: "Putting first things first". In this section, he discusses the various generations of Time Management programmes, that have developed over the last 50 years, and why they have been so unsuccessful. He also divides Time, into 4 quadrants, explaining, the significance of each quadrant, and where exactly our time should be directed, if we wish to be more "Effective". All, in all, I personally, feel, that this section of his book, is probably the most "Effective", time management programme, available, and would recommend you invest in this book, if you wish to use your time, to more effective means. Ramadhan Kareem Wa Salaam
  15. Wishing you a very happy birthday Sister. May Allah (SWT) bestow His mercy, benevolence and compassion upon you and your family. Many congratulations to you and your family, on this most prosperous of occasions.
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