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How can a seeker of knowledge make a schedule to organize his time?

May 30, 2013 Leave a comment
 
Praise be to Allah.

Firstly: 

The status of the seeker of Islamic knowledge is great in Islam. Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, has praised knowledge and those who seek it, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: Are those who know equal to those who know not?’ It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allahs Signs and Verses)”

[az-Zumar 39:9]

“It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah”

[Faatir 35:28]. 

It was narrated that Humayd ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan said: I heard Mu‘aawiyah say, when he was delivering a khutbah: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “When Allaah wills good for a person, He deepens his knowledge of Islam.

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Narrated by al-Bukhaari (71) and Muslim (1037). 

It was narrated that ‘Abu’d-Darda’ said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. The angels lower their wings in approval of the seeker of knowledge, and everyone in the heavens and on earth prays for forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge, even the fish in the sea. The superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like the superiority of the moon over all other heavenly bodies. The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets, for the Prophets did not leave behind dinars or dirhams, rather they left behind knowledge, so whoever takes it has taken a great share.” Read more…

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Tragedy of the Drone: The Long-term Costs of Obama’s Favorite Weapon

May 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Tragedy of the Drone: The Long-term Costs of Obama’s Favorite Weapon

ByYounus Abdullah Muhammad

In the immediate aftermath of the recent Boston bombings, many commentators compImageared the crime scene to an IED explosion on the Iraq and Afghanistan frontiers. Those comparisons ceased as soon as the perpetrators were confirmed to be Islamic terrorists, a conscious effort by the establishment to retain the notion that America’s war on terror is winding down. Or it may have been part of a pernicious cognitive dissonance in American culture, one that refuses to acknowledge any link between the threat of Islamic terrorism domestically and U.S. foreign policy. The mainstream press may have revealed that the surviving bomber, Jawed Tsarnaev, identified Iraq and Afghanistan as motivating factors but its commentary hardly made any connection to what has increasingly become an elephant in the room- a growing link between the reliance of U.S. drone strikes and the rise of Islamic radicalization, both homegrown and abroad. It is time to acknowledge this connection and conversate about its long-term ramifications before it is too late. Read more…

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Islamic Microfinance: An Emerging Market Niche

May 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Islamic Microfinance: An Emerging Market Niche

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An estimated 72 percent of people living in Muslim-majority countries do not use formal financial services (Honohon 2007). Even when financial services are available, some people view conventional products as incompatible with the financial principles set forth in Islamic law. In recent years, some microfinance institutions (MFIs) have stepped in to service low-income Muslim clients who demand products consistent with Islamic financial principles—leading to the emergence of Islamic microfinance as a new market niche.

Islamic microfinance represents the confluence of two rapidly growing industries: microfinance and Islamic finance. It has the potential to not only respond to unmet demand but also to combine the Islamic social principle of caring for the less fortunate with microfinance’s power to provide financial access to the poor. Unlocking this potential could be the key to providing financial access to millions of Muslim poor who currently reject microfinance products that do not comply with Islamic law. Islamic microfinance is still in its infancy, and business models are just emerging.

In a 2007 global survey on Islamic microfinance, CGAP collected information on over 125 institutions and contacted experts from 19 Muslim countries. The survey and a synthesis of other available data revealed that Islamic microfinance has a total estimated global outreach of only 380,000 customers and accounts for only an estimated one-half of one percent of total microfinance outreach.

The supply of Islamic microfinance is very concentrated in a few countries, with the top three countries (Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan) accounting for 80 percent of global outreach. Nevertheless, demand for Islamic microfinance products is strong. Surveys in Jordan, Algeria, and Syria, for example, revealed that 20–40 percent of respondents cite religious reasons for not accessing conventional microloans.

This Focus Note provides an overview of the current state of the Islamic microfinance sector and identifies possible challenges to its growth. It is intended as an introduction to Islamic microfinance primarily for the donor community and other potential entrants into the market.

Muhammad Yunus: The Founding of Grameen Bank

May 27, 2013 Leave a comment

[From Youtube]

Published on 1 Jun 2012

On April 19, 2012, sponsored by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard innovation lab, HBS Healthcare Initiative, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus came to Harvard Business School campus to speak. This is an exerpt.

Social Business—New Models for Providing Sustainable Services to the Poor
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Professor Muhammad Yunus is widely known for his work in establishing the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983. Join us for a discussion regarding his recent efforts that focus on building social businesses and healthcare initiatives in Bangladesh. Professor Yunus is the author of Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty, Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism, and Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs.

Leaving Microsoft to Change The World

May 20, 2013 Leave a comment

This is an inspiring story of a Social Entrepreneur who left his lucrative position as Director of Marketing at Microsoft to start Room to Read.

Room to Read has opened over 3,300 libraries with more than 2 million books. We now have over 2,300 girls on long-term scholarships, and have opened more than 220 schools. Our Founder, John Wood, has a book – Leaving Microsoft to Change the World – which is in bookstores now. Help spread the work, or request a free copy of Chapter 1, by clicking here: http://www.leavingmicrosoftbook.com

Buddhists continue to massacre Rohingya Muslims by burning them alive

May 18, 2013 Leave a comment

 

The carnage in Burma (Myanmar) finally has debunked the myth of “peaceful” Buddhists. At the same time, the so-called international community, led by Western countries, again showed to the world their duplicity and hypocrisy, writes UmmaNews.

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If in the case of Syria, the West almost daily condemns “unacceptable violence against peaceful people”, ranting about freedom and humanity, and even studiously pretend that it tries to help the Syrian Muslims, alas, in the case of Burma, this activity is not anywhere seen.

 

Buddhist crowds have been carrying on with the terrifying violence for nearly a year, but the so-called international community remains stubbornly silent: there is no UN Security Council resolution, nor Obama’s threat of a “red line”, or the French and British proposal to provide “arms to insurgents”, or hints of introducing a no-fly zone over Burma.

 

The following video was shot in Meiktila during the recent violence. The entire video is accompanied by wild cries of Buddhists, including monks, looting the homes of Rohingya Muslims.

 

The clip of 1 minute 30 second in duration, captures a person lying on the ground. This Rohingya Muslim is condemned to a slow and painful death. His body was set on fire by Buddhists, it is all charred, but he is still alive and trying to make some kind of movement. He is surrounded by Buddhists and Burmese police.

 

One of those present calls to throw some water over the burning Muslim, but another voice immediately replies: “Let him die. For him, there is no water”.

 

The horrific images were captured by the police, who were standing on the sidelines.

 

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In the city of Meiktila an anti-Muslim gang, known as the “unit 969”, actively distributes leaflets with the number 969 printed on them, which is reported to have some secret meaning to Buddhists.

 

The current unrest is the repetition of the bloody violence in the past year in the state of Arakan. According to human rights NGOs, the police were mostly inactive or even joining Buddhist mobs, killing men, women and children in June and October 2012.

 

“Although in some cases the state security forces intervened to prevent violence and protect the fleeing Muslims, more often they just stood at the sidelines or directly supported the attackers who had committed murders and other offences”, says the report of the human rights defenders.

 

On Tuesday, the official Burmese authorities reported that six Muslims had been charged for “alleged involvement” in death of Buddhist monk who took part in anti-Muslim riots. All six face the death penalty. Four more Muslims are being sought.

 

In March massacre in Meiktila, there were killed at least 43 people, 12,000 became refugees – most of them Muslims, reports the Associated Press. Buddhist mobs looted the houses of the Rohingya Muslims and burned the people alive, leaving the charred body of the believers lying on the streets of the cities of Burma.

 

Only last week, Buddhists burned down several Muslim villages north of Yangon. According to Agence France-Press, a part of the Buddhist monks were directly involved in the massacre of Muslims, while others were encouraging people to boycott all stores owned by the Rohingya Muslims.

 

Human rights activists have called what is happening in Burma “ethnic and religious genocide”. 

Source: Undisclosed Internet Media

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Connection With Allah – Yawar Baig

May 16, 2013 Leave a comment

An eye and heart opening lecture that redefines the way we look at nature and science and practical tips on how we can make the bond with our Creator stronger. A must watch for everyone.

Categories: Self Transformation
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