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Jaziratul Khidra

Salaam un alaikum,

Are anyone of you in town? What is happening?

Take a look at this discussion about the Island where Imam al Mahdi (ATF) is said to be residing – Jazira Khadra’. I have copied a small part of the discussion http://www.al-islam.org/mahdi/nontl/Chap-10.htm . The complete book can be referred to here: http://www.al-islam.org/mahdi/nontl/Toc.htm.

Mr. Hoshyar: The story of Jazira Khadra’ is as I have narrated for you in brief. Let me hasten to add that this story has no credibility and that it resembles a legend and a fiction for the following reasons:

First, its chain of transmission (sanad) is unreliable. The story has been taken from an unidentified manuscript. ‘Allama Majlisi himself says thus: “Since I have not found this story in any authentic book, I created a special section to report it [so that it does not get mixed up with the other reliable contents of Bihar al-anwar].”

Second, there are a number of inconsistencies in the narrative. I am sure you noticed that in one place Sayyid Shams al-Din tells the narrator that he was the deputy of the Imam, but he had not seen him. Moreover, he says: “. . . but my father used to say that he would hear his voice but could not see him. But my grandfather used to hear his voice and see him too.” The same Sayyid later on says that he sees the Imam every Friday morning and encourages the narrator to do the same. The Shaykh who brought the narrator to that island also tells him that the Sayyid and those like him are the only ones who can meet with the Imam. As you have noticed this is a contradictory statement. The interesting part of the story is that if the Sayyid knew that he was the only one who could meet with the Imam, why did he propose to the narrator that he should go to the mountain and see the Imam?

Third, the story makes reference to alterations in the Qur’an, and such a view is impossible to maintain. Muslims scholars have unanimously rejected such a contention about the Holy Book of God.

Fourth, the lawfulness of the khums has been touched upon in the story, which, according to the jurists, is unacceptable.

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Good Posters for Nafila Prayers

Government of Imam Mahdi (AJTF)

salaam un alaikum,

A great book has just gone online al-islam… quite an interesting read for many of you.

http://www.al-islam.org/an-overview-of-mahdis-government-najimuddin-tabasi/

Muslim

Controlling the Tongue – Abusive Language, Insults, Sarcasm and Impertinence

I was once told that the tongue is very light weight and so to commit haram with it is very easy.

Besides lying there are also some of the haraam acts that could be done – in summary they are all hurting someone’s feelings using the tongue:
– Abusive Language
– Insults
– Sarcasm
– Impertinence

A little about the last two:

Sarcasm example:

•Teen 1: Oh, here comes that cannonball guy. He’s cool.
Teen 2: Are you being sarcastic, dude?
Teen 1: I don’t even know anymore.
(“Homerpalooza,” The Simpsons)

Sarcasm explained very well:
•”First, situations may be ironic, but only people can be sarcastic. Second, people may be unintentionally ironic, but sarcasm requires intention. What is essential to sarcasm is that it is overt irony intentionally used by the speaker as a form of verbal aggression.”
(John Haiman, Talk Is Cheap: Sarcasm, Alienation, and the Evolution of Language. Oxford Univ. Press, 1998)

Impertinence Meaning : Rude and disrespectful

THE BRICK

by Ton Pascal

How many times have you asked yourself, ‘why is this happening to me?’ or ‘why is God punishing me?’ Whatever word you give to your problem and choose to search on the net for an answer or explanation, you will find thousands of places that claim to be able to free you from all of your tribulations.

You name it, there is a book, a site, and a ‘guide’ over there that will give the answers you desperately need. Some of them are sincere, and are honestly done to inspire hope and to support you in achieving a positive life and self-esteem. What they all have in common is that ‘you hold the answer to all your questions, and the solution to all of your troubles.’
Maybe you don’t even believe in God but nevertheless when something bad hits you over the head you question ‘who, or what, is the power that threw me that punch?’ Have you ever thought about first asking yourself the answer to that thorny question? Remember that little voice that is constantly nudging you? Well, that voice can be your best friend and advisor, or your worst enemy. If you believe in God or a force that connect and guides our dimensions you will pray and try to find comfort in your beliefs. If not, the road will be long, wide and hard. As one of these believers I pass to you this simple advice, if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

What I call spirituality is not going to church every Sunday or joining any mystic group. Spirituality is being responsible for all of your thoughts and actions. The forces of the universe will take care to coordinate these thoughts and actions and transform your life and the world. As opposed to advising you on how to live your life, I will entertain you with this short story I heard a long time ago. Especially now at this difficult period of global uncertainty, when we are exposed to so much suffering, misunderstanding and pain, it has an even more poignant feel.

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared but instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid he saw standing by and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, ‘What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?’

The young boy was apologetic. ‘Please, mister….please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,’ He pleaded. ‘I threw the brick because no one else would stop…’ With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. ‘It’s my brother, ‘ he said, “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, ‘Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.’

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

“Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: ‘Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!’

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice to listen or not. He didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Let this thought sink in… If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Have a great journey.

Ton Pascal

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ton Pascal is a self-thought, self help advocate and author. “The difficult times we are facing in our world require a more spiritual approach to our everyday lives.” Check his site http://www.dreamyourlifepositively.com/ or the book Dream Your Life Positively on Amazon.com

Videos from the picnic

If you thought we were missing something you are very right…

after you finish the first video you will be able to see the others that are available… sorry could not turn them around…

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYKry2AA%5D

Pictures from the Picnic

If you like the pictures please leave a comment for Hamid Bhai. He took the trouble of shooting the pictures and also transferring them over to me.

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