Monthly Archives: May 2010


by  Dr Y Mansoor Marican, Ph. D

“If anyone slew an innocent, it would be as if he slew the whole of mankind.” [The Qur’an 5:32]

Jihad is not terrorism.

Jihad is not killing innocent people.

Jihad is not the strong bullying the weak.

Jihad is not collateral damage.

Jihad is not tolerance of oppression.

Jihad is not silence against injustice.

Jihad is not imposing your values on others.

Jihad is not a man-made concept.

The Jihad of Self-defense

Jihad is the struggle to obey the command of Allah The Most Merciful.

We are on this planet as representatives of Allah The All-Merciful and All-Compassionate to establish peace and harmony through complete submission to His commands.

Jihad is a concept of The Creator, Who alone deserves all worship.

All efforts in the way of Allah are Jihad.

Fighting tyranny and injustice is Jihad.

Muslims are permitted to take up arms against those who wage war against them.

Armed jihad is therefore permitted only in self-defense.

The retaliation against the armed attacks must be measured and proportionate.

Armed jihad is temporary in that it ends when the enemy ceases its aggression.

Muslims must move quickly to establish peace when the enemy seeks peace. Read the rest of this entry »


From mini-skirts to burqas: Iran, Turkey clad as scientific powers

By Soroor Ahmed,

Iran took the wind out of the sail of the so-called US-sponsored move to impose sanctions when on May 17 it brokered a historic deal with Turkey and Brazil, the two emerging powers in different parts of the world. Surprisingly, the deal was signed under the patronage of Russia and had the moral backing of another permanent member of the Security Council, China.

As per the agreement Iran would be supplying low-enriched uranium to Turkey and Brazil in return for fuel rods for a medical research reactor. The first batch is due to arrive in Turkey within a month.

The news of signing of the deal came only a few weeks after a study showed that Iran and Turkey have registered fastest growth in the field of science in the world in the recent years.

The scientific output has grown 11 times faster in Iran than the world average, faster than any other country. A survey of the number of scientific publications listed in the Web of Science database shows that the growth in the Middle East––mostly in Iran and Turkey––is nearly four times faster than the world average. Only in February last Iran had sent mouse, turtles and worms into the space.

It is not any Iranian or Turkish agency but Science-Metrix, a data analysis company in Montreal, which has published a detailed report on “geo-political shift in knowledge creation” since 1980. Eric Archambault, the author of the report and president of Science-Metrix is of the view that “Asia is catching up even more rapidly than previously thought, Europe is holding its position more than most would expect. And the Middle East is the region to watch.”

If that study is to be believed the scientific output of North America––the United States is the most important country in this continent––has grown considerably slower than the world as a whole in the last two decades. World scientific output grew steadily from 450,000 papers in 1980 to 1,500,000 in 2009. Asia as a whole surpassed North America last year.

But one just need not be carried away by such studies as may be the scientific growth of the United States has reached a saturating point where growth can not be as fast as that of the new emerging powers.

Still the development of Iran and Turkey need to be viewed in a different context too. They have acquired this distinction when they have elected Islamic governments in power and do not have the secular and western-minded tin-pot dictators thrust on the people.
One may tend to disagree with Iran and Turkey on a number of counts but one will have to accept that these two countries are emerging as a scientific power––may be a long way to go––when they do not have military rulers like Mustafa Kamal Pasha and Raza Shah.

The progress made by these two powers are being recognized by countries like Russia and China, albeit for their own diplomatic and military interest. The United States, Israel and West Europe want to use sanctions to push back their development.

The people of Iran have exploded the western myth woven since the Khomeini-led Islamic Revolution in 1979; that the country of Ayatollahs cannot make any progress.

Now the western scholars are floundering for words to explain as to how “the Iran of Mullahs” and burqa-clad women are on the threshold of the space and nuclear age and has not travelled back to the stone age as they predicted. This notwithstanding all sorts of sanctions in the past and US backed and Saddam Husain-led eight year old war thrust on it (1980-87).

The big question is why these two countries did not progress when the rulers––Mustafaa Kamal Pasha in Turkey and later Raza Shah in Iran––had been banning Fez caps and burqas and imposing and encouraging mini-skirts. Turkey under Pasha and successive secular and military governments till late in the 20th century remained “a sick nation of Europe”. Similarly, Iran till 1979, though an oil-rich country, had no international role to play––it was just a police outpost of the US.

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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in News


A noble relation

Drsonnet Sonnet Cardiology specialist

This article s dedicated to all doctors helped me to regain my scientific self confiedence, thank you…

This relation between the juniors and professors is noble. I call some of my professors Pioneers and leaders as they have a guidance rule. They enlighten and pave the road for me during study and decision-making.

Should it be a take and give world, everyone should do his rule. Junior should do effort while learning, asking, studying, observing,…Pioneers should teach, answer, educate, and give the practical experience. But what is the benefit the professors are getting by giving their experience and data?
The normal human behavior is not built on to take only. There is a good sense of giving. The professors act as father bonding affect and brother help while giving. Also, their science and experience is transmitted from generation to the other and will not be lost especially they have a modern or unique science. Being a matter of respect from others is nice great feeling. By the way every junior will be a leader of others later on. Read the rest of this entry »


25 Tips for a Healthy Heart

1. Eat more of grains, vegetables, beans, greens, fruits, fish, seeds and yoghurt.
2. Eat less of milk, cheese and nuts.
3. Add garlic to your recipes.
4. Beta-carotene rich foods like carrots, cabbage, sweet potatoes and dark leafy vegetables.
5. Reduce sodium intake to no more than 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt per day.
6. Eat regular meals.
7. Drink water throughout the day.
8. Switch from coffee to tea.
9. Exercise regularly.
10. Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator.
11. Do housework. Take it as an extra chance to exercise.
12. Healthy weight should be maintained.
13. Quit smoking.
14. Avoid alcohol.
15. Sleep adequately.
16. Blood pressure should be monitored.
17. Cholesterol should be monitored.
18. Work schedule should be regular to avoid too much stress.
19. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing, Yoga and meditation.
20. Laughter is a good medicine.
21. Medical check-ups should be done regularly.
22. Control diabetes.
23. Family history of cardiovascular should be known.
24. Love – give it and receive it.
25. Medication prescribed by the doctor should be taken.


The Importance of Bayt Al-Maqdis

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In the past it was a Sunnah of the Muslims that after having performed Hajj they would all travel to Medina and then to Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) to pray there too. Now, millions continue to travel to Mecca and Medina, while Al-Aqsa cries at its abandonment and neglect by the Muslims. Indeed many Muslims are oblivious to its religious significance. One of the myths most commonly propagated by the Zionists is that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran, and therefore it has no significance to Muslims and Islam.

Therefore quite possibly there will be not be much of an outcry when the Al-Aqsa Masjid will re-open to non-Muslim visitors, even if the Waqf (the Islamic religious trust on religious sites) refuses, as Israel’s Internal Security Minister Tzahi Hanegbi has announced. This will allow thousands of non-Muslim scantily dressed tourists to visit the Masjid Al-Aqsa. We need to consider would we to tolerate such a sight the Kaaba Sharif or Masjid ar-Rasool?!?! Never!

We as Muslims treat Mecca as being very holy as we should. But if we are to treat it as a holy place, then we must also know about those things that make Bayt al-Maqdis almost as holy.

Why do we believe Mecca to be holy?

Because Ibrahim (AS) brought his child Ismayeel (AS) and Hajar (AS) to Mecca when there was no one else there and left them there, and then he visited Mecca three times.

Mecca is holy because of him and because of Ismayeel (AS), from amongst whose descendants was Muhammad (SAW). So if Mecca is holy because of this, then imagine just how holy Bayt al-Maqdis and its surrounding regions are because Ibrahim (AS) made Hijra there from his home place of Iraq.

So if Mecca is holy because he visited it, then Bayt al-Maqdis is just as important because that is where he lived, prayed, preached and that is where he died and was buried. And he was not the only one, Isa, Suleiman, Dawud, Yahya, Zakariya, Yaqub and Yusuf (AS) were all prophets who lived and died in and around Bayt al-Maqdis.

If Mecca and Medina are holy because the angels visited them, then so too did the angels descend upon Bayt al-Maqdis.

If we look at Medina before the Prophet (SAW) made Hijra there it was known as Yathrib and it was just an oasis, and it only became holy once the Prophet (SAW) and the Muslims emigrated to Medina and settled there.

But Bayt al-Maqdis did not just become holy at the emigration of Ibrahim (AS) or any other prophet for that matter. In fact it had been declared holy by Allah (SWT) at the time of creation, just like Mecca.

Abu Dharr al-Ghafari (RA) said, ‘I asked the Prophet (SAW) “YA Rasul Allah! Which was the first Masjid ever to be built on earth?” Rasul Allah (SAW) said “Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.” I then asked “Ya Rasul Allah! What was the 2nd Masjid?” the Prophet (SAW) said “Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa.” I asked “what was the time between the 2?” he (SAW) said “40 years.” ‘ (Bukhari)

Allah (SWT) has described it as being blessed. In Surat al-Isra 17:1, He says, “Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allah) Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Masjid al-Haram (Mecca) to Masjid Al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem) the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed.”

In addition to this Abu Dharr al-Ghafari (RA) also said, “We were discussing in the presence of the Prophet (SAW) which of them was more virtuous, the Mosque of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) or Bayt al-Maqdis. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said “one prayer in my Masjid is better than 4 prayers over there but it is still a good place of prayer. Soon there will come a time when if a man has a spot of land as big as his horses rope from which he can see Bayt al-Maqdis, that will be better for him than the whole world.” (Al-Haakim and Adh-Dhahabi)

One prayer in Masjid an-Nabi is equivalent to 1000 prayers elsewhere, while prayer in Masjid Al-Aqsa is 250 times better than elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 30, 2010 in ISLAM




Bananas Contains three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Nemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. Read the rest of this entry »


Indian Centre for Islamic Finance launches its website

By TCN News,

New Delhi: The website of the Delhi-based Indian Centre for Islamic Finance (ICIF) was yesterday launched by noted Islamic economist Dr. Fazlur Rahman Faridi. Dr Faridi, who is also Chairman of ICIF, appreciated the work done on the website and hoped people in India and abroad will utilize this facility.

He further said that the website will create awareness among the students, scholars and the regulators about the need and relevance of Islamic finance, which has emerged as a possible alternative after the financial Tsunami in the west.

Dr. Fazlur Rahman Faridi, Chairman, ICIF (sitting in the middle), H Abdur Raqeeb, General Secretary, ICIF (extreme right), Dr. Waquar Anwar, Trustee, ICIF (extreme left) and others
ICIF website has besides other information some research papers on topics related to Islamic banking and finance such as Takaful (insurance), Sukuk and Shariah.

Introducing ICIF on the occasion, H Abdur Raqeeb, General Secretary, ICIF, said his organization is lobbying for introduction of Islamic banking and financial system in India.

“ICIF is striving to present Islamic economy and financial system as an alternative to the prevailing conventional system based on free trade and controlled economic systems. It is on the one hand creating awareness among the masses how Islamic financial system is humane, based on ethics and beneficial to all segments of the society and more particularly the marginalized and unorganized sector. It is networking the individuals and institutions working in this field to collectively present before the regulators, businessmen and the political leaders to accommodate Islamic banking along with conventional banking. For that it has conducted several seminars, workshops and interactive sessions and proposes to produce literature in English and Hindi apart from Urdu to create awareness among the masses,” he said.

“If London, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Paris can become hub and house of Islamic Finance and Banking why not Mumbai?,” he wondered.

Dr. Faridi is one of the pioneers in the field of Islamic economics and finance in India. He is chairman of ICIF. Among the trustees of ICIF are Dr. Nejajatullah Siddiqui, King Faisal International Prize winner and pioneer of Interest Free banking in the world, Dr. Ausaf Ahmad, Syed Mohammed Jafar, Dr. Rahmatullah, Dr. Shariq Nisar, Syed Gulam Akbar, Dr. Obeidullah, Dr. Waquar Anwar, K M Abdul Salam, Noorullah Siddiqui and Abdul Rasheed.


Indian Centre for Islamic Finance

D-309, Abul Fazl Enclave,Dawat nagar,

New Delhi-110025

Ph: 011-29945946


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Posted by on May 30, 2010 in News