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Democracy and Islam

Perceptions and Misperceptions

Islam continues to be at the center stage of the global community. Yet the Muslim world – nearly 1/5th of the world population – is currently in a dysfunctional state, caught between the modern as well as the mundane aspirations of life on one hand and a disconnect from the past glories and transcending values –beliefs that these people identify with, on the other.

Muslim world would like to progress past its problems without de-linking from Islam. The western countries, currently dominating the world, supposedly prefer that the Muslim world move forward, too, but also de-link itself from Islam except at the personal or spiritual level, and most definitely, not upset the current global status quo.

Western countries are mostly democratic and they claim that they would like to see the spread of democracy around the world. They consider democracy to be an indispensable modern ideal that, they contend, is quite conducive to attaining modern aspirations of life. The current superstructure of the world – defined in terms of the economic, political, military and technological power and the accompanying apparatus – definitely reflects the strength of democracy. Modern superpowers, such as the former Soviet Union, that did not adopt democracy, have collapsed. Another major power, China, despite some economic success, offers a significantly lower standard of living than any western countries.
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in ARTICLES

 

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Who is Dalia Ziada?

Dalia Ziada, Egyptian liberal human rights activist.
I was born in Cairo, Egypt in January 2nd, 1982 and I still live there. I hold BA in English Literature from Ain Shams University. Right now, I am studying for MA Degree in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. I do believe in myself and in my unlimited ability to achieve my goals.
My interest in advocating civil freedoms and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa region started as a personal cause. Since I was 8 years-old, I wanted to change my family’s stance towards women’s rights in general and stop using violence against women in particular.

When I grew up, my personal interest in having more equal rights as a woman expanded to my country, Egypt. As an undergraduate, I co-launched a campaign with four of my class-mates to spread awareness about the horrible psychological and physical consequences of Female Genital Mutilation and try to convince parents not to practice FGM against their innocent helpless daughters.

After graduation, my interest in women’s rights expanded to be an interest in human rights and civil freedoms in the whole Middle East and North Africa region. I joined Al-Ahram newspaper as a sub-training and then a professional reporter on foreign affairs. I worked their for two years before the tragic sudden death of my father in 2004. It took me a whole 18 months to accept his death and be able to go back to normal life and continue pursuing my dreams. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF HOLY QURAN.

No     QUESTION     ANSWER
1     How many Sura are in Holy Quran ?     114
2     How many Verses are in Holy Quran ?     6666
3     How many dots are in Holy Quran ?     1015030
4     How many over bar (zaber) are in Holy Quran ?     93243
5     How many under bar ( Zaer ) are in Holy Quran ?     39586
6     How many R u que are in Holy Quran ?     1000
7     How many stop ( Waqf ) are in Holy Quran ?     5098
8     How many Thashdeed are in Holy Quran ?     19253
9     How many letters are in Holy Quran ?     323671
10     How many p e sh are in Holy Quran ?     4808
11     How many Madd are in Holy Quran ?     1771
12     How many words are in Holy Quran ?     77701
13     How many parts of Holy Quran ?     30
14     How many time Besmillah Al-Rahmaan Al-Raheem is repeated ?     114
15     How many Sura start with Besmillah Al-Rahmaan Al-Raheem ?     113
16     How many time the word ‘Quran’ is repeated in Holy Quran ?     70
17     Which is the longest Sura of Holy Quran ?     Al-Baqarah.
18     Which is the best drink mentioned in Holy Quran ?     Milk.
19     The best eatable thing mentioned inHoly Quran is ?     Honey.
20     Which is the shortest Sura of Holy Quran ?     Qausar.
21     The longest verse of Holy Quran is in which Sura?     Al-Baqarah No.282
22     The most disliked thing by the God though Halal is ?     Divorce
23     Which letter is used for the most time in Holy Quran.?     Alaph
24     Which letter is used for the lest time in Holy Quran ?     Zaa.
25     Which is the best night mentioned in Holy Quran ?     Night of Qadar.
26     Which is the best month mentioned in Holy Quran ?     Ramzan.
27     Which is the biggest animal mentioned in Holy Quran ?     Elephant.
28     Which is the smallest animal mentioned in Holy Quran ?     Mosquito
29     How many words are in the longest Sura of Holy Quran ?     25500
30     How many words are in the smallest Sura of Holy Quran ?     42
31     Which Sura of Holy Quran is called the mother of Quran ?     Sura Hamd
32     How many Sura start with Al-Hamdullelah ?     Five: Hamd, Inaam, Kahf, Saba & Fatr.
33     Which Sura has the same number of verses as the number of Sura of Holy Quran ?     Taqveer, 114 verses.
34     How many Sura’s name is only one letter ?     Three: Qaf, Sad & Noon.
35     How many Sura start with word ” Inna ” ?     Four sura – Fatha, Nuh,Qadr, Qausar.
36     Which Sura has the number of its verses equal to the number of Masumeen ?     Saf, 14 verses.
37     Which sura are called Musabbahat ?     Esra, Hadeed, Hsar, Juma, Taghabun & Aala.
38     How many sura are Makkahi and how many are Madni ?     Macci 86, Madni 28.
39     Which sura is on the name of tribe of Holy Prophet ?     Quresh
40     Which sura is called the heart of Holy Quran ?     Yaseen.
41     In which sura the name of Allah is repeated five time ?     Sura al-Haj.
42     Which sura are named Azaiam ?     Sajdah, Fusselat, Najum & Alaq.
43     Which sura is on the name of one Holy war ?     Sura Ahzaab.
44     Which sura is on the name of one metal ?     Sura Hadeed
45     Which sura does not starts with Bismellah ?     Sura Tauba.
46     Which sura is called ‘ Aroos-ul-Quran ?     Sura Rehman.
47     Which sura is considered as 1/3 of holy Quran ?     Sura Tauheed.
48     The name of how many sura are with out dot ?     Hamd, Raad, Toor, Room, Masad.
49     In which sura Besmillah came twice ?     Sura Naml..
50     How many sura start with the Initials ( Mukette’at )?     29 Sura.
51     Which Sura was revealed twice ?     Sura Hamd..
52     In which Sura the back biter are condemned ?     Sura Humzah.
53     In which Sura the name of Allah is repeated in every verse ?     Sura Mujadala.
54     In which Sura the letter ‘Fa’ did not come ?     Hamd.
55     Which Sura are called Muzetain ?     Falk & Nas.
56     Which are those Sura if their name are reversed remain the same ?     Lael & Tabbat.
57     Which is that Sura if its first letter is remove becomes the name of one of the city of Saudi Arab ?       Sajdah
58     Which Sura start with word ‘ Tabara Kallazi’ ?     Mulk & Furkan
59     Macci Sura were revealed in how many years ?     13 years
60     Madani Sura were revealed in how many years ?     10 years.
61     Which sura start with word Kad ?     Mujadala & Momenoon.
62     Which Sura is related to Hazrat Ali ?     Sura Adiat.
63     How many Sura are in 30th. Chapter ?     37
64     Which sura every verse ends with letter ‘Dal ‘ ?     Tauheed.
65     Which Sura is revealed in respect of Ahllelbayet ?     Sura Dahr..
66     Which sura every verse ends with letter ‘ Ra ‘?   (sabahclt@yahoo.com)     Qauser.
67     In which sura the creation of human being is mentioned ?     Sura Hijr V-26.
68     In which sura the regulations for prisoner of war is mentioned ?     Sura Nesa
69     Which sura is having the laws about marriage ?     Sura Nesa..
70     Which sura if its name is reversed becomes the name of one bird ?     Sura Room..
71     In which sura the story of the worship of cow of Bani Esra’iel is mentioned ?     Sura Taha..
72     In which sura the law of inheritance is mentioned?     Sura Nesa..
73     In which sura the Hegira of Holy Prophet is mentioned ?     Sura Infall.
74     In which Sura the 27 Attributes of God are mentioned ?     Sura Hadeed

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Posted by on January 30, 2011 in ISLAM (ARTICLES)

 

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Taking the crescent as a symbol

What is the symbolism behind the Muslim star and crescent? I did a keyword search of your site and searched my library’s reference books and cannot find anything more than a reference to the flag of the Ottoman Empire. Thank you for your interest.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is no basis in sharee’ah for taking the crescent or star as a symbol of the Muslims. This was not known at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), or at the time of the Khulafa’ al-Raashidoon (the first four leaders of Islam after the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), or during the time of the Umawis (Umayyad dynasty). It emerged some time after that, and historians differ as to when this symbol was first adopted and who was the first to adopt it. Some say it was the Persians, others say it was the Greeks, and that this symbol was somehow passed to the Muslims. (See Al-Taraateeb al-Idaariyah by al-Kittaani, 1/320). It was said that the reason why the Muslims adopted the crescent was that when they conquered some western countries, the churches there had crosses on top of them, the Muslims replaced the crosses with these crescents, and the practice spread in this way. Whatever the case, symbols and banners must be in accordance with the teachings of Islam, and as there is no evidence that this symbol is prescribed by Islam, it is better not to use it. Neither the crescent nor the star are symbols of the Muslims, even though some Muslims may use them as symbols. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Feeling Disconnected?

Ukht Amirah

Assalamu alaikum my dearest brothers and sisters

It’s been a while since I wrote to everyone but I pray you are all well and in the best of iman and health! But for those who aren’t feeling like they are in the best of iman right now this article is for you especially.

Ramadhan, 10 days of Dhul Hijja, the day of Ashura, all these important dates of great virtue has passed us now and with the busyness of life taking over especially with exams coming up for many of us, it is normal for many of us to feel spiritually disconnected and experience a decrease in our iman.

Although if you are feeling spiritually disconnected, then Alhamdulillah! Because there are so many people walking on this earth that are truly disconnected and they are unable to “see” it. So Alhamdulillah to the fact that Allah gave us insight to our faults and that we tasted the sweetness of Iman and have had the beautiful feeling of contentment and pleasure when doing good for the sake of Allah swt, so we may not be as disconnected as we think we are! And all we really need to do now is just to work on getting that connection back and be bursting with Iman again Inshallah.

Also when feeling disconnected and low in Iman, please don’t listen to whispers of shaitan when he tries to make you feel hopeless and weak, putting us off making any effort to better ourselves again.

“Verily, those who are Al-Muttaqoon (the pious), when an evil thought comes to them from Shaytaan (Satan), they remember (Allaah), and (indeed) they then see (aright)”

[al-A’raaf 7:201]

We have to remember that we have Allah, and Allah loves us, and Allah wills good for us and He gave us life, so we have time to do good and increase our amaals Insha’Allah and Allah is very close to us…

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah says: ‘ When a slave of Mine draws near to Me a span, I draw near to him a cubit; and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.”’.
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Doctor, heal thy patient !!

By Shobha Shukla, CNS,

We are indeed living in hostile times. There is violence not only at the war front, but also in our homes, on the roads and even in hospitals. It seems as if each of these places has become a battlefield. Hospital rage is increasingly becoming a common phenomenon. Every day, we hear about patients’ relatives creating a ruckus in hospital premises, protesting against doctors’ apathy—either treatment is not given timely or it is wrong treatment. Sometimes doctors also retaliate in self defense to show that they are above reproach like Caesar’s wife.

Gone are the days of the family physician who used to be not only a healer of the body but also of the mind—a friend, guide and curer, all rolled into one. But this is the era of modern economic theories where the patient is a customer who buys the services of the doctor. So where is the scope for any love being lost between them?

Dr Rajesh C Shah, a renowned surgeon and medico legal expert of Ahmedabad was recently in Lucknow for the Foundation Day celebrations of CSM Medical University. In an exclusive interview to CNS he spoke about the steady erosion in patient- doctor relationships.

He reminiscenced, “During my student days, we were taught that a doctor should consider the patient as god. He should treat him as a family member. Unfortunately that relationship is no more—chiefly because of the Consumer Protection Act which brought into its purview the medical profession also, way back in 1993. This Act has gone a long way in creating consumerism in the profession, and this has eroded its nobility due to the law of the land.”

He said, “In the past if a patient complained of a headache problem, I would prescribe a simple analgesic, and ask him to report back after 3 or 4 days. Only if the ache persisted, would I go for other tests. But my present duty is to explain to the patient all the possibilities at the first instance only. Obviously, then the patient wants to know all possible lines of treatment/ diagnostic tests available. Suppose I suggest a CT scan to a poor labourer, then what will happen to him? His headache may be cured by a simple tablet, but to save my own skin, I have to mention CT Scans and thus create a bigger headache of doubts in his mind, and also the desire to go for the best treatment, which may be out of his reach. Ultimately the result is a rise in treatment costs, and this has created dissatisfaction in society. The format of the present Consumer Act, as applied to the medical profession, needs some changes. Either the cases should go to civil court only, or there should be some judiciary from the medical profession to help.”

He agreed that there should be accountability on part of the doctors, and they should be punished if found guilty. But in 99% of the Consumer Court cases, the verdict has been in favour of the doctors. Yet, the trial faced by a doctor is no less a punishment as it sullies his reputation and makes him suspect of misconduct, even though he has not been negligent. So winning the case loses its sheen.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of turbulence in patient-doctor relationship these days. The ethical, moral and monetary values of society have changed drastically in recent times. This is reflected in the medical profession also. Consumerism has eroded the nobility of this profession, because of the law of the land. Also, patients have become more informed and knowledgeable these days and this has created a lot of friction. Dr Shah was of the opinion that if doctors spend more time in their consulting room, then they will never have to spend time in the courtroom. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Like the body, the brain is made entirely from molecules derived from food, air and water, so changes in these factors can directly affect our mental health. Here are some factors which have been found to help improve intellect.Exercise

Scientists are continuing to find new evidence which points to a link between physical exercise and mental health.

A Cambridge University study suggested that jogging just a couple of times a week stimulates the brain. After a few days of running, hundreds of thousands of new brain cells were shown to have grown in a region that is linked to the formation and recollection of memories.

An improved ability to recall memories without confusing them has a direct impact on other crucial cognitive tasks, and could lead to potential new ways of slowing down the deterioration of mental ability in old age.

In other findings, scientists have also found that vigorous exercise helps release a protein called ‘noggin’.

The protein acts as with another protein, bone morphogenetic protein, and stimulates the division of brain stem cells, keeping the brain nimble and active as we get older. Research suggests that amplified production of noggin could therefore prevent the on-set of age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in ARTICLES

 

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