Archive for June, 2012

Sheikh ul Islam Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri on moonsighting question

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

As Ramadhan draws closer this year, the usual questions about moon sighting and calculations will come up. I have written in the past about this but it is always important for the worldwide Muslim Ummah to get perspectives and gain knowledge. One person with a lot of knowledge and an understanding about human behavior is Prof Qadri. I present here his talk (given in a previous year) on this subject.

One thing he does not cover is the reality that in our modern society the ability to have instant communication with people all over the globe further confuses the matter. For instance – if the moon is calculated (or sighted) at 3:00pm on July 20, someone in North America can then in form his or her brother or sister in New Zealand. The date in New Zealand is already July 21. This confuses people. So, in fact, they are both starting Ramadhan at the same time as far as the phases of the moon are concerned but according to the common calendar date it APPEARS as different. The truth is that they are both starting Ramadan at the correct time – which is 1 Ramadan!!


 

Film Highlights Islamic Art’s Contribution to World Culture

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Great Mosque of Cordoba featured in the film Islamic Art Mirror of the Invisible World (Courtesy of Unity Productions Foundation)

Film Highlights Islamic Art’s Contribution to World Culture

By: David Byrd
June 28, 2012

The finery of tapestry and carpets, the grandeur of soaring arches in mosques and palaces, and the beauty of calligraphy are just some of the art forms highlighted in a new film by Unity Productions Foundation, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. The 90-minute documentary explores Islam’s contribution to world art and culture through 1,400 years and across four continents.

You can read more of this article via Film Highlights Islamic Art’s Contribution to World Culture.


 

Sufism and nature | DAWN.COM

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Sufism and nature

From the print edition

By  Muhammad Tauseef Ansari

IN a broad sense, the definition of nature includes anything that is not made by man. However, Sufis take a different view in light of their teachings.

With their interpretation, ‘La ilaha il Allah’, meaning ‘there is no god except Allah’, can also mean ‘La mojoud il Allah’ i.e. nothing exists except Allah.

All the creations are but not detached from their Creator, hence being one with the Creator requires not only a gnostic view of the environment around us but also the struggle to be one with nature.

Read more of this article via Sufism and nature | DAWN.COM.


 

Hadith – Bukhari – Book of Belief #35

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.”


 

Hadith – Bukhari – Book of Belief – #34

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.”