Friday, October 31, 2014

Signs of the last days

" No one can know when the Day of Judgment will occur.  However, God has mercifully taught His messengers some of the signs that alert one to the fact that the Hour is approaching.  These signs play a very important role, especially for those who live at a time distant from the Prophet and who did not experience first hand his teaching and example.  These signs reinforce one’s belief in the Prophet. More importantly, these signs, if one takes the time to reflect upon them, are a reminder of the Day of Judgment.  They should revive the heart of the person and make him recall what he is doing on this earth and to where all this is heading." by  Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo 

Certainly the hour or the last days are coming no doubt about that , the question remain what have we prepared for it ? 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A message from Iqra about Ashura

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Assalamu-Alaikum and Greetings !

Ashura of Muharram

With Ashura at our doorsteps, this is a reminder for you to fast the two days of Ashura on the 9th and 10th of Muharram (or 10th and 11th of Muharram 1436 AH). Per Makkah calendar, 9th and 10th of Muharram correspond to Sunday and Monday, 2nd and 3rd of November, 2014.

Another point to note for the month of Muharram is the authentic hadith by the prophet mentioned in Sahih Muslim (hadith # 1163) where he (s.a.w.s.) says, "The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Allaah Muharram, and the best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night."

Do let others know about this so they, too, can fast on the two days of Muharram as instructed to us by our prophet (sa.w.s.)

For those looking to refresh their understanding and background on Ashura and how the Ashura observances for Sunni Muslims are different from those of Shia Muslims, you can click on the link and review the post at the end of this E-mail. You can also read an article about the month of Muharram.

On another topic, below you will also find a good Du'a that you can review.

If you find these articles useful, do foroward this E-mail to others.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not in the name of religion : No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror is allowed in Islam .

Islam4mankind weekly Radio  from 1:05 pm to 2 pm ,  today, we will be talking about the danger of extremism . Every religion sent by God forbid killing of innocent people , nowadays all over the world we hear or see on the news so much criminal activities motivated by the devil in disguise but claimed to be in the name of such or such religion . Not in the name of Islam will be the title of today radio show , please tune in and participate , we welcome all voices as long as they are respecting the audience and all faiths . 

No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror is allowed in Islam or any other religion revealed by the mercifull who created all mankind , so let us ponder the following quranic verse to see the purpose of the diversity of creation : 
Allah states in the Quran:

 " O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. "

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

More and more people are coming to Islam despite the propaganda

Published by the Deenshow on Oct 18, 2014

This is the story of a Dr.Jerimiah who's both parents were Christian preachers and how he came to know Islam as being the truth from God. As a Christian Dr. Jerimiah grew up in the Church and him and his family would go to the church almost ever day. He fasted, prayed and would try and memorize parts of the Bible and also observed the Sabbath as well. They stuck to the Bible literally in everything they did until he finally found Islam.


Anasheed La Ilaha Ila Allah Il N'Y A De Dieu Que Dieu par Talib Al Habib

Anasheed La Ilaha Ila Allah Il N'Y A De Dieu Que Dieu par Talib Al Habib 

Anasheed islamique sans instruments tout en rappelant à nos frères et soeurs que l'écoute d'anasheed ne doit en aucun cas remplacer l'écoute du Saint Coran qui n'est autre que la meilleure parole sur la surface de la terre, la parole d'Allah.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Was (Not) The First To Cross The Atlantic by Lost Islamic History

Columbus Was (Not) The First To Cross The Atlantic

The old poem that most American school children recognize begins “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” Indeed, in the year 1492, Christopher Columbus (whose real name in Italian was Cristoforo Colombo) sailed across the Atlantic in the name of the Spanish crown and landed in the Caribbean part of North America. For hundreds of years, it has simply been accepted that Columbus was the first explorer to valiantly sail across the sea and “discover” the Americas. However, this theory no longer stands up to modern scholarship.
It goes without saying that the first people to truly discover America were the ancestors of the Native Americans, who probably crossed into North America through Russia and Alaska about 12,000 years ago. Discussion of the “discovery” of the Americas by Europeans, Africans, or Asians is an insult to the history of it’s indigenous peoples. That said, the first daring souls to cross the Atlantic ocean by boat are important to know, and the theory of Columbus does no justice to their story.
While the common knowledge about Columbus is that he lived in a time where everyone assumed the world was flat, this is clearly not the case. Ancient Greek scholars such as Aristotle and Pythagoras suggested that the earth was in fact, round. It was during the Muslim Golden Ages (c. 750-1100s) that advanced scholarship into the shape and size of the earth began. Contrary to what most people may believe, in those years, it was common understanding that the earth was not flat. The debate, instead, was about exactly how large the earth was. In the early 800s, the Abbasid Caliph al-Ma’mun assembled the brightest minds of the day (including al-Khawarizmi) in Baghdad who calculated the earth’s circumference and were off by only 4% of it’s actual size.
Knowing that the earth was round, and knowing its size to a very good degree of accuracy (without the modern technology we have today), some intrepid Muslims must have attempted to go around the world, hundreds of years before Columbus. The proof of these voyages is in front of us, in black and white.

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Al-Masudi’s world map of 956, showing the “unknown land” across the Atlantic across from Africa
The great Muslim historian and geographer, Abu al-Hasan al-Masudi wrote in 956 of a voyage in 889 from al-Andalus (Muslim Spain). The voyage sailed for months westward. They eventually found a large landmass across the ocean where they traded with the natives, and then returned to Europe. Al-Masudi records this land across the ocean in his famous map and refers to it as “the unknown land”.
Two more voyages from Muslim Spain to the Americas are recorded in history. One was in 999 and was led by Ibn Farrukh, from Granada. The other is recorded by the genius mind of the geographer al-Idrisi, who worked in the multi-cultural and religiously tolerant Sicily of King Roger II in the 1100s. He wrote of a group of Muslims who sailed west from Lisbon for 31 days and landed on an island in the Caribbean. They were taken prisoner by the Native Americans on that island for a few days. Eventually, they were freed when a translator who lived among the natives that spoke Arabic arranged for their release. They eventually sailed back to al-Andalus and told their tale. The important part of this account is the existence of an Arabic speaker among the natives, indicating that there must have been more unrecorded contact between the Arab world and the Americas.

West Africa

There is another part of the Muslim world that had contact with the Americas before Columbus. In West Africa in the 1300s, a powerful and incredibly wealthy empire called Mali existed. The most famous leader of this empire was Mansa (king) Musa. The most memorable event of his reign was his epic hajj journey in 1324. The caravan of over 60,000 people made an impression everywhere they went, including Egypt, where Mansa Musa told the story of how he came to power. His brother, Abu Bakr was the Mansa before he was. During his reign, Abu Bakr sent a fleet of 400 ships to explore the Atlantic Ocean. Only 1 ship returned, but reported that they found a land across the ocean. Mansa Abu Bakr then outfitted a fleet of 2000 ships, which he sailed with personally, that sailed west into the ocean. They were never heard from again.
While there is no record in Mali of the result of that voyage, there is evidence of their arrival in the Americas. There are numerous archaeological sites in North and South America that attest to that Malian presence. Early Spanish explorers and pirates recorded abandoned cities in Brazil that had inscriptions identical to the language of the Mandinka (the people of Mali). More inscriptions in the Mandinka language were found in the United States as well. Near the Mississippi River, many inscriptions exist that recorded their exploration of the Americas. In Arizona, an inscription was found that reads “The elephants are sick and angry. At present there are many sick elephants”. This inscription also includes a rough sketch of an elephant. Elephants are not native to the Americas. They were brought by the Mandinka to the Americas, and the inscriptions are proof of Mansa Abu Bakr’s successful journey over 100 years before Columbus.

The Ottoman Empire

In 1929, an amazing discovery was made in Istanbul, Turkey. A map drawn in the year 1513 by the Ottoman cartographer, Piri Reis was found. Reis wrote that his map was based on earlier sources, including ancient Greek and Arabic maps, including maps by Christopher Columbus, who had sailed only 21 years earlier. What is remarkable about this map is the level of detail of the map, which forced historians to re-evaluate the Columbus theory of exploration.
The Piri Reis map of 1513
The map clearly shows the eastern coast of South America, which is in the correct position with regards to Africa. The coast of Brazil is shown in incredible detail, with many rivers accurately placed on the map. Although Reis used Columbus’s maps as a source, Columbus never went to South America, so Reis must have gotten that from earlier Muslim maps that he used as sources. Furthermore, Reis’s map includes the Andes Mountains, which were not even explored by Europeans until the 1520s, a full decade after the drawing of Reis’s map!
Piri Reis based his map on earlier sources, which clearly had a very good understanding of the Americas and had explored the area well before the first Europeans. The map is perhaps the strongest physical evidence of Muslim exploration of the Americas before Columbus

What Did Columbus Say?

With all of this evidence of Muslim exploration before Columbus’s voyage in 1492, is it possible that Columbus himself knew he was not the first? It’s more than likely to be the case. Columbus sailed from Spain in the same year the last Muslim dynasty of Iberia was destroyed in the Reconquista. Many of the people of Iberia were still Muslims, and carried with them the knowledge of the Muslim Golden Ages. Numerous people on Columbus’s voyage were Moriscos, Muslims who were forced to convert to Catholicism or die. Columbus could have heard from Spain’s Muslims of the New World and was thus inspired to go exploring.
Once he got to the Americas, Columbus records numerous examples of Muslims already present. He commented on the gold that the natives had, which was made the same way, in the same alloy, as the Muslims of West Africa did. Furthermore, Columbus records that the native word in that area for gold is guanin, which is very similar to the Mandinka word for gold, ghanin, which probably comes from the Arabic word for wealth, ghina’. 
In 1498, Columbus recorded seeing a ship loaded with goods, heading towards America, filled with Africans who were probably on their way to trade with Native Americans. Columbus also records in his journal that Native Americans told him of black Africans who came regularly to trade with them.
Even Columbus knew that he was not the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.


Clearly, the theory that Columbus discovered America is nothing but an old tale that has not stood the test of time. There is no doubt that the Columbian Era was a pivotal time in world history that changed the way of life in the Americas and Europe forever. However, he was not the first to make the crossing to the Americas. Evidence exists from the Arabs, West Africans, and Ottomans of Muslim voyages to the Americas well before Columbus and Christian Europe. For whatever reason, the textbooks continue to extoll the voyage of Columbus and the courage of his crew, the “first” to make it across the Atlantic. This idea clearly needs to be re-examined in light of evidence from earlier Muslim explorations, to bring their contributions to the general public.
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Morgan, M. (2007). Lost History. Washington D.C. : National Geographic Society.
Quick, A. H. (2007). Deeper Roots. (3rd ed.). Cape Town: DPB Printers and Booksellers.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Media unfair and biased discourse about Islam :

Thank You, Bill Maher, for Proving Islamophobia is real 

By Zainab Chaudry
If there’s one issue these days that unites self-identifying liberal and conservative political pundits who otherwise can never seem to agree on anything, it’s bashing Islam.
Last week, stand-up comedian and political commentator Bill Maher invited a scholar on religion, Reza Aslan, as a guest on his HBO talk show “Real Time” and proceeded to lambast him with inaccurate generalizations regarding the status and treatment of women in Islam.
Specifically, Maher wrongly painted female genital mutilation (FGM) as “an Islamic problem” and alleged that Islam does not respect the rights of women.
Had Maher researched and familiarized himself with the origins of FGM, he would know that this barbaric practice predates the birth of Islam and, in fact, stems from cultural practices rooted in certain segments of religiously diverse populations in Africa.
One of the most common reasons why Islam is so often misunderstood in the West is because people like Maher continuously fail to distinguish between cultural mores and traditions and religious mandates.
Reza Aslan did a commendable job responding to Maher’s irresponsible remarks, pointing out that FGM is not a “Muslim problem,” but rather a Central African problem that plagues many Christian majority countries like Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Maher either ignores or is ignorant to the fact that Islam is the first religion that granted specific rights to women at a time in history when the notion was a foreign concept. When the Quran was revealed, it mandated that women have the right to inherit wealth and land during a period when women themselves were treated as property.
Islam delineated the distribution of assets in event of divorce so that women were not forced to rely on men for sustenance. During a time when men were taking advantage of their wives for financial gain, Islam stipulated that a woman’s earnings are hers alone, whereas her husband is obligated to provide for the family. The Prophet Muhammad’s wife Khadija was herself a successful businesswoman who was independently wealthy prior to marrying him.
Muslim women were among the first to be encouraged to keep their fathers’ names upon marriage, instead of adhering to the Western tradition of taking on the husband’s last name as is customary in patriarchal societies throughout the world. This allowed them to establish and maintain an identity independent of their husbands.
Before Maher publicly alleges on his cable television talk show that Islam denies women their rights, he should do his due diligence and educate himself on the facts, or at the very least invite as a guest a Muslim woman who can rebut his fallacies with facts and convey the pivotal role Islam has played in shaping the true identity of women in Islam.
Not only has Maher been way off the mark on the topic of women’s’ rights in Islam, but he’s also off in left field on the discussion of anti-Muslim sentiment in the West and extremist, radical groups who identify as Muslims.
Recently, Maher again invited onto his show four guests – including actor Ben Affleck and author Sam Harris – to discuss radical Islam and Islamophobia, particularly in the context of extremist groups like ISIS. Interestingly considering the topic of the show, not one guest was Muslim.
During this segment, Maher claimed that Islam is the “only religion that acts like the f—- mafia” that would “f—- kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book.”
He went on to claim that liberals who should champion liberal values like freedom of speech and gender equality are accused of being Islamophobes when they point out that these values are lacking in the Muslim world.
Ben Affleck rebutted soundly, accusing Maher of stereotyping Islam unfairly and pointing out that he and fellow guest panelist Sam Harris were “painting the whole religion with a broad brush.” Ironically, during this same segment, Maher questioned whether Islamophobia was even real, all while exemplifying it in full force on his own cable talk show.
As a public personality with a platform to influence and sway popular opinion, Maher has an added responsibility to communicate in an educated and informed way that does not distort or misrepresent facts.
Thank you, Mr. Maher, for exemplifying that Islamophobia is very much real. It is characterized by the tired generalizations and stereotyping recycled by folks like yourself who are determined to define the faith of billions by the reprehensible actions of a small minority.
You can attempt to smear and tarnish Islamic principles that promote peace and tolerance by choosing to focus on acts of terrorism committed by Muslim extremists. But we cannot defeat those who wish to harm us until we step back and recognize that terrorism is waged by groups of all faiths who twist religion for political gain; until we understand that religion is often manipulated and leveraged by minority extremist factions to gain power and favor with an oppressed population; And perhaps most importantly, until we acknowledge the role U.S. and European policies have played in creating a ripe breeding ground for such barbaric groups.
Until we acknowledge these facts, people like you who propel your harmful, inaccurate rhetoric succeed only in undermining efforts of the overwhelming majority of mainstream Muslims attempting to reclaim Islam from groups who use it to spread fear and hatred, and in providing more ammunition for terrorists groups like ISIS to continue advancing their malicious, self-serving agendas.
Zainab Chaudry is the Maryland Outreach Manager of the Council on American Islamic Relations. CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.