The Month of Shaaban and Misconceptions Related to its Virtues

 

15tn Shaa’ban was May 09 2017,

Ramadan is soon with us here in Australia the date will be Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Based on the ahadith of the Prophet and the interpretation of the ahadith, it is mustahab to fast a great deal in the month of Shaa’ban.  It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast the whole of Sha’baan. Ahmad (26022), Abu Dawood (2336), al-Nasaa’i (2175) and Ibn […]

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Making Peace with Problems

You know problems are part of life, don’t you? They won’t go away. I can share a simple way to deal with problems without getting all stressed up.

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Sufi Comics Rumi: Volume 2

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I have had the greatest pleasure to be asked to review this second volume of Comics, produced, as you can see by Mohammed Ali Vakil, Mohammed Arif Vakil and Rahil Mohsin.

I begin in saying that i enjoyed them immensely and learned a lot from them and then I will give a summary about some of the contents and the inspirations and thoughts generated in my by them.

The Contents are as follows:

Table of Contents

  1. The Three Pearls
  2. Make  Yourself Ready to Do All He Wants
  3. Be Worthy of My Gifs
  4. Not the Garden but the Gardener
  5. Never Turn Away from Me
  6. Moses and the Shepherd
  7. Your Longing for me was My Messenger to You
  8. The Wine and the Cup
  9. Keep Moving, Keep Growing
  10. The Sublime Art of Gathering-in Fasting
  11. All through the Night God Is Calling Us

mandsMy most favourite story is that of moses and the Shepherd since it reminds us that God hears all our prayers in every language whether we are Muslim or not, even when we are pagan or polytheistic. Yet teaches that if believers were to emulate them then that is to sin. This also reminds us that sometimes in Scripture God is Anthropomorphized so that He can better make Himself understood.

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See the previous page.

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The Comics also contain pages of Text written in both Arabic and English which contain quotes from the Holy Quran and from the sayings of Muhammad (s) which I take to be hadith. The one cited above it so similar to something the Prophet Jesus son of Mary said in the Christian Scriptures that one sees that truth with truth repeated over time – is truth.

We also note the immanence of God, nearness of God being a Spiritual Journey.

wingsBorn with wings, something not quite understood yet apprehended.

As a Christian, and member of a Muslim Christian interfaith group I find it very easy to aim to become a Sufi, since being so seems to transcend sectarianism to provide that heart of teaching.

This is is what these Comics do so very well: their presentation is enticingly engaging, appealing to adults and children alike,providing stepping stones in the form of questions to greater understanding of God’s intention for humanity. Inspiring its readers to read the Quran the hadith and to greater understand their faith.

They break down the walls of misunderstanding between Islam and other faiths because they demonstrate that the Saints and Prophets of God reveal similar or the same sayings and teachings as their own.

Again – they are a  valuable teaching and learning medium highly recommended by myself

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Ali Wanted To Be…

Ali Wanted To Be…

In Depth Interview with Victor Bockris, Author of ”Muhammad Ali in Fighter’s Heaven”

by Tobe Damit

Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol

Foreword by Victor Bockris:

The Ali-Warhol Photo Tapestry shown up above as the ”banner” for this article is 60 x 32 inches and comes in various forms ranging from The Ali-Warhol Boxed Set (on 24 separate canvases) to the popular vertical edition on one large print thirty by six four inches, three images across and eight down. It is a beautiful and historic work executed by the Bockris-Schmidlapp team. Copies still available.

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Artista cria montagens chocantes contra fotos de turistas no Memorial do Holocausto | VIVIMETALIUN

O artista Shahak Shapira lançou o projeto Yolocaust após se sentir incomodado com a quantidade de fotos tiradas no Memorial do Holocausto por turistas. Mas o problema, na opinião de Shapira, não é tirar fotos, mas sim a maneira como os turistas se comportam na hora da selfie.Na opinião do artista, nada se compara ao Holocausto, massacre que tirou a vida de 6 milhões de pessoas. Ao invés das fotos mostrarem respeito ao memorial – local feito para relembrar a tragédia, o resultado é totalmente o contrário em várias situações.De pessoas fazendo Yoga até poses mais ousadas, Shapira selecionou algumas e as colocou em fotos que realmente representam o holocausto e o memorial. O resultado é chocante!


Artist Shahak Shapira launched the Yolocaust project after being bothered by the number of photos taken at the Holocaust Memorial by tourists. But the problem, in Shapira’s opinion, is not to take pictures, but rather the way tourists behave at the time of selfie.

In the opinion of the artist, nothing compares to the Holocaust, a massacre that took the lives of 6 million people. Instead of the photos showing respect for the memorial – a place made to remember the tragedy, the result is quite the opposite in many situations.

From people doing Yoga to more daring poses, Shapira selected some and put them in pictures that truly represent the holocaust and the memorial. The result is shocking!

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Artista que criou icônico pôster de esperança por Obama lança novas imagens: protestando contra Trump | VIVIMETALIUN

Há oito anos, o artista Shepard Fairey criou uma icônica imagem do então novo presidente dos Estados Unidos, Barack Obama. O pôster em azul e vermelho junto à palavra Hope (‘esperança’, em inglês) acabou se tornando o símbolo do governo do democrata, primeiro afro-americano a assumir o cargo.Agora, com a mudança da liderança na presidência dos Estados Unidos, o artista criou novas imagens. No entanto, ao invés de homenagear Donald Trump como fez com Obama, Fairey criou cartazes que mostram mulheres de diferentes etnicidades. Uma moça latina aparece junto à frase, “Lutamos pela dignidade“, a muçulmana acompanha a frase “O povo é maior que o medo” e a negra: “Protegemos uns aos outros”.As criações de Fairey fazem parte do movimento “We the People” (Nós, o povo”), iniciativa da ONG Amplifier Foundation e devem ser utilizadas em manifestações contra “ódio, medo e racismo”.Os cartazes representam as minorias existentes nos EUA que devem protestar contra a posse do republicano que acontece nesta sexta-feira (20). No sábado (21), dia seguinte à posse, está prevista a Marcha das Mulheres que vem sendo organizada desde a eleição de Trump e acontecerá em Washington e em várias outras cidades americanas.As imagens de Fairey e dos artistas Ernesto Yerena e Jessica Sabogal estão disponíveis para download gratuito no site da ONG.

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Eight years ago, artist Shepard Fairey created an iconic image of then-new US President Barack Obama. The blue and red poster next to the word Hope (hope) became the symbol of the democrat’s first African-American government to take office.

Now, with the change of leadership in the United States presidency, the artist has created new images. However, instead of homage to Donald Trump as he did to Obama, Fairey created posters that show women of different ethnicities. A Latina girl appears next to the phrase, “We fight for dignity”, the Muslim accompanies the phrase “The people are greater than the fear” and the black one: “We protect each other”.

Fairey’s creations are part of the “We the People” movement, an initiative of the NGO Amplifier Foundation and should be used in demonstrations against “hatred, fear and racism.”

The posters represent the minorities in the United States who are expected to protest against the Republican’s inauguration this Friday (20). On Saturday (21), the day after the inauguration, is scheduled the Women’s March that has been organized since the election of Trump and will happen in Washington and several other American cities.

The images of Fairey and the artists Ernesto Yerena and Jessica Sabogal are available for free download on the NGO website.

 

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