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Assalamu Alikum
As promised in my earlier post
let me try to pen down few lines on the Islamic perspective on Parents - Children relationship.

After my post we in Kerala were destined to read the worst ever case where an old mother neglected by a new generation daughter was attacked by worms! If you are a Malayali it is worth reading the blog bost about it here Old is NOT Gold

As per a hadees(saying) from Prophet Mohammed (SA) kindness to parents is the second most loved deed in the sight of Allah (Almighty God), after Salat(5 times obligatory prayer in Islam) at its proper time!

"And we have enjoined on man to be good and dutifull to his parents" (Quran Chapter 29, Verse -8)

"And your Rabb has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutifull to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Rabb! bestow on them your mercy as they did bring me up when I was young" (Quran Chapter 31, Verse -14)

"Worship Allah and join none with him (in worship); and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, the poor, the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess (Quran Chapter 4, Verse -36)

Here is another beautifull Hadees(saying) from prophet (SA) about the importance of Mother over all others.

Abu Hurairah (RA, the companion of Prophet Mohammed (SA)reported:
A person came to Allah's messenger (SA) and asked, "Who among people is most deserving my fine treatment?" He(SA) said, "Your Mother". He again asked "Who next?". "Your Mother" the prophet (SA) replied again. He asked "who next?". He (Prophet SA) said again, "Your Mother". He again asked, "Then Who?" Thereupon he (SA) said "Then your Father". (Al Bukhari and Muslim).

This is the respect each woman as mother is eligible to get in an Islamic environment. What to say about "the modern daughter" who throw her mother to the worms!!!

The daughter is a MCA graduate and working in a good position in a government firm. She used to appear in a good TV program earlier named "Old is gold!". Such stories should open the eyes of all concerned in sustainable human development.

Man will not feel until he gets affected directly.
When you read daily about road accidents, does it move your mind?
When you read the warnings about global warming, does it really bother you?

This is the problem with general human mind set, he don't normally care until it hits home. Until someone dear and near to us gets hit we never bother.

Such stories reminds us again and again the importance of the wisdom given to us by the last Prophet Mohammed (SA) and the last veda to humanity "holy Quran".

"My Rabb! bestow on my parents your mercy as they did bring me up when I was young"

Appreciation / Parents and Children

This is a powerful message for our modern society. We seem to have lost our bearing & our sense of direction.

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview.
The director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?"
The youth answered "none".

The director asked, "Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"
The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, "Where did your mother work?"
The youth answered, "My mother worked as laundry woman.
The director requested the youth to show his hands.
The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, "Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?"
The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, "I have a request. “When you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.”

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands.
His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the young man.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother’s hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, asked: "Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered, "I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes'

The Director asked, "Please tell me your feelings."

The youth said:
1. I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, there would not have been the successful me today.
2. By working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done.
3. I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationships.

The director said, "This is what I am looking for to be my manager.
I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement mentality" and would always put him self first. He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of a person, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the children instead?*

You can let your children live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, you want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your children learn how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learn how to work with others to get things done.

Courtsey Br. Sabeel Saleem for sending the text by email.

Now read what Khalil Gibran wrote about children here:

I think this has gone too long. Wait a little for my next post about the Islamic perspective on the relation with Parents and Children.

Onthe door step of Hijri year 1432 - Another reminder of time

Today it is the 27th day of month Dul-Hijja, the last friday in this Hajri calender year 1431. Just three days remaning to start the new year 1432H.

Year 1431Hijri:

- 12 months
- 52 Weeks
- 360 days
- 864 hours
- 518, 400 Minutes
- 31, 104,000 seconds

How did we spent this 31 million seconds?
The big question is that how many seconds we have made as investment for our future life? The real life after death?

Many of these were special days, hours and seconds.

Month of Ramadan : 2,592,000 seconds
52 fridays: 4,492,800 seconds
10 days in the month of Dul hijja: 864,000 seconds
Several other special days (as listed below) each day with 86,400 seconds:

- Fasting day on 9th and 10th of the month of Muharram
- Fasting day on 9th of the month of Dul hijja (Arafa day)
- six fasting days in the month of Shawwal
- weekly fasting days of mondays and thursdays
- Middle three days of fasting on each month (14th, 15th and 16th)

Allah marks every good deed with atleast 10 rewards against it. The reward may rise up to 700 times and even unlimited times like in the case of the reward for fasting in Ramadan.

The alloted time in this life is limited for each one of us. As Vaikkam Mohammed Basheer, the great writer of Kerala said,
അല്ലാഹുവിന്റെ ഖജനാവിലാണ് അനനദമായ സമയമുള്ളത് (Eternal storage of TIME is in the custody of Allah). The success of a human being lies in making the best out of this limited time allotment.

Prophet Moahmmed (SA) said: (Addunyaa Mazraatul Alkhira) The life in this world is a farm land for riping in the life after death. Yes, the winner in the life after death will be the smart "farmer" in this world!

At the closure of an year it is a good practice to make a balance sheet for the past year and to make a year plan for the coming year.

Lost time can never be caught again. Future is not certain. The trick of success is to engage in the present! to live in the present. Make use of each moment before it drops!

Never fail to make the best use of the time.

- The ONE who is in the sky will be mercifull to those who show mercy to those in the earth.
- The parable of a good word (Divine message - the true religion) is like a good tree whose root is firmly fixed and its branches (reach) to the sky. It brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. (Quran:14: 24&25.

Try to fill each moment with some virtue.
It is not hard. Once you practice it becomes and enjoyment.

- Witness the word (Kalima) and practice your life accordingly.
- Make your time filled with the praise of God (Five time prayer, reciting Salath on Prophet (SA), Other supplications, Reading Quran, Making Tasbeeh, Tahmmed and Takbeer,....its easy while you work, walk, standing, sitting or lying!.......wherever you be engaged!)
- Share and give whatever you have and whatever you know. (Of wealth) give both compulsory part and Sadaka. Even making a smile at your brother is a Sadaka!!!....yes it is easy when you start practicing.
- Observe fasting, one of the most strong tool for tazkiya (Self purification). In addition to the compulsory fasting during the month of Ramadan strong (successful) muslims did observe fasting on so many other days of the year as mentioned above.
- Perform pilgrimages as and when one is physically, psycologically and financially fit.
- Even the removal obstacles from the street is counted by Prophet Moahmmed (SA) as part of Iman (Fundamental Beliefs Islam).
- Enjoin in all what is good and disengage from all what is bad and evil (Quran says: Taawanoo Alal Birri Wattaqwa wala Taawanoo Alal Ithmi Wal O'dwaan)

Start planning for the year 1432H. Aim the star (Jannatul Firdous), you can reach the moon (atleast). Remeber the words of Prophet (SA) that the least facilities given in Janna (paradise) is better than the facilities available with a mighty king in this world!

Prepared from the spirit of the Friday khutba (Speech) I attended today in Jeddah.

Irish Bailout

It is a slow day in a damp little Irish town. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the pub. The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit. The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note. The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works.

"Thanks to Mr. Rajiv Jaggi for sending this by email".

Can anyone say what went wrong in this?

Quran Says: Oh! you who believe. Do not eat your wealth among yourself unlawfully. (Without a satisfied deal between parties involved)

Are they not pondering deeply on Quran?

Today I attended the weekly Quran Learning School (QLS) class.

It was my thought earlier to record these classes because each class is a never repeating spiritual experience -a journey. Now since I have started the blog I might try to share some of these experiences - Insha Allah.

I am aware of my limitations: Lack of understanding, poor language etc. Please bear with me.

Today the class was on just five short verses from Chapter -50 (verses 36 to 40).

We went through several interesting discussions. It is my try below to list some of the discussions to the extend I could:

- Were the earlier generations stronger than the present generation? How strong were they and in what? The wonders of ester generations like Taj Mahal, Kutub Minar, the Pyramid, the expeditions, ….! They were powerfull indeed!

- Importance of giving ear to true messages. Listening and hearing: a big topic which can not be covered in a blog space! Successfull is the one who listen to everything and follow the best among them.

- The creation of the universe in six stages. The meaning of the word “Yaum” and the different ways it is used in Quran. The concept of time in this world. The day we count is only meaningful after the creation of earth and sun. And it will be valid only until “Yaumul Qiyama” or until THE TIME.

- The difference in concept between the usage of "YAUM - day"in Bible and Quran. Bible talks about the 7th rest day. But Quran says in Chapter 55 verse 29 “….Everyday in (new) splendour/work does He (shine)". The concept of rest is not attributable to Allah. Rest is for His creatures. Sura Naba talks about the way he arranged night (and sleep) as a rest time for mankind. And in Chapter luqman Allah says that creation and recreation of the whole mankind is similar to task of creating one single soul! His mode of creation is the key word “KUN” meaning “Be” SO IT IS!

- Allah is introduced in Quran in chapter 59 verse 24 as one SINGLE ENTITY - when it comes to Srishti, Paripalanam and Samharam: “He is Allah, the Creator, the evolver, the bestower of Forms……”. Unlike mankind where they construct a building with the involvement of so many individuals like engineers, technitians, laborers, equipment……..yes they need rest but not Allah who just create with the key “KUN"

- The wonderfull way in which Allah ask people to seek peace of mind by neglecting all what others say with patience. (Be it insult/humiliation/false statements/allegations/branding as extremists etc.). See what Allah says : Chapter 50 verse -39: “Bear, then, with patiene all that they say and celebrate the praise of Lord, before the rising of the sun and before (its) setting”. Prophet Yunus (A.S) used to praise Allah a lot and he was able to escape from the stomach of the whale….Yes it is Allah’s promise that He will not leave those do lot of Zikr. The power one can imbibe by saying "SUBHANALLAH" with full presence of heart can not be achieved by no other means! Always remember the two soft words for toung but heavy in the balance of virtues in the life after death: "Subhanallahi Wabihamdihi Subhanallahil Adheem".

- The function of heart and brain:
When you say, my heart is broken …where do you feel it?
In Malayalam we say “Hrudayam tagarnnu poyi”.
The mentioning in Quran which says ”the hearts in their chest are blind….”
Are these statements just linguistic usages or do they have real meaning?

- The three similar verses which says “They have ears but they don’t hear(or listen?)with it”; “They have eyes but they don’t see with it”; “They have hearts but they don’t ponder with it”.

Where is mind? What is its relation with the heart?

Let me pause here with the last three questions for you all to comment in the comments column.

Foot Note:

Those in Jeddah: Kindly invited to attend these weekly classes in Islamic Education Foundation – in Mushrifa district.

Others: Seek the depth of Quran by all available means. It is the message to mankind. Yes to each individual of us from the Creator!

Lessons from Hajj - the fifth Pillar of Islam

We have just come upon the conclusion of this years Hajj. What are the Lessons that we take from Hajj? What was the purpose of the Journey/Pilgrimage? What can we learn as Muslims from this Great Once in a Lifetime experience?
Islam is based on statements, actions and intentions
The most important statement that one can make is the shahada. The testimony or declaration of ones faith which classifies him/her as a muslim
The actions which follow this statement complete the 5 pillars of Islam are Salat, Zakat, Fasting Ramadan and Hajj
The Salat - which is the first action that we will be judged upon, and that a Muslim will be questioned about when we meet Allah. This action confirms the truth of our statement of belief. It is highly valued and weighed. It is said in a hadith that the sunah of Fajr salat can weigh more than everything in the world all together.
Other actions include Zakat, the giving of charity, a percent of ones wealth as a purification and expiation of sins hoping to receive mercy and forgiveness from Allah,
Fasting in Ramadan, to sacrifice all desires, food, water, sexual gratification, frustrations, anger, etc for the benefit of being purified, forgiven and rewarded
And lastly Hajj, to be performed once in a lifetime. This is similar to the shahada in the sense that it only has to be made one time and the reward for it is the same. Although Hajj is an action while the shahada is a statement they must both be supported. The shahada supported by action and the Hajj supported by intention because like the Prophet (saw) said every action, is by its intention. The person who successfully completes the hajj will be forgiving for all his/her sins from birth just like the person who newly converts to Islam. Each person returns to the infancy stage of living, becoming pure in the mind, body and soul. In order to obtain this great blessing of Hajj people had to go thru tremendous hardships and obstacles and exercise continuous restraint and patience and humility and sacrifice their time and money and effort and energy to complete the spiritual Journey. Because that is what Hajj is. It’s a spiritual journey of the mind, body and soul. It’s a submission to the decree of Allah, its obedience and sacrifice a struggle and awakening, a test whose beginning starts with a sincere intention, who’s middle involves constant statements, actions and perseverance, and who’s ending is a culmination of all those things which Allah will one day reward the person with Jannah for successfully completing. Because the Prophet (SAW) says, there is no reward for the accepted Hajj other than Jannah! If anyone struggles for the sake Allah sincerely sacrificing everything for the sake of Allah in full submission to him alone, Allah will grant him Jannah, inshaAllah, where there will be no more pain and suffering. “A reward for the pious (muttaqeen),” Allah says.

Hajj – an action that must be preformed by going out and leaving everything and everyone beyond in order to
Hajj - a spiritual revival – a re-awakening of the mind, a re-birth of the body and re-connection of the soul to its creator – Allah
Hajj teaches us how to live as One community, how to be one community, how to unite as one community, bringing us together from all parts of the world, dressing the same, doing the same, etc. teaching us the concept of true brotherhood based upon the prophetic examples. The prophet (saw) did what Ibrahim did, followed his example as all prophets followed each other. There were all brothers, links of a chain and we are supposed to be links of a chain too, not divided, not by country, color, race, social class, position, language, nothing. Muslims are one ummah, one brotherhood.
Hajj teaches us Humility, patience, restraint, self-sacrifice, perseverance, love, honor, respect, and nobility. We are supposed to establish a never-ending understanding within our own selves, a never-ending bond with our fellow Muslims from around the world and a never-ending bond with our master, our creator, our sustainer, our provider, the one who created us and said, “I made you different tribes and nations, so that you may get to know each other” not fight and kill each other, not argue and hate each other, not segregate and be far away from each other, but to be close and to love and to support and perform acts of worship together. To help each other get to Jannah. Because that’s the goal, that’s the reward for completing this life of hardship, for completing hajj, for worshipping Allah and doing whatever He and His prophet said to do. That’s it. That’s hajj, that’s life. Hajj is life. It’s a journey of the soul to get back to its creator.

.....This is the text of a speech by Brother Bilal Mohammad on 19th November 2010

Eternal Peace

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem (In the name of Allah, most gracious and most mercifull)

Today three million people from the nooks and corners of the world have gathered at ARAFAT near Makkah as part of the haj Pilgrimage- the fifth pillar of Islam. Believers round the globe (those who do not reach ARAFAT) are fasting on this day.

ISM Kerala is now promoting a campaign “Aaraadhyanekan Anaswara Shaanti” (Approximate translation: the Worthy of worship is single - Eternal Peace). I was lucky to hear a speech last Friday on this campaign by Br. N.M Abdul Jaleel, General Secretary of ISM Kerala.

It is Eid holidays here. I thought it is ideal for me to sit for writing few words based on what I heard from Br. Abdul Jaleel on the topic in my blog on this ARAFAT day. ARAFAT valley - what a unique seen it is to observe people from all class, tribe, nation and language stand together and pray to the Single God with all men having only two unstitched white pieces of cloth as the common dress.

Br. Abdul Jaleel started his speech by reciting the five wonderful words in chapter 112 of Quran.

Life is all about living in the “present” with the right understanding and spirit.
Knowing “the one Worthy of worship” is the first and foremost step in the right understanding. If someone manage to acquire this knowledge, it leads him to the firm conviction that God will not leave him alone un-attended.

Br. Abdul Jaleel quoted an example of a businessman in Qatar. This man lost five crore rupees when his partner – sort of - cheated him, a circumstance where a man can collapse completely. He did not loose hope. Shortly he managed to start another small business with the help from some of his well wishers.

Things were improving in its natural pace. He was tested once again when one day he was caught for a case in which he returned back a forged note to one of his customers! It is a serious case as all of us know.

He consulted some of his friends and decided to meet the officer in charge of the case and explain his innocence. “You are late – the papers have already moved to my superior, the officer said”
What to do now?
He decided to make a special supplication to Allah. He sat alone thinking about all the good deeds he did in life. Suddenly his mind got stuck on an incident in which at the early days of his business one Qatari forgot 5,000 dirhams in his shop. He was in great need of money on those days. Still he diligently searched for the owner of this money and handed over the money to its owner at his home. He prayed to Allah. Oh Allah, I did this because of you. If you had accepted this as a good deed from me, please help me out from this hard situation I am in.

He decided to go and meet the superior officer along with two of his friends. While he was about to reach the residence of the officer, he realized that somehow this area is familiar to him. When they reached the residence, the superior officer hugged him. He recognized him as the person who returned him 5,000 dirhams several years ago! Things were very easy then. The case was closed and he was able to continue his business as normal.
Yes- it is the result of the strong conviction. Man shall not loose hope at any circumstance in life.

Allah says in Quran : “Seest thou not that Allah doth know (all) that is in the heavens and on earth? There is not a secret consultation between three, but He makes the fourth among them- Nor between five but He makes the sixth – Nor between fewer nor more, but He is with them wheresoever they be……” (Chapter 58 Verse -7)

Br. Abdul Jaleel explained several other examples which were tore off from his rich life experience as the state general secretary of ISM.

Another example surprised brother Abdul Jaleel was like this. A young man lying on the bed for several years with broken back-borne were consoling him at a time of difficulty! When asked how he was able to be so strong in spirits – the answer was simple: I have now known my God. He had given me about 27 years of life with full freedom of movement. Now I am able to comprehend fully and appreciate the present state where I am able to be free from all the odds outside and concentrate myself on praising my Lord!

Br. Abdul jaleel quoted another example from the speech of KK Mohammed Sullami. Zaid Moulavi was giving a speech on Tawheed (Monotheism). The local people there mostly were with the background of praying to the great people in the maqbaras (Graves). One of them, who by nature was notorious for making violence, was arranged to make trouble while Zaid Moulavi deliver his speech.

Zaid Moulavi started the speech. Our trouble maker was waiting for the right time to start his agenda. But alas! For few seconds his attention caught to the words of wisdom.

“Alaisallahu Bi Kaafin Abdahu?” meaning “Is Allah not enough for his slaves?”

Zaid Moulavi spoke loudly in the speaker. “Folks ..go and ask any one – Is this not clearly written in Quran? Then why are people leaving Allah and going behind false gods, dead people etc?.....Go, go and ask”.

Our trouble maker was shocked for a while. He sneaked out and slowly went to the masjid nearby and knocked at the door of the Imam. He asked. “is there an verse in Quran which says “Alaisallahu Bi Kaafin Abdahu?” meaning “Is Allah not enough for his slaves?”.

Imam replied “Yes” it is there in Quran.

Then from today I don’t need the help of any ……except Allah, said our trouble maker in his rude style. Such is the power and change the truth brings to people once it is revealed to them.

Today I read in facebook page of Dr. Ismail Marutheri about the conversion of the sister in law of Tony Blair to Islam. Allahu Akbar!

Madhavi Kutty (Kamala Das) the great writer became Kamala Surayya when she learned her Creator, the way one should learn and understand!
(Read about her: )

Yvonne Ridly who went to Afganistan as a reporter became a Muslim when she studied Islam as per her promise while she was under capture by TALIBAN.

These three strong women are just some of the famous examples for people seeking to the eternal peace by knowing the single Worthy of worship! It is a state of peace through this life to eternal life after death – to the House of Peace (Darussalam).

Whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner. (Quran Chapter 18 : Verse -110)

Micro Finance and Islamic Banking

With microfinance institutions under attack for allegedly focusing on profit at the cost of poor borrowers, an alternative way of lending—based on Islamic principles—is gaining ground.........

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Indian Muslims

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Mercifull.
May peace be upon His Messenger Mohammed.

DISCUSSION ISLAM BLOG is starting a string of discussion about Indian Muslims!
In this string contributors are requested to comment about the Muslims of thier State / District in India.

The intentions are:

- To share information about the brothers out there.
- Find possible areas where interested brothers from other areas can benefit from this information and probably contribute!
- What can be shared in common for the benefit of the humanity at large.

Kindly write your comments in the following five main heads:

1. Your historic perspective about Muslims in the area

2. Present statistics of Muslims in the area (Litracy rate, Education facilities available, Other difficulties they are facing etc.). As a society, are they going up or down?

3. What are the hurdles faced by the Muslims in the area in their way to progress?

4. Do you think the future readers of this blog - I call them NETIZENS, I don't know who they will be - can contribute to the betterment of the Muslims in the area?

5. Do you think internet can play the positive role of connecting "people in need" to the "people who can afford"? If yes.....give your proposals and ideas to make it happen. (By the way, this blog does not intent to make it all by is just a simple effort to prick your thought)

You are requested to contribute your comments about your District / State. Visit us again later to see what others have to say.......let us make it a live discussion.

See you soon in the comments column with your encouraging / positive comments.....

Discover Yourself Workshop in Jeddah - 27 & 28 May 2010

Engr. Sadatullah Khan from Banglore conducted his famous DISCOVER YOURSELF workshop at Seasons Restaurant in Jeddah on 27th and 28th may 2010. The workshop was organized by the Indian Islahi Centre, Aziziya area committee :

More than one hundred people from different states of India like Andrapradesh, Assam, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu etc. attended the workshop. This was the second workshop of Engr. Khan in Jeddah, the first one had been arranged by "TAFAREG JEDDAH" an organization of Tamil community in Jeddah.
The changes this workshop brought to the attendees in a couple of days were amazing! It was a unique experience indeed!

I request all workshop attendees to write their experience and their post workshop feelings in the comments column below so that it can be a permenant reference about the workshop in Jeddah.

Death of an ancient language

Here is the newspaper report -Madhyamam daily 6th Feb 2010- about the death of an ancient language,Bo, along with the death of "Bova Senior" from Andaman as I mentioned in my earlier post .
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem.

"And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours. Verily in that are Signs for those who know" : Quran Chapter 30 Verse 22.

This verse Quran is talking to all of us. The verse ends with a challenge to our minds where Allah asks man to learn about the diversity of creation. Unity in diversity is the natural law of creation! There are about 5,000 languages around the globe: Europe - 580; Asia - 900; Afria -275; America -1600 plus many others used by tribal communities and all.......

Old languages die. Recently I read about the death of a language. When an 85 years old lady "BOVA SENIOR" died this february (Madhyamam -6-2-2010) in Andaman, she was the last person who spoke the ancient language of "BO"!

New lifestyle and cultural evolution is a continuous process.

The IT era is bringing us more closer today. World is becoming another glocal (Global + Local)village. What will be the language of future? Today I am able to communicate with the world at large with this all new technique of blogging!

Tomorrow........? Only time will tell what will be the language of tomorrows glocal citizen!

Now, I request you to mark your thoughts about the question raised by this verse of Quran.