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Istanbul… An almighty city for which wars were made and millions of lives were lost through thousands of years… A huge metropolis connecting continents, different cultures and religions; being home to eleven million people and one of the greatest business and cultural center of the region… Istanbul is both the nearest European city to Asia and the nearest Asian city to Europe. It has been a merciful shelter to people since 3000 B.C. and the great capital of Byzantium and Ottoman Empires. An irresistible beauty with its precious Bosphorus, unique historical inheritances adorning its silhouette, and of course with its hospitable people…

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)

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By Mufti Taqi Usmani

– The Night of Bara’ah
– What Should be Done in this Night?
– What Should Not be Done in This Night
– Fast of the 15th Sha’ban

Sha’ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is reported in the authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast most of the month in Sha’ban. These fasts were not obligatory on him but Sha’ban is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramadan. Therefore, some preparatory measures are suggested by Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Some of these are given below:

1. The blessed companion Anas, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, was asked, “Which fast is the most meritorious after the fasts of Ramadan?” He replied, “Fasts of Shaban in honor of Ramadan.”

2. The blessed companion Usama ibn Zaid, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that he asked Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam: “Messenger of Allah, I have seen you fasting in the month of Sha’ban so frequently that I have never seen you fasting in any other month.” Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, replied: “That (Sha’ban) is a month between Rajab and Ramadan which is neglected by many people. And it is a month in which an account of the deeds (of human beings) is presented before the Lord of the universe, so, I wish that my deeds be presented at a time when I am in a state of fasting.”

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Turkey’s controversial Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has been sworn in as the country’s new president (click for english version).

Бывший министр иностранных дел Турции Абдулла Гюль в ходе голосования в парламенте был избран президентом страны.

Гюль, правоверный мусульманин, – первый глава государства с исламистскими взглядами с 1923 года, когда в Турции появилась республика со светскими устоями. Военные, традиционно считающиеся стражами светского образа жизни, видят в его избрании угрозу принципу отделения религиозных институтов от государства.

Президента в Турции выбирает парламент; в ходе первых двух туров Гюль, которого выдвинула правящая Партия справедливости и развития (ПСР), не смог набрать необходимого большинства в две трети голосов: у ПСР в парламенте 340 мандатов из 550. Третий тур предполагал лишь простое большинство, и в результате кандидат ПСР был наконец избран на высокий пост.

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Daily Hadith No.5

On the authority of Zayd ibn Khalid al-Juhaniyy (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:

The Messenger of Allah (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) led the morning prayer for us at al-Hudaybiyah following rainfall during the night. When the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) finished, he faced the people and said to them: “Do you know what your Lord has said?” They said: “Allah and his Messenger know best.” He said: “‘This morning one of my servants became a believer in Me and one a disbeliever. As for him who said: ‘We have been given rain by virtue of Allah and His mercy,’ that one is a believer in Me, a disbeliever in the stars (1); and as for him who said: ‘We have been given rain by such-and-such a star,’ that one is a disbeliever in Me, a believer in the stars.’”

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Разговоры о махре, наверное, не утихнут никогда. Незнакомые с Исламом «эксперты» будут вечно рассуждать о том, как на Востоке «все еще продают женщин», в среде «этнических» правоверных родители невесты будут требовать калым, а некоторые из новообратившихся искренне возмутятся: «Любовь не продается!». За всеми этими разговорами суть махра – брачного дара жениха невесте, предписанного Шариатом, – опять расплывается и превращается в нечто символическое.

Иные последователи Ислама поддались соблазну считать женщин, требующих махр, корыстными особами, а мужчин, готовых его выплатить, прагматичными циниками. За этой примитивной логикой стоит несколько предрассудков, каждый из которых зиждется на незнании прописных истин, банальных страхах или вовсе на сплошном недоразумении.

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“Sila” dizisi

Birinci bölüm

Click to download (1-75 bölümler)

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Update

Nokia has just launched a special edition of its Nokia N73 handset exclusively for the Middle East and North Africa markets. The model is meant to celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan and also includes several applications that Arab consumers might appreciate.

The special edition Nokia N73 comes in a stylish soft white color with golden highlights over its edges and buttons. Its most impressive features that manage to truly distinguish this handset from the original model are the applications for Arab users. The handset has a collection of Azkars for the morning and the evening, an Islamic Organizer with audible alarms for the five daily prayers, a Qibla direction indicator and a Hijri calendar.

The Hajj and Umrah application provides detailed descriptions for the Hajj and Umrah, while the Ramadaniat application explains all the instructions and rules for the Holy month of Ramadan. The device proves to be even more useful, as these traditions may turn out to be quite complex and with a lot of steps to follow. The special edition Nokia N73 proves to be useful not only for those who want to make sure that they don’t forget any of these steps, but also for the younger ones who are only learning them.

Nokia has also added two Islamic e-books and a Universal Dictionary application which supports English, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and French. Because of this, the device proves to be highly educational, without losing one bit of its initial charm.

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