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The Associated Press, The New York Times

Published: August 19, 2008

The city council of Cologne has voted to allow construction of what will be one of the largest mosques in Germany, a plan that has drawn protests from residents and Cologne’s Roman Catholic archbishop.The vote late Thursday by most of the city’s political parties cleared the way for the Ditib Turkish-Islamic umbrella group to build a new house of worship – complete with two 55-meter-tall, or 177-feet-tall, minarets – in the city’s Ehrenfeld district.

Sardi Arslan, the leader of Ditib, said Friday that construction of the mosque would begin immediately, and he expressed hope that it would facilitate communication between Muslims and non-Muslims. “We are building for all citizens of Cologne, not just for the Muslims,” Arslan said in a statement.

For the past 20 years, Ditib has used a converted warehouse as a house of worship. That will be torn down to make way for the new building, which the group hopes to finish by 2010.

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Take a look at the best human being ever. Even his enemies called him the truthful and trustworthy! Allah is perfect. 1426 years ago a man known as Muhammad (peace be upon him) was chosen by Allah (the Most High) to deliver a message, a message that would change the world forever. So who was Muhammad and what message did he bring? Why there are over 1.6 billion people who follow Him today and why is He considered the most influential personality in the annals of History? In this lecture Shaykh Khalid Yasin explains this great man, his mission and his message. Allah (the Most High) says: O Muhammad, We have not sent you but as a mercy for all the worlds. Quran 21: 107

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As Muslims we are always presented with the opportunity to give Dawah but few of us take up this great challenge. Why is this the case? Are we too afraid to propagate the truth, do we lack the correct knowledge or are we just in need of Dawah our selves? Insha Allah, no more can we accept excuses for not being at the forefront of Islamic propagation. Why? Shaykh Khalid Yasin, the worlds most eminent Daee in giving Dawah directly to the non-Muslim population and having been Blessed by Allah The All Giver, the gift of bringing many thousands of people to Islam, has now let us into his mind, his techniques and his motivation behind his success. This 4 seminar series is without doubt, not only the best, but also the only Dawah course available to Muslims living in non-Muslims environments. Clear your mind and open your heart to accept what Shaykh Khalid teachers and implement it to further your own Dawah objectives and increase your Imaan Insha Allah.

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What Is The Purpose of Life? Why are we here and where are we going? Through the verses of the Holy Qur’an, Shaykh Khalid Yasin expounds upon the creation of the universe and this amazing world we live in – and how it came to be. With his logical style of argument, the Shaykh answers these questions with much wisdom.

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Shaykh Khalid Yasin

Shaykh Khalid Yaseen is what is known as a da’ee, this basically means a person who speaks publicly about the Islamic faith in order to invigorate the spiritual and moral conscience of listeners, or to educate and inform people about the Islamic faith.

Born in Brooklyn, during the changing 50’s amongst a background of civil rights, struggle for freedom and equality (Shaykh Khalid Yasin) has always been well trained to speak out in times of inequality. Never accepting that anything came without hard work and firm resolve, he was able to seek a living, an education and most importantly be guided to the truth in spite of his surroundings.

Separated from his family at an early age and placed in foster homes he experienced ‘the full buffet’ of Christianity and felt that he needed something more simple and clear to inspire him. As many of the young Afro-American population did, Abu Muhammad first was introduced to Islam by the Black Nationalists; but made all the wiser for the defection of Hajj Malik Al-Shabaz.

 

 

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Edited by M. Kabir Hassan, University of New Orleans, US and Mervyn K. Lewis, Professor of Banking and Finance, University of South Australia and Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, Australia

“The Handbook of Islamic Banking” comprises 25 studies by leading international experts on Islamic banking and finance specially commissioned to analyze the various debates and the current state of play in the field.

From its origins thirty years ago, Islamic banking has expanded rapidly to become a distinctive and fast growing segment of the international banking and capital markets. Despite this expansion, Islamic banking still remains poorly understood in many parts of the Muslim world and continues to be a mystery in much of the West. This comprehensive Handbook provides a succinct analysis of the workings of Islamic banking and finance, accessible to a wide range of readers. At the same time, it seeks to bring the current research agenda and the main issues on Islamic banking before a wider audience. Islamic banking offers, as an alternative to conventional interest-based financing methods, a wide variety of financial instruments and investment vehicles based on profit-and-loss sharing arrangements.

These are all explored in detail along with other subjects such as governance and risk management, securities and investment, structured financing, accounting and regulation, economic development and globalization. M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn Lewis and the other contributors have created an authoritative and original reference work, which will contribute to a wider understanding of Islamic banking as well as provoking further discussion and research. It will be invaluable to all scholars, researchers and policymakers with an interest in this subject.

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