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By Aa’id Abdullah al Qarni

In relation to fasting, this book contains the most pertinent Qur’anic verses, authentic ahadeeth, delightful poetry and touching advice. It is therefore, a book for the righteous when they meet for pleasant conversations. It is also a gift for wayfarers when they break their journeys for rest, a treasure for those who share mutual love and respect – For Ramadhan is indeed the noblest month and its days are the sweetest days…

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Plot: At mid-thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert seeems to have everything that a woman can ever desire: a successful carrer, a loving husband, a beautiful house and wonderful charm and beauty. However, she is not happy with her life. Suffering depression from a recent nasty divorce and disastrous relationship, Liz decides to travel abroad to Italy, India and Indonesia for a year. The memoir is divided into three sections based on the three country she visited. In Italy, she found all the possible worldly pleasure and expressions of beauty with its rich culture of arts, philosophy, languages and cuisine. In India, she found the true expression of happiness and a spiritual relationship with God. In Bali of Indonesia, she finds a balance between enjoying worldly pleasures and spiritual serenity. Through this year of travel, she is able to rediscover and refine her identity.

Why read? With its exotic description of each country and the author’s intriguing experiences, it is hard to believe that it is a non-fiction work. The explicit description of different cultures are very alluring and interesting. Besides, the author also talks about her change of feelings as she learn about how to deal with her life’s ups an downs, which makes you want to laugh and cry with her.

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Published by Macmillan Reference USA

The reference literature for Islam has long consisted of either a densely academic, multivolume encyclopedia or several, often specialized, single-volume works with brief definitions. Happily, there is now a reference work falling between these two extremes. The Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World is a scholarly work “about Islamic cultures, religion, history, politics, and the like as well as the people who have identified with Islam over the past fourteen centuries.”

A team of international scholars is responsible for the 515 entries, which are arranged alphabetically and range from 200 to 5,000 words in length. Many include some sort of illustration and end with helpful see also references and excellent supplemental bibliographies. A useful index completes the set. Coverage includes the religious dimensions of Islam as well as the development of the tradition in various parts of the world (e.g., Africa, South Asia, U.S.). Cultural issues of importance to the history of Islam (e.g., architecture, calligraphy, language) are also treated. Entries such as Political organization and Political thought demonstrate the historical completeness for which the encyclopedia strives, tracing developments from the life of the Prophet to the present day. Even topics of contemporary interest include a historical perspective. The entry for Jihad describes the many meanings of the term, including its contemporary association with violence, and how the concept has developed historically. The treatment of secularization in the Muslim world includes a comparison to historical events in the West, thereby helping the reader to understand that it cannot be understood solely from a Western perspective. Finally, the biographical entries include important figures from the religious, cultural, and political history of the Muslim world.

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Эта удивительно добрая книга не делает ошеломляющих заявлений. Автор просто предполагает, что маленькие дети обладают способностью научиться чему угодно. Он считает, что то, что они усваивают без каких-либо усилий в 2, 3 или 4 года, в дальнейшем дается им с трудом или вообще не дается. По его мнению, то, что взрослые осваивают с трудом, дети выучивают играючи. То, что взрослые усваивают со скоростью улитки, детям дается почти мгновенно. Он говорит, что взрослые иногда ленятся учиться тогда как дети готовы учиться всегда. И утверждает он это ненавязчиво и тактично. Его книга проста, прямолинейна и кристально ясна.

По мнению автора, одним из самых сложных занятий для человека является изучение иностранных языков, обучение чтению и игре на скрипке или фортепьяно. Такими навыками взрослые овладевают с трудом, а для детей – это почти неосознанное усилие.

Масару Ибука предлагает изменить не содержание, а способ обучения ребенка.

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www.quranflash.com

“Quranflash” had started in February 2007 as a simple microsite displaying the Holy Quran (Medina layout), in a very interactive way. The project had taken approximately 2 months of work to be accomplished by a few volunteers. The idea behind Quranflash came from a project developed and managed by the same members, Flash-eBook.com. Flash-eBook is an online service which digitizes books and displays them in a very attractive and easily interactive way, using flash technology. Quranflash was initially a demo for large scale applications using Flash-eBook.

However, Quranflash had opened people’s hearts and became a popular method of reading Quran, receiving unexpected numbers of over 10 thousand visitors daily. Therefore a decision was made to renovate the website design-wise as well as function-wise, especially incorporating the option of selecting among different Quran books to read. It is worth noting here to our fellow non-Muslims that there is only one version of the Quran, but the different books here represent different styles of writing to enhance the reading, understanding, and/or memorization process. This renovation has taken approximately 4 months, and through Allah’s will, was completed by the end of August 2007.

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Fatwa Concerning Taraweeh: Is a collection of Q&A pertaining to Taraweeh prayer, since the lack of understanding of what is permissible in the Taraweeh and what is not, the prayer may even become a matter of tension, differences become apparent and views are expressed.

Contents
1. Number of raka’aat in Taraaweeh.
2. Varying the number of raka’aat.
3. Praying eleven rak’ah behind an Imaam who prays twenty-three.
4. Going to different masaajid seeking a nice voice.
5. Traveling to different masaajid every night.

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