The Qur’an is addressed to those people who use their reason (2:164), who question their place in the universe sincerely and seek truth (6:116), devoid of societal interference and ‘norms’ (7:28). It is a mercy of Allah (azza wa jal) that we are innately given the critical faculty to think and ponder about the world, about life (51:20).
The Qur’an compels you to look out into the world, to look at nature, to look at the magnificence surrounding us, and to ponder on it deeply; reflect upon the meaning - “afala ta’qilun?” Will you not then use your mind? (2:44)
2:164 - Verily, in the creation of the heavens and of the earth, and the succession of night and day: and in the ships that speed through the sea with what is useful to man: and in the waters which God sends down from the sky, giving life thereby to the earth after it had, been lifeless, and causing all manner of living creatures to multiply thereon: and in the change of the winds, and the clouds that run their appointed courses between sky and earth: in all this there are messages indeed for people who use their reason.
The Arabic word ‘Rabb,’ commonly translated as Lord, also means a Nurturer, a Sustainer and Educator - and what does your Rabb encourage you to nurture, sustain and mature? Your mind, because it is the interface that we approach Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) with, the interface we approach the creation signs (‘ayahs’) with, the interface we approach the Qur’an with.
It is a myth proplled by the Assad Regime that those who oppose his rule are only Sunnis, and that they are extremists. When the Revolution started getting traction among Syria’s minorities, Assad had to sectarian-ize the conflict to stay in power. His message to Syrias minorities was that, if you allow the Sunnis to rule, they will slaughter all of you. But Syria is not full of idiots. Especially Syrian Christians who are often more well educated than the average Syrian citizen. Some Syrian Christians have become very outspoken against the Assad Regime, and others have taking high-ranking positions within the Syrian Opposition, a fact that defuses Assad’s pathetic attempt to portray his opponents as extremist terrorists. From top-left to bottom-right: George Sabra (Former President of the National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces) Michel Kilo (Leader of the Liberal Bloc within the National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces) Ahed al-Hendi (Opposition activist that was imprisoned by the Assad Regime, later escaped the country) George Stifo (Board member of the Opposition group “Syrian Christians for Peace”) Hadeel al-Hendi (Opposition activist that was tortured by pro-Assad forces before managing to flee the country) Mirna Barq (Vice President of the Syrian American Council)
A piece I did for class. The assignment was to do an editorial illustration on a current event. I chose the children in Syria and how the Syrian civil war is affecting them.
Translation: “How often we cry over Fate, but abundant good lies just behind it. O soul, it is goodness, even if it arrives after a while.”
to mark world theatre day, held on march 27, one hundred young syrians from jordan’s zaatari refugee camp acted in an adapted production of king lear. the play — which tells a story of exile, of a ruler losing touch with reality, and of a land divided by rival groups — was directed by nawar bulbul (third photo), a popular syrian actor who fled his country after appearing in anti government protests.
"i wanted to show that these children are not worthless …that they have something real to contribute." he said. “the show is meant to bring back laughter, joy and humanity” and "help [the children] express themselves." the kids — all under the age of fifteen — were actively involved in the costuming, for example.
many of the children cried when they heard the applause of onlookers at the play’s end. said one child, “i do not feel lonely any more in this place.” their parents described the project as a rare point of light in a bleak camp existence. after the show, they boasted of their children’s talent.
the production, months in the planning, was also meant to help counteract the effects of a war that has caused young syrians to miss vital years of education. about 60,000 of the refugees at the zaatari camp are younger than eighteen, and fewer than a quarter regularly attend school. many fear the war is creating a lost generation of children.
photos are by warrick page for the new york times and jared kohler for unhcr. for more on syria’s refugee crisis, see #withsyria, care international, oxfam syria crisis appeal, human care syria and free syrian voices
(it’s interesting to note that shakespeare actually mentions the city of aleppo in mabeth, which serves as a reminder that syria is one of our oldest centers of civilization.)
An Iraqi sister gave birth to these 5 beautiful sons at the same time. And guess what she named them
May Allah Azzawajal make these five and the rest of the Muslim children true ambassadors of Islam. Ameen
Masha Allah, Subhannaallah Allahu Akbar
wow they are soo beautiful. They are really a wonderful gift of Allah swt for this family. Masha Allah, may Almighty Allah protect them and guide them to be righteous and be true leaders as their names were meant, Stay blessed!
Children in Iraq could be legally married before the age of nine under newly proposed legislation. Known as the Jaafari law, the legislation introduces new religious restrictions on women and girls. Currently, the legal age for marriage without parental consent is 18, though girls as young as 15 can marry with a guardian’s approval. The draft law also legalizes marital rape."The passage of the Jaafari law sets the ground for legalised inequality," says women’s rights activist, Basma al-Khateeb.
Read more via The Telegraph.
What a thoroughly evil, vile and wicked satanic paedophile cult Shiaism really is. There is NO place for anything to do with this evil poisonous cancer in OUR Iraq, The pathology of Shiasim- simply unbelievable. This is a truly wicked, disturbed, nasty, horrible, psychologically depraved and disgusting thing that shiaism teaches. Shia islam teaches the convert to burn all his and her bridges and fills them with self loathing and hatred for their familial, cultural, and societal roots. This is just sadism and cruelty pure and simple.
A stinking bunch of paedophiles who try to dress it up as a religion.
Shiaism is the curse of the modern world,it has NO place in any decent thinking society and this latest edict alone should render it unacceptable anywhere,especially here with our islamic past.
How come young girls (children) in Iraq aren’t worthy of comment from the leaders of the West?
Perverse behavior acceptable to the leaders of the so-called free west? Looks like.
Q: How is your opinion about Erdogan's election victory in Turkey?
As much as we’d like to hate on Erdogan and call him a puppet of the west, I swear by Allah he has more dignity and honor than the Arab “leaders”.
wAllahi the Turkish government has done more than any other arab nation.. Anyone who visits the camps will know exactly what I’m talking about.
God bless Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan, one of the best and most pious leaders in the world! This man has always stood with the oppressed, whether it be in Syria, Palestine, or Egypt!
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