I am in my last semester of school, and I am taking an undergraduate thesis course called "Problems of the Middle East" I wanted to examine some of the issues aside from military conflicts, so my group chose water allocation and use in Egypt. I have learned so much about the Nile, and the Oases, and even about high-efficiency desalination plants.
But I don't live in Egypt, and I haven't been there yet, so if anyone from Egypt would like to share their opinion, experiences, or just talk about stuff, that would be excellent.
If you are not from Egypt, but want to discuss water usage in general, that would help also.
My group is hoping our analysis is good enough to submit to President Mubarak for his review, and that our recommendations see improvements and better quality of life for all Egyptians. Insha'Allah may our work bring blessings and good fortune to Muslims of the world.
Thank you to all who read this, and to those who respond.
Living in Ohio, I miss out on a great deal of Islamic culture, as well as understanding of the Middle East. It means a great deal to me to talk to people from different parts of the world, who can offer the smallest glimmer of light on a subject I still feel in the dark over. Someday I will travel to see the Dar al-Islam. Thank you all.
The Hillel Foundation at my University has invited Muslims, Christians, and Jews for a "Break the Fast" interfaith dinner tonight. Truthfully, I question whether this will be an "interfaith dinner" or a theological Islam-bashing. In one of my classes last week a petition was circulated which was to found the (my school) STUDENTS FOR ISRAEL, a multi-faith and non-partisan peace initiative to support... Suffice it to say that I did not sign. By saying non-partisan and Israel in the same sentence, they already assert that the "state" of Israel represents a valid territorial government. I would have been happy to sign a STUDENTS FOR PALESTINE non-partisan peace initiative, wherein even the very biased terms of the Balfour Declaration would be honored. I will go tonight- to show my submission to the will of Allah, Allahu Akbar. I do not attend this to be proselytized by a group called CAMPUS CRUSADES FOR CHRIST.
Perhaps we students can found the "CAMPUS JIHAD FOR ALLAH" foundation, and have each University finance us like they do other religious student groups.
I do not mean to sound overly bitter about this. I sincerely hope that everyone eats together and that there is respect shown by all members. After all, they are Dhimmi, so they're... well, I will let you know after dinner.
Ashadu la ilaha illa 'llah
Ashadu Muhammad an-rasulu Allah
May Allah bless all of you and keep you safe this Holy month.
Ramadan Break-Fast: Breaking the Fast, Building Community
Asalaam Alaikum,Ramadan Karim!
I have read the lengthy discussion of "Islam the Religion of Peace" Blog and wanted to offer my thoughts on the subject. I believe that Allah, through Ybril, blessed The Prophet Muhammad with a very holy text which we all, as Muslims of every denomination, honor as the true word of the One God. Islam and Muslim come from the root "to submit". From my own experience submission to Allah brings a tranquility and sense of claritty and calmness which is most acurately compared with peace. The peace which was tracked by respondants to the "Peace" Blog have been referring to political peace, which is a matter for international political relations, global social parity, and establishment of reciprocity of industry to extraction-based economies. JeNnaa has done well in pointing out a critical ethical conflict which the Media of the United States and many other countries. Political Peace is a goal of the Dar al-Islam, and of the Ummah. This is different from the soul. I am a citizen of the United States. There have been deceptions and transgressions perpetrated by the United States. I have friends and classmates with whom I have grown up and learned from, and communities who don't understand the complexities and only see what private corporate - TV tells them is the truth. My studies continue to teach me a better sense of the role of both empires and nation-states which has led to such instability for so long. A Muslim of Muslimah can find Peace for their Soul. I say prayers that it is with the best parts of our souls that we turn from the humiliation of Cartoons and quotes from Byzantine Emperors and focus on bringing peace to those around you as we do during Salat. I pray that we as the Ummah begin to forge Peace amongst ourselves, that we are all Muslims, Sunni, Shi'ite, and all other footprints which travel the Din. I praise Allah every day that I was blessed to Submit to Allah and his will, because Inner Peace, regardless of the turmoil around you, help to begin a sincere effort toward Political Peace.
Bismillah, Allahu Akbar!
May Allah bestow upon the whole Muslim world blessings in this time of sruggle Insha'Allah.
I would rather life with a peaceful soul in a time of suffering than in a time of peace with a suffering soul. Alhmd'Allah
Salaam Alaikum to everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read this. I have been a convert for two years, and wanted to share with you some things about myself, and what Islam and the Din mean to me. I give thanks and praise to Allah for this opportunity and for all things.
I knew as a child when I sat in church (Protestant Methodist in Ohio) that what I was being asked to believe I could not accept. I completed my Confirmation class at 14, learning stories from the Bible, but knowing and believing are different things. At 14 I explained to the minister that I could not be confirmed to the Methodist church because I did not accept that Jesus was the son of God. God to me was the total and universal single creator. My minister demanded that I change my mind, but I would not. He called my mother, who was raised Lutheran but attended the Methodist church, to tell her that I was refusing confirmation. I had already discussed this with her prior, and the minister seemed stunned. I said that my confirmation meant nothing if I did not believe, and that in being confirmed I was betraying myself and everyone in the congregation.
After that I passed through my teen years, and into my early twenties, not really recognizing faith as an aspect of my life. I espoused atheistic doctrine at the travelling "fire and brimstone" street preachers who warned of impending apocalypse. But by 25, I began to question even the most simple issues. I had put reason and science as the core of my beliefs, including evolution and the origin of the Universe as the Big Bang Theory. That all the universe's matter was supercompressed into a mass the size of a pencil-tip. But I would ask "who put the pencil-tip there?" "It didn't come from nothing, someone or something had to create it."
Christianity was not the answer for me, I had already learned this. I examined Buddhism, and found merit in the philosophy and teachings, but not faith. I looked at Judaism, and found merit, in commitment to God, but to my beliefs it did not seem to fit. I believed that no more than one God would ever need to exist- One Supreme God created the universe. I began to read books on Islam, not just passages from the Qu'ran, and teachings from the Hadith, but books on Muslim society and the Five Pillars. I read about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his insistance that he was only a man-not a deity, and that his Miracle was the Recitation. Finally, I had found the Message of God, and found my belief- my faith.
I drove one Wednesday evening to a Mosque near the town where I live. I was scared and excited, feeling as though I was just beginning a momentous change in my life. I parked my car, and tentatively and quietly walked through the doors. When I entered, it was like travelling for decades, and finally coming home. I felt like I was home. I entered ante-chamber, removed my shoes and socks, and performed wudu for the first time. Afterwards, because I had spent all day practicing it, I entered the prayer room, faced toward Mecca, and whispered Shahada. Over and over, as if each time it washed over me again-this wave of calmness and tranquility. I understand now why Islam is sometimes translated as "Peace." In the turmoil that had been my earlier life, I found peace in submitting my sould to the will of God. Allah.
Much in my life has changed since that day, but every day since I think of the memory of that moment, and I thank Allah for guiding me on the path toward Islam, for that first moment of pure faith, and for every moment since.
*An earlier Blog had quotes from Yousef Islam and other converts. I humbly offer my experience as well. Also, if anyone is interested, when Malcolm X performed Hajj, he has talked of the life-changing effect he underwent seeing equality of all skin colors and cultures in Mecca.
May Allah bless you and those who you love.