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Why I chose Islam by Jemima Goldsmith

When Jemima Goldsmith, the 21-year-old daughter of billionaire Sir James, married Imran Khan she embraced not only the world's most handsome sportsman but also the Muslim faith, taking the name Haiqa. Here, in an exclusive account, she tells how she journeyed from the glamorous society of London to the austere religion of Lahore.

THE media present me as a naive, besotted 21-year-old who has made a hasty decision without really considering the consequences - thus effectively condemning herself to a life of interminable subservience, misery and isolation. Although I must confess I have rather enjoyed the various depictions of a veiled and miserable "Haiqa Khan" incarcerated in chains, the reality is somewhat different. Contrary to current opinion, my decision to convert to Islam was entirely my own choice and in no way hurried. Whilst the act of conversion itself is surprisingly quick - entailing the simple assertion that "there is only one God and Mohammed is His Prophet" - the preparation is not necessarily so speedy a process. In my case, this began last July, whilst the actual conversion took place in early February - three months before the Nikkah in Paris.

The Market Evolution for Conventional Apparel, Traditional Dress and Technical Clothing

by Assad Bhuglah

Clothing industry exists since time immemorial and will stay for ever. Anyone willing to progress in clothing business must not only adapt to the tastes and fashions, but must also evolve with technology and respond to the needs of time.

The clothing sector can be classified in three broad categories: conventional apparel, traditional dress and technical clothing. By and large, the clothing industry is dominated by the production and marketing of conventional apparels and the opportunities in other types of dresses are yet to be tapped.

Ashoura: Jour de libération

par Khalil Elahee

Lorsque le Prophète (saw) arriva à Médine, il vit les juifs jeûner le 10ème jour du mois de Muharram. Quand il leur en demanda la raison, ces derniers lui répondirent, qu’en ce jour, Dieu sauva Moïse et son peuple du Pharaon. Alors, le Prophète (saw) ordonna aux musulmans de jeûner, ajoutant qu’ils sont plus proches de Moïse.

Le même jour, des siècles plus tard, le petit-fils du Prophète (saw) tomba en martyr à Karbala. Les musulmans, sunnites comme chiites, n’oublieront jamais le sacrifice de ce dernier au nom de la liberté. Comme Moïse auparavant, l’imam Hussein refusa de se soumettre face à la tyrannie des hommes.

Se souvenir de l’épisode de Karbala, c’est souligner surtout le sens de l’engagement de l’imam Hussein. Il s’agit d’une résistance totale à un oppresseur qui cherche à s’approprier de l’islam pour en faire un outil de manipulation totalitaire. En revenant à l’origine même du jeûne de l’Ashoura, nous retrouvons le fait qu’il s’agit, d’abord, de commémorer une libération qui transcende les âges. Marquer cet évènement par un jeûne, pour Dieu, y ajoute une dimension spirituelle. Pour souligner la spécificité bien musulmane de cette pratique, et se distinguer des juifs dans l’exercice du culte, le Prophète devait proposer aux musulmans de jeûner deux jours au lieu d’un seul à l’occasion de l’Ashoura.

God created the donkey...

God created the donkey and said to him.
You will be a donkey. You will work un-tiringly from sunrise to sunset carrying burdens on your back. You will eat grass, you will have no intelligence and you will live 50 years.
The donkey answered:
I will be a donkey, but to live 50years is much. Give me only 20years
God granted his wish.

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