I Couldn't Believe God Died!
Abdur Raheem Green, formerly Anthony Vatswaf Galvin Green
Let me introduce myself and my background.
I was born in Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.
My father at the time was a colonial administrator in the now defunct British empire.
An empire that stretched once upon a time not that long ago over one third of the earth’s surface.
Now the only thing left is some islands in the Falklands and that’s all that’s left there. How things changed!
How the mighty have fallen!
This is a lesson that Allah the Almighty tells us in the Quran to travel the earth and see the consequence. See what happened to people who came before you, who were mightier in power and strength and see what’s left of them.
So anyway back to my father, a colonial administrator in Tanzania where I was born, and my parents named me Anthony Vatswaf Galvin Green. OK, I thought you were going to laugh! Vatswaf is a Polish name because my mother in fact is Polish.
by Assad Bhuglah
The Afro-Arab relations can be traced back thousands of years ago when the African and Arab coasts of the Indian Ocean served an important platform of interaction between the two regions. Mauritius, which was initially known as Dina Arabi, had been one of the transit points of the maritime trade route used by Arab mariners. Due to the strategic and economic importance of Africa and the Arab lands, both of them have suffered same experience from the colonial and imperialist forces. Geographical proximity, history and cultural links have helped the peoples of the two regions to forge solidarity and common front against colonial exploitation, dependence and backwardness.
A small touching story mainly for professionals
A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him
at the door.
SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?" replied the man.
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?" the man said angrily.
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make Rs.100 an hour."
SON: "Oh," the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow Rs.50?"
Leçon 62: Balanced Attitude
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, regarded extremism in din (way of life) as a basic fault of the people before the advent of Islam. He said:
"Beware, do not adopt extremism, because your predecessors got annihilated by adopting extremist attitudes in din." [Muslim]
Extremist, rigid and strict attitudes did not exist during the time of Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet himself, as can be gathered from documented evidence, was very tolerant, he listened to others with respect, avoided arguments and quarrels and adopted the best available course of action even though it may have been suggested by someone else. There was a balance between his personal, family, social and public life.
Hajj: lettre à un Innocent
par Abu Abdallah
Innocent vous l’êtes, vous qui chérissez l’intention de faire le hajj pour Dieu uniquement. Lui Seul sait si vous y irez. Mais sachez que celui qui éprouve une telle envie avec sincérité, les anges inscrivent immédiatement son nom comme s’il avait déjà accompli son désir. Sa récompense est garantie. Et elle sera multiple s’il parvient à concrétiser son intention en acte accompli.
Le Prophète (saw) et ses compagnons s’arrêtent à Al Hudaybiyah et négocient avec leurs ennemis. Ces derniers contrôlent la Kaaba, donc aucun pèlerinage n’est envisageable aux musulmans sans leur accord. Ces derniers retourneront à Médine sans avoir accompli leur pèlerinage. Mais ils pourront revenir l’année suivante. Et avant, ils auront signé à Al Hudaybiyah un pacte de paix que la Révélation décrit comme une "victoire éclatante".