A cup of tea and the Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah
Asma Allah al Husna (part 1)
أسماء الله الحسنى
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “To God belongs 99 names, 100 minus 1, anyone who memorizes them will enter Paradise”
Protest calling for an end to Israeli aggression against Palestinians in London today
11th July, 2014.
Do not sit idle, for indeed death is seeking you.
Zed Nelson: The Keys of Palestine
The declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel took place on 14 May, 1948.
Every year since, on May 14th, Israel celebrates its ‘Day of Independence’ a national holiday marked by family meetings, fireworks, barbecues, picnics and concerts.
The Palestinians mark the same day every year, but they call it the ‘Nakba’ meaning catastrophe.
Palestinian refugees still keep the keys to their former homes which they fled during the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948. When war broke out and Arab armies went to war with the newly self-declared state of Israel, thousands of Palestinians fled their homes. They initially believed their exile was to be brief. In the manner of other civilians who are forced to abandon their homes in the midst of battle, they assumed they would return to resume the life they had left behind.
It was for this reason that many of them carefully locked their front doors as they left. Those who had time also diligently collected their deeds of ownership to property, the maps of their orange groves and fields, their tax returns and their identity papers going back to Ottoman times - and packed them into bags and tins along with their front door keys.
But by one of the more subtle cruelties of Middle East history, the keys were to prove the most symbolic and most worthless of possessions to the Palestinians. An estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled, and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed. These keys acquired a significance that grew ever more painful as weeks and then months away from home turned into years. The next generation of young Palestinians can remember how their parents became increasingly angry as the true meaning of these possessions became clear; because they proved ownership of a world that had disappeared. The new owners of those homes in the newly declared state of Israel forbade any return.
The keys are still kept by Palestinian families today symbolic of the enduring demand of their ‘right to return’ the dream of returning to the land and homes they left behind.
The Concern for Converts
When converting to Islam, one of the struggles many people face is finding reliable sources of information. This Ramadan campaign will help fund an incredibly beneficial project that can help numerous individuals throughout the world, inshAllah.
Enter, Quran Weekly
QuranWeekly is known worldwide as being the leading authority in spreading the beautiful and authentic message of Islam. Through weekly high-quality videos by well known scholars such as Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda and Shaykh Omar Suleiman, reliable and accurate information is made easy and accessible.
The QuranWeekly scholars have agree to do a 10 video series geared towards those learning about or who have recently accepted Islam.
Basics of Islam Series
The Basics of Islam video series would aim to cover:
- Basics of Faith
- Pillars Breakdown
- Prayer 101
- Overall Modesty
- Examples From the Lives of the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
- Having Non-Muslim Family Members
- What Should I Strive For?
- Advice for New Muslims
- Explanation of Shahada
- Ambassador of Islam
We hope this month of Ramadan is one in which we can all take advantage of the blessings and opportunities that Allah has given us. Please consider supporting this project and helping others learn and benefit in this life and in the next.
The Weekly Global Reach
Alhamdulillah, the brief and informational QuranWeekly videos have been tuned into from around the world. From North America to Australia, parents, youth, kids, both Muslims and Non-Muslims and everyone in between have benefited from our short but engaging recordings. Click the picture below to see all the places that have viewed our videos!
Where the Funds Go
QuranWeekly is a Non-Profit organization. Scholars do not receive any payment for their involvement. All recording, editing, setup. transcriptions, translations, and design are carried out by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Donations will be used for production, edquipment, operation and travel costs. While our goal of $15000 may seem large for this project, funds will be spent to advertise and ensure that this series is able to reach the largest audience possible, inshAllah.
Last Ramadan we raised money to help people gain access to clean, safe drinking water. Alhamdulillah, we raised over $23,000 which is currently being used to build not one but two wells in Ethiopia by Charity:Water volunteers.
Nye and Becca have been volunteering with QuranWeekly for over two years. Nye takes on the majority of the design work and Becca leads the transcription team and runs aspects of Quran Weekly’s social media presence.
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