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 on: Apr 17, 2014 07:26 PM 
Started by jannah - Last post by Fozia
It's a fun video, everyone's liking it on my fb (haven't posted it myself), I can also see the  point made by Imam Abu Eesa, mufti Menk et al.


 12 
 on: Apr 17, 2014 07:17 PM 
Started by Nature - Last post by Siham
As-Salaamu` alaykum,
Well, the problem with Third World countries is that you often find a revolution overthrows the government and the people who initiated the revolution had the best intentions.

They want—eventually, they want to do away with corruption; they want the best for their country. However, the moment they get into power, the latent ego/nafs in them, comes up and they repeat the same dysfunction that they wanted to do away with.

It's a vicious cycle, May Allah guide them.

But then again Allah says, "Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). (Qur'an 13;11)

W`salam.

 13 
 on: Apr 17, 2014 06:56 PM 
Started by jannah - Last post by jannah
Lots of ppl commenting on it. Abu Eesa and Yasir Qadhi both wrote long things about it. Most average Muslims defending it. I'm sure Muslims in the UK are probably having a seizure over it lol.

 14 
 on: Apr 17, 2014 06:53 PM 
Started by Siham - Last post by jannah
Are you talking about Jenny Erickson? I don't think it's necessarily about self-esteem, but also about as women we want to naturally please others, especially our husbands. Fathers do have a big part in developing good self-esteem in daughters, but I think that's a separate issue.

No one attracts the wrong guy on purpose! Unfortunately it's hard to tell how a person is going to be after marriage, not to mention how you'll be after marriage.

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 on: Apr 17, 2014 05:56 AM 
Started by Nature - Last post by sadah
I pray the remaining girls would soon be rescued as well. There are however many more whom were abducted few weeks ago and nothing has been said regarding their release.

The situation is really horrific in Nigeria. Any person you talk to, especially in the North, is full of fear where next would be the target of these militants. The carnage is no longer confined to the North East. It is expanding to the whole North. The major challenge now is that, it is difficult to know who is actually carrying out all attacks, because we have many mischievous groups, being tribal or political, who are hiding under the Boko Haram name to carry out their evil acts. A problem that's rubbing more salt into the wound is our religious and tribal intolerance (a problem common to most African countries) and ulamas and pastors do nothing on guiding people towards loving each other as humanity.

It is indeed sad that Boko Horam and other terrorist groups claim Islam to be their inspiration making it difficult for us to convince others about the beauty of the religion. This calls for more effort from us to present the true Islam to the world. Guidance is however in the hand of The Almighty, those who really desire to know the truth would be able to see beyond the darkness. May Allah safeguard our Iman.

 16 
 on: Apr 17, 2014 02:31 AM 
Started by Nature - Last post by pearl
All but 8 kidnap victims have been rescued.

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT RESCUES ALL BUT 8 KIDNAPPED SCHOOLGIRLS, OFFICIAL SAYS

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/4/16/nigeria-kidnap-rescue.html

Nigerian forces have freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by rebels suspected to be from armed group Boko Haram, and were continuing the search for eight students still missing, Al Jazeera has confirmed.

In a brief statement sent to media, spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said one of the "terrorists" involved in Monday's abduction of female students from the Chibok government secondary school in northeast Borno state had been captured. The number kidnapped might be as high as 129.

"With this development, the principal of the school has confirmed that only eight of the students are still missing," Olukolade said, adding that the rescue operation was continuing but not elaborating on how the government had rescued the students.

The mass abduction of schoolgirls aged between 15 and 18 has shocked Nigeria and highlighted how the Boko Haram insurgency has brought lawlessness to swaths of the arid, poor northeast, killing hundreds of people in recent months.

The school is not far from a rugged area of forest, hills and caves where military officials say Boko Haram has camps near the border with neighboring Cameroon. They have abducted girls in the past to be sex slaves for the fighters and to do camp work.

Boko Haram, which in the Hausa language broadly means "Western education is sinful,” has previously attacked several schools as symbols of secular authority, killing pupils and teachers, as well as Christian churches and Nigerian state targets such as police, army and government offices.

The group seeks to establish a state ruled by Islamic law in the predominantly Muslim region of northern Nigeria.

Earlier, officials said the Boko Haram raiders had duped the schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to protect them before abducting them. A few of the girls later escaped.

"When we saw these gunmen, we thought they were soldiers, they told all of us to come and walk to the gates, we followed their instructions," 18-year-old Godiya Isaiah, who managed to flee from her abductors, told Reuters.

But when the armed men started ransacking the school stores and set fire to the building, the terrified girls being herded at gunpoint into vehicles realized they were being kidnapped.

"We were crying," Isaiah said, recounting how she later jumped from a truck and ran away to hide in the bush. Other girls were packed into a bus and some pick-ups.

The kidnappings occurred the same day a bomb blast killed 75 people on the edge of the capital Abuja, stirring fears of violence spreading from the north of Africa's chief oil producer and most populous nation.

No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction or for the rush hour bomb blast on Abuja's outskirts, which put the capital on alert around three weeks before the central city was due to host a high-profile World Economic Forum on Africa.

But President Goodluck Jonathan has pointed the finger of suspicion for the bombing at Boko Haram, bringing home to Nigerians in the centrally-located capital that the insurrection ravaging poorer states hundreds of miles to the northeast could also strike much closer to home.

According to his spokesman, Jonathan, who had ordered the military to secure the release of all the missing girls, had called a meeting of his National Security Council for Thursday to review the security situation in the country.

With elections due in February, Jonathan is under intense pressure to contain the Boko Haram group and curb communal sectarian violence in Nigeria's center-north, which badly tarnish the West African state's newly acquired status as the largest economy on the continent.

Al Jazeera and Reuters

 17 
 on: Apr 17, 2014 02:14 AM 
Started by jannah - Last post by pearl
Watched this at work during my coffee break. I literally Cheesy at parts of it.

 18 
 on: Apr 16, 2014 04:35 PM 
Started by jannah - Last post by jannah
Salam,

Apparently this is sweeping the internets  Smiley

http://youtu.be/gVDIXqILqSM

 19 
 on: Apr 16, 2014 03:23 PM 
Started by Nature - Last post by Nature
Recently such killings done by Muslims have been coming up in my geography class - not in any way accusatory, just political facts. When we discuss why al-Qaeda, why Boko Haram, why xxx group does things like kill girls, trap them into marriages, kill children going to school - then sometimes I feel that there really is very little reason for people to believe Muslims when we say that our religion is one of peace, when so many groups' actions contradict that worldwide.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/islamic-militants-kidnap-100-nigerian-schoolgirls-article-1.1757107


Armed men stormed a dormitory in northern Nigeria and made off with more than 100 schoolgirls, according to several reports.

The attackers descended on campus buildings in Borno state, rousting female students from their beds and ordering them into idling trucks, the BBC said.

At least 100 girls were taken. Earlier reports noted twice that number had been kidnapped, but the number was revised downward after scores of girls made it home.

"Three men came into our room and told us not to panic," a girl who escaped told the BBC. "We later found out they were among the attackers," said the student, who asked that her name not be used.

The girls were driven away in a convoy that later stopped because some of its trucks broke down.

Several students ran off, she said.

"We ran into the bush and waited until daybreak before we went back home," she said.

 An earlier strike this year by Boko Haram killed 59 students, all of them male. The boys died after extremists set fire to their dormitories.

The militant group, founded in 2002, is also considered responsible for Monday's bombings in Abuja, which killed 70 people.

Boko Haram opposes Western education and wants Nigeria to become an Islamic state.

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 on: Apr 16, 2014 10:48 AM 
Started by Momee - Last post by LukeS
Salam,

I know that bad actions of children before the age of puberty are not recorded and the good ones are but are the actions of them already "planned"? Please I need to know as I am 32 yrs old and still struggle with actions as a child and they are bothering me. Is there then no way that these would have been avoided?

Also, I am suffering with a relapse of my anxiety disorder, is this also part of "Divine Decree" that Allah has planned for this to happen to me?

Thank you
Salam
Salam,
I htink that illness is a purification, punishment or a trial. Which one of them it actually is IMO (until I learn better) belongs to "ilm ul ghayb" or the unseen, which we do not have the keys of knowledge to. So the situation is ambiguous, and this is part of our trial in life.


In surah Mulk we are told that life and death were created as to be trials for our deeds, and elsewhere that "saqina" or tranquiility was sent upon the believers, so thats something to aspire to!

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