Happy Eid Al Fitr! (1435/2014)

Wishing everyone a most blessed Eid al Fitr 1435! Whichever day you are celebrating on, may your Eid be joyous and full of Grace!

Eid Blessings - Eid al Fitr 1435/2014

Cigar Shaped Object Flying Over Mars

What did NASA’s Curiosity rover capture on 28. April, earlier this year? An apparently cigar shaped object was caught in still photographs flying over Mars. What is this object? No one really knows, but it doesn’t appear to be natural…

Link to original Navcam images: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=613&camera=NAV_RIGHT_

Eid Al Fitr 1435 / 2014

In the UK if you started fasting on 30 June, Eid al Fitr should be on Wednesday, 30 July. If you started on the 29 June, Eid will be on Tuesday, 29 July. People in the Americas might be celebrating Eid as early as Monday, if they started fasting on the 27 June.

As for reports of the moon’s sighting before then, no need to over react! :)

Statement on the Humanitarian Emergency in Palestine.

Bism’Allah al Rahman al Raheem.

We express our deepest condolences to Palestinian families who have lost loved ones due to Israeli attacks in some of the most densely populated residential areas in the world. Whatever the Israeli government’s purported motivations, there is no excuse for killing children or bombing hospitals! Life is Sacred, a teaching common to all three Abrahamic faiths, and the lives of children especially Sacred.

You don't need to be Muslim to stand up for Gaza

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has stated that the humanitarian emergency in Gaza, following a severe escalation in hostilities involving intense Israeli aerial and navy bombardment, has claimed the lives of at least 697 Palestinians, of whom 170 were children and 86 women. Over 3,993 people have been wounded and 140,000 have been displaced, currently staying at 83 UNRWA schools. 32 Israelis have lost their lives, including 3 civilians and 29 soldiers.

The Association of British Muslims expresses our most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of all those who have lost their lives and call upon everyone to support and stand in solidarity with the People of Palestine. The Israeli government and IDF are demonstrating a complete lack of concern for the civilian population of Palestine, that verges on unjustified cruelty.

Israel claims to be responding to rocket attacks launched from Palestine, but a genuine response would be proportional to the threat. The returned fire from the IDF takes the lives of hundreds of Palestinians, including 170 children, unprotected women and elderly people. Over 697 people so far, and still counting…

We are living in dark times, with tragic events occurring in neighbouring Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region. Like the Prophet, peace be upon him warned, the day has come where Jews and Muslims are fighting and Muslims are fighting each other, where everyone claims that they are on the path of “jihad” (struggle/striving), and no one really knows why they are killing one another. This is not the meaning or way of jihad, or even the modern concept of a “Just War”.

In these times of jahiliyya, widespread ignorance, corruption and confusion, it is absolutely imperative we make Education, Culture, Science and Spirituality our jihad.

In this most holy month of Ramadan, we join our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world, along with every concerned soul in our Human Family (Bani Adam), in prayer and remembrance of the children and innocent people who have lost their lives in Palestine, and those still suffering under the onslaught of military operations.

We pray for the restoration of Peace, Security and Justice in Palestine and call upon the Israeli government to end the war against Palestinians forthwith, including the blockade against Gaza. All sides must fully and sincerely commit to meaningful negotiations to find ways for an authentic sustainable peaceful solution.

Salam.

Shaykh Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims.
Mr Mohammed Abbasi, Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims.
Mr Muhammad Hamzah, Cultural Director, The Association of British Muslims.

The only people who are going to change us, IS OURSELVES!

Bism’Allah al Rahman al Raheem.

In Ramadan, through fasts and prayers, we focus on remembering Allah SWT, purifying our souls and transcending our baser desires to become better Human Beings.

However, when we look around the world today, how many Muslim role models do we see in all fields of life?

For sure, there are some… but is that number really representative of the 1.9 billion of us, compared to people of other faiths and backgrounds?

Brothers and Sisters, it’s time to wake up, the only people who are going to change us, IS OURSELVES!

When instead of blaming others, we strive to be better, do the best for ourselves and others, Allah SWT will support us and turn our situation around.

We must take the first steps; that my brothers and sisters is the test!

Think about it, why else do we fast and pray? Allah SWT is in need of nothing! No, these are the first steps prescribed for us, training ourselves towards success!

We must make the same effort in all areas of life, not just in matters of religion, and not just in Ramadan.

Islam is not just religion, it’s a WAY OF LIFE!

Salam.

Shaykh Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
Director, KhilafahOnline

RIP To The Passengers Of MH17, Gone But Not Forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of passengers of MH17. A truly horrific tragedy.

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Don’t Be Promiscuous

Not from a source I’d normally share… but this is exceptionally good advice!

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