Tuesday, May 31, 2011

[quran_avad Post#113] 2:118 #knowledge #hearts #signs #faith

[2:118] Those who have no knowledge also say, "If only God would speak to us!" or "If only a miraculous sign would come to us!" People before them said the same things: their hearts are all alike. We have made Our signs clear enough to those who have firm faith.
  
اور جو لوگ (کچھ) نہیں جانتے (یعنی مشرک) وہ کہتے ہیں کہ خدا ہم سے کلام کیوں نہیں کرتا۔ یا ہمارے پاس کوئی نشانی کیوں نہیں آتی۔ اسی طرح جو لوگ ان سے پہلے تھے، وہ بھی انہی کی سی باتیں کیا کرتے تھے۔ ان لوگوں کے دل آپس میں ملتے جلتے ہیں۔ جو لوگ صاحبِ یقین ہیں، ان کے (سمجھانے کے) لیے نشانیاں بیان کردی ہیں ۔


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Earlier Verses

[2:116-117] [116] They* have asserted, "God has a child." Glory be to Him. No [rather], everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him, everything devoutly obeys His will.
[117] He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth, and when He decrees something, He says only, "Be," and it is.
//*Imam Raazi suggests that this refers to the pagan Arabs (see 16: 57) and (some of) the Christians and Jews (see 9: 30)//
  
اور یہ لوگ اس بات کے قائل ہیں کہ خدا اولاد رکھتا ہے۔ (نہیں) وہ پاک ہے، بلکہ جو کچھ آسمانوں اور زمین میں ہے، سب اسی کا ہے اور سب اس کے فرماں بردار ہیں ۔
(وہی) آسمانوں اور زمین کا پیدا کرنے والاہے۔ جب کوئی کام کرنا چاہتا ہے تو اس کو ارشاد فرما دیتا ہے کہ ہوجا تو وہ ہو جاتا ہے  ۔

[2:115] The East and the West belong to God: wherever you turn, there is His Face [Or 'His direction']. God is all encompassing and all knowing.
  
اور مشرق اور مغرب سب خدا ہی کا ہے۔ تو جدھر تم رخ کرو۔ ادھر خدا کی ذات ہے۔ بے شک خدا صاحبِ وسعت اور باخبر ہے ۔


[2:114] Who could be more wicked than those who prohibit the mention of God's name in His places of worship* and strive to have them deserted [ruin]? Such people should not enter them without fear: there is disgrace for them in this world and [awfully] painful punishment in the Hereafter.
//*This probably alludes to the Jews' objections to the change of qibla (direction of prayer) from Jerusalem to Mecca and their efforts to stop people praying towards Mecca in the Prophet's mosque in Medina//
  
اور یہودی کہتے ہیں کہ عیسائی رستے پر نہیں اور عیسائی کہتے ہیں کہ یہودی رستے پر نہیں۔ حالانکہ وہ کتاب (الہٰی) پڑھتے ہیں۔ اسی طرح بالکل انہی کی سی بات وہ لوگ کہتے ہیں جو (کچھ) نہیں جانتے (یعنی مشرک) تو جس بات میں یہ لوگ اختلاف کر رہے خدا قیامت کے دن اس کا ان میں فیصلہ کر دے گا ۔




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[quran_avad Post#112] 2:116-117 #creator #creation #God

[2:116-117] [116] They* have asserted, "God has a child." Glory be to Him. No [rather], everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him, everything devoutly obeys His will.
[117] He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth, and when He decrees something, He says only, "Be," and it is.
//*Imam Raazi suggests that this refers to the pagan Arabs (see 16: 57) and (some of) the Christians and Jews (see 9: 30)//
  
اور مشرق اور مغرب سب خدا ہی کا ہے۔ تو جدھر تم رخ کرو۔ ادھر خدا کی ذات ہے۔ بے شک خدا صاحبِ وسعت اور باخبر ہے ۔


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Earlier Verses

[2:115] The East and the West belong to God: wherever you turn, there is His Face [Or 'His direction']. God is all encompassing and all knowing.
  
اور مشرق اور مغرب سب خدا ہی کا ہے۔ تو جدھر تم رخ کرو۔ ادھر خدا کی ذات ہے۔ بے شک خدا صاحبِ وسعت اور باخبر ہے ۔


[2:114] Who could be more wicked than those who prohibit the mention of God's name in His places of worship* and strive to have them deserted [ruin]? Such people should not enter them without fear: there is disgrace for them in this world and [awfully] painful punishment in the Hereafter.
//*This probably alludes to the Jews' objections to the change of qibla (direction of prayer) from Jerusalem to Mecca and their efforts to stop people praying towards Mecca in the Prophet's mosque in Medina//
  
اور یہودی کہتے ہیں کہ عیسائی رستے پر نہیں اور عیسائی کہتے ہیں کہ یہودی رستے پر نہیں۔ حالانکہ وہ کتاب (الہٰی) پڑھتے ہیں۔ اسی طرح بالکل انہی کی سی بات وہ لوگ کہتے ہیں جو (کچھ) نہیں جانتے (یعنی مشرک) تو جس بات میں یہ لوگ اختلاف کر رہے خدا قیامت کے دن اس کا ان میں فیصلہ کر دے گا ۔

[2:113] The Jews say, 'The Christians have no ground whatsoever to stand on,' and the Christians say, 'The Jews have no ground whatsoever to stand on,' though they both read the Scripture, and those who have no knowledge say the same; God will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning their differences.
  
اور یہودی کہتے ہیں کہ عیسائی رستے پر نہیں اور عیسائی کہتے ہیں کہ یہودی رستے پر نہیں۔ حالانکہ وہ کتاب (الہٰی) پڑھتے ہیں۔ اسی طرح بالکل انہی کی سی بات وہ لوگ کہتے ہیں جو (کچھ) نہیں جانتے (یعنی مشرک) تو جس بات میں یہ لوگ اختلاف کر رہے خدا قیامت کے دن اس کا ان میں فیصلہ کر دے گا ۔




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Monday, May 30, 2011

AIPAC 101 — What Every American Should Know

Allah will be opponent to Three types of People

Allah will be opponent to Three types of People

[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 36, Number 470]

Narrated Abu Huraira
(Radi Allah Anhu): The Prophet (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, "Allah said, 'I will be an opponent to three types of people on the Day of Resurrection:

1. One who makes a covenant in My Name, but proves treacherous;

2. One who sells a free person and eats his price; and

3. One who employs a laborer and takes full work from him but does not pay him for his lab our.' "

It is Allaah that provides for you and,NOT your Employer

 'Bismillahir Rehmanir Raheem ' 

 

"Assalam Alaikum Wa Rehmath Ullahi

Wa Barkatahu"

   

It is Allaah that provides for you and
NOT your Employer.
 
Remember Allaah is 'Al-Razzaaq'
{the Provider}
and the
 Best of those who provide.
 
 The one who fed you when you were in your mother's womb will also feed you when you are an adult.
 
 And it was not you who was putting food on the table for your family.
Rather it was ALLAH using You as a means to provide for them.
 
'O men! Call to mind the grace of Allah unto you! is there a creator, other than Allah, to give you sustenance from heaven or earth? There is no God but He:
how then are ye deluded away from the Truth?
 
{Quran ~Faatir 35:3

 
   Know that your provision was written for you before you were even born:
 
ALLAH had sent an angel to write down your provision for you when you were just a few days old in your mother's womb,
and you will get it- no matter what.
 
The Angel says:-
 'O Lord, male or female?
Doomed or blessed?
What is his provision?
What is his lifespan?'
And that is written in his Mother's Womb!!
 
{Bukhaari}
 
There is nothing that can take your provision away.
 And you will not die until you have had your full provision.
 
 
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:-
 
'The Holy Spirit (Jibreel) has inspired to me that no soul will die until it has completed its appointed term and received its provision in full,
so fear Allaah and do not be desperate in seeking provision, and no one of you should be tempted to seek provision by means of committing sin if it is slow in coming to him,
for that which is with Allaah can only be attained by obeying Him." 
 
 {Saheeh al-Jaami # 2085} 
 
'SubhanAllah'
 
 

What Opening Rafah Means & Doesn't Mean

Interesting analysis ..

What Opening Rafah Means & Doesn't Mean

By Yousef
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The news was welcomed by many around the world this week when reports about a decision taken by Egypt's current military government to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza surfaced. But what does the opening of Rafah mean? There will undoubtedly be those trying to proclaim that life is on the up and up in Gaza now and that the siege is over. But Gaza and the siege that entraps it is immensely complicated. Ignoring the nuances of this policy and thinking that Gaza is equivalent to a solid black box that just had its lid opened is entirely misleading. It is important, especially as the anniversary of the attack on the Mavi Marmara approaches, to understand what the opening of Rafah means and does not mean, and to redouble our efforts to raise awareness about, and challenge, the continued Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip. 


What the Opening of Rafah Does Not Mean: The siege is over.
The siege of the Gaza Strip is a multi-layered closure with many dimensions. Several closure policies contribute to the siege effect, and the opening of Rafah is unlikely to have a major impact on the overall effect simply because the remaining closure policies, enforced by Israel, are not changing.
First, what exactly is the Rafah Crossing? Rafah is a Palestinian town in the Gaza Strip which straddles the border with Egypt. A terminal at the border exists to facilitate the travel of people across the border, but Rafah is not designed as a crossing for supplies. The opening of Rafah, while it may allow for people in Gaza to exit (with the permission of Egypt still required of course), has little effect on the actual quantity of goods coming in and out of Gaza.


The other layers of Siege

The Other Crossings: For logistical, historical and infrastructural reasons, other crossing points into Gaza are ideal for the entry of commercial or humanitarian goods. Using data from the UN Office for the Coordinate of Humanitarian Affairs, which keeps track of what is allowed into Gaza, when and through which entry, we can see a stark contrast between the different crossings. Aggregate data from June 19, 2007 through May 19, 2011 presented in this pie chart exposes just how few goods come through the Rafah crossing.

But this chart also doesn't tell the whole story. Today, most of these crossing have been closed, and in fact, thus far in 2011 95% of trucksthat were permitted entry to Gaza came through the Kerem Shalom crossing. Israel has, over time, practically shutdown all other crossings.
Israel's multi-decade occupation of Gaza, and Gaza's history as an integral part of historic Palestine for millenia, created infrastructure and logistical realities which make supplying it from the north far more easy than the south. The population density of Israel/Palestine over time has always been greater than that of Egypt's Sinai, meaning resources would be centrally located in the middle of historic Palestine and distributed naturally to its perimeter.
By retaining total control over the other crossings, Israel is still able to maintain its siege policy to practically the same exact extent as before the opening of Rafah. Unless Egypt and Palestine completely revamp the Rafah crossing and the infrastructure around it on both sides of the border, this is unlikely to change. Also, such changes are highly unlikely for both political and economic considerations. It is simply not a cost effective investment to bring supplies to Gaza in a roundabout fashion when the land it has always been economically integrated into is to its north. Further, separating Gaza from historic Palestine, in anyway, is a political minefield because of its potential implications to the struggle for Palestinian self-determination.

Electricity and Water: For many of the same reasons explained above, Gaza is overwhelmingly dependent on Israel when it comes to electricity. This 2010 special focus report from UN OCHA states "the Gaza Strip's needs range between 240 and 280 megawats (MW), of which at least 42 percent is purchased from Israel, distributed in separate feeder lines along the Gaza Strip, and six to seven percent is purchased from Egypt, distributed mainly to the Rafah area"
It explains the genesis of the electricity problem well:

The shortage of electricity in the Gaza Strip dates back to June 2006, when the Israeli Air Force destroyed all six transformers at the GPP during an air strike. Five months later, the power plant resumed production, but at a significantly reduced level; producing around 65 MW (out of 80MW of potential capacity), compared to 118MW at peak production (out of 140 MW of potential capacity) prior to the bombardment.

Israel's imposition of a blockade on the Gaza Strip in June 2007, following the Hamas take-over, further tightened existing restrictions on imports of spare parts, equipment, consumables and industrial fuel required for the operation of the power plant and the electricity network.. As a result, there has been a chronic shortfall in the GPP's level of electricity production. Since January 2010, the daily electricity deficit has increased further, following the expiration of the European Commission's direct subsidy to the fuel purchase for the GPP. Since this time, the power plant has twice had to shut down completely, due to lack of fuel. The plant now operates using one turbine, producing only 30 MW of electricity, compared to its average production of 60-65 MW in 2009.
Israel's control over the vast majority of electricity generated outside of Gaza, and their ability to deny the sustainable development of electricity generation inside Gaza by preventing the materials necessary for bringing the power-plant up to capacity, gives them effective light-switch control over Gaza.
Electricity has a direct impact on the issue of clean water as well. Amnesty International reports that 90-95 percent of the drinking water in Gaza is contaminated and unfit for consumption. The United Nations even found that bottled water in Gaza contained contaminants, likely due to the plastic bottles recycled in dysfunctional factories. The lack of sufficient power for desalination and sewage facilities results in significant amounts of sewage seeping into Gaza's coastal aquifer--the main source of water for the people of Gaza.


The Blockade: People often use the words blockade and siege interchangeably and this is simply inaccurate. The blockade of Gaza is enforced by the Israeli navy off the coast of Gaza and in Gaza's territorial waters. The siege is a combination of restrictive and punitive policies which includes the blockade, but also some of the other issues discussed above. The blockade itself, however, has a specific but equally devastating impact on Gaza, its people and its economy. For Gaza's fishing industry in particular this has been destructive. Israel enforces it's illegal naval blockade at the 3-nautical mile mark (most of the fish native to Gaza's territorial water's are beyond this mark) and when Gaza's fisherman get too close, they get shot. In fact, three fisherman were injured just this morning when Israeli naval boats fired on them.
While Israel argues its blockade is to keep weapons out of Gaza, it has yet to provide an explanation as to why it is shooting Palestinian fisherman coming from Gaza on dinghies. The effects of this have been so severe, that a coastal territory with a rich seafaring history farms fish on land and imports fresh fish now from Israel. Needless to say, the opening of the Rafah crossing will have little impact on this aspect of the siege.

What the Opening of Rafah Does Mean: The Closing of A Dark Chapter in Egypt's History
The siege of the Gaza Strip is a disgraceful policy that collectively punishes civilians in direct opposition to international humanitarian law and is an ugly scar on the conscience of the international community. Egypt, sadly, played an undeniable roll in this policy under the Mubarak regime despite the fact that most Egyptians vehemently disagreed with this policy. While the Egyptian closure of Rafah was a minor contributor to the overall effects of the siege compared to Israeli restrictions, Mubarak regime complicity was viewed as treacherous in the eyes of most in the Arab and Muslim world. Most Palestinians and frankly most people around the world knew that the people of Egypt did not agree with what the government of Egypt was doing. Any who doubted this were thoroughly convinced after January 25th, 2011.
However, the extent to which this truly is the end of a dark chapter in Egyptian history will be determined by what kind of role the new Egypt will play toward Gaza, and whether the opening of Rafah is the first or last step it takes toward breaking the Israeli-led policy of siege. Making sure Palestinians in Gaza can travel freely in and out of the newly opened Rafah crossing, without discriminatory visa and security-check delays which have debilitated travel in the past, would be an immensely important next step in the right direction.

Source: http://blog.thejerusalemfund.org/2011/05/what-opening-rafah-means-doesnt-mean.html

[quran_avad Post#111] 2:115

[2:115] The East and the West belong to God: wherever you turn, there is His Face [Or 'His direction']. God is all encompassing and all knowing.
  
اور مشرق اور مغرب سب خدا ہی کا ہے۔ تو جدھر تم رخ کرو۔ ادھر خدا کی ذات ہے۔ بے شک خدا صاحبِ وسعت اور باخبر ہے ۔


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Earlier Verses

[2:114] Who could be more wicked than those who prohibit the mention of God's name in His places of worship* and strive to have them deserted [ruin]? Such people should not enter them without fear: there is disgrace for them in this world and [awfully] painful punishment in the Hereafter.
//*This probably alludes to the Jews' objections to the change of qibla (direction of prayer) from Jerusalem to Mecca and their efforts to stop people praying towards Mecca in the Prophet's mosque in Medina//
  
اور یہودی کہتے ہیں کہ عیسائی رستے پر نہیں اور عیسائی کہتے ہیں کہ یہودی رستے پر نہیں۔ حالانکہ وہ کتاب (الہٰی) پڑھتے ہیں۔ اسی طرح بالکل انہی کی سی بات وہ لوگ کہتے ہیں جو (کچھ) نہیں جانتے (یعنی مشرک) تو جس بات میں یہ لوگ اختلاف کر رہے خدا قیامت کے دن اس کا ان میں فیصلہ کر دے گا ۔

[2:113] The Jews say, 'The Christians have no ground whatsoever to stand on,' and the Christians say, 'The Jews have no ground whatsoever to stand on,' though they both read the Scripture, and those who have no knowledge say the same; God will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning their differences.
  
اور یہودی کہتے ہیں کہ عیسائی رستے پر نہیں اور عیسائی کہتے ہیں کہ یہودی رستے پر نہیں۔ حالانکہ وہ کتاب (الہٰی) پڑھتے ہیں۔ اسی طرح بالکل انہی کی سی بات وہ لوگ کہتے ہیں جو (کچھ) نہیں جانتے (یعنی مشرک) تو جس بات میں یہ لوگ اختلاف کر رہے خدا قیامت کے دن اس کا ان میں فیصلہ کر دے گا ۔


[2:111-112] [2:111] They also say, 'No one will enter Paradise unless he is a Jew or a Christian.' This is their own wishful thinking. [Prophet], say, 'Produce your evidence, if you are telling the truth.'
[2:112] In fact, any who direct themselves wholly to God and do good will have their reward with their Lord: no fear for them, nor will they grieve.
  
اور (یہودی اور عیسائی) کہتے ہیں کہ یہودیوں اور عیسائیوں کے سوا کوئی بہشت میں نہیں جانے کا۔ یہ ان لوگوں کے خیالاتِ باطل ہیں۔ (اے پیغمبر ان سے) کہہ دو کہ اگر سچے ہو تو دلیل پیش کرو ۔
ہاں جو شخص خدا کے آگے گردن جھکا دے، (یعنی ایمان لے آئے) اور وہ نیکو کار بھی ہو تو اس کا صلہ اس کے پروردگار کے پاس ہے اور ایسے لوگوں کو (قیامت کے دن) نہ کسی طرح کا خوف ہوگا اور نہ وہ غمناک ہوں گے ۔


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Allah's Forgiveness (except for Mushrik)



 
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