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by: our belief (Tawheed), with conviction
in the Qur'an
(being the last revelation from Almighty Allah (God) to mankind
revealed to his last Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH) and the Sunnah (injunctions,
laws and practical examples of the Qur'an in action) of the
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),
and the rightly guided Predecessors (the Family and the Companions
of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
and successive generations).
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ideology which deviates from the above principles - in belief
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is He) to accept our efforts which we do only in seeking His
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Swiss Mosques Open for Non-Muslims
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Many Swiss non-Muslims welcomed the initiative and flocked to the nearby mosques to get first-hand experience with Muslims. (Reuters)
GENEVA — Swiss Muslims are opening up mosques across the European country to non-Muslims to enhance dialogue and clear misconceptions ahead of a controversial vote on minarets ban.
"To me it means opening myself up to others, to tell them that we as Muslims open our doors to you. That we are here with you," a Muslim woman participating in the open day event told Euro News on Sunday, November 8.
Under the initiative championed by a number of the Swiss Muslim organizations, mosques will be open to non-Muslim visitors over the coming days.
The initiative comes ahead of a controversial vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets in the country.
People will vote on November 29 on a referendum spearheaded by the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) to ban the building of new minarets.
The SVP claims minarets are a symbol of Shari'ah and are thus incompatible with the Swiss legal system.
The proposed ban has caused an outcry in Switzerland, with the government denouncing it as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
The country's Roman Catholic bishops have urged voters to reject the proposed minaret ban.
Opinion polls suggest the proposed ban will be rejected by voters.
Switzerland is home to some 400,000 Muslims and Islam is the second religion in the country after Christianity.
There 200 mosques in Switzerland, but only four have minarets.
"We hope these meetings will build a dialogue and better understanding," said Maizar. (Google)
Organizers say the open-day event aims to enhance dialogue and coexistence in the country.
"We hope these meetings will build a dialogue and better understanding," said Hisham Maizar, president of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Switzerland.
Many Swiss welcomed the Muslim overture and flocked to nearby mosques to get first-hand experience.
The visitors were welcomed by Muslim volunteers who also answered different questions about Islam.
The guests were also allowed to see Muslims while performing their prayers.
The BBC's Imogen Foulkes, who visited a mosque in Zurich, says he and many non-Muslims enjoyed the experience.
"Our existence is reality, but we want the reality to be enriching," said the Muslim woman participating in the open day event.
Nearly one quarter of world’s population is Muslim, says report
Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2009
Washington, 8 October (WashingtonTV)—The world’s Muslim population stands at 1.57 billion, meaning that nearly one in four people in the world practice Islam, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life report, three years in the making, is billed as the most comprehensive of its kind.
Earlier estimates of the global Muslim population range from one billion to 1.8 billion, according to CNN.
There are about 2.2 billion Christians worldwide, based on a 2005 report.
The Pew report presented a portrait of the Muslim world that may surprise some.
For instance, Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon, China has more Muslims than Syria, and Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya combined, reports the Associated Press.
“The whole idea that Muslims are Arabs and Arabs are Muslims is really just obliterated by this report,” said Amaney Jamal, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University, according to AP.
The report showed that the greatest number of Muslims live in Asia, more than 60 percent. About 20 percent live in the Middle East and North Africa, 15 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2.4 percent in Europe and 0.3 percent in the Americas.
Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, followed by Pakistan and India.
Sources: CNN News, Associated Press
Hawaii’s Islam Day
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“It's a day of celebrating our commonality, a day of people of faith and no faith to get together and talk story," Ouansafi said. (Google)
CAIRO – Hundreds of people in the US state of Hawaii have celebrated the island’s first Islam Day in recognition of the rich religious, scientific and cultural contribution of the Muslim world.
"It's a historic day. It’s long overdue,” Hakim Ouansafi, president of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, told the Honolulu Advertiser on Friday, September 25.
“It's a day of celebrating our commonality, a day of people of faith and no faith to get together and talk story."
Hundreds of people packed the McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park on Thursday to celebrate Hawaii's Islam Day.
"We expected 200 to 300, so we're very pleased with the turnout," said Ouansafi.
The Day featured entertainment activities, games for children, free food and a panel discussion on coexistence in a pluralistic society.
The Hawaii state legislature has passed a resolution to mark Islam Day in recognition of the rich religious, scientific and cultural contributions of the Muslim world.
Though adopted overwhelmingly, the resolution sparked debate across the island.
"A lot of people reacted out of fear and ignorance,” said Ouansafi.
“They’ve had a chance to reflect a little bit more and people are coming around."
Hawaii is home to a Muslim community of 3,000.
There are between six to seven million Muslims in the US
First Islam Book in German Schools
Seeking a better understanding of Islam and more Muslim integration, primary schools in two German states are including a book about the Muslim faith in their curricula. "It's important for kids to know the core message of other religious faiths," Gul Solgun-Kaps, a primary school teacher and one of the book's authors, told the Deutsche Welle on Saturday, February 14.The book, "My Book About Islam", has been approved for use in primary schools in Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia, which have a large Muslim community."The point of the book is to foster the religious identity of Muslim children in a country that is predominantly Christian so they don't wind up being manipulated by the media, and not just the media, but perhaps even by their own mosque or community," said Solgun-Kaps.The German government agreed last year to teach Islam at state-run schools in a bid to smooth Muslim integration into the society.German schools already offer courses on Judaism, Catholicism and Protestantism. Germany has a sizable Muslim minority of 3.4 million.Islam comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity
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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Sunday led a special prayer for
world peace at the historic Jamaa Masjid in Delhi. Dalai Lama said it is
regrettable that Muslims are being targeted in the name of terrorism.
A famous German Journalist , whose name is
"Henric Bruder" 61 years old, suddenly embraced Islam.
He was known to be offensively criticizing to Islam especially in 2007 and he said loudly "Hallo, Listen to me : I embraced Islam"
He said he had a bitter internal conflict for many years, finally I relieved to get rid of repression of truth and answering those who asked him about giving up his Christianity religion, returned back to his Islam. He called himself "Muhammad Bruder"
Bruder said proudly he is now a member of the nation numbering billion three hundred million people in the world, exposed continuously to offense, and he is happy to return back to his home
Bruder's Islam was received by a big welcome from the Muslims in Germany who found him previously a heavily offensive to their beliefs and actions, Now he is is turning to the refusal of those literary prizes awarded by the "defenders mental anti-Semitism the Jews themselves" as he said
Some Germans received this news bitterly with a big shock after they were used to read his articles eagerly.
America's Muslim Population is Gaining a Hispanic Accent
At 75,000 To 200,000, the Converts are a Significant Group
"To me, Islam is more logical," said Rivera, an administrative assistant. "And logic tells me to pray to God, not to pray to candles and statues. ... Before, I had to speak to Mary to get to Jesus to get to the Holy Spirit to get to God. Now, I just pray to Allah."
Islam in America before Columbus
Christopher Columbus, the man who so-called discovered America, himself declared that his impression of the Carib people (i.e., Caribbean people) were "Mohemmedans." He knew of the Mandinka presence in the New World (Muslims) and that Muslims from the West coast of Africa had settled down in the Carribean, Central, South and North America. Columbus further admitted that on October 21st, 1492, as he was sailing past Gibara on the coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque, and remnants of other masjids have been found in Cuba, Mexico, Texas and Nevada.
The Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1787 have the signatures of Abdel-Khak and Mohammed Bin Abdulla. According to a federal court case from the Continental Congress, Native Muslims helped put life into the constitution.
The records of the State of Carolina has the Moors Sundry Act of 1790. The Cherokee Chief of 1866 was a man called Ramadhan Bin Wati. Native clothing up until 1832 was full Islamic wear. The name Tallahassee actually means," Allah will deliver you sometime in the future." In North America, there are no less than 565 names of tribes, villages, cities, mountains and other lands sites of Islamic or Arabic roots.
Why do Scientists embrace Islam ?
One of the most remarkable things about the Qur'an is that it contains many verses which accurately describe natural phenomenon in various fields such as embryology, meteorology, astronomy, geology and oceanography. Scientists have found its descriptions to be inexplicably valid for a book dating from the 6th century; in fact, many of the processes and functions mentioned in the Qur'an have been discovered only recently. This fact alone has been the cause of a number of distinguished scientists embracing Islam.
It also explains why the conflicts that emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages between faith and reason, religion and science, never arose in Islam.The Qur'an repeatedly encourages people to reflect and use their intelligence, and most Muslim scientists and inventors have also been pious believers. Ahead of Iraq Deployment, 37 Korean Troops convert to Islam.
"I became a Muslim because I felt Islam was more humanistic and peaceful than other religions. And if you can religiously connect with the locals, I think it could be a big help in carrying out our peace reconstruction mission." So said on Friday those Korean soldiers who converted to Islam ahead of their late July deployment to the Kurdish city of Irbil in northern Iraq.
37 members of the Iraq-bound "Zaitun Unit," including Lieutenant Son Hyeon-ju of the Special Forces 11th Brigade, made their way to the mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul- Korea - and held a conversion to Islam ceremony.
Why European Women are Turning to Islam.
Source:By Peter Ford
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
December 27, 2005.Ms. Mary Fallot is a recent convert to Islam.(Islam demands a closeness to God. Islam is simpler, more rigorous, and it's easier because it is explicit. I was looking for a framework, man needs rules and behavior to follow. Christianity did not give me the same reference points.(She adds,)Islam is a message of love, of tolerance and peace.) Those reasons reflect many female converts' thinking, say experts who have studied the phenomenon. (A lot of women are reacting to the moral uncertainties of Western society,) says Dr. Jawad. (They like the sense of belonging and caring and sharing that Islam offers.)
Others are attracted by (a certain idea of womanhood and manhood that Islam offers,) suggests Karin van Nieuwkerk, who has studied Dutch women converts. (There is more space for family and motherhood in Islam, and women are not sex objects.)After making their decision, some converts take things slowly, adopting Muslim customs bit by bit: Fallot, for example, does not yet feel ready to wear a head scarf, though she is wearing longer and looser clothes than she used to.Why British Women are Turning to Islam.
Source:The Times (London) - Tuesday, 9th November 1993
Unprecedented numbers of British people, nearly all of them women, are converting to Islam at a time of deep divisions within the Anglican and Catholic churches.
The rate of conversions has prompted predictions that Islam will rapidly become an important religious force in UK.The surge in conversions to Islam has taken place despite the negative image of the faith in the Western press. Indeed, the pace of conversions has accelerated since publicity over the Salman Rushdie affair, the Gulf War and the plight of the Muslims in Bosnia. It is even more ironic that most British converts should be women, given the widespread view in the west that Islam treats women poorly. In the United States, women converts outnumber men by four to one, and in Britain make up the bulk of the estimated 10, 000 to 20, 000 converts, forming part of a Muslim community of 1 to 1.5 million.Islam Attracts Converts by the Thousands, Drawn Before and After September Attacks.By Jodi Wilgoren, The New York Times, October 22 2001 CE
Experts say Islam is attractive because of its universal message — the faithful believe that everyone is born Muslim and thus call the transformation reversion, not conversion — and because its teachings incorporate other traditions, honoring Jesus Christ, the Jewish patriarch Abraham and other Biblical figures as prophets. Conversion to Islam is as simple as reciting one sentence — "I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger" — in front of witnesses, a ceremony known as Shahadah.
Around 30,000 women in Switzerland have converted to Islam.Source:swissinfo, Jean-Michel Berthoud 14/3/2005According to a recent report by an organisation for Muslim women that around 30,000 women in Switzerland have converted to Islam .
Islam is the fastest growing religion.Source:http://www.way-to-allah.com/en/topics/statistics.html
Among every four humans in the world, one of them is Muslim. Muslims have increased by over 235 percent in the last fifty years up to nearly 1.6 billion. By comparison, Christians have increased by only 47 percent, Hinduism, 117 percent, and Buddhism by 63 percent. Islam is the second largest religious group in France, Great Britain and USA.Islam in Latin America.Source:http://www.centroislamico.org.ec/
There is a great potential for Islam among the Spanish and Portuguse speaking people living in Latin America, as well as for the Latino Muslim Community living in United States.ALBANIANS: WHO ARE THEY?Source:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alb-muslimnews/message/2124
Albanians are the biggest Muslim nation of Europe and their total population is about 10 millions.
At our present days, Albanians live scattered mainly in 5 Balkanic countries; in Albania, Kosova , Macedonia , Yugoslavia and Greece . The majority of the Albanians ( 90% ) are Muslims.
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