Irfan Yousaf

JEDDAH: Aalami Urdu Markaz Jeddah organized a program for the remembrance of national leaders of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan and Dr. Allama Mohammed Iqbal the thinker of Pakistan on Thursday at Pakistan International School (Al-Aziziah).

Abdul Salik Khan the Pakistan Consul General, honored the program as Chief guest and Azad Iqbal the grandson of Dr. Allama Iqbal the poet philosopher of the subcontinent.

The other important guests were Dr. Irfan Hashmi, Asfaq Ahmed, principal of PISJ, Salma Shah Khan, vice principal of PISJ, Athar Abbasi, president of Aalami Urdu Markaz Jeddah, and many other dignitaries and community members.

A number of renowned poets from the community also presented their tributes with their poetry to the leaders, for the unforgettable services they provide to the nation.

Athar Abbasi, the President of the Aalami Urdu Markaz Jeddah also praised the efforts of Quaid Azam and Allama Iqbal and emphasized on Pakistanis to follow their footsteps and work on what they said to keep the freedom of the country.

Abdul Salik Khan and Azad Iqbal praised the event and said that we should not only organize such events, but also promote the message of Iqbal and the Quaid to strengthen the stability and progress of Pakistan.

“The Muslim Ummah and Muslims of the subcontinent were obliged to the farsightedness and political acumen of Allama Iqbal and Jinnah for the creation of homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent,” said Salik .

He also said that Iqbal gave the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims while the Quaid-e-Azam materialized the idea.

He emphasized on commemoration of such functions to follow and practice the teachings of these great leaders, “the philosophy of Iqbal depicted the spirit of Qur’an and Sunnah and the best tribute for these leaders was to practice their teachings and follow their footsteps,” he added.

Azad said Allama Iqbal was a great philosopher and practical Muslim. He shed light on different aspects of the life of Iqbal and narrated couplets from “Shikwa and Jawab Shikqwa.” He added that Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah can revive their glory by strictly following the dictates of Qur’an and Sunnah.

“Our aim behind organizing this event was to increase love for Pakistan in youth, we love Pakistan and want to work for the stability, safety and progress of Pakistan,” said Abbasi .

– By Fouzia Khan – Saudi Arabia

What would you think of a home that provided no shelter and no privacy? What would you think of a meal that provided no nourishment and no energy? It does not take much to realize that if one were in the business of selling any of these he would go bankrupt very quickly. Yet, amazingly the rules seem to be different when it comes to another basic need: clothing, especially women’s clothing. Every year fashion centers in Europe and America come up with the latest designs. And what have they designed? Another way of not covering the body; the dress equivalent of the home that provides no shelter and no privacy.

One might ask, if a person did not want to cover themselves why would they buy anything, least of all expensive fashions, to achieve that? If we think about it, we may see the tension between two forces. All human beings (except for the handful of deviants who call themselves naturalists) have an inborn sense of shame. People of all religions agree on the need to cover themselves in public. Yet we also find a force that promotes nudity. Large segments of humanity are caught between two impulses: to cover or not to cover. Our clothing designs reflect different levels of compromise between these opposing forces.

Why? What is going on?

Science cannot answer the question. It cannot trace the origins of forces that take place deep in our mind. In addition, most of the scientific establishment is still dominated by the followers of Mr. Darwin and Darwinism is a system of belief not science. Their beliefs keep them from dealing honestly with a simple fact: while all other animals have a skin that provides them protection against the elements, human beings don’t. Monkeys can live without clothing, human beings cannot.

The Qur’an answers the question. Our bodies did not develop our skin— so thin and fur free that it requires external covering for protection—because of some unexplained evolutionary accident. Our Creator designed it this way so we will always need clothing. He also put in us the sense of shame that forces us to cover ourselves. On the other hand, the first act of Satan was to cause Adam and Eve to expose themselves: “So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shameful parts became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the Garden over their bodies.” [Al-A’raf 7:22]. This is the source of the tension we see. Two opposing forces. Good and evil.

With that background we can understand the importance of clothing. “Oh Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness—that is the best.” [Al-A’raf 7:26]. The address here is to all humanity, emphasizing thereby the universal human need to cover ourselves properly. The Qur’an then warns that Satan was not finished after his first attempt: “Oh Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you in the same manner as he got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame.” [Al-A’raf 7:27].

Once we realize the nature of the dress issue, it is natural that we should turn to our Creator to seek guidance for the proper dress code. Qur’an and Sunnah have provided ample guidance on the subject which can be summarized in four essential principles.

1. Our dress must cover our body adequately. Again we cannot determine what is adequate coverage on our own, as any witness to the misery of those who have tried it can readily ascertain. Shar’iah, as always, takes us out of this misery by defining it for us. For men, it is the middle part of the body from navel to knee. For women, it is the entire body except hands and face. These parts must never be exposed to any other person (except in case of genuine need e.g. medical treatment). In addition, the cloth must be neither see-through nor tight fitting.

2. Our dress should provide adornment. It should provide for decent appearance. Our appearance should not be an eyesore for decent human beings. For men, this extends the coverage requirements to include most of the body. For women, the essential requirement is that their dress should identify them as respectable ladies who would be honored not harassed. Additionally, hijab rules aim at protecting them from the gaze of other men.

3. Our dress should establish our Islamic identity. At the least it should not identify us as followers of another religion. But, additionally it should positively identify us as Muslims.

4. The design of our dress must avoid three deadly sins: show off, arrogance, and self indulgence. These are very serious diseases of the heart in their own right that we must avoid at all times. Our garments provide an easy opportunity to nurture them. Hence the need to be extra cautious. One Hadith states “Eat what you feel like and wear what you feel like. But avoid two things: extravagance and arrogance.” [Bukhari]. At the risk of stating the obvious one should be reminded that this Hadith establishes an overriding concern that limits our choices within the realm of what is considered halal. It does not do away with the distinction between halal and haram.

As one implication of this general requirement, men are also required not to wear their lower garments below the ankle. (Many well-meaning Muslims today have been persuaded that this is a petty issue. This misgiving can be put to rest in a hurry if we just refer to the Hadith of Jabir bin Sulaym, Radi-Allahu anhu, in Abu Dawood. He asked the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam for some advice when leaving him after his very first meeting. Of the six pieces of advice given him one was: “Never let your lower garment go below the ankles because that is arrogance. And Allah does not like arrogance.” Another was “Never belittle a good deed.”)

Islam has not prescribed a particular dress style, giving us ample room to accommodate our needs, circumstances, and tastes. However, these principles are for everyone and forever. Any garment that accommodates these principles will be Islamic dress. This is Islamic formula to dress for success… Eternal success.

– By Sheikh Khalid Baig

Have you had a meaningful conversation together? Do you know what your child accomplished today, how he may be feeling, whether or not he has any concerns? Does your child know that you care about him?

In Islam, the ties of kinship and family are very strong and something that will always be present throughout our lifetime. There are very serious consequences for someone who decides to break these ties. Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, says,”Then, is it to be expected of you, if you were put in authority, that you will do mischief in the land, and break your ties of kith and kin? Such are the men whom Allah has cursed for He has made them deaf and blinded their sight.” [Qur’an 47:22-23]. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, said,”Whoever severs the bonds of kinship will not enter Paradise.” (Bukhari and Muslim).

A major component of our familial ties is communication. In fact, without communication there would be little connection between people. Living together in the same household with limited, or even hostile, interaction would not fit the criteria for maintaining the bonds of kinship. To develop meaningful relationships within our families we need to know how to communicate effectively and sincerely with each other. A large part of this involves skills and principles that can be learned through practice and sincere effort. The following is a guide to strengthen these ties that bind.

1) Active Listening.

You may be surprised to discover that the most important aspect of effective communication is listening. This means that the listener pays full attention to the speaker and attempts to understand what that person is saying and feeling. The listener should suspend judgment, show interest, and respect what is being said. He or she may then restate the content and feelings to demonstrate that sincerity is present. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, always gave his full attention to anyone that he conversed with, even his enemies and those with whom he disagreed. When he addressed his companions, they listened intently and attached importance to everything he said.

2) Level of Understanding.

Parents should always keep in mind the age and level of understanding of their child and should speak with him accordingly. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, said “Speak to the people keeping in view their level of understanding. Would you like to see them think of what you tell them from Allah and His Messenger as lies?” (Bukhari) This is important so that the child will be able to comprehend what is said, the expectations of the parents will not go beyond the capacity of the child and lead to problems, and difficulties will not be placed upon the child unnecessarily. This is particularly pertinent for sensitive issues such as death, personal modesty issues, and adult responsibilities. There are various levels of complexity with each of these and the correct level needs to be chosen for each child. One way to ascertain this is by the type of questions that a child asks.

3) The Manners of a Mu’min.

A believer is someone who believes in Allah’s Message and follows the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam. In relationships then, a believer would demonstrate honesty, kindness, patience, self-restraint, fairness, trustworthiness, etc. He would avoid teasing, blaming, belittling, mocking, excessive and idle talk, and fault-finding. There are many Qur’anic verses and ahadeeth that give detailed descriptions of this topic such as: “Verily, Allah is with the patient.” [2: 153], “Speak fair to the people.” [2:83], “Kind words and covering of faults are better than charity followed by injury.” [2:263], “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. He does not wrong him, nor insult him nor humiliate him.” (Muslim), and “The thing which will make the majority of people enter Paradise is fear of Allah and good manners.” (Tirmithi) These principles should be applied in conversations with children and teenagers as well as adults. It is probably even more important with young people because we are setting an example for them. What do we want our children to learn? We can not expect kindness and respect from our children if we are not being kind and respectful toward them.

4) Avoiding Contention.

The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, said, “If a man gives up contention when he is in the wrong, a house will be built for him within the Garden of Paradise; but if a man gives up contention, even when he is in the right, a house will be built for him in the loftiest part of the Garden.” (Termithi) The value of this advice lies in the fact that contention and disputes lead to a breakdown in the relationship, even rancor, enmity, and  hostility. I have worked with many families where this has occurred and it can be very difficult to mend the wounds that have been created and to bring family members back together. It goes without saying that it is best to completely avoid reaching this low level.

Let us all work to improve our style of communication and our relationships with each other. When our children feel that their parents understand them and are willing to listen to them, they will open up their hearts and trust will develop. Effective teaching and discipline cannot be implemented without a certain level of trust, understanding, and mutual respect. If you are concerned about your children in a non-Muslim environment and it is affecting the way you interact with them, the best you can do is teach and advise them, give them responsibility, trust them, and let them know that you care for them. We can then make du’a and rely upon Allah’s Grace and Assistance. This is our best weapon in a world of non-belief. May Allah help each of us to strengthen the ties that bind us together as a family and bring happiness and contentment to our homes.

PRACTICAL TIPS:

  • Set aside some time each day to talk with your child. If you have more than one child, each should have their own equal, individual time.
  • Read books with your child about Islam that pertain to relationships with others and stories about the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, and the companions, radiallaahu anhum. These will provide you with the necessary guidelines and inspiration.
  • Tape record one of your conversations and rate yourself or have other give you feedback. This is an effective method to determine your weak areas and to improve upon them.
  • Obtain advice from other parents when needed, especially those who have more experience. This may save time and avoid undue hardships and pain.

– By Dr. Aisha Hamdan

A lot of people tend to get confused with Adwords and Adsense and often use the words interchangeably. It’s not surprising, considering both terms are so remarkably similar in the way they sound, as well what they stand for. They are actually opposites, though.

Google Adwords and Google Adsense are essentially two different sides of the same coin. Adwords refers to the ad-selling system run by Google, whereas Adsense is the ad-publishing program.

Google Adwords

Google Adwords

Google Adwords is the system whereby people pay money to place their advertisements on Google and / or on any individual website. All the advertiser needs to do is to create an account, insert the desired advertisement and choose from several options as to the maximum amount he would be willing to pay per click on the inserted ad. After the advertiser’s credit card is approved, the advertisement goes out live on the web and every time any internet surfer clicks on the advertisement, Google records it. Over a period of time, when the amount reaches a certain specified level, Google will then charge your credit card. Adwords is a form of pay-per-click advertising.

Google Adsense

Google Adsense

Google Adsense refers to the ad-publishing system that displays Google Adwords in websites not owned by Google. It is the system where website owners sign up to get those advertisements placed on their site. With Google Adsense, website owners who wish to place ads on their site, have to first set up an account with Google. Once the site is approved, they can then display advertisements from the enormous database of Google Adwords. Google then pays the owner of the site displaying the ads. Google pays Adsense publishers based on a per click model – the percentage paid per click is secret, but high traffic websites can create a sizable revenue stream from Google Adsense.

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Magar Mujhko Lauta Do Bachchpan Ka Saawan

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Mohalle Ki Sabse Nishaani Purani

Wo Budhiya Jise Bachche Kehte The Naani

Wo Naani Kee Baaton Mein Pariyon Ka Dera

Wo Chehre Ke Jhuriyon Mein Sadiyon Ka Phera

Bhulaaye Nahin Bhool Saqta Hai Koi

Wo Choti See Raaten Wo Lambi Kahaani

Karri Dhoop Mein Apne Ghar Se Nikalna

Wo Chidiya Wo Bulbul Wo Thithli Pakadna

Wo Gudiya Ki Shaadi Pe Ladna Jhagadna

Wo Jhoolon Se Girna, Wo Gir Ke Sambhalna

Wo Pithal Ke Challon Ke Pyaare Se Tho’fe

Wo Tuti Hui Chudiyon Ki Nishaani

Kabhi Re’t Ke Oonche Tilon Pe Jaana

Gharonde Banana, Banaake Mitaana

Wo Maasoom Chaahat Ki Tasveer Apni

Wo Khwabon Khilono Ki Taabir Jaageer Apni

Na Duniya Ka Gham Tha Na Rishton Ke Bandhan

 

Barri Khoobsoorat Thi Wo Zindgaani ……….

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