World Muslim Scholars’ contribution to environment

The two-day conference on Islam and the environment that was held in Istanbul, Turkey, between 6 and 7 July, 2009, concluded by declaring a Muslim seven-year-action plan on climate change. The plan was culminated by the establishment of MACCA, the Muslim Associations for Climate Change Action, which will act as an umbrella organization to monitoring the action plan and following up with its implementation.

The conference was attended by around 200 Muslim scholars, experts, and representatives of Islamic civil society organizations, as well as representatives of ministries of environment and Awqaf endowment of many Islamic countries, such as Kuwait, Bahrain, Morocco, Indonesia, Senegal, Turkey…etc.. Continue reading

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Scientists Grow Human Sperm in Lab

UK scientists say they have created the world’s first human sperm in the laboratory using stem cells derived from human embryos. The scientists used male embryos donated following IVF treatment. They will need at least five years to perfect the technique.

The researchers say that the aim behind their work is not procreation but rather to help men who are suffering from infertility problems to parent a child. However, they do not deny that using the science for such a purpose is within the bounds of possibility.

Some critics are calling the technique “immoral” and “madness” saying there is no excuse to take one life in order to possibly create another. Others ponder over the possibility that such a technique could possibly be used to replace men if scientists successfully create the sperm using female embryos. On the other hand, there are those who think this will eventually be beneficial to mankind and will be used to solve the problem of male infertility.

Abdullah Bukhari, the legend of Jama Masjid, is dead

New Delhi : Syed Abdullah Bukhari, the grand old Shahi Imam of Delhi’s historic Jama Masjid and for long one of India’s most outspoken Muslim leaders, died here Wednesday after a long illness. He was 87. The elderly Bukhari, who anointed his son Syed Ahmed Bukhari as the Shahi Imam in 2000 but continued to retain the title, breathed his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he had been admitted Continue reading

PM Manmohan on Ajmer Urs

Promote peace to live up to high ideals of Sufi saints: Manmohan

JAIPUR: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday called for promoting peace, tolerance and harmony in a world rife with conflict and discord, to live up to the high ideals of Sufi saints.

A velvet ‘chadar’ was offered on behalf of Dr. Singh at the historic dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer to mark the ongoing 797th Urs. Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan laid the ‘chadar’ at the shrine along with wreaths and prayed for the welfare of people in the country. Continue reading

Had Michael-Jackson embraced Islam?

The death of the pop singer Mikaeel was the hottest news for recent days, even went to the exent of minimizing speed of some big websites.

But, unfortunately, his embracing of Islam didnt take much coverage.

Here I just share with you news of his embracing Islam:

The singer, who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, converted to Islam in a ceremony at a friend’s house in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Muslim women wear veil, and Nuns too…!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8115083.stm

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken out strongly against the wearing of the burka by Muslim women in France.

In a major policy speech he said the burka – a garment covering women from head to toe – reduced them to servitude and undermined their dignity.

Mr Sarkozy also gave his backing to the establishment of a parliamentary commission to look at whether to ban the wearing of burkas in public.

Here, there are some facts we should keep in mind

  • He made big discrimination: Nuns of Christians and Burqa of Muslims. Actually both belong to the same fold of ‘degrading woman’, why he is silent about Nun’s dress and headscarf?
  • Recently, his wife displayed naked in a magazine and he was ‘angry’ towards it! Why he became angry as long as his wife has every right to come in to public as she desires, otherwise this will be the violation of freedom? Or did he feel angry because the veiled Muslim women are safe, secure, chaste while naked Christian women are exploited?
  • Prevalent belief is that Burqa is sacred symbol of Islam!  Is it right? It is true that Islam advocates the full covering of woman body in certain conditions.

Here, two things are worth understanding:

  • Islam does not order to cover her body at all time.
  • Islam does not make obligatory to wear certain kind of dress ie burqa

Some people compared Saudi Arabia and France, and argued that if Saudi bans woman from walking half-nude in street then France has right to ban her from walking full covered.

  • The question is: why do you compare Saudi, which is Islamic country, with France, which is west sponsored democratic country? Islam has its own political system which is democratic, liberal, and social as well as practical, and it would not promote current western democracy.
  • In India, there are so many customs and rituals practiced; some of them may be seemed irregular. But nobody blamed them as backwardness, violations and so on. Hindus put mark on the forehead or between the eyebrows, Sikhs wear turbans, Muslims wear Burqa, Christians bear the cross, but India is still the greatest and largest democracy in the world.

‘I want to kiss the soil of Madinah’

Abu Tariq Hijazi

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=9&section=0&article=123762&d=22&m=6&y=2009

Kamla Das the great poetess and prolific writer in Malayalam and English died on May 31 at the age of 75 in India. She was author of popular English works “The Sirens”“Summer in Calcutta”,“The Descendants”“Alphabet of Lust” and “Old Play House”.

Her Malayalam book ‘Ente Katha’ (My Story) was translated into 15 different languages.

She served as Poetry Editor of the famous Illustrated Weekly of India and Orient Editor of ‘The Poet’ monthly. She was awarded Asian Poetry Prize in 1964, Kent Award in 1965, Academy Award, Asian World Prize and few honorary doctorates from leading universities. She was also short listed for the Nobel Prize.

She was born on March 31, 1934 in a literary Hindu family of Thrissur district. She was the child of Nalapat B. Yamma and V.M. Nair, who was managing editor of Malayalam monthly called Mathrubhumi ‘Motherland.’ Kamla acquired the taste for literature from her parents. She was married at the age of 15, to Madhav Das, who was senior consultant to IMF. Continue reading