Friday, August 22, 2008

Devils become Heroes

Imagine if you asked a British colonial officer in the early 1900s,
“Who is Mahatma Gandhi”

or in 1940s to 1960s
“Who is Nelson Mandela?”

What kind of response would you get?
“He is a terrorist!”
“He is a rebel!”
“He is evil!”

But now we call them heroes.

Because we know the other side of the story.

Now, history is repeating itself.
Islam is being demonized, Muslims are being criminalized.
But more and more people have discovered the other side of the story...

And more and more people are becoming Muslims.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Muslim women CAN do sports!

When Ruqaya Al Ghasara won the women’s 200m final at the recent Asian Games in Doha, she became the first Bahraini born athlete to win a major international athletics gold medal.

2004 - She became the first Muslim woman from an Arabian country to compete at the Olympic Games.

2005 - She was the first woman to ever win a race at the West Asian Games, when the Doha-hosted competition allowed female competitors for the first time ever.

But her most treasured first of all came in December last year, when she returned to the Qatari capital for the Asian Games and won the women’s 200m final, with the best time of 23.02 (-0.8m/s), placing her in the world’s top 60 and nicely poised to make a serious assault on the world scene in this coming year.

The 24-year-old, who also won bronze in the 100m, became one of the icons of the four-yearly multi-sport spectacular, both for her achievements on the track but also for her choice of clothing.

She was asked
‘What is it?’,
‘Why are you wearing it?’

She answered,
“It’s not just a matter of wearing a piece of cloth. There is something very special about wearing the hijab. It gives me strength. I feel lots of support from society because I am wearing the Islamic hijab. There is a relationship between the hijab and the heart.”

“I have a great desire to show that there are no problems with wearing these clothes. Wearing a veil proves that Muslim women face no obstacle and encourage them to compete in sports”

aRen't We ProuD To Be MuSlimS?


Thursday, August 14, 2008

The 1,400 Year Old Challenge.

The Quran was revealed 1400 years ago during the height of Arabic poetry.
During this time, there lived many Arabic poets who competed among themselves to produce the most eloquent and the most popular poetry.

And then the Quran came with a challenge:

“And if you are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down (Quran) to our slave (Muhammad), then bring a surah (chapter) equal to it (in eloquency), and call your witnesses (and helpers) besides God if you are truthful. But if you can’t do it, and you will never be a able to do it, then fear the fire (hell) whose fuel is men and stones which is prepared for those who reject faith.” (Quran 2:23-24)
This is the shortest chapter in the Quran:

And yet, for more than 1400 years, not a single person has ever passed this challenge!

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