Thursday, 14 June 2012

Eid traditions in different countries

Eid traditions in various countries ...
Eid is a Muslim holiday which falls on 1 Syawal on the lunarIslamic calendar.
Idul Fitri marks the end of fasting during Ramadan.
Eid prayer is usually performed in the field. The law of this Eid Salat is the sunnah mu'akkad. Before prayers, Muslims proclaiming interpretation.

Takbir began blown after months of Shawwal begins. Besides fulfilling the Sunnah Salat Eid, the Muslims also must pay a tithe as much as 2.7 kilograms of staple food. The goal of his own tithe is to give happiness to the poor. Then, Sermon given after the Eid prayers took place, and followed by prayer. After that, the Muslims each other's Greetings. Sometimes some people will make pilgrimages to visit the grave
Muslims in Indonesia to make the holiday Eid al-Fitr as a primary, a moment to regroup with their families, especially families who for some reason, such as employment or marriage
Indonesia's Muslims began the celebration of the feast was preoccupied with these, the most important is Mudik or return home.

Southeast Asia
The most popular dish in the celebration of Idul Fitri in Indonesia is the diamond, which is very familiar in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. For children, the parents usually give money to their feast. During the celebration, people usually visit the houses of neighbors or relatives to stay in touch, known as "kosher-halal bi Familiar in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore, begged pardon and forgiveness to them. Some state officials also held open houses for people who want to stay in touch.
In Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Eid also known as Hari Raya Aidil fast-Fitr or Hari Raya.
Muslims are a minority in the Philippines, so most people are not so familiar with this celebration. However, the Eid celebrations arranged as a national holiday by the government in the Republic Act No. 9177 and valid since 13 November 2002.

Southern Asia
In Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, the night before Eid is called Chand Raat, or night of the Moon.
The women, especially the young, often with each other their hands painted with traditional materials hennadan and wearing colorful chains.
The most popular in South Asia during the celebration of Eid is to say Eid Mubarak to another
Some Muslims also visit the tomb of their family members to pray for the safety of the deceased. Usually, children visit relatives and older neighbors to apologize, and say hello.
After meeting with friends and relatives, many people who go to parties, carnivals, and special celebrations in the gardens (with a picnic, fireworks, firecrackers, etc.). In Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, many are done bazaar, as the culmination of Idul Fitri. Some Muslims also use this occasion to distribute zakat mal, Zakat on his wealth, to the poor people.
Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia, precisely in Riyadh, Muslims decorate the home during Eid arrived. A number of celebrations were held such as theatrical performances, poetry readings, parades, musical performances, and so forth. Problem menu Fitri, Muslims over there eating lamb mixed with rice and traditional vegetables. This also happened in the Sudan, Syria, and several other Middle East countries.

In China, specifically in Xinjiang, it looks festive celebration of Idul Fitri. Men typically wear a suit and a white skullcap, while women wore the sweater and scarf half closed. After the Eid prayers, feasts and bersilaturahim were carried out.

Lebaran in Iran even less flamboyant. This is because the vast majority of Muslims there are followers of Shia doctrine. After the Eid prayers at the mosque or field, they simply continue with the event with family and close relationship with the events feeding from rich families to the less able.

In Europe, the celebration of Eid al-Fitr is not done with so lively. In England for example, Idul Fitri is not celebrated as a national holiday. The Muslims in England should be looking for information on Eid day. Usually, this information is obtained from the nearest or the Islamic Centre of Islamic mailing list. Eid was celebrated modestly in the UK. Sermon delivered by a local mosque Imam, followed by shaking hands shaking. Usually in the one area where there are many Muslims there, the offices and some schools in the area will provide a holiday for the Muslims. To determine the day of Eid itself, the scholars and experts of Islamic religion often hold rukyat reckoning to determine the Idul Fitri holidays.

North America
North American Muslims typically celebrate Eid with calm and solemn manner
Eid prayer is very important, and encouraged Muslims to pray Id beg forgiveness and reward. After prayers, there kutbah where the priest gives advice to the congregation and are usually encouraged to end any past hatred or error which they may have. After prayers and kutbah, pilgrims embrace each other and each other to congratulate each other Eid. North American Muslims also celebrate Eid with each other how to give and receive gifts to the family.
Empire State Building in New York CityUnited States, emitting green lights as a tribute to the Idul Fitri on October 12 to 14, 2007.

Eid splendor in the corner World

Hari Raya Idul Fitri is the day that awaited by Muslims worldwide after running the Ramadan fasting for one full month. In addition to its essence as a marker marks the end of fasting and purification after abstinence. Idul Fitri is a celebration of the world which is celebrated in different ways according to culture and tradition.

Idul Fitri in Indonesia is the most festive celebration in the world. Kemeriahannya had been felt long before Lebaran day it arrived. Going home or can be called with the annual exodus is a phenomenon that has been done in Indonesia. Lebaran forth a marker that people's emotional relationship with place of birth is still very strong, never eroded by the passage of time.
Richness also appear in the evening feast, where the sound echoes in the sky Takbir. Takbir voice not only come from the mosques, but also from those who entered the mobile good Takbir on foot, carrying torches and the drum or by bringing the vehicle. After implementing Eid prayer, followed by sungkem to parents, silaturrahim and shake hands by his relatives and neighbors for mutual forgiveness.
Another tradition is the feast day to give money to children. Not to forget the typical food Lebaran chicken opor diamond, and coloring table. Food served to all guests, no matter whether they are relatives or not. The majority of them celebrate Idul Fitri with clothes baru.11

Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
Idul Fitri in these three countries is known as Aidil Fitri holidays. Not much different from Indonesia, three countries are also familiar with the term known as "going home" back home ". Friendship to the relatives also carried the day plural Aidil Fitri. Lebaran is a typical dish ketupat, dodol and Lemang. The tradition of giving money to children or who is often called the "holy money" is also done during the Idul Fitri.

In contrast to the atmosphere and tradition in Indonesia, in Egypt, Cairo. atmosphere in the city of a thousand and one nights are usually deserted. NRSV has been felt in the evening because there was no tradition of interpretation around like in Indonesia.
As reported by indomedia sites, in Egypt echoes Takbir only done a few times after praying Maghrib, Isha, Fajr and before the Eid prayer. The hustle and bustle of the new look on the morning of 1 Shawwal, when millions of people poured into the mosque and the field is open for prayer Id.
Once completed Eid prayer, the people of Egypt with his family and friends together to travel to places like zoos and parks to celebrate Lebaran reveler. Giza zoo (three kilometers from downtown Cairo) to accommodate visitors overwhelmed on the first day of Idul Fitri.

Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan
Chand Raat (the night of the month) is the designation for the night before Idul Fitri. On this night people usually visit various bazaars and shopping malls with their families. The women, especially young ones, often paint each other with their hands and the henna dye traditionally wear colorful chains.
Speech is very well known in South Asia when the celebration of Eid is wishing each other Eid Mubarak. After meeting with families, relatives and friends, then go to parties, carnivals, and special celebrations in the parks.

Eid celebrations in China remains lively, despite the limited number of Muslims there. On the morning of the Muslim Eid will come to the mosque to perform Eid prayer. After that, followed by a dinner party filled with great cookbook for all the pilgrims who were present followed by supper together. The event then continued with visiting relatives and relationship to each other. The event was also filled with clean-up graves and praying at the graves of relatives. Thing that characterizes Lebaran there is a ceremony remembering the slaughter of Muslims by the Qing dynasty and also during the cultural revolution.

Eid festivities in the country windmill is not so lively. According to Muhammad As'ad, Alumni University of Leiden, the Netherlands, because of Eid is not an official holiday, the Muslims in this country must continue to work / school as usual. However, for those who are literate law, they can file a leave of religious holidays adopted.
Eid celebrations are usually held by their respective Muslim communities like the Muslim community of Indonesia, Morocco and Turkey. For Moroccan and Turkish Muslim communities residing in the Netherlands, there is a unique way of celebrating Eid al-Fitr, that is by consuming sweets and sweets of their origin. The celebration is known as the "sugarfestival".
Another Eid celebration is the openhouse, that is invite relatives and friends came to the house to enjoy typical meals such as Lebaran ketupat and chicken opor. Openhouse is a way they bersilaturrahim, which is usually held when the week end, not necessarily after the Eid prayers. Openhouse itself conducted by Indonesian Muslim community. In addition, Eid is also celebrated by holding arts performances for both children and adults.
Eid in America in general, it was announced via e-mail, website, or via telephone. Because Idul
Mubarak is not a national holiday, then the celebration has become not as warm as in other places, usually the Empire State Building in New York CityUnited States, will emit green lights as a tribute to the Idul Fitri holidays.
Muslims get up early to prepare breakfast, then went to the mosque, hotel ballroom or the field to attend Eid prayers. Lots of families who wear traditional clothing from their country, because there are many Muslim immigrants. Finished the prayer, followed by inter-congregational congratulated each other, "Happy Eid" or "blessed Eid" are the words most frequently submitted. Made to stay in touch with each other close acquaintances and relatives.

Tradition After Lebaran in Indonesia

Image by Ikhlasul Amal via Flickr
Muslim society in Indonesiahas a different tradition to enliven Hari Raya Idul Fitrior Lebaran. Each area usually has a distinctive tradition.Tradition held every Lebaran hereditary always held a gala.One after Idul Fitri tradition that still survives today is Watchlist hinggi Raye. The event was held in the City Pagaralam Muslims, South Sumatra, as a sign of "gratitude coming of Eid. Watchlist Raye means collecting relatives, family and neighbors during Idul Fitri Fitri to enjoy a mealThis tradition has become routine for the Tribe Besemah covering Pagaralam City area, Lahat district, District Semende, and the District Moreover the Muaraenim. However, in each region, the show can be different. For example, there are just coming to enjoy dishes from home to home.Then, there was also accompanied by other rituals. For example, before enjoying a meal, do the prayer together. There are also accompanied by a treat. Generally, Watchlist Raye only visited the house, all citizens eat in a hamlet with a menu that had been prepared host.Activities were carried out as a form of gratitude to God Almighty for having run a one-month fasting during the Ramadan. Pantuan Raye also had the aim of improving relations with fellow friendship.Although these traditions have lasted for hundreds of years or more, the tradition is still widely performed Pagaralam urban community living in hamlets, particularly those still holding strong custom.

According to a local community leader, Ruslan (55), Watchlist Raye still a lot to do people living in rural or community life that are still traditional.The tradition began with the gathering of residents after running the Id prayers. Then, alternately, the resident came home to enjoy every meal."There is a difference visit Watchlist Lebaran with Raye. It ituterletak on dishes and menus are presented in the host. If a guest Lebaran, we are only given in the form of grain eating cookies and drinking water taste. But, if Watchlist Raye at the event. Guests are required enjoy a feast of eating rice, either by serving or system-cisan Pran, "said Ruslan.When visiting between men and women are separated. Male guest and a visit from morning until noon, while the women at noon until late afternoon. No wonder if most people Pagaralam, every Idul Fitri and Idul Adha, rushing to serve the people who came to visit.
Especially when Watchlist Raye progresses, the guests who came in number could be more than a dozen people had to queue danbahkan. Each entered the homes of citizens, a variety of dishes prepared, starting tradisiomal cuisine, snacks, diamond. rice cake, and several other regional cuisine.Menu is typical for Pagaralam lemang, ripe yellow, the plague of fish, mushrooms Pepes, Pepes heart of banana, and curry in the bamboo. Has become a must for every guest to taste the food at each house visited. So that all the dishes tasted in every home, residents should eat a little.Meanwhile, the western slopes of Mount Merbabu community tradition to celebrate Lebaran undergo so-called Sungkem Telompak coincide with the 5th Shawwal 1431 H Banyusidi Village, Kecamatan Pakis, Magelang regency, Central Java, on Tuesday (14 / 9) then."Physically, when tradition takes place, the people of two villages met and berhalalbihalal. But spiritually, they run the spirit to preserve the environment, especially Telompak spring," said village chief Banyusidi, District of Pakis. Magelang regency, Riyadi.The tradition is marked by the arrival of hundreds of hermaphrodite-ten Hamlet, Village Pogalan, led by the Head of Dusun Sudarno Sardi and local community leaders to the Hamlet of Parto Wiyoto Gejayan, Banyusidi Village, received by the Head of Dusun Sulis Prasetyo accompanied by local leaders

The Islamic Hijri Lunar Calendar or

When Islam appeared in the seventh century, there are several calendars in issue worldwide. Most of the solar system, some of which are lunar and lunisolar. They are not like 2010 or 2011 calendar calendar was created and implemented in different civilizations in the world. It is significant that they all have different start dates refers to age.

Inconsistencies between different calendar eventually became a dilemma for Muslim youth. Started coming hard to know constantly the various documents and correspondence dated mainly in the Islamic world increased rapidly.

In order to solve the problem and set aside speaks an effective system of appointments that are clearly marked Islamic holy months and holidays, 'Umar bin Al-Khattab the second caliph of Islam ordered the establishment of an Islamic lunar calendar. This happened in 638 AD. The number of months is twelve. Use of cycles of the moon to measure the time decided by the verses of the Quran in different.

Starting point for the famous modern Muslim calendar Muslim migration to the security of Medina to escape persecution in Mecca. The event itself occurred some 16 years earlier. So, for the purpose of the event, the name was decided as a Hijri Islamic calendar. The word is derived from the Arabic word for migration is known as the Hijra. So the date of the Islamic calendar days to go and serve to 16 July 622 AD in the Gregorian calendar. One month of Islamic lunar calendar begins with the fresh views of a crescent. The Gregorian calendar and the calendar ofIslam internationally approved both have the same 12 months. 

What You Don't Know is Fooling You, Indeed! Which Islam Are You Talking About? Part II of IV

At a recent forum I attended in Washington DC, organizers didn't go other ways in addressing that mistaken Islam in such limited terms, quote: "The Islamist movement seeks to impose tenets of Islam, and specifically Shari'a law, as a legal, political, religious, and judicial authority both in Muslim states and in the West. It is generally composed of two wings-that which operates violently, propagating suicide-homicide bombing and other terrorist activities; and that which operates lawfully, conducting a "soft jihad" within our media, government, and court systems; through Shari'a banking; and within our school systems." End quote.
As it appears from the above, unfairly to common sense, organizers pinpointed "two wings, that which operates violently, propagating suicide-homicide bombing and other terrorist activities; and that which operates lawfully, conducting a "soft jihad". What about the Islam on behalf of which we remain truly faithful and desire for others what we desire for ourselves? What about that Islam on behalf of which billions of Muslims every year engage in a journey made of sacrifices and self privation aimed at sharing the suffering, hunger and thirst along with performing good acts in order to remind ourselves of the very daily existence many others face regardless of creed, race, gender and religion somewhere out there? As recently admitted Washington post's Anthony Shaddid about Obama's tour in the Middle East this June 2009, "lies by a generation of authoritarian Arab leaders to their people have given many a healthy skepticism of any public statement, whatever the source".
The United States of America proudly vows such a cult to modernism, Americanism in the name of its great ideals: freedom, expansionism, and lately, thanks to ecological consciousness, sustainability. In other words because America has conquered so much with so big and for so long, it has acquired such a strong mindset known not to do well with the interference of the outside norms... The United Nations questioned legitimacy when it comes to setting the rules and resolutions nations have to go by being redundantly challenged by United States "exceptionism" is a flat evidence of it's propensity to antiquated imperialism. Now that cold war is less intense than what it was a couple of decades ago, ideology and the fight it takes to prevail on one another seems to be the battle ground that draws more rethorics than common sense.
"Man is the enemy of what he does not know." says the Greek as well as the Arabic proverb to assess the scope and impact of such a limited description, stemming from obviously limited understanding of Islam at large. Islam is derived from the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity. Islam dates back to the age of Adam and its message has been chronologically conveyed to man by God's prophets and messengers, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Islam's message has been restored and enforced in the last stage of the religious evolution by God's last prophet and messenger, Muhammad (PBUH). Submission is the key, one way or another. Paradoxically the more we seem to rebel against that submission the more it is obvious that we demonstrate our dire need for some guidance of a spiritual order yet to be defined.

Islamic Shops - How They Help Others Learn About Islam

Religion is a topic of discussion that can be very controversial at times, as many people have different perceptions of the same doctrines. It is particularly hard for people belonging to different religions to understand and comprehend the various things that any particular religion teaches. For each person their faith and beliefs are the only way of life and it is not easy for them to show acceptance about other religions. An Islamic shop is a useful tool that can be very useful for non Muslims to learn about many things about Islam.
A normal Islamic shop carries numerous items that are significant for Muslims including Islamic clothing items, Praying equipment and Islamic books and CD's that contain oceans of information about Islam for Muslims as well as Non Muslims. There are books about the life of Prophet Muhammad, how to lead a good Muslim life, role of a person in a society, humanitarian and societal issues. Someone keen about learning more about Islam can easily do so from these books. Typically an Islamic shop which is located in an area where the majority is non Muslim can prove to be very advantageous in promoting the religion and gaining acceptance and tolerance from people of other faiths.
As Islam promotes ethical values like fair trade and good customer service by being polite and friendly towards the entire mankind, these features when exhibited in an Islamic shop can be very beneficial for the entire Muslim community living in a non Muslim area. People learn to trust and appreciate the good values that are a key part of Islam thus realizing that the followers of the Messenger of Allah are good, kind and humble people.
The negative media exposure due to terrorism globally has destroyed the peaceful image of Islam. An Islamic shop situated in an ethnic area where it can get traffic from different religions of the world can go a long way in restoring the positive impression that people had previously. In addition, the customers walking into an Islamic shop can view the different items that are trademarked with Muslims and understand their significance in a Muslim's day to day life. Prime examples are the Islamic clothing items like abayas, hijabs and jubbas. These garments are worn by Muslims as they follow the dress codes laid out in the Quran.
These loose fitting and modest clothing items are worn in order to preserve the honour and respect of the Muslims and have been worn by Muslims from the time of the Prophet Muhammad. Today the perception that only terrorists wear such clothes can be disregarded once people learn the religious importance of these items. In fact, today an Islamic shop can act as a binding force for expat Muslims as well as a sea of information about Islam for the non Muslims. These shops make the lives of people around them much easier and convenient.

About Islam; Do Non-Muslims Go To Heaven?

I have seen this question before from many people; "You don't think any one other than a Muslim will go to heaven, right? I see the Muslim clerics telling their people to kill the non-Muslims; we Christians are the infidels according to them!" And it's true, we have all seen this. Indeed, it is a shocking statement which deserves a second look.
After all, these leaders are representing a whole religion when they make these statements in the name of Islam. We need to discern the extent of the truth behind this claim. We can look to the Quran, God's final and proven scripture, to see how the non-Muslims are addressed. Does God tell us that they may experience the final peaceful and joyous abode of heaven, or are they truly all destined for a miserable, bitter end?
Upon referencing the English Quran translation by Rashad Khalifa, we can clearly see the truth. Yes, God does assure us that there are believers destined for heaven in all different groups. We find that the words Islam and Muslim are more than just a name. They are a description of performing total devotion to God alone. The equivalent English word for Islam is Submission, which is practiced by a Submitter to God alone [1]. There are submitters who are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, or from other backgrounds. All submitters who are devoted to God alone without setting up any idols are redeemed by God [2]. Thus, God's scripture, the Quran, tells us that His devoted worshippers, no matter what they call themselves, will go to heaven.
Relevant Quran Verses: [1] 2:207-208, 3:19, 10:28-29; [2] 2:62, 5:69, 3:84-85.

Kris A. O. works for Abe's column. Abe's column from God's utilizes the Quran as a guidebook and reference to answer prevalent questions and apply it to real life issues. The referenced Quran translation is by Dr. Rashad Khalifa. Come see other interesting Q&A at

About Islam - Prayers In The Quran

The Quran provides us with many specific prayers that we may use for ourselves. The Quran contains the Contact Prayers in Sura 1, as well as other various prayers of supplication and commemoration. A list of Quranic prayers is provided here. God advises us in Sura 2, Verse 186: When My servants ask you about Me, I am always near. I answer their prayers when they pray to Me...
In the name of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The very first prayer we encounter in the Quran is the Contact Prayers. These are the specific words used by Muslims five times a day for Salat. Sura 1 (The Key), Verses 1-7: "Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe. Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. You alone we worship; You alone we ask for help. Guide us in the right path; the path of those whom You blessed; not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers."
Other Quranic prayers are;
[2:128] "Our Lord, make us submitters to You, and from our descendants let there be a community of submitters to You. Teach us the rites of our religion, and redeem us. You are the Redeemer, Most Merciful."
[2:201] "Our Lord, grant us righteousness in this world, and righteousness in the Hereafter, and spare us the retribution of Hell."
[2:250] "Our Lord, grant us steadfastness, strengthen our foothold, and support us against the disbelieving people."
[2:286] "Our Lord, do not condemn us if we forget or make mistakes. Our Lord, and protect us from blaspheming against You, like those before us have done. Our Lord, protect us from sinning until it becomes too late for us to repent. Pardon us and forgive us. You are our Lord and Master. Grant us victory over the disbelieving people."
[3:8] "Our Lord, let not our hearts waver, now that You have guided us. Shower us with Your mercy; You are the Grantor."
[3:16] "Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us our sins, and spare us the agony of the hellfire."
[3:26-27] "Our god: possessor of all sovereignty. You grant sovereignty to whomever You choose, You remove sovereignty from whomever You choose. You grant dignity to whomever You choose, and commit to humiliation whomever You choose. In Your hand are all provisions. You are Omnipotent. You merge the night into the day, and merge the day into the night. You produce the living from the dead, and produce the dead from the living, and You provide for whomever You choose, without limits."
[3:147] "Our Lord, forgive us our sins, and our transgressions, strengthen our foothold, and grant us victory over the disbelievers."
[3:191-192] "Our Lord, You did not create all this in vain. Be You glorified. Save us from the retribution of Hell. Our Lord, whomever You commit to Hell are the ones You have forsaken. Such transgressors have no helpers."
[3:193-194] "Our Lord, we have heard a caller calling to faith and proclaiming: `You shall believe in your Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord, forgive us our transgressions, remit our sins, and let us die as righteous believers. Our Lord, shower us with the blessings you promised us through Your messengers, and do not forsake us on the Day of Resurrection. You never break a promise."
[6:162-163] "My Contact Prayers (Salat), my worship practices, my life and my death, are all devoted absolutely to GOD alone, the Lord of the universe. He has no partner. This is what I am commanded to believe, and I am the first to submit."
[7:23] "Our Lord, we have wronged our souls, and unless You forgive us and have mercy on us, we will be losers."
[7:126] "Our Lord, grant us steadfastness, and let us die as submitters."
[7:155-156] "...You are our Lord and Master, so forgive us, shower us with Your mercy; You are the best Forgiver. And decree for us righteousness in this world, and in the Hereafter. We have repented to You."
[10:10] ...Their prayer therein (in the Gardens of Bliss) is: "Be You glorified, our god," their greeting therein is, "Peace," and their ultimate prayer is: "Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe."
[10:85-86] "We trust in GOD. Our Lord, save us from the persecution of these oppressive people. Deliver us, with Your mercy, from the disbelieving people."
[11:47] "My Lord, I seek refuge in You, lest I implore You ...for something I do not know. Unless You forgive me, and have mercy on me, I will be with the losers."
[12:101] "My Lord, ...Initiator of the heavens and the earth; You are my Lord and Master in this life and in the Hereafter. Let me die as a submitter, and count me with the righteous."
[14:35] "My Lord, make this a peaceful land, and protect me and my children from worshiping idols."
[14:40-41] "My Lord, make me one who consistently observes the Contact Prayers (Salat), and also my children. Our Lord, please answer my prayers. My Lord, forgive me ...and the believers, on the day when the reckoning takes place."
[17:80] "My Lord, admit me an honorable admittance, and let me depart an honorable departure, and grant me from You a powerful support."
[17:111] "Praise be to GOD, who has never begotten a son, nor does He have a partner in His kingship, nor does He need any ally out of weakness."
[18:10] "Our Lord, shower us with Your mercy, and bless our affairs with Your guidance."
[18:14] "Our only Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. We will never worship any other god beside Him. Otherwise, we would be far astray."
[23:94] "My Lord, let me not be one of the transgressing people."
[23:97-98] "My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the whispers of the devils. And I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they come near me."
[23:109; 118] "Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us and shower us with mercy. Of all the merciful ones, You are the Most Merciful."
[25:65-66] "Our Lord, spare us the agony of Hell; its retribution is horrendous. It is the worst abode; the worst destiny."
[25:74] "Our Lord, let our spouses and children be a source of joy for us, and keep us in the forefront of the righteous."
[26:83-87] "My Lord, grant me wisdom, and include me with the righteous. Let the example I set for the future generations be a good one. Make me one of the inheritors of the blissful Paradise... And do not forsake me on the Day of Resurrection."
[27:19] "My Lord, direct me to be appreciative of the blessings You have bestowed upon me and my parents, and to do the righteous works that please You. Admit me by Your mercy into the company of Your righteous servants."
[28:16] "My Lord, I have wronged my soul. Please forgive me."
[28:21] "My Lord, save me from the oppressive people."
[28:22] "May my Lord guide me in the right path."
[28:24] "My Lord, whatever provision you send to me, I am in dire need for it."
[37:100] "My Lord, grant me righteous children."
[43:13-14] As you rest on top of (what you ride on), you shall appreciate such a blessing from your Lord, and say, "Glory be to the One who subdued this for us. We could not have controlled them by ourselves. We ultimately return to our Lord."
[46:15] "My Lord, direct me to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and to do the righteous works that please You. Let my children be righteous as well. I have repented to You; I am a submitter."
[59:10] "Our Lord, forgive us and our brethren who preceded us to the faith, and keep our hearts from harboring any hatred towards those who believed. Our Lord, You are Compassionate, Most Merciful."
[60:4-5] "Our Lord, we trust in You, and submit to You; to You is the final destiny. Our Lord, let us not be oppressed by those who disbelieved, and forgive us. You are the Almighty, Most Wise."
[66:8] "Our Lord, perfect our light for us, and forgive us; You are Omnipotent."
[71:28] "My Lord, forgive me and my parents, and anyone who enters my home as a believer, and all the believing men and women..."
[112:1-4] "He is the One and only GOD. The Absolute GOD. Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten. None equals Him."
[113:1-5] "I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak. From the evils among His creations. From the evils of darkness as it falls. From the evils of the troublemakers. From the evils of the envious when they envy."
[114:1-6] "I seek refuge in the Lord of the people. The King of the people. The god of the people. From the evils of sneaky whisperers. Who whisper into the chests of the people. Be they of the jinns, or the people."
[3:18; 47:19] GOD bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge ... "There is no other god beside GOD," and ask forgiveness of your sins and the sins of all believing men and women.

How About a Cultural Islamic Renaissance Which Includes Maximum Freedom for Women?

The other day, I was speaking with an acquaintance and they brought up a very good point, and that was; what if the Islamic World had a renaissance which exploded with culture, new freedoms, art, and the advances of science? Consider if you will that the Middle East has a net inflow of global monies for oil and resources. Consider that the Middle Decentralists make very good businessmen (and women), and more and more folks are becoming highly educated. My acquaintance asks if within the next 8-years if this is possible? Well, these are all great concepts and questions so let's talk, shall we?
In my view, I'd say it is totally achievable, especially in key areas, in fact, it's already starting. Consider the progress in Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, and Turkey. We could see the same in Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq, and even Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Sure, I can see it plain as day, it's doable, even on that accelerated time-table.
Let's face it the Middle East needs the United States for the inflow of money, and the US needs the oil, and therefore like it or not we are coupled, and those mutual needs will not be changing anytime soon. It's obviously best if everyone gets along, and at some point the cultural differences must be celebrated for what they are and the differences understood, not as to barrier to friendship, but as a glimpse as to how others live and the wonderful diversity amongst human populations.
My acquaintance remind me that the US would be better off to assist in any way that the Middle East would ask for our assistance to help with a renaissance within their culture, regionally, or throughout, as the "Middle East will remain vital to US National interests." Yes, I agree with my acquaintance and would add something to that statement, because I don't see it as only in the Middle East.
I'd like to say that; "Every Region of the World remains vital to the US, and every nation, region, and peoples of planet earth have human interests to all nations and peoples!" So, with that said; "Ye" and plus; "we will continue to need the resources, as that light-sweet crude is perfect for our fuel needs here at home, and abroad."
So, since they need our money for their economy, and we do need the oil, we ought to find a way to mend our differences and move forward with a peaceful and friendly future. Please consider all this.

I do not know is cheating, done! What Islam are they talking about? Part IV of IV

Most publicized Islamic scholars today completely misinterpret Jihad and misrepresented to the public in general. These scholars, of a species, are in fact responsible for murders committed by people ignorant, selfish, who ignore why Islam was forced to fight battles in its history. The billions of believers, who are the backbone of Islam have no need of Fame, prestige of material prosperity while it is substantial to the good life. Those who coin the politics of Islam today had a commitment that is coming to an end in this 21st century. Is carried out more research about Islam; the more unknown territories appear in the light towards the unexpected path cohesion in an interdependent world regardless of our individual missions. At the end of the Bush era, Rumsfeld announced new methods of rupture of soil which favor studies of the Middle East within its Department of former Pentagon to face more unknowns in Islam. Findings in Islam still pointing out the facts that we are dealing here with conscious people made aware of decisions based on the strains of modern life. Here is the time to make crystal clear: it is in the interest of peculiar excursive (scholars and Western policy) and to keep feeding the idea that Islam is a threat. With that premise, all awhile logistics counteroffensive is designed to "fight" a potential threat.
An associated press news, National President Barack Obama Security Adviser provides a refutation swept Wednesday (May 27, 2009) in charge of former Vice-President Dick Cheney that United States is less safe under the new administration.
Pointing to increases in spending, trying to get out of Iraq and revitalise the strategy for Afghanistan and a broad campaign repair the U.S. reputation abroad, former general of Navy James Jones said that the nation is safer today which has been in defence.
Imagine a moment: how much a joke and savings would be if the Western world realized that the scam of the century long that Islam is a threat was allegedly by a group of scholars somewhere in Arabia who wanted to fight another group of brotherhood to be and remain the godparents of Islam when there is no need to Godfatherhood all in the business of this God? It will surely take time until the real Islam accused together and that damage assessment policy of the branch of Islam and participated in a project of effective restoration is worth: the constituent largest in Islam is Pacific and was prepared to live in a manner consistent and peaceful, worker. What is happening in some other can affect me negatively, helping people help themselves will help change me... that touch you always will be, sooner or later. You can not live forever and enjoy life forever, which means that we are here on a mission, timeline and fundamentals that remains to be grateful to those who before and after us in concrete forms...Manage externalities always has been a matter of survival in Islam; But what to expect when those disseminating news are interested in the facets more eccentric of the truth?
Demba Ndiaye