13 years

Recently I was re-watching the movie “The Message” about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

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Recently I was re-watching the movie “The Message” about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The 13 years of persecution and hardship that the early Muslim converts had to endure before their emigration from Makkah to Madinah were harsh by any standard.

This was a time of great trial for the early Muslims, before they were rewarded with victory later, by God’s will.

This was a clear lesson in sabr (steadfast patience), and these were the first generation of Muslims, who were the best generation in piety and good character. They spent those years improving their character and purifying their hearts.

If it took them 13 years, how long will it take us, so far removed from that generation? Perhaps a lifetime.

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Muslims United For Change : United Against Malaria

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Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Imam Mohamed Majid, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam Zaid Shakir and Imam Syed Naqvi.

http://www.muslimsunitedforchange.com/

United For Change is dedicated to increasing the awareness of and sympathy for issues requiring the attention and action of the Muslim community. United For Change will raise the level of consciousness within the Muslim community while simultaneously developing resolutions and creating an action oriented partnership between the public andUnited For Change.

The organization will methodically tackle the broadest and most consuming issues that require the motivation, dedication and resources of the united Muslim community.

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Islamica Magazine no more? (again)

Islamica Issue 21 - The Tragedy of Gaza
Islamica Issue 21

It has been over a year since I received my last Islamica Magazine, before I found out on its website that it was ceasing operations. So recently I was encouraged by an email on March 10th, 2009, that Islamica was resuming operations with Issue 21. Thinking that my subscription has lapsed, my wife re-subscribed, and we waited for our issue.

About three weeks later she received this e-mail stating that Islamica was refunding the cost of her subscription, and it included this note:

Additional comments: We regret to inform you that Islamica International Ltd (the “Company”) has ceased all its activities with immediate effect. The Company is currently undergoing voluntary liquidation procedures as a result of financial difficulties.

Ok, so I thought that I would not receive any issues at all, but then a surprise came a week later. My original subscription did not lapse after all, and they sent me issue 21. Issue 21 came with it a letter explaining their recent disappearance, and it was delivered and published from Kuwait.

The magazine has been an enjoyable read so far, it’s too bad that they had to shut down (again). Their website at http://www.islamicamagazine.com has also been shut down and replaced by a placeholder.

Islamica Magazine Becomes Islamica – Letter to Subscribers (Text)

Islamica Magazine Becomes Islamica – Letter to Subscribers (Image)

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