Whoever shows mercy, even while slaughtering a sparrow, Allah will have mercy on him on the Day of Resurrection.

The messenger صلى الله علىه و سلم said:

من رحم و لو ذبيحة عصفور رحمه الله يوم القيامة

“Whoever shows mercy, even while slaughtering a sparrow, Allah will have mercy on him on the Day of Resurrection.”

(Adab al-Mufrad, According to Al-Albaani it is Hassan)

Many allegations have been made that Islamic slaughter is not humane to animals. However, Professor

Schultz and his colleague Dr. Hazim of the Hanover University, Germany, proved through an experiment, using an electroencephalograph (EEG) and electrocardiogram (ECG) that *Islamic slaughter is THE humane method of slaughter* and captive bolt stunning, practiced by the Western method, causes severe pain to the animal. The results surprised many.

Results and Discussion:

I – Halal Method

1. The first three seconds from the time of Islamic slaughter as recorded on the EEG did not show any

Change from the graph before slaughter, thus indicating that the animal did not feel any pain during or immediately after the incision.

2. For the following 3 seconds, the EEG recorded a condition of deep sleep – unconsciousness. This is

due to a large quantity of blood gushing out from the body.

3. After the above-mentioned 6 seconds, the EEG recorded zero level, showing no feeling of pain at all.

4. As the brain message (EEG) dropped to zero level, the heart was still pounding and the body

Convulsing vigorously (a reflex action of the spinal cord) driving maximum blood from the body: resulting in hygienic meat for the consumer.

II – Western method by C.B.P. Stunning

1. The animals were apparently unconscious soon after stunning.

2. EEG showed severe pain immediately after stunning.

3. The hearts of the animal stunned by C.B.P. stopped beating earlier as compared to those of the

Animals slaughtered according to the Halal method resulting in the retention of more blood in the meat.

This in turn is unhygienic for the consumer.

(Many thanks to Muslim Students Organization – University of Miami)

Reference taken from:
Al Jumuah Magazine Volume 9 Issue 3

http://www.al-jumuah.com/

http://www.ummah.com/islam/taqwapalace/fitness/microcosmpage3.html

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Children ‘over-exposed to sexual imagery’

By Dominic Casciani
BBC News

Children are being increasingly exposed to sexual imagery and their parents have limited opportunities to stop it, a report for the Home Office warns.

The report calls for tougher regulation of sexual imagery in adverts and a ban on selling “lads’ mags” to under-16s.

It also recommends selling mobile phones and games consoles with parental controls automatically switched on.

Author Dr Linda Papadopoulos said there was a clear link between sexualised imagery and violence towards females.

Her report said the material children were being exposed to included the growth of lads’ mags and pornography on mobile phones, through to big-name fashion brands using sexual imagery to advertise clothes targeted at young teenagers.

‘Distorting perceptions’

The report said this “drip-drip” exposure was distorting young people’s perceptions of themselves, encouraging boys to become fixated on being macho and dominant, while girls in turn presented themselves as sexually available and permissive.

One outcome had been the rise of sexual bullying in which girls felt compelled to post topless or naked pictures on social networks, it added.

Both the images we consume and the way we consume them are lending credence to the idea that women are there to be used and that men are there to use them
Linda Papadopoulos

“Unless sexualisation is accepted as harmful, we will miss an important opportunity… to broaden young people’s beliefs about where their values lies,” said Dr Papadopoulos, a psychologist.

The report’s 36 recommendations include calling for games consoles, mobile phones and some computers to be sold with parental controls already switched on.

This would allow families to automatically filter which on-demand services and online material their children can use.

Other recommendations include:

  • A ban on “sexualised” music videos before the TV watershed
  • A ban on Jobcentres advertising positions in lap-dancing clubs and massage parlours
  • Internet service providers to block access to pro-bulimia and pro-anorexia websites
  • The creation of a website where parents can report any “irresponsible marketing” they believe sexualises young children.

Dr Papadopoulos said there should also be symbols to show when a published photograph had been digitally altered – such as pictures of celebrities manipulated to make them appear thinner.

She also recommends giving the Advertising Standards Authority the power to act against sexualised imagery appearing within commercial websites, such as provocative photo-shoots used by clothing chains targeting teenagers.

Dr Papadopoulos said: “The evidence gathered in the review suggests a clear link between consumption of sexualised images, tendency to view women as objects and the acceptance of aggressive attitudes and behaviour as the norm.

“Both the images we consume and the way we consume them are lending credence to the idea that women are there to be used and that men are there to use them.”

The review forms part of the Home Office’s broader attempts to have a louder public debate about how to combat violence against women and girls.

Both Labour and the Conservatives are examining the issues. Tory leader David Cameron said earlier this month that he would clamp down on irresponsible advertising targeted at children.

He also mooted the idea that parents should be able to complain about offensive marketing tactics used by companies, via a specially set-up website.

Such moves were needed to stop children being “bombarded” with inappropriate material, he said.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson said: “We know that parents are concerned about the pressures their children are under at a much younger age, which is why we have already committed to a number of the recommendations in this report.

Parental control

“Changing attitudes will take time but it is essential if we are going to stop the sexualisation which contributes to violence against women and girls.”

Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, Sue Berelowitz, said the report was excellent, but said responsibility did not only lie with the media.

“Parents need to be stepping in and taking control, they need to be imposing good boundaries, they need to know what their children are watching, people need to be really careful about children having private access to the internet in their bedrooms,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at Kent University, said society as a whole and adults were to blame.

He said: “The whole of society is hypersexualised – sex becomes the common currency through which adults make their way in the world and continually send a signal to children that sex is all that matters.

“One of the big problems that we are faced with is that increasingly adults have lost the capacity to draw a line between their own attitudes and those of children and increasingly we’re recycling adult attitudes about sex through the prism of children.”

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Be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him)

فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَكُن مِّنَ السَّاجِدِينَ

So glorify the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him).

Surah Al-Hijr: 98

Ponder on these words…

Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullaah mentions a beautiful quote from Ibn Qudaamah rahimahullaah, in his risaalah on the Path to Guidance:

“Try to feel modesty in your bowing and humility in your prostration because in such a position you have placed the soul in its proper place. In prostration you have returned the limbs to their place of origin-upon the dust from which they were created. Understand also the meaning of the remembrances with inclination and zeal.”

Ibn Qudaamah’s Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasideen

For money you can have everything it is said…

For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.

-Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)

Indian Nun in Hindu Rape Nightmare

Your Prophet has taught you everything…

قيل لسلمان : قد علمكم نبيكم صلى الله عليه وسلم كل شيء ، حتى الخراءة ؟ فقال سلمان : أجل ، نهانا أن نستقبل القبلة بغائط أو بول

الترمذي

حسن صحيح

It was said to  Salmaan al-Farsi (may Allaah be pleased with him): “Your Prophet has taught you everything, even how to defecate!” Salmaan said: “Yes, he forbade us to face the qiblah when urinating or defecating…”

(Reported by al-Tirmidhi)

Do not become angry

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله تعالى عنه أن رجلا قال للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أوصني قال لا تغضب فردد مرارا قال لا تغضب رواه البخاري هذا الحديث

Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported that a man said to the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam:

“Advise me! “The Prophet said, “Do not become angry.” The man asked (the same) again and again, and the Prophet said in each case, “Do not become angry.”

(Bukhari)

To read more on this hadith: http://fortyhadith.iiu.edu.my/hadith16.htm


ليس الشديد بالصرعة، إنما الشديد الذي يملك نفسه عند الغضب

“The strong person is not the one who is strong in wrestling. But the strong person is the one who is able to restrain himself when he is angry.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)


من كظم غيظا ، و هو قادر على أن ينفذه ، دعاه الله على رؤوس الخلائق يوم القيامة، حتى يخيره الله من الحور العين ما يشاء

“Whoever restrains his anger while he has the ability to implement and act on it will be called by Allah from the head of the creation on the Day of resurrection and Allah will then give him a choice of any al-hoor al-ain(Women of paradise) that he wishes.”

(Ahmad, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)


وَسَارِعُواْ إِلَى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاء وَالضَّرَّاء وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

Surah Al-Imran: 133, 134.

And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqun.

Those who spend [in Allah’s Cause – deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good­doers).

May Allah make us from them. Ameen.

What creates love…

Compatibility between souls is one of the strongest causes of love. Every person is attracted towards that which is compatible with him, and this compatibility is of two types: original compatibility which is ingrained in the essence and that which comes later because of because of living together or having something in common.

If your aims match his aims, there will be harmony between your soul and his, but if the aims are different, then harmony will no longer exist.

As for original compatibility, it is a kind of similarity in attitude and similarity of souls. Each soul longs for other souls that are similar to it, because what is similar to something is naturally attracted to it, so the two souls may be similar in original creation, thus there will be a natural attraction to one another.

This is what made some people say that love is not only caused by physical beauty, and the lack of physical beauty does not mean that there can be no love; rather it is similarity between souls and similarity in their characteristics which are created in them that matter.

The reality of love is that it is like a mirror in which the lover sees his characteristics and kindness in the image of the one he loves, so in reality he loves nothing but himself and his characteristics and the one who has similar characteristics.

Hence noble, pure and sublime souls love the characteristics of perfection in particular, so the dearest things to them are knowledge, bravery, dignity, generosity, kindness, patience and steadfastness, because these characteristics are compatible with the essence of these souls, unlike base and mean souls, which are far away from loving these characteristics. Many people are motivated to be generous and kind because of their extreme love for these characteristics and the pleasure they find in doing these things, to such an extent that al-Ma’moon said: Forgiveness was made so dear to me that I am afraid that I will not be rewarded for it. And it was said to Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allaah have mercy on him): Did you acquire this knowledge for the sake of Allaah? He said: To do something for the sake of Allaah is very rare, but it was something made dear to me, so I did it. Someone else said: I rejoice in giving and enjoy it far more than the one who takes from me rejoices in what he takes.

With regard to the lovers of knowledge, their love for knowledge is greater than the love of anyone else or anything else. Many of them will not be distracted from it by the most beautiful of human images.

Our Shaykh – meaning Ibn Taymiyyah – told me: I felt sick and the doctor said to me: Your reading and discussing issues of knowledge is making your sickness worse. I said to him: I cannot stay away from that, and I shall discuss the issue on the basis of your (medical) knowledge. Is it not the case that when the soul feels joy, this gives strength to the body and wards off disease? He said yes. I said: Then my soul feels happy with knowledge and thus my body becomes stronger and this helps me to recover. He said: This is not part of our treatment, or words to that effect.

If the love relationship is based on similarity and harmony, then it will be reinforced and become stronger, and nothing could remove it except something stronger than the cause of it, and if it is not based on similarity and harmony, then it is no more than love for a reason, which will disappear when the reason disappears.

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allaah have mercy on him) narrated in his Musnad the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her):

A woman used to go to Quraysh and make them laugh. She came to Madeenah and stayed with a woman who also made people laugh. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: With whom is So and so staying? She said: With So and so, who makes people laugh. He said: “Souls are like conscripted soldiers; those whom they recognize, they get along with, and those whom they do not recognize, they will not get along with.” The original version of this hadeeth is in al-Saheeh.

If you look at creation, you will hardly find any two people who love one another except that there is some similarity between them or they have something in common with regard to deeds, characteristics or goals. If the goals, characteristics, deeds or ways differ, there can only be aversion and distance between their hearts. It is sufficient to note the saheeh hadeeth from the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him):

““The believers, in their mutual mercy, love and compassion, are like a (single) body; if one part of it feels pain, the rest of the body will join it in staying awake and suffering fever.”

End quote. Rawdat al-Muhibbeen, 66-74

Catholic Woman Converted To ISLAM After 9/11

Sexual violence in the US military

Helena Merriman reports on a woman whose experience of sexual assault, while serving in the US Air Force in Afghanistan, turned her into a campaigner for the welfare of service women.

Marti Ribeiro was born into a military family.

Her grandfather and father were both in the Air Force – and all her life she had wanted to join the armed forces.
“ I put my weapon down and walked away to smoke a cigarette and that was when I was attacked ”
Marti Ribeiro

After she finished school she joined the Air Force Reserves and a few years later, in March 2003, she was deployed to Iraq.

While she loved her job as a public affairs specialist, from the time she arrived she was routinely harassed and called Air Force Barbie.

“I had no idea how difficult it would be,” she told the BBC World Service.

“My father, who is a retired military colonel, thought the world of me for joining the military.

“I never saw the personality traits in him that I saw in the military – I never saw what I was getting into.”

In 2006 she was in Afghanistan.

“You’re supposed to carry your weapon at all times in a combat zone,” she said.

“But I put my weapon down and walked away to smoke a cigarette and that was when I was attacked.”

She was then dragged behind some power generators and raped.

“If I had kept my weapon maybe I would have been able to prevent it,” she says.

“But if I had used it I would probably have ended up in jail.”

She went to the authorities but they told her that if she filed a claim, she would be charged with dereliction of duty for leaving her weapon unattended in a combat zone – an offence for which you can be court-martialled.

So she kept quiet and the man who attacked her went unpunished.

“It would be my word over his and they are not going to take my word over his,” she said.

When she returned from Afghanistan, she did not talk to anyone about what happened. She says she felt it was all her fault.

‘Heartbreaking’ phone calls

Congressional leaders, who have been holding hearings this month on sexual assault in the armed forces, say that more needs to be done to tackle what recent studies indicate is a widespread problem.
“ Once you have been raped in the military you are most likely to be raped over and over ”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

In 2003, in a survey of female veterans conducted by the University of Iowa, funded by the US Department of Defense, 30% of the 500 female veterans interviewed reported an attempted or completed rape.

Equally worryingly, the Department of Defense estimated in its 2009 annual report on sexual assault, that around 90% of rapes in the military are never reported.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who sits on the Military Personnel Subcommittee, successfully lobbied last year for the development of a Sexual Assault Database to encourage accountability within the Armed Forces.

“There are plenty of phone calls that come into my office of alleged assault of women by our military men,” she says.

“They are heartbreaking. Some women don’t want to go public with it, some have gone public with it and they’ve been drilled out of the military.

“I’m told that the statistics are that once you have been raped in the military you are most likely to be raped over and over.”

She says that not enough prosecutions are happening and that while the Pentagon is taking it more seriously, big changes still need to be made.

“Why is it that when a woman alleges rape, the outcome shows that the man who supposedly did this was demoted or moved to another unit? I want to know why this is happening!”

Predators

Dr Kaye Whitley, Director of the US Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (Sapro), says it can be very hard for victims to report a sexual assault.

“We do know that being sexually assaulted takes a great human toll on an individual and there are all kinds of barriers to keep people from wanting to come forward,” she says.
“ More and more commanders are referring these cases to court martial ”
Dr Kaye Whitley, Sapro

One of these barriers, she explains, is that after someone has reported an assault in the US military: “Their command knows, everyone in the unit knows, and it affects ‘unit-readiness’.”

For this reason there is now a new “restrictive reporting option” so that victims who are afraid of reporting an assault can get the medical care and counselling that they need, without their command having to be notified, and without having to participate in an investigation.

For those who do decide to report a sexual assault, Dr Whitley says the crime is taken seriously.

“We are finding that more and more commanders are referring these cases to court martial,” she says.

“One of the things that one of our leaders recently said is that we want to get so good at prosecuting these guys that if there’s anybody walking around out there that’s a predator, they’ll think that the military is the last place they want to end up.

“So we are working very hard on that, we think we can do better,” she says.

‘Cultural change’

The writer Helen Benedict has been looking into sexual violence in the military for a number of years, and has recently written a play on the subject. She has heard from women whose experiences have ranged from disrespect, to constant sexual harassment, to rape.

“There is a culture that if you report someone, you are seen as a weak soldier who failed to defend yourself,” she says.

But she says this does not mean that women should not be serving in the army.

“It is the men who are committing a crime who have a problem. The military has to deal with them and not punish women by shutting them out from this career,” she says.

Ms Benedict says that economics may help to bring about the cultural change that she says the army needs.

“The recession means more women are joining the military then ever before. So as women become less of a minority and rise in the ranks and get more power, hopefully the culture will begin to shift,” she says.

Meanwhile, Marti Ribeiro is now trying to tackle the issue politically.

She is part of the Service Women’s Action Network, which lobbies to improve the welfare of US servicewomen and women veterans.

“This is so that if once my daughter is eligible she turns to me and says ‘I want to do what you did,’ I can support her,” she says.

“But if she asked me right now I would say ‘No’.”

You can listen to the BBC World Service series on Women at War on
all this week until Thursday 18 February.
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