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Online Arabic keyboard: http://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/arabic.htm

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“Repetition teaches the donkey”

There’s this saying of the Arabs:


التَكْرَارُ يُعَلِّمُ الحِمارَ


“Repetition teaches the donkey”

Humans are the best of creation. So, if repetition can teach a donkey then think about what repetition can do for humans.

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No one should be asked about himself except…

قال عبد الله بن مسعود رضي الله عنه

لا يسأل أحد عن نفسه إلا القرآن، فإن كان يحب القرآن فهو يحب الله ورسوله

Abdullah ibn Masood said:

No one should be asked about himself except with respect to the Quran. If he loves the Quran, then he loves Allah and His messenger.”

(Tabraani)

As long as this Quran exists..

 


يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِؤُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِوَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ

They intend to put out the Light of Allah (i.e. the religion of Islam, this Qur’an, and Prophet Muhammad ) with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it).

61:8

William Ewart Gladstone, four-time Prime Minister of Great Britain, is famous for telling the English Parliament,

“As long as this Quran exists, Europe will never be able to conquer the Islamic East.”

Similarly, the French Colonial Governor of Algeria said, on the occasion of one hundred years of French occupation of Algeria,

“It is a must to remove the Arabic Quran from their presence and to remove the Arabic language from their tongues in order for us to have victory over them.

http://www.islaam.net/main/display.php?id=1447&category=71

Britain suffered defeat in Iraq, says US general

Britain suffered defeat in Iraq, says US general

British soldiers on patrol in Basra in April 2009 UK forces completed their withdrawal from the city of Basra to a base at the airport in September 2007

The British army suffered defeat in Iraq when it pulled out of Basra, a senior American general has argued.

UK forces left the city in 2007, leaving the people to be “terrorised”, key White House adviser Gen Jack Keane told the BBC.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown described the withdrawal at the time as “a pre-planned and organised move”.

The former UK commander in southern Iraq said his actions were constrained by political considerations.

“I think it was a huge mistake to pull out of Basra and to go out to the airfield and to leave the people of Basra to be subjected to the Iranian surrogates who brutalised them, intimidated them, terrorised them,” Gen Keane told the BBC Two series Secret Iraq.

Although retired, the general was instrumental in persuading President Bush to send more troops to Iraq in 2007 in what was known as the Surge.

Another US officer who worked directly for the US commander in Iraq at the time also described Britain’s withdrawal as a defeat.

“I don’t know that you could see the British withdrawal from Basra in 2007 in any light other than a defeat,” says Col Peter Mansoor, who was executive officer to Gen David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq.

Political problem

Following the initial invasion in 2003, the city of Basra suffered far less violence than Baghdad and central Iraq. But from 2006 the rebellion spread to the south and attacks on British forces increased.

At the height of the violence in 2007, British troops were coming under daily attack, from roadside bombs and rockets fired at their base.

Gen Jonathan Shaw Gen Jonathan Shaw negotiated the withdrawal with the local Shia militia leader in Basra

The British commander in southern Iraq, Gen Jonathan Shaw, says his actions were constrained by political considerations in London.

“I think the biggest problem was the political problem. There was America surging. There was Britain reducing force levels.

“Our political leaderships were moving in different directions and that was extremely awkward.

“I wouldn’t claim it was our finest hour, but I would say it was as good a play of a hand as we could have, given the circumstances at the time,” said Gen Shaw, in his first on-the-record interview about the withdrawal.

He confirmed holding secret negotiations with the local Shia militia leader in Basra, which effectively handed over control of the city to the militias, in exchange for the safe passage of British troops from the centre of the city to the air base.

“You play the cards you get at the time. We knew we had to somehow get out. How would it have looked if we had pulled out of Basra in something that looked like the Alamo?

“There’s an awful lot in war and in these political conflicts, which doesn’t come out of the cricket rulebook.”

In the last three months of 2007, after the British pulled out of the centre of Basra, 45 women were killed by the militia for “un-Islamic” behaviour.

“They started killing unveiled women,” one long-term Basra resident recalled.

“I had to buy an AK-47 for personal protection. They started killing people who sell alcoholic drinks and barbers who shave beards.”

The British withdrawal came as the Americans were increasing their deployment.

“The Americans decided to win. We decided to leave,” says retired senior British Gen Rob Fry.

Speaking of the current situation in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus dismisses all talk of victory: “Only history can render that verdict and, I think it would be premature to declare victory or success.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11419878?print=true

The one who is (truly) imprisoned is the one whose heart is imprisoned….

Ibn Taymeeyah said:

المحبوس من حبس قلبه عن ربه تعالى والمأسور من أسره هواه


The one who is (truly) imprisoned is he whose heart is imprisoned from Allaah, and the one who is [truly] detained is he whose desires have detained him. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Wabil al-Sayyib, p,69)

Useful website

Hell on earth..

This is the pulitzer prize winning photo by Kevin Carter of a vulture waiting for a young boy to die in southern Sudan.

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In March 1993 Carter made a trip to southern Sudan. The sound of soft, high-pitched whimpering near the village of Ayod attracted Carter to an emaciated Sudanese toddler. The girl had stopped to rest while struggling to a feeding center, whereupon a vulture had landed nearby. He said that he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn’t. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away. However, he also came under heavy criticism for just photographing — and not helping — the little girl:

The St. Petersburg Times in Florida said this of Carter: “The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering, might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene.”

The photograph was sold to The New York Times where it appeared for the first time on March 26, 1993. Practically overnight hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask whether the child had survived, leading the newspaper to run a special editor’s note saying the girl had enough strength to walk away from the vulture, but that her ultimate fate was unknown.

On April 2, 1994 Nancy Buirski, a foreign New York Times picture editor, phoned Carter to inform him he had won the most coveted prize for photojournalism. Carter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography on May 23, 1994 at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library.

This was found in his diary:

Dear God, I promise I will never waste my food no matter how bad it can taste and how full I may be. I pray that He will protect this little girl, guide and deliver her away from her misery. I pray that we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be blinded by our own selfish nature and interests.

I hope this picture will always serve as a reminder to us that how fortunate we are and that we must never ever take things for granted.

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On 27 July 1994 Carter drove to the Braamfonteinspruit river, near the Field and Study Centre, an area where he used to play as a child, and took his own life by taping one end of a hose to his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe and running the other end to the passenger-side window. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 33. Portions of Carter’s suicide note read:

“I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners…The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist… I have gone to join Ken [Photojournalist friend who was killed by friendly fire a few months earlier] if I am that lucky.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Carter

The greatest punishment a slave (of Allah) can get…


أَفَمَن شَرَحَ اللَّهُ صَدْرَهُ لِلْإِسْلَامِ فَهُوَ عَلَى نُورٍ مِّن رَّبِّهِ فَوَيْلٌ لِّلْقَاسِيَةِ قُلُوبُهُم مِّن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ أُوْلَئِكَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ

Is he whose breast Allah has opened to Islam, so that he is in light from His Lord (as he who is non-Muslim)? So, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembrance of Allah! They are in plain error!

Surah Zumar:
22

و قال مالك بن دينار: ما ضُرِب عبدٌ بعقوبة أعظم من قسوة قلب، وما غضب الله على قوم إلا نزع الرحمة من قلوبهم

Malik Bin Dinar said, “ No slave (of Allah) has been dealt a greater punishment then harshness of the heart . And Allah does not become angry with a people except that He removes His mercy from their hearts.

Tafseer Qurtubi.
Click here for a bio of Malik Ibn Dinar: http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1248187402626&pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout

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