Thursday, December 21, 2006

More new babies named Mohammed than George in Britain

London, Dec 21- Mohammed, and its most commonalternative spelling Muhammad, are now more popular babies'names in the UK than George, reflecting the diverse ethnicmix of the population.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today therewere 2,833 baby boys called Mohammed in 2006.The name is 22nd in the list of most popular boys' names,moving up a place from last year.Spelled Muhammad, it is the 44th most popular name andenters the top 50 for the first time along with Noah, Oscar,Lucas and Rhys.There were 2,833 babies called Mohammed born in 2006 and1,422 called Muhammad. The total exceeds the number of Georges(3,386) or Josephs (3,755).The top ten boys names in vogue are Jack, Thomas, Joshua,Oliver, Harry, James, William, Samuel, Daniel and Charlie.The top ten girls names are Olivia, Grace, Jessica, RubyEmily, Sophie, Chloe, Lucy, Lily and Ellie.Jack has been the top boys' name for 12 years but Oliviahas risen three places from last year. Last year's top girl'sname, Jessica, dropped to number three. There are just threenew names in the top 50 girls' names list-- Imogen, Sophia andAnna.The list of popular babies' names for 2006 also showsthat the cult of celebrity is changing the baptismal tide. There were 38 babies named Cruz (after David Beckham'sthird child) this year, raising the name from 1,508th to650th. There were 14 Peaches (after the daughter of Live-8performer Bob Geldof), raising that name from 4,509th to1,561st.The ONS said some of the girls' names gaining the mostpopularity this year were Evie (21), Freya (23), Poppy (30)and Jasmine (31).As usual, the boys' top 50 is more stable, but Harrisonjumped six places to number 36, Alfie, Cameron and Henry allrose five places to numbers 16, 30 and 39 respectively.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

What is Hell?

1. Hell is so deep that if a stone were to be thrown into, it would travel for 70 years to reaching at the bottom. 2. The breadth of each of the four walls around Hell is equivalent to a distance covered by a walking journey of 40 years. 3 . Hell has 7 gates. 4. Hell had been lit for one thousand years until its flames became red. Again it was heated for another thousand years till its colour became white. Still again it was burnt for further thousand years and its white color flames turned pitch black. 5. Even the most fierce fire of this world is 70 fold cooler than the fire of Hell. 6. The lightest punishment in Hell would be the wearing of " Fiery shoes" which would cause one's brain to boil. 7. Hell in infested with venomous donkeys and if they were to bite a person then he or she will suffer pain for 40 years. 8. For food, the dweller of Hell would be given Zaqqum which is a prickly tree, so bitter, that even if a single molecule of it were to spill onto this earth it would make all the foodstuff of the world bitter and unpalatable. 9. For drinking, the denizen of Hell would be provided with hot, boiling pus mixed with blood, matter, urine and tears etc. of the dwellers of Hell. If a bucket of this foul liquid were to be splashed over this earth, the entire world would be upset and disrupted by its most foul stink. 10. Boiling water would be poured over Jahannami's head and this will cause their internal organs to melt and leak out through their feet. 11.The inmates of Hell would be lashed with heavy clubs of iron. If one such club was to be placed upon this earth, the combined strength of all the human beings, as well as all the Jinns, would fail to lift it; and if a mountain is struck with one of these clubs it would cause the whole mountain to disintegrate. 12. The dwellers of Hell would be burnt daily for 70 thousand times. Every time, after the skin and flesh is burnt, they would be restored to life so that they can continuously taste this punishment. 13. A drunkard will be given blood, pus, sweat, filth, etc. to drink in hell. 14. All the haughty people will be gathered in the Hereafter and driven towards Hell but their bodies would be reduced to the size of ants and they will be given to consume the excretions of the dwellers of Hell. 15. Some sinners would be made to climb " SAUD " which is a mountain of fire in Hell, and then dropped from its peak and this process would continue forever and ever. 16. The dwellers of Hell would be pound in chains which would be greater in length than the distance between the sky and the earth. 17. The clothes of sinners in Hell would be highly inflammable. 18. Beside physical torture, the dwellers of Hell would also be subjected to mental harassment through the taunting by the guardian of Hell who will remind them of their misdeed on earth and remarks "Now taste the fire" etc. 19. The sinners and disbelievers would be humiliated to such an extent that besides their revolting ugliness and pitch black faces, their upper lips would be touching their foreheads and the lower lip dangling around the navel. 20. The dwellers of Hell would weep so much and shed so much of tears and blood that furrows would be formed on their cheeks. 21. The tongues of Hell-inmates would be so long and protruding from there mouths that others would trample and step on them. 22. Shayateen will also rebuke the denizens of Hell. 23. The dwellers of Hell would display their rage and fury on those who led them astray. 24. The inhabitants of Hell would appeal to the guardians of Jahannam to intercede on their behalf in the court of Allah but their pleas would reject. They would make direct supplication to Allah but their prayers would not be granted. 25. They will then abide forever in Hell, continuously lamenting and braying like asses (jungle animals). O ALLAH ! SAVE US, OUR PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AS WELL AS THE READERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND DECEASED RELATIVES FROM THE PUNISHMENT OF JAHANNAM, AND GRANT US ALLTHE HIGH STATIONS OF JANNAH WITHOUT RECKONING. AMEEN ! IF IT WAS NOT ALLAH'S EXALTED RAHAM AND KARAM WHERE WILL WE SINNERS GO. Some people must be asking themselves this question. I was one of those people and finally put this question,,,I am not surprised to know that millions of human beings have come into this world and died after many years without knowing why Allah (s.w.t.) created them. And of those who are alive, how many knows the answer?Those who have the knowledge, are working to reach that ultimate goal, but the unfortunate ones have involved themselves in one thing or the other and finally they had to leave it all behind and go in front of their maker with an empty hand.In the beginning, nothing existed whatsoever except Allah (s.w.t.). He created alone everything including this world. Satan, who was from Jinn family, was one of those who served Allah (s.w.t.) along with angels. When Allah (s.w.t.) created the best of His creation, the Human Beings, He commanded Satan to make obeisance to Adam, but Satan refused. As a result of his disobedience, Allah (s.w.t.) expelled him. Satan said, "This human being whom you have honored above me. If you should respite me to the day of resurrection, I will most certainly cause his progeny to perish except a few." Allah (s.w.t.) said: "Be gone! For whoever of them will follow you, then surely hell is your recompense, a full recompense: and beguile whomsoever of them you can with your voice, and collect against them your forces riding and on foot, and share with them in wealth and children and hold out promises to them; and the Satan makes not promises to them but deceive."Our Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H.) says in His Hadith: Allah (s.w.t.) created this whole universe for the benefit of human beings. But He created the human beings for Himself. We are created to adore Him as he adores us, to believe in Him. fear Him and obey His commands. He did not create us for any other purpose.A man once asked Imam Jaffer Al-Sadeq (P.B.U.H); "What is the distance between a man and heaven?" He replied : "Only two feet; the first one, suppressing one's evil desires and the second, not to be afraid of death."The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Almighty (s.w.t.) can stand up to anything.

Woman in Islam

Imam ALI a.s saysWoman is a flower vase of beauty and fragrance. So smell her gently, do not wrestle with her! Imam ALI a.s sayWomen are like flowers.Do not put on them responsibilities they can not bear! -According to Islam, being a human, woman is even superior to angels and all other living organisms. If she performs any good task or deed, she will be equally blessed as much as a man will for his good deeds.She is the benefactor and patron of Islam, as lady Khadija (Wife of Holy Prophet [saw]).She is a partner of prophethood, as lady Fatima (Daughter of Holy Prophet [saw]).She is one of the greatest leaders, as lady Zainab (Daughter of Imam Ali [as])She superior to man, as a mother.She's respectable like a saint.She is precious like an expensive pearl.She is honorable like a delicate rose.Islam emphasizes the equality of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or social status. Islam has prescribed different roles and responsibilities for men and women, with each gender complementing the other. Centuries before the modern world recognized women's rights, Islam acknowledged the equality of the two genders, and abolished the barbaric ritual of burying infant daughters alive, an outrageous crime practiced by the Arabs before the time of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).Islam made women aware of their rights and gave them an identity, a personality, freedom, and independence. These rights, among others, include the right to inherit, to own property, to obtain a divorce, to collect a dowry, and to gain child custody. Regarding the equality of the genders, the Holy Qur'an states:''Surely the men who submit and the women who submit, and the believing men and the believing women, and the obeying men and the obeying women, and the truthful men and the truthful women, and the patient men and the patient women and the humble men and the humble women, and the almsgiving men and the almsgiving women, and the fasting men and the fasting women, and the men who guard their private parts and the women who guard, and the men who remember Allah much and the women who remember-Allah has prepared, for them forgiveness and a mighty reward." (33:35)Muslims consider four ladies to be the most noble and pious:1. Bibi Aasiya - Wife of Fir'awn / Pharoah (peace be upon her)2. Bibi Maryam / Mary - Mother of Isa / Jesus (peace be upon her)3. Bibi Khadija - Wife of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon her)4. Bibi Fatima - Daughter of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon her)And the paradise is under the feet of your mothers. - Prophet Muhammad (saw)Your Lord has commanded that you shall not worship (anyone) but Him and to be good to the parents. If either or both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much as) 'Ugh' nor chide them, and speak to them a generous word. And lower for them 'the wings of humility' out of mercy; and pray; 'O my Lord! Have mercy on them as they brought me up (when I was) little.'" (17:23-24)Imam Ali bin Hussain, the great-grandson of the Prophet, said: "Coming to the rights of relatives, it is the right of your mother that you should appreciate that she carried you [in her womb] as nobody carries anybody, and fed you the fruits of her heart which nobody feeds anybody, and protected you [during pregnancy] with her ears, hands, legs, hair, limbs, [in short] with her whole being, gladly, cheerfully and carefully; suffering patiently all the worries, pains, difficulties and sorrows [of pregnancy], till the hand of God removed you from her and brought you into this world.""Then she was most happy feeding you, even if she herself had no clothes; giving you milk and water; not caring for her own thirst; keeping you in the shade, even if she had to suffer from the heat of the sun; giving you every comfort with her own hardship; lulling you to sleep while keeping herself awake.""And [remember that] her womb was your abode, and her lap your refuge, and her breast your feeder, and her whole existence your protection; it was she, not you, who was braving the heat and cold of this world for your safety.""Therefore, you must remain thankful to her accordingly, and you cannot do so except by the help and assistance from Allah." MODESTY & DECENCY (HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT FOR HUMANITY)HOLY QUR'AN PROCLAIMS:O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. ( Soorah-e-Ahzaab, verse 59)CORRUPT VS PURE:Women impure are for men impure, and men impure for women impure and women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity: these are not affected by what people say: for them there is forgiveness, and a provision honorable. (Holy Quran 24:26)A woman's best Jewelry is her Shyness. - Lady Fatima Zehra (sa)Nice girls are with Hijaab. - Prophet Muhammad (saw)PROPERTIES OF THE BEST WOMEN: She is content: Such woman is the best one who becomes happy and content when her husband puts a loving glance on her, and when he orders her for something right, she obeys him immediately, and never does any thing against his will. - Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) She is a great cook and a good administrator: A woman who cooks neat, clean and delicious food for her husband. Allah has provided great food for such nice wife in paradise. In heaven, she will be asked to drink and eat whatever you wish, as this is the reward for the pain and services which you performed for your husband! - Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) The best woman among your women is one who cooks delicious food, spends the money justly and does not waste it. Such women are the workers of Allah, and the workers of Allah never get hopeless and regretful! - Imam Jafer-e-Sadiq (as) She is priceless: A woman doesn't have any price, whether she is good or bad. A good and nice lady can not be measured with money or gold or silver, as she is far more expensive and precious than money or gold. Similarly, a woman with bad character and worst nature can not be compared with sand, as sand is far more higher and good than her. - Imam Jafer-e-Sadiq (as) She is loving, caring and patient: Do not you want me to tell you about those ladies who will enter paradise? A woman who is loving and caring to her husband, and gives births to his children and when he gets angry with her, she instantly says My hand is in your hand like she does not get satisfied until her husband becomes happy with her. - Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) She is obedient: Lucky and fortunate woman is one who respects her husband and does not give him any pain, hurt or discomfort and does not makes him worried and obeys him in all the right aspects of life. - Imam Jafer-e-Sadiq (as) She does Jehaad: The Jehaad of woman is that she must not lose her patience if she gets hurt from her husband. Her patience is her Jehaad. - Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)

Grave holding over 30 bodies uncovered in Iraqi city

Baghdad, Dec 17 - A grave holding more than 30bodies apparently from Saddam Hussein's regime was found inthe Shiite holy city of Karbala, police said.An Iraqi made the grisly discovery yesterday when heuncovered bones and old clothes while he was digging afoundation for a house he was building. He informed thepolice, who found more than 30 bodies of men and womenbelieved to have been killed in 1991 when Saddam's forcesbrutally crushed a Shiite uprising that followed the Gulf War.The grave was found in Karbala, 80 kilometres south ofBaghdad.AP Television News footage showed people standingaround piles of bones that had been wrapped in blankets.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Wiladat of 8th Imam Ali ar-Ridha (A.S.)

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Change marriage laws to curb harassment of women: Shia cleric

Muzaffarnagar (UP), Dec 1-Muslim marriage lawsshould be changed to curb the "harassment" of women, leadingShia cleric and All India Muslim Personal Law BoardVice-President Maulana Kalbe Sadiq said today."Muslim clerics should take steps for changing themarriage laws to check harassment of women and to preventlitigation regarding family disputes," Sadiq told reportershere.He described the adoption of a model nikahnama (marriagecontract) by the All India Shia Personal Law Board, whichgives women the right to initiate divorce, as a "step in theright direction".Welcoming the Sachar Committee's report on the economicand educational status of Muslims, Sadiq said the communityshould draw a lesson from it. "Muslims need to strive forquality education, not only government jobs," he said.Muslims must also strive to set up more moderneducational institutions instead of madrasas, he said. "Thecommunity must open educational insititutions to providequality education to Muslims."

J&K govt to beautify Shia religious places

Srinagar, Dec 1-As part of efforts to beautifyShia religious places and promote religious tourism, Jammu andKashmir government is acquiring land in and around the ZadibalImambara in interior city."Acquisition of land should be speeded up in Zadibalso that execution of the beautification of Imambara is takenup at the earliest," Jammu and Kashmir Tourism MinisterMohammad Dilawar Mir said chairing a meeting of officialshere.Mir said an amount of Rs.62 lakh will be spent by thetourism department for construction and beautification ofZiarat Sharief Mir Shamasuddn Iraqi in Zadibal whereas about30 structures are required to be dismantled around ImambaraZadibal for beautification of the area.Government has planned beautification project of theImambara as part of its campaign to promote religious tourismin the state. The beautificaton includes setting up arecreation park and widening the road in Zadibal area of theold city.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

OIC appeals for halt to Sunni-Shiite bloodbath in Iraq

Jeddah, Nov 25 -The Organisation of the IslamicConference called today for a halt to the Sunni-Shiitebloodbath in Iraq, reminding Iraqi religious leaders of theirpledge to prohibit the shedding of Muslim blood.Meanwhile, an Arab League official in Cairo said foreignministers from the 22-member organisation are expected to meetin Cairo on December 5 to call on Iraqi factions to end the"cascades of blood in Iraq."OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu expressed"deep concern and sorrow at the heinous acts of violence inIraq, the abhorrent sectarian fighting and the repugnantmassacres among the brothers in faith," said a statementissued at the pan-Islamic body's headquarters in Jeddah.Ihsanoglu urged "all Iraqis, Muslim scholars and theirreligious authorities to fear God in their faith, people andcountry (and) to refrain from committing these prohibitedgrave sins."He was issuing his appeal "in his capacity as thearchitect of the Mecca Document, which was signed and endorsedby the senior religious authorities and Muslim scholars in Iraq, both Shiite and Sunni, who vowed to God in front of theblessed Kaaba (holy stone in Mecca) not to violate thesanctity of Muslim blood and to incriminate those who shed(it)."Ihsanoglu was referring to a 10-point document endorsedby 29 Iraqi Sunni and Shiite clerics in the Muslim holy cityof Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in which they appealed for an end tosectarian killings and declared that the spilling of Muslimblood was forbidden.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Bombing onslaught on Shiite enclave in Baghdad kills 161

Baghdad, Nov 24 - Funeral processions began today forthe more than 160 people who were killed by car bombs andmortars in Baghdad's largest Shiite district. Hundreds of men,women and children beat their chests, chanted and cried asthey walked beside vehicles carrying the caskets of theirloved ones.The rest of Baghdad remained under a 24-hour curfew aimedat stopping widespread sectarian violence in the capital. ButIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, himself a Shiite,ordered police to guard the processions carrying victims ofyesterday's attacks by Sunni Muslim insurgents in Sadr City toNajaf, the holy Shiite city where they will be buried."God is great. There is no God but Allah. Mohammed is themessenger of Allah," about 300 mourners chanted, as they beattheir chests while walking through the Sadr City slumalongside slow moving cars and minivans carrying 16 woodencaskets tied to the rooftops. Some of the men and womenrepeatedly touched the sides of the vehicles or the caskets inan effort to say a final farewell to their relatives orfriends.Once the processions reached the edge of Sadr City innortheastern Baghdad, the cars and minivans left most of themourners behind for the 160-kilometre drive south to Najaf, atreacherous journey that passes through many checkpoints andareas controlled by Sunni militants in Iraq's so-called"Triangle of Death."In yesterday's well-coordinated attack, Sunni insurgentsblew up five car bombs and fired mortars in Sadr City, killingat least 161 people and wounding 257 in a dramatic attack thatsent the US ambassador racing to meet with Iraqi leaders in aneffort to contain the growing sectarian war.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Muslim woman lawyer refuses to take off veil

London, Nov 8 - Amid raging controversy over theissue of veil, a senior judge in the UK has been asked by animmigration tribunal to decide whether a female Muslimadvocate may wear the 'hijab' in court.The question was referred to Justice Sir Henry Hodge,president of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, by animmigration judge at Hanley, who had difficulty in hearinglegal executive Shabnam Mughal, dressed completely in blackwith a full-face veil.The judge, George Glossop, asked Mughal yesterday if shewould "kindly remove her veil to assist with communication",the Daily Telegraph reported today."It will allow me to see your face and I cannot hear youas well as I would like," he told her.She declined to do so and Immigration Judge Glossopbriefly adjourned the case. Later in the day, he againg askedher to remove the veil.When Mughal again refused to remove her veil, the judgeadjourned the case until next Monday, pending consultationswith Justice Hodge.Mughal, in her twenties, who was representing a Sikhbusinessman challenging the government's refusal to permithis nephew to visit Britain, was not taking media calls.Javid Hussain, practice manager at the Law Partnershipin Coventry, where Mughal works, said she had worn her veilwhile appearing before tribunals in different parts of thecountry for at least past two years.In recent weeks, the veil has become the centre ofcontroversy in the UK after Jack Straw, leader of the Houseof Commons, said the 'hijab' was a barrier to communication.Prime Minister Tony Blair had termed the full-face veil as a"mark of separation" between communities.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pak court gives death to 2 Sunni militants for killing Shiites

Karachi, Oct 31- A Pakistani court sentenced twoSunni Muslim militants to death today for killing six Shiitesin a 2003 gun attack on a bus in the southern city of Karachi,lawyers said.The men, who pleaded not guilty, were arrested in 2004in connection with the Oct 3, 2003, bus shooting that killedsix Shiite government employees and wounded seven otherpeople.Anti-terrorism court judge Feroz Mahmood Bhatticonvicted Shah Nawaz, 32, and Mohammed Shaukat, 35, for theirrole in the killing and sentenced them to death, said GhulamGadir Rajput, a government prosecutor.Defence lawyer Mohammed Ramazan Syed said the pair, whowere both in court wearing handcuffs, plan to appeal theverdict. No date for the death sentence was set.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Welcome to Shia Network

This blogg is for shia friends around the world. Here You can share your thoughts, emotions and devotion towards our holy Imam. You can post Shia Events of your city. You can make friends here and become golbal shia. Please note it, world is changing fast and we have make pace. You may be from India or Pakistan. Please don,t spread hate, voilence etc. because Imam Husain fought against these evils. This blogg is starting in holy month of Ramzan. so, statrt posting your comments about it, wht you think about it, how is your fast going on, how you manage your iftar in office, wht your non shia friends say about your fasting? You can post also beyond this topics. so enjoy and keep on postings. -yusuf kirmani