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When the Moors (Muslims) Ruled Europe: Documentary in full

An insightful documentary into the prosperity Islam engendered in Europe during its glorious reign there.


Ihsaan – The Spiritual Essence Of Islam


When the stones begin to speak, with which ears will we hear? Will this be the first time that the stones speak? No! The stones spoke to the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( s.a.w ) in his lifetime. They offered ‘salaams’ to him[2]. If we were there would we have heard? No! He was not hearing with these ears. It is when the heart has come alive, has faith in it and submits to the Supreme Authority of Allah , Most High, and not the supreme authority of the state, it is then that the heart can hear. So we know the stones are speaking now. This prophecy of Muhammad is being fulfilled now. The stones are speaking in the Holy Land. When stones begin to speak, no one can stop them from speaking. At the end of this a Muslim army will destroy the State of Israel; these are the words of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( s.a.w ). Let us go back to the verse of Sura Hajj:

Allah , Most High, says to them [22nd Sura, Verse 46]:

Will they not travel through the earth?

So that perhaps, perchance, (by traveling through the earth) their dead hearts might come alive

So that when their hearts come alive they would be able to understand what the intellect, rationality and external observation could not understand. With a heart that comes alive, they will be able to hear what otherwise they could not hear.

Truly, its not these eyes which are blind

What is blind is the heart, which is inside the chest.

This is Islamic Spirituality.  It has unfortunately been given a new term, coined by someone, sometime, somewhere. The term which was coined was Tasawwuf.  I wish it had never been coined. My life and task would have been easier, because Tasawwuf and al-Ihsaan mean the same thing. Allah , Most High, delivered this word, al-Ihsaan to us, we should have stayed with this term.



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40% Of Russia’s Food Is Grown from Dacha Gardens*

Originally posted on Hwaairfan's Blog:

40% Of Russia’s Food Is Grown from Dacha Gardens*

By Amanda Froelich

While the majority of citizens in developed nations rely on large-scale agriculture, the Russian people feed themselves.

While the majority of citizens in developed nations rely on transported produce and packaged goods to satiate their grumbling stomachs, the people of Russia feed themselves. They have little need for large-scale agriculture, as their agricultural economy is small scale, predominantly organic, and in the capable hands of their nation’s people.

In a thought-provoking article shared by Natural Homes, it was reported that in 2011, 51% of Russia’s food was grown either by dacha communities (40%), or by peasant farmers (11%). The remaining 49% of production was left to large agricultural enterprises.

When one digs deeper into the numbers reported by Russian Statistics Service, however, some very impressive details are discovered. In 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80%…

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The Hodeida Fish Market

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Originally posted on The Velvet Rocket:

Ahh, we’re back in Yemen… In Hodeida.

The fish market in Hodeida is, perhaps not shockingly, right along the waterfront and it is impossible to miss.

We passed by during our first night in Hodeida and even though that is supposedly the quiet(er) time for the fish market, there was still a remarkable amount of activity and frenetic energy. I knew that we needed to come back in the morning.


Hodeida is definitely not a small town, but it would be pretty hard to miss its fish market when it is in top gear.  Even the constant honking and the roaring sounds of engines lacking mufflers that spill out from Hodeida’s streets are overwhelmed by the fish market’s sensory experience.

Imagine the perfume of exhaust from boat engines blending with the smell of roasting fish and the salty ocean air blowing across from Africa. Imagine fishing boats racing around…

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The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, Syria

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Originally posted on The Velvet Rocket:

The Minaret of Qaitbay as seen from the outside of the Umayyad Mosque…

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Considered the first monumental work of architecture in Islamic history, the Umayyad Mosque (also called the Great Mosque of Damascus) is a melting pot of different faiths. It houses the mausoleum of John the Baptist — which is said to contain his head — as well as the tomb of Hussein ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed and an important figure in the Shiite tradition. Its rectangular layout, Roman arches, and Corinthian columns became a prototype for mosques around the Islamic world, influencing structures from Cairo to Istanbul.

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After the Umayyad conquest of Damascus in the Seventh century, the Umayyad Mosque was constructed on the site where a Byzantine church, a Roman temple, and before that an Aramean temple to the god of thunder and rain once stood more than 3,000 years ago.

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What Jesus Ran Away From ~ Rumi

Yemen Genocide

Yemen Genocide

The son of Mary, Jesus, hurries up a slope
as though a wild animal were chasing him.
Someone following him asks, “Where are you going?
No one is after you.” Jesus keeps on,
saying nothing, across two more fields, “Are you
the one who says words over a dead person,
so that he wakes up?” I am.  “Did you not make
the clay birds fly?” Yes.  “Who then
could possibly make you run like this?”
Jesus slows his pace.

I say the Great Name over the deaf and the blind,
they are healed. Over a stony mountainside,
and it tears its mantle down to the navel.
Over non-existence, it comes into existence.
But when I speak lovingly for hours, for days,
with those who take human warmth
and mock it, when I say the Name to them, nothing
happens. They remain rock, or turn to sand,
where no plants can grow. Other diseases are ways
for mercy to enter, but this non-responding
breeds violence and coldness towards God.
I am fleeing from that.

As little by little air steals water, so praise
dries up and evaporates with foolish people
who refuse to change. Like cold stone you it on
a cynic steals body heat. He doesn’t feel the sun.

(Jesus was not actually running away from people.
He was teaching in new way)

~ Rumi
Coleman Barks translation

The Honey Dealers Of Yemen

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Originally posted on The Velvet Rocket:

The process of raising bees and selling honey in Yemen is a little different (but most things are a little different in Yemen). Unlike everywhere else I am familiar with, where the bees are taken to the flowers, in Yemen, the flowers are taken to the bees. And the bees will be located next to a busy road where it will be the most convenient to sell the honey they produce.

The way it works is that one will be driving along and will come around a corner to see a guy standing by the road with his hand high in the air, waving a plastic jug or bottled water container filled with an amber liquid. The amber liquid is, of course, honey and if you are interested in acquiring some honey, you simply pull over and negotiate a price (the purchase of most everything is negotiated in Yemen).


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