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Apr10

Libya: Peace talks not possible amid fighting, UN envoy

UN special envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/R The United Nations’ special envoy to Libya has hinted that next week’s planned peace conference could be postponed amid ongoing fighting between rival militias for control of the capital, Tripoli. In a statement on April 9, Ghassan Salame expressed hope that the meeting will be convened as soon as conditions permit, saying: “We cannot ask people to take part in the conference during gunfire and air strikes.” The UN had planned to hold a conference in the southwestern town of Ghadames from April 14 to April 16 to discuss a way out of the country’s eight-year conflict. Last week, militia commander...

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Apr10

The excellence of the month of Sha’ban

By: Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat Source: Islamic Da’wah Academy Sha’bān, the eighth Islamic month is second only to Ramadān in virtue, blessings and greatness. It is due to this virtue and greatness that the Prophet (Allah’s peace be upon him) used to emphasize its importance not only verbally but practically too. ‘Ā’ishah (Allah be pleased with her) narrates, “The Messenger of Allah (Allah’s peace be upon him) used to fast till we would say that he would never stop fasting and he would abandon fasting till we would say that he would never fast. I never saw The Messenger of Allah (Allah’s peace be upon him) fasting for a whole month except the month of Ramadān and...

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Apr05

Salat: the Mi’raj of the believer

By: Nuruddin Zangi Source: Beneficial Ilm The greatest gift that Allah bestowed on the Muslim Ummah during the Mi’raj, or Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) is the 5 daily prayers. It is as if Allah Most High, out of His great generosity, wanted the rest of the Ummah to have their own mi’raj and so made our prayer our mi’raj. ‘The Prayer is the Ascension of the Believer’ is a famous Islamic teaching, attributed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). I want to share my thoughts on some of the aspects that make this prayer like the mi’raj. 1) The Ascent of the Messenger of Allah took him to such a nearness to Allah, that the archangel Gabriel, made of light,...

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