Organizing Muslim Religious life in Macedonia

Progress in social and technological fields brought about positive developments in the mentality of Macedonia’s Muslims, and thus helped to organize religious life. By Suleyman Recebi, President of Islamic Union of Macedonia Association Muslim life in the Balkans and especially in the Republic of Macedonia started with the arrival of the Ottomans in this region. It has been observed that after the Ottomans seized power over the Balkans, a constant increase started to take place in the adoption of Islam by the indigenous population. The Ottomans attributed great importance to…

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Think Tanks and the Future of the Islamic World

Think tanks, the collective intellect of society, produce systematic and specialized knowledge, which in turn means power. What is a Think Tank? Think tanks are institutes where ideas are produced. They have also been called factories of ideas, idea production and Research and Development centers. Think tanks are organizations nurturing and assembling specialists from different areas of interests and engaging in advocacy. They conduct research, develop policies and advocate in social, economic, political and military subjects. Although these organizations are claimed to be independent, most of the time they act…

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The Truth about the Prophet Muhammad

A young Muslim man named Khaled who was taking piloting lessons in a flying school in Florida had a conversation one day with a black American who was one of the staff working in the school. A little while later when the conversation deepened into the religious issues, Khaled realized that when the young black American heard the name ‘Muhammad’, he creased up his face, reflecting his disgust on hearing about the prophet. “That” said Khaled “upset me deeply”. Generally the image of Islam and specifically the image of the…

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One Voice, Full Unity!

To achieve goal of Halal around the world, Muslim community have to act together. by Dr Huseyin Kami Büyüközer Conferences, exhibitions and seminars are held in Muslim and non-Muslim countries to spread the word on Halal certification and to awaken Muslims to the availability of Halal certified products. The same goes for GIMDES Halal Products Research Institute in Turkey. GIMDES recently held the 4th International Halal Food and Healthy Products Conference in Istanbul. Twenty esteemed scholars from different countries gave lectures on various topics. Concurrently with the conference, the 2nd…

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Foresight of Bedouin

A Bedouin travelling with his camel comes across a man hardly able to walk and almost dying of thirst. The man wants some water from the Bedouin, so he dismounts from the camel and gives some water to the man. All of a sudden the man, having drunk the water, pushes Bedouin out of the way, mounts the camel and starts to ride away. The Bedouin shouts after him, “OK! Take the camel, but do not tell anyone what happened here.” Hearing this strange wish, the thief slows down and…

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A peak of wisdom and knowledge

A short life story of Imam Shafii, the scholar who ‘filled the earth with knowledge’ Imam Shafii, born in Gaza, Palestine, in 150 AH/ 760 AD was the imam and founder of the Shafii School of Islamic law, one of the four schools of Islamic law of Ahl Al Sunnah wal Jama’ah, which is the great path of the Qur’an, and he was the mujaddid of the second century. The year that he was born was also the year in which Imam Al-A’zam Abu Hanifa passed away. His given name…

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Ar Rahim – The Most Merciful

Rahim is a special name of Allah’s SWT. In terms of vocabulary it derives from “rahm” and “rahmah” and expresses the continuity of them. It means “most merciful.” (Elmalılı) Ibn Abbas says, “Rahman and Rahim have similar meanings. One of them means ‘having more rahmah (compassion)’ than the other.” (Ibn Kesir) The word ‘Allah’ indicates sovereignty, might and highness. Allah SWT mentions the Names Rahman and Rahim right after the Name Allah, which means His rahmah is above and more excellent than His wrath. (al Razi, Tafsir al-Kabir) It is…

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January-March 2012 Issue

      A father, a husband, a friend, a commander-in-chief, a head of stateand a messenger of Allah, all in one person in perfect harmony The Truth about the Prophet Muhammad Read the full article     Articles from this Issue Think Tanks and the Future of the Islamic World By Idris TUZUN Think tanks, the collective intellect of society, producesystematic and specialized knowledge, which in turn means power. Read the article                     Organizing Muslim Religious Life in Macedonia By…

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