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Ann Arbor is awesome and so are Ann Arborites

A place is great only because of the people, and that is the reason Ann Arbor is awesome.

By Umer Sultan

Courtesy: Joe Braun Photography

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Video: Forgiving Others! Do we? by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood

Beautiful short lecture over forgiving others. Do we really forgive others?

If the video is not found, please click here.

Few words that the speaker used, and its English equivalent.

Jannah= Paradise

Izzah= Self Respect

Dunya= This World

Munafiqeen= Hypocrites

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Quick Update

1] Hello everyone, so I changed my blog’s title from “The Key to Power” to “The Sultan’s Corner” I think that reflect’s more about this blog now after about 4 years of blogging.

2] Also I will try to post some nice photos shots that I took. Would welcome comments and healthy critique. Right now I am just wondering how I can make sure that those pictures are not used by other people. I am trying to have my name Photoshop in their. I am not a graphic designer, so its a little hard for me. Got any suggestions regarding it, please leave a comment below (or e-mail me).

3] I haven’t been writing much lately because my schedule has gotten way too busy.

4] I will try to post an audio lecture by Sheikh Moataz al-Hallak on the freedom, whether there is an Absolute Freedom or not, What is the meaning of Freedom?, What Islam says the meaning of Freedom is, and what the actual freedom is. Because of my busy schedule, I haven’t been able to even start working on it. Ah! Inshallah I will sooner than later.

Need lots of your Du’a. You can still follow me at Facebook and Twitter.

Peace be onto you.

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Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution was about Freedom not Looting

By Umer Sultan| As posted at AnnArbor.com

AnnArbor.com in this Sunday’s print edition included a story of Tunisia’s resent massive public uprising as something of a grand incident of looting. The story focused mainly on riots, looting, prison inmates getting free but the ‘Jasmine Revolution’ was about more important things than these.

For 23 years, Tunisia was ruled by the iron fist regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Secret agents were in every corner of the country to make sure no Continue reading

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“Muslim Girl- The Plight of Sisters” by Awil Jama

Here is another poem by my friend Awil Jama. Many people liked his previous poem that I shared at my blog as a part of the Reviving the Muslim Youth series, which is here “Somali Boy.”

Much of what Awil Jama says here can be equally said about the plight of the Muslim Brother. However, I do hope that he would write another poem only on the Plight of the brothers, inshallah.

Muslim Girl-The Plight of Sisters

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2010 in review: What you are missing out!

 

The most popular post of 2010 at my blog was The story of 3 loaves of Bread (The Life of This World).

5 Attractions in 2010:

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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The story of 3 loaves of Bread (The Life of This World) November 2010

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Video: How to get a free Quran to burn on “Burn Quran Day” September 2010
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Review: “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter”

Published in 2006, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wrote about the history of the attempts of peace negotiations between the State of Israel and its Arab neighbors, including the issue of a Palestinian State. Jimmy Carter has been actively involved in the peace process through out his life.

Mr. Carter included a brief historical chronology of the Palestine/Israel region, starting from 1900 B.C. when “Abraham journeys from Ur to Canaan” to the August of 2006 when “the United Nations approves its  Resolution 1701, establishing a fragile cease-fire.

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Video: “The Prophet’s Smile” by Shaykh Yaser Birjas

This is the Friday lecture given by Shaykh Yaser Birjas at the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Please listen to it, and share it with others. He will be back at the Ann Arbor Mosque on Sunday December 12th, 2010.

The lecture was the introduction to the Seminar that he taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, arranged by the Qabeelah Ittehad, known as “The Prophet’s Smile.”

Note: This lecture is in English, just to mention this that traditionally an Islamic speech/lecture starts in Arabic in a particular format. So please wait a minute until the actual lecture starts in English 🙂

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Stand with Sister Asia Bibi! She is Innocent

By Umer Sultan|

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was sentenced on Monday 21st by the court in Nankana district to be hanged for giving blasphemous statement in the province of Punjab in Pakistan.

The story of this mother of 5 goes somewhat like this:

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Foreign Policy compiles sites and forums of Internet Radicals

Foreign Policy posted this interesting and alarming link at their website. There are few interesting things that I noticed.

On slide 15, it shows that these Radicals are also on Facebook with “200 fans.” Now if you compare this with other Islamic oriented pages on Facebook that are not that famous and are not affiliated with any famous organizations like Productive Muslim, Islamic Studies have many more fans than this. This is one example that it shows that it’s the small group but is highly organized.

Moreover, many of these people are working on their own by listening radical leaders on YouTube and Internet Forums, creating videos and posting on YouTube that are emotional and arouse people to do something against leadership (foreign and domestic!). The ignorance of Islam (limited or no understanding of Islam) combined with zealousy or political/financial situation of the person or his family all contributes to this radicalism.

Ulema (Muslim Religious Scholars) of Islam have always stood against Radicalism and Extremism. If you want to read a book on this subject (especially for Muslims) read “Islamic Awakening between Rejection and Continue reading

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