Heartland of ‪‎Islam‬ from the 9th century to the 17th century

Exhibition exploring ‪#‎medical‬ traditions developed in the heartland of ‪#‎Islam‬ from the 9th century to the 17th century is being held by the Royal College of Physicians. The exhibition includes RCP’s collection of ‪#‎Islamic‬ manuscripts dating from the 1200s to the 1900s.

The exhibition is free and runs from 1 May to 25 October 2013.

More info:
The mirror of health: discovering medicine in the golden age of Islam | Royal College of Physicians

French Niqab Ban

France, which recently banned the wearing of niqab and burqa in public spaces, imposed a ban on the wearing of religious symbols in schools in 2004. Though the ban covers crucifixes and skullcaps, the main target of the ban has always been seen to be headscarves worn by Muslim pupils.
In a report seen by the French daily, Le Monde, the Higher Council for Integration (HCI) says it is concerned by “growing tensions in all sectors of university life,” which it believes is undermining the country’s secular values, and is calling for the religious symbols ban to be extended to universities.
The report cites tensions arising from “demands to be excused from attendance for religious reasons, demands for separation of sexes in lectures and seminars, instances of proselytising, disagreements over the curriculum, and the wearing of religious clothes and symbols.”
The report makes 12 recommendations, chief among them the extension of the ban.
– See more at: http://www.iengage.org.uk/news/2681-muslim-veil-ban-urged-in-french-universities-#sthash.hs1YAtxM.dpuf

After Guantánamo, Another Injustice

Nabil has not been the only “mistake” in our war on terror. Hundreds of other Arabs have been sent to Gitmo, chewed up by the system there, never charged and eventually transferred back to their home countries. (These transfers are carried out as secretly and as quietly as possible.) There have been no apologies, no official statements of regret, no compensation, nothing of the sort. The United States was dead wrong, but no one can admit it.

Who the hell do these Muslims think they are?

Owen Jones: ‪#‎Dawkins‬ dresses up bigotry as non-belief. His anti-‪#‎Muslim‬ tweet is only the latest in a catalogue of smears.

‘Dawkins has a habit of talking about Muslims in the most dismissive, generalising and pejorative fashion. “Who the hell do these Muslims think they are?” he once tweeted. Another of his tweets accused UCL of “cowardly capitulation to Muslims” because it “tried to segregate sexes” in a debate between Lawrence Krauss “and some Muslim or other.” There’s a good test here: replace “Muslim” with “Jew” and tell me you’re comfortable.’

…’And then there is the broader context of rampant Islamophobia. Europe’s far-right – including our own BNP and EDL – now almost exclusively focus on Muslims, and the alleged danger posed by them. Nick Griffin scapegoats Muslims for a range of social problems like rape and drugs, and labels Islam “wicked” and a “cancer”. Studies have shown that media coverage of Muslims is overwhelmingly negative: they generally appear as, for example, terrorists or extremists. The sort of Muslims I grew up with are rarely seen. Polls show nearly half of Britons think “there are too many Muslims”, and over a third believe Muslims pose a serious threat to democracy.

‘How can comments by the likes of Dawkins really be separated from a broader context where Muslims are feared, suspected and even hated? If we were to look back at literature from 1920s Britain, would we look at statements such as “Judaism is the greatest force for evil today” and divorce them from the atmosphere of then-rampant anti-Semitism?’

Full article here👇

Islam is way more English than the EDL

By contrast, most Muslims cling on to values that were once definitively English and that we could do with rediscovering. Islam instructs its followers to cherish their families, to venerate women, to treat strangers kindly, to obey the law of any country they are in (yes, yes, it really does), and to give generously. One recent poll found that British Muslims donate more money to charity than any other religious group. Much is written about the need for Muslims to integrate better into English society, although I’m sure 99 per cent of them already do. But I hope they retain as much of their religious identity as possible – it is vastly superior to the materialist, secular mess that they’re being compelled to become a part of.

When you can’t sleep

-Make a list📋✏
When your mind isn’t ready to sleep, it goes into overdrive. Old worries, missed assignments and other annoyances start popping into your mind. To stop thinking about these things, write them down in a list. Getting it down on paper will put your mind at ease. Now that the thoughts are there to look at in the morning, your mind can relax and go to sleep.

-Try reverse psychology 🔁🔀🔂
Does your brain rebel when you tell it to go to sleep? Try telling it to get up. Think of something that you could get up and do. Then tell yourself you’ll do it in five minutes. More often than not, you’ll get a timely dose of sleep procrastination. Instead of avoiding sleep, your mind will want to avoid whatever tedious thing you’ve thought up.


Timing is Everything

The Prophet said: ”Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; your health, before you fall sick; your wealth, before you become poor; your free time before you become preoccupied, and your life, before your death.” (Tirmidhi)
I was recently speaking with an old college friend of mine and we found ourselves reminiscing about the good old days on campus. How often do we find ourselves wishing we could turn back the hands of time? How often do we fondly recall our carefree college days and wish we could go back? Yet, at the time, we could not wait to move onto the next stage in life. We would spend hours wondering who we’d marry, what our future careers would be like and what the future would hold for us. It is human nature to believe that the “grass is always greener on the other side.”
A sure fire way to wake up each morning with heavy eyelids and an even heavier heart is to focus on that which cannot be changed. We are often so preoccupied with feelings of sadness and regret regarding what has passed and with anxieties surrounding what is yet to come, that we completely devalue a piece of treasure that Allāh provides us every second of everyday: the present moment. Every matter that the Prophet mentions in the hadith above involves taking advantage of the present moment. As imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah refers to it- “the time between two times.” He states, “Your attention must be directed to your life in the present – the time between two times. If you waste it, then you have wasted the opportunity to be of the fortunate and saved ones. If you look after it, having rectified the two times – what is before and after it – then you will be successful and achieve rest, delight and ever-lasting” (al-Fawaa’Īd, pp. 151-152).
So what is it about living in the present moment that promotes success and happiness? Reaching the point of being content with our current state and what we have can make all the difference in our perception of our lives. This reminds me of a quotation I read in Mitch Albom’s novel, The Time Keeper, “We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.” We also yearn for what we do not currently have. One common denominator I’ve often noticed about my clients who have been afflicted with anxiety and depressive disorders has been a tendency to ruminate, meaning thinking constantly of negative incidents in the past, and a tendency to catastrophize, meaning expecting something terrible to happen in the future. In doing so, not only have we squandered a precious gift provided to us by Allāh , but we have also underestimated Him . The Prophet related to us Allāh says, “I am as My servant thinks of me” (Sahih Bukhāri & Muslim). The Prophet also said, “None of you should ever die except while assuming the best about Allāh.” (Sahîh Muslim) In ruminating continually on regrets from the past, we underestimate the Mercy and Forgiveness of Allāh . And by catastrophizing about the future, we forget that the One who created us is, indeed, all-Powerful and Able to do all things.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally normal to worry about the future and to experience feelings of sadness associated with the past at times. Particularly as new life milestones approach (a new job, the birth of a child, marriage, graduation, etc.), we may experience a mixture of apprehension and excitement- apprehension about leaving the comforts associated with the status quo and excitement about the potential for positive change. However, although humans have the capability of thinking outside of the present moment, this does not mean that this is to our advantage. A study conducted by psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University found that people spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this results in feelings of unhappiness. Focusing on the here and now can lead us to be increasingly content with our current state- as well as increasingly accepting of the fact that the present moment is all we are truly guaranteed.
With this realization comes the following benefits:
Doing as many good deeds as possible without delaying due to not knowing how many more “moments” we have left.
Repenting for a sin and moving past it by replacing it with good deeds.
Putting forth effort to make the most of the present rather than expecting things to magically change in the future.
Taking personal responsibility for situations rather than wasting our time and energy shifting blame onto others.
Realizing that no benefit arises from focusing on the past due to our inability to change it.
Improving our time management skills.
Savoring the beauty of the sights, sounds, tastes and feelings around us and thanking Allāh for the ability to experience them.
This Ramadan, challenge yourself to live in the present moment. As Omar Ibn al-Khattab said, “Hold yourself accountable before you are held accountable and weigh your deeds before they are weighed for you.” Hold yourself accountable for how you spend each second of this blessed month. Use every moment to draw closer to Allāh and actively seek His pleasure. Show gratitude to Allāh for each breath He grants you during this blessed month by considering ways to positively use every moment of your time, whether it is while you are driving, waiting for an elevator on your way to work, cooking a meal for your family or as you fall asleep at night. Challenge yourself to live in the here and now and reap the feelings of peace, tranquility and freedom that comes from this achievement.