Remembrance of death

Often the Holy Quran severely criticises those who do not believe in the Day of Judgement. At times we find it condemning those who believe in the Day, but are negligent of it. Therefore, traditions emphasise the visitation of graves, so that man may remember death. In our daily prayers, we recite, Arabic ‘Master of the Day of Judgment’ a number of times, so that our attention is turned towards the ‘Day of Judgment.’

A major portion of our supplications are devoted to discussion on death and the Day of Judgement, so that man may wake up from the slumber of negligence.

If we ponder over reality, we learn that the world deceives the one who craves for it. On the other hand, the one who is attentive towards death and whose heart is aware of the Hereafter, does not fall for the lure of death. One who keeps death in front of his eyes and awaits for it, not only performs his routine tasks sincerely, but constantly strives to do more actions which becomes the cause of Allah’s satisfaction. He is aware that death can overtake him at any moment and he does not have time on his side.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) says,

‘Surely the heart rusts like iron.’ People inquired, ‘How can it be polished?’ He (s.a.w.s.) said, ‘By remembering death and with the recitation of Quran.’

(Nahjul Fasahah)

So let us from today resolve to remember death at all times and perform all our actions with that thought in our minds. Let us collect deeds for our hereafter and make piety and abstinence our constant companions.

Source: al-muntazar ezine

Google’s gone Crazy

Google want’s everything… from the handsets you use to the computer browser, operating system, email everything…

Now after making initial attempts to enter the social networking market by acquiring orkut.. It has yet made another attempt… and this time it is going to get it right.. It has taken the perfect steps for things to fall in the perfect place…

Google Buzz is here.. and It’s competition time for Twitter, Facebook and all of em… because this is re-inventing the social network.. The smart move is that it’s integrated in Gmail,, so it already has millions of users in it’s database by default, unless someone has opted out of it.

So if Google Wave is the Future, Buzz is going to be the Present.

What more is Google trying to do, It just want’s to be in your life somehow.. The crazy people from who wish to index the world data, be it in any form -just announced that it plans to build trial ultra high-speed broadband networks in select parts of the country.

This could be great news for consumers, especially in Google’s test markets. The company promises connection speeds of “100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.” Users could potentially enjoy download speeds from the network at 1 gigabit per second, though of course at that speed, the limiting factor would usually be elsewhere, like your hard drive or CPU.

The benefit for Google: More bandwidth so you can use more Google services, faster, including streaming hi-def videos from YouTube to multiple devices, more Web apps, search, etc.

Mark His Words!

Steve Jobs held a town hall meeting with Apple employees late last week following the iPad launch. Wired reports on what was said at the meeting by Steve Jobs. Two of the biggest topics included Google and Adobe.

On Google, Jobs confirms the much-reported competition between the two companies.
On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says.

As for Adobe, Jobs said they are lazy and Jobs blames Adobe for a buggy implementation of Flash on the Mac as one of the reasons they won’t support it.
Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.

TCS website hacked

India’s largest information technology services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has become the latest target of hackers. The company has restored its website, after hackers changed its domain name and put it up for sale.

When asked, a spokesperson said: “The TCS website, http://www.tcs.com, was disrupted. Subsequently, it has been restored and is functioning fine. None of the servers were compromised. Initial investigation reveals a DNS (Domain Name Server) redirection at the domain name registrar’s end. Further investigations are on.”

The hackers changed the domain name to 205.178.152.154 from 216.15.200.140, re-pointing the name server (NS) records of the company’s website. The hacker had also put up a whos.among.us widget to display how many people were on the site at any given point. The hackers, according to a report, also provided an email id, abed_uk@hotmail.com.

The hackers not only attacked the website but also allegedly changed its domain name and put it for sale.

While this incident has raised questions about the level of security preparedness the country’s largest IT company has, experts think otherwise. “I am not at all surprised. This can happen with anyone. This certainly does not mean that the company is not giving better services to its customers. When you have signed a business deal with someone, you will give 100 per cent delivery. But, this is about a company that has probably not taken enough measures to keep its security up to date,” said a head of a security agency who did not wish to be quoted.

BS Reporter / Mumbai February 9, 2010, 0:36 IST

Racial Profiling >>matter of grave concern

Editor’s note: Nafees A. Syed, a senior at Harvard University majoring in government, is an editorial editor at The Harvard Crimson as well as a senior editor and columnist for the Harvard-MIT journal on Islam and society, Ascent. She is chairwoman of the Harvard Institute of Politics Policy Group on Racial Profiling.

(CNN) — It seems that now someone called “Barack Hussein Obama” can be pulled aside and patted down merely because of his name. But while our president has the benefit of Air Force One, millions of us with a “funny name” (Muslim and otherwise) do not. Like me.

I’ve consistently faced “random” selections for extra screening at the airport after I decided to wear the hijab, or Muslim head covering. I’ve been told to take my head scarf off or have my head probed while the passengers in front of me offered pitying smiles as they rushed to their flights.

One time, the woman in front of me had a hairdo that could pose more of a security threat than any head scarf could. Muslim women wear the hijab as a symbol of modesty, to be judged not by their appearance.
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that people would be judged for “the content of their character.” However, the Transportation Security Administration is judging me and other Muslims by the way we look.
The TSA uses the hijab to profile Muslim women, and passengers can now expect a full-body pat-down, an appallingly invasive “enhanced pat-down search that could include the chest and groin, or a planned “mind-scan” that would track people’s reaction to terrorist symbols. What’s next, palm reading?

At an airport with a full body scanner, I can have the image of my body displayed before a stranger — virtual nudity. Do they seriously have a blank check on our bodies? Of course I care about profiling partly because I’m affected. But does one have to face this issue to feel that it’s wrong? After all, it is difficult to imagine ourselves in other people’s shoes when we don’t have to.

It’s hard for me too. Especially over the past month, I’ve been shocked at the comments about my faith, and the sometimes-prejudiced support for racial profiling. Radio host Mike Gallagher said, “There should be a separate line to scrutinize anybody with the name Abdul or Ahmed or Mohammed.” Sorry Paula Abdul and Muhammad Ali, or anyone with the world’s most common name, Muhammad.

For people who aren’t affected by racial profiling at airports, imagine this: The TSA implements a new rule to counter drunken driving, which kills over 13,000 Americans every year. People who are not Muslim have to go through a Breathalyzer test before they can enter their vehicle. Muslims don’t drink alcohol and are, therefore, exempt. Ridiculous? I agree.

I know that what I am going through is just the tip of the iceberg of racial profiling in our country. Thirty-two million Americans report that they have been the victims of racial profiling. Racial profiling violates the U.S. Constitution, is ineffective and trickles down to the workplace, schools and elsewhere.

You also run into problems when you justify profiling nearly one in every four people in the world. There are Muslims of every possible race, making profiling practically futile. Fareed Zakaria said it best: “When you’re trying to find a needle in a haystack, adding hay does not help you.”

Putting ethical and pragmatic reasons aside, it’s hard to justify not caring. Even if racial profiling doesn’t affect us, it affects our friends, family members, co-workers, doctors, television personalities — the list goes on. There are some people who don’t know Muslims and are numb to realizing the effects of profiling. Therein lies the problem.

According to the Pew Research Center, people who know Muslims are less likely to have negative views of them. Co-existence is a dismal possibility unless people go to the source to find out about Islam, not skewed Web sites.

And Muslims, here’s something to think about: If your knowledge of Islam came from common stereotypes, wouldn’t you also be misinformed about the faith and its followers? The Quran says, “[God has] made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another (49:13).” So get to know your fellow Americans.

There are some Americans who think Muslims are terrorists and some Muslims who think that other Americans are willfully ignorant. Neither group deserves such a label. Psychologist Henri Tajfel, who was a Holocaust survivor, explained how we isolate ourselves into an “in-group” and facilitate discrimination of an “out-group.”
Religious profiling boxes Muslims into a category separate from Americans. We can’t accept that distinction. Let’s all think outside of the box.

It’s essential for U.S. security that airport screening be done. But we need to stop the inflation of procedures that make our society more afraid and less secure. The TSA needs to stop and evaluate methods that are more effective, less invasive, and don’t discriminate based on religion or race.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Nafees A. Syed.

Wuzu Machines

Wuzu Machine
Wuzu Machine

I found this great stuff while reading the e-papers.
Innovation Found!

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters Life!) – A Malaysian company has invented a machine it says will help Muslims purify themselves before prayers without excessively wasting water.

The ornate, green-colored machine comes with automatic sensors and basins to curb water usage during wudu, an Arabic word used to describe the act of washing the face, arms and legs before prayers.

The wudu, or ablution, rite precedes the five daily prayers Muslims are obligated to perform. There are more than 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, with the majority in Africa and the Middle East where water supplies are scarce.

Inventors AACE Technologies is counting on rich countries in these two regions to snap up the machines that will be available in the next six months and cost $3,000-$4,000 a piece.

“Saving water is a motivation for people to adopt this system rather than the conventional methods, where there’s a lot of water wastage,” AACE Chairman Anthony Gomez told reporters while launching the product in the Malaysian capital.

The device, which also emits recorded Koranic verses and is 1.65 meters (5 ft 4.96 in) tall, only uses 1.3 liters (0.3 gallons) of water compared to the conventional methods, which usually involve leaving faucets running for the duration of the washing ritual, which can last for several minutes, Gomez said.

“During the Haj, two million people used 50 million liters water a day for wudu. If they introduce this machine they are saving 40 million liters per day,” he said, referring to the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Gulf city of Dubai has shown interest in acquiring the product for its airport, Gomez said, adding that the machine took two years to develop at the cost of $2.5 million.

AACE also wants to target mosques and offices with new models that can be wall mounted in a group of six.

Muslims heading for prayers in mainly Muslim Malaysia had mixed feelings about the high-tech, but pricey, invention.

“The idea is good and it is built in line with Islamic teachings. But water in this country is cheap, so it is still not worthwhile to have this machine,” an officeworker who gave his name as Aminuddin told Reuters.

But a tourist from neighboring Singapore, which has little water supplies, said the machine would help conserve natural resources.

“Nothing is impossible. Of course we are trying ways and means to new products, those that can save mankind, those that can save nature,” Azman Mohamed Noor

(Writing by Niluksi Koswanage, editing by Miral Fahmy)

the Apple iPad Tablet is here…

yet another revolution for our generation to witness… after the Google Chrome OS announcement and it’s features.. the release of Apple’s iPAD in 2010, the end of first decade of the 21st century just tells us how this century is going to advance…

http://www.apple.com/ipad/ > check it out your self..
it’s going to be a competition for Google Chrome OS.. i believe,

i really love all this competition.. since people keep coming up with more
and more creative stuff to get the market and it’s healthy competition..

so the customer is always in win win situation…
i was just wondering if this tablet is treated like a net book on which the
Chrome OS will be installed….

the worlds just got more awesome!

France considering to Ban Hijab in Public Places!!

What does it take for a country to say it is democratic & secular? …
Well most of you are aware of what it really takes…

Democracy is where the Government is of the People, By The People and For the People
Lets not forget the most important part FOR THE PEOPLE>>

While we know the issue of veil being banned in schools and colleges in a so called secular and democratic country France is old. However now that it is considering banning veils for woman in Public Places and imposing fine for those who wear..

Published in Times of India on Jan09 in Times Global

Is it really keeping up to secularity seeing that wearing the traditional veil is part of Muslim religious practice. The wearing of this clothing item is a big part of the Muslim religion. Banning this is ridiculous and will upset the Muslim population around the globe. Saying that you cannot practice your religion is complete discrimination by France and is intolerant of the Muslim people of France and around the globe, who should be free to do what they like and what is a part of their religion.

Protecting oneself in Public Places is only necessary and they do not understand that,, saying… Muslim women can do what ever they want at their home, but not wear in public!

France has a very low Muslim population. A French poll released last year clearly states that less than 3% of the French population is comprised of Muslim people. This is an extremely low amount and will affect fewer than a million people, that’s what they say to consider the law being imposed!

Do any of us know that the Sikhs who are in the Army in UK have got it legalized to wear their turban… and yes they are not too much of population there,, why do we just accept what comes….

they say If Muslims don’t like French policy on the veil, they can move elsewhere. These people have chosen to live in France and if they do disagree with the policy, they can chose to move to a different country. France is the only country with this law…. Is it not a choice of the person to live in a country where he was living since his birth!

fascism is all over, the whole world is become a stage… in the name of democracy and secularism they are hidden dictators… and people who speak against them are not very much in the good looks,,, always attacked by media…. It’s a world where we are being ruled purely by dictators who just wish to have their good…

what these dictators excuse is that French people have Islamophobia; ban on veil softens this problem. do they not understand that Muslim veils cannot harm anyone physically and should not harm anyone emotionally. A piece of cloth on the head of a person can’t practically harm anyone physically. If any psychological disturbance or fear is aroused in anyone due to the action of wearing Hijab, then that fear is irrational and the subject who experiences it needs to be educated. The particular citizens in France who have the so-called “Islamophobia” should be given a course which explains to them in detail the irrationality of their belief or fear. Passing a law that tells Muslims not to wear Hijab for someone else’s baseless fear is targeting the stimulus for the disease, and not the disease itself.

why does the media not say or the world not see that the Intolerance of Muslim veils can be cited as racism. If French people don’t like it and can’t accept it, then that is racism.

France is depriving Muslims of their religious practice. Telling followers of Islam they can’t wear their traditional hijab is just racism from the French government. Muslims have a right to wear what they want, and in this case their traditional head dress. This is harmful to nobody and is simply racism…

People please wakeup,, all you need to is fight with a pen… I am not asking you to get out there on streets and tell the people stories and get more attention for those dictators.. All you need to do is write peaceful letters explaining what Hijab is and why it should not be banned for Muslim to people in the French Parliament who you think won’t be a deaf ear… write to them with respect and attract them with your language so that they get curious and get to know that they should not Ban it! ask your friends to write as well…

be assured that these dictators are just handful and will not be able to take over the complete parliament if we have made the members aware of the truth, and please do not be ignorant thinking that they should know this basic of Islam… there are many who do not know it and literally take this in the negative sense that we degrade women.

Take your stand, please don’t think there are one billion other people to do it.
Believe me, It will be heard….

It is the same country where Ayotollah Khomeni was in Exile… It is the same country where he was being interviewed 5 times a day for every day till he stayed there… All the people of France are not victims of these dictators… Present Islam the way it was presented during the Islamic Revolution of Iran in France… Make them aware.. that we belong to the same religion of the very person the respected and allowed him to stay there..

I firmly believe that more than a intellectual debate with these people, we need to do Islamic actions… and that will set an impression and create curiosity for them.

Please do the very little you can do!

Times of India -Apology

Your protest letters did work…. They made an apology in the Corrections & Clarification Section of their paper.

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Search&Source=Find&Key=TOIM/2010/01/07/20/Ar02011.xml&CollName=TOI_MUMBAI_DAILY_2009&DOCID=172531&Keyword=(%3Cmany%3E%3Cstem%3Eiran)&skin=TOINEW&AppName=1&PageLabel=20%20&ViewMode=HTML&GZ=T

Well as expected… Not as big as the article the published however..It is an apology…

It is my sincere request to you, request in spite of this being your religious duty..

Please Boycott the products manufactured by the Zionist Regime…to the extend that they get on their knees and yes please understand it is possible a population of more than 1 Billion Muslims can definitely do that…

All you need to do is be a little more sincere when you are out in the market… You buy anything.. Just cross check the product if it is an Israeli Manufactured product…. An easier way to do that is the Bar Code..

Waiting for the Imam of this Age, is not just enough! we need to pave way for his arrival and that is not possible unless we purify ourself from all the Haram things the Zionist regime sells to us and gives us no alternative.

We need to pave way for the Mahdi..We just do not have to wait.. We need to get in to action. We need to Boycott them and not empower them with more and more of funds which will help them in making the throne of Dajjal (Anti Terrorist) more powerful….

it’s for you to decide, who do you favor the righteous or the Anti Christ….
Just take out a little time and memorize those companies who you do not have to support.
Boycott them,,

If you are a company owner, Make your company free from any such products/services which are rendered from them.. All you need is a little time to do this.. The world wide web is full of research work already done for you.. Just go ahead make a list of these companies and the products and services they manufacture/sell Boycott them in your company… and Ban your employees from using it in the office premises…

You can do this if you are in any position… Even if you do a Job,, See to it that you do not support any of these firms…It is all at the cost of the blood of Palestinians, all for the weapons to kill more people around the world.. all to put the other countries in debt….

Just do it, and do not think it is little,,, because your little may be just enough for them to fall…

journalism is no more the religion it was ..

we hardly have journalist today… the spirit of the real journalist we say..
It’s all become a business… and you have to put a period some where and say…
It’s too much of non-sense…. too much of mass hypnosis… it’s not the truth..

If we do not do this quick it is going to take us over with the nonsense stuff..
fill our head with the crap they want us to believe instead of the truth, the fact.

just another incident which is made up by the media.. to defame Islam again…
wake up brothers and sisters.. it is time for you to get into actions…..

we have already had enough of crap from the media.. we need to draw a line…
we need to ask them to cough of every bit of evidence behind the news..

I sincerely request all of you to Get Up … It is time and This is happening !!
write to the Times of India for the mischief they have done..
and be an activist because if you are human, you should not tolerate any of this lie any more

ask any Muslim brother/sister around the world, which is the next country the United States plans to attack…
and he would say the Islamic Republic of Iran,, in fact if you ask any non-Muslim who keeps track of the News and happenings around the world.. he would have the same reply..

Now what you need to understand is that this is a direct effect of the Media portraying what the USA wants.

I am not here to tell you that 9-11 was an inside job, I am not telling you that Iraq was captured by the USA on the basis of a statement “weapons of mass destruction are being built by IRAQ” which were never found..

I am also not telling you that Afghanistan was captured by America,,, who claimed that Osama is there…
and till date never found him there…

if you open a world map today.. and see all the places where the US has it’s military troops… to your shock you will find that it is like all preplanned and it is more than half the middle east all the borders of IRAN..
which they have captured… to clearly point that Iran is next…

recently while reading times of India, i came across an article on page 3, it said osama’s children and wife found to be hiding in Iran… wonderful… not that could make up to the excuse to attack the country…

they want the people to fight there … and so they make accusations of the fabrications in the election result.. and defame the country of all the possible stuff they can, with the resources they have…

mark my words,, or any man who thinks – HIS…

in the next few days if we do not get in to action … all the news that you get through the media will talk about Iran and the crimes there,, and the things which set a negative image of the country…

no one will talk about the Prof Moslem Bahadori, one of the pioneering figures in modern Iranian medicine.. and his contributions.. No one would talk about discoveries by Iranian Scientist Mohammad-Nabi Sarbolouki, and to mention that he founded the first biomaterial research center in Iran..

does any one of you know that He was known as the inventor of a DNA vehicle called “dendrosome”

No! because this is what the media does not want you to know… or even if they come up with this news it is somewhere you never locate in the papers/magazine…. So wake up, please wake up.. and know that the media has tried to propagate false info to make it easier for the US to attack countries in he past and now Iran, u never know, it may be your home land next..

please condemn this strongly and in fact write to them “the press companies” to give evidence for what they have written.. bind them with legal cases… if they do not accept and apologize — cmon!!! many of us even know the law in and out…

they recent most article they have published..
“Ayatollah likes dirty jokes, luxuries” >> 1st January 2010.

http://www.punemirror.in/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=5&contentid=201001012010010100001892020739cfd&sectxslt=

It was never just the countries they targeted.. in fact it was Islam which they wanted to defame
but all this time it was indirectly… now they come to the level of defaming the characters of the Islamic scholars and leaders… so as to directly give the message about the followers of Islam..

I request all of you write to ‘Times of India’ asking them to prove the facts and demand an apology.. you may also visit the petition online and sign it. Writing directly to TOI will help a lot…. http://www.petitiononline.com/rehbarak/petition.html

We must all try to protest as much as possible against the article today, if TOI is not ready to take back the article and apologize for article then we must boycott all published material from TOI all over India.

we need to get in to jihad today.. we need to really fight the lies they spread.. It is the way we can pave way for Imam Mahdi (a.s) (May Allah SWT hasten his appearance) …

if they do not listen to us.. We Boycott them..

Lets stand up today and push back the tyrants and miscreants, they have lifted two steps towards us, we need to push them back so that they never dare to come on us again..

Your protest will at least make them consider that there are people who know the truth and they do not blidly believe what we say.. and they will think twice before publishing rubbish..

Some of the sites where you can find the rubbish they have published…

http://www.andhranews.net/Intl/2009/December/31/Iran-Ayatollah-Kham…

http://sify.com/news/iran-s-ayatollah-khamenei-fond-of-vulgar-jokes…

http://yahind.com/newsportal/world/irans-ayatollah-khamenei-%E2%80%…

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=12&contentid=2010010120100101192154856b15df050

http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-21751.html

Tell them they are not journalist if they do not get all facts together,
Start the Revolution against the Media TODAY!