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I met this young man in a pharmacy. He was wearing a cross on his neck. I asked him if he went to any churches in Tehran. He told me he was Muslim ! I asked him why he would wear the cross. He told me it was fashion.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kombizz/2554875203/">Dr Shariati's . . .</a>
Because Islam doesn't allow icons, almost every surface at mosques and tombs is covered in elaborate patterns. This carved wall, with the small part coated in white, created a beautiful texture and warmth at the Sadian Tombs in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Yawm-al Quds or Al-Quds Day is a day of solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians and all oppressed people in general. All over the world rallies and marches are held on this day, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. The history of Quds Day dates back to the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran nearly 30 years ago. One of the first actions Imam Khomeini took as leader of the newly formed Islamic Republic was to cut off the supply of oil to the two apartheid regimes of Israel and South Africa and put sanctions on both of them. He inaugurated Al-Quds day as an integral part of Ramadan so that Muslims would never forget their responsibility and duty towards Palestine and all oppressed people in the world. Imam Khomeini, on 16th August 1979 inaugurated "The Day For The Oppressed" with the following words: “The Muslims of the world should view Quds Day not only as a day for all the Muslims of the world, but one for all the deprived, and from that sensitive point, they should stand against the oppressors and the world-plunderers and should not rest until the oppressed have been set free from the oppression of the power-wielders.” During Ramadan, when our minds (should) be focused on empathizing with those who are suffering, it is worth remembering that there are thousands of prisoners who will be celebrating Eid in captivity for no other crime than their faith, or their nationality, or their ethnicity, or their beliefs, or a bit of all or some of these reasons.” "Quds Day is the day for the weak and oppressed to confront the arrogant powers, the day for those nations suffering under the pressure of the superpowers and other powers to confront. I invite Muslims all over the globe to consecrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as 'Quds Day' and to proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslim people of Palestine.” http://www.inminds.co.uk http://www.inminds.co.uk/qudsday2006.php http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-israel.php http://www.inminds.co.uk/download.php?id=67 http://www.ihrc.org.uk/file/qudsposter.pdf http://www.ezsoftech.com/ramadan/ramadan21.asp http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/quana_01_19_03.htm http://www.robert-fisk.com/articles18.htm
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking. During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast. Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God. For more info, please check the following sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan http://islam.about.com/od/ramadan/f/ramadanintro.htm http://www.tebyan.net/index.aspx?pid=26604&KEYWORD=+ramadan
On the edge of the great desert of Dasht-e-Kavir, in the heart of Iran, city of Kashan stands which is situated about 220 km south of Tehran, the capital of Iran. It is the place that my grand father comes from. Kashan Province is also famous for its rosewater (Rose-water called " Golab" in Farsi language) which is the product of Qamsar, Niyasar and Barzook, smaller towns of Kashan province, and the three main producers of rosewater for over 800 years. In spring, The Ceremony of Rosewater Distillation Ceremony, flower picking, and extraction of rosewater, starts when rose buds begin to open, usually mid May to early June. In this season, the whole town is filled with the aroma of roses and rosewater. The light pink color Mohmmadi rose used for this purpose is named after the Prophet Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him (pbuh), for its delightful fragrance. Each year is washing the Ka'ba of the world Muslims with the pure fragrant rose-water produced in Kashan. Distillation of rosewater is carried out immediately after picking and is performed with their own traditional huge copper pots which each one has a capacity of 120–150 liters. These copper pots works as a pressure cooker. Around 20 kg of rose petals is put into every pot that holds 80 liters of water, and the pots are closed airtight. Each pot is connected, airtight, with an aluminum tube to a pitcher. These pitchers are placed in a ditch of running cold water and are weighted with cast iron to keep them below the water, in a way that the top of each pitcher is about 20 cm above the water surface. Each pitcher can hold 30–40 liters of liquid. The process will take between 4-20 hours and the outcome is about 35 liters of rosewater. The slower the process of extraction, the better the quality of the rosewater. A fine rosewater is very fragrant and tastes a little bitter. Every year from, 17th to 30th of May, the festival of rose and rosewater is held in the towns of Qamsar, Niyasar and Barzook.
Another day, I visited Dr Ali Shariati's home located on Jamalzadeh Street, in Tehran. Ali Shariati (1933-1977) has been called the "Ideologue of the Iranian Revolution." His reinter pretation of Islam in modern sociological categories prepared the way for the Islamic revival that shook Iran in 1979, attracting many young Muslims who had been alienated both from the traditional clergy and from Western culture. Shariati was born in Mazinan, Khurasan, a small village in Eastern Iran, in 1933 and was educated by his father, Aqa Muhammad Taqi Shariati. His youth was spent in Meshad where his father established the Center for the Propagation of Islamic Teachings. After high school he entered Teachers' Training College and became an active member of his father's center. He entered the University of Meshad in 1956, graduating in 1960. From 1960 to 1964 a state scholarship enabled him to study at the University of Paris, where he gained sociological insight and pursued Islamic studies with the renowned French scholar Louis Massignon. In France he was influenced by the radical Marxism of Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Franz Fanon. Despite this influence he criticized these thinkers for their rejection of traditional religion and suggested that the only way the deprived nations could counterbalance Western imperialism was through the cultural identity preserved by religious traditions. While in France Shariati had joined with such other Iranian expatriates as Mehdi Bazargan and Bani Sadr who supported resistance to the shah of Iran. Not unexpectedly, he was imprisoned for a time on his return to Iran in 1964. Although turned down for a teaching position at the University of Teheran, he taught at a variety of high schools until a position became available at the University of Meshad. There he became a popular teacher, using an innovative method which expounded Islamic doctrine using a sociological approach. While some Muslim clergy criticized his lack of Islamic expertise, others sympathized with his attempt at modernization and helped him revise the content of his writings. His classes, however, threatened the government establishment, which had them suspended. In 1965 he established a center of Muslim religious teaching, the Husaniya-yi Irshad in Teheran, and he moved there in 1967. The choice of an institution dedicated to the martyrdom of Husayn in the struggles against the Ummayyads (660-750 A.D.) emphasized his commitment to the struggle against the tyranny of the shah's regime in Iran. His political influence was so great that the regime had him arrested again in 1973 and closed down the Husaniya, banning his works. Although released in 1975, his freedom was restricted. In June 1977 he travelled to England, where he died under circumstances that his supporters insisted suggested the involvement of SAVAK, the Iranian secret police.
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