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An Irish Tale of Hunger and the Sultan

The story goes like this: In 1847, the worst year of the Irish potato famineheader-irish islamic kindness tword non-muslims, an Irish physician in service to the Ottoman Sultan in Istanbul beseeched the sovereign to send aid to his starving countrymen. His pleas moved Sultan Abdülmedjid i to pledge £10,000 sterling; however, upon learning that England’s Queen Victoria was sending a mere £2,000, the Sultan, out of diplomatic politesse, reduced his donation to £1,000. Nevertheless determined to give more, he secretly dispatched three ships loaded with grain to call at the port of Drogheda in County Louth, north of Dublin. In gratitude, the city of Drogheda incorporated the Turkish star and crescent into its municipal crest, a symbol that endures to this day, appearing even on the jerseys of the Drogheda United football club. …more aramcoworld

 

Russian astronaut :The brightest spots when seen from space were Makkah and Madinah

As part of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) program during their 25th Assembly in Riyadh this week, four Russian astronauts came to visit the Prince Salman Science Oasis (PSSO) .

They told  Saudi students that while taking  pictures of cities from space, the brightest and most beautiful cities they saw were Makkah and Madinah, especially the spots in the centers of the two holy cities…more:  riyadhconnect

@work: The Man in the Mosque: A visit with spiritual leader Wissam Abdul-Baki at the Islamic Society of Western Massacchusetts

 -   Islam has never gone away, and now it is in a rebirth,” he says, referring to the rising number of worshipers worldwide. But this rebirth has brought us a lot of pain and headache.”

Abdul-Baki is referring to the many times in recent decades that extremist factions have hijacked the image of Islam for military and political purposes. “Those people do not represent Muslims,” he says. “My religion stands for the freedom of people to choose. God created you free, and people need to be free. Liberty, equality, freedom, justice — these are essential parts of my faith. Not violence.”…more:  valleyadvocate

The Most Beloved to Allah

Ibn Umar reported: Two men came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and they said, “O Messenger of Allah, which of the people are most beloved to Allah? And which deeds are most beloved to Allah?” The Prophet said, “The people most beloved to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger. That I walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than that I seclude myself in this mosque in Medina for a month. Whoever swallows his anger, then Allah will conceal his faults. Whoever suppresses his rage, even though he could fulfill his anger if he wished, then Allah will secure his heart on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, then Allah the Exalted will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaken.

Muslims give more to charity than others, UK poll says

British Muslims take part in afternoon prayers at the Tower of London. Dominic Lipinski / PA via AP, file

LONDON — Muslims give more money to charity than people of other religions, according to a new British poll.
More than three in 10 Muslims, Catholics and Jews donated money during 2012, ICM Research found. Followers of Islam gave an average of $567 compared to Jewish givers who donated around $412, according to the survey of just over 4,000 people in the U.K…more:  nbcnews