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Islamic Culture: Europe has realized it, Let Muslims too – Iqbal

Millions upon millions of men and women in Europe are anxious to know what Islam and its cultural ideals are. The sooner the younger generation of Muslims realizes this fact the better. European Muslims have already realized it.

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Indian splendor in Arabian Museum

The national symbols of India are largely contributions of Muslim rule

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Suppression of ideas is the bane of our existence : Katherine Schimmel Baki

Intellectual freedom is required. But what of the invisible chains that bind the human spirit due to an appalling lack of empathy, lack of faith, and lack of spiritual integrity? Asks Katherine Schimmel Baki of Wild River Review

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Back to Culture : Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

After the talk, Shaima Saleh, 19, an Emirati foundation-year student, said she was “ashamed” that she knew so little about Arab history. Sheikh Hamza Yusuf at Zayed University [The National]

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A Catwalk by little ones

In this show, the participants never had to put up a show! They were as they were- pure of heart and intentions. They had not grown enough to become the victims of the Accursed One. Of course, they were instructed to act as so and so, but they never did so successfully.

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E-box vs. Idiot Box : Who’s the winner?

It has to be seen whether the Net will outlive the onslaught of the television. Will the E-Box (the PC) win over the Idiot Box in the living room? Whom will the family hold more dearer to their heart? Will it be the Net?

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മലയാളി സമൂഹം ഉര്‍ദുഭാഷയുടെ പ്രാധ്യാന്യം തിരിച്ചറിയണം:-സഹീറുദ്ദീന്‍ ഖാന്‍

Malayalees have to recognize Urdu’s importance : Mohammed Zaheerudhin
Gulf Madhyamam April 29 2008

ഗള്‍ഫ്‌ മാധ്യമം ഏപ്രില്‍ 29 2008

മലയാളി സമൂഹം ഉര്‍ദുഭാഷയുടെ പ്രാധ്യാന്യം തിരിച്ചറിയണം:-സഹീറുദ്ദീന്‍ ഖാന്‍

ഷാര്‍ജ:പലമേഖലകളിലും കേരളം വളര്‍ന്നുവെങ്കിലും ഉര്‍ദു ഭാഷയുടെ അഭാവം സംസ്‌ഥാനത്തിന്‌ വന്‍ തിരിച്ചടി തന്നെയാണെന്ന്‌ പ്രമുഖ ചിന്തകനും ഹൈദരാബാദ്‌ ഇഖ്ബാല്‍ അക്കാദമി ചെയര്‍മാനുമായ മുഹമ്മദ്‌ സഹീറുദ്ദീന്‍ ഖാന്‍ അഭിപ്രായപ്പെട്ടു.ഇതുമൂലം മറ്റ്‌ ഇന്ത്യന്‍ സംസ്‌ഥാനങ്ങളുമായി സംസ്കാരിക വിനിമയം നടക്കാതെ പോയെന്നും അദ്ദേഹം ചൂണ്ടിക്കാട്ടി. ഷാര്‍ജ ഇന്ത്യന്‍ അസോസിയേഷന്‍ ഹാളില്‍ മലയാളിയായ ആംഗലേയ എഴുത്തുകാരന്‍ മുജീബ്‌ ജയ്ഹൂനിന്റെ ‘ദി കൂള്‍ ബ്രീസ്‌ ഫ്രം ഹിന്ദ്‌’ എന്ന പുസ്തകം പ്രകാശനം ചെയ്ത്‌ സംസാരിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു ഖാന്‍. ഫാത്തിമ്മ റഊഫ്‌ ആദ്യ പ്രതി ഏറ്റുവാങ്ങി.അമേരിക്കയിലെ പ്രിസ്‌റ്റണ്‍ യൂണിവേഴ്സിറ്റി ഇസ്ലാമിക പഠനവിഭാഗം തലവന്‍ ഡോ. വസീം അഹ്‌മദ്‌ ആശംസ നേര്‍ന്നു.

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അയിനക്കാട്‌ on JAIHOON.TV

Ayinakkad on JAIHOON.TV
അയിനക്കാട്‌ എന്ന കൊച്ചു ഗ്രാമത്തെ ലോക മലയാലികൾക്ക്‌ ജയ്ഹൂൻ.ടി.വി ഡോക്യുമെന്ററി സംഘം സമർപ്പിക്കുന്നു.
സംവിധാനം : ബാബു മൻഹ
സ്ക്രിപ്റ്റ്‌ : അൻവർ പാലേരി

Ayinakkad is a historic village in Calicut, Kerala blessed with heavenly natural scenery and rich cultural heritage. JAIHOON.TV documentary team visits the village and learns interesting facts

Direction: Babu Manha
Script : Anwar Paleri


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Indian Shalwar, Malaysian Scarf, Arabian Jewellery & a Wedding

Although nikah is the obligatory part and the reception a Sunnah (Prophetic practice, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the amount of time and effort (and money) invested is far from balanced.

The preparations start almost a month before the event. The male members travel to all the four directions for inviting near and far (and farthest) relatives and in-laws spread over generations. Wedding cards are printed and given to the guests on their visit. The list is meticulously prepared, with careful consultations with elders so that no one is missed. The actual turnout maybe less or even three times more!

The shed is made of long bamboo sticks and covered by sheets, with strong protection from the monsoon rain. This takes almost a week to complete.

The house is decorated with artistic creations, in this case, colorful flags were tied on the fence of the house. Wishes from family members and verses from the Holy Book are written on charts and pasted on walls of the interior.

Every member of the household, young and old, plays an active role in the preparations for the joyful event. The old ones may sometimes resort to silent supervision, with respect to their wisdom and experience.

The previous night of the wedding also witnesses a festive mood with neighbors and immediate family members pouring to share the joy and anxiety for the next day. Some guests who are unable to attend the wedding day, also make their visit on the previous night.

The crowd remains up to late in the night and gives a helping hand to the household in whatever capacity they can. Chairs and tables are laid in lanes and all the ingredients required for next day’s feast is made available.

The wedding is also a good opportunity to renew existing relationships within the community and establish new ties. In some cases, it becomes a lifetime opportunity to meet far off relatives, who one may not meet later in their life.

The guests start to arrive from around 10 in the morning and continues to 2 o 3 in the afternoon.

Depending on the prevailing custom in certain areas, sometimes a small group of men come from the bride’s house to call upon the groom. He leaves with them, along with the ladies of his household normally led by his sister to bring the bride home.

Before leaving, a dua session takes place, usually by a well-known figure. In this case, it was the Sayyed Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal, state president of Youth League (a wing of Indian Union Muslim League).

The boy is dressed in bright cream-colored sherwani suit with golden embroidery. Although a costume belonging to the North of India, this has becoming very popular in the south also. Western outfits like the Suit and tie has taken a back seat in the recent times.

It is the men who get to display their prowess in the nikah. But in a wedding it is the ladies who reign supreme. If nikah is all about the singular white fabric and handshakes, then wedding is all about multi-colored costumes designed weeks before the event; jasmine flowers are ordered in bulk and hands are painted red in
henna… celebrations go to the extreme end
of the permitted limits! A day when culture shows off itself over
formal religion.

The boy reaches the girl’s house and is seated in middle of the crowd for everyone to see. A battalion of uncles greet him while the womenfolk crowds the verandah of the house to have a glimpse of the groom.

The sister-in-law (groom’s sister) enters into the house and starts to beautify the bride with cosmetic touches.

The bride is finally brought to sit beside the groom and camera go wild with flash lights. The bride’s parents and grandparents also join the shoot. The bride is dressed in a three-piece Indian shalwar khameez, in a mix of
maroon and golden color with plenty of embroidery, scarf modeled after a
Malaysian design and jewellery of Arabian style . Flowers are also attached.
(Globalization finally completing its reign!)

Thereafter the bride steps into the car which is decorated with flowers and names of the couple. Her feelings of shyness, fear and sadness result in tears which is natural of any typical bride.

The couple reaches the boy’s house accompanied by a huge crowd and they are greeted by a surprise firework show, smartly planned by the groom’s cousins. Everyone is struck and wonders what caused the explosive sound.

The guests are seated and a light entertainment show is organized. Small children play the traditional oppana dance which is typical for weddings only. In the dance, they greet the bride and pray to Almighty for the couple’s happiness.

She is welcomed home by the mother-in law and in she steps with the right-foot (following the practice of Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). The latter puts for her a gold bangle, for symbolic reasons only.

The guests continue to remain in the home- everyone looking for a chance to converse with the bride and relatives introducing one another.

By almost 10pm, the guests disperse. The feast comes to an end.

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Revival of Arab Kerala Ties

Centuries old cultural ties that the Arabs had maintained with Kerala should be revived, said KKN Kurup, head of Department of History, University of Calicut.

The professor is on a two-week lecture cum study tour in UAE. His paper, ‘Kerala-Arab relations until the advent of Portuguese’ presented at a seminar organized by the UAE University in Al Ain, evoked a tremendous response from Arab historians. Arabs had established links with Kerala long before the Portuguese set foot there. This had created a culture and understanding between the peoples.

The main cause of urbanization of many cities in Malabar was because of these relations with Arabs, which was based in mutual respect and tolerance, he said. Arabs also enjoyed the patronage of local kings such as Zamorins. Later when the Portuguese arrived, they colonized the place, monopolized, armed and fortified trade and created religious intolerance, Kurup stated.

Today, even though the two have maintained economic ties, cultural contacts have stopped due to western influence on both the sides, he said. He called for strengthening cultural traditions through academic exchanges.

Both sides should resist neocolonialism tooth and nail, he said. Kurup, who established the Sheikh Zainudhin Academy for Research in Social Sciences in Calicut with the help another historian, Dr. Hussein Randathani, said the trade between the two flourished even during the time of Prophet Sulayman.

He said the female costume of Kathakali, a popular folk art from which is world famous, has been borrowed from Arabs. Kurup called Sheikh Zainudhin Makhdum the – Thucydides of Kerala. Zainudhin, a Sufi saint and philosopher was a sixteenth century historian produced by the traditional scholarly Kerala society of that age. His major work in Arabic, Thuhfathul Mujahideen, was a treatise on the struggle on the Portuguese.

He had inspired the struggle against imperialists who tried to conquer Malabar and provided a philosophy for the anti-colonial struggle in India. Among his many works, Zainudhin’s, Fathul Mu’een is taught in different universities in Cairo.

Kurup, known for his anti-colonial stance, has been trying to project Zainudhin as the champion of Asian nationalism.

Summarized from an article by Ismail Meladi published in Gulf Today.

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