September 10, 2006 at 7:22 pm (Arabic, Islam, Religion, South Asia)

South Asian Sunni Muslims often recite something called Durood Sharif (درود شریف, durūd sharīf) or Salam (سلام, salām). While there are a number of variations, the most common one is known as the Abrahamic Durood (درود ابراہیمی, durūde ibrāhīmī) or the Durood of Abraham (درود ابراہیم, durūde ibrāhīm). Note that “durood” is a Persian word, meaning praise or greeting (the Salam mentioned above is used with the meaning of “greeting” or “salutation”). This type of supplication is known as Salat in Arabic (ألصلات, aS-Salāt; this word also means “prayer” as in the prayer one makes to God, and is also used to refer, accordingly, to the second of the Five Pillars of Islam), and the Durood-e Ibrahimi is known in Arabic as as-Salat al-Ibrahimiyyah (ألصلات الإبراهيمية, aS-Salāt al-ibrāhīmiyyah). Read the rest of this entry »

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Congratulations for Mexico

September 10, 2006 at 4:58 pm (Languages, The United States)

My congratulations to Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa and his supporters of the National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN) for winning the Mexican presidential elections. It is written about him (small portion not included by me):

A devout, conservative Roman Catholic, Calderon opposes abortion, euthanasia […]. His proposed fiscal policies are conservative, as well; he supports a flat tax and free trade, particularly with the United States.

Well, I agree with him. I think (and, furthermore, hope) that this will be good for The United States and for Mexico. (See below for this same message in Spanish. Vea abajo para este mismo mensaje en español.) Read the rest of this entry »

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The Ka’bah and the Holy Mosque in Mecca

September 10, 2006 at 6:53 am (Arabic, Arabs, Islam, Religion)

The most important thing in Mecca (officially known as ألمكة المكرمة, al-makkah al-mukarramah) in the Holy Mosque (ألمسجد الحرم, al-masjid al-Haram) or the Noble Sanctuary (ألحرم الشريف, al-Haram ash-sharīf). This Mosque is important because of a variety of holy elements within its walls. Here are the important elements: Read the rest of this entry »

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Excerpts of wisdom

September 10, 2006 at 2:51 am (Christianity, Personal, Religion, Theology)

From Elder Neal A. Maxwell‘s Moving in His Majesty and Power (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2004).

From the chapter “Reflections on Gospel Truths and Principles” are two excerpts. (Italics are in all in the original.)

1. Under the section “Honest Relativism”:

If, as some say, there are no moral absolutes, why do some rage against good things? Why not merely express a little relative indignation and let it go at that?

(Page 82.)

2. Under the section “Twisted Tolerance”:

We need to sharpen the distinction between loving and worshiping God with all of our heart, mind, and soul, and loving our neighbor, for we are to love and worship God but are not to worship our neighbor (see D&C 59:5-6).

The first commandment is, after all, the first commandment (see Matthew 22:38-40).

Many do well at keeping both the first and second great commandments. Many profess belief but neglect their neighbors. Some, however, ironically focus on the second commandment to the diminution of the first.

Others are free to choose, of course, but shoulder-shrugging indifference and indulgence towards others scarecely qualify as loving one’s neighbor. Live and let die is thus a strange application of tolerance.

(Pages 83-84.)

I just thought these were interesting statements.

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