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Since we were discussing marriage issues in a previous post, I would like to introduce you to the best of all marriage projects:

 

 

This is the MOST practical solution I’ve seen yet and it’s getting a lot of coverage ma sha Allah.  Click through to the website to get the free e-book on the Top 10 Real Reasons Why You Can’t Get Married. You will be redirected to their blog to find lots of comments on obstacles Muslims are facing today.  Married or not, there is a lot of interesting stuff there.

www.iwannagetmarried.com

 

Another outstanding video of the real Islamic marriage facts.

 

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New video from Greek convert to Islam in Australia, Br. Abu Abdullah Azaam, in cased you missed his comment in the Find Greek Muslims! section.

 

 

I’ve also added it to our Greek converts archives pages.

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I see more and more European news outlets and blogs such as this one talking about Islamophobia*.  If I was not a Muslim, I guess I would be concerned too, being constantly bombarded by heavily distorted and false propaganda, but really if you understand Islam and how an Islamic state treats and protects dhimmis with high respect and honor, there’s nothing to be afraid of.  And I’ll go even further to say that it’s a much better system than how democracy treats its minorities.

 

          Will Muslims be the majority in Europe in 20 years?  Maybe.

          Could Christianity die out in a century?  Allah knows.

          Is Europe afraid?  Definitely.

          Is there a need to be afraid.  I don’t think so.

 

This blogger seems to think so with her ‘see saw’ theory that when Europe is up, Islam is down and vice versa.  She has a point. 

The tides are turning and no one can deny that.  Br. Amr Khaled has stated it publicly as well as Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi here:

 

 

Someone might view this video and be afraid but there’s nothing to be afraid of.  The truth of God stands clear and everyone is given a choice to accept or decline.

 

*Note:  Just had to throw this definition in here to show our “Greekness” 🙂 

A phobia (from Greek: φόβος, phobos, “fear”), is an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, or persons.

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I have some great news!  I’ve been working hard this past month to plan some awesome things for you behind the scenes.  I can’t reveal all of them yet, but one thing’s for sure: we need a smashing new name for the website to replace the plain old “Greek Muslims” title.

 

And what better way to do it than to have a CONTEST?! 

This new name will represent YOU and US as part of the FIRST and most dynamic online global Greek community so we need a captivating name that we can call ourselves. 

 

And here’s the BEST PART.  Whoever comes up with the best name for our community will win a prize worth $147USD.  <— yes, that’s right! 

 

All you have to do is come up with an outstanding name that fits the criteria below by Thursday, August 7th and you can have a chance to win the prize of transforming your life in a free 30 minute session with a DiscoverULife Muslim expert lifecoach  certified and trained to help you on your way to acheive wealth, business, health, relationships, personal or spiritual mastery — whatever you choose!  (Trust me, it’s no gimmick, I’ve tried it myself for 5 months and that’s what got me to start this website project! For more information, go to their website:  www.discoverulife.com)

You don’t have to be a Greek Muslim to participate and you can be living in any area of the world to win the prize.  You can submit more than one name and more than one time.

Here’s the criteria:

  • Originality – it can’t be used anywhere else
  • It has to sound good (Imagine you are talking to someone and you say, “Hey, I’m part of the ____ community online.  It’s really awesome.  Did you join yet?” )
  • Meaning can represent a sense community/connection for Greek Muslims around the world
  • Greek or English words or a mix of both (or make up a word!)
  • Preferably 1 word, maximum 2
  • Easy to spell; easy to remember
  • Be creative.  Think outside of the box.  Write something unheard of (think of words like Amazon, Kodak, Adidas etc.)

I wish you all the best.  You can either e-mail me the name(s) at info@greekmuslims.com or post it here in the comments.  Any questions?  Post them here.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Question:

Hello everybody, I’m a Greek Orthodox Christian, and I wanna ask you, why do you think you’re different? I think we all are the same we are all humans and Greeks, and we’re not supposed to count each other different, I was shocked to see Greek Muslims think they are not Greeks or make their own websites as if they were different, I’ll tell ya, we’re all Greeks, athiests, Jews, Musilms or Christians, the most important thing to believe in Allah only! I speak Arabic very fluently, for Muslims who want help in this language, and I know a lot about Islam, so anyone needs help, I’m here : mesow@hotmail.com.

Answer:

Mesow, welcome to the group and thank you for asking us this important question.  Yes, we have some similarities, but we are different. 

  • human beings  (same)
  • Greek culture (same)
  • beliefs (different)

If you watch our video or browse through our blog posts, you will find undoubtedly that our posts are very different than what another Greek blogger would publish because we share different beliefs and therefore live different lifestyles.  Hence, the need for our unique website.

Mesow, let me ask you this, if you believe in Allah (one true God) only, then why are you not a Muslim?

 

Note: others are free to comment as well.

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…until Ramadan!  Yaayy!

It’s been a roller coaster ride this year for my iman so I’m really looking forward to Ramadan.  I am starting to make dua that Allah extend my life so that I can fast this Ramadan just like the sahaba did and make it the best of all the past years for me. 

My (non-Muslim) dad and I were talking about the 16-hour fasts this year.  You can imagine the look on his face when we calculated the hours!  He had to ask me more than once if I could drink water during that time! To some non-Muslims, Ramadan seems suicidal. To Muslims, it’s heightened spirituality.  To doctors, it’s prescribed medicine.   To the devils, it’s prison. 

I remember my own reaction to Ramadan before I converted to Islam.  While I agreed with fasting, I thought their method was wrong and pointless.  I mean, why do Muslims have to be so strict with everything?  And what’s all this business about not being able to go to parties and clubs anymore?  After all, what did having fun have to do with food? 

Now, as a Muslim, I am so eager to experience spiritual serenity.  It’s been a ritual of mine to make my ULTIMATE dua list every Ramadan that I will ask Allah for every night insha Allah so I will be doing that soon. 

I followed this advice from an audio I listened to from Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef and alhamdulillah, it’s been spectacular.  I highly recommend it to you, so get out a pen and paper.  Here’s the formula:

  1. Go somewhere beautiful with no distractions.
  2. Ask yourself, “If Allah told me I could have anything in the dunya and akhira, what would I ask for?”
  3. Write out everything — be really EXCITED!!
  4. Pick out the top 6 duas and prioritize the list.  Don’t forget to include things in the akhira.
  5. Keep this list with you at all times in Ramadan and don’t forget to ask Allah consistently, especially at the best times (i.e. Laylatu AlQadr, Qiyam al-Layl, right before breaking fast etc.)

Can you feel the excitement?!

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This is a very odd video (to say the least) but it has a good message about the truth on the Greece vs. Turkey issue.  Interesting perspective, especially, when Turkey is trying so hard to be a secular society.

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