The Prophet Muhammad: What most non-Muslims don’t know
Last Update 1 November 2012 10:39 pm

There are many aspects of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) personality that are not just admirable in and of themselves, but also exemplary because they highlight his great humility and approachability as a person, despite his high-ranking status as the last messenger of God, and as the indisputable leader of the Muslims.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had an enormous mission in life since he received the first Divine revelation from Gabriel: that of conveying God’s message to mankind. As a result, he must have undoubtedly had a full daily schedule comprising of meetings with important people, in addition to the burden of other crucial tasks, such as planning strategies, delegating assignments and executing objectives for the Muslim ummah, especially in the latter part of his life, which he spent in Madinah, when Islam was being established as a state religion, social system, and economic order. Read More... 

Tapping the mind of an Arab inventor
UOWD Professor, Dr Mohammad Watfa, takes us on a journey through the Stars of Science 
By Dr Mohammad Watfa, Special to Gulf News

Published: 21:30 October 20, 2012

Dubai: It is said that necessity is the mother of all invention. Any successful invention has to start with a purpose.

Today, there is an estimated one billion people around the world who are considered to be illiterate. Although there have been many efforts by world organisations to reduce this number, most attempts have yet to be considered successful.

In education the individual needs of each student are essentially what sustain a successful learning process and cannot be ignored. Schools around the world are in need of access to computers that facilitate students’ individualised interactivity, thereby increasing retention as well as providing a gateway to a large spectrum of opportunities.  Read More... 

Age-old tradition under threat
Jewish colonists ride roughshod over Palestinians’ ties to the cultivation of olives despite global outcry By Rafique Gangat Special to Weekend Review
Published: 21:30 November 15, 2012

It is olive harvest time in Palestine. What historically has been a joyous and celebratory affair is nowadays marred by violence. Israeli colonists run amok and Palestinian farmers and their families suffer while the Israeli police and soldiers stand on the side of their own.

Palestine has large tracts of land devoted to the olive tree; about 45 per cent of agricultural land bears 12 million olive trees, most of them in the West Bank. Every harvesting season, the fruit of these olive trees is taking centre stage, becoming more than just a symbol of resistance in the political conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.

On the other hand, the Quran in 23:20 speaks of it as a bounty from God in the holy land, “as well as a tree that issues from [the lands adjoining] Mount Sinai, yielding oil and relish for all to eat”.  Read More...   

Free education to poor children: Zardari
Aimed at enrolling three million children for primary education
By Mohsin Ali Correspondent
Published: 18:38 November 9, 2012

Islamabad: UN special envoy Gordon Brown attended a ceremony where Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari launched yesterday a scheme for providing free education to children from poor families in the country.

Gordon, a former British prime minister, is on a visit to Pakistan as special envoy of the UN secretary general on global education.

The supplemental scheme launched by the president under the already operational Benazir Income Support Programme is aimed at enrolling three million children for primary education in the next four years.

Speaking on the occasion‚ President Zardari said Benazir Income Support Programme is the flagship programme of poverty alleviation and women empowerment in Pakistan.  Read More...

The Silk Road wasn’t only a trade route
Apart from facilitating commercial links between different parts of the world, the Silk Road brought about a fusion of cultures, arts and beliefs
By Jyoti Kalsi Special to Weekend Review
Published: 20:30 December 6, 2012
Entering the Land of Darkness, 16th Century AD, Safavid Era (left); The Golden Tree with a Rooster, 7th century, Persia (centre) and Miniature, 16th Century AD, Safavid Era.

The Silk Road was one of the most important trade routes in ancient times. Built during the Han Dynasty in China (206BC-AD220), it grew over the centuries into a huge network of trade arteries extending from Japan and East Asia through India, the Middle East and Persia up to Western Europe. As traders carrying silk and other goods travelled along the road, they also carried with them their languages, social customs, religious beliefs, artistic traditions and new scientific inventions. Thus the trade route also became an important conduit for academic and cultural exchange. The Farjam Collection is celebrating this cross-cultural exchange with an exhibition of artworks from its Far East and Asian section. The show, titled “The Silk Road”, features ancient scroll paintings, porcelain, miniature paintings, sculptures, glassware, pottery and furniture from Japan, China, India and Iran. It illustrates how the different artistic traditions of these places were influenced and enriched by each other thanks to the trade routes that linked them together. Read More....  

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