June 7, 2009
August 19, 2008
I made a series of Islamic slogans etc. based upon well known logos. I will put them up as everybody who I have shown them to seems to like them.
The first one is Ya Allah written similar to the logo of Yahoo!
Ya Allah for those who do not know is an Arabic phrase (يا الله) which is calling upon God (Allah in Arabic). It is like saying ‘Oh God’ in the sense that you are going to ask something from Him. Eg. ‘Oh God.. Forgive me/Help me/strengthen me..’
As Muslims we believe that none should be called upon but Allah for such matters. We do not call upon Prophets (Moses, Jesus, Muhammad etc.) nor do we call upon Angels or spirits. Rather as we read in the first chapter of the Qur’aan:
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (Al-Fātiħah 1:5)
As such, this short invocation of calling upon Allah is a reminder for us, not only that we should call upon God alone, but also that we should not abandon calling upon Him, for to ask from God is an act of worship, and unlike other humans, the more we call upon Him, the more he is pleased with us. God never tires of us turning to Him and asking Him for help.
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُواْ لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُواْ بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ
And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. (Al-Baqarah 2:186)
Last December I was away for 4 or so months, I was invited to attend and take part in the Peace Conference in Mumbai, India which was hosted by the IRF and PeaceTV. Along with this I stayed also in the Philippines which was a beautiful place to visit.
Rather than tell you about it, I’ll let pictures do the talking for me. I’ve put a few of the photos from the Peace Conference up, for a look at all the photos click on the links below.
The stage all lit up
Salem al-Amry on stage
Ahmed Bukhatir and Zain Bhikha
Jumu’ah Prayer led by Sh. Muhammad Ayyub (Madeenah)