The Road to Mecca

(Muhammad Asad)

This book is an account of the author’s adventurous journey in the Arab world, and about his ‘home-coming’ to Islam. This book is more than an autobiography, which the Times Literary Supplement calls a “narrative of great power and beauty.”

Muhammad Asad, born Leopard Weiss in the Polish city of Lvov in 1900, was the grandson of an orthodox Rabbi. By this early twenties he could write and read German, Franch and Polish languages. He took to journalism and travelled Middle East as the correspondent of ‘Franfurter Zeitung’ of Germany.

After his conversion to Islam, he again travelled and worked throughout the Muslim world, including Arabia, Iran, Jordan, North Africa and Pakistan, In 1953 he was appointed as Pakistan’s plenipotentiary to the United Nations. He moved to Morocco where he completed his magnum opus, the 'Message of the Qur'an.’ He later settled in Lisbon where he died on 20th February 1992.

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Dear Beloved Son

(Imam Al-Ghazali)

This book by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali offers twenty four pieces of valuable advice to seekers of knowledge. It touches on all aspects of life, from material wealth and the love of this life, to Islamic etiquette and acquiring knowledge.

Imam al-Ghazali illustrates his ideas throughout with relevant quotations from the Quran and Hadith, as well as poetry and logical examples and clear analogies which demonstrates the need to cleanse ourselves of bad manners so that we can develop good characteristics.

This is certainly a powerful reminder of the importance of constantly identifying ourselves with the next life. This edition has both the Arabic and English text.


Oxford Community Library (Subtitulado) (by oxreynosa)

I want you to watch this video and learn a little more about our neighbors to the south. One shocking thing I learned today was that average Mexicans only read one book in their lifetime. One book.

I urge you to sit through it and learn what Oxford Reynosa is doing for the community and reblog this post. If we’re going to make something viral, let’s make it this video.

And if you want to help with donations, please contact the / / (899)925-6297

This is a phone box Library, they’re rarely found now a days but are in massive use in small. Tight knit towns /. Villages, the idea is that you. Place books you’ve read in it and others can take them out, but you can only take out a book if you put a book in, it’s literally a mini 24/7 library run by the community, absolutely amazing the kind of stuff you find when hiking, this is the 4th one I’ve seen today!

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Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet (Ibrahim Abdul-Matin)

“The Earth is a mosque.” Muslims are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator and to care for their community. But what is not widely known is that there are deep and long-standing connections between Islamic teachings and environmentalism. In this groundbreaking book, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin draws on research, scripture, and interviews with Muslim Americans to trace Islam’s preoccupation with humankind’s collective role as stewards of the Earth. Abdul-Matin points out that the Prophet Muhammad declared that “the Earth is a mosque.”

Deen means “path” or “way” in Arabic. Abdul-Matin offers dozens of examples of how Muslims can follow, and already are following, a Green Deen in four areas: “waste, watts (energy), water, and food.” At last, people of all beliefs can appreciate the gifts and contributions that Islam and Muslims bring to the environmental movement.
Libraries need a deeper online presence - The Boston Globe
Opening up resources enables the culture of libraries to be knit into the online network where our culture has taken up residence.

If you want to know anything about movies, the Internet’s got you covered.  Likewise for details about the world’s roadways, song lyrics, or Pokemon characters.  But if you want to know about books and the other items of culture we’ve entrusted to libraries, it’s much harder to find out.  We’re not even sure what to link to when posting about a book.

In short, there’s a library-shaped hole in the Internet.

This is not just an inconvenience.  As they say, if it’s not on the Internet, it doesn’t exist.  But it would be tragic if library culture were to fade into irrelevancy.

Take the magnificent Boston Public Library.  It may have temporarily misplaced some valuable artworks, but it can generally lay its hands on any of its almost seven million physical books and 17 million other items — including 1.7 million rare items, 729 copies of Harry Potter books, and a Jane Fonda workout DVD.

Our archaic copyright laws prevent libraries from making much of that content openly available online, but libraries are much more than traditional content — each one also includes librarians, information systems, and the communities they serve.

Librarians understand the context in which books make sense, how they go together, what are the canonical readings, and what are the dissenting works worth reading. Library information systems may not know as much about users’ behavior as Amazon does, but even highly anonymized usage records can say a lot about what a community values: which works people are reading, which ones they like or think are important, and even the relations they see among the works. In essence, the library can hold a mirror up to the community, allowing it to get a clearer and stronger sense of itself.

That means libraries should seize the initiative to fill that hole in the Internet with everything they know and are allowed to make public.

A few ideas about how libraries might provide resources for the internet age

Somerset Share Shop offers a new kind of enterprise

An awe-inspiring array of tools, from trowels to an angle grinder, are laid out rather beautifully on the rough reclaimed wood shelves running along one side of the Share Shop in Frome, Somerset. Nestled among them is a photograph of the man who donated them, on a card explaining that they belonged to his late brother, a builder, who died of a heart attack. “When we walked past and saw the shop, we knew it was the perfect place for his tools to go,” it reads.

The shop, which opened at the end of last month, is billed as the only one of its kind in the UK at the moment (although there’s also been a “Library of Things” piloted in West Norwood, south London). By allowing residents to borrow, for a minimal fee, good quality household and leisure items donated by the public, it aims to save people money and reduce waste – the average electric drill is used for just 15 minutes in its lifetime, the organisers point out. At the same time, the scheme has offered the young people who built it from scratch a free, intensive training in community entrepreneurship.

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Does God Love War? The Fine Line Between Faith and Fanaticism (Chris Hedges and Sh. Hamza Yusuf)

Have the teachers of our religions failed us? Or have we not been listening? From leaders of America’s Christian Right seemingly forgetting that “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” to Jewish rabbis watching unflinchingly as collective punishment is doled out to Arabs in Palestine, to Muslim jurists ruling that civilian victims are acceptable under a Just War, the three great Abrahamic faiths are increasingly facing accusations of ignoring the sanctity of life. And so, does religion offer a way toward reconciliation? Or has it instead become part of the problem? This remarkable event brought together two speakers highly qualified to address these burning issues.