Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February 15, 2011, The Birth of Prophet Muhammad 1432 H ( special edition )

February 15, 2011, The Birth of Prophet Muhammad. The prophet Muhammad was a man with a mission—to tell people about God. His teachings founded a new religion, Islam. The followers of Muhammad and Islam are called Muslims. Today, Islam is one of the world's largest religions, with almost 1 billion followers.


Muhammad was born about ad 570 in Mecca, a trading center in Arabia (now Saudi Arabia). He was thoughtful and serious by nature. Because Muhammad was so respected, he was sometimes called al-Amin. This means “the trusted one” in the Arabic language. Muhammad worked as a merchant, traveling long distances to trade.


On his travels, Muhammad met people from many faiths and discussed religious ideas with them. He also took time away from busy, noisy Mecca, to pray and meditate (think deeply) in a cave. While he was there, he experienced religious visions, or revelations. He came to believe he had been chosen as a prophet to preach God’s message to the world.


Muhammad spoke to the people of Mecca. He told them to destroy their old idols and worship Allah, the one true God. He said God was all-powerful, but loving and merciful. He said that God had sent earlier prophets, such as Moses and Jesus, but that now there wouldn’t be any more.

Muhammad’s preaching won converts but also made enemies. In ad 622 he fled from Mecca to a distant city, Medina, and set up a Muslim community there. After years of fighting, the Muslims from Medina conquered Mecca. Its citizens became Muslims. Quickly, Islam spread through Arabia and beyond.


Muhammad taught Muslims to pray five times a day, give to charity, fast during the month of Ramadan, and go on pilgrimages to Mecca. He told them that all Muslims were equal, whatever their race, class, or color. He said Muslims should live at peace with Jews and Christians because they worshiped the same God.

Muhammad died in ad 632. To guide believers, his revelations were written down in the Qur’an. Muslims believe it is the word of God. Muhammad’s own words were treasured as Hadith (“sayings”), and his way of life was honored as Sunna (“good example”).
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine's Day , A Romantic Day ( special edition )

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. People exchange valentines—greeting cards or gifts of candy and flowers—with friends and people they love on this day. Valentines express love and affection.

The symbol of Valentine’s Day is a large red heart with an arrow through it. It’s a time for silly rhymes, like the one above, on heart-shaped cards.


Valentine’s Day probably started out as a religious festival, or feast day, in honor of a Christian saint. There were two saints named Valentine who lived in Rome in the 3rd century. Both seem to have died on February 14.

In the year 496, the pope—the head of the Roman Catholic Church—declared February 14 to be Saint Valentine’s Day.


The middle of February was once considered to be the start of spring. It was a time when birds began mating. It was also a time when young men chose young women to be their dates for the spring festivals. These associations helped give the holiday a sense of romance and new beginnings.

By the 1800s, Saint Valentine’s Day was popular throughout Britain and the United States. In 1902, a candy company came out with the first heart-shaped candies. They had “Be Mine” and other messages stamped on them. The company now sells about 8 billion of these hearts each year.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

What are Bones made of ?

There are two kinds of bone. One kind is called compact bone and the other is called spongy bone. Compact bone is the hard and smooth part on the outside of a bone. The long bones in your arms and legs have lots of compact bone. Spongy bone usually lies under the compact bone. Spongy bone is at the ends of arm and leg bones as well. Bones of the pelvis (hipbone), ribs, breastbone, backbone, and skull also contain spongy bone.

Your skeleton also contains cartilage. Cartilage is like bone but softer. It bends easily. There is cartilage in body parts that must be tough but able to bend. There is cartilage in the tip of your nose and in the outer part of your ear.
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