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MODERN DANCE ODORI.ALLAH When your brothers were smitten at the battle of Uhud, Allah put their spirits in the bodies of green birds; they went down to the rivers of Paradise, ate its fruit and nestled in lamps of gold in the shade of the Throne.ALL VIDEO AND MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER LAWRIE. PLEASE USE HEADPHONES

           
 
 

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  SHAHEED  

MDO 44. SHAHEED

‘There will be couches to lie in the shade, and rivers of milk and honey and cool, clear spring water. To get there you must follow the commands of the Almighty. Then when you die Insh’Allah, that will be where your journey ends. On Judgement Day the seas and ocean and earth will be turned into Hell, but those Muslims who follow the law and do good deeds will be transported up to Paradise.’

In Search Of The Sacred In Modern India: William Dalrymple

 
 
 
  HADEETH  

MDO 69. SHAHEED / HADEETH

“No one who enters Paradise will want to come back to the world and have anything on the Earth except the ‘Shaheed’.  He will wish to return to the world and be killed ten times because of the honour he sees”

Hadeeth

It was a dark lane lit by a single, dim street light. Dogs sat next to open gutters while half-naked children played in the side alleys. ‘We still have many privileges,’ she said

In Search Of The Sacred In Modern India: William Dalrymple

 
 
 
  AZAAN  

MDO 48. AZAAN

God is Great I bear witness that there is no God except the One God. I bear witness that Mohammad is the messenger of God. Rise up for prayer Rise up for Salvation Prayer is better than sleep God is Great There is no god except the One God

Azaan Call To Prayer

 
 
 
  HEARS YOU  

MDO 68. SHAHEED: NO ONE HEARS YOU

And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision, rejoicing in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty, and they receive good tidings about those to be martyred after them who have not yet joined them that there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.

Surah Al-Imran 3:169-170

 

A CICADA SHELL | IT SANG ITSELF | UTTERLY AWAY Basho

 
 
 
  GREEN BIRDS  

MDO 18. SHAHEED: GREEN BIRDS

When your brothers were smitten at the battle of Uhud, Allah put their spirits in the bodies of green birds; they went down to the rivers of Paradise, ate its fruit and nestled in lamps of gold in the shade of the Throne. Then when they experienced the sweetness of their food, drink and rest, they asked: ‘Who will tell our brothers about us, who will tell our brothers about us in order that they might not be disinterested in jihad and recoil in war?’ Allah Most High said: ‘I shall tell them about you’

Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 14:

WHEN THEY WENT TO THE NEXT STREET / MY MOTHER’S SISTER CAME AND TOOK US AWAY / WE WERE CRYING BECAUSE / WE HAD LOST BOTH OF OUR PARENTS.

Student BHIEC

 

 

 
 
 
  NAJIB  

MDO 62. TALIBAN IS HERE / NAJIB

Najib Rafigi

I came to Australia to escape from the Taliban in 2001. The small boat nearly sank, we all thought we would drown many times. I was tortured and imprisoned for 11 months, because I believed in a modern Afghanistan and equality for woman and education for all children. I have been a TPV for 4 years and cannot see my family until I am recognised as a refugee and given citizenship and a passport. My family fled to Afghanistan and it is very hard for them as they are refugees too. I was greeted in this country by border protection and spent three months in Curtan Detention Centre. The taliban jailed me because I was training the Women's Volleyball Team and took them to Chekoslavakia, Moscow and France. The Taliban wanted to stop Woman's sport and made false allegations against me. They issued a Fatwa which still means my death if I return to Afghanistan. During my imprisonment I was tortured with electric shocks to my body. I still have nightmares and suffer post traumatic stress symptems which causes much depression. Currently, I work with my friend mowing lawns and gardening in the Sutherland Shire. People often ask about my life, my wife and children. They want to help us. My wife thought that I was dead for two years.

NAJIB
 
 
     

 

 
 
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