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"And when Allah says: O Jesus, son of Mary: Did you say unto mankind: take me and my mother for two gods beside Allah?, he says: Be glorified! It was not mine to utter that to which I had no right. If I used to say it, then You Knew it, You know what Read more ... is in my mind, and I know not what is in Your mind. Lo! You, only You, are the knower of things hidden. I spoke unto them only that which You commanded me (saying); worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. I witness of them while I dwelt among them, and when You took me, You were the Watcher over them. You are witness over all things. If You punish them, Lo! They are Your slaves, and if you forgive them (Lo! They are Your slaves). Lo! You, only you are the Mighty, the Wise. Allah says: This is a day in which their truthfulness profits the truthful, for theirs are Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they are secure forever, Allah taking pleasure in them and they in Him. That is the great triumph. (Al-qur'an 5:116-119) "And the Jews say: 'Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: 'The Messiah is the son of Allah'. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah fights against them. How perverse they are! They have taken as Lord besides Allah their rabbis and their monks and the Messiah son of Mary, when they were bidden to worship only One God. There is no God save Him. Be He glorified from all that they ascribe as partners (unto him)! Faint would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah disdains (ought) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the disbelievers are averse. He it is Who has sent His messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to cause it to prevail over all religions, however much the idolaters may be averse. O you who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (people) from the way of Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom. On the Day when it will (all) be heated in the fire of Hell, and their foreheads and their flanks and their backs will be branded therewith (and it will be said unto them): Here is that which you hoarded for yourselves. Now taste of what you used to hoard." (Al- qur'an 9:30-35).
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Dana Good word.
Erick Mattityahu Peretz
Some people think that true faith leads to works of righteousness, and yet it is possible to be entirely scrupulous in good works yet devoid of faith (Matt. 23:25). Indeed, many will say, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we ... do many mighty works in your na Read more ... me?” but the Lord will reply: “I never knew you..” (Matt. 7:22-23). When asked what must be done to do the “works of God,” Yeshua answered: “This is the work of God – that you believe in the One whom he has sent” (John 6:29). Believing itself is the obedience, as Rav Shaul (Paul) wrote: the obedience of faith (ὑπακοὴν πίστεως) for the sake of his name” (Rom. 1:5). Faith is the very first commandment of Torah (אָנכִי יְהוָה אֱלהֶיךָ), and the “work of faith” is to trust in God’s deliverance given in Yeshua the Messiah. Those who truly believe are justified by the righteousness of God, which is manifest in works of righteousness born by the power of the Spirit of God.
Some people are scandalized by what they call "easy believism," or the idea that we only need to believe in Yeshua to be saved. Sometimes they call this teaching "cheap grace" or "sloppy agape," though in fairness it must be stressed that there is nothing easy about *truly* believing. What *is* easy, on the other hand, is simply professing that you believe without undergoing a miraculous heart transformation. Anyone can say, "I believe in Jesus," but the test is whether he lives within you. Is he the source of your life? Do you draw life from Him? Anyone can claim they are saved, but it is a miracle greater than splitting the sea to undergo divine metamorphosis, to be given a heart that loves unconditionally, that dies to pride, and that lives as the servant of all. Yeshua asks, "Do you really believe? Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord...' but I will say to them, 'I never knew you...' (Matt. 7:22-23). It's not just hard to believe (obey), it's really impossible apart from God's radical intervention. As Yeshua said, "It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is no help at all" (John 6:33).
Living by faith does not mean we profess "christianity" or "talk theology" like some college professor. It's one thing to believe that, and another to believe in... Human reason can rightly infer that a morally good, all-powerful Creator exists, for example (Rom. 1:20), but it is unable to know God's love that way... Love requires trust, "taking to the heart." We are to "know this day and turn to your heart (והֲשֵׁבתָ אֶל־לְבָבֶךָ) that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other" (Deut. 4:39). We need to know truth (cognitive) and to be moved by the heart (emotional); we need both Spirit and Truth (John 4:24). "For all things come from You (כִּי־מִמְּךָ הַכּל), and from your hand we give to you" (1 Chron. 29:14). Teshuvah centers on Yeshua our Savior: turn to believe in Him!
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"And with those who say Lo! We are Christians, We made a covenant, but they forgot a part of that whereof they were admonished. Therefore We have stirred up enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will inform them of the Read more ... ir handiwork. O People of the Scripture! Now has our messenger come unto you, expounding unto you much of that which you used to hide in the Scripture, and forgiving much. Now has come unto light from Allah and plain scripture: Whereby Allah guides him who seeks His good pleasure unto paths of peace, He brings them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guides them unto a Straight Path. They indeed have disbelieved who say: Lo! Allah is the messiah, son of Mary. Say: Who then can do ought against Allah if he had willed to destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? allah's is the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. He creates what he wills. And Allah is able to do all things. (Al-qur'an 5:14:17). "They surely disbelieve who say; Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and you Lord. Lo! Whosoever ascribes partners unto Allah, for him Allah has forbidden Paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evildoers ,there will be no helpers.They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the third of the three; when there is no God save the One God. If they desist not from so saying, a painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve. Will they not rather turn unto Allah and seek forgiveness of Him? For Allah is oft- forgiving, most merciful. Say: Serve you in place of Allah that which possesses for you neither hurt nor use? Allah is the Hearer, the Knower. Say: O People of the Scripture! Stress not in your religion other than the Truth, and follow not the vain desire of folks who erred of old and led many astray, and erred from a plain road." (Al-qur'an 5:72-77)
"And when Allah says: O Jesus, son of Mary: Did you say unto mankind: take me and my mother for two gods beside Allah?, he says: Be glorified! It was not mine to utter that to which I had no right. If I used to say it, then You Knew it, You know what is in my mind, and I know not what is in Your mind. Lo! You, only You, are the knower of things hidden. I spoke unto them only that which You commanded me (saying); worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. I witness of them while I dwelt among them, and when You took me, You were the Watcher over them. You are witness over all things. If You punish them, Lo! They are Your slaves, and if you forgive them (Lo! They are Your slaves). Lo! You, only you are the Mighty, the Wise. Allah says: This is a day in which their truthfulness profits the truthful, for theirs are Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they are secure forever, Allah taking pleasure in them and they in Him. That is the great triumph. (Al-qur'an 5:116-119) "And the Jews say: 'Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: 'The Messiah is the son of Allah'. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah fights against them. How perverse they are! They have taken as Lord besides Allah their rabbis and their monks and the Messiah son of Mary, when they were bidden to worship only One God. There is no God save Him. Be He glorified from all that they ascribe as partners (unto him)! Faint would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah disdains (ought) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the disbelievers are averse. He it is Who has sent His messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to cause it to prevail over all religions, however much the idolaters may be averse. O you who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (people) from the way of Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom. On the Day when it will (all) be heated in the fire of Hell, and their foreheads and their flanks and their backs will be branded therewith (and it will be said unto them): Here is that which you hoarded for yourselves. Now taste of what you used to hoard." (Al- qur'an 9:30-35).
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Crystal "Only those that can see the invisible can do what seems to be impossible...Be relentless. Never stop. Never let off the gas. Never let anyone talk you out of the dreams and visions that God has sent to you." -- Tyrese Gibson
I'm out in the streets of #PARIS I am determined to piss people off..... #Share do it.!!!! People don't want you to know this....
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via Vrinda Grover The statement issued by Network of Women in Media, India in response to the 'verdicts' pronounced by Manu Joseph in Outlook and Seema Mustafa in The Citizen, exonerating Tarun Tejpal.
Similar 'verdicts' have been pronounced by many Read more ... other 'eminent' journalists including Prem Shankar Jha, on the basis of conjecture and hearsay. (Incidentally or rather co-incidentally, Mr. P.S. Jha is now the Editorial Advisor to Tehelka)Prejudice does not only stalk "khap panchayats".
NWMI has sent this statement to Press Council of India and Editors Guild.
Justice Markandey Katju
Press Council of India
01 April 2014
Dear Justice Katju,
The Network of Women in Media, India is deeply concerned about what appears to be a renewed media campaign that threatens the course of justice in the sexual assault and rape case involving the former editor of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal.
In this connection we would like to call the attention of the PCI to two recent articles on the subject in two publications, The Citizen and Outlook. The article in the former, headlined “Alleged victim’s testimony in the Tarun Tejpal case at variance with CCTV footage” (http://thecitizen.in/city/alleged-victims-testimony-in-the-tarun-tejpal-case-at-variance-with-cctv-footage/), which originally appeared under the byline of senior journalist Seema Mustafa, was later credited, on 31 March evening, to ‘Citizen Bureau’. The article in the latter, headlined “What the elevator saw” (http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?289993 ), is by senior journalist Manu Joseph.
While ostensibly seeking to set the record straight, both articles are clearly biased in favour of the accused and seem to be a deliberate attempt to adversely influence public opinion against the complainant. Indeed, these articles appear to follow the familiar Standard Operating Procedure to silence women in cases of sexual violence, and bolster the impunity of perpetrators.
Further, both build their identical cases on the basis of CCTV footage that is not meant to be in the public realm. There is a trial court order that clarifies that it is illegal to show, see and write about the footage, which is one of several items of evidence in an ongoing court case dealing with charges of rape. It must be emphasised that the CCTV grab is just one piece of evidence, among many others, in the case. By presenting poor quality visuals as clinching evidence of innocence or guilt, credibility or implausibility – of the accused or the accuser – the articles fall short of journalistic standards and ethics. Any pre-trial article that does not analyse all the evidence related to the case is clearly prejudicial and unfair.
In addition, putting this footage – and detailed descriptions of it – into the public domain is a violation of the legal and ethical restrictions on reporting on cases of sexual violence, which aim to protect the privacy and dignity of victims and survivors by maintaining confidentiality and protecting their identities.
The articles also quote from the e-mail in which the young journalist informed her editor about her experience and asked for appropriate action to be taken by the company. This was a private communication between an employee and her supervisor, providing details that do not belong in the public sphere, and ought to be used, if at all, only with the author’s written consent.
To make matters worse, the articles also mention Tejpal’s references to “sexually potent conversation” and “highly erotic stories” as if these are incontrovertible facts. The article in The Citizen claims that “The Citizen is not repeating these, as while she has not denied the conversation, it is outside the realm of this report.” This apparently principled stand is belied by the fact that the article clearly suggests that the complainant told “highly erotic stories” to the accused, thus attempting to build the case for a consensual sexual encounter, when in fact the complainant has clearly stated in no uncertain terms that she did not consent, which means that any sexual act committed on her amounts to rape.
While commenting on a matter that is now in the courts, journalists would do well to acquaint themselves with the new Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013. The interpretations of the visuals made in the two articles are not in accordance with the new provision (Explanation 2) on consent, which specifically states that lack of physical resistance is not enough to prove consent. Secondly, according to Sec. 53A in the Indian Evidence Act, for cases of all sexual offences, evidence of the character of the victim or of such person's previous sexual experience with any person shall not be relevant on the issue of such consent or the quality of consent. Also, the new Proviso added to Sec. 146 of the Evidence Act states that in rape trials the "general immoral character or previous sexual experience" of the victim is not relevant and that, to determine the question of consent, it is not permissible to adduce evidence or to put questions in the cross examination of the victim about the "general immoral character or previous sexual experience" of the victim (whether to prove consent or the quality of consent).
The article in The Citizen also makes apparently contradictory and confusing references to what the so-called CCTV footage records and does not record. In the absence of CCTV confirmation of alleged amicable chatting, the piece cites “a hotel staffer” who was “apparently” “passing by,” “saw the two chatting and has given a statement to this effect.” Such hearsay touted as ‘evidence’ is against all norms and ethics of professional journalism.
As media professionals we are shocked and disturbed by these articles by senior journalists which appear to be part of an orchestrated campaign to prejudice the ongoing case and discredit the young journalist who accused her boss of sexual violence that amounts to rape under the new amendment passed in April 2013.
Clearly, the controversy over when a legitimate and ethical, if aggressive, pursuit of truth in the interest of justice turns into an illegitimate, unprincipled trial by media that can result in miscarriage of justice raises troublesome questions to which there are no easy answers, but certainly call for serious reflection. Senior members of the profession, who serve as examples to younger media practitioners, need to be particularly conscious about the grave consequences of thoughtless or irresponsible journalism, even if well-intentioned.
We reiterate that the case against Tarun Tejpal must be fought in court, not in the media, and certainly not through illegal or unethical means. We would also like to highlight the fact that the news media are meant to speak truth to power, not to misuse power on behalf of the powerful against the powerless.
We trust that the Press Council of India will immediately look into this matter and take appropriate action, including censuring the concerned publications, demanding an apology and preventing the circulation of such unethical pieces of journalism.
With kind regards and thanks for your attention,
The undersigned, on behalf of the Network of Women in Media, India
Ammu Joseph, Bangalore
Geeta Seshu, Mumbai
Sameera Khan, Mumbai
Laxmi Murthy, Bangalore
Sharmila Joshi, Mumbai
Rajashri Dasgupta, Kolkata
Kalpana Sharma, Mumbai
Sandhya Taksale, Pune
Gita Aravamudan, Bangalore
Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Mumbai
Kaumudi Gurjar, Pune
Pushpa Achanta, Bangalore
Ramlath Kavil, Mumbai/Berlin
Ranjita Biswas, Kolkata
Rupa Chinai, Mumbai
Sandhya Srinivasan, Mumbai
Swapna Majumdar, New Delhi
Vasanthi Hariprakash, Bangalore
Vidya Venkat, New Delhi
Gauri Vij, Mumbai
Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI)
The Network of Women in Media, India, is an association which aims to provide a forum for women in media professions to share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote media awareness and ethics, and work for gender equality and justice with Read more ... in the media and society.
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Raise yourself up~
Have everything is life seems to be taking a downward spiral, money seems to vanish, family disappears, friends!! what are they. It looks like you have ran out of grace and mercy, favor and faith, hope, love and peace seems to be Read more ... floating out the door, you feel as if you have been left desolate and destitute. While on the other hand things are on the rise, tempers are flaring, stress is rising, your blood pressure is at an all time high. Emotions are raw and out of control and you are so anxious you feel at times it is even hard to breath. Let me come and encourage you: EXHALE.
You have been waiting to exhale, waiting for help, waiting for hope, waiting for relief, waiting for a new day, a new chance, a new job, a new house, deal after deal everything seem to fall through, but if you would just take a few seconds to EXHALE, then after you have exhaled, INHALE, take in the breath of the Almighty. Allow God to come into the circumstance and breath life back in to what has been depleted.
You can make it, you can RAISE up, your hopes, your faith, your dreams...God has sent help, He has sent hope, He has sent a hand to help you get up, Talitha Cumi, damsel, ARISE. If you for some reason cannot get up, look up, if you can't look up, think up. David said I will LOOK unto the hills from whence come my help, so my friend, my word of encouragement to you today is if you can look up, you can rise up, and when you rise up, you wise up, and when you have wisened up, your wealth rises up, EVERYTHING connected to you, takes on another level. So go on, EXHALE, INHALE and RISE UP! You can do
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While walking down the street one day, a corrupt senator (That may be redundant!) was tragically hit by a car and died. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "We seldom see a high of Read more ... ficial around these parts, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in!" says the Senator.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders. You will spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. All too soon, it is time to go.
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven. St. Peter says, "Now it's time to visit heaven."
So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, St. Peter returns.
"Now choose your eternity."
"I would never have said it before... heaven has been delightful... but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes back down to hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday it was wonderful. Now there's just a wasteland. What happened?"
The devil smiles at him and says, "Yesterday, we were campaigning. Today, you voted."
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"THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physic Read more ... al and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound, [Rom. 10:15.] To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, [Matt. 11:2-6; Luke 4:18, 19; 7:22.] To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations." This was Jesus mission in the world sharing the word, healing bringing freedom, joy and justice. What struck me about this is the people who had received the things that Jesus brought, the broken, hurting, outcasts prisoners were the ones who He calls OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS who were called to and prepared to REBUILD THE RUINS, RENEW THE CITIES AND DEVASTATED GENERATIONS!!! God has a purpose for us all, but I've seen that those who have been thru these things in life don't feel God can use them. Quite the opposite, there is a mighty purpose for the weak and broken (aka all of us). First we have to come to God for the healing that only He has and let him turn those broken places into streams of living waters. That is the beauty of this life our dry places can be turned into life giving water to others.
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You say to yourself you won't get fooled on this April 1st but an engrossed mind still remains a fooling workshop. So I'm locking the door at the end of the lesson. I see some very kind girls from my other class running towards me. They tell me "It Read more ... 's the careers and orientation master who has sent us".Then another quips, "Ms, it's not good what you did yesterday". They hold for about five seconds as I ask myself what exactly I did. Then a third one says "Yes, they say yesterday you slapped a girl in class". My heart starts racing till I realise it is April fool prank!
Ten-nil for them!
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