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Back in the Sky - Kochi Greens

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Mystical choreography, clouds :) River in the greens after the Rains. River in the greens before the Rains. A Green hill among the greens. And Yes, there is always a green behind a successful flower ;)

Green Kochi Pictures

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Moments before Rain, sky saturated with water, earth saturated with expectations, heart saturated with beauty. (click for clearer image) Pine Apple Field

Media Trial and Human Rights

Media trial, both print and electronic, is an act designed to create a perception in the mind of the public, regarding the guilt of a person alleged to have committed a crime, which has the potentiality of influencing even the competent court adjudicating the matter in accordance with the procedure established by law. Right to speech and expression, no doubt is a guaranteed fundamental right under Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution of India but what is to be remembered is that that right is not absolute and unqualified. It is subject to reasonable restriction under Article 19 (2) of the Constitution. Read Complete Story

Meaning of Summa Ameen

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The verbal meaning of Summa Ameen is re-iteration of the first Ameen. The effect of saying Ameen is more than saying dua twise which is explained as below. The letter deliverd by a post man or a courier would have a 'From' address and a 'To' address it would rarely contain a seal, presence of a seal signifies higher priority and importance of the delivered content. So the reader gives more consideration to a letter which has a seal on it. Every dua is our personal letter which is delivered directly to Allah, with immediate effect and no middle man/thing. Prophet said(something similar to) "a dua followed by Ameen is like placing a seal on it".

Fatwa on Tax Savings

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The purpose of savings is to derive benefit for the future, our future includes the life of the hereafter. For prescribing medicine people would approach doctors not engineers, for building a house the expert is an engineer/architect not a doctor, For each branch of information/knowledge one has to rely on its experts. [ read more about fatwa ] The Question I’ve a question regarding the payment of taxes in my country. With what I am earning today, I am eligible to pay the Income Tax in my country. Now my question to you is can I exploit the IT rules so that I don’t have to pay the tax or pay minimum tax. Whats the ruling in shariah for this? The Fatwa (link) Principally, income tax is not a legitimate Shar’ee tax which may be imposed by an Islamic state. However, if a person chooses to adopt the nationality of a non-Muslim country, then he is morally obligated to obey the rules of that country. This is in keeping with the teachings of Nabi [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] that a Mu

The Virtues of Miswaak.

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Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem Islam stresses a lot on personal hygiene. A Muslim must be pure to offer prayers to Allah subhanwathala who the purest. Allah has shown the entire humanity how to lead a pure life by the example of our prophet (sallalaho alayhi wassallam). Every act of our prophet (SAWS) is regarded as sunnath and is loved by Allah. Our prophet used to keep himself clean and pure. The mouth that recites the precious names of allah and his prophet(SAWS) should be clean. The way that our prophet (SAWS) has shown is by using miswaak. Islam has accorded an elevated status to the Miswaak. Its importance has been stressed in many Ahadith of our Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)who used the stick of piloo tree to clean his teeth. Different ahadees have revealed the benefits of miswaak. “Abu Ayyub (Radhiyallaho anho) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: ‘Four things are amongst the practices of the Ambiyaa(prophets)—modesty, application of perfume, miswaak