Abraham in Islam

Abraham, known as Ibrahim, in Arabic, is recognized as a prophet and messenger of God in Islam. Abraham plays a prominent role as an example of faith in Judaism and Islam. In Muslim belief, Abraham fulfilled all the commandments and trials wherein God nurtured him throughout his lifetime; as a result of his unwavering faith in God, Ibrahim was promised by God to be a leader to all the nations of the world. The Quran extols Ibrahim as a model, an exemplar and not an idolater. In this sense, Abraham has been described as representing "primordial man in universal surrender to the Divine Reality before its fragmentation into religions separated from each other by differences in form"; the Islamic holy day'Eid al-Adha is celebrated in memory of the sacrifice of Abraham, each able bodied Muslim is supposed to perform the pilgrimage to pay homage at the Kaaba in the Hejazi city of Mecca, built by Abraham and his son Ishmael as the first house of worship on earth. Muslims believe that the prophet Abraham became the leader of the righteous in his time and that it was through him that Adnanite-Arabs and Israelites came.

Abraham, in the belief of Islam, was instrumental in cleansing the world of idolatry at the time. Paganism was cleared out by Abraham in both Canaan, he spiritually purified both places as well as physically sanctifying the houses of worship. Abraham and Ismāʿīl further established the rites of pilgrimage, or Ḥajj, which are still followed by Muslims today. Muslims maintain that Abraham further asked God to bless both the lines of his progeny, of Isma'il and Isḥāq, to keep all of his descendants in the protection of God. Muslims maintain that Abraham's father was Aazar, which could be derived from the Syriac Athar, known in the Hebrew Bible as Terah. Abraham had two children and Ishmael, who both became prophets. Abraham's two wives are believed to have been Sarah and Hājar, the latter of whom was Sarah's handmaiden. Abraham's nephew is said to have been the messenger Lut, one of the other people who migrated with Abraham out of their community. Abraham himself is said to have been a descendant of Nuh through his son Shem.

Abraham's personality and character is one of the most in-depth in the whole Quran, Abraham is mentioned as being a kind and compassionate man. Abraham's father is understood by Muslims to have been a wicked and idolatrous man who ignored all of his son's advice; the relationship between Abraham and his father, who in the Quran is named Azar, is central to Abraham's story as Muslims understand it to establish a large part of Abraham's personality. The Quran mentions that Abraham's father threatened to stone his son to death if he did not cease in preaching to the people. Despite this, the Qur'an states that Abraham in his years prayed to God to forgive the sins of all his descendants and his parents. Muslims have cited Abraham's character as an example of how kind one must be towards people, one's own parents. A similar example of Abraham's compassionate nature is demonstrated when Abraham began to pray for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah after hearing of God's plan through the angel Gabriel for them.

Although the angel Gabriel told Abraham that God's plan was the final word, therefore Abraham's prayers would be of no effect, the Quran nonetheless reinforces Abraham's kind nature through this particular event. Ibrahim was born in a house of idolaters in the ancient city of Ur of the Chaldees the place called'Ur' in present-day Iraq, in which case, the idolaters would have been practitioners of the hypothesized Ancient Mesopotamian religion, his father Azar was a well-known idol-sculptor. As a young child, Ibrahim used to watch his father sculpting these idols from stones or wood; when his father was finished with them, Ibrahim would ask his father why they could not move or respond to any request and would mock them. Despite his opposition to idolatry, his father Azar would still send Ibrahim to sell his idols in the marketplace. Once there, Ibraham would call out to passersby, "Who will buy my idols? They will not help you and they cannot hurt you! Who will buy my idols?" Ibrahim would mock the idols.

He would take them to the river, push their faces into the water and command them, "Drink! Drink!" Once again, Ibrahim asked his father, "How can you worship what does not see or hear or do you any good?" Azar replied, "Dare you deny the gods of our people? Get out of my sight!" Ibrahim replied, "May God forgive you. No more will I live with you and your idols." After this, Ibrahim left his father's home for good. During one of the many festivals that would take place in the city, the people would gather in their temple and place offerings of food before their idols. Ur's most prominent temple is the Great Ziggurat. Ibrahim would ask them, "What are you worshiping? Do these idols hear when you call them? Can they help you or hurt you?" The people would reply, "It is the way of our forefathers." Ibrahim declared "I am sick of your gods! I am their enemy." After several years, Ibrahim became a young man. He still could not believe, he laughed whenever he saw them entering the temple, lowering their heads, silently offering the statues the best of their food and asking forgiveness from them.

He started feeling angry towards his people, who could not realize that these are only stones that could neither benefit nor harm them. One night, Ibrahim went up t

Fiddler's Green (band)

Fiddler's Green is a German band that plays Irish folk music. Formed in 1990, their first concert under the name of Fiddler's Green was at the Newcomer-Festival in Erlangen in November 1990, their debut album entitled "Fiddler's Green" was released in 1992 and featured both live and studio tracks, some traditional and some original material. It was released on Deaf Shepherd Recordings; the band chose to go back to being independent. The band members themselves refer to their music as Irish Speedfolk, as opposed to Folk rock or Irish folk; the band has kept up the mix of traditional Irish or Scottish songs and self-written tracks, though the self-written tracks have progressively become less and less folky. The band's influences are wide and varied, but heavily influenced by Celtic rock bands like the Pogues, the Waterboys and Great Big Sea. Recent albums see a clear influence from Gothic rock music. Having enjoyed growing success in and around Germany, the band reached 1000 played concerts in 2004, celebrated with a concert at Castle Hoheneck.

This concert was filmed and released on two DVDs: Celebrate! and Jubilate! The concert saw participation from other guest musicians. Main lyric and music writer Peter Pathos left the band in summer 2006 and was replaced by Patrick'Pat' Prziwara. A live DVD Folk's not dead was released to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary in 2010. Official website German Fansite Der grüne Geiger - Tobias Heindl Not to be confused with Fiddler's Green the name of an Indian jam band playing acoustic folk music from all around the world. Band members are Arko Mukherjee, Diptanshu Roy, Ritoban Das & Shamik ChatterjeeImage

Northern Ontario Hockey Association

The Northern Ontario Hockey Association is minor and junior level ice hockey governing body. The NOHA is sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Hockey Canada; the major league run by the NOHA is the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League of the Canadian Junior A Hockey League. The NOHA was founded in 1919 and that same year became affiliated with the Ontario Hockey Association. In May 1963, the NOHA] applied to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to become an equal branch to the OHA; when the request was denied, OHA president Lloyd Pollock stated that measures needed to be put in place to prevent the migration of players southwards to the more populated OHA, preserve the leagues in Northern Ontario. Both associations have operated under the Ontario Hockey Federation since 1989. Former leagues International Junior B Hockey League North of Superior Junior B Hockey League Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association Empowered by Hockey Canada, the Northern Ontario Hockey Association governs all Ontario senior and junior hockey not administered by Hockey Northwestern Ontario, Ottawa District Hockey Association, or Ontario Hockey Association.

This does not include the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League, run outside of Hockey Canada and are not affiliated. The Ottawa District governs the part of Ontario East of and including Lanark County, Renfrew County, Leeds County, but not including the town of Gananoque. Hockey Northwestern Ontario has control of the section of Northwestern Ontario west of the 85th meridian. NOHA Website