Blogging in Bint Jbeil

About 18 men and women of all ages began their Web 2.0 training today in Bint Jbeil. We started the day with a quick introduction to Web 2.0 and then got down to business and began blogging. Don’t forget to sign up for the upcoming intensive workshops in blogging, search engine optimization and digital fundraising, online collaboration, and Facebook activism. Check the calendar for more details and get in touch with Mohamad Najem (03792505) to register.

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SMEX is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa.

  1. (interpretation of the meaning):a0“Made laufwl to you this day are At‑Tayyibaat [all kinds of Halaal (laufwl) foods, which Allaah has made laufwl (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits)]. The food (slaughtered cattle, eatable animals) of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is laufwl to you and yours is laufwl to them. (Lawful to you in marriage) are chaste women from the believers and chaste women from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before your time when you have given their due Mahr (bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage), desiring chastity (i.e. taking them in legal wedlock) not committing illegal sexual intercourse, nor taking them as girlfriends”[al-Maa’idah 5:5]a0However it is not advisable to marry a kitaabi (i.e., Jewish or Christian) woman nowadays, because it is fraught with dangers, especially with regard to the children’s upbringing.a0Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: If the kitaabi woman is known to be chaste and to keep away from the things that lead to immoral actions, then it is permissible, because Allaah has permitted us to marry their women and eat their food.a0But nowadays there is the fear of great evil for those who marry them, because they may call him to their religion and that may lead to his children becoming Christian, so the danger is great. In order to be on the safe side, the believer should not marry her. Moreover, there is no guarantee that she will not fall into immoral ways, and attribute to him children who are not his. But if he needs to do that then there is nothing wrong with it, so that he can keep himself chaste and lower his gaze, and he should strive to call her to Islam, and beware of her evil lest she drag him or the children into kufr (disbelief). End quote from Fataawa Islamiyyah (3/172).a0Hence you can see that the Christianization of the children is one of the greatest dangers to be feared as a result of marrying a Christian woman. Undoubtedly it is not permissible for you to allow that under any circumstances. You should have made it clear to her before marriage that your children would be Muslims and that they could not be made Christians, and that this issue was not open to discussion or compromise.a0What you have to do now is protect your son’s religion and prevent him from being made a Christian. If your wife insists on that then you have no choice but to make her stay with you in your city, or keep the child only, even if that leads to you leaving her and divorcing her. This is a serious matter, because it is the matter of kufr and faith; we seek refuge with Allaah from misguidance.a0It should be noted that the child’s being baptized does not actually make him a Christian, rather he is a Muslim who follows the religion of his Muslim father, and he cannot become a Christian unless he understands Christianity and chooses it for himself. As for his baptism, he has no choice in the matter, and it does not affect the religion which Allaah created in him, which is Islam.a0Try by all means to protect this child and prevent him being taught Christian teachings. Remember that you are responsible for him and that the worst neglect and betrayal of this trust would be to leave him disbelieving in Allaah.a0We ask Allaah to protect you and your offspring and to divert evil away from them. a0And Allaah knows best.Islam Q&A

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