Ten Gifts for Aleppo

Muslim Matters - 16 December, 2016 - 03:32

By Rahma Shata

When Amr Ibn AlAs raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) asked Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) for an army of no less than 4,000 men, Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) sent FOUR men. With their Eman, each was worth 1,000 men and their goal was accomplished.

When Mohamed Ibn Qasim went with an army to open Turkey, he prayed fajr with them one day and gave them a speech. Afterwards, he looked for one man with the name Mohamed Ibn Wase’. When he found him, he said “by Allah that one finger of Mohamed Ibn Wase’ raised to supplicate to Allah is better than 1,000 swords.” With this man’s Duaa, Allah opened Turkey for the Muslims. 

When a tornado affected a small town, and in it was Shiekh Muhamed Ibn Mukhatil, people asked him to make Duaa for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to remove this punishment. He said “why would anyone ask me for Duaa, for I am probably the cause of this punishment.” With the heart of humility in this elderly man, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) saved the whole town.

When Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and his people gathered to ask Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for rain, they were denied for one amongst them who was a sinner. With the tawbah (repentance) of this one man, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) bought rain to the Muslims.

When our army was in battle to open Constantinople, they’d check if EVERY man in each tent was in Qiyaam (night prayer). If only one wasn’t, they’d say: “tomorrow will not be the day Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) grants us victory.” With their Qiyaam and dedication, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) opened Constantinople.

When Salah alDin freed Palestine, it was only after years of teaching the Muslims what proper Islam is. Only then, with pure hearts, did they know what Jihaad (the struggle in the way of Allah) was. With the light of knowledge, they formed an army and Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) granted them victory.

When the Muslims were defeated in Uhud because of ONE sin, they learned their lesson collectively. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) does not give victory based on number but based on the heart’s faiths. With this instilled in them, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) granted 313 victory in Badr, despite them facing 1,130 enemies.

Syrian residents, fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, arrive in Aleppo's Fardos neighbourhood on December 13, 2016, after regime troops retook the area from rebel fighters. Syrian rebels withdrew from six more neighbourhoods in their one-time bastion of east Aleppo in the face of advancing government troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian residents, fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, arrive in Aleppo’s Fardos neighborhood on December 13 2016, after regime troops retook the area from rebel fighters.Syrian rebels withdrew from six more neighborhoods in their one-time bastion of east Aleppo in the face of advancing government troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP / STRINGER (Getty Images)

The examples are many. We can list them all day. We just need to wake up. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has always granted us victory after we have done our parts.

Syria is burning to the ground and we aren’t moving. With one word or one Duaa, let’s wage ‘war’ against the enemy of not just Islam, but the enemy of humanity.

When each of us consciously took the shahada for the first time in our lives, we became part of this large family united under the umbrella of “La Ilaha Illa Allah.” The grief of the people of Syria is the same grief that’s resides in our hearts. That is what a family is.

Yes, from the creation of this universe, until this very moment, every single thing that has occurred was predestined by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) ……But that He subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has allowed for it to happen does not mean He is satisfied and is in favor of what has happened.

Realize right now that YOU can do something and turn away from any person or article telling you otherwise. Each and every single one of us will be asked on Judgement Day.

Oh Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) , we have transgressed and failed our brothers and sisters in Syria, so forgive us and open for us doors to do good. SubhanAllah even during this painful time, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is STILL giving us gifts and opportunities to be a PROACTIVE community, as was the community of Rasool Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him):

Gift One: Tawbah. “And whatever strikes you of disaster – it is for what your hands have earned; but He pardons much.” [Quran 42:30] Let’s intend right now to leave our sins so that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) may aid our brothers and sisters in Syria and lift this catastrophe that has befallen our Ummah. Turn to Him. He is the Most Forgiving.

Gift Two: It’s winter. The days are short. The nights are long. Fast maybe just Mondays and Thursdays and make the Duaa at the breaking of your fast for your hurting brothers and sisters. Take a portion of the night and pray Qiyaam to your Lord. Organize a local Qiyaam night. Without doubt, no Duaa is refused, for Rasool Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Verily your Lord is Modest and Generous, when His servant raises his hands to Him in supplication, He is shy to return them empty.” It’s the right of our Syrian brothers and sisters on us. And although Duaa is the only weapon currently in our hands, it’s a very very powerful one.

Gift Three: The local Masajid. Request (actually, urge) your masjid to host a fundraiser. There are more than 3,000 masajid in the U.S alone. We have the numbers. If each of the masajid raised ONLY $5,000, we can easily send 15 million to aid our brothers and sisters in Syria. Imagine the difference that can make to the shivering child in the arms of his mother.

Gift Four: Organizations. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has blessed us with organizations that directly and indirectly aid our Syrian brothers and sisters. Donate and spread their names. Do not belittle a dime. If it’s what you have, give it. Some organizations doing work on the ground are Zakat Foundation of America, NuDay Syria, Syrian American Medical Society.

Gift Five: Qunoot Al-Nazila. Contact your local Imam and ask him to enforce this. When you’re praying jama’a with friends, do this. When only THREE men were captured from the Muslims at the time of Rasool Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), he would pray with the people and make Duaa for the captured in every prayer for over a month. Imagine Rasool Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saw what’s afflicting the Muslims today.

Gift Six: Democracy. Although many debate whether or not we are living in a democracy, note that we are blessed to be able to contact our local AND national officials. Reach out. Ask them to do something with their political power. And the more of us that call, the more the urgency in our voices is heard.

1. Call the White House at: 202-456-1111 or write to the President at: https://www.whitehouse. gov/contact#page 2. Contact your senator at: senators/contact/ 3. Contact your congressperson at: representatives/find/

Gift Seven: Democracy (part II). Participate in peaceful protests and vigils. Encourage your friends to. Organize a vigil. A protest. An online campaign. We are not living in a country which jails us for speaking up, and we must be thankful for that and utilize it. There are others suppressed by their governments and we must be their voice. So, go out. As a good friend worded it, laziness here is punishable.

Gift Eight: Media. Share. Share. Share. OVER share. If the news won’t adequately cover Aleppo, we will. Spread awareness with a click of a button. Keep the hashtag trending. Write about what’s going on. You’d be surprised how many people are misinformed. Educating one person may form a ripple of goodness for this Ummah.

Gift Nine: Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is the Most Knowing, the Most Wise, the Most Merciful, the Capable. Know that with every hardship comes a greater ease. Oh Muslims, “& do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are (true) believers.” [Quran 3:139]

Gift Ten: Lastly…With sincerity and unity, let’s hold firm to this religion for indeed it is the greatest gift we have ever been given. And open His book subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Read.

For indeed the victory of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is near.

Ya Arham Arrahimeen, You see the condition of the Syrian children, the women who are raped and the shuyukh who are disparaged– ya Allah with Your Mercy, take them out of this state and protect them.

Ya Qadir, You are the only One capable of changing the condition of a people. Ya Rahman ya Rahim change our condition and make us a2imma and khulafaa2 again.

Ya Allah , You say “Be” and it is. With Your Power oh Most High and our King, change the condition of our Ummah. Ya Salaam, restore peace in the lands of the Muslims.

Ya Wadud, with Your love for Your servants, allow the us to be from the superior ones. Ya Tawwab, accept our repentances so that You may change our state.

Ya Nafi’, You are the only One Capable of benefiting us, oh our Lord, benefit us with a near victory.

Ya Samee’ ya baseer, You see what the oppressors have done. Oh our Lord, destroy them with themselves and show us a day which will become a coolness on the hearts of the believers

Rahma Shata is a resident of New Jersey and a senior at Darul Arqam School. When she is not occupied with school or event planning, she can be found reading the books of one of her favorite scholars, Imam Al-Ghazali (ra). She enjoys learning Tafseer and everything Tazkiyah related. Rahma is one of the few people who equally enjoy both coffee and tea. She passionately believes every human is obligated to bring change to this world and hopes to leave behind her a legacy to be remembered.



Justice department sues Michigan city over denial of proposed mosque

The Guardian World news: Islam - 15 December, 2016 - 23:38

DoJ alleges Sterling Heights violated religious freedom of American Islamic Community Center when it shot down a 2015 application to build mosque

The US Department of Justice is suing the city of Sterling Heights, Michigan, alleging it violated federal law in 2015 when it denied a proposal to build a mosque in the city.

The 20-page complaint filed in US district court says the city discriminated against the American Islamic Community Center (AICC) on the basis of religion, when it refused to approve a land use request for a proposed mosque.

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Government’s responsibility over sharia law | Letters

The Guardian World news: Islam - 15 December, 2016 - 19:50

Sharia courts are a symptom rather than the cause of the problems many Muslim women face (Sharia courts have no place in UK family law,, 14 December). The real problem is that most mosques do not register themselves under the Marriage Act 1949 and imams are willing to perform marriage ceremonies without insisting on the marriage being registered. Muslim wives in particular are usually not aware that their “marriage” has no legal status until the relationship breaks down, and they discover that they are merely cohabitants with few rights and in that circumstance going to a sharia “court” may be the best option they have.

It is a criminal offence to solemnise a marriage that is not registered under the Marriage Act. If the government started enforcing that provision and ensured that all Muslim marriages are properly registered, that would achieve far more for Muslim women than yet another review of sharia courts.
Neil Addison
Barrister, Liverpool

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Homeless shelter opens with multifaith support in Leicester

The Guardian World news: Islam - 15 December, 2016 - 15:17

Seven faiths or denominations involved, with shelter rotating between churches, synagogue and Muslim community centre

A night shelter for rough sleepers in Leicester will rotate between Anglican and Catholic churches, a Muslim community centre, a synagogue and a Hindu temple over the next 11 weeks in the first multifaith venture of its kind in the UK.

The shelter, which provides overnight bed, board and support for 10 homeless men, opened on Monday. Seven faiths or denominations are involved, with Quakers and Sikhs providing support and meals at different religious venues. More than 200 people from different faith communities and of no faith have volunteered to support the project.

Related: Spikes, railings and water are weapons of ‘dehumanising’ campaign against homeless

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Muhammad ﷺ, Example For All Times

Muslim Matters - 15 December, 2016 - 05:34

They say that reading biographies is perhaps the best way to learn real life lessons. That is because a biography is a record of practice. Of what worked and what didn’t. The life of Muhammadﷺ  is perhaps one of the most well documented in human history.

Having said that one may ask why his life and all the detail is important at all? I am not speaking from the perspective of a Muslim for whom to study the life of Muhammadﷺ and to live his life in accordance with it, is a religious requirement. I am asking this from the perspective of a neutral reader, Muslim or not, who is looking for biographies to read.

The answer lies in the facts related to his life which are public knowledge. Here was someone who in a period of 23 years, took his people from being the weakest, most despised and oppressed in their community to being the leaders and role models in the same community. And he did all that without lies, cheating, corruption, violence or bloodshed. My question is, ‘Would you like to know how to do that? Would you like to know how to bring about not incremental but transformational change in your society? Then read the life of Muhammadﷺ.’

In the words of J. Krishnamurty, ‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.’

I don’t think there is anyone, including the 1% who appear to have it all who will disagree that we are very sick. Humanity is sick. The earth is sick. We are all very sick. This is no longer an academic issue for people to write scholarly papers about. It is something that we, the people of the world, need to address recognizing it as the dire emergency that it is. If we don’t, the clock is ticking backwards for us and fast. And the time is very close where we will make our own position as the inhabitants of this earth; not its owners as we like to believe; completely untenable. We need action. And we need it now.

Call it a strange coincidence but 5th Century Makkah was a microcosm of our global capitalist, pluralist, multicultural, multiracial society. Let me describe the Makkah that Muhammadﷺ  was born, grew up and lived in, until the age of 50. That is a long time for someone to spend in one town but that is what Muhammadﷺ  did.

Makkah was a town with one single claim to fame – the Ka’aba. This is the House of Allahﷻ  built by Ibrahim (Prophet Abraham) and was a place of pilgrimage from times immemorial. Access to the Ka’aba was open to anyone who wanted to come. The environs of the Ka’aba were declared a sanctuary with all killing, hunting and fighting banned within that sanctuary. This was the main reason why Makkah developed as a town, because it was a safe haven for everyone from any of the many frequently warring tribes.

Another similarity that 5th century Makkah had with our modern society is that it was a world of business. Businessmen were its leaders and they ran the town. Acquisition of wealth was the primary concern. Makkan society was materialistic based on a free market economy. Markets were not regulated by any central authority. Traders charged the best price they could get, hoarded in times of scarcity and sold at great profit and bought goods from as far afield as Syria and Yemen to sell in Makkah.  Makkah being as sort of aggregator of people from all of Arabia, was a great seller’s market where high prices could be commanded as goods sold in Makkah were simply not available in any other part of Arabia. That is how Makkan traders became its nobility and created a sort of oligarchy. You can draw similarities with our capitalist society today and see how close 5th century Arabia was to most of our 21st century world.

Makkah was also a multicultural and pluralistic place as all centers of trade tend to be. That is because if you want to promote trade you must make it easy and safe for people from multiple origins, belief systems and cultures to coexist peacefully. All that is good for business. And so it was. In Makkah, the local people mostly worshipped idols. But Jews, Christians, Magians all came and went from Makkah, each practicing his religion without any interference from anyone else. Very much like what happens in most Western countries today. And for the same reason; it is good for business.

The reason I’ve spent so much time on drawing a picture of Makkan society of the 5th century showing its similarities to our 21st century society is because I want to hypothesize that because Muhammadﷺdespite being a person with almost no resources, support or political power, could bring about a complete transformation of his society, then we have reason to hope that the methods he used can work today for us as well.

To quote Alphonse de Lamartine, in his book, ‘History of Turkey’ who said, “If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius, who could dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad?”

Muhammadﷺ  didn’t focus on bringing about any materialistic changes in the lives of people. The changes he brought about ideological, ethical and moral, changed not only their lives but also changed the structure, laws, freedom and behavior of Arab society. Muhammadﷺ  brought about changes in the way people thought, in their ideals and benchmarks which led to a change in what they considered important, which in turn led to a change in their behavior which brought about a change in society. As they say, it all begins at the top; in the mind. Once we change our attitude, our behavior changes which leads to perceptible results in and around us. All change must begin with us internally, with how we view the world, what we want from it, what we find satisfaction in and what we are prepared to do (and not do) to get it. We need to define the meaning of a ‘good life’, and be clear about what investment we are prepared to make, to get it.

I mention this here because in our race today, to garner all resources for oneself without a thought about others, we have created a society that is crying out in pain and grief. It is inconceivable to imagine that the resources of the world can possibly be concentrated in the hands of so few, but as they say, ‘fact is stranger than fiction’. I can imagine the derision if any author dared to suggest that 62 people would own 50% of global assets and the rest of the world would watch silently. But that is not fiction. That is fact. For perspective, let me state that a bus has 65 seats excluding the driver’s seat.

What was the change that Muhammadﷺ wrought in his society?

In my view, there are three major principles that he promoted:

  1. Accountability to Allahﷻ from whom nothing is hidden
  2. Truthfulness
  3. Spreading goodness all around

This is the essence of the religion he brought, Islam. That is why he said, ‘The best of you is the one who is the most beneficial to all people.’

Let us look at each of these principles in the life of Muhammadﷺ briefly.

  1. Accountability to Allah  from whom nothing is hidden

What makes a mistake a crime is that the criminal knows that what he is doing is illegal, immoral and wrong. People don’t commit sins, oppress others, commit violence or evil because they don’t know the difference between right and wrong. They do it because they think they can get away with it. Muhammadﷺ taught that this belief is a fallacy because no matter what we think, speak or do is known and seen by our Creator to whom we will return and to whom we must give an account of what we did.

Muhammadﷺ taught that good and evil are absolute values. They don’t depend on who does them or who these are done to. He taught that human values apply to all humans, not only to Muslims. On the contrary Muslims have an additional responsibility to act according to the values of their religion because they believe in Muhammadﷺ and in Islam.

He said to his daughter Fatima, ‘O! Fatima, don’t think that you will be favored by Allahﷻ because you are the daughter of His Messenger. You will stand before your Creator on the basis of your own deeds.’

  1. Truthfulness 

Muhammadﷺ was known among his people even before he started preaching Islam as As-Sadiq ul Ameen – The Truthful and Trustworthy. And that is what he taught his followers; to be truthful in every aspect of life. Someone asked him, ‘Is it possible that a Muslim may be a coward?’ He replied, ‘Yes.’ They asked, ‘Is it possible that a Muslim may commit adultery?’ He replied, ‘Yes.’ They asked him, ‘What is it that a Muslim cannot possibly do?’ He replied, ‘A Muslim cannot tell a lie.’

He taught that virtue and vice are absolute values. They are not relative to your personal worth, religion, race or anything else. Right and wrong don’t depend on who does them. That is why truthfulness is the basis of all goodness. He held himself to this value of truthfulness to such an extent that when he was migrating to Madina from Makkah and his life was threatened, he still had valuables that his enemies had entrusted him with. Before he left, he gave them to his cousin Ali bin Abi Talib and instructed to return them to their owners. What can you say about the truthfulness of someone who was trusted by his own enemies?

  1. Spreading goodness all around

Muhammadﷺ said to his people, ‘The best of you is the one who is best to his neighbor.’ He didn’t say, ‘Muslim neighbor’. He said, ‘Neighbor.’ In Islam, there is no distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims in respect of the rights of citizenship.

He said, ‘A Muslim is responsible for the welfare of his neighbors, up to seventy houses on either side of his house.’ Imagine a society that is based on this value of responsibility to one’s neighbors.

On another occasion, someone asked him how he could determine if he was a good man. Muhammadﷺsaid to him, ‘If you neighbor says that you are good, then you are good. If your wife says that you are good, then you are good.’

Finally, on the issue of women’s rights which everyone today accuses Islam of denying. Women in Muhammadﷺ’s time were treated as property owned and inherited by men, to be used and abused at will. Women had no rights at all. Many Makkan people buried their newborn daughters to escape the cost of raising a girl child. Sounds familiar in today’s context? Let us see what Muhammadﷺ gave women in the 5th century.

  1. Right to own property and income and to keep whatever she earns without sharing anything of it.
  2. Right to be paid to bring up her own children including nursing them.
  3. Right to marry anyone of their choice.
  4. Right to divorce the husband even without his consent and to have this written in the marriage contract.
  5. Wife need not serve his parents or family at all.
  6. Right to receive the Mehr (bridal gift) and not to pay any dowry at all.
  7. Right to retain the Meher if she gets divorced. It remains her property to do with as she likes.
  8. Right to inherit from her parents, children and husband.
  9. Wife has a right in the husband’s property and income. It is the duty of the husband to support the wife unconditionally. He has no right in her income or property, even if it was purchased with his money.

The reality is that to this day many of these rights are denied to women in so-called advanced countries which don’t operate under Islamic law.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that Muhammadﷺ left for us all, Muslim or not alike, a way of life, a code of conduct and behavior that is as applicable today as it was in his time. It is my contention that if people followed his way, then we would be able to cure the sickness of selfishness, cruelty and indifference that we are plagued with and create a society based on compassion, mutual responsibility and accountability to Allahﷻ from whom nothing is hidden.

Now, how’s that for a new world order?


Teacup pigs make great pets

The White Path - Mustafa Akyol - 14 December, 2016 - 18:24
Have Fun and Delight in Keeping Teacup Pigs

Miniature pigs are smaller pigs that were initially bred for medical research. And, in the 1980s these adorable animals were introduced as pets. And, as time passed, they have continued to become more and more popular throughout the world. So if you are planning to buy a new pet for your home, these cute creatures are a great option for more information about Acquiring a micro mini pig as a pet at

What are the benefits of owning one? They are very small

As their name suggests, teacup pigs are extremely small (about five times smaller) compared to ordinary pigs. Most of the time, they only reach upto about 14 to 16 inches (smaller than most types of dogs and average household cats) even when they are fully grown. This means that you will find it quite easy to carry them around and even walk them on a leash. This also means that they will only take up a small amount of space in your home, which is great if you are planning to create a pen for them.

They are extremely clean

As opposed to what some people believe, miniature pigs are not dirty animals. In fact, they are cleaner than most household pets. For instance, teacup pigs do not get fleas unlike dogs and cats. And, because they don’t have fur, you won’t have to worry about getting your furniture messy. On top of that, they do not aggravate allergies as much as dogs and cats. Furthermore, it can be quite easy to litter train them.

They can live a very long life

Of course, if you are getting a pet, you would want one that has a long lifespan. When it comes to this aspect, micro pigs are well above dogs and cats. As long as you know how to take care of their health, they can easily live up to 15 to 20 years. This means that you will have a great relationship with your beloved pet for a very, very long time.

Teacup pigs make great pets

They have great personalities

Teacup pigs are not only cute, they also have loving personalities. Also, they are very loyal and affectionate. Aside from that, they are quite intelligent animals. In fact, they are very trainable just like dogs. And, because they don’t bark and they don’t have many behavioral problems, they are perfect companions.

So, have you decided that teacup pigs are perfect for you? If so, you need to learn about the best ways to choose the right mini pig before buying one. With this in mind, here are some tips to get you started.

Before buying one, be sure to “pig-proof” your home.

Since miniature pigs are very intelligent and curious, you have to prepare your home for your pet’s arrival. You need to make sure that electric wires and toxic chemicals are out of reach.

Find a reputable breeder.

Of course, just like when you are buying any other type of pet, you have to make sure that you are getting your teacup pig from a reliable breeder. You have to make sure that the parents of your future pet are indeed micro pigs.
Make sure that the pet you are buying is sold at the right price.

Whenever you are buying something, it can be a bit tempting to go for the cheapest option. Of course, when you are purchasing a pet pig, you have to take note that cheaper is not always better. If you are not careful, you might end up buying an ordinary pot-bellied pig.

Teacup pigs are indeed great pets. As long as you choose the right one for you, you will surely have a loving companion for a very long time. But you have to keep in mind that like any other pet, your little pig will need time and affection from you. So, make sure to give your new teacup pig the love and care that it deserves.

Micro teacup pig information Teacup Pigs

Teacup pigs are super fun! They are one of the best pets I have ever had. One thing to realize when raising a teacup pig is that they will need lots of attention. They love to cuddle and love to have their snouts rubbed.
Teacup Pigs are litter box trained at just a few days old. They are extremely clean animals. They are also very smart! They love to play and have fun. They especially love to have food! After all they are little piggies.
There is some negative information online saying that teacup pigs are not real or that they are just starved pot belly pics. The truth is they are real. They can now be seen on major television shows and are all over Youtube!
They are easy to feed. My favorite is when they are two weeks old and you can bottle feed them. They love that milk and sprawl out for it in enjoyment!

Health Benefits of Having Miniature Pigs as Your Pet

The White Path - Mustafa Akyol - 14 December, 2016 - 18:21

Having a pet in your household can make a big difference. Why? Because they do not complicate things unlike humans do. Domesticated animals do not argue nor create a conflict between relationships. They are a perfect companion because they do not cease to amuse people whether we feel angry, sad, or happy. They will always be there to support, give joy, and have fun.

Moreover, caring for pets can change the whole atmosphere and mood in your household. They can provide quality to your life and help you realize and appreciate the beauty of life despite stress from work and other anxieties. This is because your pets want you to live in a different dimension, away from life’s struggles whenever you get to play with your beloved pets.

In the same way, they can provide therapeutic benefits that can make you happier and healthier. Some of which are the following examples that most owners are unaware of the effects:

  • People with pets are less likely to suffer from depression and they have a lower level of blood pressure especially during stressful situations. People with heart conditions may survive longer as pets like miniature pigs lessen the likelihood of heart attack incidents.
  • Pets, like teacup pigs, can increase the levels of happy hormones that can help people feel relaxed and blissful.
  • Mini pigs, or any other pet for that matter, can reduce pulse rate and muscle tension from nerve-racking situations.

There are actually many more advantages when having a miniature pig in your house, such as increasing exercise, providing companionship, adding structure to your day, boost vitality, and many more.

So, if you are planning to own miniature pigs as an additional member of your family, what should you expect from them? Some people would not dream of having an animal in their household that has the reputation of being dirty. However, many are captivated by their personality, intelligence, and adorable appearance.

Do not let your prejudice overrule your vision of good things. These cute little squealers have desirable qualities too. In contrast with other people’s belief, these teacup pigs are very intelligent, funny, highly trainable, affectionate, docile, and odor free. Of course, it requires human intervention to help these animals bring out their desirable qualities.

Health Benefits of Having Miniature Pigs as Your Pet

They can easily be trained with proper upbringing. They can be house trained, toilet trained, leash trained, and many other few tricks. In order for trainings to be successful, you should not punish them. Instead, you guide them and give rewards every time they accomplish commands.

If there are times that your pet suddenly becomes destructive, you must have overlooked something about their personality. Like humans, these animals are very sensitive and are the main reason why you should not use punishment in the learning process.

However, whenever you see them getting aggressive – especially when begging for food and dig with their snouts, these are instinctual and very natural for their kind. In some cases, matured mini pigs can open the refrigerator, pantry, and wherever food may be lurking.

Although these animals are cute and charming, you should always consider that they are territorial and dominating despite their size. Thus, you need to teach them respect by teaching them that you are on top and that they have boundaries. However, you should always use positive reinforcement to be effective.

Mini pigs, though small, have big hearts and very loving animals. Once they get accustomed to the environment and the people around them, they will prove themselves worthy of your care. So, whenever you feel sad or gloomy, you know where to go to get rid of those negative feelings. Although these little pets are small, but they can make big difference in your life by helping you focus on one thing that people usually miss: being happy.

How to Make Sure It Gets Along with Your Cat and Dog

The White Path - Mustafa Akyol - 14 December, 2016 - 18:19

Back to the time before animals were tamed, put in the zoo, and kept inside the cage, they were on their own in the wild. They find food on their own, they hunt, they kill.

Back in the wild, they are either the hunter or the prey. And even now when most of them are tamed and domesticated, their innate nature can show, making it a challenge for pet owners to maintain peace and harmony among their pets. This is especially true when there is a hunter and a prey in the pack.

Ensuring the animals’ safety against each other is a hard work… but it is not impossible. So if your collection of pets ranges from the fiercest hunting dogs to the most docile of teacup pigs, read on and learn how to make sure that your piglet is safe and is doing well in terms of dealing with your other pets.

Teacup Pigs and Cats

Pigs tend to get along well with cats. The latter think pig’s bellies make good, cozy pillows. The former on the other hand could care less about the felines. So overall, you do not have to worry much about the relationship between the two.

A problem could arise, however, when your mini pig is still at its first few weeks and your cat is something of a bully or wild. To avoid anyone from getting hurt, keep your little piggy away from the feline’s more about teacup pigs by click here

Have a fence between them for a while. You can use children’s gate for this purpose. Only remove the fence when the two start to feel comfortable and at ease around each other.

Teacup Pigs and Dogs

Pigs and dogs can be best friends. They can get along too well. However, for your piggy’s sake you should NEVER left them alone together unless you are sure that your dog is completely comfortable around your teacup pig’s presence.

How to Make Sure It Gets Along with Your Cat and Dog Why?

Remember that canines are predators by nature and pigs are preys. If something upsets dogs or causes them to feel anxious or nervous, their first instinct is to attack. And normally, it’s the pigs that are more likely to start some sort of trouble because of their curious nature. When this happens, you can be sure that the dog will finish it. So keep them apart always. This is especially true when it comes to feeding time. As much as possible, don’t feed them close to each other or else, prepare for a bloody fight.

How do you make them friends?
  • Introduce your teacup pig to your dog as a valued member of the family.
  • When the canine demonstrates aggression, reprimand it or show disapproval. This will give the dog a hint that such a behavior is not to be tolerated.
  • Don’t leave them together alone; keep them apart when you are not around.

During their first introduction, your dog may show signs of excitement, curiosity, playfulness, and fun. But don’t be too confident that he will become your mini pig’s best friend soon because “having fun” for canines often includes biting. So keep them afar until your dog has grown accustomed to sight, sound, and smell of your teacup pig—but still, don’t be too confident to leave them alone together.

Final Thought

Cats and dogs may suppress their hunting instinct when they accept specific prey animals, but you should not be too lax in ensuring your teacup pig’s security around them. This is especially true if your pets didn’t meet at a very young age.

Are Teacup pigs real?

The White Path - Mustafa Akyol - 14 December, 2016 - 18:16

There has been lots of talk whether or not teacup pigs are indeed real. There are several horror stories out there about backyard breeders taking advantage of pet owners by selling them full grown pigs instead of micro teacup pigs.

So does this mean teacup pigs are made up and just a myth? Does this mean teacup pigs are just a scam?

The answer is no. Teacup pigs are real. They are very real indeed. That being said full grown they do not fit inside of a teacup. As adults they can be anywhere between 15-50lbs. This does not mean that they are huge. In fact compared to potbelly pigs that can be 100-200 LBS teacup pigs are significantly smaller.

So now that we know that teacup pigs are real how do you find a requital breeder?

This can be hard. Cause in most cases finding a true teacup breeder in your state is not very likely.


If you find a breeder that is claiming to have a teacup piglets under $1,500 you are most likely looking at a scam or a piglet that will end up quite large.

Ask if you can see the adults. If a breeder is not willing to let you see the adults you should be very concerned. That is definitely a red flag!!!

One other indicator is if a breeder has spotted pigs also known as Juliana pigs. These piglets usually stay small and can be an indicator that Breeder truly has Micro sized piglets.

One thing to do as well is ask for references. See if the breeder has testimonials of happy clients that have adopted the piglets. Chances are if the breeder has a bunch of customers they are selling what they say they are.

One thing to be wary of is guarantees!!! There is no way a breeder can know exactly how big a mini pig will get. You must follow a strict diet with your teacup piglet to insure that it won’t get too big. When a breeder offers a size guarantee usually there is a bunch of small print. Make sure you read that small print. Again, we advise to be very wary about Guarantees!!! It just acts like a false sense of security.

Are Teacup pigs real?

Always ask for pictures of the parents. The breeder should have their adult breeders listed on the websites. If a breeder is not willing to show you the adults be cautious.

Always make sure that the teacup pig breeder is willing accepts either Paypal or Credit cards. This will offer you a form of protection. Never send cash or wire funds if at all possible.

Mini pigs can be delivered through the air. Airlines have went out of their way to make sure transferring pets is convenient and safe. Little piggies can get stressed out easily but being shipped through the air they will be held in a climate controlled and noise controlled place.

I hope this article has helped in your search for a teacup pig! Don’t trust all the hate websites. Teacup pigs do really exist. They make great lovable pets. They are very clean and can be trained to do tricks like dogs. Each of them have their own personalities. I recommend you get one they are unique and you will fall in

Acquiring a micro mini pig as a pet

The White Path - Mustafa Akyol - 14 December, 2016 - 18:13

There is a lot to consider when possibly acquiring a micro mini pig as a pet. But with research in the right places and working with a good breeder, you can make the proper, informed decision. Make sure to do some research before approaching the breeder to get an idea of what to expect.

It is a good idea to visit your micro mini pig breeder in person. This will allow you to meet your potential new piggy ahead of time, allowing you better choose which one you would like to take home. This will also allow you the opportunity to meet the new piglet’s parents and sometimes even their grandparents. You can also ask the breeder questions live in person.

You should also check into the breeder themselves before making a purchase or leaving any deposit money. A good breeder will put the health of the animal ahead of making a profit. Many bad breeders will underfeed and encourage you to underfeed the pig in order to make it appear smaller due to malnutrition. This is not the right way to have a mini pig. Instead, you should check to make sure that the micro mini pig breeder is breeding actual healthy, mini pigs. This is where visiting the breeder in person will come into play and reveal if anything is amiss. Finding out ahead of time will save you money, headaches, heartaches and also will help discourage future breeders from taking this fraudulent path.

A good breeder will also help you find the proper mini pig food along with providing you detailed instructions on how much to feed them through the pig’s different life stages. They can also tell you which fruits and vegetables are safe to feed to the mini more information about the reality of teacup pigs at

Like their bigger size breeds, micro mini pigs love food! They will spend a lot of time looking for it in any place that they can. So, it is important to piggy proof your home. Many of the same methods that are used for baby proofing your home will also work for pig proofing. They will open up cabinets and anything else they think that they will find food in. If you have cleaning agents around, your new little mini pig may try to eat it, thinking its food without knowing how dangerous those chemicals really are.

Micro mini pigs can live comfortably indoors. But despite this, it is recommended to let them play outdoors for at least four to five hours a day. If you live in a single family home, this can mean the back yard or front yard. For condos and apartments, you can find a pet friendly park where you can take your pig.

Acquiring a micro mini pig as a pet

You can even get your micro mini pig used to a leash and harness so that it can go with you on walks. If you decide to use a leash and harness on your teacup pig, be sure to start as young as possible to get them used to how the harness feels. After a while, they will be comfortable with it and then can go anywhere with you.

It will be very important for you to form a bond with your micro mini pig as early as possible. Bottle feeding is quite effective for a first step in this process. The bond will be quite important as they are social animals, much like how bonding is important for us human beings and other creatures like dogs.

Teacup pigs like a lot of soft fabrics such as fleece. You will find yourself at awe watching your mini pig snuggle in their blankets or be amused as you watch them root around in their blankets with their noses.

You may be surprised to find out that, unlike cats and dogs, micro mini pigs don’t really collect fleas or even lice. While cats and dogs have a lot of fur to provide warmth for fleas, pig hair is spread thinly. The cooler temperature is very unfavorable to the fleas and lice so they will not stick around for very long, if they land on the mini pig at all.

The typical weight range of a micro mini pig is ten to forty pounds with their height usually not exceeding seventeen inches at the shoulder. Their life spans have the same range as a small breed dog with the range at fifteen to twenty years.

It is also highly recommended that you acquire some books that are centralized on micro mini pigs. You can likely find some good ones in a book store or perhaps even online. You can check with your local breeder on what mini pig books they recommend for you to read.

Also, be sure to check with your local authorities on any laws regarding your potential new piggy before you make your purchase. Micro mini pigs are considered swine and in many cases, a farm animal. As such, they are subject to local ordinances regarding swine and farm animals. These can include a range of things, including but not limited to housing, transportation, licensing, leash laws, vaccinations, waste disposal and limit on figures.

Sharia courts have no place in UK family law. Listen to women who know | Pragna Patel

The Guardian World news: Islam - 14 December, 2016 - 09:30
There must be no religious arbitration in family matters. It leaves minority women vulnerable to control by fundamentalists

“We oppose any religious body – whether presided over by men or women – that seeks to rule over us.” So say more than 300 mostly Muslim women, but also others from different faiths who have been abused in their personal lives. These women are voicing their alarm, through a powerful statement published by Open Democracy, about the growing power of religious bodies such as sharia councils, and demand that their voices also be heard in the current debate.

From their own lived experiences, they warn against any attempt to normalise profoundly regressive religious codes of conduct as the basis of social interaction with, and policy development aimed at, minority women. They do so against the backdrop of Louise Casey’s report that warns of minority women who are trapped in abuse and isolation, and two ongoing inquiries into sharia councils: one initiated by the government and the other by the home affairs select committee.

The women we work with readily recognise that religion is itself implicated in the violence they experience

Related: Listening to Muslim women on sharia divorce could change it for the better | Shaista Gohir

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Why 2016 is the year the public got things wrong

The Guardian World news: Islam - 13 December, 2016 - 22:01

A new Ipsos Mori poll across 40 countries reveals many people are tolerant and happy – yet see a world full of fear and gloom

It would be hard to call 2016 a vintage year – but even with that in mind, many people are guilty of wildly exaggerating the threats, fears and social trends that have shaped our times.

That is the message of a new Ipsos Mori international survey across 40 countries, which shows to what extent people around the world are getting it wrong on a range of key issues.

Related: Europeans massively overestimate Muslim population, poll shows

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Europeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows

The Guardian World news: Islam - 13 December, 2016 - 22:00

International survey suggests gap between perception and reality is widest in France

Members of the public in European states including France, Belgium, Germany and the UK greatly overestimate their country’s Muslim population and the rate at which it is growing.

An Ipsos Mori survey that measured the gap between public perception and reality in 40 countries in 2016 found French respondents were by far the most likely to overstate their country’s current and projected Muslim population.

Related: The perception gap: how well do you know your country? Take our quiz

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