Issue 1

In This Issue:

By Sajid Iqbal Welcome to The Revival. A new and improved, bigger and brighter mag for the Muslim youth. Yes, The Revival is back after a few years of chilling and perfecting our suntan! Now we are back again as the Voice of the Muslim youth - the biggest and brightest Muslim youth magazine, and it's absolutely free! The Revival will be out every two months inshallah dealing with the everyday issues facing the Muslims today. In every issue you will find some funky, weird and wonderful Regular Features including the likes of 'Back to Basics with Ali Wannabe and Jamal', 'Turkey of the month' and 'Media Review'.
By Dave - An American member from The Revival Forums A little while ago somebody on The Revival Forum asked me what I had learned about Islam since I had begun posting nearly a year ago. I hadn’t really thought about it in a while, but the truth is I no longer come to the forums to learn about Islam. That may seem a little strange; why else would an American and a Christian be on an Islamic forum if not to learn about Islam?
In this regular slot, we at The Revival HQ shall name and shame people who we think are really damaging the Muslims, and basically are right turkeys. This month, with the approach of the election (which may, or may not happen in May); there is no shortage of candidates for us to choose from.
By Sajid Iqbal There was a man born over 1400 years ago. A great man. A special man. A man who changed the world. A man who conquered the world. A man recognised as the most influential person in history. A man who brought a message, a religion, a faith, a code of life and a system of life. A man who brought about the greatest revolution ever. Today that religion and system of life has over 1.6 billion followers world-wide. This man is Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)- Messenger of God.
By Sajid Iqbal & Irfan Khan Jamal: Assallamu Allaikum Ali . How are you bro? Ali Wannabe: Yo Wagowaan Jam. Not seen you's in bare time? Jamal: Last time I saw you was in school. What have you been up to ? Ali Wannabe: ME, I’m a businessman! Jamal: Mashallah bro that’s good to hear. So what’s your business? Ali Wannabe: I’m in the entertainment business. I chill people out. Jamal: What do you mean bro?
By Sajid Iqbal Now if I mentioned the words ‘politics’ and ‘voting' what would be your reaction: “Politics! what a waste of time? All politicians are dodgy? Aren't all parties the same? Politics is dull and boring! Politicians and parties are all against Islam and the Muslims? I ain’t got time for politics!”
If you think the Quran is just about nice stories, do’s and don'ts, history lessons and how to live your life then you’re in for one heck of a shock! Did you know that there are hundreds of scientific statements in the Quran which have only been discovered by scientists in the 20th century but the Quran has mentioned them over 1400 years ago. This clearly proves that the Quran is definitely not the work of any human being but has come from none other than God Almighty.
By Alveena Salim What is it like being a young Muslim living in Britain? Alveena Salim, a University student from London gives her personal account. I spend a lot of my time completing questionnaires in women’s magazines. I love hearing what others have to say about me. The other day I was filling out a questionnaire with my sister, after answering twenty questions she loudly read out the results “You’re a Sad Loner Who Needs To Get A Life”. I double checked just to make sure she wasn’t winding me up as usual, but she was right my results did indicate that I was a sad loner with no life (Charming!).
By Naheem Zaffar Iraq Elections The Iraqi Elections were held in Iraq on the 30th January 2005. Or not held if you were in a Sunni area. So who won and what does this mean for Iraq and the wider world? The United Iraqi Alliance, a Shia coalition endorsed by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani won a major slice of power, taking over 47 percent of the ballots cast. The Kurdistan Alliance List came second with 25 percent, whilst the Prime Ministers Allawi's party came third.(1)
By Irfan Khan The Palestinian elections and the Sharm El-Sheikh summit of Prime ministers Sharon and Abbas was seen in the Western media as the starting of a new era, after the death of Yasser Arafat who was seen as the main obstacle for peace.
Answer by Shaykh Salim Ghiza: In the name of Allah the most Beneficent and Merciful. Pre-marital relationships (boy/girlfriends) are strictly Haram (forbidden) in Islam. For non permissible males to have a relationship with non permissible females is one of the major sins in today’s era. Unfortunately we see this western influence spreading like an illness amongst the Muslim youth. As barriers of work and study have been relaxed by parents, as they would like to see their children prosper, it has brought its evils with it. Whilst working or studying is commended and supported by Islam, the values of guarding one’s modesty and chastity are even more important. Answer by Shaykh Salim Ghiza:
Read the following questions and choose the appropriate response. This will give you an idea of what kind of a Muslim you really are: A rude scene comes on Telly while you’re sat with your family. Do you… A - Rush for the remote, switch off the telly, whilst muttering under your breath “ASTAGFIRULLAH”, I can’t believe the amount of filth they show. This is what we get from living in a kufr society” B - Become embarrassed and quickly change the channel. C - You watch the Telly from the corner of your eye.
A regular feature where we look at the media events that affect the Muslims. Movie Review: Assault On Precinct 13 Assault On Precinct 13 is more than Hollywood fiction. It is the best example in a long time, a perfect illustration of the state of the Ummah – under siege from all sides. Defence is in the hands of imperfect individuals. There is no time to train, no time to contemplate, no time to get the basics right first.
Next time you sit on a plane, look at the clock, go to the opticians or do some maths remember it is Muslims who invented and discovered these. Flight What we are told: The first mention of man in flight was by Roger Bacon & Leonardo da Vinci who drew flying apparatus? Well... Actually Ibn Firnas of Spain constructed & tested a flying machine in 800A.D. (1) Roger Bacon & Leonardo da Vinci studied this work and copied it 700 years later. Clocks