55th anniversary of the most recognised translator of the Quran, Yusuf Ali’s death

55th anniversary of 

the most recognised translator of the Quran,  

Yusuf Ali’s  death 

 

Fifty-five years ago this month, on Dec 10, 1953, few in the Muslim world noticed a minor tragedy unfolding in London. The previous day, a sick man was found sitting on the steps of a house in London in a bitterly cold British winter day, and was taken to hospital by police.

On this day, a man whose name was already known around the Muslim world, died a pauper’s death, without even a companion by his side. British authorities contacted the Pakistani High Commission in London to arrange his funeral and burial.

yusuf ali article 121208 aliAsk any English-speaking Muslim what translation and commentary of the Quran they originally studied, and the chances are that it was the one by Abdullah Yusuf Ali (left). First published in 1934, it remains to this day the most widely read and quoted English translation of the Quran.

Despite the efforts of numerous other scholars – Muslim, non-Muslim, English and non-English – to better it, few have been able to come close to Yusuf Ali’s classical English, which has given readers a sense of the beauty of the original Arabic verses.

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Will Smith, “We gotta help somebody”

Will Smith, “We gotta help somebody”

 

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec 14 – Will Smith is bringing the message of his new movie “Seven Pounds” to the Midwest with a promotional tour that also turned into a fundraiser.

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Ethnic group

Ethnic group

 

An ethnic group is a group of human beings whose members identify with each other, usually on a presumed or real common heritage.[1][2] Ethnic identity is further marked by the recognition from others of a group’s distinctiveness[3] and the recognition of common culturallinguisticreligiousbehavioral or biological traits,[1][4] real or presumed, as indicators of contrast to other groups.[5]

Ethnicity is an important means through which people can identify themselves.

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Ethics

Ethics

 

Ethics is a major branch of philosophy, encompassing right conduct and good life. It is significantly broader than the common conception of analyzing right and wrong. A central aspect of ethics is “the good life”, the life worth living or life that is simply satisfying, which is held by many philosophers to be more important thanmoral conduct.[1]

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Ethic versus ethnic

Ethic versus ethnic

They look the same, sound the same, but they are not the same. Correct! Correct! Correct! Ethic is different from ethnic but unfortunately, in Myanmar, the latter is misused to camouflage or even suppress the former.

 Some clear examples include the segregation of citizen status; as ‘pure’ original citizens, mixed blooded people, Burmese Buddhists, Ethnic minorities, naturalized citizens etc. 

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How Burma’s opposition lost its fear

By Phoebe Kennedy in Rangoon
Wednesday,10 December 2008

Despite the junta’s crackdown, Phoebe Kennedy finds a new mood of defiance on the streets of Rangoon

Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party attend a rally in Rangoon

I was bumping along Rangoon’s streets in a battered taxi when I saw the crowd, men and women wearing red armbands, most with heads bowed, looking uncomfortable, even frightened.

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