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  • Nobody is really free

    Ahmed's World of Islam - Online
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    "Nobody is really free: either you are a slave of Allah ta‘ala or of your nafs (carnal desires)." Shaykh Salim Dhorat
  • Radio: British Muslims going to Syria and Iraq, BBC Radio WM

    chris allen
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Tagged: British Muslims, extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Islamic State, jihadi brides, Muslims, politics, radicalisation, social media, society, Syria, young British Muslims, young Muslims
  • Bayern Munich win third straight German league title

    Al Jazeera English
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Champions League semi-finalists crowned league winners after Wolfsburg's loss gave them unassailable lead.
  • Celta Vigo v Real Madrid: La Liga – live! | Michael Butler

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Michael Butler
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Live updates as Real Madrid seek to close gap on leaders BarcelonaEmail or tweet @michaelbutler18Scoreboard – all the latest scores from tonight’s games 10.00pm BST Real Madrid march on, and are just two points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga, but they were lucky here. Both teams’ defending was suicidal, which made for a thrilling game, and a hatful of chances. Ultimately Real’s players showed their quality in finishing those opportunities – Hernandez in particular – but Celta can feel aggrieved that they didn’t get the rub of the green from…
  • Muslims from Xi’an in China at Aquila Style

    Islam in China
    Wang Daiyu
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Aquila style magazine has a short article / photoessay and a short video on the Muslims in Xian. They even have some recommendations on Halal restaurants in the area.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Celta Vigo v Real Madrid: La Liga – live! | Michael Butler

    Michael Butler
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Live updates as Real Madrid seek to close gap on leaders BarcelonaEmail or tweet @michaelbutler18Scoreboard – all the latest scores from tonight’s games 10.00pm BST Real Madrid march on, and are just two points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga, but they were lucky here. Both teams’ defending was suicidal, which made for a thrilling game, and a hatful of chances. Ultimately Real’s players showed their quality in finishing those opportunities – Hernandez in particular – but Celta can feel aggrieved that they didn’t get the rub of the green from…
  • Paula Radcliffe ends her long and winding road at the London Marathon | Sean Ingle

    Sean Ingle
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Britain’s greatest woman distance athlete makes great capital out of being a fun runner as she takes her leave at the end of a distinguished careerIn those fretful moments before Paula Radcliffe started her final competitive race her eyes welled up as she admitted: “I don’t want to embarrass myself.” Not only did her emotions hold up but her fragile body did too, as Britain’s greatest woman distance runner finished the London marathon in 2hr 36min 55sec.That was only five minutes slower than the top British female finisher, Sonia Samuels (2:31.46) – a highly respectable time given…
  • PFA Player of the Year award – live!

    Nick Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Live updates from the ceremony at Grosvenor House Email | Tweet: @NickMiller79Six Chelsea players named in PFA’s team of the year Paul Wilson’s Premier League team of the season – in pictures 9.54pm BST Gary Lineker lifted the award back in 1986, the season he scored 38 goals for Everton. He then left for Barcelona, and invited Willie Thorne out to share some drinks. 9.47pm BST Here’s Phil Coutinho with the little trinket you get for getting in the team of the year. He looks pretty happy about it, too. 9.36pm BST Here’s Ritchie Humphreys, chairman of the…
  • Why Arsenal have not missed lightweight Cesc Fàbregas this season | Barney Ronay

    Barney Ronay at the Emirates Stadium
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    It has been suggested that Arsène Wenger blundered by not bringing Fàbregas back, but the Chelsea midfielder is simply not versatile or mobile enough• Daniel Taylor’s match report: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea José Mourinho hits back at ‘boring’ chantsThis was a match that seemed to start grinding to a halt pretty much from kick-off as both teams congealed into a familiar reflection of their more notorious strengths and weaknesses. Arsenal were fluent but lacked a killer edge. Chelsea were full of guile and gristle. Towards the end of what was an absorbing enough room temperature 0-0 draw…
  • José Mourinho packs Chelsea midfield to stifle Arsenal’s attack | Michael Cox

    Michael Cox
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Chelsea focused heavily on getting men behind ball with the intention of killing the game, but retaining the ability to catch Arsenal out on the counterattack• Daniel Taylor’s match report: Arsenal v Chelsea ends in stalemate• José Mourinho hits back at ‘boring’ chantsA stalemate at the Emirates provided a perfect demonstration of the contrast between Arsène Wenger and José Mourinho. While the Frenchman continued with a slightly ramshackle formation designed to include all his on-form attacking players together and chased the game with positive substitutions, Mourinho…
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    Islam in China

  • Muslims from Xi’an in China at Aquila Style

    Wang Daiyu
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Aquila style magazine has a short article / photoessay and a short video on the Muslims in Xian. They even have some recommendations on Halal restaurants in the area.
  • Alternate History – Islamic China

    Wang Daiyu
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
      This is a flag created by Arthur Drakoni from Deviant Art for an alternate history China where China was ruled by Chinese Muslim rulers for a long time. Even though Muslims are still a minority in this alternate world they are thoroughly Chinese and have become integral to the Chinese identity. I have made this Islamic China flag inspired by Toixstory’s The Grand War map. In Tioxstory’s own words: This is the world in a universe that diverged from our own in the year 876, with the death of Huang Cho during his rebellion before he could kill one hundred thousand rich Muslims…
  • Peace be with you: 175 years of Islam in Hong Kong

    Wang Daiyu
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Post Magazine has a nice article on the history of Muslims in Hong Kong. The history of Muslims in the former British colony go back to almost since the beginning of the colonial period. Here is a relevant excerpt. In Hong Kong, Muslims have been embedded in civic society since the first Indian lascars arrived on East India Company ships in the 1840s, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing. One hundred years ago today, the Indian Muslim 5th Light Infantry Regiment in Singapore, about to depart for garrison duties in Hong Kong, went on a rampage, killing 47 British soldiers and…
  • Chinese New Year

    Wang Daiyu
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Better late than never, Xi Yang Yang! It is the Chinese new year, to be exact one week has already passed in the Chinese new year which is the year of the goat this time. May you have a blessed year!
  • Dar-Es-Salam Guided Tour to Muslim China in April 2015

    Wang Daiyu
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    My brother informed me about the following tour to China which is operated by the Dar-Es-Salam. It seems that they have been operating these tours for many years and seem to have pretty good reviews. Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Dar-es-salam or have not used their services. Please let me know if anyone has gone to this tour and I would be happy to post your reviews here. Dar El Salam Travel is excited to announce its first guided tour to China. From the early da’wah efforts of the companion, Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (RA), to the pioneering journeys of the greatest naval…
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog

  • MIM performance in Aurangabad civic polls is yet another warning signal to Congress for neglecting Muslims, failure to redress their real issues

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    As results of the civic polls in Aurangabad began pouring in on Thursday, it became clear that All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is increasingly cornering Muslim votes in Maharashtra.Final result (Total 113 seats)BJP-SS win 51 [Shiv Sena 28, BJP 23]MIM 26Congress 10NCP 3, BSP 5, RPI 2, Others 16The trends indicated that MIM was winning at 22-25 places, much ahead of Congress which was poised for victory in 10 wards in the municipal elections.Though Shiv Sena-BJP combine [mahayuti] is way ahead and emerged victorious, MIM would be a strong block in the opposition. Trends…
  • Wrestling in India: 'Kushti' craze draws thousands to watch wrestlers' fight

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
    The scene was terrific. Wrestling enthusiasts had come from far and wide to watch the bouts.Wrestling or 'Kushti', as it is commonly known as, is a sport loved by everyone in rural India.No wonder, the atmosphere was electric in this dusty town in Bhind district in Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh.The spectators were sitting on the ramparts of the old, crumbling fort.They were on the temple premises, on the ground, on the roofs of the houses, on the tree branches and everywhere around. Nearly 200 bouts were held during the wrestling competition, for winners in three categories.Two finals…
  • Mamata Banerjee reins in VHP, stops Pravin Togadia's from entering West Bengal

    6 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Mamata Banerjee has done something which the self-styled secular Congress could never do--taking a tough stand against Praveen Togadia.The TMC government in West Bengal had said that it would not allow the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief to enter West Bengal.The government remained firm and Togadia was barred from entering the state. Also, West Bengal government detained nearly 300 VHP activists who were marching towards the venue of their meet in Kolkata.Now the VHP leader is crying foul and is criticising the WB government. Left with no option, Togadia had to cancel his visit. Trinamool…
  • Now an entire Urdu library accessible on your cell phone: Read Urdu books on BazmeUrdu website or your mobile screen, free

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    IndscribeIt's a news that will gladden the hearts of Urdu lovers across the world. A treasure of Urdu books, ranging on diverse subjects, is now available to you--on website and on your cell phone screen.Further, it's all free. Sounds too good to be true! But that's reality. Two persons--Ejaz Obaid and Dr Saif Qazi, have made it possible after painstaking efforts. First, the BazmeUrdu library's website was created.Subsequently, it was taken to the next level--for the reader who uses his cell phone for surfing the internet.With more and more people accessing the internet through…
  • Hashimpura massacre, major communal riots took place during Congress rule in UP

    21 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    One of the oldest pending cases at the Tis Hazari court in Delhi, the killings of innocent Muslims by UP police, has seen a verdict. The judge, Sanjay Jindal, has acquitted all the policemen who had herded Muslims from Hashimpura, forced them into trucks, only to take away to deserted spot where they were all shot in cold-blood. The bodies were later thrown in canal. A few persons survived to tell the tale.  For 28 years, the families of the victims were waiting for justice. But justice hasn't come. Vir  Bahadur SinghThe judge stated that he acquitted them…
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    Bin Gregory Productions

  • On Children

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:20 pm
    And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.” And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like…
  • Bonsai four years on

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    I started messing around with bonsais four years ago.  At the time, I guessed it would take me four or five years to have something decent to show.  Four years later, I see that I was wildly optimistic.  Still, the progress has been encouraging in places.  Like children, you need to take pictures every so often to appreciate the changes. Duranta the First Falling Duranta Dragon Duranta   Dancing Duranta  Bridge Duranta  
  • Sheep, Honey and Lots of Jews

    11 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    A review of The Jews of Khazaria by Kevin Alan Brook Soon after the Persian Empire fell to the Companions of Prophet Muhammad (saws), the armies of the Caliphate reached to the Door of Doors, the fortress of Durbent which closes the narrow gap between the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian Sea, the fortress believed to have been built by Iskandar Dhul-Qarnayn to keep out the hordes of the Juj and Majuj.  Crossing that threshold, they encountered the Khazars. From the north side of the Caucasus stretching to Kiev in the West and the Volga River to the East they were a mighty nation of…
  • Crocodocious

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Sometimes you don’t realize what you have in your own backyard.  I realized I have crocodiles.  Jong’s Crocodile Farm is only a short drive out of town but in 12 years I had never been.  Time for a field trip!  The Crocodile Farm is a bit like a petting zoo in concept, less grand than a proper zoo, but allowing more interaction with the cuddly little creatures.   We arrived just in time for the main event: the daily feeding.  When we filed in, the crocs were the image of laziness, wallowing in mud or laying motionless in the sun with their mouths wide open. When the keepers…
  • Who Killed Sultan Tengah?

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    The story of Sultan Tengah ends abruptly. Throughout his life, Sultan Tengah was a tireless Caller to Islam and was a guest in the royal courts of three kingdoms. Returning from an odyssey of 40 years, he was assassinated by one of his own followers within the shadow of the solitary mountain that marked his domain. What clues to his murder can we find in the legend of Sultan Tengah? [Read the Legend of Sultan Tengah first.] Sultan Tengah was clearly a difficult man. Born third in line to the throne, he saw himself as the natural successor. Through his own charisma, force of character or the…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • The Stations of the Heart by al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi

    Sadiq Alam
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    1. Someone went up to a madman who was weeping in the bitterest possible way.He said: "Why do you cry?"The madman answered: "I am crying to attract the pity of His heart."The other told him: "Your words are nonsense, for He has no physical heart."The madman answered: "It is you who are wrong, for He is the owner of all the hearts which exist. Through the heart you can make your connection with God."~ A Sufi Tale 2.A Sufi Work on the Stations of the HeartTranslated by Nicholas HeerPrefaceThe excerpt translated below is from the beginning of a Sufi work on the stations of the heart. In the…
  • Uncovering More Mysteries About Our Physical Heart

    Sadiq Alam
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    We often talk about “following the heart”, but it is only recently that scientists have begun to show that there is literal truth in the cliche The physical heart remains still, even after so much medical advancements as one of the most enigmatic organ in the body. Human heart thus still baffles scientist, specially with newly uncovered truth about heart and intuition, heart and its mysterious intelligence.In Islamic Tradition, the Venerable and Blessed Prophet Muhammad himself when spoke of heart, pointed to the physical heart itself when informed about divine consciousness, about purity…
  • Thus is how Resurrection will be

    Sadiq Alam
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    In the Name of the Intensely Loving, Ever Loving OneQAAAFAnd by the honored Qur'anBut they wonder that there has come to them a warner from among themselves, and the disbelievers say, "This is an amazing thing. When we have died and have become dust, [we will return to life]? That must be a far removed possibility."We the Divine Authority know what the earth diminishes of them, and with Us is a retaining record. But they denied the truth when it came to them, so they are in a confused condition.Have they not looked at the heaven above them - how We structured it and adorned it and [how] it…
  • Alas No one Remembers You Here O Beloved! (Tomar Kotha Hetha Kehoto Bolena) ~ A Translation of Tagore Song

    Sadiq Alam
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    তোমার কথা হেথা কেহ তো বলে না,করে শুধু মিছে কোলাহল।সুধাসাগরের তীরেতে বসিয়াপান করে শুধু হলাহল ॥আপনি কেটেছে আপনার মূল--না জানে সাঁতার, নাহি পায় কূল,স্রোতে যায় ভেসে, ডোবে বুঝি শেষে,করে দিবানিশি টলোমল ॥আমি কোথা যাব, কাহারে শুধাব,নিয়ে…
  • Aiming Happiness & Bliss: The Intersection of Science & Spirituality

    Sadiq Alam
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Physical or material science try to explain the physical reality using physical or tangible evidences. Thats how the whole paradigm of science is based upon, on observable phenomena and verifiable logic and facts. On the other hand spirituality is often about things that can not be touched, observed with naked eyes or can't even be proven with material evidences. Spirituality has a very big component which deals with the unseen.Never the less there is something common between the most materialistic person and the most spiritually oriented person and that commonness is to aim for happiness.
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  • Event: Lust in Islam, May 13

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am talking about Lust. As part of a lecture series at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, I’ll be giving a Muslim perspective on love and lust. The talk will be the sixth in series, and will happen on Wednesday, May 13 from 6-7:30PM.Details on the series can be found here.
  • Event: McGinley Lecture, April 14 and April 15

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    It is time for the McGinley Lecture at Fordham. This term, I will be giving a response to the theme of “Poverty: The Curse and The Blessing."The event will be Tuesday, April 14 at 6PM at the Lincoln Center campus, and repeated on Wednesday, April 15, at 6PM at the Rose Hill campus.Details on this event can be found here.Previous topics I have been a respondent to include:Usury: A Moral Concern for Jews, Christians and Muslims (Video | text of my response)Life After Death: Hopes and Fears for Jews, Christians and Muslims (Video | text of my response)cf. my talk at the Chautauqua Institution.
  • Interview on NPR on Riyaaz Qawwali

    22 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    I was recently interviewed on NPR about Riyaaz Qawwali, a group out of Austin, TX.Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Hofstra University, says that many qawwaliartists working in South Asia today have limited themselves. He believes this American group is bringing the music back to its roots. "You know, I think there's been so much concern about what is Islam, and what isn't, politically speaking and artistically speaking," Rashid says, "that there's been a push in modern qawwali to actually sanitize it and make it very sterile — and almost rule-bound — rather…
  • Event: Rubin Museum, April 10

    15 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    On Friday, April 10, 2015, from 7-8:30PM, I will be discussing a film at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC.The film is about conjoined twins in Iran, one of whom is religious, and the other is not. Please join me. Details can be found here.
  • Controversy Swirls Around Oscar-Nominated Film - The Takeaway

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Controversy Swirls Around Oscar-Nominated Film - The Takeaway. Today, a highly acclaimed new film hits theaters across the U.S. It's called "Timbuktu," and it's a French-Mauritanian drama directed by Abderrahmane Sissako.  Hussein Rashid is professor of religion at Hofstra University. He joins us to share his thoughts on the film, and the controversy surrounding it.
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    Muslim Thought


    25 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    islamic golden age scientific establishments by prof dr, ghulam mohyuddin wani MORDERN LIBRARY SYSTEM   The invention of paper was the fist gift of the muslim civilization and culture to the world.The first book published in this world  was under   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: ISLAMIC GOLDEN AGE SCIENTIFIC ESTABLISHMENTS Related posts: is there scientific proof for muslim belief? Islamic Supremacism Amounts to Islamic Fascism Islamic System – Deen
  • What is the Islamic belief on evolution?

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Related posts: Theistic Evolution Is Shafa’a An Islamic Belief? Is Shafaa An Islamic Belief   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: What is the Islamic belief on evolution? Related posts: Theistic Evolution Is Shafa’a An Islamic Belief? Is Shafaa An Islamic Belief
  • Release Your Limitless Self! E-book.

    19 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Discover Self-sabotaging Core Beliefs And Clear Them With The Information In This E-book. Find The Limiting Beliefs That Keep You Stuck And Use The Ready-made Eft (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping Phrases To Guide You In Defusing Those Beliefs. Release Your   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Release Your Limitless Self! E-book. Related posts: If I Had Been Born a Muslim — New Book Release YogaAwakening: Release The Powers Within. Strategic Thinking EBook E-book Self Improvement!
  • The Creator and The Created (Beauties of Islam series) Part 1

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The All-Mighty is the only Creator. He is the one that created all, and non had created him. With this prefix in ones mind, it is easy to comprehend that God -the All-Mighty- is not part of his creation. In   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Creator and The Created (Beauties of Islam series) Part 1 Related posts: Faith and It’s Proof – Beauties of Islam – (Sheikh Yusuf Estes) Beauties of Islam-The Belief of a Muslim about Allah Articles of Faith – By Hamza Yusuf – Part 2 of 2 (Foundations of Islam Series: Session 3)
  • The Mahdi – The Destruction of the Kaaba

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Thisseries of lectures by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi is being uploaded to YouTube to help dispel many of the false allegations about the Islamic belief in the Mahdi, that are being spread over the internet by the makers of the ‘Arrivals   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Mahdi – The Destruction of the Kaaba Related posts: The Mahdi – Historical Claimants of the Mahdi-ship The Characteristics of the Mahdi The Mahdi – Conclusion
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    Laila Lalami

  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination

    Laila Lalami
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    I was teaching an undergraduate fiction workshop yesterday when I received a text from my friend Mark congratulating me. “On what?” I asked. I had no idea what he was talking about. Then I found out that The Moor’s Account was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, along with Richard Ford’s Let Me Be Frank With You and Joyce Carol Oates’s Lovely, Dark, Deep. The winner was Anthony Doerr for All The Light We Cannot See. In shock, I blurted out the news to my students, who erupted in applause and cheers. I’m thrilled and grateful for this…
  • Spring Events

    Laila Lalami
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m popping back on the blog for a couple of announcements. The audio book of The Moor’s Account, read by Neil Shah, was released by Audible last month. UK rights to the book have sold to Mitchell Albert at Garnet, with publication scheduled for August 2015, which will coincide with the paperback release of the book with Vintage, here in the U.S. And I am back on the road again! I will be doing two events at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. Details below: March 27, 2015 10:30 AM Deceptive Histories, Truthful Fictions Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival…
  • On Charlie Hebdo

    Laila Lalami
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:25 pm
    My essay on the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks appears in the February 2nd issue of The Nation magazine. Here is an excerpt: Two men in balaclavas burst into Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris and opened fire on the editorial staff, killing five cartoonists, a columnist, a maintenance worker, an economist, a visitor, a copy-editor and two police officers. To make sense of the senseless, we tell ourselves stories. The story is that this is the latest salvo in an ongoing clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. The story is that the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was the last bastion…
  • February 4, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    6:30 PM Writers’ Week University of California, Riverside Riverside, California Share/Bookmark
  • March 3-6, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Time TBD Literary Society of the Southwest Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson Share/Bookmark
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    tabula rasa

  • The sublime time of race

    Ash Sharma
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    A first of some talks on race and temporality that I have been working on. This ones at Coventry University:  Filed under: Event Tagged: 12 years a Slave, Blackness, film, history, race, Selma, The Nine Muses
  • Black Capital

    Ash Sharma
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:16 am
    I recently spoke at this event: Out of Sight: Constructing, Experiencing, Changing Peripheries – 20 March 2014 The peripheral is not only what is imagined as geographically distant, but encompasses those seen as the distant amongst us – the stranger, the … Continue reading →

    Ash Sharma
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    Recordings of the lecture/workshops with Fred Moten, Stefano Harney and Laura Harris at Goldsmiths last month: … Details of the event below. Black Studies: Grammars of the Fugitive A public lecture with Stefano Harney and Fred Moten Friday 6th December … Continue reading →
  • Hal Foster’s critical turn

    Ash Sharma
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:01 am
    Originally posted on The Charnel-House:. There’s a good review by Jeffrey Petts over at the low-key online publication Marx and Philosophy of Hal Foster’s excellent The Art-Architecture Complex (2011). Currently I’m writing a double-review of Foster’s book along with another very…
  • Southern Discomfort

    Ash Sharma
    9 Aug 2013 | 11:26 am
    I have started a new writing project with my long-time friend Ko Banerjea. Southern Discomfort is an experiment in developing a poetic form of critique of our contemporary situation. Maybe a sort of literary zine. This was my … Continue reading →
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    City of Brass

  • G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel nominated for Hugo Award – and needs YOUR support

    Aziz Poonawalla
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Few people outside the fandom of science fiction and fantasy probably are aware of the Hugo Awards, but in a nutshell, they are the single most prestigious award for SF/F, launched in 1953 during the Golden Age of sci-fi. These are the Academy Awards, the...Read the full post here »
  • Bomb blast in Karachi targets Dawoodi Bohra community

    Aziz Poonawalla
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    This happens almost every day in Pakistan - fanatic hirabists commit arrogant blasphemy and murder fellow Muslims in cold blood. This time, the target was my own community, the Dawoodi Bohras. KARACHI: Two people were killed in an explosion that took place after Friday prayers outside the Saleh Mosque for Bohra community worshippers. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) police Abdul Khaliq Shaikh confirmed that...Read the full post here »
  • Proof denies faith

    Aziz Poonawalla
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    On Reddit, someone posted the following question: "What convinces you that the Quran is the literal Word of God?" I think this is precisely the wrong question. The book/movie Life of Pi directly and elegantly addresses this question. In the end - no spoilers - there are two versions of events that the main character tells the authorities. One is beautiful and uplifting, and...Read the full post here »
  • Proud to be American, proud to be Muslim

    Aziz Poonawalla
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    This is a guest post by Safiya Dahodwala. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS graced the land of America for the first time as the 53rd Dai (spiritual leader) of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. It has been nearly a decade since his predecessor, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin bestowed his bountiful blessings upon the Bohra community in America. Syedna presided over a...Read the full post here »
  • is ISIS Islamic? Wrong question.

    Aziz Poonawalla
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    There is an excellent longform essay on ISIS published in The Atlantic, "What does ISIS Really Want?" that lays out an excellent case fore ISIS being genuinely different in ideology, motivation and ethos than Al Qaeda. The real question boils down to, is ISIS "Islamic" or not - and makes an excellent case for why the answer to that question is essentially, "Yes" - but also, equally...Read the full post here »
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  • “You Become!”

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Filed under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Velveteen Rabbit quote
  • Being Love

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “Love should be like breathing. It should be just a quality in you. Wherever you are, withwhomsoever you are, or even if you are alone, love goes on overflowing from you. It is not a question of being in love with someone. It is a question of being love.” – Osho Filed under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Being Love, Osho quote
  • What Does Love Look LIke?

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” — St. Augustine of HippoFiled under: Books & writing, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi Tagged: St. Augustine of Hippo quote, What does love look like?
  • Offering Your Own State of Being – Wisdom of Baba Ram Dass

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “The only thing you have to offer another human being, ever, is your own state of being. You can cop out only just so long, saying, “I’ve got all this nice stuff, I know all this and I can do all this.” But everything you do, whether you’re cooking food or doing therapy or being a student or being a lover, you are only doing your own being, you’re only manifesting how evolved a consciousness you are.” – Baba Ram DassFiled under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Baba Ram Dass quote
  • Kindness is a Way of Life

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “More than anything else, kindness is a way of life. It is a way of living and walking through life. It is a way of dealing with all that is–our selves, our bodies, our dreams and goals, our neighbors, our competitors, our enemies, our air, our earth, our animals, our space, our time, and our very consciousness. Do we treat all creation with kindness? Isn’t all creation holy and divine?” – Jean Maalouf, from The Healing Power of Kindness Ya Haqq!Filed under: Books & writing, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged:…
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  • CWA Panel Schedule

    3 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    CWA Panel Schedule: My schedule for the 67th annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado is now online! Click the title link above to see where I’ll be next week
  • Seattle Ninja Signing POSTPONED

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I’m so sorry to do this to you guys at the last minute, but in the last 24 hours I’ve started coming down with the Nth iteration of this cold that’s been making the rounds in Seattle ALLLL winter long. Given that I’m heading to ACRL next week, I think it’s best to lay low. :( Will reschedule at a later date. xoxo
  • Ms Marvel Vol 2 Ninja Signing: Seattle

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    So I screwed up a bit. Several offers were made to host a Ms Marvel Vol 2: Generation Why signing, but I’m preparing for so many different things (keynoting the ACRL conference in Portland, going to Norwescon and the Conference on World Affairs), the signing stuff slipped through the cracks. So I am going to try something a little different. This Friday, MARCH 20, I will be having coffee at Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill (1111 E Pike St.) from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Come on your lunch hour or your long break, eat a delicious cupcake, and get your copy of Ms Marvel Vol 2 (or whatever else you…
  • "If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s..."

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going” - Harriet Tubman
  • rondanchan:Repost for #KamalaCon! My street clothes Kamala...

    8 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    rondanchan:Repost for #KamalaCon! My street clothes Kamala Halloween costume. Please note the winged sloth :DI LOVE IT when guys cosplay Kamala!! And the flying sloth! Total love.
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  • Don’t go back

    Matthew Smith
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    Last week the former Prime Minister, John Major (right), popped up to have a go at the Scottish National Party, which opinion polls suggest is likely to get a majority of the seats in Scotland next month and which could all but wipe out the Scottish Labour party. He warned that a minority Labour government would be held to ransom or subjected to “a daily dose of blackmail” by the Nationalists who would nudge them further and further left, which would be “a recipe for mayhem”. Of course, this was aimed at English voters rather than Scottish ones; he knows that Tory…
  • The Sun on migrants: vagrants, cockroaches, a disease

    Matthew Smith
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:46 am
    Yesterday the Sun published an article by Katie Hopkins, former Apprentice contestant and professional loudmouth and bigot, suggesting that we “use gunships” to tackle the problem of migrants coming across the Mediterranean in unsafe boats, many of them drowning, rather than laying on a search and rescue mission at the taxpayers’ expense. She claims that the migrants trying to get across the Med are the same ones trying to get across the English Channel by stowing away on British trucks. She suggests that we “get Australian” by turning the boats back to…
  • No, ‘patriarchy’ isn’t killing the planet: the modern lifestyle is

    Matthew Smith
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Patriarchy is killing our planet - women alone can save her - The Ecologist Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, an investigative journalist best known for work on Muslim civil rights and terrorism, wrote the above article for the Ecologist website last month and posted it on the Radical Middle Way Facebook group although it really has nothing to do with Islam other than having a Muslim author. (The Ecologist still has its own website, but merged with Satish Kumar’s Resurgence magazine in 2012.) He starts off with a familiar exposition of the present environmental crisis, about how “our global…
  • Will the wheels fall of Maajid Nawaz’s bandwagon now?

    Matthew Smith
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    In today’s Daily Mail there is a report that Maajid Nawaz, the founder of the so-called counter-extremist Muslim organisation Quilliam and Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn in the forthcoming election, was filmed in a strip club in Whitechapel last year during Ramadan, where he ‘received’ two five-minute lap dances, got heavily drunk (staff threatened to remove him several times) and tried repeatedly to touch the woman who danced for him, which is against club policy. (The report includes photos and a video of the incident.) Nawaz’s spokesman said…
  • A new speed limit at midnight

    Matthew Smith
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Tonight at midnight, the speed limits for trucks on roads in England and Wales go up by 10mph: the maximum speed on single-carriageway roads to 50mph, and on dual carriageways to 60mph (in practice, vehicles will not be able to exceed 56mph as they are all fitted with speed restrictors). This is something the industry has been campaigning for for some time, but safety charities have criticised it as giving into law-breaking and some drivers complain that it will mean they are paid less as they can complete jobs more quickly. Personally, I welcome it, although I think it should be accompanied…
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  • The Youtube Caliphate

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    To add to Yemen’s woes, yet another wannabe player in the maelstrom of Yemeni politics has entered the picture, this time announced through a Youtube video picture. Out in the desert in Yemen about a dozen or so masked militia men wielding full battle gear go through basic training maneuvers choreographed for the video. The leader, or at least the spokesman, stands in front of his men about half way through the exercise and pledges his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS caliph who is apparently wounded and perhaps not even alive anymore. Move over al-Qaida, Huthis and…
  • Astrology Conference

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:32 am
  • So Much for Democracy

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    For my post on the Arab youth views of democracy, click here.
  • Ba’d kharab Sanaa

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Saudi Arabia has announced that their Decisive Storm bombing campaign is over and they have accomplished their apparent goal of destroying any military capacity of Yemen. There is an old proverb in Arabic that states “ba’d kharab Basra” (after the destruction of Basra) and it is quite apt as a follow up to this news. The weapons destroyed can be replaced, and no doubt at some future date will be, but the lives lost and the mortal wounds to Yemen’s pride can never be restored even by a so-called “Restoration of Hope.” The Saudi offer to pay millions to…
  • The Un-Islamic State

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    How Islamic is the Islamic State known as ISIS, ISIL, IS, Daesh and the new caliphate? To the extent that any group claims to be Islamic, quotes Quran and brandishes the rhetoric of the faith, ISIS is clearly presenting itself as an Islamic sect. To the extent that they have bastardized just about every other Islamic worldview, they are certainly not in the mainstream. Their appeal is not to Muslims who know the history of their faith, but to the disgruntled youth of the West and traumatized youth of the region. And, most importantly, ISIS is, ironically, the revenge of Saddam Hussein. This…
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  • Arguing with the Cloud-Shepherd

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A path leads away through a stand of bamboorustling and alive to the windbut my feet stay rooted.A stream rushes downhill laughingto greet the distant sea. I amsilent and reflect no sunlight.The wind reproaches my stillness, but I have no timeto argue with the cloud-shepherd,busy with the Friend’s work.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Private Weather

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Unpredictable, my private weatherbrings me fits of chills and flares of heat,storms of rain and thunder-growling temper.Nighttime season-shift: my icy feetnow kick the covers off and gasp for airbecause they’re drowned in sweat. A pleasant changefrom always wearing sweaters everywhere—but makes me find myself a little strange.I know what’s causing it: the silver streaksthat frame my temples, spreading spots on backsof hands, the wrinkles falling round my neck.This is a tranquil time, in most respects,but just to keep me guessing (I suspect)there’s personal climate-change in…
  • Death Speaks to the Knight

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
  • After the Blood, the Burning

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I seek resolve and cannot find it. A murdered boy and a city burning:why am I always standing behind it?There’s a social contract. Which of us signed it?Does it condemn us to this rite of mourning?I seek resolution and can’t find it.I am not shackled, nor am I blinded,not unaware, capable of learningso why am I still standing behind it?How many times must we be remindedbefore, at the last, there comes a turning?I seek an answer. I cannot find it.Am I waiting around until someone’s defined “it” ?These are old, old wheels that keep on churning.I’m sick and tired of standing behind…
  • What I Did Today

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    I wrestled the East Wind in the Coast Range and kissed salt spray from his lips. I counted every creek and trailhead on Highway 6.I stood next to Bill Stafford on a cliff above the Wilson River. I had my feet flayed bloody by wind-blown sand.I threw a can of Red Bull into the sea to free the unicorns. I dug agates from a cliff that rose from the beach like an oliphant’s legs.I hijacked a truckload of Tillamook Cheese and abandoned it at the food bank.I sat in the alders drinking sunshine and eating moss and ferns.I hung flags from every branch in a lake full of standing dead trees because…
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  • Counterterrorism: rhetoric vs reality

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    Amid the controversy of Pakistan joining the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the media focus has shifted from the implementation of theNational Action Plan (NAP), the guiding counterterrorism policy framework. After months of heralding the NAP as the panacea for all that afflicts Pakistan, there are signs that some of the policy commitments may be waning. […]
  • One year after: On the endangered freedoms in Pakistan

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:18 pm
    It has been a year as I wrote here since I was almost assassinated. I have already posted the tribute to Mustafa who died in the March 2014 attack. Here are a  few other stories that were published recently. “It has been a year since I lost a close associate, an employee, a friend. After I miraculously escaped […]
  • More Than “Just” a Footnote

    2 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    A year after gunmen attacked his car, killing his young driver, I mourn the loss of Mustafa   Mustafa – associate, companion, employee, friend It has been a year since I lost a close associate, an employee, a friend. After I miraculously escaped a carefully planned dénouement, there was much to celebrate: the chance to […]
  • A year ago, I was almost killed

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:16 pm
    A year ago, I suffered the fate of thousands of Pakistanis who have been attacked, maimed and terrorised by violent extremism. I was lucky to have physically survived but my driver Mustafa was not. An innocent human life lost but at the end of the day, he made for a mere digit. This is the […]
  • Bangladesh on the Brink

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Unrest sweeps Dhaka after disputed elections, but Bangladesh’s problems extend much farther from the ballot box. Also sparking the flames of turmoil are a stagnant economy, authoritarian rule, and weak governance The recent political turbulence sweeping Bangladesh has cost more than 100 lives since January and job strikes have brought near standstill to Dhaka, the […]
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  • 10 Things We Can Learn From Children

    Sh. Waleed Basyouni
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
    The Word “Dhurriyyah” was mentioned 32 times in the Qur'an in 19 different surahs. This points to the significance of the word “Dhurriyyah,” which means offspring or children. Family is the cornerstone of society, and for this reason Islam placed much emphasis on the importance of family. When we think of children, we often think: “How can we raise them?” “How can we provide for them?” “How can we teach them?” “How can we protect them?” This is only natural, for the Prophet  said: “Each of you is a shepherd, and…
  • Islam is a “Yes Religion!”

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    By Karim Serageldin When I was seven-years-old I used to attend a halaqa that focused on “the Islam of No's”. One summer day upon entering class, my stoic teacher and I got into this dialogue. “What is this?” My teacher glared at my hand. A shiny bracelet wrapped around my tanned wrist. “It's a bracelet, my grandmother got it for me.” I said nonchalantly. “Didn't I tell you jewelry is haram?” He formed a plastic smile. “But it's silver. Boys can wear silver. My grandma got it for my birthday.” “Didn't I tell you celebrating birthday's are haram?” His face went…
  • It’s Okay to Be Judgmental?

    Umm Zakiyyah
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    “None of us like judgmental people. But we are all, to a certain extent, judgmental people. After all, one must be judgmental to even judge others as judgmental.” —from the journal of Umm Zakiyyah As a youth, I was part of a community comprised of mostly converts to Islam and second generation American Muslims, and it was commonplace to run into Muslims who felt that my hijab was on wrong, that I wasn't praying correctly, or that I wasn't a “real” Muslim—without them taking the time to even know my name. For some of these Muslims, the color of my skin was enough proof that my…
  • Life Hacking to Ibn Batutta – Art of Connection with Belal Khan

    Belal Khan
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Son of a Duck, the famous traveller who traversed the globe back in the day and documented his journey in the famous book “Ar Rihla,” historically known as Ibn Battuta, was 21 years old when he embarked on his journey. Think about it. He's 21 years old. Today, that's a college graduate. But, his level of expertise in law, language, and logic was so well-grounded that he could actually work and this is what allowed him to continue his travels. He in fact was more than capable to serve as a judge in a judicial system. What were the prerequisites of knowledge that enabled him to…
  • Why Buying “Experiences” Won’t Make You Happy | The Muslim Skeptic

    Daniel Haqiqatjou
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Pop psychology has this unique ability to take the worst of philosophical sophistry, combine it with the shoddiest research methods, and spit out ill-begotten, yet Scientific™,  platitudes about how we should live our lives. Whether their work sits on the bookshelves of airport kiosks or is featured on the latest episode of Oprah, these gurus of good living know exactly what human fulfillment consists in, and they are more than happy to share that with the ADHD-addled, depressed, morbidly obese masses. The latest slice of wisdom to make the rounds is more insidious than usual because it…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Anonymous and Other Hactivists Groups Hack Thousands of Israeli Websites, Routers and Emails in The promised Day of Electrician Holocaust #OpIsrael

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Anonymous along with other Muslim hacktivist groups including Tunisian hactivist group Fallaga, Hackers from Pakistan and Indonesia announced around a month ago that today will be the day for operation Israel #opIsrael promising an Electronic Holocaust for the Jewish state as a punishment for occupying Palestine. As of reporting this story hackers has reported hacking thousands of Israeli websites, email and routers. Here is some lists Israel gov emails list By Anis Joker Dz #OpIsrael | 145 Israeli website #Hacked by #AnonGhost #OpIsrael | +600 Israeli website #Hacked by #AnonGhost 3000…
  • Uber Launches in AMMAN, Uber’s 300TH City

    Gaith Saqer
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    San Francisco based mobile-app-based transportation network Uber which allows consumers to submit a trip request via their mobile phones, which is routed to crowd-sourced taxi drivers has launhced in Amman Jordan. The launch in Jordan makes Amman the 300th city for Uber in the World.Yazeed Abul Failat, presenter of Jordan Star & Caravan on Christan owned Ro’ya TV  was the first passer at Uber. Uber faces competition in the region from Careem and Easy Taxi, Careem operates in GCC, Cairo, Lahore, Casablanca, Beirut Casablanca and Rabat and yet it does…
  • CIA and Mossad Main Suspect in Killing a Journalist Injuring 3 others at Islamic Magazine Adımlar Office In Istanbul #JesuisAdimlar

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Updated. No you wont see demonstrations in the West saying Jesus Adimlar, No you want see the Masonic media rush to condemn the attack against the Islamic magazine Adimlar in Turkey and call it an attack against free speech, no you wont see the Western and Arab apostate regimes condemn the criminal attack. Why? Because the magazine did not insult the prophet SAWS Mohammad. Because it is pro Islam, because it exposes the US colonialism of the Muslim world, directly or indirectly via poppet apostate regimes. However we at ArabCrunch says JesusAdimlar A writer was killed and three others were…
  • Twitter to Open its First Arab World Branch in Dubai

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Twitter MENA account announced that Twitter is going to open its first Arab world branch in Dubai. We do not know what this branch will do, but it might be sales office for its social media advertising opportunities and it also might include Arab speaking staff who would monitor Twitter to take down Islamic State supporters’ account. Many Arab and Muslim Twitter users criticize Twitter for suspending Islamic State (known as ISIS) accounts. None of the US and western organizations that claim to support free speech suchElectronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as has showed any objection to…
  • Twitter Threatens to Suspend Wikileaks Account Over a Photo and then Backs Off

    12 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    As we said before Twitter is no longer a free speech platform as it keeps deleting Islamic State supporters accounts and as it management admitted it become influenced by the CIA and FBI. A recent trend that would be trouble some for the general public all over the world who wants to know the truth about the dirty and criminal work of their governments. Twitter told WikiLeaks that they will suspend their account unless WikiLeaks removes a photo they tweeted of conman/informer Mark Goeder-Tarant, the person behind the fake “WikiLeaks Forum”. But then wikileaks tweeted that now decided it…
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  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 20th, 2015

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: B.R. Ambedkar, Bodo militants, fake encounters, Hashimpura Massacre, Hindutva forces, Modi's Canada Visit, Muslims in Sayajipura, STF personnel, Terror accusedIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines After Centre’s nod, state govt chargesheets former DGP who took on Modi Ex-ACP files police complaint against Raut for causing enmity Reveal names of policemen involved in encounters: TFJ FIR against STF personnel for murder, abduction in Chittoor encounter: Police tells Andhra HC Terror accused have right [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 13th, 2015

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Anti-Muslim massacre, anti-terrorism law in Gujarat, Fake Encounter, Gujarat 2002, Nizamabad custodial death, Red sanders smugglers' killings, Telangana encounterIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Anti-Muslim massacre overshadows Modi visit Arrest Sanjay Raut, de-recognise Shiv Sena, demands Aam Aadmi Party Activists, organisations deprecate fake Telangana encounter; demand CBI probe Red sanders smugglers’ killings: 2 encounters, 20 bodies, several unanswered questions Post-mortem report gives new twist to Nizamabad custodial death The new…
  • Fake encounter killings in Telangana are an outrage against the rule of law say Indian Americans

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Categories: Press releaseTags: custodial killing, police brutality, Talangana encounterKilling of five youth while they were handcuffed on their way to court in a police van warrants a judicial probe April 09, 2015 Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC –, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos ethos has called the Telangana police killing of five detainees in a transportation [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 6th, 2015

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: 1992 Jalandhar fake encounters, 2002 Gujarat riots, Babri Masjid demolition case, Beef ban, church attack, Communal Riots, GCTOC, Hashimpura Massacre, Hindutva, Patna blast, RSS-induced riotsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Bihar CM Nitish Kumar demands BJP’s explanation for 2002 Gujarat riots 1992 Jalandhar fake encounters: 8 ex-cops get life sentence Main accused in Patna blast case arrested Babri Masjid demolition case: Courts are ‘the only way ahead when accused are in govt’, says Haji Mehboob Muslims have [...](Read…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 30th, 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Ahmedabad land, Babri Masjid demolition case, Beef ban, counter-terrorism measures, Free Speech, Hashimpura masscre acquittal, Internet Freedom, RSS membership for govt. staffIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Custodial death of Shaikh Hyder, A blot on the face of Telangana: Facting Finding Report Row in Chattisgarh Assembly over RSS membership for govt. staff Hashimpura masscre acquittal result of “deliberate, shoddy” investigation Babri Masjid demolition case: SC issues notice to BJP leader L K Advani, 19 [...](Read more...)
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  • 35 killed due to rain, windstorm in Pakistan

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Islamabad : At least 35 people were killed and 150 others injured following heavy rains and windstorm in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on Sunday, media reported. A heavy storm hammered different areas of the province, including Peshawar, Charsadda and Naushera, followed by heavy rains on Sunday, ARY news reported. At least 35 people were killed and 150 injured across the province in different incidents related to the rain and windstorm. Roofs of many houses were blown off as heavy winds hit parts of the province, collapsing walls and electricity poles. At least 17 mm rain was…
  • Israel joins in Nepal quake relief

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    New Delhi : Israel is joining in the relief and rescue operations in Nepal with the staff at their embassy here joining their counterparts in Kathmandu to assist in the humanitarian efforts in the aftermath of Saturday's massive earthquake. The first planes carrying assessment teams, search and rescue experts and medical personnel and supplies are on their way from Israel to Kathmandu, under direct instruction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said an Israeli embassy release here. Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon is in constant contact with Indian authorities to coordinate access…
  • 811 arrested in Saudi Arabia on terror charges

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    Riyadh : The security authorities have arrested 811 people of 25 nationalities on terrorism charges across the Kingdom in the past six months, according to sources. These include an American, a French national and a Canadian. Weapons, explosives, various documents and electronic devices were found in their possession, Saudi Gazette reported. Of the arrested persons, 634 are Saudis, 73 are Yemenis, 51 Syrians, 17 Pakistanis, 15 Egyptians, eight Palestinians, eight unidentified persons, six Sudanese, six Jordanians, five Indians, four Bangladeshis, three Chadians, two Iraqis, two Ethiopians,…
  • Bangladesh jolted twice after fresh tremor in Nepal

    26 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    Dhaka : Two mild tremors shook Bangladesh on Sunday following a fresh tremor in Nepal, a day after a deadly earthquake devastated the Himalayan country leaving over 2,000 people dead. The tremors were felt in capital Dhaka and other parts of the country shortly after a 6.7-magnitude temblor rocked Nepal, Xinhua news agency reported. According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), the first tremor jolted the country at about 1.12 p.m. for about one minute. The second shock at 1:26 p.m. lasted for about 20 seconds. Saturday's 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal also shook Bangladesh,…
  • Nine militants killed in Pakistan

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:48 am
    Islamabad : Nine militants have been killed in the air strikes in Pakistan's Khyber Agency, media reported on Sunday. An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said jets pounded Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) hideouts on Saturday in Tirah Valley, Dawn online reported. The ISPR claimed that nine militants affiliated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) were killed in the air strikes and five of their hideouts destroyed. Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) spokesman Salahuddin Ayubi, however, rejected the ISPR's claim. News: …
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • The Polygamy Game

    Adnan Samma
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    By Adnan Samma • Muslim Youth Musings Unfair as thy fate might seem Through the distress of circumstances seen Comes hope, the mistress that does not deem And faith, the wife that shall redeem Polygamy in the premises of the choices unkindled When a man fears his decisions Leaving himself wrinkled What does it take to convene Had his fear blinded the present unseen Had his arrogance become so keen. Explanation This poem takes an interesting twist on polygamy, personifying hope and faith to be the partners of a man buried in deep distress. The man is a believer, yet does not embrace the…
  • Working It Out: Muslim American or American Muslim?

    Maryam Ali
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    By Maryam Ali • Muslim Youth Musings My stomach clenched. Surrounded by an unpleasant stench in the gym, I froze with fear as my physical education teacher informed us that the upcoming weeks would be spent learning the salsa dance. The goal of these lessons was to understand how to interact, albeit awkwardly, at formal dance events like prom. As I stood there, I imagined my mom’s look of revulsion at the activities of an “Amerikan” school system and my dad’s expression, when he learned that I would be dancing with boys. I could imagine my mother expressing her discontent with the…
  • On Air with Radio Islam

    Fatimah Waseem
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    By Fatimah Waseem • Muslim Youth Musings At MYM, we believe today’s writers should write to craft a better tomorrow. In line with our mission, we sat down for our first major radio interview in a segment called, “Tomorrow’s Writers Making an Impression Today.” The segment was part of WCEV’s Radio Islam, a Chicago-based talk show that covers news, environment, health and many other topic. Radio Islam broadcasts in America’s third largest market of 7.8 million listeners. Read an abridged transcript prepared by Zara Tariq or listen to the live interview. Meet our editor-in-chief,…
  • I Will Not Be Gunned Down

    Shaziya Barkat
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    By Shaziya Barkat • Muslim Youth Musings I stood staring at myself in the mirror, carefully wrapping my headscarf around my hair. The image stared back at me, clear as water. And that purity made me cringe. I struggle against the tide every day, against the norm of society, to fully embody the image in that mirror. I knew that it would not be as simple as draping a cloth over my head, classifying me as a Muslim. Rather, it would take the reconciliation of two very different elements of nature. I didn’t truly recognize the force of the tides till bigotry recently turned into actions of…
  • Painting for Tomorrow

    Muhtasham Sifaat
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    By Muhtasham Sifaat • Muslim Youth Musings It was a walk like any other on a bright Sunday morning, nearing noon. A summer walk on a dirt trail, the kind if you would stop and look up, a drop of sweat would run down from your temple as you scan the surrounding trees, seeing their patches filled by flickers of light, the sun veiled by the edges of their edges. Under the green shining so vibrantly against the blue sky, I began to wonder about a place much brighter than here. In that place, I would find my father in deep thought, his frail white hair once again a spruce of black. I would sit…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • OPINION: Indians taken for a ride by Anti Corruption Movement

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
    By Syed Ali Mujtaba It’s a year now for the Narendra Modi government in office. The incumbent Prime Minister has come to power with twin mandate — effective governance and rapid development of the country. Effective governance entailed accountability and bringing uprightness in governance, thereby meaning ending corruption.   While there is quite a loud...
  • Beef ban is an attempt to impose upper-caste culture on other Hindus: Kancha Ilaiah

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    The claims that only Muslims and Christians eat the meat of cattle is empirically and historically false, says the Dalit political scientist. By Ajaz Ashraf Professor Kancha Ilaiah burst into popular consciousness with his bestseller Why I Am Not a Hindu – A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy. Currently the director...
  • Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. By Jane Ciabattari The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born 807 years ago in 1207, have sold millions of copies in recent years, making him the most popular poet in...
  • Five ethical problems that plague Indian journalism

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    A global study warns that India’s media boom will be worthless unless these issues are fixed soon. By Nayantara Narayanan From the Radia tapes in 2010 to the Essar leaks last month, Indian journalism has been creaking under the burden of unethical practices. A new report titled “Untold Stories: How Corruption and Conflicts of Interest...
  • Phenomenon of Community, Not Phenomenon of Islam

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan The Wall Street Journal of New York published an article, Why Islam Needs a Reformation on March 20, 2015 by a Somalian writer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The writer speaks about the violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. She claims that this violence has theological sanction in the religion of Islam....
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  • Muslim Wedding Acronyms

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    At Perfect Muslim Wedding we like to have fun so for this post we thought about playing with wedding acronyms. Photo Courtesy of Oxygen Photo Solutions Every cultural group has their own terminology including techies. In the world of weddings there is a code also. Below are some serious and fun acronyms for weddings in general and a few specfically for Muslim Weddings that we made up. Have Fun, enjoy, share with us your favorities.   WEDDING GENERAL AHR: At Home Reception AHAKAS: A Hug A Kiss A Shoulder BED: Biggest Edifying Discovery BB: Bridal Bouquet BP: Bridal Party or Bridal…
  • Part 3: Results of 2015 Perfect Muslim Wedding and Marriages Survey

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    This is the third and final part of the results from the 2015 Perfect Muslim Wedding and Marriages Survey. Photo by feriansyah availablable under a Creative Commons Attribution-license Once again there thank you to all who participated. We believe there is tremendous learning we can gain from each other. There are some wonderful gems in this survey. Read through them. Take one or two that resonate for you and implement them in your lives. Rinse and repeat. May Allah make everyone’s marriage a blessed one. What was the biggest challenge in the first few years of your marriage (or that of…
  • The Talk with the Photographer

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Your wedding day is one of the many important days of your life, and because you can’t actually relive the moment, photos are your best bet to keep that memory alive. Which is why it is important to have the talk with your photographer. They need to know exactly what you want, so no moment is left undocumented. So here are some things you should discuss with your photographer. (Via Ayesha Khan Photography) 1. Do you want a photo with all of your friends, or a photo with your favorite Aunt? Your wedding day will be hectic and these will slip your mind. Be sure to either let your…
  • Part2: Results of 2015 Perfect Muslim Wedding and Marriages Survey

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    This is the second part of the results from the 2015 Perfect Muslim Wedding and Marriages Survey. In the first part of the survey we shared answers for questions one to three. In Part two we are sharing results for questions four to six. Photo courtesy of Xyra’s Photography What were ways you/they saved money on the wedding? Asking for donations. One guest brings food, another brings cups, etc. At my wedding we invited a small group, found a beautiful restaurant with waterfalls and flamingos and kept it simple. Can you save money on a wedding? (Editor, yes you can) Coupon.. Sunday…
  • Results of 2015 Perfect Muslim Wedding and Marriages Survey

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    The results are finally in for  the Perfect Muslim Wedding and Marriages survey. It took a lot of outreach and follow-ups to elicit the over 108+ responses we got. Thank you to all of you who participated. Photo by Amna Hakim Photography Our first survey last year was primarily quantitative, so it was easy to summarize the results. This time we wanted to not only go far and wide in North America but also deep, so we went for a qualitative “fill in the details” survey. We got some wonderful insights. To make this digestible we first reduced the 900 or so responses down to just…
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