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  • BBC Radio 4 discussion: Islamic feminism

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:17 am
    This morning I was on BBC Radio 4 discussing Islamic feminism. If you can access BBC iplayer, you can listen to the discussion here, at 38 minutes into the recording Share on Facebook Tweet This Post
  • Of Kolkata visits, Muslims and Bengali Bhadralok: Difference between Leftist government and Trinamool's rule in West Bengal

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    By Ather FarooquiMy first visit to West Bengal was in the year 1989. This was followed by subsequent tours in 2010 and 2014. Kolkata [Calcutta] was quite an intimidating town then.The infrastructure had crumbled and there was a sense of  fear in the metropolis. It was tough to walk on the streets as there was no place on footpaths.My visit was about collecting statistics about Urdu education. Hence, I met CPMleader Salik Lakhnawi.When I contested his opinion and said that CPM hasn't done anything for Urdu and told him that the class conflict between Bengali and non-Bengali was similar to…
  • Feeling Happy in the Middle East
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    Given all the unhappiness, it is refreshing to find a little happiness in the Middle East, even if it is musical. Enjoy the following: Happy in Yemen ( Happy in Abu Dhabi ( Happy in Algeria ( Happy in Egypt ( Happy In Kuwait ( Happy in Jerusalem ( Happy in Jordan ( Happy in Lebanon…
  • Review: Going Postal

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    Zayn Al-Abideen Gregory
    6 Feb 2014 | 4:08 pm
    By Mark Ames Why do they hate America? Because there is a lot there to hate, says Mark Ames. Going Postal connects a lot of far-flung points to show the creepy similarities that exist between school and workplace rage killings and early American slave rebellions. Among them is that each and every slave rebellion was led by a certifiable crazy person. When the cruelty and hatefulness of American society is invisible, you’d have to be a lunatic to see it. It may be that the rage killers were crazy *and also* that there is something very very ill about American society that they are…
  • Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system?

    Muslim Thought
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system? need to know a bit about it for an essay that i am writing Best answer: Answer by The White Horsemy first steps in slam  ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system? Related posts: How Do You Live In An Orthodox Muslim Country If Your Belief System Is Totally Opposite Of Islamic Beliefs? Islamic System – Dr israr Vs Javed Ahmed Ghamidi Part 4/8 Basic Islamic Beliefs
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  • Pragmatic, reactive and cautious: why Frank Farina had to go

    Richard Parkin
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This season's Sydney FC reflected their coach and the club can't afford to get the next appointment wrongIn news that surprised exactly no one, Sydney FC have sacked Frank Farina. Derided, maligned Farina came in for unprecedented vitriol from the fans; some of it warranted, a lot of it not. Amid the mitigating circumstances of player injuries, poor form and unrest the fact remains: after almost two seasons at the club, Farina leaves little enduring legacy. Continue reading...
  • Skylanders Trap Team the billion dollar series gets a new generation

    Andy Robertson
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Activision has announced this year's instalment in its hugely successful Skylanders series which mixes video games and action figures to enticing effectThe business idea was perfect, really. Mix a child-friendly fantasy game based in a magical kingdom with a line of action figures that could be placed on a 'portal' to interact with the on-screen action. Then stand back and watch the money roll in. And boy, has it rolled. Activision's Skylanders series of games and toys has made over $1.5bn since the launch of the original title in 2011, with over 175m toys sold alongside the video game…
  • Mad Men recap: season seven, episode two A Day's Work

    Zoe Williams
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Don's showing signs of self-awareness, while all around the future is taking off its coat and getting comfortableSpoiler alert: This blog is for those who are watching season seven of Mad Men. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode two.Read Zoe William's recap of season seven, episode one, here. Continue reading...
  • The forgotten story of ... Advance Australia Fair and the Socceroos

    Joe Gorman
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Australia's football team worked with Gough Whitlam in the campaign to recognise the country's national anthemOn the fringe of the Western Sydney Parklands, about an hours drive south-west of FFA Headquarters, is a private museum dedicated to Australian football. The setting is appropriate. In the 15 square kilometre stretch that separates Cabramatta from Cecil Park and Bonnyrigg from Bossley Park is Sydneys forgotten soccer-belt home to Sydney United, Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Marconi. From this cradle sprang Christian Vieri, Mark Bosnich, Harry Kewell, Tony Popovic and Mile Jedinak, to…
  • Real Madrid v Bayern Munich: Champions League as it happened | Jacob Steinberg

    Jacob Steinberg
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Karim Benzema's early goal was enough to give Real Madrid a slender advantage in their semi-final against the European champions 9.41pm BST Real Madrid celebrate a huge victory against the holders and favourites, Karim Benzema's goal enough to give them a lead to take to Germany next week. Real will be delighted, but might also be wondering if they'll eventually regret those missed chances from Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria in the first half; with better finishing, the tie could have been all but over. Instead it's just a one-goal lead and although Bayern's brand of tiki-taka was far…
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Congress leaders' failure in highlighting UPA government's 'achievements' and the party's poor campaign strategy vis-a-vis BJP's publicity blitz

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    (C) IndscribeA couple of days back, Congress leader, Anand Sharma, was attacking the BJP, and asking how the the party could get so much funds to run the high-pitched campaign for Narendra Modi?I was amused at Sharma's 'innocence'. Shouldn't Congress being the ruling party for the last decade, be knowing the source of BJP's funding? What was the government doing? Don't the intelligence agencies work under it?Yes, BJP's election campaign and its strategy is far ahead of Congress. In fact, the backroom boys of BJP have done a tremendous job, in creating the 'wave'. Newspapers, electronic media,…
  • Tilak, Topi in Indian politics: People don't want Hindu politicians to wear skullcap or Muslim leaders to sport 'tilak' or perform Puja

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    (C) IndscribeMedia often takes up the issue of Narendra Modi not wearing a 'topi' [skullcap]. I don't think it is an issue at all.Do you think those who oppose him would have a change of heart, if he wears the topi! Still, on TV & social media, this issue is often raised.Amid conversation with Muslim friends, this topic often came up. Not a single Muslim I met, ever said that he expects or wants Modi to wear the topi.Why should it be expected? In fact, the person who offered him topi shouldn't have done it. Citizens want the politician to be honest and work, rather than do such gestures.
  • Of Kolkata visits, Muslims and Bengali Bhadralok: Difference between Leftist government and Trinamool's rule in West Bengal

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    By Ather FarooquiMy first visit to West Bengal was in the year 1989. This was followed by subsequent tours in 2010 and 2014. Kolkata [Calcutta] was quite an intimidating town then.The infrastructure had crumbled and there was a sense of  fear in the metropolis. It was tough to walk on the streets as there was no place on footpaths.My visit was about collecting statistics about Urdu education. Hence, I met CPMleader Salik Lakhnawi.When I contested his opinion and said that CPM hasn't done anything for Urdu and told him that the class conflict between Bengali and non-Bengali was similar to…
  • BJP's double-speak on welfare schemes for Muslims: Shouldn't party come clear on its policies regarding minorities or does it intend to extend 'Gujarat model' nationally?

    6 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    This aricle was first published in an Urdu daily*and it raises important questions about BJP's policies and its intent regarding the welfare of Muslims.The BJP being a national party should reflect on these issues and clarify its stand. On one hand, BJP leaders including PM candidate Narendra Modi quote** Sachar panel's findings in speeches to show the plight of Muslims.But on the other hand, the same party in Gujarat is not ready to implement a central scheme that can benefit poor Muslims students and is adamant over it, even though BJP governments in other states have no objection to the…
  • Why was Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi so angry over Sabir Ali's induction in BJP!

    29 Mar 2014 | 10:57 am
    After former Janata Dal (U) leader Sabir Ali joined BJP, there was a near-hysteric reaction from Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.Naqvi, who is the vice-president of the BJP, tweeted about Sabir Ali's 'terrorist' connection.He inferred that if things continue this way, then Dawood [Ibrahim] may also be allowed to join the party.It was surprising as Naqvi, 56, has rarely reacted with such intensity before. With his reaction, he publicly embarrassed the party too.So what was the reason? Was it a feeling of insecurity that prompted him to target the party leadership for induction of Sabir Ali. Naqvi is…
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  • Eat pork or starve, say French politicians. Are we back in the Spanish Inquisition?

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:55 am
    Belated posting from last week of my weekly column in The National. France’s far right leader Marine Le Pen is offering Muslim and Jewish schoolchildren an impossible choice: eat pork or starve. Her extremist party, the Front National, has just won local elections in 11 towns around France. Schools that fall within these districts are proposing not to offer alternatives as they currently do when pork meals are served. “We will accept no religious requirements in the school lunch menus,” said Ms Le Pen. “There is no reason for religion to enter into the public sphere.” Obviously this…
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali offers a simplistic and dangerous view of Muslims

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    This article was published yesterday in The National as my weekly newspaper column. More than 12 years on from the events of 9/11, and the subsequent failed global “war on terror”, the false dichotomy of being “with us” or “with the terrorists” is still proclaimed without embarrassment. This week, it was the turn of Dutch activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ms Hirsi Ali was scheduled to deliver a speech on the anniversary of the attacks at the Boston Marathon while receiving an honorary degree from Brandeis University, which is located just outside Boston. Somali-born Ms Hirsi Ali is a…
  • That ‘joke’ about violence? It’s not funny.

    30 Mar 2014 | 3:03 am
    This is my weekly newspaper column from The National published yesterday. If you saw someone being punched black and blue, or beaten to death in the middle of the street, you’d never hesitate to say it was violence. The perpetrators should be locked up and made to pay for their crime. Any bystanders cheering on the murder, we’d also hold to account for their depravity. Yet if we take violence out of the public space and into the domestic sphere, it becomes a joke about who rules the roost, and how gender wars should be played out. As a teenager, I overheard the following “joke” being…
  • BBC Radio 4 discussion: Islamic feminism

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:17 am
    This morning I was on BBC Radio 4 discussing Islamic feminism. If you can access BBC iplayer, you can listen to the discussion here, at 38 minutes into the recording Share on Facebook Tweet This Post
  • From MH370 to HarassMap, the power of the digital crowd

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:01 am
    This is my weekly newspaper column published yesterday in The National. The mysterious case of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has gripped the world. How could such a huge area be scoured for clues? DigitalGlobe, a US-based satellite imaging company, came up with a way for us all to get involved in the search through crowdsourcing, where we can go onto their website and review detailed image files from their five satellites and tag anything suspicious. They will then use an algorithm to assess which regions are getting more tags than others. They’ve taken a problem of vast proportions…
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  • Telegraph: Inquiry into Muslim infiltration claims extends to 25 schools

    Chris Allen
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Just picked up on the fact that the Telegraph seems to have quoted me from the Birmingham Brief I wrote last week on ‘Operation Trojan Horse’, the alleged plot by ‘hardline Muslims’ to infiltrate and take over a number of Birmingham schools. As I wrote last week therefore – and as the Telegraph has quoted me: “Dr […]
  • The Conversation: Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools

    Chris Allen
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    A version of my Birmingham Brief article examining ‘Operation Trojan Horse’ has now been published by The Conversation. You can read the full article by clicking here. Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations […]
  • Birmingham Brief: Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools

    Chris Allen
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    This article was published as the ‘Birmingham Brief’ on Thursday 17th April 2014. Whilst the first few paragraphs are reproduced below, the full article can be read here. Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations of […]
  • Article: The Conservatives, Christianity and ‘Doing God’ at Easter (Huffington Post)

    Chris Allen
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:19 am
    This article was first published in the Huffington Post yesterday (15th April 2014). To read the original article, click here. The Conservatives, Christianity and ‘Doing God’ at Easter The Conservatives have been ‘doing god’ of late. Whilst Eric Pickles told ‘militant atheists’ that Britain is a Christian nation so “get over it”, David Cameron has […]
  • BBC Radio WM Interview: Chatting about Muslims & integration in BIrmingham

    Chris Allen
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    Last Saturday (5th April 2014) I was invited to speak to Iain Lee about Muslims and integration in Birmingham for his BBC Radio WM show. Whilst the interview in itself wasn’t necessarily anything great, it did become something a little more bizarre than normal in that I did the interview from Sweden, was asked how many Muslim […]
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Education trust accused of Islamist ‘Trojan Horse plot’ receives hate mail

    Bob Pitt
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The trust that runs schools at the centre of claims of a Islamist “plot” in Birmingham says it has received hate mail after a series of leaks purporting to come from Department for Education and Ofsted investigations were published in the media. Park View education trust, the governing body of the Park View, Nansen and Golden Hillock schools in Birmingham, said that the leaks and disclosures were “causing unwarranted and unnecessary alarm amongst families who are seeing reports of their schools ‘closing’ and teachers being ‘removed’ alongside any…
  • Inside the far-right group spreading fear through Muslim communities

    Bob Pitt
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Australian Defence League president Ralph Cerminara The Australian Broadcasting Corporation profiles the EDL’s sister organisation, the Australian Defence League.
  • Teachers complain about behaviour of Ofsted inspectors investigating ‘plot’

    Bob Pitt
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Teachers from Birmingham schools being investigated by Ofsted over an alleged Islamist takeover plot have reportedly been told their schools will be downgraded because they were “not teaching anti-terrorism”. Other teachers were asked by Ofsted inspectors if they were homophobic, according to Roger King, the National Union of Teachers’ executive member for Birmingham, who said he had received complaints from members whose schools were being investigated in one of several inquiries into the alleged plot. “You do question how objective Ofsted were when they went…
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the dangerous anti-Islamic logic of the war on terror

    Bob Pitt
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali lost an honorary degree from Brandeis for articulating the same twisted thinking as Dick Cheney, argues Eric Levitz. Salon, 20 April 2014
  • Man who shot at Illinois mosque sentenced to probation

    Bob Pitt
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    A man accused of firing a high-powered pellet gun at a Morton Grove mosque in 2012 was sentenced to 30 months probation after pleading guilty Friday. David Conrad, 51, pleaded guilty to felony reckless discharge of a firearm and knowingly damaging school property, court records show. Judge Garritt E. Howard sentenced Conrad to 30 months probation, records show. The incident happened about 9 p.m. Aug. 10, 2012, while worshippers were celebrating the holy month of Ramadan at the Muslim Education Center, 8601 N. Menard Ave., police and mosque officials said at the time. Though the damage to the…
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    Planet Grenada

  • happy chicago muslims

    Abdul-Halim V.
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:48 pm
  • the boondocks comes back tonight

    Abdul-Halim V.
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Colorlines: Aaron McGruder (Sorta) Explains Why He Left ‘The Boondocks’
  • happier without women?

    Abdul-Halim V.
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    This is the "halal" version of the British Muslim "Happy" video (without instrumental music or "provocative" images of women dancing). I like the fact that they did an acapella cover, but it is somewhat disturbing that apparently some people seem unable to distinguish between smiling hijabi girls walking happily down the street and porn.
  • fbi uncovers plot to just sit back and enjoy collapse of united states

    Abdul-Halim V.
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Given the last entry, this story is more sad than funny... The Onion: FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States
  • it's official: the us is no longer a democracy, but an oligarchy

    Abdul-Halim V.
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    From Slashdot"Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the…
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • Dear Mummy

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Allah says that He never burdens a soul with more than it can bear. Which must mean that I shall bear this. That I have the strength I will need to watch you grow smaller and smaller as you go further and further away from us. It’s like I’m standing on the shore and watching you wade into this pool of memory, one that I have no place to be in because I was not a part of your life when you created it. So I watch you go, knowing that in time you will slip beneath its surface and the you I grew up with will cease to be. They say in time you’ll forget who I am. Like you’ll forget how to…
  • Did someone ask for cheese?

    25 Feb 2014 | 2:18 am
    2014. The Year of the (runaway) horse. Barely 2 months in and so much has happened. I've given up writing for The Review. Been to Cape Town for the Writivism 2014 Workshop (which, if I’m to be very honest about it, made me feel like a sperm donor must feel. “Here, a girlie mag. A jar. Use that room.”)Got to work on a menu for the ‘coffee shop' I’ll be adding to Lazeeza’s.Been told I sound like a frustrated housewife and that I've become jaded.Dealt with all manner of crises that no sane person should have to deal with in the first month of a new year. Based on all the drama,…
  • Cos One Size Fits All

    28 Jan 2014 | 1:36 pm
    No one tells you when you have kids, that each time one of them is delivered from your womb, they take with them, a piece of your heart. That doctors deliver into yours arms a squalling piece of your soul that you will forever be connected to by an invisible umbilicus. That their pain will always be yours. Their sorrow will drive sleep away from your own eyes. Their challenges will make your gut clench in anticipation. That their joy will make your heart sing even louder than your own joy ever does. Five times I gave up pieces of my heart. I have, walking around me, running, screaming,…
  • untitled

    19 Dec 2013 | 3:05 pm
    I squeeze some oil into my cupped palm and massage it into her hair. It trails, still. Reaches well past her waist. But it has thinned. Her smattering of newly minted silver hair catches the light alongside the auburn streaks that were always a thing of pride for her. I plait it then twist it into a bun. She reminds me to use her hairpins. Her glossy tresses had always resisted these. I can still remember her, home from school, pins slipping out as her hair decided it had had enough of the imprisonment. “Nani, my mummy is your mummy now,” he says, mischief making his eyes bright little…
  • Ode to a Nation

    5 Dec 2013 | 3:38 pm
    “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realised. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” For far too long, as a nation, we've watched our father, Nelson Mandela cling to life, even when there was so little life left to cling to. I remember being shocked…
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  • Gurindam not dead: Gadis Jolobu

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Check this out: Here I thought I was laboring in obscurity translating 19th century Malay teaching-poems, when behold, Gurindams get a name-check on the radio: Gadis Jolobu Produced by DJ Fuzz Lyrics by Waris & Dato Hattan Chorus: Ko jolobak ko jolbu Tuai padi tigo tangkai Kalau kono komat jolobu Tak mati badan menghasai Gurindam dulu dulu jangan ponah dipotikai Tak tahu tanyo dulu jangan goma memanadai mandai On the way to Jelebu To reap three-stalked rice [1] If the Jelebu mojo hits you won’t die but you’re bound to suffer Nobody studies the old Gurindams anymore [2] Better ask…
  • Review: Going Postal

    Zayn Al-Abideen Gregory
    6 Feb 2014 | 4:08 pm
    By Mark Ames Why do they hate America? Because there is a lot there to hate, says Mark Ames. Going Postal connects a lot of far-flung points to show the creepy similarities that exist between school and workplace rage killings and early American slave rebellions. Among them is that each and every slave rebellion was led by a certifiable crazy person. When the cruelty and hatefulness of American society is invisible, you’d have to be a lunatic to see it. It may be that the rage killers were crazy *and also* that there is something very very ill about American society that they are…
  • Illegal Business

    15 Jan 2014 | 3:59 am
    … Controls America. Proof emerging that the DEA cooperated with the Sinaloa Cartel to allow drugs into the US in exchange for intelligence against other cartels.  Which has got to figure in to why HSBC only got a slap on the wrist for laundering a billion dollars for them.
  • Batang jati kangkung

    14 Jan 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Kangkung, Ipomea aquatica, is a crawling vegetable with hollow stems, allowing it to float on the water, from whence it gets the name water spinach. There’s no relation – in fact it is in the Convulvulaceae or morning glory family. It is a mainstay of kampung cuisine, growing freely in the canals and marshy places. Although peasant food, it has its etiquette: the stems should be cut such that each stem has a leaf, and the leaf should be uncut. The orang tua on my wife’s side will not eat kangkung that has been chopped indiscriminately. Its dignified lowliness, its crawling,…
  • Three Pipers: Lada, Sirih, Kaduk

    Zayn Al-Abideen Gregory
    7 Dec 2013 | 12:26 am
    Black pepper is the quintessential spice of the Spice Route, the ancient trade routes across the Indian Ocean that have brought merchants and travelers to the Nusantara since antiquity. Pepper was once as valuable as gold, and even now, it is the world’s most traded spice. Piper nigrum is well suited to cultivation in Sarawak: pepper represents roughly 5% of total agricultural exports, and virtually all of it comes from Sarawak. Sarawak produces more than 90% of the world’s supply of white pepper. White pepper, like red and green peppercorns, comes from the same plant as the…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Qur'an and the Realities of Time

    Sadiq Alam
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Wa nazzalnā And We sent down 'alayka to youl-kitāba the Book tib'yānan (as) a clarificationlikulli of everyshayin thing THE QUR'AN AND PASSAGE OF TIMEThe very essence of time as divinely taught in Sūrah al-Kahf of the Qur’ān is that it is complex and multi-dimensional. There is a multi-dimensional movement of time as it passes through the ages. Only the faithful and righteous are endowed with Nur (i.e., light) which gives them the capacity to penetrate the reality of time. In a very famous Sūrah of the Qur’ān (i.e., al-‘Asr) named after time,…
  • Poetry and Truth from Daniel Ladinsky's Rendition of Hafiz

    Sadiq Alam
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    WE HAVE SOME LEVERAGEAlways assume you are on the best of termswith God, for, dear, I will tell you a truth:We have some leverage over Him.How do I know that? It was pretty easy tofigure out with this fine brain.In short: Each of us is like His only heir.Spoiled and difficult as we may be, He isvery willing to put up with us until we areenthroned.JUST BEFORE DAWNThe best time to look for treasure startslate at night.The sediment then settles in our sphere,freed from all the day's hard wants.One can get a clearer shot at God movingin the sky forest, just before dawn.And is there ever a minute,…
  • Sufi Stations Towards Declaration of Independence from Other than God

    Sadiq Alam
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    1.Hasbi Rabbi JallAllah, Ma Fi Qalbi Ghayrullah, Nur Muhammad Sallalah, La Ilaha IlallahSuffices my Lord - the Glorious One,Inside this Heart of minethere is nothing except Allah,O the Precious Muhammadan Effulgence,There is nothing else but Allah. The above formula in Arabic, Hasbi Rabbi JallAllah, Ma Fi Qalbi Ghayrullah ~ is a very popular one among the Sufis for it encapsulate the spiritual attitude of independence from anything other than God; where the Heart of the seeker sweeps clean of ghayrullah (anything except God). The first part of the formula witness the absolute…
  • Surah al-Kafirun, Declaration of Independence and Reality of Covering Truth

    Sadiq Alam
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim Surah al-Kafirun is a very brief chapter of the Qur'an with only 6 Ayah or Signs. Its literal translation according to the standard translation of Yusuf Ali and Pickthall are as follows:Say: O you who reject faith,I worship not what you worship!Nor will you worship what I worship.And I shall not worship what you worship.Nor will you worship what I worship.To you be your way, and to me mine.THEN There is a particular context within which this Surah was revealed during time of the Messenger and that context was that during the earlier days of the Messenger's mission,…
  • Truth Be Told: O You Who Cover Up The Truth

    Sadiq Alam
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Let our beginning be in seeking refugewith the Ultimate Refuge,from sources of all deceptions and misguidanceIn the Name of Allah Who is the Most Merciful, the Most Lovingly CompassionateQul ya ayyuhal kafirunTruth be told: O those who have failed to see the Light of the Glorious Owner of Lightand thus who cover up the a'abudu ma ta'budun I bow not in front of any illusions and decaying idols.alas how you fail to see the Glorious Light!wa la antum 'abiduna ma 'abudAnd how will you recognize the glory of the all Gloriouswhile you veil yourself from your own light?wa la ana 'abidun ma…
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  • Event: Speaking at Chattaqua on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Hussein Rashid. As one author expressed, avoiding thinking about death does not confer immortality.  Religious traditions bring a distinctive perspective to the end of the life cycle and the inevitability of death.  Recognizing mortality, often terrifying at first, can provide ultimate meaning for living when faced with acceptance and preparation.  In this week we will face destiny with practicality, inspiration, and perhaps joy.   
  • Event: Spring 2014 McGinley Lecture at Fordham on Usury

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:12 am
    I am honored to be a respondent to the Spring 2014 McGinley Lecture on "Usury: A Moral Problem for Jews, Christians, and Muslims." The lecture and response will be offered on April 8 (Manhattan Campus) and April 9 (Bronx Campus). Both dates will start at 6PM. Details can be found here:
  • Event: ISM Fellows Lunch Series | Hussein Rashid | Institute of Sacred Music

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:10 am
    Thursday, March 27, 2014, 2PMISM Fellows Lunch Series | Hussein Rashid | Institute of Sacred Music. Our presenter will be Hussein Rashid of Hofstra University. His presentation is titled: “A Qawwali-fied Home: Integration Through Resistance”
  • State of Formation - The Aga Khan and the Human Connection

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    State of Formation - The Aga Khan and the Human Connection. Following my previous post on putting the Aga Khan’s speech at Brown in a historical context, I want to spend some time on his discussion of technology and human interaction. Rather than speaking only to the Nizari Ismaili community, or to concerns that affect only Nizari Ismailis, he is addressing a larger human concern. If, as the Qur’an states, the Prophet Muhammad was sent as a mercy to all mankind, than it is only logical that his descendants and the inheritors of his spiritual authority should continue to speak and work for…
  • State of Formation - Understanding the Aga Khan’s Speech in History

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    State of Formation - Understanding the Aga Khan’s Speech in History. Recently, the Aga Khan gave a speech at Brown University. As the head of a community of Muslims spread throughout the world, a community to which I belong, the speech needs some reflection. As the Imam, or Divinely appointed head of the community, it would be a mistake to read his comments as a concern for the moment.
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    Muslim Thought

  • Bill Maher contrasts Bush’s political literacy with Obama

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Full story at Monday on Larry King Live, political comedian Bill Maher pointed out that it might be smart for a change to have a president that has lived oversees before — since foreign policy is our number one   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Bill Maher contrasts Bush’s political literacy with Obama Related posts: Islamic Political Thought: The Shiite Political Theory Does a Lack of Islamic Literacy Fuel Extremism? – Ebrahim Moosa Modern Islamic Political Thought
  • Q&A: Muslim brothers and sisters: What do you think?

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Muslim brothers and sisters: What do you think? I was born and am a practicing Muslim Alhamdulillah. I moved to the US recently (3 years ago) and I made many friends here, some Muslim, but a lot of Christian. What   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Q&A: Muslim brothers and sisters: What do you think? Related posts: muslim brothers,how many of you are conscious that ALLAH is watching your each and every thought and action? Self Love: A Letter to my sisters Even if the French shooter turns about to be a “muslim”, wasn’t it bigot and racism to think it…
  • is there scientific proof for muslim belief?

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    is there scientific proof for muslim belief? researching the beliefs of muslims and christians, i have found the muslim belief is terribly off. the sun doesnt sink in a muddy swamp. while the bible has many scientific discoveries to back   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: is there scientific proof for muslim belief? Related posts: Faith and It’s Proof – Beauties of Islam – (Sheikh Yusuf Estes) ISLAMIC GOLDEN AGE SCIENTIFIC ESTABLISHMENTS how does the Christians belief about Jesus differ from the Muslim belief about Muhammad.?
  • Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system?

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system? need to know a bit about it for an essay that i am writing Best answer: Answer by The White Horsemy first steps in slam  ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system? Related posts: How Do You Live In An Orthodox Muslim Country If Your Belief System Is Totally Opposite Of Islamic Beliefs? Islamic System – Dr israr Vs Javed Ahmed Ghamidi Part 4/8 Basic Islamic Beliefs
  • Blind Followers Of Islam

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    The preservation of self is a powerful force in man; in fact a constant fear of defeat for him, even existing this on an intellectual level. In an attempt to avoid intellectual defeat, proof and evidence is created either consciously   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Blind Followers Of Islam Related posts: Once I Was Blind Is President Obama trying to blind us from the truth with muslim belief? Learn Islam in 10 minutes. All you have to know about ISLAM, ALLAH, KORAN, MUHAMMAD, MAHDI. Part 1/2
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    Margari Aziza

  • A Critical Verse in the Quran: Interview with the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

    Margari Aziza Hill
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
      Me in front of the computer screen AltMuslimah’s Shazia K. Farook spoke to Magari Hill of the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative, an organization dedicated to strengthening dialogue between people of different backgrounds, and ways to eradicate racism from within the community. altmuslimah: The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative was recently established. Can you explain the purpose of this group? Is it mainly an online presence? Margari Hill : We established Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative in response to conversations on social media that began late in 2013 about the prevalence of…
  • DroptheAWord

    Margari Aziza Hill
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Throughout the country, Muslims of all stripes have honored Black History month, recognizing the contribution of Black Muslims to the ummah (Muslim community).We’ve shared a lot this month, in #UmmahAntiBlackness we examined stories and accounts of anti-Black racism in Muslim majority societies. One of the themes that came up in #BeingBlackandMuslim was the pain some Black/African Muslims as they experienced racism. This is the A-word we are talking about, the Arabic term abid (s. slave), abeed (pl. slaves), abda (female slave). As stated early in this blog post, MuslimARC…
  • Exploring #UmmahAntiBlackness

    Margari Aziza Hill
    18 Feb 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The following verse in the Chapter “The Women” informs MuslimARC’s policies towards  speaking out against racism and discrimination: Sahih International: O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted. It is this Qur’anic ethos that has…
  • Letter to Imams

    Margari Aziza Hill
    14 Feb 2014 | 10:18 am
    Muslim Anti-Racism Coalition launched this week and many joined the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BeingBlackAnd Muslim. My Storify of the event explains the idea’s conception, the lead up and phenomenal response. AlJazeera’s The Stream covered and summed up conversation. In her article Being Black and Muslim, Hind Makki, one of the founders of MuslimARC  wrote: I’ve often said that the three largest challenges facing American Muslim communities are misogyny, racism and sectarianism, which is why I’m proud to be one of the founding members of Muslim ARC. Like Hind…
  • Launching of MuslimARC

    Margari Aziza Hill
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The past week has been a whirlwind. I am pleased to announce the launch of a non-profit organization Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) is a volunteer-driven education organization. Launched in early 2014, our members came together on the issues of anti-blackness and racism in Muslim communities after witnessing and/or experiencing too much of it. Together, we are working to build and collect the tools needed to creatively address and effectively challenge anti-blackness and racism in Muslim communities. We are a group made up of imams,…
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    Laila Lalami

  • L. A. Times Festival of Books

    Laila Lalami
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The L.A. Times Festival of Books takes place this weekend, on the USC campus. It’s one of my favorite events of the year because I get to spend time with fellow writers, meet readers old and new, and eat churros. My panel is on Sunday: Sunday, April 13, 1:30 PM Fiction: Writing Character & Culture Laila Lalami, Eduardo Santiago, Margaret Wrinkle, Rebecca Walker. Moderated by Sacha Howells SAL 101 University of Southern California Los Angeles, California Do come and say hi. The full festival schedule is posted on the festival website. Share/Bookmark
  • March 27, 2014

    Laila Lalami
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:15 pm
    7:15 PM Dinaw Mengestu in conversation with Laila Lalami Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library Los Angeles Public Library Los Angeles, California Share/Bookmark
  • April 13, 2014

    Laila Lalami
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:46 am
    1:30 PM Fiction Panel: Fiction: Writing Character & Culture Laila Lalami, Eduardo Santiago, Margaret Wrinkle, Rebecca Walker. Moderated by Sascha Howells Los Angeles Times Festival of Books SAL 101 University of Southern California Los Angeles, California Share/Bookmark
  • In Conversation with Dinaw Mengestu

    Laila Lalami
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:38 pm
    L.A. readers: I will be in conversation with Dinaw Mengestu at the Los Angeles Public Library this week. The occasion is the publication of his new novel, All Our Names, about a young student from Ethiopia and a social worker from the Midwest, who take turns narrating their lives and the start of their affair. The book received a rave review in this weekend’s New York Times, and I’m really looking forward to discussing it with Dinaw. Here are the details: Thursday, March 27 7pm Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library Los Angeles Public Library 630 W. 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071…
  • New Anthologies, Spring 2014

    Laila Lalami
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:25 pm
    My work appears in two wonderful anthologies that are being published this month. Dismantle collects stories and essays by alumni and teachers from the Voices of Our Nation Workshop. (VONA is a great organization that nurtures and supports writers of color.) Contributors include Chris Abani, Nikky Finney, Maaza Mengiste, Minal Hajratwala, Justin Torres, Cristina Garcia, Mat Johnson, Mitchell Jackson, and me. The book also has an introduction by Junot Díaz. Immigrant Voices, which is edited by Achy Obejas and Megan Bayles, features the work of Aleksandar Hemon, Edwidge Danticat, Lara Vapnyar,…
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    City of Brass

  • Video: (muslim) Mehdi Hasan interviews (atheist) Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Union

    Aziz Poonawalla
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is an excellent debate between the most emphatic atheist of our time, Richard Dawkins, and political journalist Mehdi Hasan. Hasan is brilliantly prepared for the debate and treats Dawkins with utmost respect, but methodically defends belief and religion as a force for good. There are some astonishing admissions made by Dawkins here that really undermine his more polemical assertions against religion. A great interview because Hasan does an...Read the full post here »
  • Two Bohras come to aid of Frenchwoman attacked in Mumbai

    Aziz Poonawalla
    18 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    In the past two months I've traveled to India three times, to attend the funeral and other events after the passing of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra). This quite shocking story happened in the Fort area of Mumbai, which is quite close to where I spent much of my time and is considered one of the better-developed areas on the city. Barely a few hours after arriving in the...Read the full post here »
  • Amidst the grief, solace in the succession of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin

    Aziz Poonawalla
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    This is a guest post by Durriya Badani The forty day period of mourning has now elapsed, but the profound sadness at the loss of the beloved head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, a spiritual mother and father, His Holiness, Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin remains. On January 17th, the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra community passed away peacefully at his home in Mumbai. Shortly after his death, his half brother Khuzema Qutbuddin claimed that he had...Read the full post here »
  • NYPD’s illegal spying on Muslims was legal, says legal system

    Aziz Poonawalla
    21 Feb 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is profoundly disappointing but not entirely unexpected: In a decision filed Thursday in federal court in Newark, U.S. District Judge William Martini dismissed a lawsuit brought in 2012 by eight Muslims who alleged that the NYPD's surveillance programs were unconstitutional because they focused on religion, national origin and race. The suit accused the department of spying on ordinary...Read the full post here »
  • Valentine’s Day and Islam – the virtues of mohabbat (love)

    Aziz Poonawalla
    14 Feb 2014 | 3:04 am
    Happy Valentine's Day! I am biased towards appreciating Valentine's Day not just for it's Gujarati origins but also because it's my birthday. However,...Read the full post here »
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  • No One Veils You But Yourself

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: My friend no one veils you but yourself. No thorns, no weeds in your path but you. Well then, shall I reach the Beloved or not? Between you and Him lies nothing but yourself. - from Heart’s Witness, the Sufi Quatrains of Awhaduddin Kirmani Ya Haqq! Filed under: Books & writing, Islam, Islamic Artists, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Heart's Witness, The Sufi Quatrains of Awhaduddin Kirmani
  • “Love Everything!”

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you have perceived it you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly, more and more every day. And you will at last come to love the whole world with an abiding universal love.” - The Elder Zosima, from Doestoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov Ya Haqq!Filed under: Books & writing, Spirituality &…
  • ‘…sustain the flow of a sacred Name.”

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “Whenever you possibly can, sustain the flow of a sacred Name. To repeat His name is to be in His presence. If you associate with the Supreme Friend, He will reveal His true being to you.” - Sri Anandmayi Ma  Filed under: Books & writing, Islam, Islamic Artists, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Sri Anandmayi Ma
  • Prayer of Mother Cabrini

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “From the moment I became acquainted with You I was so enchanted by Your beauty that I followed You. The more I love You, it seems the less I love You, because I want to love You more. I can bear it no longer. Expand, expand my heart! … O Jesus, Jesus Love, help always Your poor miserable one, Your miserable little bride, and carry her always in Your arms…. I love You, I love You so very, very much.” - Mother Cabrini Ya Haqq!Filed under: Books & writing, Current Affairs, Religion, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism,…
  • The Prayer before Prayer

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:32 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “O Allah, place within my heart light, and upon my tongue light, and within my ears light, and within my eyes light, and place behind me light and in front of me light and above me light and beneath me light. O Allah, bestow upon me light.” - Du’a (prayer) before going to the Mosque (Masjid). Ya Haqq!Filed under: Islam, Islamic Artists, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism, Uncategorized Tagged: du'a before going to the mosque or masjid, Prayer before Prayer
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    G. Willow Wilson

  • My 2014 Conference On World Affairs Schedule

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    My 2014 Conference On World Affairs Schedule: Are you going to be in Boulder for the original, often imitated, never replicated, completely FREE and open to the public Conference on World Affairs? So am I. Click through the title link for my schedule. See you there!
  • Going to Emerald City Comic Con? Then come party with me and...

    10 Mar 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Going to Emerald City Comic Con? Then come party with me and Kelly Sue the night before! RSVP now before the tix disappear!
  • NPR: What World Of Warcraft Can Tell Us About Race In Real Life

    9 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    NPR: What World Of Warcraft Can Tell Us About Race In Real Life : I just about die of happiness when I can read an ethnography of Azeroth on NPR.
  • In Defense (Sort Of) Of Randa Jarrar

    7 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    Many of you may have read this incendiary piece by Arab-American writer Randa Jarrar that appeared on Salon this week, condemning white women who belly dance. It’s part of a series of essays by feminists of color curated by Twitterati darling Roxane Gay—and if you’re not following her, remedy that, because her reputation for 140-character wit is well earned. Jarrar’s piece is unabashedly—and to many people, perplexingly—furious, condemning without exception the white/western appropriation of raqs sharqi, “eastern dance,” the conglomerate of…
  • Updated Appearance Schedule

    3 Mar 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Look to the handy dandy sidebar on your left, and you will see a freshly updated slate of appearances for 2014. Live in Washington, California, Michigan or Colorado? Chances are, I will see you soon.
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    Indigo Jo Blogs

  • Happiness Will Prevail

    Matthew Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Back in the 1980s, Doctor Who featured a storyline in which The Doctor was transported to a land ruled by so-called happy people, a land in which sadness is illegal and punished by the Happiness Patrol, who have the TARDIS painted pink, lock up blues musicians and execute so-called Killjoys in a river of strawberry fondant. In reality, the land is a colony in which the native inhabitants have been forced underground, and the happy message is reinforced by robotic announcements over the speaker system which reinforce the message “happiness will prevail”. (The secret police chief…
  • Olympic Park: a sea of ugly

    Matthew Smith
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    Yesterday I decided to have a walk through the Olympic Park, which opened a couple of weeks ago after having been closed since the end of the Olympics in 2012. I was excited that a new, large park had opened up in an inner area of London, but was hugely disappointed by what I saw. The park is scrappy, still full of building sites, and has too much concrete. You reach the park by taking the train to Stratford and walking through a bit of the Westfield shopping complex. It’s then quite a long walk along a wide concrete pathway to the (still closed) athletics track. The Orbit…
  • Hunt opposes segregation (when it’s Muslims doing it)

    Matthew Smith
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    BBC News - Hunt to warn against schools extremism in Birmingham At a time when a “secret” report about a Muslim plot to take over schools in Birmingham and run them according to Islamic principles is looking increasingly like a hoax, Tristram Hunt, Labour shadow education secretary, shows up in Birmingham to “warn against religious extremism in schools” at the NASUWT (National Union of Schoolmasters / Union of Women Teachers) conference: Mr Hunt, addressing the teachers’ union conference in Birmingham, will say that he does not want a French-style separation of…
  • What kind of country are we?

    Matthew Smith
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Last week the campaign to stop a 19-year-old A-level student from Mauritius, Yashika Bageerathi, from being deported reached a climax. Yashika and her family (her parents and two younger siblings) came to the UK and claimed asylum on the grounds that their lives were threatened by an abusive relative back home, but as Yashika has become an adult, her case is being considered separately from theirs, although their claims have all been turned down. Yashika was detained when her family reported to the Home Office on 19th March, as asylum seekers are required to do on a regular basis, and was…
  • Muslim “has job” shock

    Matthew Smith
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Harry’s Place, a malicious website which is devoted to exposing Muslims as extremists wherever they appear to have influence, today exposed the fact that a member of Hizb-ut-Tahrir works as … a psychiatrist. Someone going by the name “Sparkbrook Citizen” writes: Imagine if you or your loved ones were suffering from depression, anxiety or another mental health related issue and, after seeking professional help, you were to be assessed and cared for by a healthcare professional. After being given advice and care by this individual imagine you learnt that they were a…
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  • Denigration of enemies

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:49 pm
    I saw an “anti Israel” post on someone’s Facebook timeline. It was a cartoon of someone stepping in dog poop and saying “aww, I stepped in dog poop”, the next picture in the sequence shows the bottom of the shoe with the aforementioned poop and the word “Israel” on it. Now, I’m all for anti Israel posts, but not pathetic denigratory stuff like this. I left the following comment: “I’m sorry but this is asinine. When you indulge in abusiveness like this you’ve lost. Don’t forget Israel was a name given to Yaqub (Jacob)…
  • Sound and timeless advice

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    I had to share this. Sound and timeless advice. Wisdom is the lost property of the believer…… “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
  • The TileApp – lost personal items or lost personal privacy?

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    21 Aug 2013 | 2:19 am
    Just saw a suggested post on my Facebook timeline for On the face of it it looks like a very useful product, but scratch a little deeper, it is potentially dangerous. Imagine someone secretly sticking it to your car or other such personal item, they could then stalk you without you even knowing. I love technology, I’m a technophile, but new technology is increasingly becoming a very sharp double-edged sword and I find myself becoming more and more techno-skeptic, which is leading to a kind of techno-phobia in me. Undoubtedly, stuff like TileApp solves…
  • Richard Dawkins, bigoted fact spinner

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    11 Aug 2013 | 6:02 am
    I got in a twitter conversation with someone defending Richard Dawkins’ bigoted twitter comments about Islam saying that all Dawkins is doing is stating facts and facts are not bigoted. True, facts are not bigoted but the bigotry is in the way you spin them to support your bigotry. For example: In America, more black men are charged and convicted of crimes compared to white men. This is an undeniable fact, but without looking into causes and reasons, and if we are of a bigoted disposition, we will conclude black men are criminals or are more prone to criminality than white men. We can…
  • Making sense of Woolwich…

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    24 May 2013 | 9:33 am
    After the senseless and barbaric slaying of a young British Serviceman by two, supposed “Muslims”, we are getting news of Mosques being attacked and firebombed, Muslim women being harassed, spat at, abused and having their headscarves ripped off. The senseless actions of these murderous idiots have placed Muslims under threat and danger here in Britain. I fail to understand why they carried this act out? There is no sanction and justification for it in our religion, none whatsoever. “They do it to us, so we do it to them” is not a valid principle in our religion. They…
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  • Feeling Happy in the Middle East

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    Given all the unhappiness, it is refreshing to find a little happiness in the Middle East, even if it is musical. Enjoy the following: Happy in Yemen ( Happy in Abu Dhabi ( Happy in Algeria ( Happy in Egypt ( Happy In Kuwait ( Happy in Jerusalem ( Happy in Jordan ( Happy in Lebanon…
  • Unravelling culture in Iraq’s Kurdish region

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    It is getting harder for Iraqi-Kurdish vendors to find stock of genuine Kurdish handicrafts [Lara Fatah/Al Jazeera] by Lara Fatah, Al Jazeera, April 20, 2014 Erbil, Iraq - In the heart of the ancient city of Erbil, capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, stands the Erbil citadel, or Qalat, as it is known locally. A walk along the city walls, which are currently under restoration, brings people to one of the region’s gems: the Kurdish Textile Museum. It is here that the lost art of weaving and handicrafts is being re-taught. Shereen Fars Hussan, one of 40 women trained in weaving at the…
  • Tabsir Redux: This is not an Easter Egg

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    Christians around the world celebrate Easter with thoughts of the empty tomb and resurrection of Christ. But there is more. Weather permitting, children are let loose in their Sunday best to hunt for Easter eggs, adding a secular, healthy, dietary blessing to the baskets of chocolate bunnies and jelly beans waiting at home. Even the White House lawn is set for the annual Easter Egg Roll (minus the Christian Rock) on Monday. It is as though many Christians are not content to leave the tomb empty. Apparently egged on by the spring fever of long forgotten fertility rites, the main message of…
  • Tabsir Redux: The Last American, #1

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    There was a time when “Oriental Tales” were the rage of the age. Montesquieu penned Lettres Persanes in 1721 and Oliver Goldsmith followed up several decades later with The Citizen of the World. But I recently came across a late 19th century text about a future visit of a Persian Prince and Admiral to the ruins of a land known as Mehrica. This is The Last American and purports to be the journal of Khan-Li, a rather bizarre name for a Persian but so thoroughly Orientalist in mode. The admiral visits America in 1990 ( a century after the book was written), when American is in ruins,…
  • Mormons in Marib

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    N-H-M in Sabaean Not being a resident of Utah, I sometimes forget that there are people who take The Book of Mormon (the original and not the Broadway play) seriously. There is a passage in 1 Nephi 16:34 that suggests the place of Ishmael’s burial: “And it came to pass that Ishmael died, and was buried in the place which was called Nahom.” So where might Nahom be? Well, why not Yemen? That is the argument in an article by Warren Aston, who traveled to Yemen and found an inscription on an alter at Marib that referred to Nihm, a tribe. Thus, The Book of Mormon is verified, as…
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    Knocking From Inside

  • Vineyards: SpicyNodes

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:37 pm
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  • Vineyard

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    I followed a pheasant that flew into a vineyard,they were pressing the first of the wine in the vineyard. My hands still remember the blackberry thornsthat pricked to draw blood at the edge of the vineyard.Autumn thunder and rainbows swept along the freewaywhile I wandered lost down the rows of the vineyard. The wine-pressers gave me cheese and bread to eatand I joined their harvest and labored in the vineyard.But they only laughed and shook their heads at mewhen I asked for directions to get out of the vineyard.They only laughed and shook their heads at mewhen I tried to find out who owned…
  • Lockjaw in the Antilles

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Walking on a beach in the Lesser AntillesI stepped on a plank, a rusty nail,had to get a tetanus shot. Spent a weekin a chintzy hotel, recoveringjust like the economy’s supposedly “recovering”—more like, undead. Zombie economy. Paid for my shotwithout insurance. That plank and nailsealed the coffin on my faithin government promises. From now on, it’s non-beliefand life as an Antillean beachcomber. All I can say isit’s better than lockjaw.--word saladAvailable! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Tri-Met Bus Line #72

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    I get on at 18th and Alberta. Ride east, surrounded by cheerfully quarrelling Black ladies and boys who bump raucous fists.Cully fills the bus with silent Latino men. I drowse, eyes open, as we make the turn onto 82nd. Toward Madison High School, where softly chattering Vietnamese teens file aboard. Some hold soccer balls.I wonder why some people talk on the bus and some don’t. In my mind, the bus is a shuttle, working back and forth across a loom. Mechanized looms were at the heart of the Industrial Revolution that built the cities we know, the city where I live. Where Slavic and Somali…
  • I dream about driving through a swarm of tornadoes

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:31 am
    The first one formedfar off to the right, fizzled outmiles above ground. The next one, nearer,reached further down. Soon all aroundfrom yellow sky they fell, like twisting trees,like legs of stomping elephants.They strike ground BOOM! and shake the road.I put my seatbelt on.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
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  • Pedestrians to benefit from new Abu Dubai Urban Planning Council guidelines

    Nadine Sayegh
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Utility Corridors Design Manual will make more use of underground space
  • Increased interest from investors in London based properties at Cityscape Abu Dhabi: Chesterton

    Rana Mesbah
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    Chesterton, the international property agency established in 1805, unveiled ‘The London Collection’ a series of luxury mixed-use developments by St. George in Abu Dhabi for UAE investors. Chesterton has seen an increased level of interest from investors at the show for London based properties. “London stands out as a truly global capital as it remains […]
  • Batelco wins eEconomy Award at Bahrain International eGovernment Forum

    Nadeen El Ajou
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    Batelco, the Kingdom’s leading telecommunications provider is delighted to have been presented with the eEconomy Award at Bahrain International eGovernment Forum, held April 21. The award recognizes Batelco’s role in developing the ICT infrastructure in Bahrain and contributing to the growth of Bahrain’s economy. Batelco Bahrain CEO Rashid Abdulla was present to receive the award […]
  • Aldar Properties launches three new residential developments in Abu Dhabi

    Nadeen El Ajou
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi’s leading listed property company, today launched three major new residential developments in prime areas of Abu Dhabi, including in investment zones where property can be purchased by non-UAE nationals. Off-plan sales for the three developments will commence in May and construction is scheduled to begin in 2015. The three developments […]
  • Umniah and WritersCell successfully conclude a creative writing workshop

    Nadeen El Ajou
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    In an attempt to encourage local creativity, Umniah has partnered with Middle Eastern creative writing incubator, WritersCell, and sponsored aspiring writers in a week-long workshop held in Amman. The sponsorship package included refreshments along with ample stationery to complete assignments. WritersCell’s first cycle was facilitated by Zaina Arafat, an adjunct professor of creative writing at […]
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  • Escaping death in the Land of the Pure

    29 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Finally, I countenanced what I had been dreading for quite some time. Journalists and media houses being under threat is a well-known story in conflict-ridden Pakistan. I had also heard about my name being on a few hit-lists but I thought these were tactics to scare dissenters and independent voices. But this was obviously an […]
  • Trade with India: Nawaz Sharif must fulfill his mandate

    28 Mar 2014 | 2:28 am
    Raza Rumi India will gain from freer mutual trade, but so will Pakistan It seems that the PML-N government may well be set to achieve one of its key policy goals ie bolstering trade with India. During 2013, the process of normalization was scuttled by the untoward tensions on the Line of Control (LoC) and […]
  • In An Antique Land

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Another review on my book “Delhi By Heart” appeared in Outlook Magazine India. By Venky Vembu In his novel The Shadow Lines, Amitav Ghosh writes of the imagined cartographic lines that divide people in the Indian subcontinent and cleave their souls. Many of these “shadow lines” are etched in bitter, hand-me-down memories and imaginations, and for […]
  • Freedom to broadcast hate

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:11 am
    This report by the BBC is extremely insightful. How broadcast media are fanning sectarian passions across Middle East – on all sides. With dubious financiers, power interests, it becomes even more relevant for us in Pakistan. Listen to the podcast by clicking here  Comments and views welcome
  • Conversation with Mushir ul Hasan on my book

    25 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Last year, my book was released in Delhi. The video and transcript of the discussion have been uploaded now. Mushir ul Hasan: I’m delighted to be associated with the launch of this book; however, I believe that the subtitle of the book could have been a touch different. ‘The impressions of a Pakistani traveller’ – immediately creates […]
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  • Coca-Cola Faith: Solutions for #HappyMuslims, #Mipsterz, and Future Muslim Commercials

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Thoughts on the #HappyMuslims and #Mipsterz Commercials Whenever I'm at the mall, it never fails that my field of vision is forced to pinball from one area to another, bouncing around erratically, attempting to avoid either mall posters or styling and profiling female shoppers.  I bear neither the businesses nor the shoppers any ill will, and it's my hope that the message of Islam will reach them, but suffice it to say, I'm responsible for my own spiritual well-being, and I take it seriously that Allāh has commanded us to lower our eyes in the Qur'an, and that the Prophet has commanded us…
  • On Salafi Islam | Dr. Yasir Qadhi

    Yasir Qadhi
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Definitions Positive contributions of the Salafī trend Criticisms of Salafism Concluding remarks 1. Definitions: What is Salafī Islam? What exactly is 'Salafism'? In the absence of a unanimously agreed upon definition, I propose to elucidate the modern Salafī phenomena via an outline of its beginnings, an assessment of its particular characteristics, manifestations of it in various contemporary groups, and a discussion of its positive and not so positive contributions to Islam and our global society. Within the context of our modern World, or to be more precise over the last half a…
  • MuslimKidsMatter | Proud to be a CoverGirl

    Nur Kose
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Proud to be a CoverGirl By Hufsa Lodhi “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.” ~ Vivian Greene. Every hardship and struggle is a firm building block to construct a barrier against the factors that break us. The very reasons that make us want to throw everything away simply because the challenge seems far too overwhelming. Half of the struggle is pushing ourselves to do it and the other half is following it through. Islam is intertwined with us. Its very existence dwells in each and every soul from the day we are born until our final…
  • God Is Enough For Us; And How Excellent A Guardian Is He!|Yahya Ibrahim

    Yahya Ibrahim
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    The Garden is hypnotic. Enchantingly reverent and dignified. Those who visit the Rawdah and are blessed to pray near the grave of our Prophet Muḥammad in the very masjid that he erected with his own hands, find it difficult to leave. I love the Rawdah. I spend every waking second of my short stays in Madīnah seated next to the house of Ā'ishah , the wife of the Prophet and honoured mother of the faith – Allāh be pleased with her- which encases the sanctified grave of our Prophet Muḥammad . Shocking Discovery Last year, near the end of April, 2013, just after Maghrib prayers as I sat…
  • The Unseen Shackles of Muslim Social Media Activism

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Back in the late 90′s and early 2000′s, internet da‘wah really started to gain ground. People who were otherwise lacking in scholarly credentials created beautiful facades in the form of flashy (pun intended) websites. We were able to reach beyond our local imams and access recorded lectures of Islamic personalities across the Western world. I remember sitting at my computer one night on Napster (right around the year 2000) downloading music and then getting the brilliant idea to search for “Islamic” stuff and finding recitations of Qur'an and random mp3′s by…
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  • UPDATED: (Video) First Bitcoin ATM in the Arab World Goes Live in Dubai with Plans to Add 400 More

    Gaith Saqer
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    There are a very few Bitcoin ATMs in the United States, and many more worldwide but for the Arab world until recently there has been non. For those who do not know what Bitcoin is, it is a cryptocurrency that is P2P and is not controlled by any central authority. Sergey Yusupov co-founder of umbrellab a bitcoin software company posted on Twitter last month that he has imported 400 Bitcoin ATMs to Dubai.  Around 5 days ago some of those ATMS Update: one Bitcoin ATM has gone live according to sergey with plans to activate more. Here is a photo of the first Dubai Bitcoin ATM customer…
  • BREAKING: Intel Closes its Office in Egypt

    Gaith Saqer
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Another sad and bad news for troubled Egypt, Intel is closing its offices in Egypt and firing all employees according to sources in Egypt. Intel confirmed the news and said its closing its R&D and engineering unit in a statement sent to the media Intel said that it is committed to the Egyptian market and the decision have nothing to do with political situation in Egypt or anywhere else, rather a consideration of operations Munich and Bangalore. In 2011 Intel made its first acquisition of an Egyptian company by acquiring Wireless startup SySDSoft Whatever Intel says about the motivation…
  • Anonymous Hacks 1000s of Israeli Websites Leaks 10,000s of Phone Numbers, Emails and Passwords #OpIsrael

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Commemorating its last year major cyber offensive against “Cyber Israel” hacktivist group Anonymous and other hacking groups have launched a fresh and massive cyber attacks against Israeli websites, hacking, defacing, hijacking them. More Than 2000 Thousand Israeli Websites Defaced By AnonGhost Team here is the list of them. Hacker groups also leaked the database Disney International(  In the emails leak front 1350 Emails of Israelis Hacked By AnonGhost Team and their passwords were posted here. Another 25,000 ISRAELI emails and passwords from and…
  • Facebook Acquires Virtual Relativity Startup Oculus VR For $2 Billion

    Gaith Saqer
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg CEO of facebook just announced that facebook is acquiring virtual realty startups Oculus VR with plans for the future of mobile and connectivity. the deal is for around $2B in cash and stock. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common. Here what Mark wrote about this news: “I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology. Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. For the past few years, this has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the…
  • Founded by an Egyptian entrepreneur Procured Health raises $4 million Series A funds

    Gaith Saqer
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Procured Health, a startup that offers help to hospitals better discover, evaluate and adopt quality medical device has raised $4 million in Serias A funds from health care-focused firm FCA Venture Partners. Procured Health is cofounded by Egyptian entrepreneur CEO of the company Hani Elias, it also previously raised $1.1 million in seed funding from a number of angels and VCs. Including Jordanian based VC Silicon Badia. Medical devices make up 20 to 25 percent of hospital expenses, spending on medical devices reached an estimated $150 billion in 2010. Most doctors are completely in the dark…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Calls on TIME Magazine to disqualify Indian politicians from TIME 100 online poll

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Categories: Press releaseTags: Automated bogus voting, fake popularity for Indian politicians, TIME 100 online pollAutomated bogus voting attempts to create fake popularity for Indian politicians in the midst of elections April 22, 2014 Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC,, a group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called on TIME magazine to disqualify Indian politicians from the 2014 TIME 100 online poll. Millions of fake online votes [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 21st, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: 2002 Gujarat riots, Ambedkar, Baba Ramdev, Giriraj Singh, Growth in Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar riots, Narendra Modi, NIA, Pravin Togadia, Sambhal's Babri mosqueIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Narendra Modi should own up responsibility for 2002 riots: CPI Gujarat police register FIR against Pravin Togadia for his ‘remarks on Muslims’, EC seeks report FIR against Giriraj for Modi-Pak remark, BJP pulls him up Baba Ramdev caught on camera discussing money with BJP candidate NIA [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 14th, 2013

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Amit Shah, Anti-Modi Congressional resolution, Gujarat 2002, Hindu converted to Islam, Jashodaben, Maulana Abdul Qavi, Modi's India TV interview, Muzaffarnagar riots, Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi's wife, QW Naqvi resigns in protest, Zakia JafriIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines US: Anti-Modi Congressional resolution now has 51 co-sponsors Modi’s India TV interview ‘Fixed’? Editorial Director QW Naqvi resigns in protest In his nomination, Narendra Modi finally admits Jashodaben is his wife Gujarat police has no evidence against…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 7th, 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Babri demolition, BJP's manifesto, bomb making factory in Kolhapur, Hindutva Terrorists, Indian constitution, Malegaon blast case, Narendra Modi, Operation Janmabhoomi, Sadhvi PragyaIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Police discover bomb making factory in Kolhapur, four Hindutva terrorists held HC denies bail to Sadhvi Pragya in Malegaon blast case Babri demolition planned; Advani, P V Narasimha Rao knew of plot: Cobrapost sting An EVM that ‘votes’ only for BJP stuns poll staff in Assam [...](Read more...)
  • US Congressional Hearing highlights plight of minorities in India

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Categories: Press releaseTags: Alex Koshy, All India Christian Council, Coalition Against Genocide, Freedom of religion, Hindu American Foundation, Human rights in India, Human RIghts Watch, John Dayal, Joseph Pitts, Keith Ellison, Pew Research Center, Robin Phillips, Social Issues, Tom LantosBroad range of experts call for inclusion of human rights and religious freedom in the US-India Strategic Dialogue. April 4th 2014: Coalition Against Genocide (CAG –, a broad alliance dedicated to justice and accountability for the Gujarat pogroms of 2002,…
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  • Decide between peace with Hamas or Israel: Israeli PM to Abbas

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Jerusalem/Gaza: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Wednesday reports of growing communication between the rival Palestinian Hamas and Fatah movements, demanding that the Palestinian president choose between peace with Hamas or with Israel. "Instead of moving into peace with Israel, (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) is moving into peace with Hamas," Netanyahu said following a meeting with Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister Sebastian Kurz in Jerusalem. "He has to choose. Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses…
  • Very much welcome Modi statement on relations: Pakistan envoy

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    New Delhi: Dismissing seemingly tough statements by the BJP and its allies about Pakistan as "poll rhetoric", Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday said they "very much welcome" BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's latest statement that if he came to power, his government would follow a "balanced" foreign policy in which "no one should be able to intimidate us and neither should we do it”. Addressing a group of journalists from the Indian Women Press Corps at the Pakistan High Commission here, Basit, who took over earlier this month, said Modi's statement in a…
  • Bangladesh court rejects Khaleda's plea to scrap indictment

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Dhaka: A court in Bangladesh Wednesday rejected Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia's request to scrap her indictment in the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases. A bench comprising Justices Borhanuddin and K.M. Kamrul Kader issued the order Wednesday after hearing the review petition filed on the grounds that the charges were not framed "properly", reported. On March 19, Dhaka’s Special Judge Basudev Roy indicted Khaleda Zia in the graft cases. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against six…
  • Palestinian rivals agree on government formation, elections

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Gaza: The Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold general elections, a senior Palestinian official said. Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the delegation in talks with Hamas, told Xinhua that a transitional unity government would be declared within five weeks and the general elections will be held within six months. "Progress was made in forming the unity government, holding the elections and restructuring the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)," Barghouti said. "This is what was agreed upon in the…
  • Pakistani envoy welcomes Modi's statement

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    New Delhi : Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday welcomed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's statement that India-Pakistan relations should be "balanced" with no intimidation from either side and expressed his country's keenness to work with the new government. "We are very much encouraged," Basit told media persons here reacting to Modi's statement in an interview to a news channel Tuesday night. "Hope we now have good stable relations. We are very keenly looking forward to working with the new government so that we can quickly, meaningfully and…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • Bittersweet Solitude

    Sara Bawany
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:44 pm
    In the chilling whispers of the night, Thoughts begin to race, take flight. I listen to my shallow breathing And the thump of my heart’s rhythmic beating. When emotions pour out one by one, I try to escape them, I try to run. Anxiety creeps in like roots of a tree, Suffocating in a darkness deeper than I can see. Blinded by a despicable hatred, As I watch those dear to me become alienated. The walls inside me that I have so carefully rebuilt Have crumbled away with tears of guilt. It’s not fair, but it’s no use, I’ve repeatedly broken my truce. What happened to me?
  • You Are Ethereal

    Raadia Khan
    13 Mar 2014 | 4:59 pm
    This is a message to anyone who has ever struggled, with anything: You’ll be okay. Sit back and remember; Allah loves you, a lot. You were born with a fate written for you, and you know that. You are alive, you are breathing. Your heart is beating against your ribcage, your cells are quivering, your blood cells fighting and rushing to deliver oxygen to every part of you. Your brain pulses with emotion, with thought, and with chemicals. And your body is fighting to keep you alive with every passing millisecond. Whether you want it to or not. It is decreed as such. Focus on your surroundings.
  • The Final Appointment

    Jasim Malik
    15 Feb 2014 | 9:45 am
    Being informed of my upcoming dentist appointment brought numerous, rather unpleasant memories back to me. I remembered drilling and pain. I don’t have a great history with these doctors of terror. My fear of them has kept me away from a dentist’s office for more than five years. But I suppose the pains and aches I have suffered from recently are only the fault of one person: me. So, I woke up this morning with the knowledge that today I would have to face agony that I had winced over just a couple of months ago. Tuesday, 2 p.m., Sept. 18, 2012. Doomsday. To say I wasn’t looking…
  • Black Holes and Sunrises

    Adnan Samma
    22 Jan 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The dark blue fortified a foreign feeling, An enigmatic emotion that was not ready to testify. ‘Twas like ink submerging in the celestial ceiling. I verify the color that swept the surface of this sky. What may be declared of that which is not understood From the depths of a space that cannot be reached? A hollowing darkness where light never stood An engulfing entity that cannot be beseeched. Why do you attempt to achieve another galaxy? Distraught, then taught, of this universe’s plea Whilst surviving an existing fallacy Sought from something that ought not to be. So, you continue to…
  • Diary of a Syrian Refugee

    Maryam Ahmed
    18 Jan 2014 | 2:28 pm
    March 18, 2012 The noise of the fighting on the other side of the border has started up again, more a groaning clatter sputtering incessantly than the distant hum we have become used to. The fighting has drawn closer. The sound has been unbearable. The music of the rain and the deafening roar of thunder like a drum roll before a curtain call that has engulfed us. Jaddati says this rain is a blessing. I suppose I would have enjoyed it if it weren’t so cold. The rains have soaked the tents, piercing through our meager covering. The water drips down and we have put saucers where it is worst. I…
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  • Politicians have to be Money Spinners!

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Ministers spend most of their money during elections By Syed Khaled Shahbaaz The way to my office is a 30-minute drive from home. All the way across the roads, the smiling face of Rahul Gandhi in grey imprints on white backgrounds and Narendar Modi’s saffron-tinted advertisements are hard to overlook. There are life-size banners, sky-high hoardings and colourful wall posters serving their purpose of advertisement to thousands of passer-bys, every day. Ironically, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP has negligible paid marketing presence, instead the ‘Aam Aadmi’ leader has usually resorted to…
  • Why is India still the world’s largest arms importer?

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    India has been the world’s largest arms importer every year since 2010, as its defence industry struggles to keep up with its international ambitions. The volume of major weapons imports more than doubled By Ashok Sharma India has been the world’s largest arms importer every year since 2010, as its defence industry struggles to keep up with its international ambitions. The volume of major weapons imports more than doubled between 2004-08 and 2009-13 and India’s share of the volume of international arms imports increased from 7% to 14%, according to the latest report released by…
  • Allama Iqbal — Poet of Islamic Renaissance

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    By Rohail Khan Sir Muhammad Iqbal (9th November 1877 – 21st April 1938) also known as Allama (Scholar of Highest Rank) Iqbal was a philosopher, poet, politician, and a social reformist. He is widely acclaimed to have inspired millions of Muslims to demand a separate homeland  from the British Empire in India. Religious scholar and Sufi Master, Iqbal’s literary works in Urdu and Persian are largely based on teachings of the Holy Quran.  He propagated self-respect and self-realization and reiterated the need to revert to Islamic values. Allama Iqbal is officially regarded as National…
  • Saudi Arabia: Self-appointed guardians of faith

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rejectionists and their hardline interpretations are giving way to a more tolerant Saudi society as the barriers against the exclusion of women are falling slowly By Tariq A. Al Maeena Recently, the Saudi Shura council, the kingdom’s premier consultative body debated on and passed a motion in favour of introducing physical education for girls in public schools. Those in the majority voted in favour of the motion permitting girls to perform physical exercises within the school premises in a way that conforms to the Islamic law or Sharia. Their argument that obesity and obesity-related…
  • Asif Iqbal appointed Hony. Consul of Suriname for South India

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    IMO News Service New Delhi: Winston Lackin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Suriname, has announced the appointment of Asif Iqbal as the Hony. Consul of Republic of Suriname. The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has also conveyed the concurrence of the President of India to the appointment  with consular jurisdiction over the states of Karnataka and Andhra pradesh. Asif Iqbal is the Executive Director of the Latin American Caribbean Federation of India and the President of the Defense Technology Infrastructure Society of India. The Hony. Consulate will work towards…
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