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  • Bihar: Abir Foundation opens first Memorial Health Centre of Baisa Block at Rauta

    Indian Muslim Observer
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    By Manzar Imam Rauta: Rural areas of Purnea and other adjacent districts of the Seemanchal region are facing severe health problems and medical crises which have also given rise to semi literate and quack doctors. With this perspective in mind as also to cater to the needs of growing number of patients, the first memorial health centre of the District’s Baisa Block was inaugurated on Tuesday 7 October, 2014 at the Nizamuddin Complex of Rauta Haat by the block’s favourite and famous teacher, Master Sa’eedur Rahman on behalf of local MP, Maulana Mohammad Asrarul Haque Qasmi who could not…
  • Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    Anti-government protesters barge into parliament ahead of vote to allow long-serving president another term in office.
  • 売却後のトラブル

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    この様な相談は確かに多いです。 買い取り業者からこのようなことを言われた場合、メーターが戻っていると判断した根拠と、そのクルマのメーターが戻っているということが確実に分かる書類を提出するように言ってください。 これには2つの意味があります。 まず1つ目は、メーターが戻っていることを自分で確認することですが、2つ目が重要な意味を持ってくるのです。…
  • Tory minister defends axing migrant rescue: Politics Live

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Rowena Mason
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including the dispute between the Lib Dems and Number 10 over a Home Office report on drugs policy and a debate on migrant rescue 11.38am GMT The Labour backbencher who successfully got to ask an urgent question on the issue was Mark Lazarowicz, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith. This is what he said:You know that many of those seeking to make this journey are fleeing war, poverty and starvation from places like Syria and Libya. They know already about the risks of dying... they are exploited by people-traffickers, as you have accepted.
  • Diwali celebrations in Sindh and other regions of Pakistan

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    On the left is the official message by Government of Sindh, Pakistan in the leading newspaper 'Dawn'.It wishes 'Happy Diwali' to all, along with the catchline, 'Diwali ki raat, Khushiyo.n ki barsaat'.The advertisement carries photographs of PPP leaders, which most of us identify.It also has names of Mahesh Kumar Chawla, who is Minister for Information Technology (IT) in Sindh government, and Giyan Chand Israni, Minister for Minorities.The message also has a Nazm [poem or verse] on Diwali, which reads:Diwali ki Raat, Khushiyo.n ki Barsaataai divali khushiyaa.n le karsang apne ummeede.n le…
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  • 売却後のトラブル

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    この様な相談は確かに多いです。 買い取り業者からこのようなことを言われた場合、メーターが戻っていると判断した根拠と、そのクルマのメーターが戻っているということが確実に分かる書類を提出するように言ってください。 これには2つの意味があります。 まず1つ目は、メーターが戻っていることを自分で確認することですが、2つ目が重要な意味を持ってくるのです。…
  • 車の売却時の査定・契約

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    クルマを購入する場合の契約の成立時期は、注文書の裏の約款に書いてある時期となりますが、買い取り業者に売却する場合は違ってきます。 ほとんどの場合は民法の原則、つまり「売り手と買い手の意思が一致した時期」が契約の成立時期になってしまいます。…
  • 販売店へ行ってみる

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    店頭に展示されている車についての価格等に関する情報が表示されている用紙のことです。 価格表示用紙あるいはスペックシートもいいます。 ・保証がついているのか、いないのか、 ・過去の使用者の点検整備記録簿があるのか、ないのか、 ・整備をしてくれるのか、してくれないのか ・・・等々 中古車は品質だけではなく、このような条件によっても大きく違ってきます。…
  • 中古車購入はお店選びから

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    あなたがクルマを探しているお店は公取協の会員店ですか? 会員証やステッカーがあるかどうかを確認してみましょう。 中古車は新車と違って1台1台全て品質が違います。 ですから、同じ車種でも値段は当然違ってきます。 中古車情報誌やチラシ広告、インターネット等にはいろんな情報が載っています。 あなたにピッタリのクルマを見つけて下さい。…
  • さぁ、納車

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    1. 納車はできるだけ昼間にお願いし、 明るい中で しっかりと 車を確認しましょう。 2. 注文書と車をしっかり比較し、オプション等に 間違いがないかどうか、 細部にいたるまで 丁寧に確認しましょう。 3. 車検証は受け取りましたか? 記載内容に間違いはありませんか? 4. 保証書はありますか? 記入事項に間違いはありませんか? 保証は納車後も長く続く問題ですので、 特に念入りにチェックしましょう。
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Tory minister defends axing migrant rescue: Politics Live

    Rowena Mason
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including the dispute between the Lib Dems and Number 10 over a Home Office report on drugs policy and a debate on migrant rescue 11.38am GMT The Labour backbencher who successfully got to ask an urgent question on the issue was Mark Lazarowicz, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith. This is what he said:You know that many of those seeking to make this journey are fleeing war, poverty and starvation from places like Syria and Libya. They know already about the risks of dying... they are exploited by people-traffickers, as you have accepted.
  • Solid growth expected for US third-quarter GDP business live

    Julia Kollewe
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Wall Street economists are expecting a healthy 3% annual rate 11.43am GMT Ranko Berich, head of market analysis at Monex Europe, says ahead of the US GDP data: The FOMC now believes that holes in the labour market are gradually diminishing and solid gains are being made in job creation. These changes all point in one direction rate hikes in 2015.However, rate hikes do remain conditional with key conditions being the continued improvement in inflation and the labour market. For this to happen, the economy itself needs to grow strongly, making todays first reading of US third quarter GDP even…
  • Another Mercurys curveball, Jim Carrey saving lives and more Hunger Games hype it's today's pop culture LIVE

    Luke Holland
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    PLUS: a quest to find the best Young, more tunes than you can shake a pack on Tunes at, some handy Halloween prep, and general interweb tomfooleryGet in touch @guideguardian, we do get awful lonelyWere slopping up pop culture goodness throughout Friday Eve so dontcha go anywhere now 11.44am GMT The Fathers Mercurial victory surely books them a place at the Young family Christmas dinner table. But, despite their moniker, theyre just the whippersnap upstarts at this point - theyre at the kids table drinking Ribena, daring each other to eat a sprout. Theyve got some way to go before usurping…
  • The Sun and the Guardian agree on need for a change in drugs policy

    Roy Greenslade
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Oh yes they do - and the Independent agrees tooThe Guardian and the Sun agree about drugs policy. I think I'd better write that again before I feel faint: the Guardian and the Sun agree about drugs policy.In truth, I may be over-stating that agreement just a tad. But consider their coverage today following the publication of the groundbreaking Home Office evidence-based study which reveals that the relaxing of drugs laws does not increase the numbers of addicts."Whether or not drugs laws should be relaxed, one thing is now clear. A vast majority 71% think the war on drugs has failed.
  • EMC's efforts to manage waste in the US ripple out to the far east

    Marc Gunther
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    The information security firms chief sustainability officer talks to the Guardian about the challenges of processing e-wasteAs part of our ongoing brief interview series, we put five questions to Kathrin Winkler, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer at information security firm EMC. Continue reading...
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Diwali celebrations in Sindh and other regions of Pakistan

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    On the left is the official message by Government of Sindh, Pakistan in the leading newspaper 'Dawn'.It wishes 'Happy Diwali' to all, along with the catchline, 'Diwali ki raat, Khushiyo.n ki barsaat'.The advertisement carries photographs of PPP leaders, which most of us identify.It also has names of Mahesh Kumar Chawla, who is Minister for Information Technology (IT) in Sindh government, and Giyan Chand Israni, Minister for Minorities.The message also has a Nazm [poem or verse] on Diwali, which reads:Diwali ki Raat, Khushiyo.n ki Barsaataai divali khushiyaa.n le karsang apne ummeede.n le…
  • Arrogant, apathetic Congress bites the dust in Maharashtra, finally

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The rout that had begun with Congress' losing to Narendra Modi-led BJP in the general elections, continues. The party has lost Maharashtra and Haryana.The writing was clear on the wall. People were fed up with the party and its arrogant leaders. The disdain towards the people.Who could forgive the ruling alliance whose leaders can say, 'Shall I urinate in dams to fill them, if there is not enough water".Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had said this when he was told that a farmer was sitting on fast for 55 days, demanding water for irrigation. [See link: Should I urinate to fill the dams?]…
  • When person abusing your faith turns out to be a co-religionist: Social media's illusions and internet crimes

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The person abuses your faith online, posts objectionable messages and shares photographs that are so inflammatory that it is not proper to describe them.You get angry and disturbed. You may write angry comments to him, argue, tell him to stop or shut up.But did you ever imagine that he also belongs to your own faith? And that he is still doing it because he had a purpose!May be, he has certain psychological issues or wants to defame someone and hence assumed a false identity.So he is using it to post objectionable things to defame that person. Did  you consider this option?And when you…
  • Online arguments on religion and right-wing twitter trolls' strategy: From secularism and democracy in Islamic countries to sweeping statements about Muslims

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    By IndscribeBefore penning my understanding of trolls and their 'strategy', just let me tell you a bit of background. On this blog, I have often sharply criticised certain Arab countries that have monarchies, and don't grant proper rights to women.There are many things in each and every country in this world that are condemnable--from corruption to communalism, age-old practices to mistreatment with women or other sections of society.If there are issues in my country, I can write over them as per my interest or understanding. I do write about my concerns with regard to my own country, more…
  • Hindus, Muslims, Christians join hands to celebrate Ganeshotsava in Mumbai

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    IndscribeIf you believe in communal harmony, you will find inter-religious harmony at every nook and corner in India.You will find innumerable examples among your friends, acquaintances and in your neighbourhood.It is not about Mumbai alone. In other cities too, it is a common sight, to see people participating in construction of tableaux.Similarly, if you don't believe in this idea, and somehow feel that there is eternal conflict between certain religions and their adherents, you will not be able to see this beautiful and syncretic culture, which has always thrived in India.See the…
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • FT profiles former far‑leftist turned far‑right Islamophobe

    Bob Pitt
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Financial Times has published a profile by Roula Khalaf of Fabien Engelmann, a leading figure in the Front National who in March this year was elected mayor of Hayange in northeastern France. Engelmann is described as a “one-time leftist union activist”. But that isn’t the half of it. He is a former longtime militant in the revolutionary socialist organisation Lutte Ouvrière, which he joined in 2001 and remained a member of until 2008, when he contested the municipal elections as an LO candidate. Engelmann then left LO and joined another far-left organisation, the…
  • Israeli MP proposes banning Islamic prayer call

    Bob Pitt
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Israeli Right-wingers have revived highly contentious plans that could effectively silence the Muslim call to prayer, known as the muezzin. In a move that risks stoking already simmering tensions in Jerusalem between Jews and Arabs, a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is tabling legislation that could put strict limits on Islamic prayer calls from mosques in the city and across Israel. Robert Ilatov [pictured], a parliamentarian with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, is sponsoring the bill with the support of Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister who is also…
  • Perth: racist vandals mistake Sikh temple for mosque

    Bob Pitt
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    A Sikh temple in Perth’s north-east has been spray-painted by vandals with anti-Muslim graffiti. Sikh Gurdawara Perth treasurer Amandeep Singh said CCTV captured two vandals spray-painting the Bennett Springs temple, which is under construction and due to be finished in February, about 1.30am on Wednesday. He said he believed it was a case of mistaken identity. “I think they have confused us with Arabs or Muslims,” he said. “They have spray-painted abuse at Muslims and Arabs, and they have sprayed ‘Aussie Pride’ and other rubbish like that, lots of bad…
  • ‘Go back to your f****** Muslim country': Kiwi couple charged over Brisbane assault

    Bob Pitt
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    A Kiwi couple who told a father and son to “go back to your f****** Muslim country” have been charged with assault in Australia. Bronson Tamarama, 24, and Jayne Rikkiti, 25, allegedly punched a 15-year-old boy in the face during an fight at a local produce market in Brisbane in September. According to News Corporation, a father and his son were allegedly told by Tamarama to “go back to your own country…I will call my boys.” Police said the victims were yelled at and sworn at by a carload of men. A punch was allegedly thrown at the father but missed and he fell…
  • Muslim funeral home in Orléans defaced with Islamophobic graffiti

    Bob Pitt
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Saphir News reports that last Friday night racist vandals broke into the office of the Muslim Assistance funeral home in Orléans and defaced the walls with Islamophobic graffiti. The graffiti featured swastikas and Celtic crosses, and a drawing of a pig’s head, accompanied by slogans such as “Islam out”, “close or die” and “dirty Arabs”. Computer equipment was stolen and a photocopier damaged. The manager of Muslim Assistance, Abdessamad Errich, later received anonymous phone calls boasting of the attack. Last month he had been subjected to…
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • As Rewrites go...

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Dragon                         Sara’s eyes are black. Really, really dark black. And in my dreams, they’re red.“Mummy, how come Sara’s eyes are so black?” We’re having breakfast. Daddy is still asleep. Mummy is getting ready to go to school. “Asma, don’t you know your colours? Sara’s eyes are brown brown. Like chocolate. Remind me to go over your colours with you when I come home.” And then she’s gone. Mummy is always gone. Sometimes…
  • Muslim Guilt > Catholic Guilt

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    A few weeks ago Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs went viral because some ass decided that violating a woman’s privacy was fine. Because she’s a woman. In the aftermath of guys boasting of their single (or dual) handed orgies, Haji Mohamed Dawjee wrote in a Mail & Guardian column: “We live in a world where women must pay the price of being taken down a peg by a hacker or a this or that, for embracing their sexuality – whatever it is – or expressing their sexuality, in the very same way men do.”And I thought, wow, that’s optimistic. The idea that women actually do embrace…
  • Sliced sky

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    LordSave me from knowledgeThat cuts my world a thousand waysLike a frozen branch, a frozen skyFrom knowledge that turns me inside outUntil the last drop of my hot blood seeps into the bowels of an uncaring earthFrom knowledge that burnsLike fire-ants inside meBiting. Biting. Biting. It’s okay that I live a lieThat ‘us’ is more in my headThan it will ever be right hereIt’s okay that I feel lovedUnaloneRelevantThese are MY liesMy pretty liesLike rainbows that I  can feelOr laughter that I can tasteWithout my liesWhat have I But this, this thingInsideSo largeThis truthThat swallows…
  • Jammy Laughter

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    You load laughter behind pursed lipsAnd fire it at me Like feathersThat tickle the inside of my noseI giggle tooTasting your laughter, as it mingles with mineYour jammy laughter, sweet, with an edge of tartThere was a day when your laughter was sharpLike cheese, too matureIt bit. Your laughter even more than the accompanying wordsRemember the time your laughter was like chocolate?Dark and warm, slipping down my throatWarming me…all the way to my toes?And then there was the day your laughter was frothSpilling over the sides of a coffee cupPretty to look atTastelessToo soon goneI like to…
  • The Gratitude Challenge

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    If you’re a Facebooker you've probably stumbled across the Gratitude Challenge, if not participated in it yourself.It’s been interesting, reading how many different ways people can say: I’m thankful to be Alive.When the delightful Azra tagged me, I considered doing it. Then chickened out because I’m not in a very thankful space right now (shameful, I know). But now I’m ready. And instead of posting three things daily to Facebook, I’ve decided that this Gratitude Challenge deserves, at the very least, a blog post. So here goes:I’m really thankful for toilet paper.Ask…
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  • Landscape and Environment in Islam

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    The Islamic Information Center of Kuching hosts the radio show IIC Speaks every Friday mornings on RedFM 91.9 at 11.30am. I was honored to appear on the show last month to speak about “Landscape and Environment in Islam.” Thanks very much to DJ Syerifah Farah who interviewed me in the studios of RTM Kuching, as well Vivie Abdullah, communications executive for the IIC. The book Green Deen by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is an excellent resource on environmental responsibility from an Islamic perspective and was invaluable to me in preparing for the interview. (The Malays say masuk bakul…
  • Man Papaya

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    As large as papaya, as small as keranji, Break a branch and the fruit falls down A face so lovely with manners so ugly Is like rain falling murky and brown Besar betik kecil keranji [1] Patah dahan buahnya luruh Muka cantik perangai keji Bagai hujan airnya keruh Growing papaya, or betik, from seed is easy enough – sow them on loose soil straight from the fruit and they’ll come up without trouble. The tough part is figuring out if your tree is a boy or a girl. It sounds strange, but there are a fair number of plants out there that bear different flowers on separate trees,…
  • Gurindam 12 Fasal 5

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    by Raja Ali Haji (1808-1873) This is the gurindam of the fifth issue: If you wish to know the people of high birth, in manners and speech are shown their worth. To know the people of happiness, avoid involvement in the meaningless. To know the man of high distinction, look upon his deeds and actions. If you wish to know the people of wisdom ask and learn without feeling boredom. If those with intellect you would know store provisions now in this life below. If men of character you would recognize among the masses observe how they fraternize. Ini gurindam pasal yang kelima: Jika hendak…
  • Lemang Kukuih

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Sesuai untuk Halaman Anda™ Hari Raya Eidil Fitri without lemang is like thanksgiving without a turkey.  Like so much of traditional village life, lemang is made from just four components: coconut, rice, bananas and bamboo.  Sticky rice mixed with coconut milk is poured into the hollow bamboo shaft lined with banana leaf, and then roasted over an open fire of tempurung. That’s fine if you live in the villages, but what is the modern Malaysian city-dweller to do?  The fire pit and especially the thick smoke don’t mix well with rowhouse living. Introducing Hajjah Maznah’s…
  • Hari Raya 2014

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Selamat Hari Raya Eidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin from all of us to all of you.
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Tasawwuf Lessons by Sheikh Ali Mustafa

    Sadiq Alam
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Sheikh Ali Mustafa Seinpaal hails from Suriname, South America, a former Dutch Colony; from a Christian, religious family. Sheikh Mustafa embraced Islam in 1966. After meeting Maulana Dr. Fazlur-Rahman Ansari (r.a) in 1969 in Suriname, he went to study at the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies at Karachi.Sheikh Mustafa graduated from the Aleemiyah Institute in 1974, the same year Dr. Ansari passed away. He obtained the Alim Degree: AD-DARAJAT AL-IJAZAH AL-ALIYAH. Shaykh Ali Mustafa in his website has published a number of lessons on Tasawwuf or Sufic Science of Islam. The first lesson of…
  • the attributes of the lovers

    Sadiq Alam
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    Allah the Most Glorious, at one stage during The Ascension (Me’raj) informed the Prophet (s) the following:"As for the happy way of living, it is that in which the person is not tired of remembering Me, does not forget My bounties, and does not ignore My rights (on him). He seeks My pleasure day and night. The ever-lasting life is realized when the person works for his spiritual benefit until the world loses its significance for him, and looks small in his eyes. The hereafter becomes great for him.He gives preference to My pleasure over his own desire; seeks My pleasures; thinks the right…
  • Healing with the 99 Divine Names - Self Healing Tips for Any Day

    Sadiq Alam
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Healing comeswhen we choose to walk away from darknessand move towards a brighter light.~ Dieter F UchtdorfIn the Name of the Real Owner of All Sublime Names in the Heavens and the EarthIn a very enigmatic Sign of the Quran, Allah the Most Sublime Majesty is transmitting to us, "All that are in the heavens and on the earth entreat Him (in their needs). Every (moment of every) day, He is in a new manifestation (with all His Attributes and Names as the Divine Being). ~ The Quran 55:29"Drawing on that hint that the Real is manifesting ever renewed in every moment and in understanding of the…
  • Tomae Notun Korey Pabo Boley - Only to Find You Again and Again

    Sadiq Alam
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    And I, the Divine Creator, did not create the beings of other dimensions and mankind except to worship Me. ~ The Quran 51:56To serve or to worship any being, one first need to know or recognize that being. Gnosis (marifa) is a prerequisite to serve God. Thus a positive interpretation of the above verse is that God created man to first recognize God and then to serve / worship God. Otherwise that service is incomplete or has not reached ihsan or station of excellence.Every action of man has its highest fulfillment when that action is for the Lord (fi sabilillah), the Most Sublime, the Most…
  • Temporary Autonomous Zone to Permanent Autonomous Zone and Surah al-Kahf

    Sadiq Alam
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    an imaginal portrait of the companions of the cave According to contemporary Islamic Scholar and expert in Islamic Eschatology Sheikh Imran Hosein, Surah al-Kahf, the 18th Chapter of the Quran is the quintessential Chapter to access the sacred knowledge of the later days or last age. This subject is known as 'Ilmu Akhir al-Zaman.While reflecting on the 18th Chapter of the Final Testament, the Qur'an called al-Kahf or the Cave, it becomes clear that there both the Temporary Autonomous Zone and Permanent Autonomous Zone are to be discovered in that brilliant…
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  • State of Formation - The World is on Fire, so I rode The Ark

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    State of Formation - The World is on Fire, so I rode The Ark. On Sunday, September 21, I was blessed to be asked to join The Ark, organized by Auburn Seminary and Groundswell (with help from lots of named and unnamed supporters) for the People's Climate March. The New York Times found it an “odd juxtaposition," that so many faith groups were next to one another, missing the point that we all share one planet. More importantly, the NYT is in the business of showing us in conflict, not the billions of ways we get along with one another because of all the things we have in common.   Like so…
  • State of Formation - I am ي، ن، ر

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    State of Formation - I am ي، ن، ر. It is obvious that most Muslims across the world find the actions of the so-called “Islamic State” abhorrent; from condemnation in the US and UK, to satire in the Middle East, there is no point in elaborating my own personal opposition to them. However, while they may denigrate the name of the religion, and spitting on the declaration of faith they sewed into their flag, I will not give them the power to define my faith in relation to them. So, I am not ISIS, let me tell you who I am.
  • - Dr. Hussein Rashid (More than a Military Response Required to Beat ISIS)

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am - Dr. Hussein Rashid (More than a Military Response Required to Beat ISIS). As ISIS appears to be gaining ground in Iraq, there seems to be a lack of a grand strategy coming out of the White House. The low hum of drone warfare, as opposed to coordinated decisive victories like in Irbil, creates a greater potential for feeding ISIS' propaganda machine. The United States must think more comprehensively than a military intervention. Syndicated at: Hussein Rashid: More than a military response required to beat ISIS Dr. Hussein Rashid: Suggestions on how to beat ISIS Dr. Hussein…
  • State of Formation - Every Land is #Ferguson

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    State of Formation - Every Land is #Ferguson. There is a power in raising our hands for Ferguson. We do not raise our hands like the Illuminati or a Rockefella [sicknowledge]; we do not raise our hands to act out an NWA lyric; we do not even raise our hands in an “Allah Akbar.” Instead, we raise our hands in surrender. Our submission is to the police. The power in raising our hands is with the police. It’s not an act of agency, but a recognition of the value(lessness) of brown and black bodies. This submission to authoritarianism should concern us.
  • Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement - The Daily Beast

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement - The Daily Beast. Hussein Rashid, a professor at Hofstra University and an Islamic scholar, said these debates have been raging within the Muslim community, who are fragmented on what should be eaten. Other issues include whether stunning an animal before death is halal and the age-old debate on whether it’s okay to eat meat slaughtered by Jews and Christians.
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    Muslim Thought

  • Beyond Beliefs – IDA Australia

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Beyond Beliefs – IDA Australia Dr Pamela Ryan, Managing Director, Issues Deliberation AustraliaAmerica At the Hawke Centre-sponsored premiere of the documentary "Beyond Beliefs" – about a two day session in March 2007 held in Old Parliament House Canberra for   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Beyond Beliefs – IDA Australia Related posts: Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices) The Mahdi – Going to Extremes in Islamic Beliefs Why do people attach islamic belief to one persons…
  • The Eminence Islam Attaches to Women

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The position of women in Islam has recently been an issue of debate. Some misconceptions arise, either from traditional practices which are thought to be “Islamic,” but are not, or else from prejudices. However, the real issue is how women   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Eminence Islam Attaches to Women Related posts: Women in Islam versus Women in Judeo Christian Tradition Women’s Role and Rights in Islam Misconceptions About Women in Islam
  • Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part1)

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Debate on the existence of God between a theist/ Muslim (Furkan) and an humanist/atheist (Gary/Thomas). Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.5, Part1) Does God exist? Theist vs. Atheist(Ses.3 part1) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3)   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part1) Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.5, Part1) Does God exist? Theist vs. Atheist(Ses.3 part1) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3)
  • The Meaning of Islam

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Allah, the One and Only God A muslim believes in ONE GOD, Supreme and Eternal, Infinite and Mighty, Merciful and Compassionate, Creator and Provider. God has no father nor mother, no sons nor was He fathered. None equal   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Meaning of Islam Related posts: The Meaning of Holy War Learn Islam in 10 minutes. All you have to know about ISLAM, ALLAH, KORAN, MUHAMMAD, MAHDI. Part 1/2 Learn Islam in 10 minutes. All you have to know about ISLAM, ALLAH, KORAN, MUHAMMAD, MAHDI. Part 2/2
  • Arabs And Muslim In America And Race Relation

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Arabs and Muslim In America And Race relation ?Prof. Hasan Yahya (In a conference on interfaith and race relations in America. It was broadcasted several times by local public TV stations. The author? contributed with this article)?? The history   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Arabs And Muslim In America And Race Relation Related posts: The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Some Arab-Muslim Intolerance in America and Europe Muslim Terrorists in a civilian court? Maybe America should go on trial ?
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    Margari Aziza

  • Muslim Anti-Racism Response to Structural Racism

    Margari Aziza Hill
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
      Image by / Adrees Latif04:05 23/08/2014 Today’s twitter Hashtag event was a deeply moving, and much needed conversation, among Muslims Americans. #Muslims4Ferguson organized the event with Omar Suleiman, Suhaib Webb, and Linda Sarsour. I would like to send a special shout out to Dawud Walid who gave us a heads up on the convo. Please consider standing with Muslims4Ferguson. A letter I wrote to MuslimARC Members on August 15, 2014 Dearest brothers and sisters. I have started writing and erased the beginning of this message several times. I, like many of you, are frustrated,…
  • 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…
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    Laila Lalami

  • October 9, 2014

    Laila Lalami
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    7:00 PM Reading and Discussion Harvard Bookstore 1256 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, Massachusetts Share/Bookmark
  • October 8, 2014

    Laila Lalami
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    6:30 PM Reading and Discussion Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts Share/Bookmark
  • October 7, 2014

    Laila Lalami
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    7:00 PM Reading and Discussion Politics and Prose 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC Share/Bookmark
  • October 6, 2014

    Laila Lalami
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    8:00 PM Laila Lalami and Marlon James 92nd Street Y Buttenwieser Hall 1395 Lexington Avenue New York, New York Share/Bookmark
  • East Coast Tour

    Laila Lalami
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I just finished packing for my trip to the East Coast. I’ll be reading from and discussing The Moor’s Account in four cities: New York, Washington, DC, Williamstown, and Boston. The details are posted below: October 6, 2014 8:00 PM 
92nd Street Y
 1395 Lexington Avenue 
New York, New York October 7, 2014 7:00 PM 
Politics and Prose
 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
 Washington, DC October 8, 2014 6:30 PM 
Williams College
 Williamstown, Massachusetts October 9, 2014 7:00 PM
 Harvard Bookstore
 1256 Massachusetts Ave
 Cambridge, Massachusetts For those who may be…
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  • “What are the most excellent of actions?”

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: The companions of the Prophet (saw) asked him: “O Messenger of Allah, what are the most excellent of actions?” The Prophet replied: “To gladden the heart of human beings, To feed the hungry, To help the afflicted, To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and To remove the sufferings of the injured.” Ya Haqq!Filed under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: hadith of the prophet (
  • Happy Islamic New Year 1436/2015 :)

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: HAPPY NEW YEAR 1436!!! The Islamic New Year begins at sunset on Friday, October 24, 2014 in North America and ends at sunset on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The Islamic year begins on the first day of Muharram, and is counted from the year of the Hegira, the year in which the Prophet Muhammad (saw) emigrated from Mecca to Medina (A.D. July 16, 622). The Islamic New Year is based on the revolutions of the Moon. Thus, Al-Hijra is only 354 days long. At the time of sunrise many recite the following dua, or prayer, on the day of the New Year: O’ Allah, the New…
  • Dust to Dust

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    No grave for me, no cold ground, buried for eternity Burn me, burn me, burn me with Your love Until I am ashes and ground bones dust to dust for my Beloved Throw me to the winds of heaven Cast me on the green-blue sea Bury me in the flower beds and the roots of trees In the gardens of springtime beside the Old Windmill Scatter me on that path where the Sufis dwell So that I may be at last dust beneath the Master’s feet Ya Haqq!Filed under: Books & writing, My Poetry, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: afterlife poem, dust to dust poem by Irving Karchmar, Sufi poem
  • Mevlevi Sufi Order Daily Litany – Evrad-i Serif

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Welcome, welcome to this new morning and happy new day! And to the two honourable angels who justly record people’s deeds, preserve them, and witness to those deeds, greetings, greetings. May God – exalted is He – enliven you. Write this on the first page of our deeds this bright day: I bear witness that there is no god but God, I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. God willing, with this testimony we live; with this testimony we die; and with this testimony we shall be resurrected hereafter. I have readied the following…
  • In Memory of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Friday, October 10th is the six year anniversary of the death of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, for over 50 years the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, and for 17 years, my Master (may God bless his soul and raise him to the highest rank of His beloveds. Ameen!). To commemorate the occasion, his own poem is a fitting tribute to his life and station: My Heart Holds Your Home, my head desiring You; Night and day have all passed, while I am pledged to You. I have suffered at the hand of the people of the time; In the world I’ve only seen fidelity from You. I’ve been…
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  • Cloudy With a Chance of Chicago Bulls

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The Chicago Bulls preseason game was about to start on NBA TV, and I called my six-year-old daughter, A'ishah, over to watch the introductions.  She's familiar with the song "Sirius" due to my playing the Alan Parsons Project in the car when I drive.Sure enough, when she heard the song she got real excited.  "Abah!" she said.  "This is the song from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs!" :)
  • Speedrun: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Don't have time to watch the original Star Wars? This one will be finished in a minute. (Warning: mild profanity.)
  • Monique Evans Embarrasses Herself

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Monique Evans, Miss Texas 2014, embarrassing herself at the Texas Rangers game.  Seriously, MLB needs to institute a few rules for people whom they're considering to throw the first pitch.  I'd suggest, at the very least, that the ball must cross the plate (we'll be generous and say anywhere between the two batters' boxes) and that the ball must not touch the ground before reaching the catcher (no bouncing the ball on the ground or rolling it, like Miss Evans did here - apparently she confused baseball with bowling).
  • Robin Williams on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    This is a must–watch episode. Essentially, Williams stole the show within 10 seconds.
  • Jessie Ware - What You Won't Do For Love

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    I heard this cover of the Bobby Caldwell song What You Won't Do for Love on Internet radio yesterday. I'm not familiar with Jessie Ware's work, but I really like this version.
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    G. Willow Wilson

  • The Valkyries: secret warrior women of comics shops

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    The Valkyries: secret warrior women of comics shops: Huzzah for Valkyries! I’ve had the pleasure of signing at a couple of shops staffed or managed by these wonderful women, and the energy and knowledge they bring to the medium is obvious in every store. Click the title link for more.
  • The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate: *Drops mic* thisfeliciaday: I had a day off this weekend from shooting Supernatural, and I was walking around downtown Vancouver on Saturday, sampling all the artisan coffee I could get my throat around. At one point I saw a pair of guys walking towards me wearing gamer shirts. Black short-sleeved, one Halo and one Call of…
  • Lit Crawl | Seattle » 2014 Schedule

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Lit Crawl | Seattle » 2014 Schedule: Tomorrow! 8pm! Ada’s Books! It will be a blast. I will be reading from Alif the Unseen and waving copies of Ms. Marvel.
  • Ms Marvel Madness

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Today is a big day. Why? Because today Ms Marvel #9 AND Ms. Marvel Vol 1 (collecting the first 5 issues) hit comic book shops, bookstores and the internet. TWO Ms Marvel launches on ONE day! It doesn’t get much better than that. I am excite. On a side note: I had a life-alteringly good time meeting so many amazing Kamala fans and readers at NYCC this past weekend. Writing is something you do alone, in front of a computer, chewing on your cuticles, so to know that there are so many people out there for whom Ms Marvel has been meaningful and entertaining—well, it affirms the…
  • Read For Pixels 2014: Google Hangout

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Read For Pixels 2014: Google Hangout: Tonight! 7PM PST! Live on Google Hangouts! Click title link for deets.
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    Indigo Jo Blogs »

  • Bedroom Tax gag on Lamont typical of Labour’s cowardice

    Matthew Smith
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Miliband barred Lamont from attacking bedroom tax for 12 months | Politics | Yesterday, in the fallout from Johann Lamont’s resignation as leader of the Scottish Labour party (a nominally independent Scottish version of the Labour party), “sources close” to Lamont revealed that Ed Miliband had ordered her not to attack the Bedroom Tax (the policy by which a person or family’s housing benefit is cut if they are deemed to have “spare bedrooms”, which may not be spare at all) while he made up his mind on the issue; this resulted in the…
  • Julie Bindel does not deserve a “no-platform” policy

    Matthew Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    This week Julie Bindel (right) is due to speak in a debate at Essex University about pornography. Bindel is a radical feminist best known for her work with Justice for Women, a group that fought to get women who killed violent husbands and partners out of prison starting with Sara Thornton in the early 90s; she has also written extensively on violence against women, on prostitution and people-trafficking, transgenderism and pornography. Someone has started a petition to get her dis-invited, however, and so far it has attracted 200 signatures, mostly from well away from the university. The…
  • From Clegg to Clacton

    Matthew Smith
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The other night I was driving home (I had a long drive from Diss, Norfolk to west London, which takes three hours by any reasonable route in an 18-tonne lorry) and listening to reports on Nick Clegg’s speech at the (now forgotten, I think) Lib Dem party conference. In that speech, he told everyone off for looking for someone to blame for the current crisis, be it big business, immigrants or Europe. He also reminded everyone how he’d toned down the Tories’ worst instincts during his four years cosying up to them, and promised that he’d never repeat the mistake of caving…
  • Would Braille have thrived in inclusive education?

    Matthew Smith
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The other day I had a brief tweet discussion with Liz Ball, campaigns involvement officer with Sense, the British deafblind charity, about whether Braille would have become established as the major means of written communication for blind people had the Victorians embraced inclusive education. That was prompted by an article on the BBC’s Ouch (disability) section on a forgotten group of Victorian educationalists who deplored the trend towards segregated schools for deaf and blind children which often taught particular trades which sometimes enriched the institutions, not the pupils. In…
  • Niqab in Camden: where are the Muslim voices?

    Matthew Smith
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    The niqab is not just a fashion statement | @guardianletters | World news | The Guardian These two letters appeared in today’s Guardian in response to an article in yesterday’s edition by Gaby Hinsliff, a former politics editor at the Observer, which argued that people who wear unusual or disapproved-of clothing, including niqaab, should not be denied an education even if banning niqaab could be justified in other contexts. The second letter raises the issue that the veil could make it difficult for deaf fellow students or teachers to interact with this girl; the first is just the…
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    The Laughing Muslim

  • A little late

    Edward Ott
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Ok i know it is late but i could not sit on thi until next year.Maryam had a little lambnow she doesn'tEid Mubarak.
  • Friendship

    Edward Ott
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
  • energy

    Edward Ott
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
  • Fallout

    Edward Ott
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
  • Muslim stereotypes

    Edward Ott
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
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  • Joby Smartphone Tripod adapter

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    If you are an avid smartphone photographer and have a tripod, this is THE must have accessory. It allows you to attached your smart phone to a standard tripod shoe. If you don’t have a tripod you can pick up a cheap one for around £10 that will do the trick like the Konig Traveller Camera Camcorder Tripod (see:…
  • iPhone 6, sim free, interest free….

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    Applies to any phone…. There are probably a lot of you out there wanting to buy an iPhone 6, but the contract deals seem awfully pricey at the moment and so does the handset. The best deal for an iPhone 6 16GB on O2 via MoneySuperMarket is £29.00 upfront for the handset, and then £43.00 per month on a 24 month contract. It comes with unlimited texts (which now means nothing), unlimited minutes and 2GB data. I don’t know about you, but my data usage rarely gets to 1GB in a month. There is a better and cheaper way to fund your iPhone 6 urge and that is to buy an unlocked phone…
  • KRM, Dubai Based thinktank, launches revamped website

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    From the website Kalam Research and Media (KRM) is dedicated to the renewal of Islamic theology, or as it is known in the Islamic scholarly tradition, the science of Kalam. We continue to build a serious network of leading institutions and scholars to allow them to engage and collaborate on this scholarly enterprise. We also believe that this effort can only be done in dialogue with philosophy and science and within an interfaith context. KRM has built solid collaborative intellectual networks with other religious communities and wider secular intellectual…
  • Alchemiya online TV Channel

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Dear family, friends and acquaintances, About two or so years I ago, I conducted a survey on Muslim TV opinions and habits and many of you took it and gave us your valuable feedback and opinions. This was for a project that I was working on with my dear friend Navid Akhtar called Alchemiya TV. Many of you know Navid, for those that don’t he is an established and successful media figure having been trained by the BBC and has produced many programmes for both radio and TV. He also set up and ran his own media company called Gazelle Media. You may also remember the Channel 4 series,…
  • Pizza Express Update: response from head office

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    Just as I suspected, the Pizza Express procurement of halal chicken is not to extend their customer base, but is a decision made upon issues of quality and economics…. Dear Masud Thank you for your enquiry. Please accept my apologies that it has taken some time to respond to you. I understand that you would like to know about the chicken we serve in our restaurants and I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a little more information about this subject. When looking to source ingredients for our dishes, the quality and safety of these ingredients remain our number one…
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  • Making Palestinian Arabs invisible

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    The Irony of Erasing Arabic Making Hebrew Israel’s Only Language Ignores History By Liora R. Halperin, Forward, October 06, 2014 In late August, a group of Knesset members from the right flank of the Likud party, Yisrael Beiteinu and the Jewish Home party proposed a bill that would make Hebrew the only official language of Israel, annulling a requirement in existence since the British Mandate period that all official documents be published in Arabic as well as in Hebrew. Similar bills to eliminate or demote the official status of Arabic were proposed in 2011 and 2008. Critics have…

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    by Ibrahim Kalin, Daily Sabah, October 26, 2014 So it looks like Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, is not as strategic as Kobani. Nor is Aleppo while the Bashar Assad regime kills hundreds of civilians there. It is not only Mosul or Aleppo though that are forsaken in this supposedly smart strategy. About one third of Iraq and Syria are under Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) control and have been given up in the rush to liberate the now legendary town of Kobani - a town whose name until a few weeks ago no one had even heard of but has suddenly become the frontline in the fight…
  • Karim Ben Khelifa at Sundance

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The Sundance Institute has announced the six projects set for this year’s New Frontier Story Lab, a hands-on initiative for developing content that converges at the intersection of “film, visual art, media, live performance, music and technology.” The 2014 creative teams and projects are Karim Ben Khelifa and Chloé Jarry (The Enemy), Dandypunk and Darin Basile (Heart Corps), Tracy Fullerton and Lucas Peterson (Walden, A Game), Braden King and Matthew Moore (Weather), Hasan Minhaj and Greg Walloch (Sakoon/Paint The Town) and Navid and Vassiliki Khonsari (1979 Revolution). Previously…
  • Cairo through the eyes of the Zabaleen

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Waste collectors like Sayyid Ahmed, known as zabaleen, work in an informal economy, but they provide a remarkably efficient recycling service and become experts on their neighborhoods. Credit Photograph by Rena Effendi / Institute The New Yorker has an excellent piece by Peter Hessler on Cairo as seen by the Zabaleen, the traditional garbage collectors.
  • To Our Countries لبلادي

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    A new Youtube music video on the nightmare in Syria… لبلادي عمل من إعداد وإنتاج وتنفيذ مجموعة شباب يقيمون في السويد وهم من سوريا و العراق و لبنان و فلسطين. على أمل السلام… “To Our Countries” is a project produced by a group of youths who live in Sweden and are originally from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine
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    Knocking From Inside

  • The Eyes that Draw: drawing by Shelby Denham

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Straight from vision to neural network—“No, I don’t stop to think,thinking just gets in the way.”The clever pencil crawls across the page.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • After Winslow Homer: Rustic Courtship and The Bridle Path, White Mountains

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    She looks down from her window’s height from her white horse’s back.She knows the men will always be bigger, stronger make more money have the law on their sideNot for her the powerful arms, pitchfork, place at the headNot for her the football fame or Olympic accoladesNot for her to ride astride into or out of dangerShe takes advantage or at least vantage wherever she can.She looks down.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • In Response to Muriel Rukeyser’s “Ballad of Orange and Grape”

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    I could not tell the differenceby taste or smell—I could not tell.I could not tell that orange was a real colorand grape a fruitthat could be green, or red, or black.I could not tell one flavor of poisoned sugar from another.Both names were lies for me to sell.I could not tellif anyone would care about these labelsthe dying do not care.Is orange hope? Does purple mean despair?I could not tell.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Terror

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    1980s Ford Bronco, everything electric:seatbelts, windows, door-locks, lights,brakes, power-assist steering. So when the electrical system went outat the top of the cliff on 4th Street in Oregon Citywith a teenaged driver at the wheel of the Broncoher father had bought used the week before—juggernaut.Lightless steel screaming down the hill with four terrified teens trapped inside.She rode that thing,stayed out of the ditch,made the turn at the bottom,didn’t roll the car,spun out in the four-way at the light and bumped the car in front of meback into mine. Minor damage. No injuries.Four…
  • Bandon: Early Morning

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Walking to the Barn in the predawn darkI let myself in, turn on the lights,move things around, set out clean mugs,write important labels on minor things,unlock the front doors and step out—into the first beams of the rising sun.The bare trunks of the lodgepoles,a colonnade of lightetched against morning mist.The smell of salt.Cold air on my bare feet.Everything else that happens todaywill taste like this.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
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    Abu Aardvark

  • ISIS, Syria, Iraq and All That

    abu aardvark
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I'm delighted to see that The Tourniquet, my long-gestating new CNAS report outlining a strategy for dealing with ISIS in Syria and Iraq, has now been released. It tries to lay out a viable political roadmap for the region which could deflect the already overwhelming pressures to escalate and expand the mission. You can download the report for free here.  The report covers a lot of ground. It looks closely at Iraq and Syria, of course, but also at the broader regional environment which has empowered ISIS, including the proxy war in Syria and the shifting Islamist political landscape. …
  • The Spring Fails, Again

    abu aardvark
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
     There was a time, not too long ago, when it looked like real change was possible. Exciting new faces took center stage, traditional powers were on the ropes, and the transition to something fundamentally new seemed not only possible but even inevitable.  And then, as the struggle ground on, it all fell apart. The rising forces for change could not sustain themselves, while the old guard absorbed the early blows and slowly, inexorably crushed the life out of their challengers. By the end, all that was left was a choice between equally unpalatable pillars of the old status quo.. and the…
  • Talking Jazz and Hip Hop Diplomacy

    abu aardvark
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Last week I had the chance to sit down with Hisham Aidi, author of Rebel Music, for another of the POMEPS Conversations series. We got to talk about jazz diplomacy during the Cold War, hip hop diplomacy over the last decade, and how it all relates to Islam: We talked about Dave Brubek, Eric Hobsbawm, John Coltrane, Chuck D, Rakim, Talib Kweli and Ferguson, and what happened to the politically oppositional edge of American hip hop.  If only it had been a few days later, we might have been able to relate it all back to Lupe Fiasco and Tony Blair's counter-radicalization initiative. …
  • Arab Uprisings Explained Tour hits DC

    abu aardvark
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    There's quite a lineup of events in Washington DC this week. If you're going to attend one event, and you can't get Nationals tickets, then it should be... Ab-Soul at the Fillmore on Sunday.  If you can't make that, then you should definitely go to... Big KRIT at the Howard on Friday.  Fortunately, you don't have to choose because neither one of those great shows conflicts with Friday's DC opening (and only) tour date for The Arab Uprisings Explained. While I can't promise innovative, heady lyrics from some of the best young rappers in the game at the…
  • What's up with those Houthis in Yemen?

    abu aardvark
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Yemen-based photojournalist Alex Potter posted this striking picture of Houthi fighters in Sanaa's Tahrir Square last week (follow all of her work here). The Houthi advance into Yemen was as shocking in its own way as was the Iraqi army's collapse against ISIS in Mosul. But just as in Iraq, the long-developing problems which might explain the surprising turn of events were well-known to those who had been paying attention.  The shortcomings of the National Dialogue process, the fracturing of Yemeni state institutions, and the rising power of both the Houthi and the southern…
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  • New OPITO International MD set for take-off

    Ishraq Al Tal
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Former RAF aircrew, Colin Griffiths, is joining OPITO International as managing director to lead the roll-out of common safety training standards across the global oil and gas industry. Mr Griffiths will take up his new appointment, based in Dubai, at the end of October 2014, replacing out-going managing director Ian Laing who is retiring after […]
  • LG launches LG G3 Beat

    Ishraq Al Tal
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    LG Electronics Saudi Arabia announced the launch in the Saudi Market of LG G3 Beat, a mid-tier variant of LG’s highly acclaimed LG G3 smartphone. The LG G3 Beat delivers a similar premium user experience, sophisticated Floating Arc metallic design and fast Laser Auto Focus technology featured in the G3, but in a more compact […]
  • Emirates Pilots Club reveals new name, identity, membership and partners strategy

    Nadeen El Ajou
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    The Emirates Pilots Club has revealed a new name, identity, membership and partner’s strategy some fifteen years after its original formation. The organisation will now be called the Aviation Professionals Club as part of a new brand positioning which will be supported by a new identity and membership proposition “Privileged Access to the Good Life.” […]
  • DoF Abu Dhabi to implement Abu Dhabi Government ERP System across 37 government entities by end of October 2014

    Ishraq Al Tal
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    HE Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Department of Finance – Abu Dhabi, (DoF), has announced that 37 local government entities (58 percent of the total number of participating bodies) will be connected to the Abu Dhabi ERP system (ADERP) by the end of October 2014. According to the Chairman, the number of […]
  • Governments to prioritise tackling water poverty

    Philip Merrell
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Safe water will underpin the next industrial revolution in the developing world
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    Jahane Rumi

  • Conspiracy Theories as ‘History’

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Pakistan’s official historian in a book on education has to say this about 1971 tragedy when we lost half of our country. I don’t blame the minds who cite ‘external’ conspiracy at the drop of the hat because this is what we have popularized. Overlook the failings and crimes of Pakistani state and blame it […]
  • Remembering Shahbaz Bhatti, an unsung hero of Pakistan

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Fate connected me to Salma Peter John – the widow of Pakistan’s slain Christian Minister Shahbaz Bhatti who was assassinated by violent extremists. I cried then and cried yesterday after speaking to brave Salma and watching this video. I share your grief and stand by you. There is no reason that Cammy should have died, […]
  • In Pakistan, ‘Blasphemers’ Like Me Receive Militant ‘Justice’

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Like so many others, I was recently targeted in a cold-blooded assassination for speaking out against extremism. Pakistan has acquired a strong reputation of imprisoning a large number of men and women accused of “blasphemy.” Far from a fair trial, most of the accused are not even safe from mobs and vigilantes who assume the […]
  • Raza Rumi on Hospitality

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    A Tidings conversation about hospitality, friendship and loyalty with Raza Rumi, a Pakistani journalist, blogger, author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani traveller and follower of Sufi thought. The subject of hospitality holds a certain irony for Raza who is now in exile, forced to flee from his country after narrowly missing an […]
  • Malala Yousufzai – A symbol of Pakistan’s Resistance to Bigotry

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
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  • This Islamic New Year Pay Off Your House

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    By imam Tahir Anwar This message is for people who are homeowners and make good money. I've never understood why people don't pay off their homes. I've never understood why people only make the minimum monthly payments, so they are enslaved to the financial institution for the entire period of the loan at times for 30 years. I've never understood why some senseless people have barakah-free interest only loans? The tech industry is an unforgiving industry. Once you reach a certain age, and there are younger people who can replace you at half your cost, you will be out of a job. Over the years,…
  • Domestic Violence | Living Islam for Today’s Women

    Umm Reem (Saba Syed)
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This video is addressed to women in a domestic abuse situation, especially those who are advised to stay in situation misusing the concept of tawakkul and du'a. Men, who are also facing abusive situations, may also benefit. Domestic Violence: Was Aasiyah ('alayha salam) tolerating martial abuse? Part of a video series on issues related to females and teens, presented by Umm Reem, exclusively for You may also find the following of interest: The End to Hitting Women: Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence | imam Abdullah Hasan Nour Domestic Violence Awareness Week |…
  • The Invitation – Part 2

    Umm Zakiyyah
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Umm Zakiyyah a short story PART ONE | PART TWO After the summer internship, Paula and I went our separate ways. We kept in touch, but we had our own lives to focus on. I went to college close to home to be near John, and Paula went to college in another state. When we talked, which was usually about once a month, Paula talked mostly about her burgeoning spirituality and all the different Islamic awareness activities Sommer was organizing. Though Sommer herself lived far from us both, Sommer was active nationally in several Muslim youth organizations and ran a pretty successful blog that…
  • 21 Lessons in Leadership From the Prophet Muhammad | Part 1

    Adnan Jalali
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” This is a quote made famous by America's top leadership guru, Dr. John C. Maxwell, in his bestselling book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The first time I read this quote was in 2002, when I was a rookie teacher at an Islamic school. I remember staring at that statement and thinking, “what does he mean by that?” To find the answer, I kept reading the rest of the book, and my life has never been the same. I started to look at everything from a leadership lens. The good and bad of every school, masjid, organization, family and even…
  • A Sunni, a Shia, and a Pizza

    Nihal Khan
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Perspective Growing up as a kid in northern New Jersey in the late 90s, my family became good friends with a Bhori-Shia family who lived down the street from us. Though theological differences between Sunnis and Shias are seen throughout the world, setting both of these groups apart, our families clicked very well and became very close, not to mention that their son Murtaza was my age and went to school with me. That wasn't the only similarity between us, rather, there were many. Both my father and Murtaza's grew up in Calcutta, India. Both families lived in similar socioeconomic…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • ( Updated) Facebook closes users accounts who write in their status“ I beg forgiveness from Allah” in Arabic “استغفر الله

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Update: facebook told AC that this was a bug the following is the statement from Facebook “Due to a bug in the system some users may have experienced difficulty trying to post استغفر الله. The technical problem has now been resolved and we apologize for any inconvenience cause d”. Something weird happened today at facebook, users who write on their status update  beg forgiveness from Allah “ in Arabic استغفر الله had their accounts closed by facebook after showing this weird message, Egyptian news site Rassd reported. User got this message: Your…
  • Lebanese VC Middle East Venture Partners  Invests More than $10 Million in 5 Tech Startups

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) has announced that it made 5 new investment in 5 new startups. The startups are” Mobinets raised $3M, Series B, Fuel Powered raised $2M, Series A, FADEL Partners (Undisclosed, Series A), Klangoo raised $1.5M, Series A, Bookwitty ($4M, Series B) closing soon. Here is a quick bio of each of those startups: Mobinets A $3M investment in “Mobinets”, a Telecom software provider launched in 2011 and specialized in next generation smart Operation Support Systems (OSS) solutions. Mobinets’ key product “NEP” (Network Enterprise…
  • Middle East Venture Partners  Raised The Largest Venture Capital Fund in Lebanon at $ 50 Million “IMPACT Fund”

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) is one of the Arab world most active Vcs, it announced yesterday that it had raised the largest venture capital fund in Lebanon at $50 million, the fund name is the IMPACT Fund. MEVP said the fund complies with Banque du Liban’s (BDL) Intermediate Circular 331. The Circular was created by BDL specifically to support the growth of Lebanon’s Knowledge Economy, a sector that is expected to materially improve High Tech employment in Lebanon. The investment subsidy program outlined in the Intermediate Circular 331 is available only to Lebanese Banks; the…
  • EX-VP Yahoo Maktoob Ahmed Nassef Closes $825,000 Seed Funding Round for Social TV App Vyu

    Gaith Saqer
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
     Vyu, Inc., a company developing a personalized guide to entertainment that helps viewers follow, share and discover TV and video via their mobile devices, today announced it has raised $825,000 in seed funding to continue developing its products and launch its apps globally beginning with the US and Middle East markets. Jabbar Internet Group led the round with additional investors from the technology and media industries participating. “We look to invest in businesses that address the significant shifts in consumer behavior,”…
  • (Updated) YouTube Brings Back IslamPost Channel After Deleting it, Which Publishes Evidence of Fabricated Anti Islamic State Propaganda in the Media

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Update: here is some good news we contacted Google and they brought back IslamPost channel said it was deleted by error before. here is Google spokesperson:  “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make mistakes. When an error is brought to our attention we act quickly to reinstate the videos in question.” Google is collaborating with NSA and CIA, we said that around 4 years ago and Julian Assang founder of Wikileaks recently confirmed this. A new evidence that Google collaborates with CIA, which deleting the Youtube Channel of IslamPost which achieved…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 27th, 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Bajrang Dal, Bastar, Communal Harmony, communal incidents, Hindutva, Love Jihad, Modi immunity, Narendra Modi, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Sunil JoshiIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Muslim man arranges cremation of Hindu ‘sister’ Sangam Vihar residents prevent clash, show communal harmony Patna stampede: Muslim woman saves Hindu child News Headlines US court lets US group challenge Modi immunity VHP hand seen in post-Modi Gujarat’s communal incidents AAP, Congress, accuse ‘Hindutva elements’ of stoking [...](Read…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 20th, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: attack on Northeast students, Burdwan Blast, Jayalalitha, Love Jihad, Maharashtra and Haryana polls, Modi's 'U-turn' on black money, Police Atrocities, Tantrik rapes womanIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines BJP behind Meerut ‘love jihad’ case? Woman says party worker paid family Rs 25,000 SI guns down youth in police station in Ramanathapuram No law permits police to fabricate false evidence: Court Three Manipuri youths attacked in Bangalore for not speaking in Kannada Villagers prevent police [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 13th, 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Babri Masjid, Communal Riots, communalism, Kanchi seer, love jihad victim, Ludhiana Fake Encounter, Subedar Ishrat Ali, swach bharatIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Carrying on a tradition: An ode to communal harmony News Headlines BJP behind clashes at Ahmedabad, Vadodara: Gujarat Congress Communalism, biggest threat facing state: AGP Now, ‘love jihad victim’ says she had eloped; family cooked up story Boy, allegedly set ablaze by Army men, dies in Hyderabad [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 6th, 2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Encounter Killing, Gujarat development, honour killing, Jayalalitha jailed, Modi's bloodthirsty past, PM's Visit to US, Punjab Police, TISS studyIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Christian leaders urge Odisha govt to ensure communal harmony in Kandhamal Budhist, Muslim and Sikh communities took-out peace march in Nagpur News Headlines Protests in US over Modi’s bloodthirsty past Indian civil society groups call for “zero tolerance” towards radical Hindu groups Brutal Police Behaviour against Vadodara [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 29th, 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: communal clashes, Gujarat 2002, injustice towards Muslim youth, Jayalalitha jailed, Narendra Modi, religious tolerance, root cause of nation's problemsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony ‘Walk for harmony and love’ organized in Delhi on International peace day News Headlines Congressmen urge Obama to discuss religious tolerance with Modi Narendra Modi fans beat up TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai at Madison Square Garden event Jail official asked me to cut beard, terror accused tells [...](Read more...)
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  • US condemns attack on refugee camp by Syrian military

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Washington : The US has condemned an attack by Syrian armed forces on a camp for displaced people in the northeastern region of Idlib in which 10 people died and dozens were injured. The attack was carried out by helicopters which dropped barrel bombs on a camp for refugees who had fled from the neighbouring Hama region, according to Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. Barrel bombs are oil drums stuffed with explosives and shrapnel designed to cause casualties and horrific injuries. "We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime barrel bombed the Abedin displaced persons camp in…
  • Ebola vaccine in five years: Israeli scientist

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Jerusalem : Leslie Lobel, a virologist at Israel's Ben-Gurion University, is not surprised by the current epidemic of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa and says that sooner or later it would have happened. For the past 12 years, Lobel has studied several strains of the deadly virus in his laboratory at the Israeli university, in coordination with the Virus Research Institute in Uganda, where he travels several times a year. His research focuses on analysing survivors and studying how their bodies become immune to the disease thanks to human monoclonal antibodies that have neutralised the…
  • Four die in US drone strike in Pakistan

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Islamabad : At least four people were killed Thursday morning in a US drone strike in Pakistan's South Waziristan, media reported. The attack took place early in the morning when an unmanned US aircraft fired four missiles at a house in Tehsil Bermal area of South Waziristan, Pakistan's restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, Xinhua reported. The house was destroyed completely and all four people present inside were killed. Pakistani media, quoting official sources, reported that an important militant commander, Adil, was among those killed. The identities of the other three dead are not…
  • IS releases 25 kidnapped Kurdish students in Syria

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Damascus : The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has released 25 Kurdish students it had kidnapped in Syria last May, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Wednesday said the released school children were part of 150 Kurdish students captured by the IS fighters late last May in Manbej town of the country's northern province of Aleppo, Xinhua reported. The IS had released a number of kidnapped students before and kept others in captivity under the pretext that their relatives were members of the Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD). The kidnapped students are from the…
  • Israeli NGO blames occupation for Palestinians' poor living standards

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Jerusalem: Israel's military, civil and administrative occupation of the West Bank has led to a dramatic decline in Palestinians' living conditions, according to a Israeli human rights group B'Tselem's report. On Wednesday, the organisation's website featured "The Invisible Walls of Occupation" analysing the effects of the occupation on Burqah, a village in Nablus township whose inhabitants are subjected to severe travel restrictions, massive land-grabs and stifling planning. "A rather unremarkable village, Burqah has never taken centre stage in the fight against the occupation, and has not…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • On That Day

    Aamir Shamsi
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I didn’t know how much more I could take. I wanted to scream. I checked the clock for the umpteenth time; it was 02:00, my heart was racing and I still wasn’t asleep. The palpitations were now being felt in my throat as the level of unease only increased with the passage of time. The windows were all open; the night was silent and cool, yet I still felt like I was burning inside. Within minutes I was drenched in my own sweat. It had become intolerable and I wanted it to end. It was the night before the most important exam results in my life thus far came out, but it sounded like a scene…
  • At the Heart of it All

    Muhammad Xhemali
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    His brightly polished royally brown oxfords tapped along the cool morning pavement as he rushed to who knows where on a brisk morning. Surrounded by celestial sky scrapers and monumental edifices, he was reminded that he was where he belonged. In front of Copley Square, he noticed a homeless man struggling to find comfort on a bench painted by morning dew. I stood near the intersection’s curb, watching the two classes intersect. It’s these moments that remind me of the deep fissure of inequality that cuts across our society and that can reinforce so many stereotypes if one lets them.
  • A Soul’s Return

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    She walked with her legs heavy and her soul down. The air was cold and sharp and stung the inside of her nose as she took a deep breath. The sun was hanging low in the sky. In the gloomy path of her shadows, she found her footsteps moving forward. She stared at them as they found her from behind, trapping her feet into chains from which she could no longer escape. In a way like time does, her heart had creased with the same mistakes and the sidewalk caught her every step gently, as if to say that it felt her pain. He grows grass —not every blade the same but they remain loyal to to His…
  • The Purpose of Optimism

    Mehraj Hassan
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Optimism is a virtue of the righteous believer. Being optimistic is to be hopeful and confident about what the future holds. We have been given so much in the past and present that it’s strange how we can still be pessimistic about our future provisions. We have been granted working limbs, an education and sustenance. If we were to try and count all the blessings from Allah, it would take more than the rest of our lives. Yet sometimes, when we feel disappointed by something that happens in our life, we forget about the blessings bestowed on us. It may be that we are hit by a terrible…
  • Feature: Quilt of Kindness

    Rahma Zakaria
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    This piece was published as part of an MYM partnership with Washington, D.C.’s Muslim Inter-scholastic Tournament (MIST). The highlight of the year for many high school youth, MIST is a nationwide competition that pits teams from high school Muslim groups against each other in a weekend full of intense contests, community building and youth empowerment.  Representing team Dar-us-Salaam, Rahma Zakaria won first place in the literary poetry contest, one of dozens of contests ranging from Quran memorization to basketball. The piece reflects on this year’s theme, “The Art of Generosity:…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • Kerala remembers former and only Muslim Chief Minister C. H. Mohammed Koya

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Life and work of former Kerala chief minister C. H. Mohammed Koya, who gave Kerala Muslims a status as equal citizens which made them in due course stand with some prestige that they enjoy today, should help Indian Muslims to live with honour in India. Muslims of Kerala state marked with profound sense of respect and admiration the 35th anniversary of C.H. Mohammed Koya assuming power as Kerala’s Chief Minister on 12th October 1979. C.H. Mohammed Koya was the first and only Muslim chief minister Kerala state has seen and contribution to the state he had made…
  • Bihar: Abir Foundation opens first Memorial Health Centre of Baisa Block at Rauta

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    By Manzar Imam Rauta: Rural areas of Purnea and other adjacent districts of the Seemanchal region are facing severe health problems and medical crises which have also given rise to semi literate and quack doctors. With this perspective in mind as also to cater to the needs of growing number of patients, the first memorial health centre of the District’s Baisa Block was inaugurated on Tuesday 7 October, 2014 at the Nizamuddin Complex of Rauta Haat by the block’s favourite and famous teacher, Master Sa’eedur Rahman on behalf of local MP, Maulana Mohammad Asrarul Haque Qasmi who could not…
  • BJP continues to forge ahead as downcast Congress Party rues its pathetic fate

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal BJP’s agenda for India is not to make it corruption or crime free but Modi has clearly stated his party’s primary goal is to make India a Congress-free nation. And BJP has begun to work towards that goal and poll after poll indicates that the BJP is not very far away from achieving its stated goal. After the central government and Lok Sabha, now Maharashtra and Haryana have gone the BJP way as the ruling Congress party crumbled in these states. Congress party with its tallest political and governance experience is now seen literally shivering as its chief…
  • Pakistan: SAP-PK for law against Forced Conversion, Marriages

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    By Ghulam Abbas Kassar Hyderabad, Pakistan: South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK) conducted follow up meeting of consultation on draft of force marriage and conversion under Right of Expression, Association, Assembly and Thoughts REAT) on 24, October, 2014 at Regent Plaza Hotel Karachi Sindh Pakistan. The main objectives of follow up were to assess the issues of forced marriage and conversion, design strategies and recommendation about draft of force marriage and conversion at provincial assembly on legislation and bills for countering the force marriage and conversion issues of religious…
  • Supreme Court overrules Madhya Pradesh High Court’s restraint order on Bhopal Masajid Committee on issuance of ‘Fatwa’

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Bhopal Dar-ul-Qaza & Dar-ul-Ifta relieved By Pervez Bari Bhopal: A bench of three judges of the Supreme Court of India in a case has overruled the restraint put in by the Madhya Pradesh High Court on the issuance of “Fatwa” by the Dar-ul-Qaza and Dar-ul-Ifta functioning under the administration of the Masajid Committee, Bhopal. The Supreme Court in an earlier recent judgement in the case of Vishwa Lochan Madan held: “In our opinion, one may not object to issuance of “Fatwa” on a religious issue or any other issue so long as it does not infringe upon the rights of individuals…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • Nikah the heart of a Muslim Wedding

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The Nikah is the heart of a Muslim Wedding. So what are some of the key things for you to know about Nikah? The main requirement is that there be a mutual agreement between the bride and groom to get married, two adult/sane witnesses and a Mahar gift for the bride. Also a guardian representing the bride, a marriage contract, an officiator of the marriage (an Imam, Qadi, or other person) who will recite the sermon and officiate the Nikah. Here are some of the key things that make up the Nikah. The groom must…
  • 10 Signs you are at a Big Fat Muslim Wedding

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    A Muslim wedding is not the same as an Islamic wedding. An Islamic wedding is one that conforms to the Islamic faith as defined by the Quran and the examples/sayings of the Prophet (SAW).  At it’s most basic level an Islamic wedding requires a willing man, woman, her Wali (representative who is usually the father), an Imam and two witnesses. The ceremony consists of the Nikah , the signing of the contract, a Mahar or dowry to be paid by the groom, and a Walimah which is a feast that is for the community. Most people will probably agree to that. However, once you bring in culture, there…
  • The Most Expensive Weddings and why not to have them

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Mainstream news has been abuzz with the celebrity wedding of actor George Clooney one of Hollywood’s hottest men, and Human Rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in scenes worthy of a James Bond film in Venice on September 27, 2014. As Perfect Muslim Wedding covers the wedding industry, we thought it be interesting to go back and take a look at “The Most Expensive Weddings” in the Guinness Book of Records, 2015. Here they are in reverse order of least to most expensive. 10  Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman $2.2m 9  Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar $2.6m 8  Paul McCartney and…
  • Real Wedding: Saleha and Sajid

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Names: Saleha Pirzada & Sajid Khan Northern California (Bay Area) Venues: Engagement Photo Shoot: Legion of Honor and Palace of Fine Arts, SF Mayoun: Bride Residence, San Jose Mehndi: Mehran Banquet Hall, Newark Nikkah: Muslim Community Association (MCA), Santa Clara Reception: Villa Ragusa, Campbell Vendors: Clothing: Seesha, Decor: Aesthetika Event Planning & Design, Cake: A Piece of Cake Bakery   Sajid and I got married in August 2007. I had a great time planning all of our events. Our families…
  • Real Wedding: Hytham & Basma

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Planning a wedding can be a bit stressful, especially without a wedding planner, but one couple has proven that it’s definitely doable. Hytham Aly and Basma Sayedi took the time to share their beautiful wedding day with Perfect Muslim Wedding, complete with details and advice. The couple believes that the wedding day isn’t necessarily the happiest day of your life but rather the first chapter to many happy days. “We met in college,” Hytham said. “I was stricken by the respect she commanded and how knowledgable of the Deen she was.” It took the couple 8 months to plan their perfect…
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