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  • European clubs should just accept a winter World Cup

    Al Jazeera English
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    The world of football does not revolve around European clubs and its time they realise that.
  • Scotland v Italy: Six Nations 2015 – live! | Dan Lucas

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Dan Lucas
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Live updates as Scotland welcome Italy to MurrayfieldCotter urges Scotland to roll up their sleeves against ItalySend ideas to dan.lucas@theguardian.com | Or @DanLucas86 3.00pm GMT 28 min Haimona switches to the short kick-off and Cowan claims. Hogg sends it up high, tight to the right-hand touchline and McLean takes a great catch. 2.59pm GMT Easy. But, Murrayfield, there is no excuse for playing Chelsea Dagger under any circumstances in 2015. 2.58pm GMT 26 min Quick ball from the lineout and Seymour, then Cowan take it up on the crash. Italy are offside and it’s an easy penalty this for…
  • Chinese New Year

    Islam in China
    Wang Daiyu
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Better late than never, Xi Yang Yang! It is the Chinese new year, to be exact one week has already passed in the Chinese new year which is the year of the goat this time. May you have a blessed year!
  • Big B, Khans ahead of Narendra Modi on Twitter: Bollywood beats cricket stars in list of Indian celebrities with most followers; Sachin Tendulkar left far behind

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Who is the most popular Indian on Twitter? Big B, Amitabh Bachchan, has 13.2 million followers.Bachchan was active on Twitter long before other celebrities took to it.Second is Shahrukh Khan, the Badshah of Bollywood, with over 11.4 million or 1.14 crore people following him on this micro-blogging site.Surprisingly, Aamir Khan comes after him with 11.2 million or 1.12 crore people following him. 'Dabangg' Salman Khan is fourth with 10.6 million or 1.06 crore people following him.But PM Narendra Modi is giving them a tough competition. The Prime Minister of India has over 10 million…
  • 'Jihadi John' Used To Be 'Kind And Gentle'

    Popular islam Bookmarks on Delicious
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:50 pm
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Scotland v Italy: Six Nations 2015 – live! | Dan Lucas

    Dan Lucas
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Live updates as Scotland welcome Italy to MurrayfieldCotter urges Scotland to roll up their sleeves against ItalySend ideas to dan.lucas@theguardian.com | Or @DanLucas86 3.00pm GMT 28 min Haimona switches to the short kick-off and Cowan claims. Hogg sends it up high, tight to the right-hand touchline and McLean takes a great catch. 2.59pm GMT Easy. But, Murrayfield, there is no excuse for playing Chelsea Dagger under any circumstances in 2015. 2.58pm GMT 26 min Quick ball from the lineout and Seymour, then Cowan take it up on the crash. Italy are offside and it’s an easy penalty this for…
  • Saturday clockwatch: Premier League and more – live! | Nick Ames

    Nick Ames
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Updates from the five 3pm GMT kick-offs in the Premier LeagueLa Liga: Granada v Barcelona (3pm GMT), Bundesliga: Dortmund v Schalke (2.30pm GMT)Saturday scoreboard: follow all the day’s goalsAnd email nick.ames.casual@theguardian.com with any musings 3.00pm GMT Underway around the country. Strap in... 2.57pm GMT Teams coming out everywhere you look. Any predictions/expectations/toys out of prams before we get underway? 2.52pm GMT Not long until we get going in earnest here, but there’s enough time to feast your eyes on Jacob Steinberg’s on-the-whistle report from Upton Park. 2.45pm GMT…
  • West Ham v Crystal Palace: Premier League – as it happened | Scott Murray

    Scott Murray
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    Glenn Murray became Palace’s goalscoring hero, then got himself sent off, as Alan Pardew enjoyed his return to an old haunt. 2.38pm GMT The impressive-looking Nene, coming in from the right, curls one towards the bottom left. Speroni, scrambling, palms round the post, and the corner’s the last kick of the match. And that’s your lot. West Ham couldn’t turn all that late pressure into a second goal. But Palace deserved their win. They were excellent in the middle portion of this match, and move above Everton into 12th place. West Ham meanwhile have now gone six without a win, and stay…
  • Ukip's Dad’s Army marches on a ration of nostalgia and grievance

    Michael White
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Ukip, which is holding its spring conference in Margate, is raising its game but also trying to hose down expectations of a major breakthrough in MayThe kind of Ukip activists fired up enough to spend a February weekend at the party’s Margate spring conference, tend to be middle-aged and elderly. More Dad’s Army than the People’s Army. But not all of them. Smartly dressed in suit and tie, tucking into sausage, chips and orange juice outside Peter’s Fish Factory on the seafront on Friday, Jonathan Wood scarcely looked old enough to vote. He wasn’t.Given the day off to attend by…
  • Secrets and Lies is so bad it is boring: stars cannot save ABC melodrama

    Brian Moylan
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Show features Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis but bland storyline about the murder of a child is tawdry, dull and predictableWhat’s the name of the show? Secrets and LiesWhen does it premiere? The two-hour premiere airs Sunday 1 March at 9pm EST on ABC. There are eight episodes of the miniseries after that. Continue reading...
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    Islam in China

  • Chinese New Year

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

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

    Wang Daiyu
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
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  • Chinese American Muslims event in the News

    Wang Daiyu
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
    My talk at the Chinese American Museum went well. I would like to thank the Museum as well as the Los Angeles Islamic Arts Initiative for organizing the event. The event was covered by the Los Angeles Times, Al-Arabiya and the LAist. Here are some relevant links for the news coverage. What’s Chinese Islamic cuisine? This talk (and dinner) can explain LA Times Taste travels: Los Angeles foodies explore China’s Islamic cuisine Al-Arabiya Weekend Planner: 25 Things To Do In Los Angeles LAist
  • China Travelogue by Ethar El-Katatney

    Wang Daiyu
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Ethar El-Katatney a journalist from Egypt, also known as Ibn Battuta Wannabe, has an interesting series of blogposts about her experiences in China in general and her experiences with Chinese Muslims in particular. Her posts provide an interesting take on Chinese Muslims from the perspective of a Muslim from the outside. Here is a relevant excerpt: And then seeing Muslim Chinese architecture was so beautiful. To realize that Islam has been here almost since the time of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). That even though they are a minority the people here have kept a steadfast hold on their…
 
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Big B, Khans ahead of Narendra Modi on Twitter: Bollywood beats cricket stars in list of Indian celebrities with most followers; Sachin Tendulkar left far behind

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Who is the most popular Indian on Twitter? Big B, Amitabh Bachchan, has 13.2 million followers.Bachchan was active on Twitter long before other celebrities took to it.Second is Shahrukh Khan, the Badshah of Bollywood, with over 11.4 million or 1.14 crore people following him on this micro-blogging site.Surprisingly, Aamir Khan comes after him with 11.2 million or 1.12 crore people following him. 'Dabangg' Salman Khan is fourth with 10.6 million or 1.06 crore people following him.But PM Narendra Modi is giving them a tough competition. The Prime Minister of India has over 10 million…
  • AAP's victory in Delhi broke a psychological barrier: Cracking jokes, making fun of politicians is no longer blasphemy, even 'bhakts' are doing it finally

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    By IndscribeArvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) victory has not just shattered the myth of Narendra Modi-Amit Shah team's invincibility but has also broken a psychological barrier.People in cities, hundreds of kilometers away from Delhi, including many BJP supporters, are cracking jokes, laughing and seemed genuinely enjoying the landslide.Perhaps, they are enjoying it like a great Indian tamasha or they are just happy seeing an underdog's victory. One can interpret differently but this was unthinkable for a long time.In WhatsAPP groups, people complained that how even a slight…
  • Controversy surrounding Urdu newspaper Avadhnama after publishing Charlie Hebdo cover and its editor's problems

    5 Feb 2015 | 2:38 am
    First, the facts of the entire controversy. Mumbai-based Urdu daily Avadhnama stopped its publication after the controversial cover of French paper Charlie Hebdo was reproduced in this paper.The editor of Avadhnama, Shirin Dalvi, is now out of job. She has several FIRs in police station in different cities in Maharashtra, for hurting the sentiments of Muslims, and is living in hiding for fear of being attacked.Either it was mistake or foolhardiness, the newspaper had published apology for the photo. The issue should have ended there. The Avadhnama group shouldn't have shut the paper. Some…
  • Bihar court blast not termed terrorist act: Urgent need to stop distinguishing crimes on the basis of culprit's religion

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    On Friday, a blast in a court in Bihar led to two deaths and 17 persons getting injured. But wasn't termed a terror act, either by the police or the media. Reason?Immediately after the blast, it was clear that the woman responsible for the act, did not fit into the 'criterion' (she was not a Muslim*). So it is just a 'crime' and won't be labelled as an act of 'terrorism', which would have led to round the clock coverage, talks about modules and Bihar becoming particular organisation's den or about handlers.Cops say, 'no terror link'. What does that mean? Journos also parrot the…
  • Nasheman: Reading the weekly Urdu newspaper from Karnataka

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    That's Nasheman, the Urdu newspaper, on my table.It comes to me from a distant place--1500 km away i.e. Bangalore.So when it comes from that far, you do take sometime to read it, at leisure.The paper that has a pan-India circulation, has been running for 54 years.I grew up reading this paper and hence I was dejected when it ceased publication for a while. I had written a post on this blog about Nasheman, its uniqueness and its history. But, Rizwan Asad sahab has revived it.Now the paper looks more impressive. It also has a website that has English news, apart from plan to put up the Nasheman…
 
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • 4 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Grade FiveIt’s registration period, and our form teacher is absent. The class is noisy. Everyone is walking around, discussing their weekend. I catch the word ‘Soccer’ a few times. I’m reading (surprise!). The BFG is just so completely brilliant! I’m smiling at the pages. I hear Khaled. “Guys, you know why Rabia never gets invited to anyone’s parties? It’s because everyone is scared she’ll eat up all the food.”Khaled is the grossest boy I've ever met and also the stupidest. The one time he was asking me for my homework and there was a big green booger in his…
  • A Flash - but not in the pan

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:46 am
    One of the exercises we did during the workshop (which you've heard of ad nauseam - so stop me if you think I'm overdoing it) was look at micro-fiction. Really short, short stories.We wrote one during the workshops. I've since written two more. The workshop one is a little longer than the other two.Bite-sized stories, all three though. Buon appetito.Pencil LoveHe writes all his letters to her in pencil; just in case, he says. He hopes she reads them, eraser and pen in hand, sculpting his thoughts until they look like him. The him she sees. The him she claims to love. In ink, to boot. He…
  • Meet The Patels - an exercise in editing

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Today was the last day of The Writivism Creative Writing Three Day Workshop. I was thankful that I'd applied. It has been a rewarding three days. I've learnt so much. One of our exercises today dealt with dialogue.When I got home, I dug out this story, downloaded from old emails since my son accidentally formatted his external hard drive and ended up deleting ten years worth of my writing. Yeah, I know.The Patels are the first characters I'd ever written into being.I played around with this piece, removed quotation marks, used italics for thoughts, just to see whether this would work. I…
  • Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    I’ve long been toying with the idea of baking Pumpkin Cupcakes. Possibly because I’ve made Pumpkin Lagan in the past and the combination of sweetened pumpkin, coconut, cardamom and cream of wheat was so wonderfully ‘halwa-ish’ that I figured pumpkin would be a beautiful addition to a cupcake. After several Google searches, I settled on the Martha Stewart recipe. But since tinned pumpkin isn’t available in South Africa, I had to find an alternative. My solution was to cube fresh pumpkin. Warm a tablespoon of butter with a nice fat cinnamon stick. Once heated, add the pumpkin and…
  • Things I learnt from Charlie Hebdo

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
     It’s okay to propagate hate speech if you do it under the banner of Freedom Of SpeechI’d never heard of Charlie Hebdo before the tragic shootings of 7 January. When I logged on to Twitter and saw all the tweets in solidarity with the murdered journalists, everyone saying Je Suis Charlie, my first reaction was to Google the meaning of the phrase. It means, I am Charlie. Then to see what it was I was supposed to claim to be. What I found caused my supper to rise to my throat. Under the guise of satirising radical Islam, Charlie (whom I refuse to be) had caricatured the ‘Prophet…
 
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    Bin Gregory Productions

  • Tongkat tongkat ali

    bingregory
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:24 pm
    An ad for Mega Power Energy Drink It is well known amongst Malaysians that any illness on earth can be treated by drinking the appropriate 3-in-1 instant coffee. Diabetes? High blood pressure? Sakit jantung?  A few micrograms of goat’s milk, morinda, mangosteen, ginseng, or acai berry in with your morning coffee, sugar and non-dairy creamer will set you right. Here in the tropics, we are surrounded by a wealth of biodiversity.  Researchers travel from afar to analyze this cornucopia of species, looking for novel compounds that may hold the cure to cancer.  Locals have also been…
  • Myth of the Lazy Native – Review

    bingregory
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    An anti-colonial short-course for Malaysians in one volume. The Myth of the Lazy Native was an influential book in post-colonial studies, published a year before Edward Said’s Orientalism[1]. Syed Hussein Alatas trawls through centuries of original sources to find the sources of the persistent idea that Malays, and other native peoples, are lazy. Some of the key points that struck me were: 1. At the time of first contact with Europeans, the peoples of the Nusantara were active economically and were engaged in long-distance trade far beyond the archipelago on their own boats with their…
  • Lebah Kelulut

    bingregory
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    A hive for kelulut, Malaysia’s wild honey bee.  They are in the genus Trigona, where the bees are small and stingless. Not quite as efficient an operation as the box hives of Apis honeybees, but it sure beats climbing up the trees.  It seems as though some efforts have been made to commercialize kelulut operations, and there are a fair number of websites selling Malaysian Trigona honey. In a previous post, I talked about wild honey in Malaysia and some of the practices associated with harvesting honey from Apis dorsata honeybees.
  • The Souls of Black Folk – Review

    bingregory
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    By W.E.B. Dubois An old book, over a hundred years old already. Some of the essays have passed from contemporary relevance into historical record, but it is history rarely discussed, from an intimate perspective and the prose hasn’t lost any of its power. Nobody writes like that anymore! The Greeks, the Bible, Shakespeare. The Veil, the valley of the shadow of death, truth with a capital T: his symbols and allusions seem so much more direct and persuasive than the currently popular terms – privilege, identity and so on – of modern academic writing on race. Perhaps the most…
  • Commander of the Faithful: Review

    bingregory
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    By John W Kiser An enjoyable and easy introduction to an amazing life. The book is strongest in the first third, showing his upbringing and describing Algerian society in that period, and in the last third, when his exile and travels involved him in many important and unexpected events. Meeting Imam Shamil the Chechen Mujahid at the opening of the Suez Canal! The middle third is awful, for obvious reasons. Anti-colonial resistance in the 19th century only went one way. I’m not spoiling anything to tell you that the Emir didn’t defeat the French. The author is thoughtful and…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Make Me Less of Me and More of You

    Sadiq Alam
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    One night, closer to the dawn, the following prayer came to a dervish:O Allah, please make me less of me,And more of You.There is nothing more real than You.There is none who is real other than You. And the imagery that came to his heart is the imagery of the moon waxing and waning, so he further prayed,By the moon and its journeying,O Allah, please make me less of me,and more of You.There is nothing more real than You.There is none who is real other than You. And the imagery that came to his heart is the imagery of the blazing sun, which by it's every single ray, becomes less and less for…
  • On the Reality of this World ~ Imam Ali

    Sadiq Alam
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:06 am
    Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as) said: "The world is a corpse. Whoever seeks it is a dog."Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as) said: "The pomp and glory of a vicious life is to me worth less than the sneeze of a goat.""O world, are you offering yourself to me? Do you desire me? Never! Never! Deceive someone other than me, I have divorced you for the third time, so that you cannot return to me (metaphorically, of course; he is alluding to the fact that, in Islam, the third divorce is final) your life is short, the existence you offer is base, and your danger is great. Alas for the scarcity of sustenance (good…
  • An Important Reminder / Antidote to Our Self-Importance Delusion

    Sadiq Alam
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    As we run through this maze of life we often forget some simple but important matters. One such thing is the reminder about our self's non-importance. Sometime we become so blinded by our material and external achievements all of which are infinitely because God gave us, those configurations, those capacity, those opportunity, those special and unique arrangements made for us than any of our achievements, capability or deservingness. If we say we achieved this or we did that, truthfulness in that statement is infinitesimally small, in comparison to if we say God made this happen or God really…
  • I Bear Witness that Muhammad is the Divine Messenger

    Sadiq Alam
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    Ashhadu anna Muhammadan RasulallahI bear witnessthat Muhammadis the Rasul of Allah,the Divine Messenger.He is the one of praiseworthy station, known in the celestial realm as Ahmad - the one who is praised, the Periklytos (Advocate, Helper), about whom Jesus Christ mentioned of the Paraclete's (Solicitor, Intercessor, Comforter, Advocate ) advent after Christ's return to the Lord. That Intercessor is Our Master Muhammad who will intercede on the Day of Judgment. Sayydina wa Habibina wa Shafayina Muhammad - Our Master, Our Beloved and Our Intercessor O Muhammad Mustafa, the…
  • What is the Secret of Happiness? Its Gratefulness that Makes you Happy

    Sadiq Alam
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
     Among My Most Favorite List of TED TalksKindly allow me to introduce you to one of my most favorite of TED talks which is titled: Want to be Happy? Be Grateful. This 14 minutes long refreshing talk was given by benedictine monk and interfaith scholar Brother David Steindl-Rast, where he offers us a truly inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where we’re going, and above all, being grateful.This talk is a beautiful testimony that help us understand why gratefulness is found at the heart of many religious and spiritual tradition, specially in Islam where the everyday prescribed…
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    Muslim Thought

  • Avicenna, a Persian Muslim philosopher of the Middle Ages, devised the following “thought experiment”:?

    admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Avicenna, a Persian Muslim philosopher of the Middle Ages, devised the following “thought experiment”:? Imagine that a person is somehow born suspended in midair in a room with no sounds and smells and has a blindfold throughout his life. Also   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Avicenna, a Persian Muslim philosopher of the Middle Ages, devised the following “thought experiment”:? Related posts: Islamic Thought in the Middle Ages: Studies in Text, Transmission and Translation, in Honour of Hans Daiber Why is it, do you think that the West has progressed whilst the…
  • Dumb kid threatens the President

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Stupid, uneducated child left alone with a computer. Nice parenting, morons! Likely an Obama fan. Muslim belief: killing on Earth AND “Heaven”. Nice. If anyone knows this kid… report him to the Secret Service. Related posts: Almost Eight Years Following   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Dumb kid threatens the President Related posts: Almost Eight Years Following 9-11 A New Book Warns Ignorance of Islam Threatens America’s Freedom Is President Obama trying to blind us from the truth with muslim belief? What’s A Scarier Thought A Muslim Or…
  • Moses, Jesus & Muhammad Part 5

    admin
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    An informative lecture on the message of three of history’s most influential prophets from an Islamic perspective by Abu Abdis Salaam Siddiq Related posts: Moses, Jesus & Muhammad Part 3 Moses, Jesus & Muhammad Part 7 Moses, Jesus & Muhammad   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Moses, Jesus & Muhammad Part 5 Related posts: Moses, Jesus & Muhammad Part 3 Moses, Jesus & Muhammad Part 7 Moses, Jesus & Muhammad Part 6
  • American Convert to Islam – A 180 Degree Life Change

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Read and listen to the Quran: www.quranexplorer.com For more information about Islam contact me at islam.converts@gmail.com Islam America American USA united states US Jesus prophet Mohamed Quran koran Qur’an Muslim Muslims kuran convert Converts Jew Jews Jewish christian Christians Christianity   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: American Convert to Islam – A 180 Degree Life Change Related posts: Greek Girl Jenna Convert To Islam – An Exciting Story Feelings of An American Girl Converted To Islam American convert to Islam says: Allah = God of Mercy
  • God In Comparative Religion

    admin
    14 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    CONCEPT OF GOD All religious books (the original manuscripts) describe God as one without any form, shape or statute. He is a light source which illuminates the universe. A glimpse of this light tore KHOHI TOOR (mountain tur) into pieces   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: God In Comparative Religion Related posts: Comparative Quranic Stylistics How Do You Choose Your Religion? Religion and Fanaticism
 
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    Margari Aziza

  • Organizing Gender Inclusive Events in the Muslim Community

    Margari Aziza Hill
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Female Conference Speaker Bingo: a bingo card full of excuses for not having more female speakers at STEM conferences Image source : http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2012/09/24/why-arent-there-more-women-at-stem-conferences-this-time-its-statistical/female-conference-speaker-bingo/ “Verily for all men and women who have surrendered themselves to God, and all believing men and believing women, and all truly devout men and truly devout women, and all men and women who are true to their word, all men and women who are patient in adversity, and all men and women who humble themselves…
  • The Herstory of Malcolm X’s Legacy

    Margari Aziza Hill
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
        Malcolm X’s daughter’s from Locs and braids http://40.media.tumblr.com/2f6d070e47cb897a33f96dea06355419/tumblr_n1k4n7tfdp1ql1ezbo1_500.jpg Often, when we talk about the history of Islam in America, we focus on the great men and their big ideas.This month in looking at the BlackLivesMatter Movement through the life and legacy of Malcolm X, I have often thought about the thought of the many women who were were also part of the our nation’s freedom struggle. Many Muslim Americans know about Malcolm X, but few know about the women in his life. Few of us consider the…
  • Lessons from Our Past: CVE, Black American Muslims, and Social Justice

    Margari Aziza Hill
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    Malcolm X window Image source: The Gentleman Standard http://gentlemenstandard.com/2014/02/15/education-by-any-means-necessary/ On February 5th, Muslim twitter responded to the Right Wing backlash over Obama meeting with Muslims leaders with hilarious tweets #MuslimMeeting. Although many of the tweets were light hearted, others were critical of the meeting largely due to its secrecy. “We want to know who attended the meeting?” While Dean Obeidallah released his statement right away, organizations such as American Muslim Health Professions, Muslim Advocates, and Muslim Public Affairs…
  • Strategies for Coping with Islamophobia

    Margari Aziza Hill
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Image source Fractured Media (http://fracturedparadigm.com/2013/05/31/doj-social-media-posts-trashing-muslims-may-violate-civil-rights/#axzz3RfxR6HDT) Muslims in the West face a barrage of negative images in the media, Islamophobia, anti-Black, anti-Arab, anti-South Asian racism, and xenophobia.   Muslims in Canada and the United States  are grieving after the murders of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan on Tuesday and the lesser known murder of Mustafa Mattan.  Some members of Muslim communities have faced increased intimidation, and others fear copycat…
  • Self Empathy

    Margari Aziza Hill
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:11 pm
      Rose from my Garden This evening, I attended a preview course on Healing and Reconciliation. One thing that the instructor brought up was that when we are hurting, it is very difficult to hear the grievances of others. Knowing that I’ve hurt others and pray that they can forgive me and move past the pain is important. By keeping this in mind, I’m more likely to forgive others.  Allah tells us in the Qur’an: And obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy. And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for…
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    City of Brass

  • is ISIS Islamic? Wrong question.

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

    Aziz Poonawalla
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    This is a guest post by Durriya Badani. The execution style murder of three young North Carolina students, two of whom were hijab wearing Muslim women, raises questions regarding the rise of Islamaphobia in the United States in the form of hate crimes. Some will argue that the motive for the incident has not been clearly established and was simply the unfortunate outcome of a parking dispute, while others will note that this was a tragic, yet isolated...Read the full post here »
  • Can atheism drive someone to murder? #muslimlivesmatter #chapelhillshooting

    Aziz Poonawalla
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Like everyone else, I am in shock at the horrible tragedy in North Carolina last night, where three young Muslim Americans were brutally executed. The police are investigating and the murderer is in custody and cooperating. The family of the victims will hold a press conference soon, until then I am withholding judgement. The fact that the murderer was an avowed "anti-Theist" (a form of...Read the full post here »
  • Halal Italian and Mexican catering in Chicago

    Aziz Poonawalla
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    This is a guest post by Whitney Gaspar. I am not Muslim. I am not any religion, really. I was baptized as a Catholic to please my grandma and raised as an atheist by my mother. I am spiritual and I believe in God. But that is not why I eat halal. I eat halal because it is logical. It...Read the full post here »
  • the State of the Ummah, 2014/1436

    Aziz Poonawalla
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    I tuned into President Obama's 2014 SOTU for a while last week - mainly because my daughter was tasked to watch 15min minimum for school, a limit to which she adhered to precisely - and was struck by how futile the speech seemed. It isn't Obama's fault any more than it was Bush's fault during the previous Administration that these things are only watchable by diehard fans or diehard opponents. To someone like myself who voted for Obama and strongly...Read the full post here »
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    Darvish

  • Lessons in Love: Essays and Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life

    darvish
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Here is my latest Ebook, Lessons in Love: Essays and Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life :)  The book is a collection of writings from the Darvish blog, and I hope it will be of some small benefit to those who read it. To Order a Copy from Amazon for $2.99, click HERE. To Order a Copy from Google Books for $1.99, click HERE. To Order a Copy from Smashwords for $1.99, click HERE. Ya Haqq!  Filed under: Books & writing, Commentary, Current Affairs, Islam, Religion, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi Tagged: Darvish blog writings by Irving Karchmar,…
  • Poetry Monday – Moses and Khidr by Barbara Flaherty

    darvish
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes you have to turn around, retrace your steps to the place where the two seas meet. One is fresh, the other salty. One is the lawgiver, the other swims in deeper waters. How do you find this place where the dead come to life, where the ocean is an archway for the traveler? The signs are everywhere around, hunger, weariness, remembering what it is you seek. Go back to the place where the two seas meet, where the dead came to life. Sometimes you have to turn around. – Barbara FlahertyFiled under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Barbara Flaherty poem Moses…
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, Pray for Us!

    darvish
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Letter to the Romans, 8:35-39 Ya Haqq!Filed under: Uncategorized
  • “Grief can be the garden of compassion.”

    darvish
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” - Rumi Ya Haqq!Filed under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Rumi quote
  • “God alone suffices.”

    darvish
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing; God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who possesses God lacks nothing: God alone suffices.” — St. Teresa of AvilaFiled under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: St. Teresa of Avila quote
 
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  • "If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s..."

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going” - Harriet Tubman
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    8 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    rondanchan:Repost for #KamalaCon! My street clothes Kamala Halloween costume. Please note the winged sloth :DI LOVE IT when guys cosplay Kamala!! And the flying sloth! Total love.
  • kamala-con:The first week of February 2015 will mark the one...

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    kamala-con:The first week of February 2015 will mark the one year anniversary of Ms. Marvel #1’s release. To celebrate, we will be holding #KamalaCon, a week long event (February 1st to February 7th) dedicated to our favorite polymorphing, butt-kicking, fanfiction-writing superhero, Kamala Khan!Here are some guidelines for the week:Sunday Feb. 1st: Kamala Con Begins! Post why Kamala Khan is important to you!Monday Feb. 2nd: Post your original Kamala Khan art and crafts!Tuesday Feb. 3rd: Post your own Kamala Khan fanfiction as well as your favorite Kamala stories!Wednesday Feb 4th: Dress up…
  • A Story In Three Parts

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    I. The first time I attempted to read The Satanic Verses, I was eleven. I found the hardcover on one of my parents’ bookshelves and took it down, thinking I was in for some kind of sword and sorcery epic. I was, at the time, deep into the Dragonlance series, as well as Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books. In this case, however, I got no further than the first page before I realized there were going to be no wizards or talking horses. But the first chapter—in which Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha are falling out of a plane over the English Channel—shook me in a way no…
  • 21 Kick-Ass Muslims Who Changed The Narrative In 2014

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    21 Kick-Ass Muslims Who Changed The Narrative In 2014: Wow. I’m not sure I belong on the same list as Malala Yousafzai, but nevertheless, this is very flattering, and a great roundup of young Muslim artists, thought leaders and activists.
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  • ISIS and the “three silly girls”

    Matthew Smith
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    Recently three young girls, British Bangladeshis from east London, left the UK for Turkey apparently intending to join ISIS in Syria, and the media have been up in arms about the fact that someone was able to ‘groom’ these girls to think life would be better over there and that they were allowed to freely leave the country. One Grace Dent wrote a piece in the Independent arguing that they were entirely responsible for their behaviour, that they were “not silly kids wagging off school, but calm, considered, A-grade students who have researched their trip, found hundreds of…
  • Thomas Rawnsley: funeral today

    Matthew Smith
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    The funeral of Thomas Rawnsley, the young man with Down’s syndrome and autism who died at the Kingdom House unit in Sheffield earlier this month, where he had been held on a Court of Protection Deprivation of Liberty authorisation against his and his family’s wishes, is to be held in Wibsey, Bradford today. I’m not able to be there because of work, but if you’re in the area it’s at 1:30pm at St Paul’s church and the burial is at 2:30pm at North Bierley cemetery. The picture shows him standing with his sister, and his mother Paula published it on Facebook to…
  • Gender, ‘censorship’ and campus free speech

    Matthew Smith
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Last Sunday there was a letter in the Observer, the Sunday sister paper to the Guardian, from a long list of people (the principal signatories being Beatrix Campbell and Deborah Cameron; the others appeared only on the website) protesting against the censorship of opinions at British universities, principally those “whose views are deemed ‘transphobic’ or ‘whorephobic’”: Last month, there were calls for the Cambridge Union to withdraw a speaking invitation to Germaine Greer; then the Green party came under pressure to repudiate the philosophy lecturer…
  • Where were you?

    Matthew Smith
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Today the Guardian published a long article on the late Lucy Glennon, who wrote for the paper, most memorably about her condition (epidermolysis bullosa or EB), but also about food and about the effects of cuts to disability benefits on the people who relied on them. Some friends of mine who knew Lucy have noted that under the online copy of today’s feature there are a number of comments calling her ‘brave’, an ‘inspiration’ and similar things that are often said about disabled people, yet when Lucy was alive and was fighting to stay in London (as she needed to…
  • Review: 100 Days of UKIP

    Matthew Smith
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    UKIP: The First 100 Days (Channel 4; viewable for next 29 days in UK only) Last night, Channel 4 screened a programme which imagined what the first 100 days of a UKIP government would be like if it won the election outright this coming May. It follows a Sikh woman elected as a UKIP MP in Romford in Essex (on the eastern fringe of London); she is apparently the party’s first Asian MP and much is made of her background and the friction this causes with other members of her family. It uses a lot of archive footage showing real statements by various UKIP candidates and councillors, some of…
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  • Halal in the family

    Edward Ott
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:34 pm
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/02/aasif-mandvi-halal-in-the-family_n_6596142.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/02/aasif-mandvi-halal-in-the-family_n_6596142.html
  • I want to get married

    Edward Ott
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUD19k4as2M
  • American Sharia comedy film set to tour UK

    Edward Ott
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    http://www.asianimage.co.uk/news/11752263.INTERVIEW__American_Sharia_comedy_film_set_to_tour_UK/A new Muslim comedy film, American Sharia could not have been released at a better time. But it wasn’t planned to be as filmmaker and star Omar Regan told us.The film will only be shown in a special 22-city UK tour and won’t be available to view anywhere else, including cinema or online.The movie tells the story of a Muslim detective who has his own prejudices against Islam, following constant exposure to…
  • Afghans in Corolla

    Edward Ott
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x203ZVeOVdc
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    Edward Ott
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2bMMpc9l8w
 
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  • Aishah Schwartz New Admin for FB Page of Imam Fadel Soliman

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
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  • Happy Birthday Habibty (Aishah Schwartz)

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
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  • Happy Birthday Aishah! Love, Janette

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
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  • Aishah Schwartz in Rouge Magazine - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    MWA Director Aishah Schwartz Activist-Writer discovered an end of 2014 surprise publication in Rouge Magazine, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Subhan'Allah, it was published on her deceased... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aishah Schwartz: Well-known Muslim women in Hijab

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
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  • Ottomanipulation

    dvarisco
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:51 pm
    I don’t think you need a seismic detector anywhere in Turkey these days to determine if Mustafa Kamal Ataturk is not rolling over in his mausoleum in Ankara. The man who dragged Turkey so hard that the fez fell off and who de-scripted the calligraphically beautiful Ottoman language has been superseded by a leader no less contested, President and former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan is a polarizing figure, imposing his will in much the same way that military-backed leaders have done in Turkey’s past. And the comparisons between him and the old line of sultans is in…
  • Propaganda: What are We Seeing?

    dvarisco
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:41 am
    When you watch an ISIS online video, remember who is the inspiration. ISIS or Da’ash or whatever you want to call the latest reality internet show from the Middle East has an active propaganda machine right out of the playbook of Herr Goebbels. If it is not choreographed beheadings or other atrocities meant to cause terror, it is trying to efface and erase the past. The area that ISIS appears to have nominal control over is one of the most extensive archaeological mine fields in the world, with lots of object on display in museums. One of the latest videos is of the bashing of statues…
  • Huckabeeswax

    lrepublican
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:48 pm
    The Republican Party, inebriated with tea partisanship, seems to shoot itself in its elephantine trunk in attracting presidential candidates. This certainly worked to Romney’s favor last time around, as he certainly looked far more presidential than “what-was-the-third-one” Rick Perry, Call 999 and pay your taxes Mr. Cain, Sarah “I can see Alaska from my bedroom” Palin, Ron “I will run even when I am in my grave” Paul and the other circus acts that paraded through the primaries in 2012. Once again we are seeing a run (at the mouth some times) of…
  • Love is not Denial

    dvarisco
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Conservative backlash against President Obama, which has not ceased from the first day he was elected, has stooped so low as to claim, a la former Mayor Giuliani, that the President does not love his country. Apparently for Giuliani, the Rush-Limbaugh to judgment is that only Republicans, perhaps even certain kinds of Republicans, can love their country. This seems to be a case of misplaced tough love; Giuliani finds it tough to love someone he disagrees with. I suppose it also depends on what country there is to be loved. The country of Giuliani’s imagination is not very loving. The…
  • This stupidity needs to end

    tabsir
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:54 pm
    This stupidity needs to end: Why the Atlantic & NY Post are clueless about Islam Pundits claiming that ISIS is emblematic of Islam ignore the intellectual traditions at the heart of the religion by H.A. Hellyer, Salon, Februrary 20, 2015 This week, President Obama hosted a summit on countering “violent extremism,” where he received criticism from some on the rightwing over his refusal to call such violence “Islamic.” American media outlets, particularly the Atlantic and the New York Post, have struck a similar chord of late. All of this happens against a rather poignant backdrop:…
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    Abu Aardvark

  • An Open Letter to John Legend on Bahrain

    abu aardvark
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Dear John Legend, Like millions of Americans, I was profoundly moved by your Oscar performance of "Glory" with Common and by your principled speech which followed.  For years, I have been a great fan of your work, and of your willingness and ability to take strong and informed political stands.  That's why I was astonished and dismayed to learn today that you were planning to play a show in Bahrain on March 2.  I  write in the hope that you will apply your strong political convictions at home to a very similar set of problems abroad, and reconsider this performance, or…
  • 303 in 2014

    abu aardvark
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    With 2014 rattling to an end, I just wanted to use this year's relaunched old school Abu Aardvark blog to highlight a pretty incredible number: 303. That's how many different scholars participated in at least one of the core activities of the Project on Middle East Political Science during 2014 (not counting the dozens more who joined in our - crowded! - wine receptions at APSA, ISA and/or MESA). That includes more than three dozen mostly junior scholars who received small research and writing grants; six pre-tenure scholars who worked with a dozen discussants at the annual Junior…
  • Libya, Calvinball, Solidarity: Reflections on Reflections

    abu aardvark
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    My Monkey Cage essay "Reflections on the Arab Uprisings" has generated a really fascinating set of responses and commentaries over the last two days. I've been collecting the various blog posts and tweets, and wanted to take the opportunity here to respond to some of the major comments and themes in the discussion.  Reflections, for those who haven't yet seen it, presented an honest self-critique of some key areas where I think my analysis failed during the course of the last few years. It also served to introduce a POMEPS Studies collection of essays by colleagues who…
  • Domination and Tunisian Politics

    abu aardvark
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I recently returned from a short trip to Tunis, where I had the chance to check in with a variety of folks about the current political scene.  I met with senior members of both Nedaa Tounis and the Ennahda movement (including Rached Ghannouchi), along with a variety of journalists and civil society activists.  I was particularly interested in exploring the role of the media in post-uprising Tunisia, for a paper I'll be circulating soon (spoiler: like in Egypt, it's played an extremely negative role). But I was also keen to look for answers to a question which has been nagging at…
  • Burkina Faso vs the Arab Uprising

    abu aardvark
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    I've been fascinated by the escalating protests in Burkina Faso which seem to have brought down President Blaise Compaore after 27 years. I don't know much about the country, but after years immersed in studying the Arab uprisings this seems ripe for comparative inquiry. What sparked this level of popular mobilization now? Why did the military behave as it did? Is there a social media or political information dimension? How will its neighbors and supporters of the old regime respond? This tweet is what really grabbed my attention, though: If the people of #BurkinaFaso can fight against…
 
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    Jahane Rumi

  • Through the looking glass

    JahaneRumi
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:44 pm
    After a decade of epistolary exchanges, I finally met Shahzia Sikander, Pakistan’s most celebrated global icon of the arts, ironically unsung at home. Shahzia Sikander Selects, 2009, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York “Not to be boxed in, to be able to transcend boundaries: for an artist, it’s essential.” It is a pity that […]
  • Counter Terrorism by Urdu Literature

    JahaneRumi
    14 Feb 2015 | 5:49 pm
    I partiicpated in a VOA show with Ayesha Siddiqa and Wusatullah Khan hosted by Tabinda Naeem on language, literature and current trends. Raza Rumi on countring terrorism by Urdu… by razarumi1
  • Manto’s women

    JahaneRumi
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Manto stands more or less alone in the position he takes on women, contends Raza Rumi, in an exploration of Manto’s relationship with his female protagonists   Saadat Hasan Manto Perhaps the most well-known and also controversial Urdu writer of the twentieth century happens to be Saadat Hasan Manto. He left us with a stupendous […]
  • Pakistan’s future — fraught with perilous possibilities

    JahaneRumi
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Nearly two months after the Peshawar attack, it is unclear if Pakistan’s direction has changed. The unprecedented grief and anger over the tragedy has now given way to business as usual. Bureaucrats undertaking the routine round-up exercises, platitudes by the politicians and the ‘firm’ image by the military leadership. Sections of civil society that defied […]
  • The verse of freedom

    JahaneRumi
    7 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    In a powerful exploration of resistance poetry in indigenous languages, I discovered marginalized poets challenging mainstream Pakistani identity in moving verse.  Faiz Ahmad Faiz Much has been said about the literary and artistic revolution of Pakistan. Undoubtedly Pakistani writers, artists and musicians are now recognised globally for their work which engages with the world and […]
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  • Rebuilding Community Trust: Consulting Tools to Drive Mosque Growth and Efficiency

    Guests
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    By Wadud Hassan  A Study on the Islamic Center of Nashville An edited version originally published in the Islamic Horizon Jan/Feb 2015 issue Yusuf Islam also known as the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cat Stevens, who came to perform in Nashville in the late 70s, was an inspiration behind Music City's first Islamic center— the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), the. After meeting with the city's then small Muslim community who used to do their Friday prayers at Vanderbilt University, he donated the seed money for the mosque. ICN later became a space where the young and diverse…
  • Muslims Predict Jesus Will Defeat ISIS, Beginning in 2015

    MuslimMatters
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:50 pm
    This was originally posted on the Huffington Post  By Dr. David Liepert Canadian Muslim Leader, Spokesperson, Author and Educator All right, it might not start until 2016, these things can be awfully hard to predict exactly. However, surprising as it may seem, one way or another the end of ISIS is in sight, and it's all resting securely in the hands of Jesus, peace be upon him. There has been a great deal of mainstream media attention lately, both video andprint, regarding the fact that ISIS is recruiting based on the promise that their fighters are actually participating in the rapidly…
  • Diversity in Community Representation at the White House Meet with Obama

    Hena Zuberi
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Crossposted from the Muslim Link By Hena Zuberi For the first time in his two terms in the Oval Office, on February 6, 2015, President Obama met with leaders of the Muslim community for an hour-long 'frank and open exchange with the President'. “We requested a session, as the President has met with others, such as labor leaders, African American and Jewish American leaders — it was time for him to meet with American Muslim leadership,” shares Farhana Khera, founder and President of Muslim Advocates, who spearheaded the meeting. Khera says the meeting came at a prime…
  • Defending Free Speech or the Prophet ﷺ ? – Imam Kamil Mufti

    Guests
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On January seventh a savage shooting in Paris at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly satirical newspaper, claimed the lives of several people. Reportedly, the first person the attackers killed was a Muslim police officer, Ahmed Merabet. The event evoked different responses and raised several issues for Muslims. The easiest issue was how to reconcile violence of this nature with the message of the Prophet of Mercy ﷺ. Every sane Muslim knew what happened that day was a violation of Islam and not Islam. Unsure of how to feel or how to react to mockery of the Prophet ﷺ, some Muslims…
  • Lessons from Our Past: CVE, Black American Muslims, and Social Justice

    Guests
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    By Margari Hill On February 5th, Muslim twitter responded to the Right Wing backlash over Obama meeting with Muslims leaders with hilarious tweets #MuslimMeeting. Although many of the tweets were light hearted, others were critical of the meeting largely due to its secrecy. “We want to know who attended the meeting?” While Dean Obeidallah released his statement right away, organizations such as American Muslim Health Professions, Muslim Advocates, and Muslim Public Affairs Council released separate statements. The White House issued a statement saying that “Among the topics of…
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  • Anonymous Punishes Jordan Regime For Being Part of the”Alliance Against Islam” Brings Down 250 Gov Sites

    news
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    Arab Anonymous has launched today a massive attack against the regime of Jordan bringing down around 250 ministries websites, Jordan Government, TV and other high profile government websites. Anonymous said the attack were because Jordan is part of the “Crusader Jewish, alliance against Islam and Muslim. by taking part of the US led crusader Jewish Sawafi Nasirit collation, which is fighting Islam and Muslim in all fronts and aims to change the true religion of God Islam with a new form that worships America as a partner to Allah SWT. Here is a list of downed websites WWW.MOT.GOV.JO …
  • Casio launches the world’s first scientific calculator in Arabic

    Gaith Saqer
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Casio the Japaneses company best known for its scientific calculators and hand watches has launched Classwiz serious  the first scientific calculators in Arabic. The ClassWiz fx-991EX and the fx-570EX are also the world’s first standard scientific calculators equipped with a spreadsheet function. The ClassWiz fx-991EX includes a function that enables numerical formulas inputted into the calculator to be converted to QR code. Scan the QR code, and the same graphs can be displayed on your tablet or smartphone. According to T3 “The ClassWiz fx-991EX model features a high-resolution…
  • Wael Ghonim Famous Egyptian Protester Launches in Private Beta Parlio a Social Network for Discussions With Funding from Marissa Mayer and Others

    Gaith Saqer
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    Wael Ghonim has been silent politically since Al Sisi coup in Egypt, his twitter account had around 6 tweets only since July 2013 the date of the coup. Wael was google MENA marketing head when his facebook page We are All Khaleed Saed called for the Egyptian revolution in Egypt January 25, 2011 a revolution that turned now into a guerrilla warfare by the Islamic State in awake of Al Sisi coup his army’s atrocities in killing thousands of Muslim Egyptians. and his continued collaboration with the Jewish State, USA and the west in general. Wael last year joined google ventures and he…
  • AnonGhost Starts ‪#‎OpChapelHill‬ in Retaliation Against the Murder of 3 Muslims Hacking High Profile American Websites

    news
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    In retaliation against the world’s silence specially the media against the murder of 3 Muslims in Chapel Hill, USA  Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Abu-Salha, 19  hactivist group AnonGhost started a new operation aiming at highlighting the hate crime committed against those 3 Muslims killed in ChapelHill because they were only Muslims and said God is our lord he is only one God, the operation is called ‪#‎OpChapelHill‬ targeting US websites . The hacktivist group attacked many US websites including Columbia University ,University of California and…
  • Tunisian Regime Kidnap 6 Members of Hactivist Group Fallaga for Hacking French Websites in Retaliation for Insulting the Prophet Mohammad, Group Threatens Massive Retaliation

    news
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Tunisian regime has kidnapped 6 members of the Tunisian hactivist group Fallaga on charges of hacking French and Zionist websites. The group was part of #opFrance which hacked more than 19,000 French websites in retaliation for CharliHebdo publication of cartoons which insults the messenger of God Mohammad SAWS. The Tunisian pirate party president Salah Kishek said that they group members were not arrested but kidnapped by the orders of NATO and the American ambassador in Tunisia in order to stop Fallaga operations which made the West and Zionist worried because of of Fallaga’s strikes…
 
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  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 23rd, 2015

    newsdigest
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Attack on Comrade Govind Pansare, Harassment of Activists, Ishrat Jahan case, Krishnagiri Rape, Modi's Suit Sale, Petroleum Ministry leaks, Religious Intolerance, religious tolerance, SIT probe into 1992 Ayodhya riots, UK probes RSS-inspired charityIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines UK probes RSS-inspired charity for anti-Muslim comments Comment on religious tolerance by Indian leader sparks national debate Stop Harassment of Activists: Police Target Group Seeking Justice for 2002 Gujarat Riots Pansare’s death a reflection of divisive…
  • Case against Teesta a case of witch-hunt by Gujarat government say Indian Americans

    iamcadmin
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    Categories: Press releaseCall for Independent investigation under Supreme Court’s supervision   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2015 Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has expressed strong support for noted human rights activist Teesta Setalvad and denounced the Gujarat Government for bringing frivolous charges motivated by political [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 16th, 2015

    newsdigest
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Amit Shah, An open letter to Ms Kiran Bedi, Convent school vandalised, Modi Temple, Muzaffarnagar riots, Narendra Modi, Valentine's DayIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines US media sees Modi ‘brought down to earth’ An open letter to Ms Kiran Bedi from Shabnam Hashmi Justice denied, she recalls: they cut off my hands Withdraw ‘concocted’ case against Teesta Setalvad: CPM to Gujarat govt Convent school vandalised in Delhi, sixth such attack in 4 [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 9th, 2015

    newsdigest
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Church Attacks in India, communal amity, Ghar Wapsi, Hindu Mahasabha's Swami Omji, intolerance' in India, Liaquat framing, Modi's Dangerous Silence, Muzaffarnagar riots, Surya namaskarIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony A 100-yr-pact for communal amity in Konkan village News Headlines OMG! Hindu Mahasabha’s Swami Omji threatens to kill Arvind Kejriwal like Nathuram Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi Barack Obama: ‘Acts of intolerance’ in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi Documentary film blames BJP and SP for Muzaffarnagar riots…
  • US concern over diminishing religious freedom in India is justified say Indian Americans

    iamcadmin
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Categories: Press releaseAttacks on churches, forced conversions to Hinduism and glorification of Gandhi’s assassin are manifestations of a divisive and hateful ideology   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, Feb 08, 2015   The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called President Obama’s expressions of concern over [...](Read more...)
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  • UN condemns Iraqi heritage destruction by IS

    IANS
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:59 pm
    United Nations: The UN Security Council has condemned the destruction of religious and cultural artifacts and burning of rare manuscripts by the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Iraq's Mosul city. In a statement issued Friday, the Council slammed the ongoing barbaric terrorist acts in Iraq by the IS and reiterated its condemnation of the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria, including targeted destruction of religious sites and objects, Xinhua news agency reported. A video released Thursday showed that IS militants armed with sledgehammers and jackhammers demolished the Mosul…
  • Cameron defends security services over 'Jihadi John'

    IANS
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    London: British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the country's security services amid criticism they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John", from joining Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Cameron Friday said the security services made "incredibly difficult judgments" on Britain's behalf, BBC reported. His comments came after it emerged Emwazi was known to authorities. The prime minister said he would not comment on specific cases but urged the public to back the security services. Emwazi, who is in his mid-20s, first appeared in a video last August, when he apparently…
  • Bangladesh blogger murdered by professional killers: Doctor

    IANS
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    Dhaka: Those who killed US-based blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka were professionals and dealt three blows with sharp weapons "very expertly and brutally" on the right side of the head of the victim who died from profuse bleeding, said the doctor who did the postmortem on the body Friday. Sohel Mahmud, assistant professor in Dhaka Medical College's forensic department, said there were three deep gashes on the right side of Avijit's head caused by a sharp weapon like a machete, bdnews24.com reported. He added the gashes were parallel, only half inches from each other and strongly struck. The blows…
  • 'Jihadi John should be caught alive'

    IANS
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    London: The widow of a man killed by a masked Islamic State (IS) militant known as 'Jihadi John' has said that she wants him caught alive, a media report said Friday. Dragana Haines says the "last thing" she wants for the man who killed her husband, British aid worker David Haines, is an "honourable death", BBC reported. "That's the only moral satisfaction for the families of all the people that he murdered, because if he gets killed in the action, to put it that way, it will be an honourable death for him and that is the last thing I would actually want for someone like him. "I think he…
  • India, Pakistan to celebrate richness of Urdu in Delhi

    IANS
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:53 am
    New Delhi: Indian and Pakistani writers Intizar Hussain, Javed Akhtar, Ashok Vajpayee, and Nida Fazli, among others will participate in an Urdu festival in Delhi to celebrate and explore the spirit of the language. The two-day "Jashn-e-Rekhta" festival will begin March 14 and will bring together 60 renowned personalities from both the countries to celebrate Urdu language through performances, recitations, dastangoi, musical renditions, mushaira, dramas, panel discussions, film screenings and interactive sessions. The festival is presented by the Rekhta foundation, which has curated the…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • I Will Not Be Gunned Down

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

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

    Sanam Zaidi
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    By Sanam Zaidi • Muslim Youth Musings Every morning I wake up with a beating heart as a reminder, but do I take heed? How do my scrolls stack up against my deeds? Constantly sucked into a vortex that is an illusion, Forgetting that this world is ephemeral, a fancy delusion. But, then I experience shortness of breath and it’s difficult to breathe. Suddenly life’s purpose comes rushing back to me. Praying, fasting, Quran and dhikr, Heading toward Jannah is a race and I want to be quicker. I excel in deeds, those mandated and obligatory, But, wait I’ve heard this before,…
  • Celestial Body

    Zaheen Uddin
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:44 pm
    By Zaheen Uddin • Muslim Youth Musings Her face shines brilliantly bright Especially when she preludes the night When the breaths of dawn will soon Show their luminescence to loom At the end of dawn is the beginning of day That’s when she shows her beautiful face Like a sea of tranquility over an ocean of bloom She reveals herself in the color of blue You see her face that color, deep and intense Sometimes you see her perfection covered by dense Fluffiness like rises from her bright face White birthmarks that swim from place to place Dark hair spots her green and brown womb Pregnant with…
  • #WhoIsMuhammad

    MYM Staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    By MYM Staff • Muslim Youth Musings Spurred by the tragic terror attacks in Paris, Muslims took to social media in January to positively reclaim the image of the Prophet Muhammad. Using the hashtag #WhoIsMuhammad, people from around the world recast what they knew of him: a loving husband who took care of his family; a kind leader who guided his people towards good; a bashful, understanding friend touched modesty upon those around him; an orphan, as human as anyone could be, who became an beacon for us to be inspired by. He is loved by his followers more than they love themselves and all…
 
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • Indian politics: Has PM Narendra Modi become irrelevant?

    imoadmin
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal No one thinks so. It is just that Kejriwal snatched the aura from his persona. In Indian politics, generally, no one becomes irrelevant for too long. But not everybody! Many irrelevant leaders have returned to active politics and become relevant again. So, one can’t write off PM Modi as being irrelevant. At times, unluck follows luck and leaders lose importance and even power. That is part of politics and life. PM Modi, a shrewd politician that he is would not accept that he is finished, politically or otherwise. After all, he has a full term to enjoy as an MP and…
  • Aaghaz-E-Dosti organizes ‘Shared History-Shared Hopes’ discussion to boost India-Pakistan ties at World Book Fair in New Delhi

    imoadmin
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    IMO News Service New Delhi: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a cross-border initiative for Indo-Pak Friendship organised a session on February 14, the inaugral day of World Book Fair at New Delhi. The session was organised at ‘Sahitya Manch’ and theme was ‘Shared History-Shared Hopes’. The guest speakers included Prof. Chaman Lal, Ms. Sadia Dehlvi, Ram Mohan Rai and Dr. Dhananjay Tripathi. The session was moderated by Ravi Nitesh. The program started with few lines of Saeed Ahmed (Lahore, Pakistan) recited by Ravi Nitesh, where Saeed Ahmed named lot of writers and artists whose works…
  • Betty Shabbazz? What a Muslim woman!

    imoadmin
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    [February 21 is the day that Al-Hajj Malik al Shabazz, popularly known as Malcolm X, was martyred, and is therefore the day on which he is honoured internationally. In the featured article, the world renowned Islamic scholar, Shaykh Imran Hosein from the Carribean describes his encounter with the widow of Malcolm X, Betty Shabbazz, during 1996. There are many Muslim activists who would either ignore Malik al Shabbazz or marginalise his impact on the grounds that he lacked the traditional Islamic knowledge which is much more in vogue and accessible these days. However Imam Hamza Yusuf from the…
  • Career: Design Study becomes fastest growing field of academic discipline

    imoadmin
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    By Syed Ali Mujtaba Design study is a fastest growing academic field, overtaking the traditional Arts, Science & Commerce disciplines. “Why & How” are the questions that are often asked and this needs explanation? Well, today we live in a world which is business oriented or business dominated. This world is quite different from the one in which the traditional academic disciplines had emerged and developed. In today’s world, the need is to match people’s needs with what are technologically feasible and viable business solutions. This gap is now being fulfilled by the Design…
  • Ahmed Farag Ali et al bangs up the ‘big bang’ theory

    imoadmin
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    By Abdul Rashid Agwan In a breakthrough research in quantum physics, Dr. Ahmed Farag Ali of Benha University, Egypt, along with an India borne Professor Saurya Das of the University of Lethbridge, Canada, created a series of equations that describe a universe much like Hoyle’s; one without a beginning or end. It is generally believed by the scientists, at least for many decades, that the universe has been created from a singularity, popularly called as ‘big bang’, supposedly happened 13.8 billion years back. In a recent study, published in Physics Letters B., Ali and his…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • 13 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Congratulations, on your anniversary! In our previous post we discussed the things you should do in the first 3 months of marriage: “What to do in the first 90 Days of Marriage.” Hopefully you’ve returned items you borrowed for the wedding, sent the thank you cards (if not, what are you waiting for?), received your wedding photos and videos (if not, don’t worry it can sometimes take longer than planned), got the paperwork done, and got your gifts and your bank accounts sorted out. With kind permission of This Modern Love Photography Great, that was the easy part. Here…
  • What to do in the first 90 Days of Marriage

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Photo by Thejas available under a Creative Commons Attribution license httpscreativecommons.org license Congratulations! Now that you are married and the big day and honeymoon are behind you, you’re probably wondering, what now? Hopefully you discussed some important things before the wedding, if not now is the perfect time. Here is a list of things to do or think about during the first 90 days of your marriage. If you rented any clothes or equipment or borrowed things from family and friends for the wedding, it is important to return them. Decide what you are going to do with the wedding…
  •  Bohemian (Boho) Muslim Weddings

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    Photo by Prayoga D. Widyanto availablable under a Creative Commons Attribution-license If you are a free spirit and feel weddings are too formal and bourgeois, then Bohemian (Boho-chic) wedding attire may be just the thing for you. Bohemian is a blended style that combines simple artistry with individuals who are creative, frugal and live a nomadic lifestyle. Do you see anything common with Muslim values? What is the Boho look? It was highlighted by Sienna Miller and Kate Moss in the 2004-5 timeframe. It is about wearing loose fitting clothes, that have natural earth tones. Shoes can be…
  • Dedicated to Deah Shaddy Barakat and Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan

    admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Almost every little girl dreams of growing up and finding her prince charming and getting married. Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, was one of those beautiful girls, whose dream became a reality. She found her prince charming in Deah Shaddy Barakat and they got married, he, 23, she 21 last December. But the honeymoon was hardly over when on Tuesday, February 10th, in Chapel Hill North Carolina, Deah, Yusor and her younger sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were all gunned down by a neighbor. Although most of the media reports say it was about a long standing parking issue, there is a high…
  • Bollywood Memes Ideas To Plan A Perfect Muslim Wedding

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Ok we’re not saying this is Islamic, just some fun ideas from Bollywodd with some kind of Muslim theme for fun.              
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