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  • Southampton v Swansea: Premier League – live!

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Ian McCourt
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Premier League updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at St Mary’sEmail | Tweet @ianmccourtGet all the latest live scores across Europe 4.46pm GMT That’s your lot for now. Back in a few minutes folks. 4.45pm GMT 45 mins Just one minute to be added on. 4.44pm GMT 44 mins A neat trick and flick from Elia draws a foul from Taylor. He gets a yellow card and Southampton get a free-kick wide on the right. Ward-Prowse aims for Pellè but he barely gets his feet off the ground and so Swansea breath again. 4.43pm GMT 42 mins Southampton get their 83rd corner. It gets…
  • Bihar court blast not termed terrorist act: Urgent need to stop distinguishing crimes on the basis of culprit's religion

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    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…
  • Islamic Advice | Dua’ for one who is sick

    Popular islam Bookmarks on Delicious
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
  • ARTICLE: We Asked an Expert How Islamists Could Actually Take Over the UK, Vice

    chris allen
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:42 am
    Last week I was approached by the typically excellent Vice magazine to ask whether I might be interested in working with them on a piece that sought to bust various myths about the likelihood of Islamists “taking over” Britain. To my better judgment – or so I thought at the time – I agreed. Any fears I had were […]
  • Islamophobia Watch: a statement

    Islamophobia Watch
    Bob Pitt
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Islamophobia Watch was launched in early 2005. On the tenth anniversary of its foundation I have decided that the time has come to wind it up. (The site will remain online but will no longer be updated.) This is not because the threat of anti-Muslim bigotry and hatred that we set out to challenge ten years ago has receded. On the contrary, as the rise of PEGIDA in Germany and the recent arson attacks on Swedish mosques demonstrate, if anything the situation has grown worse. The problem is that IW set itself overambitious aims. Reporting examples of Islamophobia from across the western…
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Southampton v Swansea: Premier League – live!

    Ian McCourt
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Premier League updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at St Mary’sEmail | Tweet @ianmccourtGet all the latest live scores across Europe 4.46pm GMT That’s your lot for now. Back in a few minutes folks. 4.45pm GMT 45 mins Just one minute to be added on. 4.44pm GMT 44 mins A neat trick and flick from Elia draws a foul from Taylor. He gets a yellow card and Southampton get a free-kick wide on the right. Ward-Prowse aims for Pellè but he barely gets his feet off the ground and so Swansea breath again. 4.43pm GMT 42 mins Southampton get their 83rd corner. It gets…
  • Celtic 2-0 Rangers: Scottish League Cup semi-final – as it happened

    Rob Bleaney
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    Celtic reached the Scottish League Cup final with a straightforward victory over Rangers in the first Old Firm derby for almost three years 3.33pm GMT Ronny Deila heads over to the Celtic fans and leads the celebrations with a series of fist-pumps which the crowd respond to with roars. His side are top of the league and into the season’s first cup final. Scott Brown was Roy Keane-esque in midfield, Virgil van Dijk marshalled the defence with ease and Kris Commons was a class act off the front. Surely Celtic must tie him down to a new contract. For Rangers it was a disappointing afternoon.
  • Arsenal v Aston Villa: Premier League – as it happened!

    Ian McCourt
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:22 am
    Arsenal picked up a deserved three points with an impressive victory over Villa, who are now in some real trouble 3.22pm GMT They do win! Huzzah for them. Not so for Villa. You’d have to be pretty worried about them. That’s it from me. I’ll be over here in a few minutes. See you there. Thanks for all the emails and tweets. Bye! 3.20pm GMT Cazorla was hanging outside the Villa box, doing nowt much. So he cut inside and serviced Bellerín with a square ball and the full-back just side-footed it into the net from about 20 yards out. A fine finish that. 3.19pm GMT I think Arsenal…
  • Greece’s problems are the result of the eurozone having no fiscal policy

    Larry Elliott, economics editor
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:25 am
    Germany and Greece are on a collision course because there is no large-scale method of recycling taxes in the eurozoneGreece and Germany are on a collision course. Alexis Tsipras’s new Syriza-led government in Athens wants a big chunk of its debt written off. Angela Merkel is saying “nein” to that. If this were a western, Tsipras and Merkel would be the two gunslingers who have decided in time-honoured fashion that “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us”.But this isn’t Hollywood. There is no guarantee that this shootout will have a happy ending. Things look like getting…
  • Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in Australian Open men's final – as it happened

    Jacob Steinberg
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:48 am
    Novak Djokovic made history by winning his fifth Australian Open, beating Andy Murray 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 in an The best images from the Australian Open men’s finalKim Sears wears Explicit Content T-shirt for finalRead Kevin Mitchell’s full report 12.46pm GMT And so the Australian Open ends and Novak Djokovic is the champion. It was ever thus. Andy Murray played a great tournament but he just couldn’t drag himself out of that slump from the middle of the third set onwards. Djokovic showed no mercy. He rarely does. Still, it’s encouraging to see Murray playing these matches again. He…
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • 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…
  • Crisis in Islamic world: Clerics have failed, Muslims desperately need statesmen now

    10 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    (C) INDSCRIBEA group of terrorists commit an act in a city but Muslims across the world, in towns and cities in faraway countries bear the consequences.They are expected to condemn it (everywhere--online and offline), worry about hate crimes or Islamophobia and face even more trouble in finding rented accommodations or getting jobs.This is an unprecedented situation today. The argument is that these terrorists commit crime in the name of Islam.Yes, they might, but Muslims repeatedly say that terrorists are defaming the Islamic teachings and their acts have nothing to do with Islam. A man…
  • Saluting the Suregon: Courageous Haryana doctor confronted Bajrang Dal activists over a hate speech against Muslims, gets attacked

    4 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Dr Jitender Phogat, a eye surgeon, was going to the chowk, when he heard a group of right-wing activists spewing venom against Muslims.The doctor took a brave stand, he confronted the Bajrang Dal activists on the spot.He was the lone voice against the hate speech, and was assaulted. The doctor was injured in the attack, and approached the police.It is a different issue that the police are yet to register a case for either hate speech or assault. But the doctor did what many of us don't.The harsh truth is that generally educated people don't take stand and this is the reason that…
  • Terrorist or 'Rebel': Bodo terrorists kill 70 in Assam, yet it is not 'Terrorism'

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The heavily armed members of banned outfit, fired on unarmed women and children, killing at least 70 persons in cold blood, and yet this is not termed as a 'terrorist attack'!This has happened once again in India. On Tuesday, as details began emerging--the death toll rising from 11 to 34, and later crossing 50, most of the TV channels avoided the story.On certain English channels, it was visible in the scroll, but many 'national channels' had no time for it. For them, results of Jammu & Kashmir election, was the sole important story of the day.Certain channels had changed their entire…
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Islamophobia Watch: a statement

    Bob Pitt
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Islamophobia Watch was launched in early 2005. On the tenth anniversary of its foundation I have decided that the time has come to wind it up. (The site will remain online but will no longer be updated.) This is not because the threat of anti-Muslim bigotry and hatred that we set out to challenge ten years ago has receded. On the contrary, as the rise of PEGIDA in Germany and the recent arson attacks on Swedish mosques demonstrate, if anything the situation has grown worse. The problem is that IW set itself overambitious aims. Reporting examples of Islamophobia from across the western…
  • Reports and comment from Islamophobia Watch 29 December‑4 January

    Bob Pitt
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Reports and comment from Islamophobia Watch 29 December 2014-4 January 2015 Anti-terror plan to spy on toddlers ‘is heavy-handed’  4 January 2015 Sweden mulls national strategy to counter ‘Islamophobia’ after arson attacks on mosques  3 January 2015 MP urges Czechs: Walk your pigs near mosques  3 January 2014 Germany: Muslims to march in protest of widespread racial hatred  3 January 2015 Twitter and Facebook ‘allowing Islamophobia to flourish’ as anti-Muslim comments proliferate  2 January 2015 ‘Love bombing’ at Uppsala mosque  2 January 2015 Stockholm rallies…
  • Anti-terror plan to spy on toddlers ‘is heavy-handed’

    Bob Pitt
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Nursery school staff and registered childminders must report toddlers at risk of becoming terrorists, under counter-terrorism measures proposed by the Government. The directive is contained in a 39-page consultation document issued by the Home Office in a bid to bolster its Prevent anti-terrorism plan. Critics said the idea was “unworkable” and “heavy-handed”, and accused the Government of treating teachers and carers as “spies”. The document accompanies the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, currently before parliament. It identifies nurseries and early years childcare…
  • Sweden mulls national strategy to counter ‘Islamophobia’ after arson attacks on mosques

    Bob Pitt
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    Sweden’s government is planning to develop a new national strategy to counter the growing prejudice against Islam in the country, according to Alice Bah Kuhnke, Swedish minister of culture and democracy. Kuhnke said at a Stockholm protest rally against the spate of attacks on mosques that the government will coordinate with local Muslim communities to find ways to fight Islamophobia by spreading awareness about Islam among people, BBC News reported. The term “Islamophobia” is used to refer to the hatred toward, and fear of, the religion of Islam. “The big problem is that some…
  • MP urges Czechs: Walk your pigs near mosques

    Bob Pitt
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    Tomio Okamura, who heads the Czech opposition Dawn of Direct Democracy movement, has called on people on Facebook to bother Muslims in the Czech Republic by “walking pigs” in the vicinity of mosques, for example, which, he emphasised, is no incitement to intolerance. The Dawn discussed the text of the appeal with lawyers before releasing it, he told the server. In the past, Okamura repeatedly asserted that he is not a xenophobe, in spite of his controversial statements about Romanies and foreigners in the Czech Republic. For example, Okamura once visited a man convicted…
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • 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…
  • What A Muslim Wife Wants - Cos men shouldn't have to speak on my behalf

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    27 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Recently, I've seen a piece from shared over and over on social media (often by women) where a man enlightens (wo)men on what it is Muslim women want from their spouses.I decided to write a response to this piece because, really, I'm sick of men speaking on women's behalf. In trying to find this piece for my 'article', I stumbled across this response on The snark edition listing fourteen things that Muslim wives want but really won't tell you. Hilarious. Even though a response has already been penned, I still decided to write my own.   So…
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    Bin Gregory Productions

  • Lebah Kelulut

    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

    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

    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…
  • Nothing Left to Say – Blues Gang

    12 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Nothing Left to Say Translation by Bin Gregory Productions Riding my bike down to the town Middle of the day, in the middle of the heat Who’s got the strength to tap rubber Nothing left to say If I could, I’d be a school teacher Down in Kuala Pilah Apo Nak Dikato by Blues Gang Poi pokan naik basika Tongah haghi tongah paneh Apo dayo motong gotah Apo nak dikato Kalau boleh nak jadi cikgu sekolah Kek Kolo Pilah Fields of paddy, buffalos all over Water from the well is so darn cold Quiet as can be, not a soul around Nothing left to say If I could, I’d have some commotion Like…
  • Tapai ubi, tapai nasi

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Fold the corners of the tapai leaf that you may fill it with stale rice If you want your knowledge to last Don’t ignore your teacher’s advice Lipat berbucu si daun tapai Hendak diisi beras sekal Pesan guru jangan diabai Jika hendak ilmunya kekal   A banana leaf wrapped and held with lidis could hold just about anything.  In this case, it holds tapioca root, ubi kayu, that has … crossed over.  Normally a dense, bland, starchy tuber considered poverty food or at best home cooking, it is transformed into a pillowy soft sweetness soaking in a fiery liqueur: tapai ubi.  …
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    Technology of the Heart

  • 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…
  • From Humbleness to Wonderment and then Fleeing to God

    Sadiq Alam
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Some of the stations of the Wayfarer from Humbleness to Wonderment to Fleeing to GodHUMBLENESS, KHUSHU'"Has the time arrived for the faithful that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of God?" 57:16Humbleness involves a holy fear that is accompanied by awareness and humility. It involves three things: altruism and endurance in one's spiritual transactions, humility in service, and modesty and reverence in the inner consciousness.The signs of altruism and endurance in one's spiritual transactions are three: bad people are safe from the humble, good people are happy…
  • Maqam, Murshid and Murid: Sufi Way Stations and Master-Disciple Relationships in Conference of the Birds

    Sadiq Alam
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
     by Noora Kamel Farid ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds is an allegorical poem elaborating on the nature of mystical experience and the stages on a wayfarer’s path to the Divine. Using an overarching story of the hoopoe bird of Solomon who convinces a host of other birds to undertake a spiritual journey, ‘Attar maps out the human weaknesses that must be overcome before such a quest, as well as the arduous obstacles one will need to overcome to reach the goal. At each step of the journey, ‘Attar uses countless smaller tales within the frame story to underscore the point being…
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  • Muslims' mixed response to new Mohammed cover -

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Muslims' mixed response to new Mohammed cover - "My initial thought is that the cover is a near perfect response to the tragedy," said Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic thought at Hofstra University in New York.   "They are not backing down from the depiction of Mohammed, exercising their free speech rights. At the same time, the message is conciliatory, humble, and will hopefully reduce the anger directed to the Muslim communities of France."   Rashid noted that the cover's central message -- forgiveness -- resonates not only throughout Islam but through…
  • Marble Church Sermon

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Marble has a rich history of participating in interfaith activities and one of the highlights is our “Trialogue” under the leadership of Dr. Michael Brown. The focus of the service is a conversation among spiritual leaders of three faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Ask a friend to join you for this unique and memorable worship experience. With A Mighty Arm And An Outstretched Hand from Marble Collegiate Church on Vimeo.
  • Why the Charlie Hebdo attack is not about images or free speech (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

    8 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Why the Charlie Hebdo attack is not about images or free speech (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service. Regarding images: Muhammad is a powerful symbol for Muslims. The Quran calls him a “beautiful role model,” and he is considered to be the most perfect Muslim. It is generally accepted by Muslims that images of Muhammad, or any other person, do not appear in mosques. However, this ban does not extend outside the mosque. Various Muslim cultures show a comfort with painting and figural representation. Images of Muhammad, his family, prophets and other holy figures exist. They are on display…
  • Why Islam forbids images of Mohammed -

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Why Islam forbids images of Mohammed - In a bitter irony, the sometimes violent attacks against portrayals of the prophet are kind of reverse idol-worship, revering -- and killing for -- the absence of an image, said Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic studies at Hofstra University in New York.
  • #GivingTuesday Chat with Dr. Hussein Rashid | Ismailimail

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    #GivingTuesday Chat with Dr. Hussein Rashid | Ismailimail. My faith teaches that being attached to the world detaches you from God. Need balance btwn din (religion) & dunya (world) #GivingTuesday
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    Muslim Thought

  • Examples Of Thought Provoking Questions From Islamic History?

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    I am not necessarily asking for answers to my school assignments but my teacher wants every week 2 “Thought provoking insightful questions” and I am not quite sure like where to start even. The class is an Islamic history class   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Examples Of Thought Provoking Questions From Islamic History? Related posts: The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present Luqman Show_part 1_hasan Nisar’s Thought Provoking Discussion On Pakistan’s And Rest Of Muslims’ Plight Some questions about Islamic…
  • who is Allah ?

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    this is the foundation of islamic belief Related posts: Muslim Kids Song – God (Allah) is the Creator Nasheed – ?????? ????? Muslim Kids Song – God (Allah) is the Creator Nasheed – ?????? ????? Learn Islam in 10 minutes.   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: who is Allah ? Related posts: Muslim Kids Song – God (Allah) is the Creator Nasheed – ?????? ????? Muslim Kids Song – God (Allah) is the Creator Nasheed – ?????? ????? Learn Islam in 10 minutes. All you have to know about ISLAM, ALLAH, KORAN, MUHAMMAD, MAHDI. Part 2/2
  • Faith Matters: Slaughter of Animals (English)

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    An informative and contemporary English question and answer programme exploring various matters relating to faith and religion. The question being asked is regarding the slaughter of Animals. Programme no. 12. © Copyright MTA International Related posts: Faith Matters: Peace in   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Faith Matters: Slaughter of Animals (English) Related posts: Faith Matters: Peace in Islam (English) Faith Matters: Islamic Prohibition of Pork (English) Faith Matters: Converting to Ahmadiyyat – Part 1 (English)
  • Power Contradiction Between God and Satan

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Hasan A. Yahya, Ph.Ds Powers of God and Satan, are contradictory to each other. One of The Creator’s, and the other of God’s creation power. But why, Satan is permitted to have that power until the Day of Judgment? Was   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Power Contradiction Between God and Satan Related posts: Satan in Your Nose and Other Muslim Teachings Do you think the Islamic Courts Union will return to the power in Somalia? What Is The Muslim Belief About Hell And Satan?
  • Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p6 – Ali al-Timimi

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    In this very important lecture the basic foundations on what Islam is based on and the primary sources from which the Islamic rulings are derived including the very important principles of Islam are explained in a very clear and concise   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p6 – Ali al-Timimi Related posts: Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p3 – Ali al-Timimi Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p3 – Ali al-Timimi Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p6…
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    Margari Aziza

  • 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…
  • Mobilizing Black-American Muslims

    Margari Aziza Hill
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    How a rally in Philadelphia could be an effective model for the future Image source: Joshua Scott Albert @ jpegjoshua The “Make It Plain-Philly” rally that took place on December 27th, 2014 was as much about the present day circumstances of race in America as it was about the long-term mobilization of black Muslims in America. Philadelphia is one of the oldest and most established indigenous American Muslim communities. According to the the Association of Religion Data Archives, in 2010 Muslims made up about 2.6% Philadelphia County’s population, totaling about 40,000. It is the fourth…
  • Call for US and Canadian Muslim Participants in Study on Inter-Ethnic Relations

    Margari Aziza Hill
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    As Programming Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative,  I  am asking for your support in distributing our Study of Inter-Ethnic Relations in Muslim Communities. Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) is a group of Muslims working together to build and collect the tools needed to creatively address and effectively challenge racism in our communities. As a human rights organization, we focus on education, advocacy, and outreach. Our survey  is an eight question questionnaire intended to gauge perceptions of race and ethnic relations in Canada and the United States.  In order…
  • Open Letter to the Organizers of the African-American Islamic Summit

    Margari Aziza Hill
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
      Surah al-Ahzab 33:35 “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 [before Allah], and all men and women who give in charity, and all self-denying men and self-denying women, and all men and women who are mindful of their chastity, and all men and women who remember Allah unceasingly: for [all of] them has Allah readied…
  • Call for Muslim Organizations to Stand with Ferguson

    Margari Aziza Hill
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Img source: St. Louis Post Dispatch retrieved August 13, 2014 from Inspired by a letter written by Rev. Dr. Keith Bolton and Rev. Deborah Blood Co-Chairs of the Sacred Conversations on Race Ministry, which was posted on Facebook I wrote up a similar letter which I would love to see from Muslim leaders and civil liberties organizations. Here is a brief excerpt: Salam alaikum, We await the grand jury decision on whether Darren Wilson, the police officer who fired on and killed unarmed Michael Brown, will be indicted on criminal charges. Our Noble Prophet ﷺ said, “By…
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  • On Charlie Hebdo

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

    Laila Lalami
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I was so happy to return home this morning that when I stepped off the jetway at LAX, I wanted to fall on my knees and kiss the ground. The book tour was great fun, but after seventeen cities I was starting to show signs of wear. There were days when a cab driver would ask me where I had flown from and it would take me a minute to remember where I was and where I had been. Now I’m looking forward to spending the next few months at home and getting back to my writing routine. Before I disappear into my writing cave again, I wanted to mention that The Moor’s Account was included in…
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  • Very well written article may Allah help us to be ...

    5 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    Very well written article may Allah help us to be on the right and mold our hearts towards the Muslim prayer, especially fajar prayer.
  • Assalam o Alaikum! Do you know the way of going to...

    3 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    Assalam o Alaikum!Do you know the way of going to shrines? If No, Then Read Full Article at:
  • Dear Brother in Islam, Assalamu alaykum. Recently ...

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    Dear Brother in Islam, Assalamu alaykum.Recently I have seen that several websites including yours have posted a fatwa by Mufti Ebrahim Desai on smoking.I have made several efforts to contact him, but failed. Could you please let me know whether the book, Ninety-nine Harms of Smoking by Muhammad Abdul Ghaffaar Al-Afghani as mentioned in one of his fatwas by Mufti Desai has been published? If so please let me know the name and address of the publisher with year of publication. By the way do you have Mufti’s contact address? I shall be grateful if you could kindly help.The reason is that I…
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    10 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Do people recall ones mother or even sister walking In regards to the house wearing Mask some sort of green mask? anybody were your own wrinkle masks involving old. Today, just about all wrinkle masks are colorless, ALONG WITH become absorbed directly into the skin.
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    30 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
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  • 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 »
  • je ne suis pas Charlie #IamNotCharlie

    Aziz Poonawalla
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    I fully support the right, and I also deeply appreciate the sentiment, of the cartoonist Luz, who is one of the survivors of the despicable attack on the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that was attacked by Al Qaeda last week. Here is
  • Merry Milad and Happy New Year

    Aziz Poonawalla
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:25 pm
    This year, Milad al Nabi is closer to the New Year than Christmas! By the Fatimid calendar, Milad (or Mawlid) is today, 3rd January 2015 - which fittingly also coincides with the perihelion of the Earth. However you reckon the date, this is the time of...Read the full post here »
  • Have a very Muslim Merry Christmas

    Aziz Poonawalla
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous. -- Qur'an 5:46 And the light...Read the full post here »
  • Vote now in the (delayed slightly) Brass Crescent Awards!

    Aziz Poonawalla
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Voting in this year's Brass Crescent Awards is now underway, after a few months' delay. Here's the explanation from the official site: We would like to sincerely apologize for the delay in this year's voting. The reason for the delay was that we did not have sufficient blogsphere nominations as...Read the full post here »
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  • “Grief can be the garden of compassion.”

    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.”

    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
  • “The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion…”

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion. The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.” - Shams Tabrizi Ya Haqq!Filed under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Shams Tabriz quote
  • Milad Un-Nabi – The Birthday of the Prophet (saw) 2015

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “You have indeed in the Messenger of God a beautiful pattern of conduct for anyone whose hope is God and the Final Day.” (Al-Ahzab 33:21). Alhamdulillah! This is Rabi a-Awwal, by the Lunar calendar the month of the blessed birthday (Milad Un-Nabi) of the Prophet Muhammad (the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). According to Sunni scholars, the Prophet’s birthday is observed on 12th Rabi al-Awwal, which falls this year on January 3, 2015, and 17th Rabi al-Awwal (January 8th this year) according to Shia scholars. Since the best historical estimate is…
  • “A Light in the Heart…” – A Hadith of the Prophet (saw)

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “There is a light in the heart which is illuminated only by following the truth and intending towards the right path. It is a part of the light of the prophets which has been entrusted in the hearts of the believers.” — A hadith of the Prophet (saw) Ya Haqq!Filed under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: A Light in the Heart hadith, hadith of the prophet (
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  • No rape culture except Muslim rape culture?

    Matthew Smith
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    Shelina Zahra Janmohamed, author of the book Love in a Headscarf, earlier posted a link to a ridiculous article by one Liam Deacon (whose other writings are at the Huffington Post) which was briefly published on the Spectator website and is due to go live on Monday, claiming that there is no such thing as “rape culture” in popular western culture, only among “minority non-western cultures” and, in particular, Muslims. He offers the examples of the supposed reasons why the hijab is worn, the (alleged) mass rape of Yazidi women in Iraq by ISIS, the “abuse of 1400…
  • Review: The Theory of Everything

    Matthew Smith
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    The Theory of Everything is a bio-pic of Professor Stephen Hawking, the British professor of theoretical physics and former Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge university, who is best-known for his book A Brief History of Time and for being one of the world’s most famous severely disabled people. It tells the story of his life from his days as a graduate student in Cambridge, his romance and marriage to Jane Wilde Hawking, a professor of Romance languages on whose book Travelling to Inifinity the film is based, up to just after the publication of Brief History and his divorce…
  • “Due process”: the baneful legacy of Magna Carta

    Matthew Smith
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    This year marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, the treaty which protected the rights of the Norman barons during the reign of King John, and has since become a byword for long-established rights (even those not in it) both here and in other English-speaking countries. David Cameron has been harping on its virtues while campaigning to get rid of the Human Rights Act, which provides rights associated with a modern constitution and modern notions of human rights; Melvyn Bragg recently presented a four-part series on Radio 4 about the charter and the events leading up to its…
  • Message to the animal rights lobby: women aren’t vermin

    Matthew Smith
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    These days a regular annoyance is getting an email from a petition-hosting organisation (having absent-mindedly signed up for their emails when you signed a petition once) asking you to free someone who’s been “caged” for so many years and opening the email and finding that this someone is an animal, not a human being. The other day it was a bear which had been held captive in an ice-cream parlour (?!) for some years. As someone who has been following (and sometimes participating in) the efforts to get the illegal prison at Guantánamo Bay shut down and the illegally…
  • No, not “regrettable errors”. Lies. #FoxNewsFacts

    Matthew Smith
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Fox Correction: “We Have Made Some Regrettable Errors On-Air Regarding The Muslim Population In Europe” | Video | Media Matters for America Fox News, on which a number of ludicrous and obviously false claims about British and French cities, that there were zones and “whole cities” where non-Muslims cannot go, have been made since the Charlie Hebdo attacks, has put out an “apology” in which they “apologised” for things that actually weren’t said. You can see the video at the above link, but here’s a transcript: A correction now: over…
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  • I want to get married

    Edward Ott
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
  • American Sharia comedy film set to tour UK

    Edward Ott
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am 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…
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    Edward Ott
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    Edward Ott
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
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  • Happy Birthday Habibty (Aishah Schwartz)

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
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    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! ]]
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  • Bullfighting in the UAE

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:39 am
    Reuters has an interesting photo essay of recent bullfighting in the UAE. Two bulls lock their horns during a bullfight in the eastern emirate of Fujairah October 17, 2014. There are no matadors or picadors, but bulls locking horns with each other draw big crowds to bullfights in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An hour’s drive from the dancing water fountains of Dubai’s glitzy downtown, hundreds of fans gather in Fujairah to watch bulls fighting, or perhaps more accurately head butting, with honour rather than money at stake. The UAE sport involves two bulls locking horns in a…
  • On Journalistic Nonsense about Yemen

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Here is an excellent piece by Bilal Ahmed taking the major media outlets to task for their profound ignorance of Yemen.
  • Symposium at Berlin State Library

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815 - 1905) by Christoph Rauch, H-Net Arabic manuscripts and Oriental studies: Symposium on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Johann Gottfried Wetzstein. The international symposium “Studies on Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815-1905): Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies” will be held at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin from 19th to 21st February 2015. (Venue: Potsdamer Strasse 33, 10785 Berlin) The symposium will be inaugurated Thursday, 19th February 2015, 6:00 PM with a keynote lecture by François Déroche (Paris): “The Qur’anic collections…
  • Hell is not in the Hereafter

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    Graphic images of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, an Egyptian activist who was shot and killed at a peaceful rally in Cairo on Saturday, sowed outrage on social networks; Al Youm Al Saabi /Reuters There is a phrase that sometimes says it all: “All hell has broken loose.” For anyone who knows the history of humanity, this is a sentiment that could be offered in any age. There is still “hell to pay” for some people on every corner of the globe. And it is not necessary to wait until “hell freezes over” to see or experience “hell on earth.” You can take your…
  • With enemies like this…

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    One political cartoon sums up the problem with both ISIS and the current crisis in Yemen…
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  • Almarai gains as dairy giant appoints new CEO

    Gérard Al-Fil
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    The Saudi Stock Exchange saw its Tadawul All-Share Index gaining three per cent to reach 9,143.93 points on Sunday, February 1. Almarai Company jumped 2.14 per cent to hit SAR2.14. Earlier in the day, the biggest dairy food producer in the region said The board of directors has decided to nominate Mr. Georges Schorderet as […]
  • Oil rebound keeps Abu Dhabi bourse on the run

    Gérard Al-Fil
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    The ADX General Index advanced 2.15 per cent to reach 4,552.61 points on Sunday, February 1. Last Friday, the price of “black gold” edged up the most in weeks to hit temporarily $48 per barrel, improving the sentiment in the GCC. Dana Gas closed flat at AED0.46. Earlier in the day, the Sharjah-based energy company […]
  • Qatar market index recaptures 12,000 points

    Gérard Al-Fil
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:59 am
    The QE 20 Index in Doha closed 1.40 per cent higher at 12,062.10 points on Sunday, February 1, representing a three-week high. Ahli United Bank jumped 4.43 per cent to close at QAR58.90 Alijarah Holding, also known as National Leasing, plummeted 2.62 per cent to QAR20.06. Earlier in the day, the company said that in […]
  • DP World slips, Emirates REIT gains

    Gérard Al-Fil
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    The FTSE NASDAQ Dubai UAE 20 Index closed 3.75 per cent higher at 3,751.49 points on Sunday, February 1. DP World lost 0.25 per cent to $19.60. Emirates REIT jumped 1.70 per cent to hit $1.20. Gérard Al-Fil
  • Dubai market jumps on oil, Dubai Investment results

    Gérard Al-Fil
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:44 am
    The Dubai financial market (DFM) general index surged 4.51 per cent to hit 3,840.22 points on Sunday, February 1. Thirty-one shares advanced, while three declined in value. Trading volumes remain low as Western and East Asian markets remained closed on Sunday. Dubai Investment was the top gainer, closing 13.76 per cent higher at AED2.48. Earlier […]
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  • Blank Canvas

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    I am not a task To be accomplished In a timely fashion. Nor a note To be played For the melody. I’d rather be A blank canvas With no lines; Than a tale Of Un-lived moments
  • Islam Needs Reformation from Within

    17 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    “Would you permit me to teach my children that God is greater, more just, and more merciful than all the (religious) scholars on earth combined? And that His standards are different from the standards of those trading the religion” — Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet. Much has been said about the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and […]
  • Back in the Driver’s Seat

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    Pakistan’s military retakes pivotal control, and the public does not seem to mind. Pakistan’s military is back in the driving seat. This time, not through a conventional coup d’etat, but through an amended constitution that enables military tribunals to try civilians accused of terrorism. On Jan. 6, in a joint session, the Parliament amended the […]
  • No exit

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    The US must not forget the importance of a democratic, pluralist Pakistan The recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Islamabad is a continuation of the improving relations between Pakistan and the US. From the declared frenemies in 2011, things have changed thereby proving that nothing is permanent in international relations except […]
  • A definitive history of Pakistan

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Pakistan’s best-known historian, Ayesha Jalal, is back with a new book: The Struggle For Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics. This book essentially synthesises much of Jalal’s earlier work that by all accounts is rich and comprehensive. In short, the new book presents an overview of Pakistan’s progression as a national security state, a lop-sided […]
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  • What Would A Muslim Do As NFL Commissioner?

    Amaar Abdul-Nasir
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    In the fortnight of wall-to-wall media hype dedicated to Super Bowl XLIX, no storyline has gone unturned. From Bill Belichick's deflated footballs to Tom Brady's nasal congestion to Marshawn Lynch's camera shyness, every angle been covered ad nauseam. There are even stories about how it's not a story that Russell Wilson is starting in the Super Bowl as a Black quarterback. And occasionally, in the midst of the all the hype, we've managed to talk a little bit about who is actually going to win Sunday's championship game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Ordinarily, this…
  • Guarding the Validity of the Prayer: Women’s Mosque of America

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    By Muslema Purmul A lot of people have been asking me about the all women's Jumuah that is supposed to be held tomorrow in Los Angeles. As someone who has been actively involved in teaching and mentoring Muslims at the grassroots level in mainstream Muslim institutions for over 10 years, I understand and support the idea of creating an all women's space that would nurture the spiritual and intellectual growth of the women in our community. There are countless experiences I and other women have faced in these mainstream institutions that have been so disempowering as a woman, that there were…
  • Thoughts on the Women’s Mosque of America

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    This post was first published here. By Furhan Zubairi On Friday, January 30th the Women's Mosque of America will be offering its first woman led Friday prayer exclusively for women and children in Los Angeles. This event will definitely attract a lot of attention from both within the Muslim community and outside of it. Within the Muslim community it has become the topic of number of discussions and debates because of its unprecedented nature. Outside the Muslim community any story with the words Islam and women automatically becomes headline fodder. The purpose of this article isn't to…
  • You Muslims Always Do This!

    Ammar Al Shukry
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    One of the most consistent things you will hear that stand out to non-Muslims who enter the Muslim world is the hospitality they experience. That doesn't exist simply in the Muslim world, but amongst Muslims living in the West as well. I remember once being at a Dunkin Donuts and it was a bunch of us, all thobed out, and we were at the counter and as soon as the lady rang up the bill she had credit cards flying at her. One guy was trying to sneak a $20 under his brother's arm, and like two outreached hands were reaching over the shoulders of the brother who was crouched over the register,…
  • Walking Away From Suicide – Part 1 of 3

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. By Muhammad Zafar One of the most taboo topics within our community is the topic of suicide. But how long can it be ignored, considering that the World Health Organization (WHO) reports someone around the globe commits suicide every 40 seconds. Below is a story of one Muslim who was saved from making what would have been an enormous mistake. Part 1: Reaching the Point of No Return Stress Builder: Bullying Allâh does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you, and to complete His Favour on you that you may be thankful. (5:16) The truth…
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  • 19,000 French websites have been targeted in retaliation for the Messenger of Allah Mohammad #opFrance

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    Muslim hacktivist groups have launched one of the largest hacking operations in the history of the Internet, the target is thousands of French websites in retaliation for the messenger of Allah prophet Mohammad (Saal Allah Alih W Salam.) The attacks started after justice has been severed according to many Muslims around the world to the criminals at CharliHebdo who insulted prophet Mohammad with hate cartoons that portray him as a homosexual man! Tunisian hackers group fallaga and United Islamic Cyber Mauritania Attacker and, Anon Ghost among other Muslim hacker groups participated in the…
  • Dubai Based Customized Travel Site HolidayMe Raises Series A funding of $4 Million

    Gaith Saqer
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    HolidayMe is a Dubai-based online travel start-up which aims to simplify a user’s holiday by offering on-the-go customized travel options and giving the user the ability to design holiday packages or book standalone hotels, sightseeing, activities and transfers for destinations all over the world. Our website offers over 100,000 hotels and over 8,000 activities to choose from. It also has airport pick up and drop facility across 300 cities globally. The company says that thet intend at giving the control in the hands of the customers by allowing them to pick holiday packages and customise…
  • Breaking: U.S. Central Command’s Twitter Account Hacked By Pro Islamic State Hackers

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    N U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account has been hacked, by what appears to be as Pro Islamic State hacker or might be hackers belonging to the Islamic State. The twitter account started tweeting : “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. “ AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK! “ “In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad. “ “We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children. “ The account also published information of soldiers and commanders of the…
  • SALLA7NY a small device that lets you monitor & diagnose your car performance from your smart phone now crowed funded at Zoomaal

    Gaith Saqer
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    How many times did you face problems with your car while driving and couldn’t figure out what was wrong? How many times were you able to get your car checked in the same time and place where it broke down? How many times did you go to the car repair shop and felt they were overestimating the size of the damage, but didn’t have the needed knowledge or expertise to argue with them? Salla7ny is the answer to these problems, is a small pocket-size device that gives you access to your car-computer data and receive valuable information which you can read on your smart phone or tablet…
  • Teletimes International and 10s other Websites Hacked Pro ISIS Algerian Hacker Post “I Love ISIS”

    4 Jan 2015 | 12:55 am
    A Hacker team calling it self Team System DZ saying they are from Algeria hacked the website of Middle East regional Telecom and IT magazine Teletimes International and 10s other websites The hacker posted on the hacked sites “I love ISIS” according to his profile on facebook the hacker also managed to deface 10s other websites. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
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  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – January 26th, 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: communalisation in India, Liaqat Shah, Maharashtra minority panel chief, Muzaffarnagar riots, Muzaffarpur riots, Saraswati puja circular, Sohrabuddin encounter case, uphold communal harmonyIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Hindu widow saved 10 Muslims in Bihar riots Tripura CM Manik Sarkar asks people to uphold communal harmony on 66th Republic Day News Headlines ‘My sin was I could not do anything during 2002 riots’ IAMC writes to President Obama to bring attention to attempts of communalisation [...](Read more...)
  • Indian Americans mark Republic Day with pledge to safeguard India’s Constitution

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Categories: Florida, Minnesota, Press releaseLetter draws President Obama’s attention to deteriorating situation with respect to religious freedom situation in India   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 26, 2015 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC –, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked India’s Republic Day with celebrations in four US cities, while pledging to [...](
  • IAMC Letter to President Obama on India visit

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
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  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – January 19th, 2015

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: 1999 Dalit massacre, BJP members arrested, church vandalised, communal clashes, Era of the Neo-Fascist, mob torches houses in Bihar village, Model Family, Modi role in 2002 Gujarat riots, Neo-liberal Coalition, Sohrabuddin probeIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines “The Economist” recalls Modi role in 2002 Gujarat riots, questions his silence on RSS-backed ghar vapsi Three burnt to death as mob torches houses in Bihar village, CM Manjhi orders probe Communal clashes spark after kite fight in Bharuch; claim two lives West Delhi church…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – January 12th, 2015

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: 'godman' molests 17-year-old girl, Agenda of RSS, communal hatred in India, Muzaffarnagar riots, PK Movie, provocative statements, Shashi Tharoor, strategy of polarisation, Surya Namaskar 'diktat', SwastikaIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony After communal row, Hindus, Muslims join hands, demand justice for each other News Headlines World must act against Hindu plan for India without Christians, Muslims Narendra Modi’s silence on provocative statements a strategy of polarisation, says Sonia Gandhi Abhishek Banerjee slapgate incident: Was the…
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  • Brazilian envoy in Islamabad vows to promote educational cooperation with Pakistan
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    By Aslam Chandio,, Islamabad: The Brazilian Ambassador to Pakistan Alfredo Leoni has reiterated his commitment to promote educational cooperation between Brazil and Pakistan. Addressing a ceremony at the end of another session of the Portuguese Language Course at the Brazilian Embassy in Islamabad, Alfredo Leoni highlighted the importance of such an initiative to bring the Brazilian reality closer to Pakistanis and acknowledged the effort of the students to learn a language, so different than their native one. “Educational cooperation is an extraordinary feature of the…
  • IS militants seize 15 oil workers in Iraq

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Baghdad: Islamic State (IS) militants seized 15 employees after they temporarily seized an oil facility near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, while Kurdish troops freed seven villages in the area, a security source said Saturday. The workers were taken Friday when the IS militants attacked the oil facility of Khubbaz, some 25 km southwest of Kirkuk, which itself is located about 250 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, the source told Xinhua news agency on condition of anonymity. During the attack, the IS militants stormed the facility, forcing the Kurdish security force, known as…
  • Egypt court lists Hamas' armed wing as terrorist group

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Cairo: An Egyptian court Saturday banned Palestinian group Hamas' armed wing, al-Qassam Brigades, and listed it as a terrorist organisation. "The court decided to ban the al-Qassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group," Xinhua news agency quoted a judiciary official of the Cairo Urgent Matters Court as saying. Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Egyptian authorities have been working to fight against Islamist militants based in the restive Sinai Peninsula, some of whom allegedly colluded with the Hamas movement. Hamas, an offshoot of Egypt's blacklisted…
  • 65 husbands jailed for violating court orders

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Riyadh: Courts in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh have sentenced more than 65 men to prison terms ranging from two days to three months for their refusal to implement court rulings in favour of their former wives, the ministry of justice said. The rulings said that the men either refused to pay alimony or prevented children from visiting their mothers, the Arab News reported citing the ministry Saturday. Some men were jailed for delay in applying for official documents for their sons and daughters in accordance with the law, it said. The ministry said it would not tolerate lack of…
  • Fresh polio cases reported in Pakistan

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Islamabad: Pakistan's National Institute of Health (NIH) detected three new polio cases, taking the number detected in 2015 to six, a media report said Saturday The first cases of the new year were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Dawn online reported. A health ministry official said that the new cases were reported from Nowshera, South Waziristan and Sindh. "In all three cases, the patients were infected with the P1 virus, which can be transmitted directly from child to child," he said. In 2014, Pakistan reported as many as 305 polio cases,…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • #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…
  • 11 Tips For A Marriage Proposal

    Arif Kabir
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    By Arif Kabir • Muslim Youth Musings A couple of years ago, I was finishing college and beginning to seriously consider marriage. Like many others, I wasn’t sure how to proceed, I didn’t know how to ask, and I was dreading the whole idea of proposing. Just the thought of asking and being rejected was enough to make me shudder. That, combined with trying to land a job, made things really stressful. Fortunately, I received support and guidance from my community as I prepared to propose. I sought advice from married couples and learned from my friends’ experiences as they…
  • On That Day

    Aamir Shamsi
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    By Aamir Shamsi • Muslim Youth Musings 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…
  • At the Heart of it All

    Muhammad Xhemali
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    By Muhammad Xhemali • Muslim Youth Musings 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…
  • A Soul’s Return

    Shahin Indorewala
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    By Shahin Indorewala • Muslim Youth Musings 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…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • Shamim Akhtar becomes first recipient of Dr. Shayama Prasad Mukherjee Award for contribution in Still Photography

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    By Mohammad Aleem I met Shamim Akhtar, the ace photographer, a passionate biker, prolific author, a gifted filmmaker and a civil servant a few years back in his beautiful studio at Hauz Khas village. In those days, he was out from his official duties for some months due to some personal and professional reasons. He had gifted me a fine and beautifully crafted table calendar on which mostly the ultra modern beautiful damsels and shots of some stunning natural scenes couched. He had also given me his two books — Forgotten Dilli- A Portrait of Immortal City, 2010 & Kailasa – A…
  • Human Chain organizes lecture on Vision 2020 at Kishanganj

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    IMO News Service “History testifies that the nations who had dreamed for their nation’s bright future and they made their dream true with endless effort, at the same time the nation who had left dreaming for bright future of their nation, they were insulted, became slave”. These thoughts were expressed by General Secretary of Human Chain, Dr. Khalid Mubashshir, Asst. Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, in a discussion “Vision 2020 for Kishanganj” organized by Human Chain Kishanganj Chapter recently. The program was organized in the campus of Human Chain 30 coaching center…
  • Kerala State Higher Education Council planning to set up Arabic University

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal The Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) has proposed the idea of setting up an Arabic university considering the state’s historic, cultural and academic ambience for such a centre of learning. A detailed project report drawn up by KSHEC on the project was submitted to the state government. According to council secretary Dr P Anvar, a committee appointed by the KSHEC submitted its final report on the proposed Arabic University in Kerala state to the government last year. As per the interim report prepared by the expert committee, the Arabic University…
  • Indian-American entrepreneur Frank Islam presented prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Award

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    By Danish Ahmad Khan Frank F. Islam, an eminent Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, was recently presented the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr Award. Popularly known as Frank Islam, the award has been bestowed on him to recognize his efforts in international service and civil engagement. The award, named after Martin Luther King Jr, the apostle of peace and staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi, is about building bridges between humanity. The award is given every year in recognition of the contribution to the legacy of the great leader. The award was first started in 1991 and has…
  • Gujarat: Muslim leaders visit riots-affected Hansot and Ambheta on fact finding mission

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    [Gujarat recently witnessed a serious communal flare up in Bharuch district. Hansot and Ambheta were the prime target of lunatic Hindutva fringe. Muslims were the worst affected during the communal riots which took place about ten days ago. Some of the prominent Muslims of Gujarat visited the ground zero and found some shocking realities. Our senior colleague Abdul Hafiz Lakhani, who is Associate Editor of India’s First Online Muslim Newspaper “” and also Editor of Gujarat Siyasat talked to a cross section of people and presents a vivid accout of…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • Wedding in Winterland

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:18 pm
    In honor of our Winter edition, we bring you all the details on planning the perfect Winter wedding. The great thing about Winter weddings is that you can go either way with your color scheme. You can either match the cool temperatures by using white, silver, light blue or violet; or you can go with a warm ambience – red or pink, and gold, for example. Photo by Anne Ruthmann available under a Creative Commons Attribution License Want to create a Winter wonderland? White should be your primary color. Brides, don’t you for a second think you won’t be able to stand out. You’re the…
  • Men to the Left, Women to the Right

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Planning a wedding is no breeze, but planning a Muslim wedding…no scratch that, its not any easier. Many Muslim weddings are separated by gender, the couple will usually rent out 2 separate halls, 1 for the women and 1 for the men. Why you ask? First, many Muslims believe genders should not mix in any way. Secondly, there are Muslim women who wear the headscarf, known as the hijab. Women who wear the hijab are allowed to reveal their hair in front of other women only, and males who are related to them. Having separate halls allows for women to dress up and let their hair down for an…
  • The 7 Stages of a Muslim Marriage

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Here at Perfect Muslim Wedding, we want to help you not only plan a great wedding, but also be with you at each stage of your marriage. According to, there are four stages of marriage: Romance, Disillusionment, Misery, and Awakening. According to Sari Harrar and Rita DeMaria in their book The 7 Stages of Marriage, they list the seven stages as: Passion, Realization, Rebellion, Cooperation, Reunion, Explosion, and Completion. The number of stages isn’t important here, the important thing to realize is that marriage like any important relationship is fluid; and not to sound…
  • How to Select a Muslim Wedding Caterer in 13 Easy Steps

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
      Photo by spike grobstein available under a Creative Commons Attribution license Planning a wedding is work, with lots of decisions. Some more important  than others. One of the most important decisions besides the venue you will me make is the food. It may be catered by the venue, by an external caterer, or if the wedding is very small can be done at home. Your budget and hospitality style along with other factors will guide you along. Here are some thoughts about things to consider. Spicy vs. Non-Spicy. Make sure your guests are not running for the firehose. Although South Asians…
  • From Happy Weddings to Intimate Marriages

    7 Jan 2015 | 10:07 pm
      Image by available under a Creative Commons Attribution license In our consumer filled culture, months if not years of planning goes into the wedding day but comparatively little into marriage itself. It may be obvious but let us state it anyway, a wedding is the gateway to hopefully a lifelong marriage. But, what happens after the big day? The Perfect Wedding is done with, so in these turbulent times how do you sustain marriage? In traditional Muslim culture, dating is not allowed before the wedding, so how do two relative stranger move from me to we? There is no…
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