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  • Admiring Jackson Pollock's controlled chaos

    Al Jazeera English
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Exhibition at Tate Liverpool showcases later works of American abstract expressionist artist who died in 1956 aged 44.
  • Steve Bell on the Greece and EU standoff – cartoon

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Steve Bell
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
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  • Greece debt crisis: Thousands of no supporters protest, as EC urges yes vote - live

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Graeme Wearden (now) and Nick Fletcher
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Governments of France, Germany and Italy all warn that Greeks are voting on their eurozone membership on Sunday, as banks remain shutVideo: protesters call for return to drachmaFull story: Europe says No vote means GrexitIan Traynor: Leaders feel Tsipras must be stoppedS&P downgrades GreeceProtesters in SyntagmaMarkets hit by Greek woes 11.02pm BST The were also protests in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, tonight - the AFP newswire reports that around 17,000 people took part in protests in Athens and Thessaloniki.“Our lives do not belong to the creditors!” read banners held…
  • Steve Bell on the Greece and EU standoff – cartoon

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Steve Bell
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
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  • Majoritarianism, racism: Why Dylann Roof was not termed Terrorist despite killing nine persons in US?

    An Indian Muslim's Blog
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Dylann Roof, who shot dead nine persons in a Church in Charleston in America, was termed a 'gunman', 'lone wolf' and 'shooter'.As the news was initially aired, there was hesitation in calling it a 'hate crime' in media reports or that killings were linked to racism.Established media groups termed it 'suspected hate crime'. Of course, Dylann Roof wasn't called Terrorist.This is not the first such occasion when a crime of such magnitude has not been termed as Terrorism. In fact, it has become a pattern and the inherent biases in media are now clearly visible.There is some difference though--on…
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Steve Bell on the Greece and EU standoff – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
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  • This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and Europe’s cruel capitalism | Aditya Chakrabortty

    Aditya Chakrabortty
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:56 pm
    On Sunday the people of Greece can hit back at the eurozone’s busted economic system that is slowly strangling them. Their battle is ours tooEurope’s top politicians agree that the Greeks will vote this Sunday on one of the most important questions facing any nation. Yet they can’t settle what that question actually is. For Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, it is about whether his people will tolerate any more “strict and humiliating austerity”. Not so, says Germany’s Angela Merkel. She reckons the Greeks are choosing between staying in the euro and returning to the…
  • Donald Trump dropped by NBC over candidate's comments about Mexico

    Rupert Neate in New York and Zach Stafford in Chicago
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    NBC Universal says it will no longer broadcast Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants after businessman attacked Mexico for sending ‘rapists’ to USDonald Trump has been dropped by NBC following the businessman and presidential candidate’s tirade of derogatory comments about Mexico, in which he characterised some as criminals and rapists.NBC Universal said it will no longer broadcast the Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants, which are co-owned with Trump. The businessman, who likes to refer to himself as “The Donald”, had already said he would step aside as host of The Celebrity…
  • The Guardian view on Alison Saunders: don’t sack her, back her | Editorial

    Editorial
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The child abuse allegations against Lord Janner should have been prosecuted a decade ago. It’s too late now“No trial, no conviction, no penalty,” warned the director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, as she accepted the reversal of her decision not to prosecute the Labour peer Lord Janner on charges of rape and assault dating back to the 1960s. She might also have added, “and no defence”. If the court finds he lacks capacity to defend himself, the 86-year-old peer faces a finding of fact process where the prosecution presents the evidence before a jury and a…
  • As Greece fractures, old wounds are reopening | Maria Margaronis

    Maria Margaronis
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Ahead of the referendum, the fear is not just of collapse, but of a return to the nightmare of the nation’s violent historyBack in the autumn of 2011, I sat in an Athens restaurant with an old acquaintance, a cosmopolitan man who works in the arts. The crisis had begun to bite, though we had no idea then how bad it was going to get. We could hear chanting from Syntagma Square: there was a general strike against the first bailout memorandum. “I don’t feel close to those people,” my dinner companion said. “There’s a civil war going on. It’s not fighting in the streets – yet. But…
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  • Greece debt crisis: Thousands of no supporters protest, as EC urges yes vote - live

    Graeme Wearden (now) and Nick Fletcher
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Governments of France, Germany and Italy all warn that Greeks are voting on their eurozone membership on Sunday, as banks remain shutVideo: protesters call for return to drachmaFull story: Europe says No vote means GrexitIan Traynor: Leaders feel Tsipras must be stoppedS&P downgrades GreeceProtesters in SyntagmaMarkets hit by Greek woes 11.02pm BST The were also protests in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, tonight - the AFP newswire reports that around 17,000 people took part in protests in Athens and Thessaloniki.“Our lives do not belong to the creditors!” read banners held…
  • Wimbledon 2015: day one – live!

    Jacob Steinberg at Wimbledon Ian McCourt in the office
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova made winning starts, while there was a cracking win for Liam Broady on the day of Lleyton Hewitt’s final Wimbledon appearance 9.03pm BST Play has been suspended due to bad light. Heather Watson and Caroline Garcia will resume their battle tomorrow. See you then. Night. 9.01pm BST Serving for the second set, Heather Watson finds herself down 0-30. But she digs in. She finds her serve, Garcia flaps at some forehands and they’re all square. Into a third they go. 8.56pm BST Caroline Garcia holds. Over to Heather Watson to serve for the…
  • 10 things we learned from Daft Punk Unchained

    Ben Cardew
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    On 24 June, French TV screened the long-awaited Daft Punk documentary. Here’s what to look out for when it is screened in BritainMuch is written about Darlin’, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s pre-Daft Punk group, which featured Phoenix’s Laurent Brancowitz on guitar and gave rise to the Daft Punk name, via a scathing review in Melody Maker. But they are rarely seen in action. Continue reading...
  • Greek referendum: a yes vote would be messy, a no even messier

    Nils Pratley
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    A nightmarish outcome, in the eyes of Brussels and Berlin, would see Syriza returned to powerReferendums settle matters definitively, right? Not in Greece. Both outcomes next Sunday – rejection of the creditors’ proposals and acceptance – would raise as many questions as they answer.A yes vote – the more likely outcome, according to the polls – would mean the fall of the Syriza-led government. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras would have led negotiations his party regards as a failure. He would have campaigned for rejection of the creditors’ proposals. He would have lost, in Brussels…
  • Airbnb hotspots: why the Isle of Dogs beats Covent Garden

    Leo Benedictus
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Marais neighbourhood of Paris had more Airbnb guests last summer than actual residents, so what do listings in the UK tell us about tourism in the capital?How do you judge which district of Paris, London, New York – any city – is the best to live in? Setting aside the many opinions on the subject, you might watch the tourists. When people are visiting a city especially to enjoy it, where do they stay? Until recently they had to stay wherever the hotels already were, so their choices told you little. Now however, with online accommodation sharing, people seem to be choosing to stay…
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Steve Bell on the Greece and EU standoff – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
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  • This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and Europe’s cruel capitalism | Aditya Chakrabortty

    Aditya Chakrabortty
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:56 pm
    On Sunday the people of Greece can hit back at the eurozone’s busted economic system that is slowly strangling them. Their battle is ours tooEurope’s top politicians agree that the Greeks will vote this Sunday on one of the most important questions facing any nation. Yet they can’t settle what that question actually is. For Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, it is about whether his people will tolerate any more “strict and humiliating austerity”. Not so, says Germany’s Angela Merkel. She reckons the Greeks are choosing between staying in the euro and returning to the…
  • Donald Trump dropped by NBC over candidate's comments about Mexico

    Rupert Neate in New York and Zach Stafford in Chicago
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    NBC Universal says it will no longer broadcast Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants after businessman attacked Mexico for sending ‘rapists’ to USDonald Trump has been dropped by NBC following the businessman and presidential candidate’s tirade of derogatory comments about Mexico, in which he characterised some as criminals and rapists.NBC Universal said it will no longer broadcast the Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants, which are co-owned with Trump. The businessman, who likes to refer to himself as “The Donald”, had already said he would step aside as host of The Celebrity…
  • The Guardian view on Alison Saunders: don’t sack her, back her | Editorial

    Editorial
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The child abuse allegations against Lord Janner should have been prosecuted a decade ago. It’s too late now“No trial, no conviction, no penalty,” warned the director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, as she accepted the reversal of her decision not to prosecute the Labour peer Lord Janner on charges of rape and assault dating back to the 1960s. She might also have added, “and no defence”. If the court finds he lacks capacity to defend himself, the 86-year-old peer faces a finding of fact process where the prosecution presents the evidence before a jury and a…
  • As Greece fractures, old wounds are reopening | Maria Margaronis

    Maria Margaronis
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Ahead of the referendum, the fear is not just of collapse, but of a return to the nightmare of the nation’s violent historyBack in the autumn of 2011, I sat in an Athens restaurant with an old acquaintance, a cosmopolitan man who works in the arts. The crisis had begun to bite, though we had no idea then how bad it was going to get. We could hear chanting from Syntagma Square: there was a general strike against the first bailout memorandum. “I don’t feel close to those people,” my dinner companion said. “There’s a civil war going on. It’s not fighting in the streets – yet. But…
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  • Majoritarianism, racism: Why Dylann Roof was not termed Terrorist despite killing nine persons in US?

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Dylann Roof, who shot dead nine persons in a Church in Charleston in America, was termed a 'gunman', 'lone wolf' and 'shooter'.As the news was initially aired, there was hesitation in calling it a 'hate crime' in media reports or that killings were linked to racism.Established media groups termed it 'suspected hate crime'. Of course, Dylann Roof wasn't called Terrorist.This is not the first such occasion when a crime of such magnitude has not been termed as Terrorism. In fact, it has become a pattern and the inherent biases in media are now clearly visible.There is some difference though--on…
  • When media terms a Terrorist attack as 'ambush' : Criterion for terming a violent attack as terrorism, another more severe attack as 'ambush'

    6 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    When 20 armymen were killed in attack by banned 'militant' groups in Manipur, the TV channels and newspapers termed it as 'ambush'.Despite the fact that it was the worst attack on army in decades, the word terror wasn't used.In fact, many reports didn't mention early in their reports, that who was behind the attack.1. The headlines and sub-headlines were just about 'armymen killed', not about those who committed the act.2. No one showed photos of wanted NSCN-KCP-KYKL chiefs or security experts talking about their modules or other past crimes by them.3. For our media, which is quite sensitive…
  • IAS officer sends gardener to jail as sound of grass cutting 'disturbed' her yoga session

    21 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    In an ugly display of misuse of power, an IAS officer got a gardener arrested and sent him to jail.The gardener's fault was that he was cutting grass in the park and this 'disturbed' the officer.The incident occurred in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Neha Prakash, the IAS officer, who is on probation, and posted as sub-divisional magistrate, got the gardener booked for 'disturbing public order'.Neha Prakash had gone to the park, where the gardener Vishwanath was busy cutting grass. The 'officer' told him to stop.However, the gardener Vishwanath told her that he was doing his work. This…
  • Why this Dalit bridegroom was forced to wear helmet while riding horse in his marriage procession?

    11 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    Do you know why this Dalit man was forced to wear helmet while riding the horse.The young man--Pawan's marriage was fixed with a girl in Negrun village in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh.However, as he belongs to the Scheduled Caste (SC), the local dominant upper caste communities opposed that a Dalit would ride horse in the baraat.As per the local tradition, Dalits are still not entitled to ride horse in the 'baraat'.However, when the baraat came, despite opposition, there was stone pelting at the girl's house and also at the 'baraat'.The local government officials made him wear the helmet…
  • The Good and The Bad about Salman Khan's conviction in hit-and-run case

    6 May 2015 | 2:47 am
    Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan, has been sentenced to five years in the hit-and-run case that took place in 2002.Despite all the resources, his celebrity status and top lawyers on his side, Khan has been awarded the jail term.Though he can go to higher courts, right now he will have to go to jail. Let's have a look at the various aspects of the case.1. Generally, hit-and-run cases have bad rate of conviction and jail terms are short. Under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the law is not harsh on the errant motorist and the person gets instant bail from the police station (no need to go to…
 
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  • Sporty hijabs: A mini high street revolution that could help save Muslim women’s lives

    shelina
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:56 am
    Published today at The Telegraph It may seem a small step, but having a major British department store stock sporty hijabs could reverse worrying health trends for Muslim women in this country. Shelina Janmohamed reports The new sportswear hijabs for Muslim women Photo: SHORSO.CO.UK Asisat Oshoala is one of a growing number of Muslim women on the global sports stage. She has been tipped as one of the top 10 players to watch during the current Women’s World Cup. And at 20 years old she’s a remarkable figure to also have been named as the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year. She plays…
  • Women: Ramadan doesn’t need to be perfect (and neither do you)

    shelina
    16 May 2015 | 1:55 am
    With Ramadan just over a month away, women need to seriously re-consider the cost of creating the ‘perfect’ Ramadan, and why a good Ramadan might be even better than perfection This article was published today in The National Customers browse produce at a mall during Ramadan. ( Jaime Puebla / The National Newspaper ) You’re probably creating a shopping list instead of reading this. Because with just over four weeks to go until the month of Ramadan you’re already behind on your preparations. Freezer full of mouth-watering delicacies for breaking fast, menu planner completed for…
  • So, you want to build a women’s mosque?

    shelina
    9 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    What should women do when excluded or restricted from an institution that should be there to serve their spiritual, social and educational needs? Palestinian women pray inside of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Mosque, in Izzariya, in the outskirts of Jerusalem (Photo for The National by Heidi Levine). It seems natural to believe that community is for everyone and no one should ever be excluded from a place of worship. Sadly, the experience of female exclusion from mosques is one that still occurs in many places around the world. Or women are only permitted begrudgingly, faced with poor…
  • The Mad Women who led the way #Madmen

    shelina
    6 May 2015 | 2:47 am
    As we near the finale of the cult series Mad Men, I reflect on the women who really told the tale of the 1960’s, and how wider social change comes at a personal price Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olsen in Mad Men. (Jaimie Trueblood / AMC / AP) “Well, aren’t you lucky to have decisions?” This line is a defining moment in the cult television dramaMad Men, which is approaching its final episode. The series follows the changing society of the 1960s and 1970s through the lens of the advertising industry, which epitomises the emergence of consumerism and the power of youth. But the…
  • Muslim schoolgirls are being punished for wearing long skirts. In Europe. This isn’t a joke

    shelina
    2 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    As another French Muslim schoolgirl is sent home by teachers for wearing a long skirt, Shelina Janmohamed, explains why it’s time to tighten the bonds of sisterhood There has been a row over a French Muslim schoolgirl sent home for wearing long skirts because it was ‘ostentatious sign of religion’ Photo: Alamy In 2009 the journalist Lubna al-Hussein was arrested in Sudan for wearing trousers. Under the country’s penal code she was guilty of wearing ‘obscene outfits’ in public and fined $200. Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein For women here the…
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    Planet Grenada

  • "they sold marcus garvey for rice"

    Abdul-Halim V.
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Time for the US to pardon Jamaican national hero by Hisham Aidi
  • peru celebrates black history month

    Abdul-Halim V.
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Peru celebrates black history month by Hisham Aidi
  • more from hisham aidi at al-jazeera

    Abdul-Halim V.
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:43 pm
    More articles from Hisham AidiAustralia's 'history wars' heat up againAn unlikely celebration of North Africa's ethnic diversityThe sex-for-food scandal in Central African RepublicPodemos and the Catalan causeReviving Thomas Sankara's spirit
  • chicken or the egg

    Abdul-Halim V.
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Rap and radicalism: Does hip hop create extremists? by Hisham Aidi
  • two stories on spain vs. the "muslims"

    Abdul-Halim V.
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Spain still uneasy with the Moors and Spanish leftists join fight against ISIL both by Hisham Aidi.
 
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • Marching Lights

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:14 am
    I’ve thought long about writing this post. Long about whether, if I do, I should post it. I didn’t want to be the exhibitionist. Stepping out of my skin for voyeurs to see the layer of pain, pulsing, there, just below my ordinariness.   But I wanted so much to capture that night. Wanted  so much to capture the aborted fullness of the moon in a black, black sky. So much to capture the stillness of the night. Such a stillness. Like death. Like her stillness as they wheeled her out of theatre, all tubes and wires, and into a unit where she would be attached to machines. A…
  • Wear not your Writerliness as a Wound

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    26 May 2015 | 4:12 am
                                                                     I’ve tried to stay out of the ‘Whiteness of SA Literary Festivals’ debate on social media because I’ve felt that the insufficient quantities of melanin in my skin have disqualified me on some level. But the longer I think about it, the more I read, the more I begin to feel that I ought to add my voice to the melee, at the expense of being castigated for what…
  • The Value of Pie

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    3 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    For far too long has the South African Muslim community been caught in the crosshairs of a battle between the Halaal Authorising Ulama.  For far too long, have we, the communities, used these bodies to perpetuate our bigotry and give reign to our arrogance and sense of supremacy. We have cast aspersions on the integrity of Ulama from the Western Cape, because “They’ll certify anything. Even alcohol.” And have used that other body’s ‘exercise caution’ statements to brand food certified by other Muslim scholars, HARAAM. We have forwarded broadcasts declaring food haraam on…
  • My People

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    As a Muslim People, we’re proprietal of our heroes. Proud. Oftimes, justifiably. We will sit in 2015 and talk about the contribution the Muslim World made to Science, Medicine, Mathematics in the 8thcentury as though we were personally responsible for these advances. We don’t take kindly to these heroes being mocked, as the Daily Vox learnt when they ran that parody at Hashim Amla’s expense. Or as Zapiro learnt when he drew a cartoon depicting The Prophet Muhammad PBUH.So when a new writer with a Muslim name was set to launch a novel at the Time of the Writer, ‘our people’ sat up…
  • revolution with a small r

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    “I know I've been home too long when I stop noticing the beggars,” Jacob Dlamini during the Writing Without Permission session at Time of the Writer.He continued…”You should never feel comfortable about being South African. There’s nothing comfortable about being South African.” This was just one comment of many from Mr Dlamini that almost prompted me to raise my hand during the Q & A sessions.  I resisted – who wants a roomful of strangers staring you down? - but here follow my thoughts during the exchange that took place on a wet Tuesday night at the Elizabeth…
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  • You Always have Allah

    Ahmed
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    When you feel that you have lost everything, Remember you still have Allah with you.
  • Reform Your Character

    Ahmed
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    If, even in the blessed and sanitised atmosphere of Ramadan, we do not reform our character and conduct then we must ask ourselves: ‘When?’ Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq
  • Ramadan Mubarak

    Ahmed
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
  • Season for Righteousness

    Ahmed
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
    "Ramadan is a season for righteousness for all those who wish to draw nearer to Allah & have their sins forgiven" Shaykh Zulfiqar
  • Beauty of Ramadhan

    Ahmed
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    Fasting is the Duty of Ramadhan while Tilawat of the Quran is the Beauty of Ramadhan (Mufti A.K.Hoosain - South Africa)
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  • America Bombs Indonesia over Drug Deal Gone Bad … in 1832

    bingregory
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:42 pm
    American troops bombed and invaded Aceh in 1832, becoming the USA’s first military intervention in Asia.  The affair began with the Friendship, a trading vessel flying American colors, coming to port in Kuala Batu, Aceh on the 7th of February 1831.  This was not unusual as American merchant ships had been trading regularly on the western shore of Sumatra since the beginning of the 19th century.  For the crew of the Friendship, however, what should have been a routine transaction ended in disaster. The Friendship had set voyage from Salem, Massachusetts, a major port of trade for…
  • On Children

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

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

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

    bingregory
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Sometimes you don’t realize what you have in your own backyard.  I realized I have crocodiles.  Jong’s Crocodile Farm is only a short drive out of town but in 12 years I had never been.  Time for a field trip!  The Crocodile Farm is a bit like a petting zoo in concept, less grand than a proper zoo, but allowing more interaction with the cuddly little creatures.   We arrived just in time for the main event: the daily feeding.  When we filed in, the crocs were the image of laziness, wallowing in mud or laying motionless in the sun with their mouths wide open. When the keepers…
 
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  • Tweeting the Qur'an #Quran #ttQuran #Ramadan 2015/1436

    islamoyankee
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur'an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur'an is split into thirty sections, called juz', and one section is read each night.  This year is the 7th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. I will be tweeting @islamoyankee. To see how the call has (not) evolved, here are the six five call outs: 2009 Windsor Star Article 2010 (despite the title, which says 2011) 2011 USA Today Article 2012 2013 Storify (including press stories) 2014 A piece I did on Immanent Frame   The Background [from the 2009 post]…
  • Getting the Motives Right - Foreign Policy Association

    islamoyankee
    26 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    My first piece for the Foreign Policy Association blog.The recent attack against Ismaili Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan, will be read by most as part of a simple narrative of an ongoing Sunni-Shi’ah conflict. Unfortunately, as consistent fear-mongering has demonstrated with Sharia, bandying about non-English words conveys a facade of knowledge without any guarantee of any actual understanding. As is the case with most political violence, here is more to this attack than a simple retelling of a religious clash. There is a deeper history that is masked by using inappropriate vocabulary, and…
  • Quoted: Is Cape Town’s women and gay-friendly mosque a sign of new Muslim attitudes?

    islamoyankee
    9 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    I was interviewed for PBS Newshour on questions of sexuality and Islam. Interesting situation in South Africa.
  • Event: Lust in Islam, May 13

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

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

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The cartoon representation of Muhammed (peace be upon him) by comedy central South Park has initiated this whole “Draw Mohammed Day” which is aimed solely at insulting the beliefs of Islam. Muhammed (peace be upon him) is a very   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Draw Muhammad day [ Voice your displeasure and complain to comedy central and the channels] Related posts: Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club To Host The First Ever All-Muslim Comedy Festival In Bible versus Quran: the Channels of the Sea were seen at the Rebuke of God In Bible versus Quran the Thunder is the…
  • It Takes Faith To Be An Atheist!

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    It Takes Faith To Be An Atheist! (The Atheist Experience #539 with Matt Dillahunty & Mark Loewe). — • www.youtube.com • www.youtube.com • www.youtube.com — What is TheAtheist Experience? The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: It Takes Faith To Be An Atheist! Related posts: Crazy Caller #26 – Do You Believe In Leprechauns? – Atheist Experience 405 Faith Matters: The Baha’i Faith (English) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.5, Part1)
  • Is the Quran Quoted From the Bible? (51) Chapter 51, B; the Second Part

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Comparative Study between the Bible versus the Quran (51) – B: The second part (Chapter 51:1-10) The Old Testament verses from 1-10 say that the Israelites outnumbered the Egyptians (See: A: The first part). The New Testament verses from 1-10   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Is the Quran Quoted From the Bible? (51) Chapter 51, B; the Second Part Related posts: Is the Quran Quoted From the Bible? (51) – Chapter 51– B: the Second Part Verse No. 20 in the Bible Versus the Quran In Bible versus Quran: you have been born again, not of perishable seed
  • Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.3, Part5)

    admin
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    Debate on the existence of God between a theist/ Muslim (Furkan) and an humanist/atheist (Gary/Thomas). Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.5, Part5) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part5) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.3, Part4)   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.3, Part5) Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.5, Part5) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part5) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.3, Part4)
  • The Exemplary Justice of the Prophet (saas)

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    16 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    In the Qur’an, Allah commands believers to “Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, Allah is well able to look after them. Do not   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Exemplary Justice of the Prophet (saas) Related posts: The Prophet (saas) Was Always Considerate and Courteous The Prophet (saas) Warned Against Idolatry Our Prophet (saas) Was a Person of Extraordinary Beauty
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    Laila Lalami

  • August 20, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    7:00 PM Reading and in conversation with Tom Lutz Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena, California Share/Bookmark
  • September 18-20, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    30 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Time TBA JLF at Boulder Boulder, Colorado Share/Bookmark
  • October 13, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    20 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    7:30 PM Reading and Lecture Visiting Writers Series Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana Share/Bookmark
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    Laila Lalami
    18 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    4:45 PM Reading and Discussion HMNSS 1500 University of California Riverside Riverside, California Share/Bookmark
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    Laila Lalami
    14 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    11:15 AM Reading and Discussion Santa Monica Community College Santa Monica, California Share/Bookmark
 
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  • darkmatter Journal looking for book reviewers

    Ash Sharma
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:13 pm
    darkmatter Journal is looking for book reviewers. See http://www.darkmatter101.org/si…/submission/books-to-review/Filed under: darkmatter journal, Review, Uncategorized
  • Speculative Blackness: Re-imagining the Human in Afrofuturism

    Ash Sharma
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Abstract of the paper I presented at the Black Portraiture(s) II Conference in Florence, Italy 28-31 May 2015: The histories of slavery and colonialism are informed by the violent hierarchies of racial distinction in which human subjectivity is possessed only … Continue reading →
  • The sublime time of race: rethinking black history and contemporary film

    Ash Sharma
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Another talk I did on temporality and black film at Open School East as part of the CCSR In Theory seminar series. The sublime time of race: rethinking black history and contemporary film Thursday, May 7 at 6:30pm Open School … Continue reading →
  • The sublime time of race

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

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

  • Ramadan Pearls 01 – criterion

    Aziz Poonawalla
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    It was the month of Ramadan in which the Qur'an was first bestowed from on High as a guidance unto Man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as a Criterion by which to discern the true from the false; Hence, whoever of you lives to see this month shall fast throughout it; but he that is ill, or on a journey shall instead fast for the same number of other days. Allah wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but He desires that you complete the number... Read the full post here » The post Ramadan Pearls 01 – criterion appeared first on City…
  • Why orthodox muslims should celebrate the gay marriage ruling

    Aziz Poonawalla
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:29 pm
    The news that the Supreme Court has struck down barriers to same-sex marriage nationwide is truly a victory for civil rights. While homosexuals haven't faced the same sustained, institutionalized violent terrorism that black Americans suffered, they have suffered a more quiet form of oppression in recent decades of denial and humiliation and insult, often... Read the full post here » The post Why orthodox muslims should celebrate the gay marriage ruling appeared first on City of Brass.
  • Ramadan is coming – the Muslim remembers

    Aziz Poonawalla
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    In about a week, I move from Wisconsin to Los Angeles, so I will no longer be the Sheikh in the North beyond the Wall. However, even moving to (LA) Kings' Landing doesn't stop Ramadan. “Oh, my sweet summer child," Old Nan said quietly, "what do you know of hunger? Hunger is for Ramadan, my little lord,... Read the full post here » The post Ramadan is coming – the Muslim remembers appeared first on City of Brass.
  • Has Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam?

    Aziz Poonawalla
    14 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Short answer: probably not. Lindsay Lohan was recently spotted carrying a copy of the Qur'an as she left a children's daycare where she's serving her court-ordered sentence of community service. As the article at The Daily Mall helpfully points out, Lohan also had posted a picture of a verse from the... Read the full post here » The post Has Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam? appeared first on City of Brass.
  • The Nation of Islam is keeping the peace on the streets of Baltimore #BlackLivesMatter

    Aziz Poonawalla
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    No news agency is bothering to cover how thousands of peaceful protestors are expressing their right of free speech in Baltimore, over the killing of Freddie Gray. Instead, the big story is the violence of the few rather than the righteousness of the many. One aspect of the untold story is how the Nation of Islam has been instrumental in keeping the peace. There's no link to share, but the true story is being told on social media.... Read the full post here » The post The Nation of Islam is keeping the peace on the streets of Baltimore #BlackLivesMatter appeared first on City of Brass.
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  • Rumi’s Poem on Fasting during Ramadan

    darvish
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    Celebrate! The month of fasting has come. Pleasant journey to the one Who is the company of the fasting. I climbed the roof to see the Moon, Because I really missed fasting By heart and soul. I lost my hat while looking at the Moon. the Sultan of fasting made me drunk. O Muslims, I have been drunk since that day I lost my mind. What a beautiful fortune fasting has. What a wonderful glory. There is another secret moon Besides this one. He is hiding in the tent of fasting Like a Turk. Anyone who comes To the harvest of fasting in this month Finds the way to this Moon. Whoever makes his face…
  • A Special Ramadan Prayer from Yemen

    darvish
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Ramadan Mubarak! The following is a du’a that is constantly read in Tarim, a town in the Wadi Hadhramawt, Yemen, throughout the blessed month of Ramadan. This beneficial du’a has been translated and made available through Sidi Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him): Sayyiduna Salman narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) spoke to the Companions on the last day of Sha`ban. He informed them that they were about to enter a great and blessed month, a month in which there is a night better than a thousand nights. He…
  • 30 Daily Ramadan Prayers 2015/1436

    darvish
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    RAMADAN MUBARAK! Ramadan in the year 2015/1436 begins Thursday, June 18th, so here once again are the 30 Daily Ramadan Prayers (duas), which are posted each year.  InshAllah, they will enlighten the mind and ennoble the heart, making the fast easier in this blessed month. Ramadan Dua: DAY 1 ALLAH, on this day make my fasts the fasts of those who fast (sincerely), and my standing up in prayer of those who stand up in prayer (obediently), awaken me in it from the sleep of the heedless, and forgive me my sins , O God of the worlds, and forgive me, O one who forgives the sinners. Ramadan Dua:…
  • Poem by Mansur Al-Hallaj

    darvish
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    “Before” does not outstrip Him, “after” does not interrupt Him “of” does not vie with Him for precedence “from” does not accord with Him “to” does not join with Him “in” does not inhabit Him “when” does not stop Him “if” does not consult with Him “over” does not overshadow Him “under” does not support Him “opposite” does not face Him “with” does not press Him “behind” does not limit Him “previous” does not display Him…
  • The 15th of Sha’ban – June 2, 2015

    darvish
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015is the 15th of Sha’ban this yearthe 15th day of the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The preceding night is known as Laylatul Bara’ah or Laylatun Nisfe min Sha’banin the Arab world, and as Shab-e-barat in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and Afghanistan. These names are translated to the Night of Records, the Night of Assignment and the Night of Deliverance. The observance involves a festive nightlong vigil with prayers, feasting and illumination. Muslims observe Mid-Sha’ban as a night of worship and…
 
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  • Holy Switch

    JDsg
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    This particular episode first aired two years ago, but Milady and I watched it tonight (a recording I made yesterday from the Australia Network). The two young women (click on the link below) lived for two weeks in the other's home and got to experience both the religious and cultural practices of their counterpart's families. What I found rather interesting was how these two women reacted to their experiences. The Jewish woman was truly a fish out of water, and couldn't wait to drink a beer as soon as she could after leaving. (One wonders what happened to the English language translation of…
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Chicago Bulls

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

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

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

    JDsg
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    This is a must–watch episode. Essentially, Williams stole the show within 10 seconds.
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  • On the Permissibility of saying "Ramadan Kareem"

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:48 am
    A number of people have been circulating the opinion that it is not correct to say "Ramadan Kareem" because kareem means "generous" and a month, being inanimate, cannot in itself be generous.This is an error.First of all, the word kareem means "noble" or "eminent", and not specifically "generous". Among the Arabs, a noble person is necessarily generous, and so the two meanings are often used interchangeably. Ibn Manthur says in his encyclopedic dictionary Lisan al-Arab:والكَريم: الجامع لأَنواع الخير والشرَف والفضائل. والكَريم: اسم…
  • Loyalty and the Black Standard

    12 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    When Marwan ibn Muhammad (also: Marwan II) was the governor of Azerbaijan, he appointed Abd al-Hamid al-Katib as his official man of letters.  When the pledge of fealty for the caliphate came to Marwan II from the people of Syria, he prostrated out of gratitude, as did those in his court.  Abd al-Hamid did not prostrate.  When Marwan II asked him why he didn't, he said, "Why should I?  You will be flying away", to which Marwan II replied, "Then fly with us."  Abd al-Hamid's role as the official writer of the caliphate was thus secured.But the…
  • Canada 2011: Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

    24 Jul 2011 | 11:33 pm
    Yesterday, a group of five of us went hiking to the Second Peak in the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park ("The Chief" for short). The hike is much more scenic than the famous Grouse Grind that I'm so in love with. However, the Chief is simply too far away without a car, so I'll be sticking to the Grind on most occasions.Shannon Falls:Bluffs overlooking Squamish:Howe Sound:Yours Truly on the Second Peak:
  • Shoulder or Leg Roast: A Recipe

    30 May 2009 | 9:18 am
    Today I ate what was possibly some of the best roast meat I've had in years, alhamdulillah. This recipe works well for both lamb and kid.If the leg is frozen, thaw it out completely.Prepare a marinade of just four ingredients: yogurt, salt, mashed up garlic, and rosemary. Make many little slits in the meat and rub the marinade in. Put the leg in a plastic bag with the remaining marinade and leave it in the fridge overnight.Remove the leg from the bag and wrap it in aluminum foil, taking with it as much marinade as possible. Bake it on medium heat until tender, then remove it from the oven…
  • Etymological Musings: On Camels, Women, and Gulliblity

    16 May 2009 | 1:07 am
    There are two common patterns in Arabic etymology:A root word that has a very concrete meaning branches out into more abstract meanings. Examples of this include: khabra', which originally meant "soft earth" evolving to mean, "news", as a rising cloud of dust in the horizon typically meant some news was arriving; dhikr (remembrance) being derived from dhakar (penis), as that is the means by which a man is remembered (i.e. through his offspring); and `aql, which originally meant "tying down" coming to mean "mind."A letter is changed in a root word, forming a closely-related new root, such as:…
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  • Hard come, easy go

    Matthew Smith
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    Over the past month the BBC has been running a four-part series called Protecting Our Foster Kids, which went out late at night and featured a series of children in Dorset (a mostly rural county in southern England) who were in foster care, and their carers and some of the social workers. It did not feature any disputes (there was no argument about the chidren’s need to be in foster care and no challenges from the parents, and only one of the children — a baby — was facing adoption) but did feature two of the placements breaking down, in both cases months after they started.
  • No, we’re not “quietly condoning” ISIS

    Matthew Smith
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    Last week, in a speech to a gathering of security chiefs in Bratislava, Slovakia, David Cameron accused Muslims of pointing the finger at everyone but themselves for some Muslims being attracted to ISIS. The speech, sections of which were briefed to the media in advance and which made the front pages of two Tory newspapers, claimed that the cause of western Muslim attraction to ISIS was “an Islamist extremist ideology: one that says the West is bad and democracy is wrong, that women are inferior and homosexuality is evil”, rather than Islamophobia or the failure of the security…
  • Magna Carta: the baby steps

    Matthew Smith
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Right now there are celebrations going on in Surrey and Berkshire to mark the 800th anniversary of the passing of Magna Carta, the charter sealed by King John that established the rule of law in England. A flotilla has been making its way down the Thames from Hurley, Berkshire to Runnymede (between Staines and Windsor, on the south bank of the Thames) where the document was sealed. David Cameron gave a speech about how ‘revolutionary’ the document was in its time; Ian Dunt of politics.co.uk took the speech apart, showing that David Cameron, while in office, has betrayed every…
  • So, Maisie’s home, but …

    Matthew Smith
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last Sunday I mentioned that there was to be a “tweet storm” in support of the “Get Maisie Home” campaign, which was really about re-opening a children’s mental health unit in Hull which was closed in 2013, requiring anyone needing inpatient care in Hull to go to other cities, often to highly unsuitable units. The focus was Maisie Shaw, a 13-year-old girl from Hull with Asperger’s syndrome and a history of self-harming, who was sent to a unit in Sheffield last December, then a private secure unit in Bury in April after running away several times. Early last…
  • So, the al-Qa’ida chiefs don’t like ISIS

    Matthew Smith
    13 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    Last Thursday, the Guardian carried a lengthy feature (the “big read” in their comment section) as well as a front-page article on how prominent members of al-Qa’ida have come out against ISIS. The long piece, written by Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman and Mustafa Khalili, features an interview with Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a leader of al-Qa’ida in Jordan who spent many years in jail, as well as Abu Qatada (Omar Mahmoud Othman, right), a Palestinian preacher and scholar who operated in London from 1993 to 2002 and who some claim was a leading ideologue for…
 
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  • Commentary Hell

    tabsir
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    We moderns devour news as if it were a staple food. Gone are the days when one sat down for coffee in the morning with a daily newspaper. There are still newspapers of every flavor, but news is now the product of digital media. And the news cycle grows shorter all the time. During the American Civil War it might take weeks for reports of battles to be reported in the papers. The telegraph and telephone made the news flow a bit faster, but until digital formats news was always at least a day old, if not more. Now many events are instantaneous. Mobile videos of police brutality go viral in…
  • Tsk, tsk Tesco

    dvarisco
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    Commercial giants are playing fast and loose with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. These days it can be a big juicy Ramadan deal, wherever you live, when you go out after avoiding food and water all day long. Fast food chains are especially eager to break your fast. Somehow I suspect that if the Prophet Muhammad were alive today, he would not order pizza and a coke for iftar. If fasting is only about denying yourself for half a day and then living it up for the other half, it loses all spiritual meaning. There are a number of hadiths recording what the Prophet Muhammad said about the holy…
  • Islamic Africa: New Brill Journal

    tabsir
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Islamic Africa is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, academic journal published online and in print. Incorporating the journal Sudanic Africa, Islamic Africa publishes original research concerning Islam in Africa from the social sciences and the humanities, as well as primary source material and commentary essays related to Islamic Studies in Africa. The journal’s geographic scope includes the entire African continent and adjacent islands. Islamic Africa encourages intellectual excellence and seeks to promote scholarly interaction between Africa-based scholars and those located…
  • Defeating Da’ash

    tabsir
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Check out the blog post by Eric Davis of Rutgers University on the need to take out Da’ash now.
  • If faith comes from Yemen…

    tabsir
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    For my post at Mena Tigningen, click here.
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    Knocking From Inside

  • Dead Leaves

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Everywhere you go now, leaves are fallingtender foliage of spring scorchedby summer heating up too fast.Everywhere you go, young men are dyingscorched by the heat of hatredburning up underfoot.The streets are full of deadcrackling, burning bones and ash.The hot streets are smokingin the summer sun.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Strength in Unity

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    You’ve all heard that story—a single arroweasily broken, a bundleresists. Here’s one I like better:the lindens this year bloomed in such profusionthey perfumed the evening air and filledthe sky with drowsy-humming bees.I got up close and smelleda single flower. Nothing.Stepped back and waited: a vagrant breezedrowned me in sweet scent.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • A Woman of Far Harad

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    26 May 2015 | 5:20 pm
    "He wondered what the man's name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace."J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two TowersWe watched the legions march away to warin lands a thousand leagues or more from home.We did not know what they were fighting foror whom they served upon a foreign shore.Flesh of our flesh, bone slivered from our bones,we watched the legions march away to war.Who knew then what the future held in store?Did we believe that death was worth…
  • Ridgetop Towns

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    22 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    In the east half of this state, the hillsrun south to north; the start of basin/rangeterrain that sweeps down through Nevada. Spillsof old Columbia basalt arrangethemselves in layered stacks, erode to rimsthat frame the inter-mountain lakes in stone.Like skirts of heavy black, they lift their hemsrevealing painted clays and fossil bones.And in the little tawny hills, the townsthat cling to ridgetops, and the tumble-downof barns abandoned; shingle roofs that flyat sight of storm.            Roads can no longer findrivers to follow.
  • Darker Air

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    8 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    It is not only that my eyes are brown,that (before this frost) I used to wearsable in my hair.All my life, unknowingalike with knowing, I have breathedthis darker air.All my songs a blacker shade of blue—my cheeks are yellow roses. Darker too.These aren’t colors I can choose to wearor unwear. They’re painted on the insideof the eyes that view,that see me through a glass of darkened air.Who knows me, who sees me trueand where?I drink strong wine and fly in storms. My wingsare full of agate eyesand yellow roses decorate my hair.I breathe dark air.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking…
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  • Charting Pakistan’s Internal Security Policy

    Raza
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:35 pm
    From September 2014 to March 2015, I was a senior Pakistan expert in residence at the United States Institute of Peace. This opportunity gave me the time to take a break and do some writing. In May 2015, my report was published. Can be downloaded here Traditionally ruled by military or quasi-military regimes, Pakistan is struggling […]
  • Music: Tabla master Sandeep Das & Kayhan Kalhor

    JahaneRumi
    15 May 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Tabla master Sandeep Das joins multiple Grammy nominee and co-founder of Masters of Persian Music Kayhan Kalhor following their March D.C. appearance with Silk Road Ensemble  The U.S. does not boast many kamancheh (Persian spike fiddle) performers, let alone any in the same league as Kayhan Kalhor. He is, quite simply, the most internationally acclaimed […]
  • Ideology, impunity & chaos

    JahaneRumi
    14 May 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The sheer barbarity of the attack on the Ismaili community in Pakistan’s largest and one of the more misgoverned cities shocked the country. It is not the first time that such a sectarian attack has happened. During the past two years, more than a thousand people have been killed in targeted sectarian attacks. However, this […]
  • Sabeen Mehmud: A voice of reason, pluralism and secularism

    JahaneRumi
    12 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    I have been quoted on different stories published on the murder of Sabeen Mehmud. A collection of these is being posted here. Pakistani rights activist Sabeen Mahmud shot dead – AlJazeera   “Sabeen was a voice of reason, pluralism and secularism: the kind of creed that endangers the insidious side of constructed Pakistani nationalism,” Raza […]
  • Publish At Your Peril

    JahaneRumi
    11 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    South Asia remains one of the most repressed regions for journalists and by governments muzzling the freedoms of the press, the region’s democratic gains are in jeopardy. South Asia, home to one-fifth of the world’s population and growing fast, has undergone major democratic transitions in the past decade. Today, all the countries in the region […]
 
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  • Ramadan 2015 – Tafseer of Surah Hajj Ayahs 2 – 4

    Sh. AbdulNasir Jangda
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Tafseer of Surah Hajj by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Ayahs 2 – 4.
  • Ramadan 2015 – Tafseer of Surah Hajj – Ayahs 5 – 6

    Sh. AbdulNasir Jangda
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    Tafseer of Surah Hajj by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda. Surat Al-Hajj (Arabic: سورة الحج‎, “The Pilgrimage, The Hajj”) is the 22nd sura of the Qur'an with 78 ayat.
  • Why You Should Be Making The Most Dua in Ramadan

    Guests
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    By Hafidh Ibrahim Khan The month of Ramadan is a blessed period in the year of a Muslim. It is important to know as believers, the methodology of attaining the maximum benefit from this blessed month. One of the acts of worship legislated upon us by Allah is du'a (supplication). We should be making du'a on a regular basis, throughout the year but in the month of Ramadan, duas hold a greater value than the rest of the year. In the month of Ramadan, our duas should increase. In the Qur'an, Allah mentions some of the questions the disbelievers of Quraish asked the Prophet . When they asked about…
  • Ramadan 2015 – Tafseer of Surah Hajj Introduction & Ayah 1

    Sh. AbdulNasir Jangda
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Tafseer of Surah Hajj by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda. Surat Al-Hajj (Arabic: سورة الحج‎, “The Pilgrimage, The Hajj”) is the 22nd sura of the Qur'an with 78 ayat.
  • Spend the Day Like our Beloved Prophet Did in Ramadan

    Guests
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:18 pm
    By Muhammad Ahmed Al-ameen As Ramadan approached, I studied in depth how RasulAllah spent a typical day during this blessed month. If one were to imagine what it would be like to walk in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad  in the month of Ramadan, one might think it would be impossible. But is it? Let us start from the beginning when the good news of the sighting of moon of Ramadan came to our Beloved Prophet. Our beloved Prophet  used to gather his companions and give them the glad tidings of the beginning of Ramadan to draw their attention and to give the a signal that the starting month…
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  • Update: Dubai Based Shipping App Fetchr Raises $11 mln the Largest Series A Investment of US Based Venture Funds in the Arab World

    news
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Update: Idriss Al Rifai co founder and CEO if Fetchr was working with the french military according to his linkedin profile “Advised the French Minister of Defense for 2 years on France’s strategic involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Cote d’Ivoire” the french occupation of central Africa resulted in the extension of Muslims there after many massacre. he also was Special Forces reserve officer (captain). which explains the amount of funding he got from the Americans. The following is from the company’s press release Fetchr announced the launch of its app…
  • Facebook Blocks Logins & Signups from TOR Browser Putting Hundreds of Thousands of Political Activist at Risk

    news
    30 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    Facebook has blocked log-ins and signups via the encrypted and anonymous browser TOR. This will lead hundreds of thousands of political activists around the world to login via their own IP address, unlike when they log-in via TOR at a different concealed Ips, That does not trace them. This means that their real identities might be revealed to tyrant regimes in countries such as Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, USA and elsewhere, since Facebook’s SSL connection can be broken easily by technology obtained by these regimes from American and British companies. This means facebook is now…
  • UAE Unveils Details of First Arab and Muslim Mars Mission

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    7 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Yesterday top government officials unveiled plans for UAE and the Muslim world first Mars mission called “hope” or Amal in Arabic. The mission aims to provide  global picture of the Martian atmosphere through an unmanned probe to be launched in July 2020 to reach Mars in 2021, according The Gulf News. “Our science mission is to produce the first ever truly global picture of the Martian atmosphere. This is the first holistic study of the Martian climate and how the layers of atmosphere fit together,” Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager, said in the…
  • 8 Arab Crowd Funding Platforms You Should Know

    Gaith Saqer
    4 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    You must heard the term crowd funding, it exploded in the recent years in US with sites such as Kick Starter and Indiegogo. Crowd funding comes in many forms, the most popular is offering a donation for a cause or a product and there is collecting investments from the crowed for exchange of equity. Here is a list of 8 crowed funding platforms in the Arab world, if you plan to use any of them we advice you to do more du-diligence to make sure they are inline with Sharia and do not have affiliation with governments and suspicious NGOs : 1- Zoomaal Zoomaal is a crowed funding platform for the…
  • Yelp for the Arab World Jeeran Launches in Egypt!

    news
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The user review app and site Jeeran officially launched in Cairo and Alexandria this week to help customers make buying decisions and document their experiences with places around the city. With this launch, the Amman-based company now covers 39 cities in 6 countries across the region including Jordan, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE. The soft launch of Cairo and Alexandria has begun early this year with a local team working on the ground, collecting data, adding photos, and encouraging friends to document their own experiences with restaurants and cafes to make sure there is enough quality…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 22nd, 2015

    newsdigest
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Atali, Babu Bajrangi, Communal Harmony, communal hatred, Emergency, Hamid Ansari, Hindu Mahasabha, Lalit Modi, Modi's 365 day rule, Sohrabuddin encounter, Yoga DayIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony A run for amity in Muzaffarnagar Religious harmony: Hindus in UP to observe Ramadan fast with Muslim neighbours News Headlines Modi’s 365 day rule characterized by 1,618 cases of serious human rights violations: Civil society report FIR against Hindu Mahasabha leader Sadhvi Deva Thakur for remarks on [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 15th, 2015

    newsdigest
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Fake Encounter, Hindutva, International Yoga Day, Muzaffarnagar riots, Ramdev, RSS Activists, UP journalist killingIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines International Yoga Day: It’s RSS, Centre’s way to propel Hindutva agenda Tripura suspends three cops for custody death UP journalist killing: Five policemen suspended Advocate Pracha threatened by Rajasthan ATS officer for defending terror accused RSS Activists Attack Christian Religious Gatherings In Kerala CCTV footage shows Ramdev’s [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 8th, 2015

    newsdigest
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Ambedkar, Atali, Ballabhgarh riot, Ishrat Jahan fake encounter, Narendra Modi, Naroda Gam post-Godhra riots, Suryanamaskar, violence against minorities in India, YogaIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Naroda Gam post-Godhra riots case: Court seeks SIT officer’s reply on missing CD Ishrat Jahan Fake Encounter: Centre Denies Permission To Prosecute IB Officials Muslim leaders oppose Yoga, say Suryanamaskar against the basic teaching of Islam Aam Aadmi Party report blames ML Khattar’s rally for Ballabhgarh riot [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 1st, 2015

    newsdigest
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: "mega agitation" against Modi, Ballabgarh riot, discrimination, Fake Encounter, Ghar Wapsi, godman rape, IIT-Madras, Modi Government, One year of Modi Government, Terror accusedIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Hindu-Muslim bonhomie in Bihar town News Headlines Ballabhgarh riot victims blame local SHO, says NCM report Communal tension in Lucknow following clashes Fifty Gujarat NGOs “join hands” with Congress, AAP, Swaraj Samvad, decide to start “mega agitation” against Modi ‘Ghar Wapsi’ victims, Sikh rights…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 25th, 2015

    newsdigest
    25 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Aruna Shanbaug's Death, Beef ban, Gujarat 2002, Mailana massacre, Modi's development propaganda, Modi's one year in office, Narendra Modi, Politics and religion, Tirupati Red Sanders killingsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Diamond exporter charged for denying Muslim a job 2002 riots call records: SIT court summons officer Himanshu Shukla to explain misplaced CDs Teesta Setalvad: Modi’s Silence on Attacks on Minorities Shows Tacit Consent Saffron trade union snubs RSS, to join protest against govt PMO Not Disclosing Foreign [...](Read…
 
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    TwoCircles.net - Muslim World News

  • Woman sentenced to death for UAE murder

    IANS
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Dubai : A woman who killed an American teacher in December last year was on Monday sentenced to death by the Federal Supreme Court of Abu Dhabi. Alaa Bader Abdullah Al Hashemi, 29, was held guilty of stabbing to death Ibolya Ryan, 47, in a shopping mall toilet on Al Reem Island and "creating a handmade bomb" that she placed in front of an Egyptian-American doctor's home, the Khaleej Times reported. She was also held guilty of sending money to Al Qaeda in Yemen, knowing the funds would be used in terrorist acts. Hashemi asked the court to provide her with psychological help, saying she had…
  • Air India enforces stricter baggage rules in UAE

    IANS
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Dubai: Passengers travelling by Air India and Air India Express from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would face stricter rules on hand baggage from July 1. "The free allowance for hand luggage would be restricted to eight kg on Air India and seven kg on Air India Express, inclusive of duty free items," Khaleej Times reported on Sunday. "If the baggage weighs more than the free allowance, a fee of 60 Dirhams ($16) per excess kilo would be charged at the gate," said Prem Sagar, manager of Air India and Air India Express in Dubai and Sharjah. "Most other airlines flying to India have already been…
  • 11 Afghan soldiers killed

    IANS
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:02 am
    Kabul: At least 11 soldiers were killed after Taliban militants ambushed a military convoy in Afghanistan's Herat province, the media reported on Monday. The incident took place Sunday night in Masjid-e-Chobi area of Kurkh district, Tolo News reported. The convoy was travelling from Herat city to the neighbouring Badghis province. The insurgents also seized the weapons of the dead soldier. News:  Crime/Terrorism International Muslim World News
  • Tunisia resort attack: Gunman got help from others

    IANS
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:15 pm
    London : The gunman, who killed 38 people at a beach resort near the Tunisian city of Sousse, received help from others in carrying out the attack, officials said. Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said authorities were "sure" that Seifeddine Rezgui had accomplices who provided him the Kalashnikov rifle, BBC reported on Monday. Security officials said Rezgui, who posed as a swimmer, was carrying a rifle under a parasol and started shooting on the beach before entering the Hotel Imperial Marhaba. On Sunday, officials confirmed that out of the 38 victims, 30 were from…
  • Police fire tear gas to break gay pride parade in Turkey

    IANS
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Istanbul: Turkish police on Sunday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people determined to have an annual Lesbian, Gay, Transexual and Bisexual pride (LGBT) march at Istanbul's iconic Taksim square. The square and Istiklal street, one of Istanbul's busiest touristic streets, were decorated with rainbow colours symbolising the LGBT community colours and was readied for the parade days before Sunday. "We refuse to fit the 'normal' stereotype," Xinhua quoted the Pride Week Committee as saying in a statement. "It is not due to nature, nor is it a disease. We are not…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • Girl Hyphen Human

    Hanaa
    14 Jun 2015 | 1:53 am
    By Hanaa • Muslim Youth Musings When I was a little girl I constantly wondered what it would be like to have a double-barreled name. To have two parts of a whole anchored to me wherever I went, an Ali-Ahmed or a Willis-Cooper, a small undiscerning hyphen joining two worlds. Perhaps, on some strange level I thought it would somehow keep my parents together, that somehow a secure ink bridge linking their histories would keep my narrowed world from dissolving all around me. As I grew, I quickly realized that my dream of having a hyphen strung to my name is one that was all too real; a…
  • One Month In

    Jawaad Ahmad Khan
    27 May 2015 | 9:40 pm
    By Jawaad Ahmad Khan • Muslim Youth Musings I don’t know if you should forgive me. He doesn’t dare say it out loud, but he’s thinking it. He sits on the floor next to her, leaning against the bed they bought a month ago. Her face is buried in her hands, stained with dried tears. She didn’t want things to be like this. She thought they’d be fine when they got married, that they had both moved forward. To be honest, she was more upset with herself than with him right now. She thought had left these thoughts behind, thoughts of I don’t deserve anyone,…
  • The Polygamy Game

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

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

    Fatimah Waseem
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    By Fatimah Waseem • Muslim Youth Musings At MYM, we believe today’s writers should write to craft a better tomorrow. In line with our mission, we sat down for our first major radio interview in a segment called, “Tomorrow’s Writers Making an Impression Today.” The segment was part of WCEV’s Radio Islam, a Chicago-based talk show that covers news, environment, health and many other topic. Radio Islam broadcasts in America’s third largest market of 7.8 million listeners. Read an abridged transcript prepared by Zara Tariq or listen to the live interview. Meet our editor-in-chief,…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • How to Measure Yourself  for a Muslim Wedding Dress

    Javed Mohammad
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    When you are selecting a wedding dress there are basically two options. The first is to go with a ready made off-the-shelf variety where alterations can be made. The second is to have a custom dress made. It is important to remember to get accurate measurements no matter which options you choose to go with. Here are some tips! How to Measure a Muslim Wedding Dress If you are planning on losing weight, wait until you have reached your goal before you take measurements. Use a good quality fabric tape measure. A fabric measure follows your contours the most closely compared to a metal one.
  • 19 Fun Wedding Photo Ideas: for your Muslim Wedding Planning

    Javed Mohammad
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Most weddings have the common photo shoots. We wanted to share with you some creative Muslim wedding planning ideas for the photo shoot. Enjoy! and thanks to all of our Photographers who gave us permission. Photo by Azlan DuPree  available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license Play Peekaboo Photo by S Pakhrin available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license Come on everybody, let’s dance! Photo by Kurt Collins available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license Look ma, I can ride a horse!   Courtesy of AH Portrait Photography We’ve made it! with a Classic…
  • 10 Tips to plan your Ramadan Wedding

    Javed Mohammad
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    Ramadan Mubarak, a blessed month is once again upon us. Although weddings in Ramadan are not common there is nothing in Islam Per se that forbids getting married.  In fact you can pretty much get married on any day of the year unless it is forbidden in the mazhab (school) that one follows. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license The issues are more cultural and due to the practical challenges of conducting a wedding. When folks including the bride, groom, the hosts who are planning the wedding  and guests are fasting, they cannot be eating…
  • The Perfect Muslim Wedding Host and Guest List

    Javed Mohammad
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:18 pm
    We all know about the formal roles of people in a wedding from the bride, groom, father of the bride, mother of the bride, the in-laws, brides maids, planner and more. However, there are a whole cast of people you will find in both the planning and the day of  the wedding. Here are some of the more infamous ones. The Perfect Muslim Wedding Host and Guest List Well wisher: these are the people that really care for you. Their words are heartfelt, their prayers and soul-felt. Critic: this is the not asked for opinion giver. Nothing is good enough for them. Remember you can’t please everyone.
  • Preventing Wedding Crashers and Wedding Gift Theft

    Javed Mohammad
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Wedding Crashers are not just in the movies. It is one thing for crashers to partake in the appetizers and buffet but a the danger of wedding gift theft is far greater. Muslim Weddings are even more vulnerable because guests gift usually in cash. Photo by Dmitry Boyarin available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license So what can you do to prevent someone like this spoiling your perfect day? Short of having armed guards and a taser, here are a few ideas: Place your gift table away from entrances and exits . Make sure it has a trusted attendant or preferably two (family or friends).
 
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