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  • S Korean rescuers hunt for ferry survivors

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Relatives of hundreds missing in ferry sinking hold vigil, with one saying he received text message from son on board.
  • We could benefit from a new Sydney airport but our roads need fixing

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Mark O'Sullivan
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    While an airport may bring some benefits to western Sydney, there are questions to be asked about other ways to help the region Continue reading...
  • The trade in rhino horn: asset stripping on an apocalyptic scale

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Paula Kahumbu with Andrew Halliday
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    The South African governments plan to legalise rhino horn sales will simply make life easier for the organised crime cartels that are exterminating the speciesI am sitting in a large meeting room at Pretoria University in South Africa at a conference to discuss the trade in rhino horn. Expecting a fierce debate pitting conservationists against hunters and traders, instead I find myself confronting my own impotence against the most horrific poaching of rhinos. What is happening in South Africa is truly in a league of its own.I already knew that over 1000 rhino are being poached each year in…
  • We could benefit from a new Sydney airport but our roads need fixing

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Mark O'Sullivan
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    While an airport may bring some benefits to western Sydney, there are questions to be asked about other ways to help the region Continue reading...
  • Tilak, Topi in Indian politics: People don't want Hindu politicians to wear skullcap or Muslim leaders to sport 'tilak' or perform Puja

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    (C) IndscribeMedia often takes up the issue of Narendra Modi not wearing a 'topi' [skullcap]. I don't think it is an issue at all.Do you think those who oppose him would have a change of heart, if he wears the topi! Still, on TV & social media, this issue is often raised.Amid conversation with Muslim friends, this topic often came up. Not a single Muslim I met, ever said that he expects or wants Modi to wear the topi.Why should it be expected? In fact, the person who offered him topi shouldn't have done it. Citizens want the politician to be honest and work, rather than do such gestures.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • The trade in rhino horn: asset stripping on an apocalyptic scale

    Paula Kahumbu with Andrew Halliday
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    The South African governments plan to legalise rhino horn sales will simply make life easier for the organised crime cartels that are exterminating the speciesI am sitting in a large meeting room at Pretoria University in South Africa at a conference to discuss the trade in rhino horn. Expecting a fierce debate pitting conservationists against hunters and traders, instead I find myself confronting my own impotence against the most horrific poaching of rhinos. What is happening in South Africa is truly in a league of its own.I already knew that over 1000 rhino are being poached each year in…
  • Only Lovers Left Alive  everything you need to know

    Guardian Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as two vampires, Jim Jarmusch's film arrives on Australian screens this week. Get your fangs into the Guardian's coverage so farAlmost a year after it debuted at the Cannes film festival, where Peter Bradshaw gave it a middling review, describing its romantic name-dropping it as "studenty", Jim Jarmusch's "crypto-vampire love story" Only Lovers Left Alive arrives on Australian screens. Starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as two vampires engaged in a centuries-old love affair, it took Jarmusch seven years to make after his…
  • AFL: what to look out for in round five

    Russell Jackson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Pies making a comeback; the Sydney sag; Carlton torture porn; Australia hearts Ken Hinkley; and Hawks v Cats Continue reading...
  • Abbotts vision for Australia: a surplus at whatever cost to peoples lives

    Greg Jericho
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    The PM promised pre-election that education, health, pensions would not be touched. Now, a budget surplus and getting rid of the carbon tax are the core promises that trump all others.The question of the May budget isnt really about deficit and surplus; its about what kind of country do Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey believe Australia should be. Thus far the noises from the government suggest that their vision is rather different from the one they promised during the election campaign.Treating a budget surplus as the aim of economic policy is always a case of treating means as ends. It also…
  • Sydney FC need to relax over Melbourne Heart's sky blue thinking

    Geoff Lemon
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    In the bigger scheme of things, raising a shirt to the level of sanctity makes as much sense as worshipping a golden calf Scott Barlow is not happy. The chairman of Sydney FC has formally protested to the heads of Australian football. There are rumours hell camp outside their offices until justice is done. The problem? Melbourne Heart were bought by the owners of Manchester City. There is a proposal that they will become Melbourne City. The owners want their clubs to match. Manchester City wear sky blue. So do Sydney FC. "Sky blue is much more than just a colour for Sydney FC, it's…
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Tilak, Topi in Indian politics: People don't want Hindu politicians to wear skullcap or Muslim leaders to sport 'tilak' or perform Puja

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

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

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

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

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    See the front page of the Urdu newspaper on the left.The masthead is quite colourful. It reflects the mood of the day.Holi is the festival of colours, and the top part of the paper, is tastefully designed, with the message, 'Holi Mubarak'. The Sunday edition too has multiple photographs, with reports about traditions of Holi in different regions.Apart from photographs, there are articles too on Holi, in other Urdu newspapers. An overwhelming majority of readers of these Urdu newspapers are Muslims. This is true for most papers, except, those in Punjab, Delhi and J&K.Many national English…
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  • That ‘joke’ about violence? It’s not funny.

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

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

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:01 am
    This is my weekly newspaper column published yesterday in The National. The mysterious case of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has gripped the world. How could such a huge area be scoured for clues? DigitalGlobe, a US-based satellite imaging company, came up with a way for us all to get involved in the search through crowdsourcing, where we can go onto their website and review detailed image files from their five satellites and tag anything suspicious. They will then use an algorithm to assess which regions are getting more tags than others. They’ve taken a problem of vast proportions…
  • British Muslim women don’t need the West’s version of feminism, OK?

    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    This article was published today in The Telegraph. As a charity bids to boost feminism among Muslim women, Shelina Janmohamed asks why British female Muslims would want to join a feminist movement born in the West, which asks women of faith to leave their religion at the door Everyone loves Malala Yousufzai, right? Fearless, inspiring and courageous, she is the kind of female icon that asserts the need for women to have justice and rights – arguably a ‘feminist’ viewpoint – and which has won the admiration of western feminists. Whatever your opinions of Yousufzai,…
  • Manly myths and women temptresses: Our histories are filled with heroes, but why are so few of them female?

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    This article was published on March 8th on the occasion of International Women’s Day, in The National newspaper. The heroes that fill the stories of our cultures and histories have thousands of faces, but why are so few of them female? In a land far in the future, it is women who walk the streets freely and without fear, and men who are locked up at home. Welcome to Ladyland, a sci-fi utopia contained in the story Sultana’s Dream, written by an Indian Muslim woman, Rokheya Shekhawat Hossain, and published in a 1905 edition of the Indian Ladies Magazine In the mythic Ladyland of…
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  • Article: The Conservatives, Christianity and ‘Doing God’ at Easter (Huffington Post)

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

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

    Chris Allen
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    Following on from participating in Baroness Warsi’s ‘Integration Roadshow’ in Birmingham last week, the University of Birmingham has covered the event in its news output. Pasted below is a copy of the article – if you prefer to read it on the University website, you can do so by clicking here. Government Workshop with Baroness Warsi […]
  • “Maybe We Are Hated” Mentioned on Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour

    Chris Allen
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:14 am
    On Wednesday this week, BBC Radio 4′s “Woman’s Hour” programme made (the slightest) reference to the report I co-wrote in collaboration with Tell MAMA about the experience of Muslim women victims of Islamophobia. To listen to the programme – which focuses on British Muslim women and features both Sara Khan from Inspire and Salma Yaqoob […]
  • Stunning Images of Orthodox Jews

    Chris Allen
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    Over the past week or so, I’ve come across two really stunning sets of images of Orthodox Jews. The first were published by the Huffington Post and focus on the marriage of Rivka Hannah to Aharon Krois in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem, Israel. They can be found by clicking here. The second – an […]
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Police: Man made anti-Muslim remarks, spat on teenage girl on bus in Queens

    Bob Pitt
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Police on Tuesday were asking the public to help them find a suspect who allegedly spat on a 15-year-old girl and raised his fist to her while making anti-Muslim statements on a bus in Queens. The incident happened around 9 a.m. Monday, April 7, on a Q88 Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus at the Horace Harding Expressway (Interstate 495) and Kissena Boulevard, police said. The man walked up to the teenage girl and he made anti-Muslim statements, spat on her, and raised his fist as he threatened to punch her, police said. Police have released surveillance photos of the suspect. Anyone…
  • EDL demonstrator fined for abusive behaviour

    Bob Pitt
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    An English Defence League demonstrator was fined at court after becoming drunk during a march in Peterborough city centre in March. Andrew Robinson (46) travelled from his home in Birmingham to take part in the demonstration in Peterborough on Saturday, 29 March. He was one of 450 people who took part in the demonstration, with about 100 taking part in a counter demonstration held by the Peterborough Trades Union Council on the same day. Robinson was the only person arrested during either demonstration, and he appeared at Peterborough magistrates Court on Monday. Jackie Carradice,…
  • New York police end Muslim surveillance program

    Bob Pitt
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department’s Intelligence Division. An ongoing review of the division by new Police Commissioner William Bratton found that the same information collected by the unit could be better collected through direct contact with community groups, officials said. In a statement,…
  • Pork is the latest front in Europe’s culture wars

    Bob Pitt
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The far right is fixated on pork and is using it as an excuse to target yet another aspect of Muslim life, Gavin Titley writes. Guardian, 15 April 2014
  • Police chief condemns appointment of terror officer over ‘Islamic schools plot’

    Bob Pitt
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    One of Britain’s most senior police chiefs has attacked Michael Gove’s decision to appoint a counter-terrorism expert to investigate claims of a Islamist plot to take over schools in Birmingham. Chris Sims [pictured], chief constable of West Midlands police, condemned as “desperately unfortunate” the appointment of Peter Clarke to look into allegations of Islamic fundamentalists infiltrating schools. Peter Clarke, who served as head of the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism unit and led the investigation into the 7/7 London bombings in 2005, has been…
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    Planet Grenada

  • happy british muslims

    Abdul-Halim V.
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    From: The Honesty Policy List of participants (Rough order of appearance): Laith, Adam Deen, Safiah, Alia, Ghalia, Julie Siddiqui, Salma Yaqoob, Fuad Nahdi, Khalid Ahmed & Ruqaiya, Myriam Cerrah, Hannah Habibi Hopkins, Tanya Muneera Williams, Faisal, Izzi Hassan, Asiyah Juma, Abdul-Hakim Murad, Rukea, Nadir Nahdi, Mizan, Yaz, Sadiya Chaudhory, Kübra Gümüsay and Ali Gümüsay, Fareena Alam, Rahim Jung, Waqaas Ahmed, Saleha Islam, Mo Ansar, Rabie, Edris Khamissa, HP Team, LSE ISOC, Kifah Shah, Aisha and Tahiya, Rumi’s Cave, Thawab and Basma, Omar, Mecca2Medinah, Marwan, Bentley Wood,…
  • "america: number one warmonger" - president carter

    Abdul-Halim V.
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Salon: “America as the No. 1 warmonger”: President Jimmy Carter talks to Salon about race, cable news, “slut-shaming” and more
  • yasiin bey (mos def) + marvin gaye

    Abdul-Halim V.
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
     Amerigo Gazaway's *Soul Mates* series continues the theme of his previous work in creating collaborations that never were. On the series' latest installment, Amerigo unites Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a dream collaboration aptly titled "Yasiin Gaye". Building the album's foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye's Motown classics, Gazaway re-purposes the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey's tangled raps and Gaye's soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality much…
  • governments push for moderate muslim hip-hop

    Abdul-Halim V.
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Colorlines: The U.S. and European Push for ‘Moderate’ Muslim Hip-Hop
  • "music hath charms..."

    Abdul-Halim V.
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Salon: Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight “jihadi cool” by Hisham Aidi
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • Dear Mummy

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

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

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

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

    5 Dec 2013 | 3:38 pm
    “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realised. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” For far too long, as a nation, we've watched our father, Nelson Mandela cling to life, even when there was so little life left to cling to. I remember being shocked…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Poetry and Truth from Daniel Ladinsky's Rendition of Hafiz

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

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

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

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

    Sadiq Alam
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    What is Basirah? Basirah is Spiritual Insight, Spiritual Wisdom or in another word, Spirituality of Islam.Basirah is defined as being able to see with the Nur of Allah or Divine Light. Basirah is capacity to see with the Divine Light.The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings on him said, "Be aware of the insight of a true faithful for he sees with the Nur of Allah."How important is this subject specially in akhiruzzaman or the last days? Extremely important. Remember that the Imposter Messiah or Dajjal or Anti-Christ is one eyed and makes everyone see with one eye, only see external…
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  • Event: Speaking at Chattaqua on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • is there scientific proof for muslim belief?

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

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

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

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Wind in Bible versus Quran (1) This is the first article of the series:” The Wind in Bible versus Quran”. The Bible says that the Lord God has mouth, nostrils, feet and He was seen flying on the   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: In Bible versus Quran: the Lord God sent Lightning and troubled the Enemies Related posts: In Bible versus Quran: the Lord God shot Arrows and scattered the Enemies In Bible versus Quran: What is under the feet of the Lord God? In Bible versus Quran: What about the mouth of the Lord God?
  • The 10/10 Transformation.

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Body Transformation Expert, Chad Waterbury, Has Designed The Ultimate Training And Nutritional Program To Strip Off 10 Pounds Of Fat And Add 10 Pounds Of Muscle Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible! The 10/10 Transformation. Related posts: The Islamic Brotherhood   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The 10/10 Transformation. Related posts: The Islamic Brotherhood of Egypt – Lessons in Transformation, Scalability & Reinvention to Al-qaida Alim Winter Program 2007: Sherman Jackson Faith Freestyle- Muslim Belal- *no Music*
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    Margari Aziza

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • L. A. Times Festival of Books

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

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

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

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

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

    Ash Sharma
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    Recordings of the lecture/workshops with Fred Moten, Stefano Harney and Laura Harris at Goldsmiths last month: … Details of the event below. Black Studies: Grammars of the Fugitive A public lecture with Stefano Harney and Fred Moten Friday 6th December … Continue reading →
  • Hal Foster’s critical turn

    Ash Sharma
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:01 am
    Originally posted on The Charnel-House:. There’s a good review by Jeffrey Petts over at the low-key online publication Marx and Philosophy of Hal Foster’s excellent The Art-Architecture Complex (2011). Currently I’m writing a double-review of Foster’s book along with another very…
  • Southern Discomfort

    Ash Sharma
    9 Aug 2013 | 11:26 am
    I have started a new writing project with my long-time friend Ko Banerjea. Southern Discomfort is an experiment in developing a poetic form of critique of our contemporary situation. Maybe a sort of literary zine. This was my … Continue reading →
  • ‘The Trouble with Research’

    Ash Sharma
    18 May 2013 | 11:03 am
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    City of Brass

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

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

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

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

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

    Aziz Poonawalla
    14 Feb 2014 | 3:04 am
    Happy Valentine's Day! I am biased towards appreciating Valentine's Day not just for it's Gujarati origins but also because it's my birthday. However,...Read the full post here »
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  • “Love Everything!”

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

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:54 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” - Pema ChodronFiled under: Books & writing, Current Affairs, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Pema Chodron quote on compassion
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  • My 2014 Conference On World Affairs Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

  • What kind of country are we?

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

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

    Matthew Smith
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:12 pm
    This morning, I saw on the Facebook group for Invest in ME a link to an article on the Mad in America website announcing the launch of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP), which is to take place at the Houses of Parliament (they don’t say which house; perhaps that will be supplied to people who attend) on 30th April. Their website seems to concentrate largely on the use of drugs in psychiatry, and includes a number of stories of people’s recovery from dependency on benzodiazepines (benzos), antidepressants and other psychiatric medications. The CEP was founded by James…
  • Start of 107 days for LB

    Matthew Smith
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    This is the anniversary of Connor Sparrowhawk going into the Slade House learning disability unit in Oxford, where he died 107 days later, in the bath, as a result of staff negligence. His supporters have organised a 107-day campaign of action for him, and Mark Neary has started a blog of 107 days of stories about his own son, Steven, when he was being held in a residential unit in 2010. I don’t have the time to blog every day for 107 days on this or any other subject, but I am going to offer a few thoughts here, in light of this and of recent media appearances by Sara Ryan (his mother)…
  • When will Google fix the Chrome wi-fi bug?

    Matthew Smith
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    I’ve been using Linux on the desktop (and laptop) since about 2003, and I’ve seen it progress from being something that didn’t work with most of the hardware I had access to (including the modem on my first laptop) to something that works without incident with most of what I use (although wi-fi is the most likely to be a problem, still). When I first used it, font rendering was its biggest drawback; these days, it has the best of any major operating system including Mac OS X (on which text looks dreadful on non-Apple monitors, including mine). Recently, a bug has appeared in…
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  • Denigration of enemies

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

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

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The perception of vehicle differs from person to person. Someone would prefer to have a luxury vehicle adoring their garages, while others might go with an affordable automobile, which consumes less gas and is easy on the pocket. It is real that every specific feels the requirement of a car however the only stumbling block is the rate element. With global warming, car makers need to follow stringent emission norms while making an automobile together with the safety problem. These factors make the vehicle a highly costly option. But then there are means with which a person can acquire an…
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  • Bringing Muslims back to science

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Bringing Muslims back to science Is Muslim religious discourse on scientific matters killing the scientific aspirations of the religious? By Mohamed Ghilan, Al Jazeera, April 11, 2014 The most important rule in Islam is “judgment on anything is a branch of conceptualising it”. To determine whether a belief can be accepted by a Muslim or not, this is the first and most often repeated principle. However, when it comes to matters scientific, this indispensable rule for correct judgment is paradoxically the most disregarded one. Ever since the decline of the Islamic civilisation and…
  • Gender Issues in the New Yemen

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    By Samira Ali BinDaair, Sanaa When it comes to women and gender in Yemen, I see the discussions inevitably alternating between what is happening in politics and then back again to the same old arguments about women’s rights. I think the problem is that we always look at women’s issues from a very narrow angle lens even though we profess to uphold women’s rights, whatever those are and by whosoever’s definition. After working for the past 20 years in development programmes that spanned different agendas and a variety of target groups and where gender analysis always…
  • Creating and Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Arab World

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    Illegal excavations and military use have recently endangered Palmyra, Syria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo: UNESCO/Ron von Oers by Shatha Almutawa, American Historical Association, April 2014 A car bomb exploded outside the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo on January 24, 2014. The Egyptian Heritage Rescue Team arrived on the scene and began to assess the damage and prepare artifacts to be moved to another building. Trained by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, the Egyptian volunteers worked with museum staff until all the…
  • Ibb the Beautiful

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
  • Milking the Marathon: Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Brandeis Speech

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    by Setareh Sabety, Huffington Post, April 11, 2014 When my son, a senior at Brandeis University, forwarded me the news of the controversy surrounding the decision to grant an honorary degree to the controversial feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I took her side. I knew about her. She is a Somalian feminist, a champion of banning genital mutilation of girls, and later a member of the Dutch parliament. She reached fame when Theo Van Gogh, the director of Submission, a film that Hirsi had written criticizing women’s treatment in Islam, was killed by a fanatic. She went too far when she picked on…
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    Knocking From Inside

  • Vineyards: SpicyNodes

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

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

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

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

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

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Abu Dhabi National Energy Co (Taqa) has said it had started injecting natural gas into its partially built Bergermeer storage facility in The Netherlands, Reuters has reported. Scheduled to be completed next April, Bergermeer will nearly double the Netherlands’ gas storage capacity, said Taqa, which has invested in the project alongside Dutch energy company EBN.
  • Air Arabia to launch flights from RAK hub next month

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Air Arabia has announced it is to begin flights on May 6 from a new hub in Ras Al Khaimah, after local carrier RAK Airways suspended operations earlier this year, Bloomberg has reported. The Sharjah-based low-cost carrier will offer eight routes from Ras Al Khaimah after securing the status of official carrier from aviation officials […]
  • Turkish carrier to launch services to Manama

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Turkish airline Pegasus Airlines has said it will launch scheduled flights between Istanbul and Bahrain, Gulf Daily News has reported. The low-cost carrier will start serving the route on June 12 from the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul. The new route will connect Bahrain to 11 locations in Turkey including Adana, Izmir, Antalya, Van, […]
  • Jet Airways to shift operation to Sharjah temporarily

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    India’s Jet Airways has announced its Dubai-based operations will be shifted to Sharjah due to the closure of runway at Dubai airport from May 1 to July 20, 2014. “Jet Airways will operate some of its flights with a revised timing during this period to and from Sharjah in the UAE,” the company said. “The […]
  • DM registers 6078 contractors during first quarter of the year

    Nadeen El Ajou
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Khalid Muhammad Salih, director of Dubai rebuilding department has said that job market in Dubai, especially in the field of construction, is witnessing a boom with remarkable pace. He said this while analyzing the numbers of contractors and consulting companies registered at Dubai Municipality during the first quarter of the year. According to him, 6078 […]
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    Jahane Rumi

  • Escaping death in the Land of the Pure

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

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Last year, my book was released in Delhi. The video and transcript of the discussion have been uploaded now. Mushir ul Hasan: I’m delighted to be associated with the launch of this book; however, I believe that the subtitle of the book could have been a touch different. ‘The impressions of a Pakistani traveller’ – immediately creates […]
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  • Debt Free Muslims Podcast Episode 8 – Talking Economics, Warlords, and Riba with Dr. Jerry Hionis

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Direct download of mp3 Debt Free Muslim Podcast Episode 8 This episode is brought to you by – Because Muslims matter. Jerry Hionis holds a PhD from Temple University located in Philadelphia, PA. His primary research is in conflict theory with an emphasis on civil conflicts and Warlord-like competition. Other research interests include game theory, economic development, Islamic economic theory and history, political theory and African economics. He is also a professor at Temple University. In this podcast we discuss: How Dr. Jerry Hionis got into his field of Economics How…
  • From Kansas to Palestine, Hatred and Pie

    Zeba Khan
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    So a 73 year old KKK member has just gone on a shooting spree in Kansas, killing three people.  He specifically targeted people of the Jewish faith.  For every Muslim who condemns the killings and extends their sympathies to the Jewish community, expect to be asked, “But what about Palestine?” Because now that the shooting has stopped, let the shame grenading begin. This kind of thing happens pretty much any time a Muslim expresses sympathy or concern for death or oppression of anyone other than Muslims. “You want us to pray for Boston? How can you condemn the Boston…
  • “Dad, I’m Not Going to Medical School” – Real Talk with our Parents

    Nihal Khan
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The Story It had been a few days since Salman thought about telling his parents. He had received a full scholarship from Columbia University to study journalism, a subject he was insanely passionate about and which had already given him a jump start in a career. He was the editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, wrote numerous editorials for the town paper, and had a published online magazine. Though he knew he could be extremely successful as a journalist, Salman's parents were very set on sending their son off to medical school.  The problem was that Salman had absolutely no interest…
  • Debt Free Muslims Podcast – Interview With Shaykh Yusuf Delorenzo on Islamic Finance in the West

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Direct download of mp3 Debt Free Muslim Podcast Episode 7 This episode is brought to you by – Because Muslims matter. Shaykh DeLorenzo is a member of the Sharia board for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). He is considered a leading authority on Islamic finance in the United States. He has translated over twenty books from Arabic, Persian, and Urdu for publication, including a three-volume Compendium of Legal Rulings on the Operations of Islamic Banks. Shaykh DeLorenzo has also been a pioneer in internet education with a…
  • Taking A Closer Look At Arabic Calligraphy

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    By Rafiq Elmansy Original post can be found at Arabic calligraphy was originally a tool for communication, but with time, it began to be used in architecture, decoration and coin design. Its evolution into these major roles was a reflection of the early Muslims' need to avoid, as their beliefs required, figures and pictorials that were used as idols before Islam was established in the Arabian Peninsula. While the Arabic tribes preferred to memorize texts and poetry, the first Muslims tried to document…
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  • like Quora for Middle East, attracts 2.4 million visitors last 30 days alone

    Gaith Saqer
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
     Raed Malhas CEO of a href=”” target=”_blank”> explains, the rise of the Arab Spring brought forth a surge in demand for new technology in the Middle East as residents clamored for more “Western” technologies. To that, there are now approximately 300 Million Arabic internet users — a number roughly equivalent to that of the U.S. Originally from Jordan, but schooled in technology domestically at Microsoft and then as a successful entrepreneur, Malhas saw this as an opportunity to not only get an early foothold in this…
  • BREAKING: Intel Closes its Office in Egypt

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

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

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

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

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 14th, 2013

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

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

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Categories: Press releaseTags: Alex Koshy, All India Christian Council, Coalition Against Genocide, Freedom of religion, Hindu American Foundation, Human rights in India, Human RIghts Watch, John Dayal, Joseph Pitts, Keith Ellison, Pew Research Center, Robin Phillips, Social Issues, Tom LantosBroad range of experts call for inclusion of human rights and religious freedom in the US-India Strategic Dialogue. April 4th 2014: Coalition Against Genocide (CAG –, a broad alliance dedicated to justice and accountability for the Gujarat pogroms of 2002,…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 31st, 2014

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Batla House remarks, Dal Khalsa, Gujarat 2002, Humayun's Tomb, Infighting in BJP, Ishrat encounter, Narendra Modi, V.K. MalhotraIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Modi, Media And Terror Threats Notice to V.K. Malhotra over Batla House remarks Narendra Modi must answer why my brother arrested just before elections: Mufti Abdul Mughni SC holds Akhilesh govt guilty of negligence, orders arrest of all Muzaffarnagar accused Modi’s remark on 2002 Gujarat riots [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 24th, 2014

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Advocate Mahmood Pracha, Amit Shah's link in Muzaffarnagar riots, Fake Encounter, Fasih Mehmood, Ghost of Godhra, Gujarat 2002, Narendra Modi, Rakesh Maria, Sachar review panel, SIT Report, WikiLeaks, Zakia JafriIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Death threats to Advocate Pracha and intimidation of online media are unacceptable, say Indian Americans News Headlines Rakesh Maria should be arrested for conducting activities which are terror related: Advocate Pracha Two Haryana policemen get life sentence for fake encounter ‘Reject The Closure…
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  • Pakistan Taliban favour talks with government but no truce

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Islamabad : The Pakistani Taliban has decided against extending its ceasefire but the dialogue process with the government will continue, a spokesperson of the militant outfit said Wednesday. The Taliban ceasefire expired April 10, Xinhua reported. The group declared a month-long ceasefire March 1 and later extended it for 10 days. The government also suspended air strikes against the Taliban hideouts in Waziristan tribal regions during the period. The Taliban spokesperson accused the government of failing to make any progress on the Taliban's demands - release of non-combatant prisoners and…
  • Egyptian court jails former presidential candidate for seven years

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Cairo : An Egyptian court Wednesday jailed a controversial Islamist leader and former presidential candidate for seven years for falsifying his nomination papers. Hazem Abou Ismael submitted in his nomination papers for the 2012 presidential elections that he was born to Egyptian parents as required by the constitution but it was later discovered that his mother was an American national, Xinhua reported. Ismael, the founder of the Rayah Salafist party, is also facing other charges, including inciting violence and murder after former president Mohamed Morsi was removed by the army last July.
  • 120 Egypt Muslim Brotherhood supporters get 3 years in jail

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Cairo : An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 120 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood group to three years in jail each over riotous acts in October last year. As Egypt was commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1973 war against Israel, rival rallies by supporters and opponents of Muslim Brotherhood turned violent, leaving more than 50 people killed in October last year, Xinhua reported. The defendants faced also charges including unlawful assembly and thuggery. Following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, his supporters have been holding continual protests…
  • Musharraf's treason case hearing adjourned till April 24

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Islamabad : The special court constituted to try Pakistan's former president Parvez Musharraf for treason charges Wednesday adjourned its hearing until April 24. Prosecutor Akram Sheikh, during the hearing, said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) found evidence only against the former president related to the declaration of emergency Nov 3 in 2007, Dawn online reported. Sheikh added that the documents contained only Musharraf's signature. According to the law of Pakistan, the person signing a document is solely responsible for the act and in this case the then prime minister was not…
  • Indian election elicits keen interest in Pakistan

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    By Nivedita, Lahore : Will Narendra Modi win? Will India get a stable government? What are Arvind Kejriwal's prospects? Is the Congress finished? The questions fly thick and fast in Pakistan, where interest in India's ongoing parliamentary election runs high, for once overriding questions on all other issues including Kashmir. An IANS journalist who visited Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital, to cover the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, was bombarded with dozens of questions on the world's largest electoral exercise. There was not a single question on Kashmir! Many Pakistanis have their…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • Bittersweet Solitude

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

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

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

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

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