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  • Workers killed in China coal mine fire

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    At least 24 workers killed and 52 injured in the blaze at mine in northeastern Liaoning province, state media reports.
  • Ferguson: protesters take to streets in 'dozens' of US cities – live

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Oliver Laughland in New York
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Obama on Ferguson: ‘Your president will be right there with you’Officer Darren Wilson appears on ABC NewsProtests over grand jury decision continue in major cities around US 10.50pm ET Guardian reporter Jon Swaine reported about 15 minutes ago that police in Ferguson fired tear or smoke gas towards protestors gathered at the police department: Smoke and/or gas fired at ferguson PD police match into crowdReports of bottles and fireworks being thrown at officers in front of #Ferguson PD. Officers holding the line. 10.44pm ET My colleague Raya Jalabi and I have compiled a list of all the…
  • Islam in China is Back!

    Islam in China
    Wang Daiyu
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    After a hiatus of almost 6 months, Islam in China is back. Expect regular posts from now onwards. Hope to see our regular visitors back again. Also expect to see updates on the Chinese American Muslims project.
  • 2.5 lakh votes polled, Congress candidate gets just 1,000: Where has Congress' traditional vote gone?

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    IndscribeIsn't it shocking that more than 2.5 lakh voters exercise their franchise in an Assembly constituency and while the candidates who come first and second secured well over 1 lakh votes each, the Congress candidate who comes fourth gets just 1035 votes.NCP candidate had got 1.23 lakh votes and Shiv Sena candidate got 1.17 lakh. Just 0.4% of the voters in the constituency chose Congress.The question comes naturally that where has Congress' traditional vote disappeared?This happened in Kagal constituency in Maharashtra. But that's not the lone example.Such trends were witnessed in many…

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  • Ferguson: protesters take to streets in 'dozens' of US cities – live

    Oliver Laughland in New York
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Obama on Ferguson: ‘Your president will be right there with you’Officer Darren Wilson appears on ABC NewsProtests over grand jury decision continue in major cities around US 10.50pm ET Guardian reporter Jon Swaine reported about 15 minutes ago that police in Ferguson fired tear or smoke gas towards protestors gathered at the police department: Smoke and/or gas fired at ferguson PD police match into crowdReports of bottles and fireworks being thrown at officers in front of #Ferguson PD. Officers holding the line. 10.44pm ET My colleague Raya Jalabi and I have compiled a list of all the…
  • Tony Abbott: David Johnston has my full confidence – question time live

    Gabrielle Chan
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Abbott under pressure to drop the defence minister, David Johnston, after the PM was forced to defend the Australian Submarine Company, while Jacqui Lambie expects a deal on defence pay. Follow it live... 2.51pm AEST Wong to Johnston, will the minister undertake to build 12 news subs at ASC in Adelaide?The one important ingredient missing from (Wong’s) case is truth. It is untenable for him to continue in the ministry of defence. 2.44pm AEST David Leyonhjelm asks about the Renewable Energy Target and whether the RET was an achievable target.Mathias Cormann says they are taking advice on it…
  • The mixtape: Hiatus Kaiyote, the Western Shore, Grace and more

    Monica Tan, Martin Farrer and Janine Israel
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Slinky neo-soul from Hiatus Kaiyote, vintage country from the Western Shore and the dark synth-pop of GraceNeo-soul four-piece Hiatus Kaiyote have been taking their silky smooth sound to select shows around the country and are appearing this weekend at the Queenscliff music festival. The Melbourne band dropped their debut LP Tawk Tomahawk in 2012, but it was the album’s final track Nakamarra – an exercise in downtempo groove paired with the rich tones of lead singer Nai Palm – that began snaking its way through the music world. Before long it was picked up by such R&B luminaries as…
  • Missouri governor ramps up national guard presence 'significantly' – as it happened

    Tom McCarthy in New York
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Ferguson area will see thousands of troopsOfficials vow to prevent return of violence ‘Criminals terrorized this community’ governor Nixon saysProtesters: ‘Black lives matter’Read the latest blog summary 5.49pm ET We’re going to transfer our coverage from this live blog, which is now wrapping up, to a new live blog being started by my colleage Oliver Laughland (@oliverlaughland). Here’s a summary of where things stand: 5.36pm ET Here are some of those guardsmen, via a Wall Street Journal reporter: Line of Guardsmen in front of Ferguson PD. All wearing MP branch designators, only a…
  • Fund managers must block absurd BG Group pay deal

    Nils Pratley
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    A pay package of up to £25m for incoming chief executive Helge Lund is crazy and should be rejected by BG’s shareholders‘Excessive, inflammatory and a red rag to the enemies of the free market.” The rocket fired at BG Group by Simon Walker, director general of the Institute of Directors, hits its mark. A pay package of up to £25m for incoming chief executive Helge Lund is absurd, even by modern boardroom standards, and should be rejected by BG’s shareholders.The arrogance of BG’s board is twofold. First, it wants to cast aside a pay policy for executives that was agreed with…
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  • Islam in China is Back!

    Wang Daiyu
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    After a hiatus of almost 6 months, Islam in China is back. Expect regular posts from now onwards. Hope to see our regular visitors back again. Also expect to see updates on the Chinese American Muslims project.
  • Meeting Chinese Muslims in China

    Wang Daiyu
    29 May 2014 | 8:29 am
    Farrukh Younas talks about his experiences of meeting Chinese Muslims in China over at This is no more evident than in Xinjiang where on a trip to Urumqi, not only did I discover having just trekked to Glacier Number 1 in a -30c wind that my translator was in fact Muslim as well, but I asked her to recite the shahada, the Muslim testimony of faith, in Chinese. With a day free in Urumqi, I wandered around the city where I happened upon numerous mosques. This part of China, so close to central Asian countries was also full of visiting businessmen and women, including a number from…
  • Explosions in Xinjiang

    Wang Daiyu
    22 May 2014 | 5:01 am
    More blasts in Xinjiang. We hope and pray that peace and calm prevails. Here is the relevant from AFP via Straight Times. Chinese security personnel guarding a checkpoint along one of the highways leading into Beijing on May 20, 2014. — PHOTO: AFP  BEIJING (AFP/REUTERS) – An unknown number of people have been killed and injured in an attack on an open-air market in Urumqi, capital of the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang which is home to mostly Muslim Uighurs, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. Two off-road vehicles ploughed into people at the market and…
  • Malays, Chinese and Islam

    Wang Daiyu
    21 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    The issue of ethnicity in Malaysia should be complex one but the system in the country has evolved in such a manner that there is strong identification between religion and ethnicity in Malaysia: The Malays are presumed to be Muslims regardless of their beliefs, there is a strong identification between being Chinese and Buddhism or Traditional Chinese Religions and in the case of Indians it is Hindus. That said there are Christian and Muslim minorities among the Chinese and Indians. Because of this strong identification there is also a psychological barrier for many Chinese people to convert…
  • Islam in China – Backonline

    Wang Daiyu
    17 May 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The Islam in China blog has been almost inactive for the last 6 months or so. I have only posted a couple of times in that period. It is mainly because of my father’s passing away that I have not really been engaged with the world. It is however how time to reengage with the world and expand the Islam in China project. Also expect to see updates on our sister website. ( Your feedback and suggestions on how to improve this website and the Islam in China project would be greatly appreciated.
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • 2.5 lakh votes polled, Congress candidate gets just 1,000: Where has Congress' traditional vote gone?

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    IndscribeIsn't it shocking that more than 2.5 lakh voters exercise their franchise in an Assembly constituency and while the candidates who come first and second secured well over 1 lakh votes each, the Congress candidate who comes fourth gets just 1035 votes.NCP candidate had got 1.23 lakh votes and Shiv Sena candidate got 1.17 lakh. Just 0.4% of the voters in the constituency chose Congress.The question comes naturally that where has Congress' traditional vote disappeared?This happened in Kagal constituency in Maharashtra. But that's not the lone example.Such trends were witnessed in many…
  • Growing sectarianism among Indian Muslims: Trend of criticizing the 'other' sects, terming their practices as 'un-Islamic'

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    (C) INDSCRIBEThe growing sectarianism within Muslims, especially, the Sunnis in India, which I exerienced this year on Muharram, has left me deeply disturbed.The sects and sub-sects existed earlier too. The Shia-Sunni conflict was no issue on the street anywhere in India, except in Lucknow.In fact, people from all the sects, observed Muharram as per their own traditions. In the last couple of years, I had seen hardening of attitudes within Sunnis. It seemed neither the Deobandis, nor the Barelvis, whom I knew, 'approve' of the way Muharram is observed. [See the TEN POINTS below]Most of these…
  • Muharram in India: Mourning for Imam Husain's martyrdom, Ashura traditions in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    IndscribeIndia is a vast country and Muharram is observed across the length and breadth of the nation.Not just Muslims, Hindus too take part in Muharram. In fact, Muharram reflects local culture in each state and region of the country.From district to district, the shapes and forms of Tazias, the rituals differ. However, the passion remains same among Muslims and Hindus.Muharram in small cities, townsGenerally, photographs from major cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad are seen in newspapers and media. In major cities in Central India like Jabalpur, Bhopal, Raipur, Indore,…
  • Why Muslims don't want to vote for Congress, not even willing to consider party as second or third option?

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    (C) INDSCRIBEAfter Congress' loss in Haryana and Maharashtra, which was not unexpected, a lot of things were analysed but an important aspect was not mentioned.I don't see anyone discussing the trend of Muslims' voting pattern--not considering Congress even as second or third option. Did you notice the recent voting trend in Haryana? More than 52% Muslims voted for INLD, 27% to other parties and JUST 16% MUSLIMS voted for Congress in Haryana.We will delve into the statistics, the trend, reasons and implications too. But do remember that this happened in Haryana, not a state like Maharashtra…
  • Diwali celebrations in Sindh and other regions of Pakistan

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    Following the shocking incidents in Dudley, where Britain First have announced its intention to bury pig remains around the site of the new mosque, I am posting below an article I’ve written for The Conversation introducing Britain First, its ideologies and activities. To read the full article, click here. Britain First – the party taking […]
  • RADIO: Discussing the Government’s Anti Muslim Hatred Working Group, BBC Radio WM

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:28 am
    Below is a recording of my appearance on Pete Morgan’s Breakfast Show on BBC Radio WM from last Friday (31st October 2014) where we discussed the Government’s Anti Muslim Hatred Working Group. Tagged: All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, APPG on Islamophobia, BBC Radio WM, Islam, Islamophobia, Muslims, Pete Morgan, politics
  • Article: The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif – The Conversation

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Click here to read the full version of my latest article for The Conversation. Some of the article is reproduced below: The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif For some time, my research has shown that Muslim women who wear the hijab or other types of Muslim attire are the most likely to […]
  • Journal Article: Britain First: The ‘Frontline Resistance’ to the Islamification of Britain – Political Quarterly

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    Last week saw the publication of my article “Britain First: The ‘Frontline Resistance’ to the Islamification of Britain” in the respected academic journal, The Political Quarterly. If my investigations are correct, then this is the first academic article to be published about Britain First. As with many academic articles, you will likely need to have a subscription […]
  • Article: Why I Quit the Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group – Huffington POst

    4 Nov 2014 | 3:16 am
    Reproduced below is my ‘open letter’ explaining the reasons why I quit the Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group. This was originally published in the Huffington Post on 30th October 2014 and can be found by clicking here. “Shortly after the re-launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Islamophobia in November 2011, I was […]
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Four EDL members guilty of violent disorder during July 2013 protest

    Bob Pitt
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Gary Watts, Anthony Webster and Simon Reeve A further four members of the English Defence League (EDL) have been found guilty of violent disorder during a bloody demonstration in Birmingham city centre. Following a trial, the jury convicted Adrian Rimmel, 50, of Swallow Avenue, Smithswood, Simon Reeve, 43, of London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, Gary Watts, 29, of Parsoles Avenue, Dagenham, Essex and Anthony Webster, 38, of Strathmore Crescent, Newcastle, of the offence on July 20, 2013. Footage from the incident – which included demonstrators trying to use a portaloo as a weapon against cops…
  • Diane Abbott major speech: The age of intolerance

    Bob Pitt
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    THE AGE OF INTOLERANCE The Fight Against Racism, Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia in a Time of Austerity Speech by Diane Abbott MP Tuesday 25th November 2014 6.30-8.00pm The School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), The Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG As one of London’s longest serving MPs who has campaigned against racism and discrimination in all its forms her entire adult life, Diane Abbott MP is giving a major speech about racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia at the School of African and Oriental Studies. Her speech is taking place against the…
  • Mutilated pig left outside mosque in Perth

    Bob Pitt
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    A mutilated pig has been found strewn outside the main entrance of a Perth mosque today. Imam Shabir Moosa told that a pig’s head, some of its limbs and guts were discovered about 8am by one of the students leaving the Masjid Ibrahim mosque and a local community member. Islamic law forbides the consumption of pork and Imam Moosa said the incident could have been motivated by an “objection” to their beliefs. “It’s an awful thing to see, and while we do not consume pigs, animal brutality universally is not acceptable, so it’s disheartening from that angle as well,” he…
  • Another fake anti-Islam quote from the far right

    Bob Pitt
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    We recently remarked, in connection with the New Daily Patriot falsely attributing a quote to Zakir Naik, on how the far right happily post and repost transparently fake Islamophobic propaganda without making the slightest attempt to check its accuracy. Here is another recent example, from Britain First’s Facebook page. It quotes Marco Polo as stating that “the militant Muslim is the person who beheads the infidel, while the moderate Muslim holds the feet of the victim”. As you can see, it has proved quite popular, having been shared nearly 1,800 times. The book known…
  • Reports and comment from Islamophobia Watch 17‑23 November

    Bob Pitt
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:43 am
    Reports and comment from Islamophobia Watch 17-23 November 2014 Tucson: Eviction notices served on students after beer and liquor bottles thrown at Islamic Center  23 November 2014 EDL protest in Luton draws around 400  22 November 2014 Hate crime surge caused by media misrepresentation of Muslims  22 November 2014 How ‘free speech’ is used to justify Islamophobia  22 November 2014 Fired Muslim workers reach settlement with DHL  22 November 2014 Muslim cemetery vandalized; Bosnian refugees fear hate crime  21 November 2014 Graffiti attack on Santa Cruz mosque …
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  • Chocolate Mousse

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    For me, the mark of a good recipe is simplicity. Probably because, as a working mother of five (yes, you read right), I just don’t have the time or energy for fussy culinary experiments. And if the recipe is versatile, then it’s a definite keeper. After all, cooking and baking ought to be an adventure every time. I’ve long been intrigued by chocolate mousse. I blame it on that picnic by the river some months back where the overpriced and unimpressive picnic basket we were supplied with, redeemed itself with a sliver of dark, gooey chocolate mousse cake. The venue wasn't half bad…
  • As Rewrites go...

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

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

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

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

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:10 pm
    By Laila Lalami. A conquistador leads a party of 600 into present-day Florida.  A decade later, four men from the expedition emerge in Mexico: three Spainards and a black Muslim.  This is The Moor’s Account.  If it is fiction, it is fiction truer than any American history I got in high school. It’s a story we need so much and nearly had, making the book seem more like the recovery of history than the inventing of it.   GoodReads Page
  • Review: Getting Filthy Rich

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is Mohsin Hamid’s 3rd book. Like The Reluctant Fundamentalist, it is short, well-paced and innovative. At 200 pages, you could read it in a day. In the second chapter, Hamid promises not to waste your time like the pompous gasbags of “foreign” literature such as Salman Rushdie. OK, he doesn’t mention Rushdie by name, but I know that’s who he meant. HTGFRIRA is addressed to the second person: you are receiving directions from the self-help book you hold in your hand. The device works flawlessly, allowing Hamid to zoom way out to discuss the…
  • Landscape and Environment in Islam

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

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

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

  • What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works?

    Sadiq Alam
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    We Can Never Thank EnoughIf we are lucky and enjoying good health, no complications, we are not suffering in hospital - then if we think about it, and if we have any idea about our own biology, the tremendously complex systems that is part of our physical being - then we may well understand that fact that we are actually immersed in an ocean of mercy from God. How is that? Because there are countless instances in our body where a very tiny thing if gone wrong can make us instantly paralyzed, can take away our ability to move any muscle or ability to speak or to move our finger tips.And when…
  • Light on Light ~ The Ruba’iya’t of Omar Khayya’m

    Sadiq Alam
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Weaving mystical metaphorsIdeas Divine - GOD Awakens In this Soul of minePersian carpets of Light - Life - LoveUntying lies - fly throughJewelled doors opening ParadiseResonance NOW Realization, Rolls - Royce of reasoned Words glide silently As the Mind seeking findsItself - showering stars Of IlluminationAbove penetrates Belowso, CreationRemembrance - JOY - Elevation~ Translation by Charles MuglestonThe Hebe Theatre Company [+] Please visit For full multimedia experience and enjoy sacred sound and music. Blessings, Sadiq Muhammad Alam Chief Editor, Researcher and Author…
  • In Search of the Khidr of this Age by Imran N. Hosein

    Sadiq Alam
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    1.And at the junction of two oceans (Majm’aa al-Bahrain),upon the rock,they found a servant from among the specially chosen servantsto whom the Divine Authority had given mercyand had taught him direct knowledge (ilm ladunni).Behold, the Divine Authority is Hu Who encompasses both past and present in His infinite knowledge,and no sentient being can attain a single thing of His secret Knowledgeexcept for what He wills.~ Message of the Qur'an, the final transmission and forever open communication   2.Praise be to Allah Most Wise, and peace and blessings on the beloved Messenger of Allah…
  • Munajat for Ahl al-Bayt (The Holy Family of Prophet Muhammad)

    Sadiq Alam
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    O Allah help us to remember the Ahl al-Baytand give us the capacity to recognize and learn about their virtuous lives.O Allah help us to follow the Ahl al-Bayt who will never separate from Your Message (the Qur'an) until they meet Your beloved Prophet Muhammad at the Kawthar. O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, the upholders and revivers of the deen of Islam.O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, a life…
  • The Eternal Karbala and Remembering Imam Husayn's Sacrifice

    Sadiq Alam
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    "Karbala witnessed the last manifestation of the pure revolutionary faith of Islam."~ Sheikh Imran Hossein1.The 10th day of Muharram, the Day of Ashura for Muslims around the world is a day to remember the martyrdom of Imam Husayn, the anniversary of his sacrifice for truth and justice as a day of solemn mourning. But what is the use of the wailing and beating of chests if the memory of Imam Husayn is buried in emotionalism conveniently separate form our lives in a world where daily the heirs of Imam Husayn struggle against the modern Yazids? If his sacrifice is to have any meaning for us…
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  • Why Peter Kassig was the Islamic State's greatest threat (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Why Peter Kassig was the Islamic State's greatest threat (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service. With each bloody act, Islamic State militants demonstrate their need for self-importance overrides any moral, ethical, or religious boundary. Peter Kassig’s beheading is a microcosm of all the Islamic State wants, and religion is not high on that list.
  • The delicate politics of school holidays (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    The delicate politics of school holidays (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service. Changing school calendars is a politically difficult maneuver because it makes statements about community identity. Our initial school calendar was determined by a mix of agricultural schedules and dominant religious thought. The result: summers off to work the land, and the end of December off to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Despite changing economies and demographics, we hold on to this system because it tells a story of who we are as a nation.
  • The Islamophobia Of Media Analysis In ‘Lone Wolf’ Shootings

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Islamophobia Of Media Analysis In ‘Lone Wolf’ Shootings. The recent attacks on military and law enforcement personnel in Canada and the U.S. raises the specter of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, making Muslims suspect. Such thinking is superficial and reactionary. In the age of modern Islamophobia, it is a situation of owning a hammer and thinking everything is a nail. Looking at so-called “lone wolf” attacks in more detail and in a larger context reveals disconcerting issues in mental health care and media representations of Islam.
  • ISIS: More Manson Family Than Religious Movement - The Takeaway

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    ISIS: More Manson Family Than Religious Movement - The Takeaway. Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Hofstra University, argues that extremism appeals to those with mental illness because of their perceived lack of control in their own lives. 
  • State of Formation - The World is on Fire, so I rode The Ark

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

  • Western Leaders Release Video; Urge Muslims To Convert

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The leaders of six Western nations whose inhabitants have, at least in the distant past, experienced the redemptive insights of the Enlightenment, with its insistence that reason should play a foundational role in human thought and that an idea like   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Western Leaders Release Video; Urge Muslims To Convert Related posts: Is Muslims Loyalty is Doubtful in Western Nations? Neo-Muslim Intellectuals in the West and their Contributions to Islamic Thought and the Formation of Western Islam: An Exploratory Investigation of the … Religious…
  • Theist vs atheist: Does God exist? Part 2 Sec.10

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    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? Part 2 Sec. 5 Theist vs atheist: Does God exist? Part 2 Sec. 6 Theist vs atheist:   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Theist vs atheist: Does God exist? Part 2 Sec.10 Related posts: Theist vs atheist: Does God exist? Part 2 Sec. 5 Theist vs atheist: Does God exist? Part 2 Sec. 6 Theist vs atheist: Does God exist? Part 1/6
  • Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p3 – Ali al-Timimi

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    In this very important lecture the basic foundations on what Islam is based on and the primary sources from which the Islamic rulings are derived including the very important principles of Islam are explained in a very clear and concise   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p3 – Ali al-Timimi Related posts: Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p3 – Ali al-Timimi Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p6 – Ali al-Timimi Muslim Belief: Foundation, Sources & Principles p6…
  • Most Unusual Christmas CD from Shawn Rae Builds a Bridge Between Religions with the Message: “Love Knows No Borders”

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    (Vocus/PRWEB) December 28, 2010 It’s not every day that an entertainer from the Muslim world decides to record an album of Christmas classics. But then, November 6, 2007 was no ordinary day. As King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Most Unusual Christmas CD from Shawn Rae Builds a Bridge Between Religions with the Message: “Love Knows No Borders” Related posts: Faith Matters: The Origin of Christmas (English) Religions In India Self Love: A Letter to my sisters
  • Islam 101- What Do Muslims Believe? Part 1 Of 2

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    This video discusses the 6 tenets of faith and the 5 pillars of Islam. Related posts: Islam 101- What Do Muslims Believe? Faith Matters: Allegations Made Against Ahmadi Muslims – Part 1 (English) Faith Matters: Allegations Made Against Ahmadi   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Islam 101- What Do Muslims Believe? Part 1 Of 2 Related posts: Islam 101- What Do Muslims Believe? Faith Matters: Allegations Made Against Ahmadi Muslims – Part 1 (English) Faith Matters: Allegations Made Against Ahmadi Muslims – Part 2 (English)
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    Margari Aziza

  • Open Letter to the Organizers of the African-American Islamic Summit

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

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

    Margari Aziza Hill
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      This short video below outlines one of the major motivation for doing this work, my work in an Islamic school. I am committed to supporting healthy environments for Muslim children to thrive and prosper. I found that many of our children were ill equipped with the skills necessary to challenge the racism they faced, whether it came from their peers or from the broader society. I don’t want people to think that the experience was all negative. I saw many wonderful examples of students and families who embodied Islam. I have a young daughter and I constantly pray that my daughter…
  • Muslim Anti-Racism Response to Structural Racism

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

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

    Laila Lalami
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    What a pleasure and an honor it was to be part of the Chinua Achebe Legacy Series at CCNY! Thank you to all who came to my reading. I’m back home now, but already preparing for two other events. I will be in Arizona next week, for a reading at Yavapai College: November 14, 2014 7:00 PM Reading and on-stage conversation Yavapai College 1100 E. Sheldon Street Prescott, Arizona The following weekend, I will be in Florida for the Miami Book Fair, doing a reading with Kathryn Harrison and Kristin Downey. Here are the details: November 23, 2014 2:30 PM Miami Book Fair Room 8503 Building 8,…
  • Readings, Interviews, TV

    Laila Lalami
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    I feel like I’ve been on an airplane for the last couple of weeks. I went to the Chicago Humanities Festival, where I gave a reading, followed by a conversation with Gina Frangello. (Here is a recap of the event, if you’re interested.) Then I went back home for one day and had to head right back out for the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. I met with my lovely Canadian editor, gave two readings at Harbourfront Centre, and did a panel conversation with Sarah Waters and Valerie Martin for Writers & Company on CBC. In other news, I will be on The Late Late Show with…
  • October 26, 2014

    Laila Lalami
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    12:30PM Laila Lalami in conversation with Gina Frangello Chicago Humanities Festival Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Screening Room, University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Share/Bookmark
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    Laila Lalami
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    7:30PM Reading International Festival of Authors Harbourfront Centre 207 Queens Quay West Toronto, Canda Share/Bookmark
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    Laila Lalami
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    7:30 PM Reading International Festival of Authors Harbourfront Centre 207 Queens Quay West Toronto, Canda Share/Bookmark
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    17 Nov 2014 | 1:13 am
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  • The funny thing is that Muslims usually go crazy w...

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    The funny thing is that Muslims usually go crazy when you say that this is not women's choice. they all tell you that you are wrong!!!but am I really? if you didnt force your little daughters to wear a massive blanket when they are 6 yrs old, would they wear it at later ages? i highly doubt it. some women do go for it at later ages, but that is only due to social pressure and its likes.
  • Believing in something such as God or Allah is why...

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Believing in something such as God or Allah is why your prayers are not being answered. Because nobody is up there to get your prayers in the first place!!
  • Dear Ask Muslims, My name is Robert Sievers. Here...

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Dear Ask Muslims,My name is Robert Sievers. Here is the link to my web site. am glad you are looking for the truth. You must decide why Muslim prayers aren't being answered. One alternative is that it is because of one of the reasons you listed. The other alternative is that God told the prophet Abraham "And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”As long as the Muslims continue to curse Abraham's descendents, the nation of Israel, they will not…
  • A lady who lies and give yourself a mans name onli...

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    A lady who lies and give yourself a mans name online cannot be trusted. If you put comment with really name and with your website madam we will be happy to hear. All we have to say start with truth. Peace
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  • My first day of wearing rida to school

    Aziz Poonawalla
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Zainab Jamali is a teenaged Muslim American girl in Los Angeles. As a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community, she recently took her misaq (an oath marking the symbolic passage to adulthood) on the hand of the community's spiritual leader, the 53rd Dai ul-Mutlaq, His Holiness Syedna (Mola) Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS). After misaq, it is considered obligatory for women to dress in the traditional rida, an...Read the full post here »
  • Muslims en masse for Modi at Madison Square

    Aziz Poonawalla
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to a huge crowd of Indian expats in New York City on Monday night, outlining his vision of India's future and making an explicit appeal to the NRI community to support their home country - particularly with their wallets. Modi was also saavy enough to recognize that visas remain a perennial hassle for NRIs seeking to...Read the full post here »
  • Hussein Abdullah gets a penalty for doing sajda in the endzone on Monday Night Football

    Aziz Poonawalla
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am As a (very) recent convert to the joy of American Football, I am fascinated by the penalty issued to Kansas City Chiefs' safety Hussein Abdullah for performing a sajda (prayer prostration) of thanks after an epic 39-yard pick-six on Patriots' QB Tom Brady. Public prayers by Christian players such as Tim Tebow have been celebrated, but despite the...Read the full post here »
  • the NFL, concussions, and domestic abuse #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft

    Aziz Poonawalla
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    A lot of my friends who aren't into football have remarked upon my newfound interest in football as being somewhat out-of-character (true, at first glance, but i'll address that later) and also critiqued the sport for all its attendant social problems. Of those, the two main ones are domestic abuse by players and concussion injuries. Concussion injuries are nothing to take lightly. I have not done nearly enough...Read the full post here »
  • 13 years after 9-11

    Aziz Poonawalla
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    I honestly don't have much left to say that I have not said already. But it is worth at least remarking on this, the anniversary of the attacks, that the global challenges facing the world today have almost nothing to...Read the full post here »
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  • Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Just in time for Holiday gift giving, I have published Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing – a slim volume of poems, and lovely photography by fellow traveler Jim Kosinski to accompany each one .  These love songs are, of course, Sufi poems, and a few odds and ends formed out of that same Source of all joy. They follow no formal rhyme or metre, except when they do, and have only the path of love as a common theme. It is available as both a slim Paperback from Amazon for $13.99, and an Ebook from Google Play or Smashwords for $3.99.   Order…
  • Rumi’s Thanksgiving Poem

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Thanksgiving is sweeter than bounty itself. One who cherishes gratitude does not cling to the gift! Thanksgiving is the true meat of God’s bounty; the bounty is its shell, For thanksgiving carries you to the hearth of the Beloved. Abundance alone brings heedlessness, thanksgiving gives birth to alertness… The bounty of thanksgiving will satisfy and elevate you, and you will bestow a hundred bounties in return. Eat your fill of God’s delicacies, and you will be freed from hunger and begging. - Jalaluddin Rumi Ya Haqq! Filed under: Islam, Islamic Artists,…
  • “Love ought to change you.”

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “Love ought to change you. If love remains only lip-service you do not really love. If love does not change you from the inside, from your heart and soul, and if it does not fundamentally change your behavior, your words, and even in your non-verbal communication, than you have not even started to love; you would be just a talker.” — Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy Ya Haqq!Filed under: Commentary, Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Shaykh al-Ninowy
  • “Those who don’t feel this love pulling them like a river…”

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Those who don’t feel this Love Pulling them like a river, Those who don’t drink dawn Like a cup of spring water, Or take in sunset like supper, Those who don’t want to change, Let them sleep. This Love is beyond the study of theology, That old trickery and hypocrisy. If you want to improve your mind that way, Sleep on. I’ve given up on my brain. I’ve torn the cloth to shreds And thrown it away. If you’re not completely naked, Wrap your beautiful robe of words Around you, And sleep… - RumiFiled under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism…
  • Wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan – Creating Your Own Knowledge

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: The teacher, however great, can never give his knowledge to the pupil; the pupil must create his own knowledge. Truth by its very nature cannot be uttered, cannot be given. One cannot give that which cannot be put into speech. So the teacher gives a method for finding the truth, for unfolding it, for unlocking that which seems to be in one’s heart. It is clearly impossible for anyone to impart his knowledge to another person; he can only show him how to unfold his own knowledge to himself. Everybody possesses a kingdom, but he has to find it. - Inayat Khan…
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  • Palestinians are not just irrational haters

    Matthew Smith
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last Tuesday, two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem, killing four rabbis and a Druze Israeli policeman. It was revealed that several of the rabbis killed were immigrants from Britain and the USA; one of them, Avraham Goldberg, had previously been a rabbi in north London. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility, but Israeli police believed the two men acted alone. The Israeli police delayed releasing the men’s bodies to their families as a supposed deterrent to others, and also demolished their family’s homes, as is now standard…
  • I’m a professional driver, and I’m not a knucklehead

    Matthew Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    Last week Mark Reckless, who had stood down as a Tory MP in the Rochester and Strood constituency in Kent and re-stood for UKIP, won the by-election with 42.1% of the vote on a 50.6% turnout. Remarkable in this election was the poor showing for the Liberal Democrats, who scored only 349 votes (0.9%, down 15.5% from 2010) and lost their deposit. During the campaign, the Labour MP Emily Thornberry, who had been Shadow Attorney General, tweeted a picture of a house festooned with St George’s Cross flags with a white Ford Transit van parked outside, simply captioned “Image from…
  • Julien Blanc and swearing on talk radio

    Matthew Smith
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    This morning on the Nick Ferrari show on LBC (which I don’t listen to very often; I always preferred the BBC London station), they were talking about the American “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc, who has been going around the world giving seminars on how to “pick up” women, which he seems to think involves using very physically aggressive methods, who was meant to be coming to the UK to give seminars but, following widespread protests from feminists in particular, now will not be as he has been denied a visa. Nick Ferrari (right) had two feminist guests on…
  • Are we really much better than the Greeks?

    Matthew Smith
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Last Friday there was a story on the BBC website on a state home for both children and adults with learning disabilities in Greece, in which some of the inmates, who have conditions including Down’s syndrome and autism, are kept locked in cages for most of the time, have no access to personal possessions and rarely leave the centre. Other abuses have been documented over the past ten years, including people tied hand and foot to their beds and one 16-year-old boy who died and was found to have swallowed bandages as a result of poor supervision. A modern centre for people disabilities…
  • Why does sport welcome violent men?

    Matthew Smith
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    It’s not often that I write about sport here, mainly because I pay so little attention to it. I’ve watched only one football match in person (Ipswich v Oxford at Portman Road in 1991 I think; Ipswich won 1-0), and I don’t think I’ve ever watched one end to end on TV. I’ve long been disturbed by how much money is spent on it, how much the players in the top divisions earn for very little activity, and how much public inconvenience is tolerated for major sporting events. It’s great entertainment, but that’s all it is at the end of the day, and it…
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    Sister Aishah's Islamic Journey

  • Muslimah Writers Alliance Director Aishah Schwartz declared a 2014 'Mighty Muslimah'

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
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  • Immigrant Rights Leader Speaks Against Violence in Gaza

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Washington, DC (2 AUG 2014) - Khalilah Sabra, executive director of the MAS Immigrant Justice and Legal Clinic, addresses demonstrators and media at the National March on Washington, commenting on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chatting with the White House #GazaUnderAttack

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
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  • MUST WATCH VIDEO: We teach life Sir - Rafeef Ziadah, #Gaza - #Palestine

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
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  • Reflections on Gaza and the DC Rally

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    By Aishah Schwartz [Note: This post was updated after it was suggested to me in a comment that I had done nothing to contribute, and to clarify that the efforts of anyone supporting the wrongly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Prince of Wales on Tour

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    The Prince of Wales and group at the Pyramids, Giza, Cairo, March 1862 Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014 Prints from first photographed royal tour go on show at Buckingham Palace. Click here to see ten images.
  • The Undefeated Brooklyn Qabili Boxer

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    The fighting is not all in Yemen these days. Take the boxing world, for example. In the past there was “Prince” Naseem Hamad. Now there is Sadam Ali from Brooklyn, who was inspired by Naseem. He has an impressive ring record so far. On November 8, 2014 in Atlantic City he defeated Luis Abregú with a TKO to achieve a record of 21 wins (13 knockouts) and no losses or draws. It is still early in his career, but so far things have gone very well for the young welterweight. He has his own Wikipedia page and a Facebook Page. Stay tuned. My thanks to Jihan Varisco for bringing this to…
  • Oldest song in the world…

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago Open Culture, July 8th, 2014 In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language,” which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400 year-old cult hymn. Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, professor of Assyriology at the University of California, produced the interpretation above in 1972. (She describes how she arrived at…
  • Free Articles at Brill

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    These articles are freely available until 31 January 2015 on the Brill Website. Islamic Law in the Modern World Author: Aharon Layish Islamic Law and Society, (Volume 21, No. 3, pp. 276-307) An Epistemic Shift in Islamic Law Author: Aria Nakissa Islamic Law and Society, (Volume 21, No. 3, pp. 209-251) Reconstructing Archival Practices in Abbasid Baghdad Author: Maaike van Berkel Journal of Abbasid Studies, (Volume 1, No. 1, pp. 7-22) The Early Ḥanafiyya and Kufa Author: Christopher Melchert Journal of Abbasid Studies, (Volume 1, No. 1, pp. 23-45)
  • Bruce Lawrence on Marshall Hodgson

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Bruce Lawrence has written an interesting reflective essay on the work of Marshall Hodgson for the online Marginalia page of the Los Angeles Review of Books. I attach the start of the essay here. Marshall Hodgson was both a genius and a visionary. While he may have seemed to be just another university professor, at once restless, innovative, and genial, he was also an academic Übermensch with a global agenda. He wanted to change the world by changing the way we saw, understood, and engaged Islam within world history. Born in 1922, he was drafted but as a Quaker refused to fight in World War…
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    Knocking From Inside

  • What I Did Today

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    I wrestled the East Wind in the Coast Range and kissed salt spray from his lips. I counted every creek and trailhead on Highway 6.I stood next to Bill Stafford on a cliff above the Wilson River. I had my feet flayed bloody by wind-blown sand.I threw a can of Red Bull into the sea to free the unicorns. I dug agates from a cliff that rose from the beach like an oliphant’s legs.I hijacked a truckload of Tillamook Cheese and abandoned it at the food bank.I sat in the alders drinking sunshine and eating moss and ferns.I hung flags from every branch in a lake full of standing dead trees because…
  • The Eyes that Draw: drawing by Shelby Denham

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

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

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

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

  • Libya, Calvinball, Solidarity: Reflections on Reflections

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

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

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

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

    abu aardvark
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
     There was a time, not too long ago, when it looked like real change was possible. Exciting new faces took center stage, traditional powers were on the ropes, and the transition to something fundamentally new seemed not only possible but even inevitable.  And then, as the struggle ground on, it all fell apart. The rising forces for change could not sustain themselves, while the old guard absorbed the early blows and slowly, inexorably crushed the life out of their challengers. By the end, all that was left was a choice between equally unpalatable pillars of the old status quo.. and the…
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  • SABIC fall below SAR100

    Gérard Al-Fil
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    The Tadawul All-Share Index dropped by 1.82 per cent to close at 9,234.03 points on Tuesday, November 25, despite positive input from Asian and Western markets Market breadth was very negative as 17 shares advanced, while 140 declined in value. The market’s bellwether SABIC as the most actively trade stock in relation to value. The […]
  • Riyadh residential prices continue to rise

    seban scaria
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Home to a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s population, the capital has been the fastest growing city in the kingdom in recent years
  • Barwa Real Estate, Qatar Exchange plummet

    Gérard Al-Fil
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    Like most GCC markets, the QE 20 Index lost sharply on Tuesday, November 25, closing two per cent lower at 13,423.83 points. Barwa Real Estate lost nearly three per cent to hit QAR49.20. Earlier in the day, Barwa said in a filing to the market it announced to the market regulator QFMA on November 4 […]
  • Etisalat says it backs Mobily CEO dismissal

    Gérard Al-Fil
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    In Abu Dhabi, the ADX General Index ADXGI dived two per cent to hit 4,861.74 points on Tuesday, November 25. The bank was under pressure, in particular, with FGB, ADCB and National lost slightly. Market bellwether Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, better known as Etisalat, closed unchanged at AED11.45. Earlier in the day, Etisalat said in a […]
  • Dubai investors book profits ahead of UAE national holidays

    Gérard Al-Fil
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Emirates Islamic Bank gained the most, closing 14.80 per cent higher at AED1.32.
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  • The legend’s shadow

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:43 am
    Forays into analysis give resonance to Dilip Kumar’s recollections that are occasionally derailed by Saira Banu’s looming shadow, I wrote in this review of the legendary actor’s autobiography, The Substance and the Shadow. The three legends of Indian cinema: Amitabh Bachan, Shahrukh Khan and Dilip Kumar ‘Yousuf Khan is scared of Dilip Kumar. Only Allah […]
  • Pakistan’s beleaguered Hazaras

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    The attack on the Hazara community in Quetta last month, which left 10 dead and many injured, comes amidst the recent spate of violence against an intensely vulnerable and ghettoised community. Pakistan’s new theatre of sectarian killings, the troubled province of Balochistan, is turning into a parable of disastrous policies that are being pursued ostensibly […]
  • ‘Hum Bhatak bhi Gaye au Kia Hoga’

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    After a long time, I attempted to write a poem. Here it is – pretty raw and unpolished. Will translate it later for readers who may not understand the language. It is entitled — (so what if I went astray..) Tum apni dunya kay baasi Hum apni chah kay aseer Milay jo ik din Anjani […]
  • What if Bulleh Shah were alive today?

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Another tragic day. A mob attacks a Christian couple after accusing them of desecration of the Holy Quran and then burn their bodies at a brick kiln where they worked. Religion, class, bigotry and exploitation all mixed up. Reminds me of another piece that I wrote in 2012 on the burning of a blasphemy accused […]
  • Pakistan: Hiding state failure by invoking the ‘foreign hand’ theory

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    1) Repetitive trends. When Sri Lanka’s cricket team was attacked in Lahore the civil administration and police on TV said India did it. — Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) November 4, 2014 2) I know at least two journos who told me that directives had come to insert in the news the ‘Indian hand’. #SriLanka #CricketTeamAttack — […]
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  • The Honoured | Part Two | Sh. Ahsan Hanif

    Sh. Ahsan Hanif, PhD
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    In part one of this article, we looked at the five times that Allah  mentions the honoured in the Qur'ān, and how they are two of the creations of Allah . The first is the angels and the second is the believers who will enter Paradise. In part two, we will look at some of the ways we can ensure that the angels supplicate for us. The following simple good deeds enable the angels to supplicate for you by the permission of Allah . We often take small deeds for granted, not realising the immense good Allah  has placed within them. Perchance, through these deeds Allah will make us from among…
  • MuslimKidsMatter | When Parents Go to Hajj

    Nur Kose
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    When Parents Go to Hajj… by Nur Kose, Nura F, and Safiyyah Ghori with additional content from Sabriya Zaman, Samiyah Ali Khan, and Sakinah F. Every year, millions of Muslims around the world gather to Mecca for Hajj.  Many men and women complete the sacred rituals that Muslims have been doing for hundreds, even thousands of years.  During Hajj season, people around the world watch the daily tawaafs around the ka'bah on TV and on the Internet, observing the Hajjis fulfill the pilgrimage of a lifetime.  People wonder about the Hajjis' stories, their trips, how long their journeys will be,…
  • Pray, Connect, Learn, Speak – Ferguson

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    We await the grand jury decision on whether Darren Wilson, the police officer who fired on and killed unarmed Michael Brown, will be indicted on criminal charges. Our Noble Prophet ﷺ said, “By Allah, if you have killed one man, it is as if you have killed all the people” (Sunan SaEid ibn Mansur 2776). While Michael Brown's death is a deep tragedy in and of itself, the militarized response to the protests it sparked reflect racial disparities and long standing injustices in our society. As Muslims we should draw upon our strong tradition of standing with the most marginalized members of…
  • From Financing Homes the Sharia Way to Brokering Real Estate the Modern Way

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The “Guidance” brand is synonymous with leadership and authenticity in the world of Islamic Finance. As a subsidiary of Capital Guidance, a 40-year old investment company, Guidance Financial Group (“GF Group”) was conceived over 10 years ago to focus on the Islamic financial services sector. Its subsidiary, Guidance Residential, became a highly respected and recognized institution in the Islamic home finance industry and is today's leading US provider of Sharia-compliant home financing. To build on this success, earlier this year, GF Group launched its second U.S. subsidiary…
  • The Hypocrisy of Feminist Outrage

    Daniel Haqiqatjou
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The viral NYC Catcall video has caused a stir in social media and online forums. It records a woman receiving over 100 catcalls from men as she walks the streets of New York City for 10 hours. Just consider the 100,000+ youtube comments alone. While most commenters found the behavior of the catcalling men disgusting, some took issue with how the woman in the video was dressed. These commenters were daring enough to suggest that perhaps she would have attracted less negative attention had she dressed more “modestly.” This suggestion, in turn, was met with backlash. How dare anyone “blame…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • BREAKING: Japan’s Cookpad to acquire Lebanon’s Shahiya, the Arab world’s leading recipe website, for $13.5 million

    Gaith Saqer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Cookpad (TSE:2193) announced today that it reached a definitive agreement to fully acquire Netsila, the Lebanese company behind, the leading Arabic recipe website, for $13.5 million. Shahiya is the go-to digital cooking destination in the Arab world, with more than 3 million monthly users of which 90% are women; in Saudi Arabia alone, Shahiya serves more than 1 million users per month. Tomoya Yasuda, Head of Cookpad International, commented, “This acquisition is in line with Cookpad’s mission of leveraging technology to make everyday cooking fun and accessible to everyone. It…
  • Egyptian Electronics Startup Integreight Wins Regional Final For The Olympics for Startups Get in the Ring Middle East

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Wednesday evening the winner of the Get in the Ring Regional Final of the Middle East, better known as ‘The Olympics for Startups’ was selected in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was the first ever Regional Final of Get in the Ring hosted in the Middle East after Get in the Ring started a strategic partnership with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in September. After surviving a pre-selection round and a national final, the 8 most promising startups of the Middle East were selected to battle for the regional title of Get in the Ring: Middle East, STC Challenge. The winner would also secure a place in…
  • What are the Plans for the Successful UAE Based Luxury Watches E-commerce Startup Kanary Watches in the Next 5 Years

    Gaith Saqer
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Mohamed Shawky the CEO Luxery Watches e-commerce startup Kanary Watches sent us the following Q&A as a profile for his company, mentioning the current status and achievements of Kanary Watches and his plans to expand into Kanary Gifts in Jan 2015 selling luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. 1. Describe your business Kanary Gifts is an online eCommerce portal that sells luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. Kanary Gifts is considered as a powerful expansion to Kanary Watches ( which is running for…
  • Facebook Admits to Censoring Content that Criticize Governments in the Arab World & in Collaborating with the CIA

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    At AC we mentioned a lot about Facebook collaboration with the CIA and its censorship of Arab spring anti government pages and content specially those with Islamic flavor. Today facebook confessed to what we have been reporting and admitted that it is collaborating with Arab and “Muslim” governments in censoring content that critics these governments and also with the US intelligence agencies such as the CIA. In its Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests we received for the first half of 2014. facebook…
  • Jordan Based E-commerce Startup Wysada Completes Series A Funding Round of Over $5 Million

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Wysada, the leading luxury online retailer of home goods, décor and interior furnishings in the Middle East, today announced it has completed a Series A investment round of over $5 million. The round was led by Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital fund belonging to Silicon Badia, a global group of venture funds based in New York City and Jordan, with participation from new strategic investors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alongside existing investors. The proceeds, which represents one of the largest Series A rounds raised by an early-stage…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 24th, 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: 'godman' Rampal, 2G scam, Burdwan Blast, Gujarat 2002, Hindutva shadow on education, Kandhamal massacre, Muzaffarnagar riotsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony 20 years of communal harmony in a week News Headlines No riot can take place without complicity & incompetence of administration, Guj was no exception: Rajdeep Sardesai Gujarat IPS officer who took on govt over 2002 riots seeks retirement Chargesheet against Delhi constable for rioting in Muzaffarnagar [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 17th, 2014

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: 'godman' Rampal, 1980 riot, 2002 Gujarat riots, Akshardham attack, Hindutva, idea of India, Kambaleshwar Math chief, Machil fake encounter, minorities, sterilisation, Trilokpuri riotsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines 2002 Gujarat riots: Supreme Court for winding up proceedings within three months BJP-RSS Trying to Force Communal Ideologies on Country: Left ‘BJP using Hindutva to divide people, push reforms’ Akshardham attack: Supreme Court junks Gujarat review plea Fact finding reports blame ‘communal forces’ for Trilokpuri…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 10th, 2014

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Caste System, custodial death, Modi plan, Modi village, nationalist extremists, Nehruvian Legacy, radical Hindu women, Swachchh Bharat, Trilokpuri riotsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Inside an Indian camp for radical Hindu women Varanasi Muslims don’t feel they are part of Modi plan Trilokpuri riots: Police were violent with Muslim women Property attachment proceedings against 12 more accused If riot relief story not true, why no denial: EC to govt Custodial death: [...](Read more...)
  • Rationalizing Ethnic Cleansing In Assam

    8 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Categories: ReportsTags: Assam, Bangladesh, Bodo, Bodo people, Bodoland, law enforcement, Northeast India, Social Issues, States and territories of India, War/ConflictEXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Indian State of Assam has witnessed mass violence against minorities, particularly Muslims several times in the last few decades. The area known as Bodo Territorial Administered Districts (BTAD), as well as surrounding areas in western Assam is inhabited by Muslims as well as Bodo tribals. Ethnic rivalry between these two communities has [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 3rd, 2014

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: 1984 anti-Sikh riots, forced reconversion, Gujarat 2002, Love Jihad, Modi Sarkar, Nanavati Commission, Narendra Modi, Trilokpuri riotsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony He repaid debt of 1984 to Muslims News Headlines Godhra riots: Nanavati Commission’s final report likely by November 15 Ex-BJP MLA under scanner for a meeting before violence stepped up ‘India failed to prosecute anti-Sikh riot perpetrators’ Outer Delhi tense as mahapanchayat ‘bans’ Muharram march Communal clash: [...](Read more...)
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  • Saudi Arabia to issue five-year residency permits

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Dubai : The validity of residency permits of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia is likely to be extended to five years, a media report said Tuesday. The directorate general of passports is giving final touches to the plan to introduce the five-year validity, Gulf News reported, adding that currently the permits are valid for one year. The report, however, said that no time frame has been announced for the move. The move is expected to ease financial pressure on the 2.8-million strong expatriate Indian community in the kingdom. News:  Muslim World News
  • Pakistan ready for talks, awaits India's first step: Sharif

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Kathmandu : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India but New Delhi will have to take the first step, the Geo News reported. Speaking in the Nepal's capital city, where he reached Tuesday to attend 18th Summit of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Nov 26-27, Sharif said India cancelled foreign secretary-level talks. Earlier in the day, Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Prime Minister Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, on his arrival here denied that there were any plans for a Modi-Sharif bilateral. He, however, said that such…
  • Bahrain forces raid top Shia cleric's house

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Manama : Bahraini security forces raided the house of a prominent Shia cleric here Tuesday amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent, a media report said. Regime forces raided the property of Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Ahmed Qassem, the spiritual leader of the opposition Al Wefaq party, just a few days after people voted in the first parliamentary elections since the 2011 protests, Press TV reported. Opposition groups, led by the Al Wefaq, boycotted the parliamentary elections claiming that the Shia majority in Bahrain was discriminated by the Sunni monarchy and that the parliament was subject to the…
  • Bangladesh ex-minister jailed for hurting religious sentiments

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Dhaka : A court in Bangladesh capital Tuesday sent a sacked minister to jail for hurting Muslims' religious sentiments. Bangladeshs former posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Abdul Latif Siddique was presented before Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Atiqur Rahman's court around 2.30 p.m. after he surrendered at a police station in Dhaka. After a short hearing of the case filed by a lawyer, the magistrate ordered police to lock up Latif Siddique in jail, Xinhua reported. Apart from this case, Siddiqui faces 21 cases against him filed in 18 districts for hurting Muslims'…
  • Sushma, Aziz shake hands in Kathmandu

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Kathmandu : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Tuesday briefly met and shook hands with top Pakistani official Sartaj Aziz on the eve of the Saarc Summit beginning here Wednesday. "It was out of courtesy," Sushma Swaraj said later, when journalists wanted to know if their meeting was a sign that the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers would meet on the sidelines of the summit. "If you meet ministers of other countries at an international platform, you greet each other," she added. Aziz is the national security adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He and Sushma Swaraj are…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • ‘Modimeva Jayate’ echoes as Nanavati Commission Gujarat 2002 riots report acquits Prime Minister Narendra Modi, victims rue their fate

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani Ahmedabad: It is almost all over for Gujarat 2002 riots victims as Retired Justice GT Nanavati handed over its report to Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel. Though there is official word about then Chief Minister Narendra Modi during this infamous riots in that fateful year.But it is widely expected that Modi is spared from law of land. According to various reports, the Nanavati Commission that submitted its final report to the Gujarat government has found ‘no evidence’ to prove allegations of the erstwhile Modi government’s complicity in the post-Godhara carnage. The…
  • Gunfoundry Division Congress Corporator Madhu Goud denies allegations of encroaching any Wakf land, issues legal notice to TDP leader

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    By Danish Ahmad Khan Hyderabad: M Madhu Goud, Corporator of Gunfoundry Division and senior Congress (I) Party leader has strongly denied the allegations of grabbing a Wakf land being leveled against him by some people with vested interests. Mr Goud recently issued a legal notice to M Anand Goud, TDP leader, for issuing false statement against him and blaming him for encroaching Wakf land through his legal counsel Muzaffer Ullah Khan (Adv). In his legal notice Mr. Goud demanded that if within 10 days M Anand Goud does not apologise through newspapers in which his statement accusing him of land…
  • Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union strongly condemns police lathicharge on Benaras Hindu University students peaceful agitation

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Abdul Rouf Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union (AMUSU) has strongly condemned the brutal Police lathicharge on the peaceful agitation of students of the Benaras Hindu University (BHU). The President of AMUSU, Abdullah Azzam, said that the denial of students union to the BHU students is an infringement of Political Rights of the students. The AMUSU President strongly advocated the restoration of the elected students Union at BHU. As of now, BHU students are represented by adhoc students’ council. However, the Lyngdoh recommendations clearly state that the elections of…
  • Despite Urdu as second language, Uttar Pradesh remains only state in India without any Urdu Medium School

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    By Fazal Inam Lucknow: The Jauhar Foundation recently organized the International Urdu Day at Lucknow. Speaking at the seminar on the occasion, Dr. M. Iqtedar Husain Farooqi, a renowned scientist and social activist, expressed his surprise and dismay saying that in spite of the fact that Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of Urdu speaking persons in India, there is not even a single Urdu Medium High School in the state. It may be recalled that Urdu is the second official language in the state. Dr. Farooqi pointed that other hand states like Maharashtra, Andhra, Karnataka, Telengana, Bihar…
  • Workshop on ‘Easy way to understand Qur’an for Visually Disabled’ held at Aligarh Muslim University

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    By Abdul Rouf Aligarh: A workshop titled, “Easy way to Understand Qur’an for Visually Disabled”, was held on 8th November 2014 at ‘Cultural Hall, Maulana Azad Library, Aligarh Muslim University from 3 pm to 5 pm. Blind students took part in the workshop in large numbers. The workshop was organised by a student organisation, “Students of AMU” in coordination with ‘Disability Unit, of Aligarh Muslim University. The purpose of the workshop was to reach out to visually challenged students with the Braille script of Primer for Holy Quran and its audio guide. It was for the first time…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • 7 Tips For Giving A Knockout Wedding Speech

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    You may be the father of the bride, the best man, or a relative and been asked to give a speech at the wedding.  What should you do, what should you avoid? As with most things in life there is no simple formula and it is situation dependent. However, if you follow these seven tips, you will be well on your way to giving that knock out wedding speech. Photo by vis-a-v availablable under a Creative Commons Attribution-license 1. Make it short, sweet, and personal. You don’t have to give the Gettysburg address. If you can make it funny, heartfelt and memorable that is a bonus. 2.
  • Nikah the heart of a Muslim Wedding

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

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

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

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