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  • Iraq army battles to lift IS siege of Amerli

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Government troops launch operation to take back Shia Turkmen majority town Amerli, besieged by fighters for two months.
  • The Best Sports for Women Who Wear the Hijab

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Horse Riding Being a faithful Muslim, respectful of your husband and the religion, shouldn’t mean that you should stay locked at home in fear of revealing yourself. It shouldn’t mean that you ought to stay away from sports either as Islam advocates a healthy lifestyle which goes through exercising and keeping yourself fit. With that being said, it can’t be denied that some activities will have to be avoided as you would expose yourself to the eyes of men and could be putting your modesty at jeopardy. In this article, we will share with you some of our favorite sports for women who are…
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    3 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
  • Britain's best defence to the terror threat is international action

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Paddy Ashdown
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Government talk of returning jihadis and 'western values' won't keep us safe. We need a coordinated international strategy to defeat those who threaten us Continue reading...
  • Andy Murray beats Andrey Kuznetsov: US Open 3rd round - as it happened

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Graham Parker in New York
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Murray wins 6-1, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2Murray prevails despite fatigue in fourth setBoth men concede breaks behind poor second serves 3.48pm ET Final thoughtsMurray gives his young opponent a consoling pat and a few encouraging words as he himself contemplates moving on in this tournament. Perhaps that should be moving delicately along he visibly tired again in this match and will have been relieved Kuznetsov couldnt press home his advantage as he grew in confidence later in the match. The younger man was a game but limited opponent who was given plenty of opportunities on the Murray second serve,…
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  • The Best Sports for Women Who Wear the Hijab

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Horse Riding Being a faithful Muslim, respectful of your husband and the religion, shouldn’t mean that you should stay locked at home in fear of revealing yourself. It shouldn’t mean that you ought to stay away from sports either as Islam advocates a healthy lifestyle which goes through exercising and keeping yourself fit. With that being said, it can’t be denied that some activities will have to be avoided as you would expose yourself to the eyes of men and could be putting your modesty at jeopardy. In this article, we will share with you some of our favorite sports for women who are…
  • Work from Home Ideas for Ambitious Muslims

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Make Money from Home Sometimes, getting a regular job is not an option. Whether you cannot leave your house for health-related issues or logistical requirements (a clever way to say that you need to take care of the kids), or just because you don’t want to, you still need to earn some money to take care of your family. There are options available to you but not all of them apply to the believer as some imply illicit acts. So, if you want to make clean money without having to leave the comfort of your home or worry about straying from the righteous path, this article was made for you. In it,…
  • The Best Travelling Locations for Muslims

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Kruger Park The World is full of traps for tourists, especially when the said tourists want to preserve their faith. Temptations are everywhere and lawful food abounds in most parts of the world. That’s why it can be hard for the Muslim to choose a destination where to enjoy a much deserved vacation. To make it easier for you, here are our top 5 picks where you will be able to have fun without having to worry about everything you do or put in your mouth! South Africa While it may not be the first destination to spring to mind, South Africa represents one of the most beautiful places you…
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  • 車売る時のポイント!

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
  • エステ脱毛を体験

    1 Dec 2013 | 9:20 am
    私は脱毛エステに通い、ワキとVラインを脱毛してもらっています。 病院ではなく、エステを選んだのは痛くない脱毛を楽しみたかったことや、お得なコースを活かしてリーズナブルな価格で脱毛をしてかったことです。 ワキとVライン合わせて、かかった費用は1800円だけでした。 脱毛サロンによってはお得なコースやキャンペーン期間があるので、それを活用すればお財布に負担を与える事無く脱毛出来ます。…
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Andy Murray beats Andrey Kuznetsov: US Open 3rd round - as it happened

    Graham Parker in New York
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Murray wins 6-1, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2Murray prevails despite fatigue in fourth setBoth men concede breaks behind poor second serves 3.48pm ET Final thoughtsMurray gives his young opponent a consoling pat and a few encouraging words as he himself contemplates moving on in this tournament. Perhaps that should be moving delicately along he visibly tired again in this match and will have been relieved Kuznetsov couldnt press home his advantage as he grew in confidence later in the match. The younger man was a game but limited opponent who was given plenty of opportunities on the Murray second serve,…
  • Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode two Into the Dalek

    Dan Martin
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    As the new series beds in, we were treated to explosions, a guest star, some great stuff from Peter Capaldi, and the promise of a new romance for Clara. Oh, and Daleks tooSPOILER ALERT: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching the new series of Doctor Who. Dont read ahead if you havent seen episode two Into the Dalek Read Dan Martins episode one episode blog here Continue reading...
  • Football League: your thoughts | Gerard Meagher

    Gerard Meagher
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Blackpool sink to new depths, Nottingham Forest continue to set the pace and Fulham finally get off the mark against Cardiff Blackpool were given a reminder of just how far they have fallen as the Seasiders fell to a fifth straight defeat, to Millwall and their former manager Ian Holloway, ensuring they are the only pointless side in the Championship. Four years ago they were earning their first Premier League point with a 2-2 draw against Fulham but a flurry of managerial changes, infighting at boardroom level and a dearth of players at the start of this campaign already makes them odds-on…
  • Everton v Chelsea: Premier League  as it happened | Scott Murray

    Scott Murray
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Chelsea were rampant from the kick-off at Goodison, though Everton kept them on their toes throughout in a nine-goal thriller 7.25pm BST The managers shake hands, Martinez smiling more than Mourinho, which probably says a lot. Meanwhile Costa makes up with Howard, which is lovely to see. Chelsea celebrate a stunning win, as they leap to the top of the table. Everton, meanwhile... Im not sure what Everton can take from that. Its been a frustrating start to the season at Goodison all right! 7.23pm BST 90 min +5: Were gonna win the league, chant the Chelsea travelling support. You cant blame…
  • England v India: third ODI as it happened | Dan Lucas and Tom Davies

    Dan Lucas (first innings) and Tom Davies (second innings)
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    England 227; India 228-4India win by six wickets to go 2-0 up in the seriesDave Nosworthy leaves Somerset role 5.35pm BST So thats that then. Indias victory always looked inevitable from the moment the wheels started to come off Englands innings at a very similar stage as it had in Cardiff last Wednesday. Yet again, we must rue a lack of imagination and assertiveness in Englands one-day batting, particularly in the middle order as Indias slow bowlers came into their own in a way they didnt in the Tests. Their batsmen then proceeded serenely to the victory target, with impressive knocks in…
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    Mr Moo

  • Pandasharknado

    Mr Moo
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    “Nobody Expected It To Be This Bad”
  • The 5 Most Favouritest Films for 5 Year Olds (Bora Edition)

    Mr Moo
    23 Feb 2013 | 1:07 pm
      So here is the drill for the past three years or so when I need to occupy the children so I can get important urgent work done. I put on a family friendly familiar film Settle children down in front of aforementioned film, in order to calm them, so I can sneak off and do my important, urgent work Start paying attention to aforementioned film in order to appreciate the subtle craftsmanship and ethereal quality. Children wander off, whilst I continue to watch this most excellent of films Herd children back in front of screen, quite clearly they need monitoring Finish film, satisfied as…
  • Alarming

    Mr Moo
    30 Jul 2012 | 2:29 pm
    Sleep sleep without thee I weep Food Food my fasts do me good Water water I miss thee (sorta) But sleep sleep, over thee I weep
  • MUGs Condemns Islamophobic Beating in Las Vegas

    Mr Moo
    14 Jul 2012 | 11:59 pm
    Muslim Umbrella Groups, A British Muslim Organisation, condemns the recent savage beating of a young man of Pakistani origin, Aamir Khan, in Las Vegas. Aamir was forced to strip to his underwear and parade before a baying crowd. In this humiliating state Aamir had his fingers bound in constraining gauntlets, and forced to fight. There is evidence that the event may even have been recorded and streamed on the internet, echoing the savage beating of Rodney King that led to the LA riots in the early 1990′s. This barbaric and merciless beating, where a young man, going about his business…
  • If you are reading this through RSS…

    Mr Moo
    10 Dec 2011 | 6:39 pm
    Shalom,   If you are reading this through RSS, or on a syndicated site that scrapes my content, then you may have noticed a whole load of posts just appear.  My apologies, I have had to change hosts and lost a few pictures in the process. One day, I will be as brave and strong as this lady.  Mrs Moo was also impressed and amused by this.
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • The lost world of spy fiction in Urdu returns: Akram Allahabadi's detective novels are back for his fans

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    By IndscribeFor years, Akram Allahabadi's detective novels that were once a rage, had  become rarer to find.Finally, there is good news, as his family has decided to print his novels once again and bring them in public domain.The website has also been put up for the fans of the late author who wrote spy fiction for well over three decades.Many today may not be aware about the magical world of Urdu detective fiction that was weaved by him.It was in the post-independence era (starting from 1952-53), when detective fiction in the sub-continent reached dizzy heights.Akram…
  • Misusing social media to spread communalism in the society: Messages on WhatsApp, Facebook inflaming passions, causing riots

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    If the society is increasingly getting communalised and people belonging to different communities are turning into religious bigots, it should be a cause of alarm.Across India, 'objectionable' posts on Facebook or circulation of messages on WhatsApp are leading to communal tension and riots.In small towns, people come out on streets and mob resort to violence after seeing a post. We can no longer say that it is a transition phase for society and that people will get over it.First, it was Facebook, which was being misused to spread false messages and propaganda. Now, it is Whatsapp that is…
  • Beyond Chacha Chaudhary: Legendary cartoonist Pran's comics rooted for secularism and communal harmony too

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The news of cartoonist Pran's death in a hospital in Delhi, led to widespread grief and nostalgia--both on the street and on social media.Those who had grown up reading his comics, paid rich tributes to him, and there were numerous obituaries in newspapers and websites.Pran, who was born in Kasur town in undivided India, is mostly remembered for his creation of the iconic Indian comic character, Chacha Chaudhary.But the gifted artist created many more characters which include Billu, Pinki, Shrimati Ji, Channi Chachi, Dabu and Raman amongst others.For decades Shrimati Ji was published in…
  • Cracking CPMT: Muslim students in medical entrance exam, top the merit list in UP

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    When result of the Combined Pre-Medical test (CPMT) was announced recently, it was a pleasant surprise for the Muslim community in the most populous state of the country.Shams Mohammad Khan topped the examination and secured FIRST place in the merit list. The second rank also went to a Muslim boy, Abu Asim.A Muslim girl, Alia Zohra, figured at the fourth place in the merit list of the highly competitive examination. Further, Mohammad Arshad achieved seventh rank in the merit list.The topper, Shams Mohammad Khan, hails from a village in Hardoi district. Abu Asim who secured the 2nd rank…
  • Should India support Palestine or Israel: Ten hard facts on India's international stand and foreign policy in the light of its national interests and realpolitik

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    [This post has been written after Indian government voted in support of Palestine, inviting criticism from pro-Israel ideologues who thought BJP government would change its policy]1. India is seen as a responsible nation world over, government has to be careful of its standing too while voting at UN or other fora, can't go by wishes of individuals. 2. On TV debates, right-wing panelists say that 'Arabs never supported India'. So? Who asks to support them? Must ditch 'em, if needed. Who stops!3. India is already doing business with Israel. We get lot of oil from Arab countries. Millions…
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Another flop for the fascists in Cricklewood

    Bob Pitt
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Today the far-right South East Alliance staged a demonstration in Cricklewood, for the third time this year. They claimed to be protesting against the Muslim Brotherhood, who were once supposed to have an office there. As before, a large number of anti-fascists turned out for a counter-demo organised North West London United, among them Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt and London Assembly member Murad Qureshi. It wasn’t looking good for the fascists, with a mere 15 SEA supporters taking to the streets to resist the threat of Islamo-fascism. Having eventually managed to drag…
  • Man charged over ‘racist’ mosque attack

    Bob Pitt
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection to a racially aggravated attack on a mosque in Warrington town centre. Nathan Hancox, of Thynne Street, was arrested on Thursday, and has been bailed. He is due to appear at Halton Magistrates Court on September 16. The arrest follows a CCTV appeal in the Warrington Guardian. Images of suspects were released after the mosque on Arpley Street was vandalised, with a window smashed. Warrington Guardian, 29 August 2014
  • Rotherham, race and ‘white’ paedophilia

    Bob Pitt
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Coolness of Hind notes the double standards over ethnicity and religion in the right-wing response to revelations about the sexual abuse of minors.
  • Former BBC presenter rants about ‘Rotherham p*kis’, denounces ‘horrific Muslim infiltration of Britain’

    Bob Pitt
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    A former BBC presenter sacked following a racist call to a taxi firm has been criticised for a series of Facebook comments – slamming Rotherham “P*kis”. Ex glamour model Sam Mason, 45, was removed from her position as a local radio host after asking a cab company to send a ‘non-Asian driver’. She has now taken to Facebook and launched a racist tirade about the sex abuse scandal in Rotherham where the perpetrators were Asian. In one post, on the public page, she said: “Dirty dirty filthy p*ki Rotherham bastards. Some p*ki woman is blaming the government for not looking after the…
  • Rotherham child abuse scandal: EDL and Britain First stage protests

    Bob Pitt
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Two of the most high-profile far-right groups in the UK have reacted to the publication of a report into child abuse in Rotherham. The report revealed more than 1,400 children in the South Yorkshire town were abused over a period of 16 years by “mainly Asian men”, due to a series of failures by the authorities. The report by Prof Alexis Jay has led to increasing calls for South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright to resign for the abuse which occurred while he was head of child services from 2005 to 2010. Following the release of the report, the Doncaster and Rotherham…
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    a wayfarer's journey...

  • Back to Blogging!

    10 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    So I've decided to start blogging again but starting over with a new blog as many years have gone by and I've changed so much in that time.  If you would like to join me, i can be found at Hope to see you there!
  • 4 Mar 2012 | 12:26 pm

    4 Mar 2012 | 12:26 pm
    Oops, deleted a post there too...sorry about that. Was great to see you comment UmmIbrahim, Jaycie and the rest... Hope to see you (and me) on here. :-) I am on facebook if you guys want to reconnect there too....
  • The bad blogger

    2 Mar 2012 | 5:15 pm
    I am not a good blogger. lol. I think about it, like the other day...well, i should say several weeks ago, just after valentine's day, when i swept up a pretty pile. It was a big pile, but it was pretty and it pretty much summed things up over here. There were scraps of crayon paper from peeling broken crayons to make heart shaped valentine's crayons, there were paper capes from the boy's homemade valentines, broken crayons themselves, and the ever present glitter. There was also food, shriveled up cheerios, etc. It was quite the pile, and for a moment i thought to take a picture of it…
  • 28 Nov 2011 | 2:02 pm

    28 Nov 2011 | 2:02 pm
    Sooooo, wow, time flies. When i left you guys baby girl was just starting walking, i broke both my arms, yikes... got lyme's disease and just had a rash of bad luck. Then got really busy when i opened an ebay store. I closed that and want to get back to the things i enjoy...crafting, cooking more extensively again and just doing more home stuff. I'm itching to create again. The only things i've made since blogging are very basic...a few pairs of pajamas for the kids and knitting. It is Muharram so i won't be blogging a lot, but i will be back soon with some fun stuff. Oh, yeah, and now…
  • I'm baaaack....

    26 Nov 2011 | 10:28 am
    So let's start off with a recent treasure i found after a fellow blogger made me itch to go thrifting. I went to the older part of town and wham, look what i found! Do you remember these? This was what i loved playing with when i was small and they are valuable...especially the wooden ones. I recently sold the schoolhouse etc on Ebay and did nice. These will end up on there too once the kids get over the novelty of them. Such a huge score. I've found them it bits but never a load like this!And the baby is calling now but i do promise to post more regularly...i've missed it here.
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • The Gratitude Challenge

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    If you’re a Facebooker you've probably stumbled across the Gratitude Challenge, if not participated in it yourself.It’s been interesting, reading how many different ways people can say: I’m thankful to be Alive.When the delightful Azra tagged me, I considered doing it. Then chickened out because I’m not in a very thankful space right now (shameful, I know). But now I’m ready. And instead of posting three things daily to Facebook, I’ve decided that this Gratitude Challenge deserves, at the very least, a blog post. So here goes:I’m really thankful for toilet paper.Ask…
  • Writivism Flash Fiction Resurrected

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    I realise that lately my blog has seen a glut of opinion pieces. I've decided to remedy this, especially since I've just begun a rewrite (what I hope will be the last) of my novel. The process is...interesting, for want of a better word.This piece was my flash fiction submission for the Writivism project. It featured on Books Live as well as Deyu African. It's one of those pieces where I am reluctant to hear what was made of it. But I'm sure some of you will tell me, regardless.                           …
  • Mum's not mad

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    madmadder maddesta fleeting glimpsein a mottled mirror                                                                                              mum’s not madI say this out loudit’s alzheimerslike asthmabut of the brainand then I forgetand it’s something importantand I look insidefor signs of the asthmain my own brainsmothering my abilityto…
  • United Colours of Muslim

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Since the beginning of the Genocide in Gaza, aka operation Protective Edge, 1865 (492 children, 243 women, 79 elderly) have been killed, 9563 (2877 children, 1853 women, 374 elderly) have been injured. All on the Palestinian side.There have been marches all around the world protesting Israel's relentless assault on an imprisoned population. The Israeli propaganda machine churning all sorts of insanity, much of which has been lapped up by mainstream media. Calls went out in SA for our government to expel the Israeli Ambassador. Our president is now in the US, promising he’ll do no such…
  • How Different it would be If the Blood was Mine

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
     Image from Al Jazeera America. Read the complete article hereThis morning I received a broadcast. It spoke of an orphaned Palestinian child, who when offered a life with a South African family, opted to remain in Palestine. “To protect Masjidul Aqsa.”The broadcast ended with the usual exclamations of subhanallah (glory be to Allah). An assertion that the Palestinians are ‘chosen’ for this ‘honour’ and a prayer for them and their victory. I felt my light sehri meal rise to my throat when I read this.  I then found myself thinking of the time the Al Quds foundation…
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    Bin Gregory Productions

  • 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…
  • Lemang Kukuih

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Sesuai untuk Halaman Anda™ Hari Raya Eidil Fitri without lemang is like thanksgiving without a turkey.  Like so much of traditional village life, lemang is made from just four components: coconut, rice, bananas and bamboo.  Sticky rice mixed with coconut milk is poured into the hollow bamboo shaft lined with banana leaf, and then roasted over an open fire of tempurung. That’s fine if you live in the villages, but what is the modern Malaysian city-dweller to do?  The fire pit and especially the thick smoke don’t mix well with rowhouse living. Introducing Hajjah Maznah’s…
  • Hari Raya 2014

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Selamat Hari Raya Eidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin from all of us to all of you.
  • Me and Megan Fox

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Megan Fox and I share a tragic intertwined destiny.  In case you’ve been living under a rock, Meghan Fox is the star of such movies as Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Our fates became tangled together years ago.   I’ve told you how the Sam Raimi-directed Nintendo commercial was the biggest gig I ever took. It wasn’t the biggest gig I ever won.   “What, me worry?” Remember the movie Adventures in Babysitting?  It was a big hit in the 1980s, launching the career of Elisabeth Shue.  A high-minded affair, it involved two  adolescents loose in Chicago…
  • Duit Pisang

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    A house needs people to live.  Empty, a house slowly decays.  In the humid tropics, it decays with a startling quickness.  Mak moved out of my wife’s childhood home, temporarily, to start a child-care business at Four Corners, the small town connecting Bagan Datoh with the rest of the world.  Nothing is so permanent as that which is temporary, as my old boss Joe Figa would say.  Only ten years later was Mak finally ready to admit she is never moving back to kampung and gave us the green light to gut the house. For two days, a few kampung boys, my nephew, my wife and I pulled load…
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    Technology of the Heart


    Sadiq Alam
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Know O beloved,that the highest blasphemy is our seeing two, three or many instead of the OneAnd yet when pointing to His Majestic Self Allah uses the pronoun 'We'Forget for a moment what they teach in kindergarten madrassas and seminariesthat this "We" is just a royal pronounCome and graduate yourselffrom that class for childrenthose who cant digest foodso they are given the ready-made formula for infantsInstead,Tte subject of tonight's lesson isfor the advancedThat "We" by whichAllah calls HimSelf is Precisely becauseHe desires to include youYes - youAs HisIn baqa * You are His,so He can…
  • Bismillah ~ In the Name of Allah ~ On Behalf of Allah

    Sadiq Alam
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Bismillah - Arabic calligraphy - mixed media - Sadiq M. Alam1.And know that all of Allāh’s secrets are in the heavenly books, and all of the secrets of the heavenly books are in the Qur’ān. And all of which is in the Qur’ān is in al-Fātiḥah, and all of which is in al-Fātiḥah is in bismillah.. and if you probe further you may come to know that all of that is further contained within the tiny dot below the ba (the first letter of bismillah)~ Traditional Sufi SayingThe above statement is an allusion to the holographic nature of the universe and reality as well where the part…
  • Study Theme for Humans who Aspire to be Awake

    Sadiq Alam
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    MAN HAS TO COMETO UNDERSTANDHOW TO SEE HIMSELFAS HE REALLY IS,SO THAT HE CAN ACHIEVESOMETHING IN THE AREAWHICH HE CALLS"WHAT HE MIGHT BE."~ Idries ShahA certain sufi teacher was asked, “If you were to give a number of study themes to the people present, which ones would you stress?” Following were his answers in brief and bold. The texts in italic are commentaries by this author.1. All approaches to a study or an individual may start with a desire for attention. However they start, they must never end up in this manner. Desire for attention of others is a pervasive, very hard to…
  • Story of a Reluctant Healer

    Sadiq Alam
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    1. There was a woman who had a son who became blind at an early age. The sorrow of the mother was very profound because her son could not see the colors of flowers, nor the play of clouds against blue sky, nor could play joyfully like how other children played. The heart of the mother was filled with sorrow. One day she heard of a saintly man who had miraculously healed many people.So one day with great hope the woman brought her blind son to the saintly servant of Allah, who was known as Khawaja Ahmad Jam. About him it was popularly known that he was someone whose supplications would be…
  • Two Poems on Beauty and a Prayer my Heart often Sings to the Most Beauteous One

    Sadiq Alam
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    KNOW THE TRUE NATUREKnowThe true nature of your Beloved.In His loving eyes your every thought,Word and movement is always -Always Beautiful.Hafiz Daniel Ladinsky, A Year with Hafiz: Daily ContemplationsTHE GUARDIANS OF HIS BEAUTYWe are the guardians of His Beauty.We are the protectorsOf the Sun.There is only one reasonWe have followed God into this world:To encourage laughter, freedom, danceAnd love.Every man, plant and creature in Existence,Every woman, child, vein and noteIs a servant of our Beloved - A harbinger of joy,The harbinger ofLight.We are the companions of His Beauty.We are the…
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    Muslim Thought

  • What is the Islamic belief of the Afterlife?

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:33 am
    Related posts: What Are The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Islamic Belief On The Afterlife? What is the Islamic belief of the way one gets to heaven (or equivalent afterlife)? Is Shafa’a An Islamic Belief?   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: What is the Islamic belief of the Afterlife? Related posts: What Are The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Islamic Belief On The Afterlife? What is the Islamic belief of the way one gets to heaven (or equivalent afterlife)? Is Shafa’a An Islamic Belief?
  • In Bible versus Quran: the Great Owl and the Raven will nest there

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    O Nations, Come near, to hear and Listen in Bible versus Quran (2) This is the second article of the series (1-3):” O Nations, Come near, to hear and Listen in Bible versus Quran”. Herein are the statements that   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: In Bible versus Quran: the Great Owl and the Raven will nest there Related posts: In Bible versus Quran: None shall pass through this Land Forever and Ever In Bible versus Quran: God will stretch over Edom the Line of Desolation In Bible versus Quran: Pelican and Hedgehog will possess Edom’s land
  • Islamic Beliefs : A Brief Introduction to the ‘Aqeedah of Ahl Assunnah Wal-jama’ah

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Product DescriptionAt this time of confusion, heresy and division, it is essential for the Muslim to check on his belief and his approach to Islam, so that he may be certain that he is following the path of   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Islamic Beliefs : A Brief Introduction to the ‘Aqeedah of Ahl Assunnah Wal-jama’ah Related posts: Islamic Beliefs : A Brief Introduction to the ‘Aqeedah of Ahl Assunnah Wal-jama’ah Islamic Beliefs (iiph) Islamic Thought: An Introduction
  • Strategic Thinking EBook E-book Self Improvement!

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    How To Information Product – Mental Health: Learn Strategic Thinking Techniques For Self Improvement, Self Help, Business Education, Training! Created For Entrepreneurs, Business Professionals & Anyone Who Wants A Crystal Clear Thought Process Today! Thks. Strategic Thinking EBook E-book Self   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Strategic Thinking EBook E-book Self Improvement! Related posts: EBook – Organisational Ecology – Knowledge And Inspiration. Key-Books EBook Collection & Nautilus Digital Magazine Of New Thought. Key-Books EBook Collection…
  • Ibn Warraq: Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out (1 of 9)

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Related posts: Ibn Warraq: Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out (3 of 9) Ibn Warraq: Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out (7 of 9) Ibn Warraq: Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out (8 of 9)   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Ibn Warraq: Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out (1 of 9) Related posts: Ibn Warraq: Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out (3 of 9) Ibn Warraq: Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out (7 of 9) Ibn Warraq: Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out (8 of 9)
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    Laila Lalami

  • The Fight in the Heart

    Laila Lalami
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In trying to make sense of the injustice and the violence that has been unfolding in Ferguson for the last couple of weeks, I returned to James Baldwin’s essay “Notes of a Native Son,” and recommended it for NPR’s All Things Considered. It is early August. A black man is shot by a white policeman. And the effect on the community is of “a lit match in a tin of gasoline.” No, this is not Ferguson, Mo. This was Harlem in August 1943, a period that James Baldwin writes about in the essay that gives its title to his seminal collection, Notes of a Native Son. You…
  • The Moor’s Account Book Tour

    Laila Lalami
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Book tours sound very glamorous, but they usually go like this: you wake up at an ungodly hour, you hope that your cab is on time, you hope that your flight is on time, you hope that your seat mate isn’t a sociopath, you hope that your hotel room is ready when you get there, you hope not to get lost on your way to the bookstore. All that hoping can be stressful. So why go on tour? Because after a few years of writing a novel, it’s very enjoyable to talk to readers about it. I have the most amazing readers. Once, at a reading in Los Angeles, a woman told me she had driven three…
  • Estebanico in Visual Art

    Laila Lalami
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    While writing The Moor’s Account, I became curious about visual representations of Estebanico (a.k.a. Mustafa al-Zamori). As it turned out, the incredible story of the Narváez expedition inspired quite a few painters. Below, for instance, is the depiction of the Narváez castaways that Penguin Classics used for its cover of Cabeza de Vaca’s Chronicle. You will notice that Estebanico appears nowhere in it. But as time passed and scholarship evolved, interest in Estebanico also grew. Here is a painting by José Cisneros, where Estebanico appears alongside the other three survivors,…
  • In Azemmur

    Laila Lalami
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    My new novel, The Moor’s Account, comes out in five weeks. It tells the story of America’s first African explorer, a Moroccan slave known as Estebanico. He was part of the Narváez expedition of 1528, which landed in Florida with the goal of claiming it for the Spanish Crown. From the start, however, the expedition faced disaster. The rations were small, the men came down with typhoid, and the indigenous tribes resisted the soldiers’ advance. Within a year, there were only four survivors: the expedition’s treasurer, Cabeza de Vaca; a captain by the name of Alonso del Castillo;…
  • How Not To Write A Novel

    Laila Lalami
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Wait for the right time. Wait for the right place. Be in awe of your novel’s premise. The best premises in the world still don’t add up to a completed book. Get up from the chair. Tell yourself you’re just taking a five-minute break. Make coffee. Look for your special mug. You were drinking from it when you sold your first story, so now you must have it in order to write anything. Get back in the chair. Stare at the screen. Wonder what your agent will think about your new novel, which, by the way, you’re not writing because you’re reading this instead. Wonder what…
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    City of Brass

  • Post-Ramadan reflections

    Aziz Poonawalla
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Welcome back, readers :) My apologies for being so AWOL from blogging. This past Ramadan I had genuinely been able to ramp up my ibadat and one of the ways I achieved that was by letting go of digital distractions. A month later, the spiritual boost appears to have faded enough that I am reverting back to my old habits :) This Ramadan was incredibly insightful for me. Some of the things I did fervent dua for actually came to pass, which reinforces my faith in a tangible...Read the full post here »
  • Tweeting the Qur’an #ttQuran

    Aziz Poonawalla
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    My friend Hussein Rashid launched the idea of Tweeting the Qur’an a few years ago and the idea has steadily caught on, and even attracted press attention. To participate, just tweet an excerpt from the Qur’an that moved you and include the hashtag #ttQuran. Here are the general...Read the full post here »
  • The Criterion: reading the Qur’an is the foundation of ibadat in Ramadan

    Aziz Poonawalla
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ramadan is one-third over. Unlike past years, I've not written as much about my observances this year because I've been dedicated to improving my ibadat (worship). I completely concur with my friend Shahed Amanullah's concerns that Ramadan is beginning to see the same commercialization and mainstreaming that afflicts the Christmas season for Christians....Read the full post here »
  • Nominations now open for the 11th Annual Brass Crescent Awards

    Aziz Poonawalla
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:18 am
    The Brass Crescent Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere (aka the Islamsphere). Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners. Founded in 2004 by myself and Shahed Amanullah, the Brass Crescent Awards are named for the Story of the...Read the full post here »
  • Ramadan Kareem from the Democratic Party and President Obama

    Aziz Poonawalla
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The official twitter handle of the Democratic Party (@TheDemocrats) just posted this Ramadan Kareem message quoting President Obama: "Ramadan reminds us of our shared responsibility to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves and the basic principles that bind people of different faiths together: a yearning for peace, justice and equality." -- President Obama Also, it's worth watching President
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  • The Sufi Message

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: The Sufi message is the echo of the same divine message which has always come and will always come to enlighten humanity. It is not a new religion; it is the same message which is being given to humanity. It is the continuation of the same ancient religion which has always existed and will always exist, a religion which belongs to all teachers and all the scriptures. It is the continuation of all the great religions which have come at various times; and it is a Unification of them all, which was the desire of all the Prophets. - Inayat Khan  Ya Haqq! Filed…
  • End of a Talk with a Jailor – poem by Samih al-Qasim

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    From the narrow window of my small cell, I see trees that are smiling at me And rooftops crowded with my family. And windows weeping and praying for me. From the narrow window of my small cell— I can see your big cell! - Samih al-Qasim, (Palestinian poet, who died August 19, 2014) - from Sadder Than Water: New and Selected Poems, translated by Nazih KassisFiled under: Books & writing, Islam, Islamic Artists Tagged: Sadder than Water poetry by Samih al-Qasim, Samih al-Qasim Palestinian poet
  • A Bed for a Sufi

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Many years ago, on one of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh’s annual visits to the US, he was staying at the New York khaniqah when one of the long time darvishes, who was also studying to become a Persian scholar, said that his parents wanted to meet the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, of whom they had heard so much about, and he was invited to visit their home in Westchester County, New York. and have dinner with them. The Master  gladly accepted the invitation, and since it was a journey that would require them to stay overnight, they drove up in the early…
  • The sum total of our life is a breath

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    The sum total of our life is a breath spent in the company of the Beloved. - Abu Sa`id ibn Abi al-Khayr  Filed under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Abu Sa`id ibn Abi al-Khayr
  • Wisdom of Hafiz

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
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  • Monique Evans Embarrasses Herself

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    This is a must–watch episode. Essentially, Williams stole the show within 10 seconds.
  • Jessie Ware - What You Won't Do For Love

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    I heard this cover of the Bobby Caldwell song What You Won't Do for Love on Internet radio yesterday. I'm not familiar with Jessie Ware's work, but I really like this version.
  • Alan Parsons - Fragile

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    (Yeah, I know; I'm on a roll. Two days in a row.)I had heard about Alan's new song, Fragile, some time ago, but I only got to see this music video and hear the song for the first time last night. It's pretty good. Check it out!
  • Conflicts Forum on Palestine

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    This excerpt from a longer essay on Conflicts Forum was published on July 31st. The point mentioned at the beginning of the fourth paragraph (whether Hamas' tactics can work in flat, sandy Gaza) seems to have been answered in the affirmative; otherwise, the essay seems to be spot on. There are several points mentioned here that I haven't seen anyone else address, which is why I wanted to share this excerpt.The rest of the essay deals with Iraq/ISIS/Iran and Ukraine/Russia, so if you have an interest in these conflicts, you might want to click on the link above.In Palestine, we see…
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    G. Willow Wilson

  • Stranger Genius Awards: Lit Showcase Reminder

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Stranger Genius Awards: Lit Showcase Reminder: Seattle! Just a reminder—in 2 weeks, I’ll be reading, confessing, telling amusing anecdotes, possibly crying, possibly dancing live on stage as part of the Stranger Genius Awards’ Literature Showcase at the Frye. Paul Constant is hosting. Click the title link to purchase your tickets!
  • Schedule Update

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    So I owe you guys an apology—several weeks ago, I decided I was going to have to skip SDCC this year (it’s the last 4 days of Ramadan, work and childcare schedules didn’t mesh, etc…the perils of celebrating off-season holidays and parenting small children). I told the organizers, but failed to inform YOU ALL! As a mea culpa, I am making this offer to those of you who were hoping to have stuff signed in San Diego: send whatever it was (up to 4 books per person) to Zanadu Comics here in Seattle, and I will sign it and send it back to you. (Via USPS media mail, unless you…
  • Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of Gaming by the Women Who Love It

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
    Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of Gaming by the Women Who Love It: Very excited to join Mad Norwegian Press in announcing the November release of Chicks Dig Gaming, the latest in the Eisner Award-winning Chicks Dig anthology series, in which women discuss their experiences—good and bad—in the geek world. Essays by Catherynne M. Valente, Rosemary Jones and more! (In mine, I tell the harrowing true tale of how I came to love Massive Multiplayer Online games.) Click through the title link for details!
  • Free Comic Book Day Event: Seattle

    2 May 2014 | 9:40 am
    Hello friends! This is a last-minute announcement, but I’ll be signing at Comic Stop (in the U District) tomorrow (Saturday, May 3) from 3-5pm. Come on by! I’ll have a few extra Carol Corps patches from the Emerald City Con event for sale too. 
  • Side Entrance

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Whew! I’ve been on the road and/or at local conventions (hi, ECCC and Norwescon!) for most of the month, so I am late saying: Ms. Marvel #3! Out now! If you were intrigued by the mosque scene in this issue, you must take a look at American Muslim activist Hind Makki’s amazing site, Side Entrance, which examines women’s spaces in mosques all over the world…the good, the bad and the ugly. Thanks largely to Hind’s project, the term “side entrance” (a reference to the separate and often unequal entrances for women in many mosques) has become shorthand for the…
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    Indigo Jo Blogs

  • Claire Dyer and the LB Bill

    Matthew Smith
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    On Friday 1st August, Claire Dyer’s family lost their legal bid to stop her being transferred from an assessment and treatment unit in Swansea, where her family live, to a medium-secure unit near Brighton, some 230 miles from her home. Claire was transported within an hour of the decision being made, without any of her family being given the chance to say goodbye. A number of charities have spoken out over this dreadful decision, including Mencap, after Claire’s supporters contacted them en masse through Twitter in the days before her transfer. Hamish Laing, medical director of…
  • Claire Dyer: Transfer postponed!

    Matthew Smith
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Update 30th July, 14:13: See this BBC news report - this may be on TV later, especially in Wales. Update 14:55: There is to be a court hearing this Friday; Claire will not be moved before then. Yesterday Catherine Dyer, mother of Claire who I have been writing about for some time, told us that her daughter was to be transferred to a medium-secure hospital unit near Brighton tomorrow (Wednesday). Claire is autistic and displays challenging behaviour (ie., self-injury, hitting others and property), particularly in stressful situations, as is fairly common with autism. However, the family say…
  • 'Retirement flats' to free up family homes

    Matthew Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Demos: build retirement properties to free up 3 million family homes I was going to be writing a piece this morning about how unworkable it would be to ‘encourage’ the over-55s to move out of their family homes in London into retirement flats on the coast, as was being discussed on the Vanessa Feltz show on BBC London yesterday morning. I listened to the first hour and a bit of the show as I drove out of London on my run up to Rotherham; I go out of range around Luton and switch to Radio 4 then anyway. The prompt for that was a Demos report which she said claimed that the…
  • Online friends, suicide and threats thereof

    Matthew Smith
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Recently, two people I know (or knew) on Twitter posted threats to kill themselves. One of them is a woman who has bipolar disorder and has been in hospital on several occasions recently; the other has a chronic, disabling condition and has had her hopes raised and then dashed repeatedly since her condition deteriorated in 2012. The latter left Twitter this past week, after friends took her threats seriously and told both her husband and the police; this led to a hospital appointment having to be cancelled. I wasn’t one of the people who called the police, or her husband, because I do…
  • Claire threatened with secure unit transfer again

    Matthew Smith
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Last January I wrote about Claire Dyer, a young autistic woman in Swansea who was at the time being threatened with transfer to a secure hospital in Northampton. Then as now, she was living mostly in an assessment and treatment unit, which is a mental health unit for people with learning disabilities, in Swansea and spending much time at home or out and about with her family, despite being detained under section 3 of the Mental Health Act. Her family were appealing against the section, which ultimately expired (but was renewed), and for a while it appeared that the Northampton option was…
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    The Laughing Muslim

  • father and son

    Edward Ott
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Somewhere in the Muslim world......Abdulrahman-"Baba I want to be an actor."Baba-"Son it is pronounced doctor"
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  • Hummus News

    Edward Ott
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:31 am “iBribe” App Makes Waves In Middle Eastern Tech MarketAjman, UAE (8:00 A.M. GMT)— The Middle-Eastern tech world is buzzing about a new app designed to connect government officials directly with their constituents more effectively this morning. The…
  • 14 Jan 2014 | 11:16 am

    Edward Ott
    14 Jan 2014 | 11:16 am with humor and a desire to engage in dialogue about Islam, a troupe of four Muslim comedians performed in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Billed as 'The Muslims are Coming!' comedy tour, they also set up a "Name that Religion" game in Birmingham, Ala. and an "Ask a Muslim" booth in Lawrenceville, Ga. What they found was often surprising.
  • Muslim Comedy website

    Edward Ott
    11 Jan 2014 | 12:44 pm to Muslim Comedy dot com. As you can see, we’re building a website that showcases what makes Muslims laugh. It’s generally the same stuff that makes everyone else in the world laugh — think along the lines of “My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding” but without all the Windex. More
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  • For Acquiring Show Tickets Strategies, Online

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
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    Pro football betting handicappers are just about set to write off the Dallas Cowboys as a significant NFL sports betting challenger for the playoffs this year. Pro football betting expectations continue to increase for the Giants as they have shown marked progress over last season’s weak NFL sports betting year. Brett Favre led the Vikings to a 2009 winning season, with 12 wins and 4 losses, and a second place finish in the NFC North division. But most importantly, he has led the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs. Favre will play his first playoff game as a Minnesota Viking against the…
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    9 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
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  • Nfl Draft 2010: Seattle Seahawks Draft Breakdown

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
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  • List Of Most Confusing Words In Pop Music

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
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    Sister Aishah's Islamic Journey

  • 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! ]]
  • "Worry about YOURself!" as the little girl stated. ROTFL!!!

    5 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
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  • On the Euphrates in 1915: #1

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    I recently across a copy of The Christian Herald from December 1, 1915 and the lead article by John Maynard Owens is on a recent trip he took to Syria and Iraq. The images are from a century ago and I will attach a few excerpts from the article.
  • Loving Sanaa

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    يقرب الله لي بالعافيه والسلامه … وصل الحبيب الأغن ذاك الحبيب الذي حاز الحلا والوسامه … وكل معنى حسن ونسأل الله تعالى عودنا من تهامه … الى سفح صنعاء اليمن لأن صنعا سقاها الله فيض الغمامه … منزل حوت كل فن ما مثل صنعاء اليمن … كلا ولا أهلها صنعاء حوت كل فن … يا سعد من حلها تطفي جميع الشجن … ثلاثَ في سفحها الماء وخضرة…
  • British Imams on ISIS

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    There is a very good Youtube video of interviews with a hundred British imams about the problems with ISIS and how it is doing damage to Islam, especially in Britain. It is well worth seeing. The video was posted on July 11, 2014.
  • Yazidi Film

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    In October, 2013, the main Yazidi religious festival at Lalish Temple in Iraqi Kurdistan was cancelled, due to security reasons. A film was made about this by EPOS and the trailer is available on Youtube.
  • Debating a Kurdish State

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Old photo of Eastern Kurds, 1898 by Serhun Al, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August 12, 2014 [Note: for the Arabic version of this article, click here.] As the Islamic State consolidates its presence in Iraq the question of an independent Kurdish state has again become the subject of heated debate. Despite a rapidly changing situation, with U.S. airstrikes supporting peshmerga attempts to push the Islamic State back, realities regarding the prospects of Kurdish independence remain largely unchanged. Potential challenges include security hurdles, disagreement among Kurdish…
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    Knocking From Inside

  • Low Light Villanelle

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    for the first time in many months i woke to low light overcastthere is no sun this morningsummer’s bones are grinningout of the tall dead grassfor the first time in many monthsbirds shrug their dull fall-plumaged shouldersshake off dust and look toward the souththere is no sun this morningand they know it’s almost timeto hit that road, invisible to human eyesfor the first time in many monthsthrough cumulus over the Siskiyousto wintering grounds by the great baythere is no sun this morningi feel the earth turn under my feetfeel the road’s vibration through my solesfor the first time in…
  • Salmon

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Tell me why they leaphigh against the water’s face, each onea single silver muscle, clenched like a brandished fist.They filled the Columbia oncefrom shore to shore, navigation hazard:legend said you could walkdryshod on their backs. Nowwe watch at windows on the fish ladder,celebrate each exhausted climber,each smolt that makes it safe to sea.Tell me why they leapin memory of something they know as home,or in defiance against gravity, downstream flowor their own dwindling returns?Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Police, Fire, Ambulance

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    all at the corner of 15th and Broadwaylights on, no sirens. The guy getting onto the bussays there’s some lady in the ambulance—points to a silver car. That’s all I’ll ever knowunless I comb the evening news for mentionthat may not even be there. Who was she,who made the call, what was the cause?The bus rolls on and leaves the red-and-whitesflashing in the driver’s rear-view. Buses don’t haveback windows. I can’t see the mirrorfrom where I sit. Whatever happenedis over as far as I’m concerned. Though not for heror her friends, family, passers-by who sawwhatever they saw.The…
  • Kilimanjaro

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    This sky is full of shifting continents;lightning bridges, thunder telegraphsand con-trail crosstalk. Was I ever meantto live this way? Will I ever laughat raisins dying in the sun? Intenton work; my numbers, figures, lines and graphswill not protect me from the sentimentthat leaps from ambush, from a photograph:white glaciers shrinking under tropic skies,above the heat-miraged savanna. Skull-faced drought stands in the open doors of fullstorehouses, mocking. I make no replybut private calculus of global loss:my heart, still hanging from the Southern Cross.Available! High-Voltage Lines,…
  • Swallowtail Summer

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    I captured the most elusive trace of summerwhen it came fluttering on black and yellow wingsthrough the tangled underbrush of sleep. Beforethe sweating, waking to the all-night humof window fans, before the ripening blackberriesand scorched dead grass, there were swallowtailswhose arabesques of flight wrought talesof heat, tilting springtime dreams toward summer.You texted me “It’s spring” on your BlackBerrybut I was done with migration, wingsfolded for the season. Unlike a hummingbirdwho flies backward as fast as forward,I would not go back to spring, forwardagain. Two shakes of a…
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  • Best Chef Oman to showcase the best of Omani and international cuisine

    Nadeen El Ajou
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    The second edition of Best Chef Oman, the biggest culinary competition in Oman for amateur cooks and aspiring chefs, will highlight traditional Omani and international fare while showcasing the best of local culinary talent at the 9th Food & Hospitality Oman from September 9 to 11 at the Oman International Exhibition Center. Best Chef Oman […]
  • Takaud appoints new sales management team to support ongoing growth

    Rana Mesbah
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    TAKAUD, the specialist savings and pensions provider for the MENA region, announces that it has strengthened its business with the appointment of an experienced sales management team, which will be based in Bahrain. The new appointments include Loay Ragheb as Chief Distribution Officer and Jason Reeves and Nabil Karameh both as Senior Managers responsible for […]
  • Appointment of New Group Chief Executive Officer at al khaliji

    Nadeen El Ajou
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C. announced the official appointment of Mr. Fahad Abdulla Al Khalifa as Group Chief Executive Officer. In making the announcement on behalf of the Board, H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani, Chairman and Managing Director,acknowledged Mr. Al Khalifa for his achievements and experience. “Mr. Al Khalifa’s […]
  • Muscat Grand Mall – Muscat’s Event Hub

    Nadeen El Ajou
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Muscat Grand Mall (MGM), the Sultanate’s most popular shopping and entertainment destination, in collaboration with the US Embassy and as part of its ‘Outreach Program’, recently organised a special evening of entertainment for Mall visitors. The successful event, which included entertaining performances by America’s defacto Bluegrass Ambassadors – the Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band as well […]
  • King Abdullah Economic City sets to launch Al-Talah Gardens villas and Al Manazel land plots soon

    Rana Mesbah
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    King Abdullah Economic City is expecting yet another fast sell-out when it launches sales of villas at Al-Talah Gardens 1 phase three and land plots at Manazel Al-Murooj. “We are enjoying an unprecedented boom in sales of real estate properties with demand increasing in parallel with our success in attracting commercial and industrial enterprise to […]
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  • Pakistan: Will instability topple democracy?

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Even if PM Nawaz Sharif survives the current crisis, his government will be permanently weakened.   Pakistan is in a state of crisis and the continuing deadlock between the government and opposition parties threatens to derail the constitutional order. Since the beginning of August, the two leading opposition groups – Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) […]
  • Watching the watchdog

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:14 pm
    “Democracy is like an infertile woman that cannot produce anything”, thundered a popular columnist (a real opinion-maker) at the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America (APPNA) convention held in Washington, DC. A few women participants objected, but overall, the trashing of ‘democracy’ back home in Pakistan was applauded by many a successful […]
  • The day I’m killed

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Dr Azra Raza – a fearless and sensitive soul – sent me this poem via email. Travel Tickets The day I’m killed,my killer, rifling through my pockets,will find travel tickets:One to peace,one to the fields and the rain,and one to the conscience of humankind. Dear killer of mine, I beg you: Do not stay and […]
  • ‘You turned out to be just like us’ –

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    By Pakistani poet Fahmida Riaz. The inimitable Fahmida Riaz, who is a favourite of mine, was disappointed during her stay in India (during the 1980s) with the growing trends of exclusion – an anathema to the plurality of India. The poem is also included in my book. Naya Bharat (New India) Tum bilkul hum jaisey nikley […]
  • Directionless: trapped in a vicious cycle

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    The image below is that of a painting by the amazing Pakistani artist Saira Wasim and it relates to the theme of my piece below published in Express Tribune recently. We just celebrated our 67th independence anniversary amid a show of hard power and political maelstrom — a beleaguered prime minister, cacophonous calls for ‘change’ […]
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  • “Brand Islam” – Commercial Encroachment or an Act of Faith?

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    By Lubaaba Amatullah Seen from above, the size of the bazaar is incredible, row upon row of colorful stalls selling everything from food to ethnic clothing and books. This is the Islamic Society of North America's (ISNA) annual convention in Washington D.C., and by the looks of this bazaar, faith has taken a consumerist bend. Welcome to Brand Islam. One stall sells t-shirts; from the tongue-in-cheek, “I'm fly 'Coz my iman is high” and “Think I'm hot? Hell is hotter. Lower your gaze,” to the cheerful, “Smile, its sunnah!” Another stall sells halal sweets and frozen foods, packaged…
  • Book Review: Jesus & The Last Messenger

    Muhammad Wajid Akhter
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    If you're over the age of 20, then chances are that you already have a healthy cynicism for the attention span of people younger than you. You've seen the progression from epic movies to youtube videos and now to 6 seconds on Vine. You've watched as conversations on the phone have been replaced by emails, then text SMS messages and now the 140 character limit of Twitter. The trouble is that no amount of eye rolling and nostalgia will undo this collective shortening of the average persons ability to focus and concentrate. This becomes especially worrying when you consider it in the context of…
  • Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    This is cross post, you can find the original here By Hani Almadhoun director of donor development at ANERA The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has now registered one million Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon to escape the war back home. They account for one fourth of Lebanon's population. But that figure sadly does not take into account more than 50,000 Palestinian refugees from the Syrian conflict who are now in Lebanon, too. They are not covered by the UNHCR and have found shelter in Palestinian refugee camps that are administered by the UNRWA, the UN agency that is solely…
  • What is your legacy?

    Sh. Mirza Yawar Baig
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This is a repost, and was originally posted here   A leader is remembered not by what he or she possessed or consumed, not by how much power they had or whether they were charming or beautiful, but by the legacy they leave behind. This is what I want to talk to you about; leaving a legacy. I want to start by saying two things to you which I want you to remember. The first one is: 1.       “It is in the nature of extraordinary goals to inspire extraordinary effort.” The second one is: 2.       “It is in the nature of the 'dream' to be impractical.” A practical dream is…
  • Tariq Ramadan’s Boycott: A Critical Analysis

    Waleed S. Ahmed
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    I had the pleasure of first meeting Dr. Tariq Ramadan during the 2011 RIS Convention when I was covering the event for this publication. It was an amicable meeting; I recall being struck by his down-to-earth attitude. He took the time to have a genuine conversation with people – a rarity at such large events. It was the year of the Arab Springs and I remember his insightful talk about the role played by American institutions in kindling the protests in Egypt. The next year I met him again at the RIS Knowledge Retreat where he gave a series of classes entitled, 'Shariah, Sufism and…
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  • Twitter Suspends Thousands of #ISIS Islamic State Fans, Anti Iraqi Government Activists and Independent Iraqi News Accounts

    23 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Many people were optimistic about social media as a platform for free speech and a platform to bring people together and bring change to this world. But that is not the case, Twitter has made a massive suspension move against fans of ISIS or Islamic State accounts along with activist who are against the American and Iranian backed government in Iraq, not just that even the big accounts such as @Iraq_now1 that tweets news from Iraq not found on censored mainstream media has been cut off too. Whatever your point of view regarding  the Islamic State, but people have the right to speak their…
  • ArabCrunch is Back

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Dear ArabCrunch readers, we are sorry for not updating ArabCrunch with news and features in the last period. But we are now back again and we try to be very active, In reporting tech news that covers the Arab world and you free speech and Internet rights. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
  • Twitter Suspends Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s Twitter Account While Keeping “Israel Defense Forces” Account

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Activists raised objection regarding Twitter’s decision to suspend Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s @Qassam_Arabic Twitter Account in while keeping Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter account ,as biased and unjustified.   It looks like biased @Twitter suspended @Qassam_Arabic while allowing terrorist account @IDFSpokesperson to keep functioning. — Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) July 18, 2014 Qassam_Arabic was tweeting about Al Qassam military activists from launching rockets into “Israel” and from clashes with Israelis. While IDF twitter account is tweeting propaganda about…
  • Google Shuts Down its Arabic Q&A Site Ejabat

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Google is shutting down its Arabic Q&A site Ejabat, in a message posted on the site,google said it won’t accept answers and questions after 23 of next month however questions asked before that date and the answers on it will be available for web surfers. We asked google around 2 weeks ago about this decision but we got no answer we will try to ask again, however on the page announcing this event, google said the reason is that in emerging markets where it had Q&A sites, many local content sites in the local languages has emerged so the need for a local Q&A site is not…
  • Iraqis Government Blocks the Internet in Revolted Sunni Province and Parts of Baghdad, Iraqis Find Ways to Go Around

    19 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    3 days ago, Iraqi bloggers reported that the Iraqi government has shut down the internet in Sunni revolted province. Arabic tech blog Tech World confirmed this news with a document by Iraqi ministry of communications ordering ISP to block the Internet in: Niniwah province, Al Anabar province, Salah Aldeen province, Karkuk province, Diyala province and parts of Baghdad. The order from the ministry to ISPs is also to block as we reported before, social media sites and mobile messaging services: facebook, YouTube, Twitter, whatsapp, Viber and skype, Tango, weChat, instagram, didi. Activists say…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 25th, 2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Bhagwat's Hindu comment, communal riots in UP, JTSA, Love Jihad, Modi's silence, Planning Commission, PUCL, RSSIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines RSS is threat to the nation, says MPCC Activists demand FIR against Bhagwat over Hindu comment PUCL seeks probe into inflammatory Rajasthan police intelligence note 567 FIRs, countless promises later, riot victims still wait for justice Quarrel between children sparks communal clashes in Hapur Woman killed in [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 18th, 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Fake Encouncter, Gujarat 2002, Hindu Rashtra, Maya Kodnani, Mohan Bhagwat, Muzaffarnagar riots, Narendra Modi, Saharanpur riots, Sunil JoshiIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements India’s 68th Independence Day – A time to renew communal harmony and safeguard secularism Communal Harmony On 68th independence Day IAMC urges to renew communal harmony and safeguard secularism Muzaffarnagar organizes marathon to spread communal harmony News Headlines Petition seeks stay on Modi election from Varanasi ‘Since Narendra [...](Read more...)
  • India’s 68th Independence Day – A time to renew communal harmony and safeguard secularism

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Categories: Press releaseTags: Akshardham, Communal Harmony, freedom struggle, Hindutva, Independence Day, India's 68th Independence Day, India's Constitution, Mohan Bhagwat, Sectarianism, SecularismFriday, August 15, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC -, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called on Indians across the world, to mark the occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day by finding ways to strengthen pluralism, and to renew communal harmony, in order to defeat the designs [...](
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 11th, 2014

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: BJP rule, communal riots in UP West, Gujarat 2002, Hindu and Muslim, Meerut rape case, Mohan Bhagwat speech on Hindustan, Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi's record, RPSC chairman, RSS ideology, TaslimaIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Another Euro leader questions Narendra Modi’s record As trial begins, all eyes on defence lawyer with RSS links RSS ideology damaging India’s peace, says Digvijaya Singh AIDWA fact finding team reiterates lose ends in Meerut rape case, says case is being exploited to incite communal violence Were [...](Read…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 4th, 2014

    5 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Categories: News DigestIn this issue of IAMC News Roundu Communal Harmony A unique communal harmony in Kochi News Headlines SC judge draws sharp criticism for saying Gita should be taught since class 1, BJP backs him Saffronisation of textbooks is a cause for concern: panel RSS criticizes minority status to Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists Sohrabuddin kin asks for [...](Read more...)
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  • Imran Khan again demands Sharif's resignation

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Islamabad:Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan Saturday reiterated his demand that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down until the judicial commission completes its probe into the alleged rigging during the 2013 general elections. "The prime minister should sit out for one month until the rigging probe is complete. Resign till the investigation and if cleared return," Geo News quoted Imran Khan as saying. The cricketer-turned-politician also said that Sharif lied on the floor of the National Assembly about who had asked the army to mediate. He said a monarchical system had been…
  • Protests hampering Pakistan's progress: Nawaz Sharif

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Lahore: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday said the sit-in and protests hindered the progress of the country and he accepted the legitimate demands of the protesters, Geo News reported. In an interview, Sharif said the people's mandate cannot be sabotaged by a few thousand people and expressed surprise over Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Tahir-ul Qadri's stand as most of his demands had been accepted by the government. The prime minister said the National Assembly has already approved a resolution to protect democracy and will not let any anti-democracy scheme flourish. Due to the current…
  • Wedding wear in India gets new offerings from Pakistan

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    New Delhi: If you're shopping for your wedding trousseau, don't miss 'Wedding Collection: A journey of Pakistan from Pret to Couture', a range of innovative and detailed ensembles from across the border, available at PFDC - The Boulevard, a high-end store located here. PFDC stands for Pakistan Fashion Design Council, which facilitates exchange of fashion between the two countries. Its store, in South Extension here, retails designer wear from Pakistan. Its new collections bring together unique colour combinations and cuts in an attempt to give a refreshing change to Indian trousseau wear.
  • Petition filed to disqualify Pakistan PM

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Lahore: A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court Saturday seeking to disqualify Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for lying in his speech to parliament. The application was filed by advocate Gauhar Nawaz who is a senior president of the Insaf Lawyers Forum, Dawn online reported. The petition stated that Nawaz Sharif had lied to the nation on the issue of arbitration by the army. Nawaz Sharif Friday told parliament that it was Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahir-ul Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan who had requested a meeting with Army Chief Gen. Raheel…
  • Bangladesh seeks to supply rice to northeast India: Tripura minister

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    By Sujit Chakraborty , Agartala: In one more sign of warming cross-border ties, Bangladesh says it is keen to supply rice to food-deficient northeastern states and can allow all its ports, in "mutual interest", to ferry goods bound for the region, a Tripura minister has said, quoting the Bangladeshi prime minister. "Madam Hasina has proposed to supply rice to Tripura and other northeastern states if required," Tripura Industries and Commerce minister Tapan Chakraborty told IANS, referring to the assurance of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The minister was a member of an Indian…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • At the Heart of it All

    Muhammad Xhemali
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    His brightly polished royally brown oxfords tapped along the cool morning pavement as he rushed to who knows where on a brisk morning. Surrounded by celestial sky scrapers and monumental edifices, he was reminded that he was where he belonged. In front of Copley Square, he noticed a homeless man struggling to find comfort on a bench painted by morning dew. I stood near the intersection’s curb, watching the two classes intersect. It’s these moments that remind me of the deep fissure of inequality that cuts across our society and that can reinforce so many stereotypes if one lets them.
  • A Soul’s Return

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    She walked with her legs heavy and her soul down. The air was cold and sharp and stung the inside of her nose as she took a deep breath. The sun was hanging low in the sky. In the gloomy path of her shadows, she found her footsteps moving forward. She stared at them as they found her from behind, trapping her feet into chains from which she could no longer escape. In a way like time does, her heart had creased with the same mistakes and the sidewalk caught her every step gently, as if to say that it felt her pain. He grows grass —not every blade the same but they remain loyal to to His…
  • The Purpose of Optimism

    Mehraj Hassan
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Optimism is a virtue of the righteous believer. Being optimistic is to be hopeful and confident about what the future holds. We have been given so much in the past and present that it’s strange how we can still be pessimistic about our future provisions. We have been granted working limbs, an education and sustenance. If we were to try and count all the blessings from Allah, it would take more than the rest of our lives. Yet sometimes, when we feel disappointed by something that happens in our life, we forget about the blessings bestowed on us. It may be that we are hit by a terrible…
  • Feature: Quilt of Kindness

    Rahma Zakaria
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    This piece was published as part of an MYM partnership with Washington, D.C.’s Muslim Inter-scholastic Tournament (MIST). The highlight of the year for many high school youth, MIST is a nationwide competition that pits teams from high school Muslim groups against each other in a weekend full of intense contests, community building and youth empowerment.  Representing team Dar-us-Salaam, Rahma Zakaria won first place in the literary poetry contest, one of dozens of contests ranging from Quran memorization to basketball. The piece reflects on this year’s theme, “The Art of Generosity:…
  • Who Makes the Rules?

    Aamir Shamsi
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    If we were to ask any Muslim, practising or not practising, if they thought they were more knowledgeable, wiser or more morally upright than Allah, we would be immediately greeted by shock, horror and disbelief. No one would directly and openly believe such a thing or make any such statements. Yet, through our actions, this is exactly what some of us believe though we remain unaware. We decide for ourselves what is correct and incorrect, moral and immoral, proper and improper, which ends up shaping how we live our lives. It even goes as far as clouding our judgement and knowledge on what the…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Despite Modi’s exit from Gujarat Muslims still live under fear under new Chief Minister Ms. Anandiben Patel

    24 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani Ahmedabad: There are still ample indications that even after exit of Narendra Modi from Gujarat, Muslims in the state still live under fear and they are under constant attack from people owing allegiance to Sangh Parivar. Recently, a Muslim family was attacked by a Hindu mob on a petty issue of seat sharing in train in south Gujarat near Bilimora railway station. A male member of the family was also hit by a rod and he was seriously injured. The mob also raised slogans threatening Muslims like “This is Modi’s Gujarat”. Another example of Muslims…
  • Only Quaid-e-Azam’s ideal can save minorities in Pakistan: Ispahani

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    By Manzar Imam New Delhi: The Academy of International Studies (AIS), Jamia Millia Islamia under its Pakistan Studies Programme organized a talk on “Religious Minorities in Pakistan” on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014 at Ho Chi Minh Conference Room, AIS. Farahnaz Ispahani, former member of the National Assembly of Pakistan and Media Advisor to President Asif Ali Zardari, delivered the talk. Speaking about how and where things had gone wrong with Pakistan despite it having a wonderful Constitution that guaranteed rights to each individual on the basis of citizenship, Ms Ispahani said that there…
  • Are Muslims Well-Represented in Indian Police?

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    By Anil Maheshwari Rhetorically, the poor representation of the Muslims, the single biggest minority community, has been lamented by ‘secular’ politicians, journalists, academicians and some police officers. They cite studies, judicial inquiry commissions and of course their own perception in support of their contention. In fact, the lead in this regard has been taken by Rajinder Sachar Committee in its report on the socio-economic condition of Muslims, submitted to the Union Government eight years ago. The votaries of the representation of the Muslims in the police force as per the share…
  • Muslim leaders welcome high court order on loudspeakers

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    By Mohammed Wajihuddin Mumbai: One of the attributes of ‘azaan’ is that it summons the faithful to peace and tranquility. Ironically, ‘azaan’ through loudspeakers has become a cause of concern and is being objected to from some quarters. So much so that Navi Mumbai resident Santosh Pachalag petitioned the Bombay High Court against “illegal use of loudspeakers” by mosques in his area. An RTI plea had found that 45 of 49 mosques in the area didn’t have permission to use loudspeakers. Acting on the petition, the Bombay High Court directed the police last…
  • Jamia Millia Islamia organizes interactive program on ‘Vocabulary of Change: Gender and Youth in Politics’

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    By Manzar Imam New Delhi: The Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in collaboration with WomenPowerConnect (WPC) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a Germany-based non-profit institution, organised an interactive programme of representatives of different political parties with students. Entitled “Vocabulary of Change: Gender and Youth in Politics” the half-day-long discussion programme was held at the FTK-Centre for Information Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia on Thursday 21 August 2014. In a session titled “Women and Elections”, journalists Pamela Philipose…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • 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…
  • Real Wedding: Hytham & Basma

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Planning a wedding can be a bit stressful, especially without a wedding planner, but one couple has proven that it’s definitely doable. Hytham Aly and Basma Sayedi took the time to share their beautiful wedding day with Perfect Muslim Wedding, complete with details and advice. The couple believes that the wedding day isn’t necessarily the happiest day of your life but rather the first chapter to many happy days. “We met in college,” Hytham said. “I was stricken by the respect she commanded and how knowledgable of the Deen she was.” It took the couple 8 months to plan their perfect…
  • Keeping The Memory Alive

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Months of planning will bring you to that one memorable day, your wedding.  But before you know it, your wedding day comes to an end.  We all want to feel that happiness over and over again.  So how do you keep the memory alive? See below! -Print all your wedding photos and create a fun album. Courtesy of Sydney Lush Photography -Make sure you have a great “videographer,” this is the best way of re-living the moment.  You’ll able to see everything, and possibly things you may have missed. -Dry your wedding bouquet.  Its simple, hang it upside down for a day or so and…
  • ABC is easy as DIY

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
    There are many details to pay attention to when planning a wedding.  As we all know, these little details add up, quick. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could handle most of these little details yourself at an affordable price? Here are a few DIY ideas: -Table Overlay Your best bet is to check out “Flea” Markets or the Swap Meet for rolls of fabric that you can measure and cut.  For mine, I purchased an entire roll of lace fabric in which my mother and I measured and cut for each table. Overlay can be viewed below.   -Gift Card Holder There are many ideas from your typical…
  • Tidbits & Things

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    There are many things to expect on the day of your wedding. You should be always be prepared for anything. As humans, we know things don’t always go as planned, and yes unfortunately, that includes your wedding day. So here are the three things I came up with: Depending on how many people you invite, about 50-100 people will not show up. This is just the way it is. The people I’ve asked, the weddings I’ve attended, and of course, my own wedding, I have come up with this conclusion. You will always have late guests. This is tough to deal with because you have already made a…
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