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  • Tweeting the Qur’an #ttQuran

    City of Brass
    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 »
  • Bolton: racists scrawl anti-Islamic graffiti on Ironman triathlon route

    Islamophobia Watch
    Bob Pitt
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Racist vandals scrawled anti-Islamic graffiti on part of the route used for Bolton’s Ironman event. The words – which were described as “vulgar and racist” – were found on Rivington Road, an area that made up part of the bike route, written alongside messages of support for the Ironman contestants taking part in the race on Sunday, July 20. Police are now hunting for those responsible for the messages, which included claims “Muslims mutilate the innocent”. The graffiti is believed to have been on the road during the event, one athlete said. Ironman bosses have said they…
  • Deadly Israeli shelling hits Gaza UN school

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    At least 16 killed and scores wounded in building sheltering homeless Palestinians in Jabaliya refugee camp, medics say.
  • First Dog on the Moon on ... Australia's new giant mine

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    First Dog on the Moon
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Ian the Climate Denialist Potato is thrilled thrilled! to hear a new coal mine has been given the go ahead in Queensland Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Click here Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Continue reading...
  • Gaza: 15 Palestinians killed in strike on UN school live coverage

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Alexandra Topping
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    Heaviest bombing of campaign so far continues for second night, with at least 43 killed in air strikes and tank shelling of Jabaliya area of Gaza City 8.48am BST The BBC are reporting that a Hamas military commander has rejected suggestions that the organisation is ready for a ceasefire. In an audio recording, Mohammad Deif, commander of Hamas military wing, said his soldiers were eager for death. 8.25am BST Israeli Intelligence Officers Doubt Hamas Involvement In Incident That Sparked Gaza War: Israeli intelligence officer who works in the West Bank has told a…
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  • Gaza: 15 Palestinians killed in strike on UN school live coverage

    Alexandra Topping
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    Heaviest bombing of campaign so far continues for second night, with at least 43 killed in air strikes and tank shelling of Jabaliya area of Gaza City 8.48am BST The BBC are reporting that a Hamas military commander has rejected suggestions that the organisation is ready for a ceasefire. In an audio recording, Mohammad Deif, commander of Hamas military wing, said his soldiers were eager for death. 8.25am BST Israeli Intelligence Officers Doubt Hamas Involvement In Incident That Sparked Gaza War: Israeli intelligence officer who works in the West Bank has told a…
  • Spain posts strongest growth in six years business live

    Graeme Wearden
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Spanish GDP rose 0.6% in the second quarter of 2014, outpacing eurozone rivals EarlierBarclays PPI bill rises againShares jump, despite investment bank problemsSpanish growth hits six-year highComing up: US GDP data for the second quarter of 2014 8.43am BST Spain +0.6% in Q2. Meanwhile, Italy still debating reforms dubbed critical the day after the election, which, as a reminder, was in Feb 2013 8.42am BST The Spanish economy does now appear to be outperforming the rest of the eurozone -- which is most unlikely to match Spains 0.6% growth in the last three months.Both France and Germany are…
  • Five ways to tackle inequality at a grassroots level

    Kate Stewart
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    With people struggling to pay for food and rent, we need the public sector to work with communities towards recoveryIn a year when our economy is supposed to be growing, poverty in the UK has rarely been out of the headlines. Many people are still struggling to pay energy bills, buy food and maintain rent or mortgage payments. Official figures show a drop in unemployment, but with the jobs market fragmenting and zero hours contracts, real wages have been forced down. Continue reading...
  • Women, antibiotics and the Longitude Prize | Athene Donald

    Athene Donald
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Athene Donald: Times have changed since the first Longitude Prize and women now form an important part of the scientific workforce. Can the resultant diversity help to find creative solutions to this challenge prize?Across the world many leaders are speaking out about the challenges our global society faces as antibiotic resistance grows and our medical arsenal to defeat infection shrinks. In the last few months the World Health Organization (WHO), David Cameron and Sally Davies (the UKs Chief Medical Officer) have all caught the headlines, speaking out about the scale of the problem. Overuse…
  • School reports on writers deliver very bad reviews

    Alison Flood
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Charlotte Brontë wrote 'indifferently', according to her teachers, and many another writer's gifts have been roundly trashed by their teachersIt's been a long time since I faced the terror of a school report myself, but it all came back after I landed upon this Slate article, pointing towards Charlotte Brontë's. Made available online by the British Library as part of its fabulous new digital English literature resource, the write up is hardly glowing. Apparently, the girl who would go on to pen Jane Eyre "writes indifferently" and "knows nothing of grammar, geography,…
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  • 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…
  • India supports Palestine at BRICS summit and UN, opinion poll shows Indians too stand against Israel: 75% Indians support Palestine, just 15% for Israel

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Of late, we often hear that the public opinion in India is shifting and is now inclined towards Israel.You don't need to rake your brains to think about those who are behind this new found knowledge about Indian masses & public opinion.On Monday, a journalist tweeted that within three decades, India has become one of the most pro-Israel nations.There was nothing to substantiate this insight though. He didn't reveal what made him believe that Indians were no longer pro-Palestine.Right-wing folks have been trumpeting their admiration for Israel. In India, the unique thing is that the same…
  • Incidents of rapes in India: Under-reporting of crimes, policemen's reluctance in registering FIRs and media focus on certain states

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    There has been outrage over recent incidents of rapes in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders feel that UP is being targeted and they claim that UP doesn't record the highest number of rapes.This is true. In fact, statistics can't be relied upon in India, easily. The reason is the old practice of 'burking' or  non-registration of crimes.UP may be much behind MP as far as number of rapes is concerned, but if you have to see the 'lawlessness' or 'crime situation' in a state, then the parameter is always--MURDER.Murder or homicide, is a crime, which the police have to register…
  • Chetan Bhagat's tweet on killings in Gaza leads to outrage on Twitter: Sick, inhuman comment or just his view!

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Chetan Bhagat's shocking tweet about the killings by Israel in Gaza, led to outrage on social networking website Twitter on Wednesday.Bhagat tweeted, "What is happening to Gaza isn't fair but sadly that is the only way sometimes terrorist organizations and their supporters learn to behave".The tweet just when Israel has killed over 200 Palestinians, many of them innocent children, in cold blood, angered Twitterati.A twitter user with the handle@Homer2bart tweeted, 'Chetan bhagat probably doesnt' have a kid. He knows nothing about how families feel when they lose their kids in such tragic…
  • Government schools functioning without building, basic facilities show lack of focus on education in India

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    The government schools cater to majority of children in the country.But there is little focus on the infrastructure at these schools.The photograph on the left shows a school in Dindori in Madhya Pradesh.It shows how classes in this school are held in the open, under the tree shade.For the last couple of years, the school has been functioning in the open. If there is rain, obviously, classes are suspended.The local officials say that funds have been sanctioned to build rooms for the school, but the building is yet to be built.The school earlier functioned from a dilapidated structure. The…
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  • Article: Islamophobia in Western Europe – Oxford Islamic Studies Online

    Chris Allen
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    I’m pleased to announce that my entry to Oxford Islamic Studies Online titled, ‘Islamophobia in Western Europe’ has been published this week. The best thing is that during Ramadan, Oxford are allowing free access to all of its content if you use the following log in details: Username: ramadan2014 Password: freeaccess To read my entry, click […]
  • Article: Operation Trojan Horse: how a hoax problematised Muslims and Islam – Discover Society

    Chris Allen
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Following my articles for The Conversation and the Birmingham Brief on Operation Trojan Horse, I was approached by Discover Society to write a short reflective piece for its July publication. Titled, “Operation Trojan Horse: how a hoax problematised Muslims and Islam” it’s one of a number of different articles on the issue. To read my […]
  • Article: Beyond Islamophobia? Media shows Muslim families to be ‘normal’ – The Conversation

    Chris Allen
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    I was recently invited to write a short article for The Conversation late last week, focusing on the news that more young British Muslims had gone to fight in Syria and Iraq. What struck me most about the reporting was the coverage about the families of some of the men that had gone to the […]
  • Podcast: Does Islamophobia Exist? – Islamicate

    Chris Allen
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Earlier this week I was invited to participate in a podcast for the exciting and interesting people at Islamicate. Titled, ‘Does Islamophobia exist?’ I respond to a range of questions from what Islamophobia means, whether it’s merely a way of closing down criticism of Muslims/Islam, what the key drivers in the contemporary setting might be, […]
  • Report: Swedish Government Roundtable on Islamophobia in Europe

    Chris Allen
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    On Tuesday 10th June 2014, I was invited to participate in a roundtable  meeting on the issue of Islamophobia in today’s Europe. Held in Stockholm, the event was facilitated by the Swedish government and brought together a range of individuals from across Europe: policymakers, civil servants, civil society representatives, Muslim organisations and academics. Where these type […]
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Bensonhurst, Brooklyn: Hate crime cops investigating anti-Muslim fliers

    Bob Pitt
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The NYPD’s Hate Crimes unit is looking to identify the person who distributed anti-Muslim fliers in at least one of the Shore Haven apartment buildings near Cropsey Avenue and 21st Avenue in Bath Beach, according to Councilman Mark Treyger’s office. The fliers were found throughout the building this week, showing a hateful message calling Muslims “the second holocaust” and claims “USA hates you”. There is what appears to be a woman in a burka inside a “No” symbol, and there is also an abundance of exclamation points. “I am disgusted and saddened to hear of this hateful…
  • Nazi graffiti on Muslim prayer room in Nièvre

    Bob Pitt
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Nazi graffiti was discovered on Saturday morning on the walls of a building used as a prayer room for the Muslim community at La Charité-sur-Loire (Nièvre) , according to statements by the Cosne-sur-Loire police on Sunday. Swastikas, SS insignia and the words “Fuck the Arabs” were inscribed in white paint on the walls of an old garage in the town, according to the same source, confirming a report in the regional newspaper Le Journal du Centre . The acts were allegedly committed Saturday between 5am and 10am. There was no sign or notice, however, to indicate that this space…
  • Anti-Semitic incidents, vandalism of mosques persist in Bulgaria – US state department report

    Bob Pitt
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Ataka thugs assault worshippers at Sophia mosque in May 2011 Religious groups in Bulgaria complained that the government had failed to consistently enforce protection of religious freedoms, while abuses such as anti-Semitic incidents and vandalism of mosques and other places persisted, the United States state department noted in its annual religious freedom report. Reports of intolerance by security services and local authorities continued, the state department report for 2013, released on July 29 2014 said. There were reports of societal abuses and discrimination based on religious…
  • ‘Trojan Horse’ inquiry: Clarke report based on uncorroborated smear, anecdote, hoax, chatroom gossip and neoconservative assumptions

    Bob Pitt
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Letter in today’s Guardian: The new secretary of state for education, Nicky Morgan, makes various pledges following the “Trojan horse” reports on Birmingham schools. Several of her pledges are valuable. The basis for them, however, is unsound. Peter Clarke’s report is not “forensic”, as Nicky Morgan claims (Report, 22 July), but a biased mix of uncorroborated smear, anecdote, hoax and chatroom gossip. It reflects neoconservative assumptions about the nature of extremism; ignores significant testimony and viewpoints; implies the essential problem in Birmingham is simply the…
  • Bolton: racists scrawl anti-Islamic graffiti on Ironman triathlon route

    Bob Pitt
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Racist vandals scrawled anti-Islamic graffiti on part of the route used for Bolton’s Ironman event. The words – which were described as “vulgar and racist” – were found on Rivington Road, an area that made up part of the bike route, written alongside messages of support for the Ironman contestants taking part in the race on Sunday, July 20. Police are now hunting for those responsible for the messages, which included claims “Muslims mutilate the innocent”. The graffiti is believed to have been on the road during the event, one athlete said. Ironman bosses have said they…
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • 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…
  • How journeys across the world become journeys into oneself

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:13 am
    Shadows. 1000 Cups, Buganda RoadIt is the penultimate day of my stay in Kampala. It rains. A slanted shower that makes walls weep. Thunder rumbles and I find myself wondering who stole the lightening. The city is smudged, but is pulses, still. People worship, I hear their prayer. The guesthouse sleeps. I sit very quietly, close my eyes and listen. A year from now, Kampala will be blurred memory and I don’t want this to happen. I don’t want it to be time-smudged.Evergreen stabbing sky. From the guesthouse balcony I want it to be whole because this is where I learnt to be a Saaleha. I…
  • On being Listed

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:32 pm
    It was on a narrow stretch of road, some time in January, somewhere between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, that my phone connected to Wifi out of nowhere and vibrated. I was surprised, having grown accustomed to a silent phone over the last two weeks. It was an email. It started with the word: Congratulations. As a serial non winner of competitions, I was amazed.I needed to present myself in Cape Town for a one Day workshop that would be conducted by Whitbread Shortlisted Writer, Rachel Zadok (of course, at the time I didn’t know this), since my ‘application to the Writivism 2014 Creative…
  • Vote for Accountibility

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    6 May 2014 | 2:51 am
    The IEC has released Voter Registration Statisticsas at 6 May 2014. I found these figures rather interesting.  In particular that the biggest number of registered voters are between the ages 20 to 39. I fall somewhere in the middle of that age group. It’s also a telling statistic. Between the ages of 20 – 39, we’re young enough to have some degree of faith in ‘Democracy’, and we still care. That numbers dwindle as people age, to me it implies a loss of faith in the system. A why-should-we-vote-since-nothing-ever-changes attitude. Which, as I near forty, I begin to…
  • Dear Mummy

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

  • 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…
  • Jean-Luc Nassy-LeMac

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Geddit? Geddit? I Don't Get It. Nassy. LeMac?Nasi Lemak is a traditional Malaysian breakfast of rice cooked in coconut milk, served with chili sauce and various toppings. Still not getting it. That’s the whole joke, friend.   Photo from Flickr by Avlxyz of Greedy Gourmets.
  • Memory

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
  • Review: The Way of Sufi Chivalry

    12 May 2014 | 7:40 am
    Translated by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak Not about martial codes, but more of a guidebook on proper etiquette (adab) in Islam. The biggest focus was on the virtue of generosity. True generosity is giving before your brother is forced to ask, because in asking, the needy one is humiliated by his need. A poem is related:“The one in embarrassment asked but received nothing, For when he weighed what he had received,His pain was heavier than what had been given to him.”The Islamic ideal of generosity is then that much harder to attain for those of us who come from “ask” cultures,…
  • Review: Midnight’s Children

    7 May 2014 | 7:18 am
     by Salman Rushdie Could the Booker Prize have gone to a novel that treats three generations of an extended family but remains emotionally dead-flat aside from twin swellings of self-pity and self-love?  Was a career launched by a book that contains 50 years of intricately plotted interconnections, parallels and synchronicities across the breadth of the subcontinent but scarcely a single meaningful insight?   Am I tired of snide snark sarcasm and twee wordplay all in the service of convincing us of the cleverness of the author?  Did I really give up on a book that bloats to 700 pages with…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Ramadan & Eid Fund Raising Appeal for Porshee Foundation

    Sadiq Alam
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Two of our Porshee School Student + Volunteer1.Inform those of My servants who believe that they should establish Prayer and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before there arrives the Day when there will be no bargaining, nor any mutual befriending. ~ Message of the Qur'an 14:31Those who spend (in noble cause) privately or publicly, by night and day, have their reward with their Lord. And (on the Day of Resurrection) they shall neither fear nor grieve. ~2:274And spend [in the way of Allah ] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you…
  • The Spiritual Context of Fasting ─ a Synoptic View

    Sadiq Alam
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
      Fasting among the Pillars of Islam: The five pillars of Islam are: Declaration of Faith, Salat, Zakat, Saum and Hajj. In the declaration of Faith, viz. La Ilaha Illallah, Muhammadur Rasoolullah (i.e. nothing worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad (s) is the Messenger of Allah), we become conscious of the individual positions of Allah, the Holy Messenger Muhammad (s) and the rest of the Creation. It signifies that every soul has come from Allah, and every soul goes back to Allah. A successful return back to Allah is only possible through the Message and Guidance given by Allah…
  • Did you think that We Created you as a joke? Meditative Quranic Verses

    Sadiq Alam
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    'AFAHASIBTUM 'ANNAMA KHALAQNAKUM 'ABATHANW -WA 'ANNAKUM 'ILAYNA LA TURJA'UN?Did you think that We created you as a joke,and that you would not be returned to Us?~ The Qur'an, Chapter of the Faithful 23:115computer simulation of development of human face within the womb And truly We, the Divine Authority, has created the human from essence of clay,Then we placed him as a drop of sperm in (the womb's) secure lodgingThen We made the drop of sperm into a clinging clot,And We made the clot into a shapeless lump,Then We made (from) the lump bonesAnd We covered the bones with fleshAnd then We…
  • The Dimensions and Reality of Death and beyond

    Sadiq Alam
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    People AreAsleep. TheyWake Up When They Die.~ Thus transmitted Rasul Allah It is unfortunate that the reality of “DEATH” is not known in a true sense in our time, and DEATH is commonly assumed to be someone’s “ending”. Actually, without being an end, DEATH is nothing more than a transition from the physical world to a world beyond the physical! It is just a transformation!Right after a person’s separation from his physical body through DEATH, his life goes on within a “spirit” — hologramlike body of frequencies— either in the grave or outside.
  • A Letter from Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

    Sadiq Alam
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    This letter is from Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, a contemporary Sufi Teacher who is now based in South Africa and this letter address to all who love humanity and who seek peace. May its message reach our heart, reach your heart and beyond.Reality and the way of Allah have its rules, regulations and governance which affect the transient world of shadows and dualities in our dunya (this world). In order to be fully established in the new realm you need to be constantly aware of the light in your heart and be serious with the seven points that I will append below.The path of liberation is like a…
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    Muslim Thought

  • Unity Of The Ummah – Dr. Zakir Naik (11/13)

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Part (12/13): Unity Of The Ummah – Dr. Zakir Naik Who are you? Hanafee? Shaafiee? Maalikee? Hambalee? Salafee? Ahl Hadith? Or A MUSLIM? A very important lecture by Dr. Zakir Naik regarding of muslim’s identity. A muslim should   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Unity Of The Ummah – Dr. Zakir Naik (11/13) Related posts: Unity Of The Ummah – Dr. Zakir Naik (2/13) Unity Of The Ummah – Dr. Zakir Naik (5/13) Unity Of The Ummah – Dr. Zakir Naik (7/13)
  • Muslims and the People of the Book in History

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Unbiased people who study Islamic history and the Muslims’ relationship with the Jews and Christians living under Islamic rule will come across the following fact: The People of the Book have always lived in peace and tranquility under Islamic rule.   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Muslims and the People of the Book in History Related posts: “people of the Book” & the Muslims the Natural Alliance Between Christianity, Judaism and Islam “people of the Book” & the Muslims the Natural Alliance Between Christianity, Judaism and Islam…
  • Muslim Jesus!

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    The Muslim Jesus by: Rassool Auckbaraullee In the Name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful. Praisebe to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Benevolent, the Merciful, the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One, the Source of Peace,   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Muslim Jesus! Related posts: More Than a Prophet: An Insider’s Response to Muslim Beliefs About Jesus & Christianity More Than a Prophet: An Insider’s Response to Muslim Beliefs About Jesus & Christianity how does the Christians belief about Jesus differ from the Muslim belief about Muhammad.?
  • Jesus preached Jihad

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal and Bishop Joseph Ade Gold Jihad means inner struggle not holy war It can simply mean striving to live a moral and virtuous life, spreading and defending Islam as well as fighting injustice and oppression Greater Jihad   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Jesus preached Jihad Related posts: Islam, Jihad and Terrorism Conference Hosted at Houghton College How soes the concept (thought)of muslim jihad compare to the concept(thought)of crusade? Recent Survey Shows That 75 Percent Of Americans Say They Are Fans Of Jesus But Jesus Doesnt Want Fans
  • Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part6)

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:35 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?(Ses.3, Part6) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part4)   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part6) Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.3, Part6) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part4)
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    City of Brass

  • 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
  • Ramadan is coming – or has already arrived

    Aziz Poonawalla
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    Ramadan Mubarak! By the lunar Fatimid calendar, today (Saturday 28th June) is the 1st of Ramadan. The Mecca-centric calculations of The Fiqh Council of North America (affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America)
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  • Eid Mubarak :)

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Salaam And Greetings of Peace: “O Lord! Let not our hearts deviate now after You have guided us, but grant us mercy from Your own Presence; for You are the Grantor of bounties without measure.”    – Qur’an: 3:9 May Allah bless you all this Eid with generosity of heart, sincerity of speech, kindness in action, and love and joy in remembrance of Him, who is the Source of all Generosity, Sincerity, Kindness, Joy and Love.    Ameen! The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “One who helps a fellow Muslim in removing his (or her) difficulty in this…
  • Hazrat Ali’s Sermon on Eid ul-Fitr

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: The blessed month of Ramadan is over soon, and Muslims around the world will soon be celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, so it is fitting to post this again: On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, Hazrat Ali (A.S.) delivered a sermon in which he said: “O people! Verily this day of yours is the day when the righteous are awarded and the wretched are losers. It is a day which is similar to the one on which you shall be standing (before your Lord). Therefore, when you come out of your homes to go to places of your prayer, remind yourselves about the day when you (your souls) shall come…
  • Laylat al-Qadr, The Night of Power – 2014/1435

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to thee what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit (Jibril, or Gabriel) by Allah’s permission, on every errand: Peace!…This until the rise of morn.   – Qur’an, 97:1-5 Laylat al-Qadr, (also known as Shab-e-Qadr), the Night of Destiny, Night of Power, Night of Value, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, is the anniversary of the night the first verses of the Qur’an were…
  • “I have decided to stick to love…”

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
      Ya Haqq!Filed under: Books & writing, Current Affairs, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Martin Luther KIng Jr. quote
  • Rumi’s Poem on Fasting during Ramadan

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Celebrate! The month of fasting has come. Pleasant journey to the one Who is the company of the fasting. I climbed the roof to see the Moon, Because I really missed fasting By heart and soul. I lost my hat while looking at the Moon. the Sultan of fasting made me drunk. O Muslims, I have been drunk since that day I lost my mind. What a beautiful fortune fasting has. What a wonderful glory. There is another secret moon Besides this one. He is hiding in the tent of fasting Like a Turk. Anyone who comes To the harvest of fasting in this month Finds the way to this Moon. Whoever makes his face…
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  • Loyalty and the Black Standard

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

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

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

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

    7 Apr 2009 | 9:16 pm
    The early Muslims, our pious predecessors (Al-Salaf Al-Salih), had two attributes that are by-and-large ignored by many Muslims these days, even those who claim to follow their footsteps:Scrupulousness regarding what one eats. When Saad ibn Abi Waqqas asked the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) to ask Allah that his prayers be answered, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "O Saad, make good that which you eat and and you will be one whose prayers are accepted." There is simply no shortage of examples of the Salaf avoiding food out of scrupulousness. Yet, we find people who…
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  • 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…
  • My 2014 Conference On World Affairs Schedule

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    My 2014 Conference On World Affairs Schedule: Are you going to be in Boulder for the original, often imitated, never replicated, completely FREE and open to the public Conference on World Affairs? So am I. Click through the title link for my schedule. See you there!
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  • Claire Dyer: Transfer postponed!

    Matthew Smith
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    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 they have only experienced a few such incidents over the last few years, mainly because they keep…
  • ‘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…
  • Work

    Matthew Smith
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    The past month or so, I’ve been working full-time, and most of that has been in one job that requires quite long hours — it usually starts at 9am (which is late for a driving job; they usually start around 7 or 8am) and finishes around 8pm. It involves driving an 18-tonne truck from Park Royal in north-west London, via Hemel Hempstead, to a depot outside Rotherham, and back (straight to Park Royal). What I’m doing is delivering sandwiches; the company is a major supplier of them and you can find their sandwiches in a number of high-street shops and at airports and railway…
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  • Justin Timberlake’s Futuresex/Lovesounds May Be Worth Buying

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Ben Roethlisberger needs three more Super Bowl finals to add to his variety before he retires. Not the Steelers’ Quarterback would mind even two and maybe four more to increase his career titles that are already two. Creating a soccer league to compete with the NBA was not a good idea but I give Vince McMahon some credit for creativity. Vince tried to shake up things. There is no inspiration for the designated hitter at all, in-fact, the designated hitter does even significantly less than an everyday person does. Then make a given fielder placement where one gentleman needs to play with…
  • Whiplash Compensation

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Also often we never even think of being involved with a personal-harm, often like a prey or even the individual responsible for the crash. In fact, you can be the target or cause of an accident in the flicker of an eye. For this reason understanding your privileges as being a victim and requirements whilst the person responsible for the crash is critical to your physical, psychological, emotional and financial wellbeing. Secondarily, knowing how to decide on a superb attorney is probably the next most crucial concern for your health. In study the right keywords are being picked by an…
  • Goji Berry Health Advantages – Trioxi Wellness Free Trial Offer Review

    28 Jun 2014 | 3:10 am
    It is just a few hours get to truly have an enjoyable lunchtime at Elmer and Fannie DEBORAH’s Li’l Country Store if you’re in the Knoxville location. I ended up there notably by likelihood, and it was so excellent that I’d to share with you about it. Nevertheless, Darryll, the master, felt only a little miserable that I would tell people; he doesn’t even advertise. He’s scared of being overwhelmed with clients. It may occur! Recommendations all has spread all around the place concerning this little secret. My girl had observed from another medical experts…
  • Casein Protein Powder – The Sluggish Motion Protein For Athletes

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Protein drinks are likely among the most critical complement there is. They’re also used for food replacement. Why is it thus important? Since protein is one of the most significant parts of your diet plan, whether your goals are get bigger and to improve muscle, or to shed weight and stay trim. Protein will be the source of our whole body, muscles, tissues, hair, nails, etc. all comprised of protein. Whey protein powder has many benefits and it is employed usually in management or weight loss, healing, injury, and diabetics and cancer patients are suggested to make use of paleo protein…
  • Anti-Aging Treatment – How-To Choose The One That Works

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Dr. Dennis Gross produces items that help prevent premature and is a board-certified physician in Ny. His products supply defense against radical damage that is free and also help with purifying you skin. A few of his items are based on skin restoration and chemical peels. One of many wonderful things that you’ll find in MD SkinCare is Alpha Hydroxy Acids that really helps to exfoliate skin. Below are a few of the improvements I produced which began my vacation to acne recovery. I stayed away from certain foods which triggered acne skin discomfort for example milk products, shellfish,…
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  • Denver bail bonds: Essential facts to understand

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    It could be that the individual is accused of some criminal charge or offense. It is this time that he requires professional help. It is here that experienced and qualified denver bail bonds services can assist the individual in getting bail. In case a person faces criminal charges against him, then he is likely to be arrested by the police and then taken to jail. However, to escape from the harsh reality, it is possible to get bail. But, for this the individual needs to pay up a specific amount to the concerned authority. Some essential aspects to understand In case the individual is seeking…
  • Glass Tiles in Denver

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Many people really like to find out and make use of all kinds of flooring. You may have noticed that most properties make use of wooden floors in regions that are susceptible to serious winter seasons. Generally in most cold areas of the planet, the idea is always to enable the floor to stay warm and thus timber floorings are used. Most of us understand how pricey wood might be for flooring. Currently, significant multi-storied constructions can’t manage to have wooden floorings. Many people are now considering of alternative to wood flooring. The Denver tile is expanding in reputation…
  • Finding the best electrician in Denver

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The quest for finding out the best electricians and related professionals in Denver is a tedious one, as there are more than a thousand talented and certified professionals who claim their contention as the best in the business. However, all of the electricians have their own area of expertise, and none of them can be treated equivalently in all the fields related to the work of an electrician. The duties of an electrician: The duties or the services that are generally offered by the denver electricians are: Wiring of the houses and offices and its maintenance. Repairing the various…
  • New uses for Botox Denver treatments cost less

    4 Jun 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Find out the various new experiments and uses of this incredible Botox Denver treatment. See how you could do this treatment in most parts of your body and look younger. You have heard so much about this Botox Denver treatment and would like to go for it. But are you wondering about the costs associated with it and what all treatments are possible with them? New uses of Botox Denver: The rich and famous people go for Botox treatment as they like to look younger always. After all, being in the limelight most of the times, they cannot afford to have wrinkles and old age showing up. It will be a…
  • Customize your space with the used furniture Denver

    4 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Select the best pieces of furniture from retailers to get good quality furniture at a low price. Repurpose the furniture and add some style to it, which can be customized accordingly for various uses. Buying new furniture to decorate your home or office can be expensive. Furniture is a vital accessory which makes easier for the dwellers to enjoy the different amenities. However, buying new furniture can be quite expensive and investing in used furniture Denver is not only cost effective but one can get elegant pieces of furniture at a right price. Your choice to buy second hand furniture also…
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  • FGM Un-Islamic

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Muslim Council of Britain says female genital mutilation is ‘un-Islamic’ Group issues explicit guidance for the first time, condemning practice which it says is no longer linked to religious teaching by Alexandra Topping, The Guardian, June 23 The Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s largest Muslim organisation, has condemned the practice of female genital mutilation as “un-Islamic” and told its members that FGM risks bringing their religion into disrepute. The influential MCB has for the first time issued explicit guidance, which criticises the practice and…
  • It’s the occupation, stupid…

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    On stupidity and war Israel is a fast learner, but did it learn the most valuable lesson of all? by Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera, July 23, 2014 The war hasn’t ended and already the criticism over Israel’s military adventure in Gaza is mounting as the Islamist movement, Hamas, continues to surprise the “invaders”. Leading and, presumably, respected media commentators have blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his hastiness, Israel’s Security Service - the Shabak - for its ignorance and the military for its poor performance. Israel might claim technological…
  • Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    by Yakir Englander, ISLAMiCommentary, JULY 18, 2014 Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, I’d say you can’t have one without the other. Without first aid, the patient will never reach the doctor. First aid without deeper treatment and true healing can cause a slow, more painful death and/or disability. Unfortunately, this analogy applies to the recurring violence between Israel and Palestine. As first aid, we must quickly stop the violence. Then the leaders will need to sit and talk…
  • Haifa’s Answer

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    On Youtube there is a fascinating film on co-existence in Haifa. It is well worth watching at this time of intense violence in Gaza.
  • A Practical Solution for Iraq

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    [Sinan Antoon channeling Jonathan Swift…] by Sinan Antoon, al-Jadaliyya, July 15, 2014 The rise of ISIS and the declaration of a Caliphate that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria signals a moment of exceptional danger not only for Iraq and its future existence as a state, but for US national interests. The United States has sacrificed life and limb and invested billions of dollars to save Iraq from dictatorship and help its people build a thriving democracy. Mistakes were made for sure, but our intentions and objectives were always clear: to stabilize and democratize the region.
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    Knocking From Inside

  • 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…
  • Summer Comes on Wings

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    striped black and yellow, fluttering through brushcrooked, prowling the skies over waterbent blue-black and gleaming, shooting under a bridgeglass-clear, shielding round green bodiesAvailable! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Sestinas up

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I have three sestinas in the current issue of Festival Writer. One of them is a syllable sestina that appeared previously in Wag's Revue.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Tell it to the Swift

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Blackbird, blackbird, I’ll tell you the newsat Waterfront Park they’re playing the blues.Bluebird, bluebird, oh hear my moanwhat good is a song when you sing it alone?Tell it to the swiftTell it to the swallowMy heart’s full of music but my guts are hollow.Tell it to the sparrowTell it to the swanThe band still be here when the sun is gone.Meadowlark with your throat of goldI had me a trumpet but it got sold.Swan didn’t sing til the day she diedA bluesman lives when he plays the slide.Tell to the starlingTell it to the crowThere’s a secret every blues player knowsTell it to the…
  • Mackerel Sky

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Morning mackerel skythreatens change of weather. Clouds,why speak so softly?Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
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  • Facebook takes the lead as the most popular social media platform amongst FTA channels

    Rana Mesbah
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    New research from the Arab Advisors Group analyzes and compares the social media presence of 40 Free-to-Air satellite channels in the Arab World. By end of June 2014, National Geographic Abu Dhabi took the lead in the number of Facebook likes, while MBC Group had the highest number of YouTube subscribers on its channel. Arab […]
  • Dubai Public Library’s summer programme to nurture children’s social and personal skills

    Ishraq Al Tal
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    The Dubai Public Library, owned and managed by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, is giving children across Dubai the opportunity to nurture their social and personal skills through its annual summer programme, held under the theme ‘Our Summer is Arts & Culture.’ Open […]
  • The Arab online games: Number of MMO games available in Arabic have grown by 23% over the past two years

    Rana Mesbah
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    A report by the Arab Advisors Group provides an insightful and comprehensive look into the Arab online games market. The report investigates major online gaming trends and developments in the region. With the emergence of the free-to-play model, demand for online games has increased in the Arab World during the past few years. Since the […]
  • The average studio price in Abu Dhabi is Dhs689,000; one bedroom Dhs1.3 million reveals

    Ishraq Al Tal
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    It’s no surprise that property prices and rents are rising. Data just out from’s quarter two report, reveals the average prices of apartments and villas across key residential communities in Abu Dhabi. While studio prices in the emirate stand at Dhs689,000, a one bedroom in the city costs Dhs1.3m and a two bedroom apartment, […]
  • New ‘’ app launches at Jannah and Andalus properties

    Ishraq Al Tal
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Both Jannah and Andalus Hotels & Resorts have recently announced the launch of their newest application ‘,’ a patented technology that allows guests to interact with all provided services, before, during and after their stay. Developed by a team of designers, programmers and Milestonepoint Technologies JLT with a strong involvement by the group’s COO and […]
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  • On the current political crisis in Pakistan

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Raza Rumi on the current political crisis by razarumi1
  • On the divided media of Pakistan (Urdu video)

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Raza Rumi on the divided media of Pakistan by razarumi1
  • Reclaiming One’s Voice

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
        Raza Rumi cuts through the high decibel terrorism rhetoric to voice some ground realities of Pakistan, all this while braving attempts on his life.     A few months back, I had to leave my country simply to ensure that I would not be left dead. The price of public positions is hard. […]
  • Speaking at the launch of UNESCO Press Freedoms Report

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Went to the UN to discuss UNESCO Media Trends report on press freedom & role of free media in global development agenda. Raza Rumi in UN 1 by razarumi1 Raza Rumi in UN 2 by razarumi1 Raza Rumi in UN 3 Q’s by razarumi1 I am optimistic about the freedom of expression worldwide even if […]
  • Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    I pointed out the selective outrage of Pakistanis on Gaza under attack by Israel while remained silent on the killing by Taliban in Pakistan. [View the story "Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza" on Storify]
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  • Book Review: Lost Islamic History

    Muhammad Wajid Akhter
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “Can you tell me a good book to read on Islamic history?” This is a question that I get asked time and time again. I can't remember ever being able to give a straight-forward answer. “Well, it depends on exactly what period of Islamic history you are interested in…” I would begin to say and almost immediately watch their attention levels disintegrate. Well, I think I might just have an answer now. “Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim civilisation from the past” has just been published by Hurst. The author, Firas Alkhateeb knows a thing or two about…
  • 2014’s Best Places in America for Wanna-Be Halalies

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Given that the American Muslim population was just recently found to be the most racially diverse religious group in the United States, it is only natural to wonder about the food scene that has flourished as a result of the many cultures coexisting within one nation. With that, enters the halal food scene. While halalies (halal foodies) might know the ins and outs of the best places to be, in the most interesting towns and states, the rest of us still aren't really sure. Enter then, the first annual ranking of the best places to be for the most delicious halal noshing experiences. An…
  • [VIRAL VIDEO] Moving Account of Children In Gaza by Jon Snow (With Transcript)

    Dr. Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim (iMuslim)
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    This short but powerful video is presented by respected British journalist, Jon Snow, for Channel 4 News. You may remember Snow from his recent gutsy encounter with Israeli spokesperson, Mark Regev, wherein he grilled him on the murder of the four, innocent, Palestinian boys, playing football on the beach. The report above was recorded on Snow's return from Gaza. It is clear from his words that it was a life changing experience that will stay with him forever. Please share the video with all your contacts. The world needs to hear eye witness accounts from brave journalists such as him. No…
  • Finding Love in Ramadan, Part 2

    Ustadh Yahya Ibrahim
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Click to read: Finding Love in Ramadan, Part 1 Five steps to Finding Love in Ramadan These five steps are all statements made by the messenger of Allah . Equally, they are typified in conduct by all those who were sent by Allah to lead humanity from darkness into light. Prophet Yusuf life story, in particular, is highlighted by imam Ibnul Jawzi in Bustan al-Wa'idhin wa Riyad as-Sami'in, as typifying the spirit of the month of Ramadan. Just like Prophet Yusuf was the most beloved of the twelve sons to Ya'qub , Ramadan is likewise the most beloved month to Allah from the twelve months. The best…
  • US Tax Payers, It Will Take You 1 minute to Help Kids in #Gaza

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Send a Letter to Your President, Senator and Congressperson The escalation in and around the Gaza Strip is causing terrible suffering to people— to men, women, the elderly, and children— Palestinian as well as Israeli civilians. The military offensive conducted by the Israeli military has so far caused hundreds of Palestinian casualties; the vast majority of them unarmed civilians. The siege and economic blockade have reduced most of Gaza's population to abject poverty, devastated its economy and caused the death of critically-ill patients who were denied access to vital treatment.  Let…
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  • 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…
  • Twitter Deletes All Official Accounts for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (ISIL)

    14 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    At a time of massive victories in Iraq by The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) Twitter deleted all ISIS official accounts on Twitter, this comes one day after the American and Iranian backed Shiat Nuri Al Malki government blocking of social media sites: twitter, facebook and YouTube. The suspension started on Tuesday, the @Nnewsi account live tweeted ISIS’ advance into Mosul was first suspended then followed by almost every ISIS other accounts. Activist say this decision by Twitter is because of CIA pressure on the social media site in order to silence ISIS voice and hide the accurate news…
  • Breaking: Defeated American Backed Shiat Government Blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in Iraq

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    Activists in social media in Iraq has been reporting that facebook, Twitter and youtube are now blocked. AC’s sources inside Iraq confirmed that, also a source at Iraqi Ministry of Communications on Friday told Kuwait News Agnecy the decision by the American poppet Shiat government in Iraq to block those social media sites was implemented today. As it is not a secret anymore that Al Malaki government in Iraq is witnessing a huge defeat by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) 10s of thousands deserted and around 3,500 has been captured by ISIS. Not to ,mention that military bases,…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 21st, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Clean Chit to Modi in 2002 Riots, communal, corrupt: Police, custodial death, Navi Mumbai cop, Praveen Togadia, Surat blast acquittals, Surat bomb blasts, Vaidik-Saeed meetingIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Supreme Court’s Acquittal of innocents in Surat 1993 bomb blasts case hailed by Indian Americans News Headlines SC acquits all 11 convicted for 1993 Surat bomb blasts Delhi Police planted chip in my body, terror accused says Muslims think we are communal, corrupt: Police HC Adjourns Hearing on [...](Read more...)
  • Supreme Court’s Acquittal of innocents in Surat 1993 bomb blasts case hailed by Indian Americans

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Categories: Press releaseTags: 1993 Surat Blasts Case, Human Rights, justice for all, miscarriage of justice, Mohammed Surti, Surat 1993 bomb blasts, Surat blast acquittalsCase is indicative of corruption in lower courts, logjam in judiciary July 20, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC -, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has lauded the landmark Supreme Court judgment acquitting the 11 innocent people accused of having carried out the bomb blasts in Surat (Gujarat) [...](
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 14th, 2014

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Amit Shah, Babri demolition, Gopal Subramanium, Gujarat riots, Home Ministry, Ishrat encounter, Kishanbagh communal violence, Muzaffarnagar riot cases, rewrite India's history, Saki Naka cops, Secularism, Sexual Violence, Vaidik-Saeed meetingIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines UK fights for Britons killed in Gujarat riots Cop accused by CBI of firing at Ishrat is back at work Why give a top post to murder accused: Congress Home Ministry has destroyed over 1.5 lakh files: CPM Babri demolition case: Non-bailable warrants against 2 BJP MPs [...](Read…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 7th, 2014

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: 39th Anniversary of Emergency, Annihilation by Caste, ban on mahapanchayat, Gopal Subramanium, Gujarat riots probe panel, Hindu nationalist organisations in the United States, IB Report, illegal arrest of Muslim youth, Ishrat encounter, Kanth violence, Modi agenda, Narendra Modi, Nihal Chand Meghwal, Sharia courts, Urdu school in KurlaIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Over 150 Hindu inmates keep Roza with 2,300 Muslims at Tihar News Headlines 12 years on, Gujarat riots probe panel gets 22nd extension Ishrat case: CBI gives more proof to MHA…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 30th, 2014

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Corporate Hindutva, Gopal Subramanium, IB Report, Malegaon blast case, Mohsin Sadique's Murder, Muzaffarnagar riots, Nanavati panel, Narendra Modi, Rightwing groups, Sanjiv Bhatt, Titlagarh violenceIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Bhatt accuses Nanavati panel of misleading HC Trend of intolerance towards dissent under Modi: Amnesty calls for decriminalization of free speech Days after he pulled up Amit Shah, CBI judge shifted Gopal Subramanium opts out, attacks Narendra Modi government, cites Amit Shah case Why a former minister [...](Read…
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  • 'Israel did not request US for ceasefire in Gaza'

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Jerusalem : Senior Israeli officials Tuesday denied US Secretary of State John Kerry's claim that Israel had requested the US to extend a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. "Kerry was the one who brought up the option of a ceasefire to (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu, and not the other way around," Xinhua quoted unnamed officials as saying. "Netanyahu told Kerry that currently the continuation of the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) operation is necessary for Israel to protect its citizens and neutralise the underground terror tunnels," they added. "The prime minister said the operation…
  • 20 killed in Israeli shelling of Gaza shelter

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Gaza : At least 20 Palestinians were killed and dozens injured Wednesday when Israeli artillery hit a school used as a shelter by displaced people in Jabaliya town of Gaza Strip, medics said. Ashraf al-Qedra, health ministry spokesman in Gaza, said that hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip have so far received 20 bodies and dozens of injured civilians who were living in the shelter at a UN-run school in Jabaliya town, Xinhua reported. Israel has not commented on the incident so far. Israeli strikes carried out overnight Tuesday killed 13 more Palestinians following the artillery shelling on…
  • What Palestinians and the world could learn from South Africa's BDS movement
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    By Priyanka Borpujari, On July 9, despite the chill in the winds, about 200 people gathered outside St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa. This is the Anglican cathedral that Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu uses as a religious, and political, seat. Outside the stone structure was a passionate shout to Israel to stop the blood-spill in Palestine: little girls with their heads covered coughed between the slogans, young men exchanged their keffiyeh as they carried the Palestinian flag. In doing so, the crowd joined thousands across the world in protesting against the violence in Gaza. The…
  • Indian, Pakistani soldiers celebrate Eid at LoC

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Srinagar : Indian and Pakistani soldiers Tuesday greeted each other on Eid and exchanged sweets at Aman Setu and in Tangdhar sectors of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, a defence official said. "Indian and Pakistani troops deployed at Kaman Aman Setu and Tithwal celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr by exchanging sweets," defence spokesman Lt Col. N.N. Joshi said here. "In brief ceremonies, organized at Kaman Aman Setu at Uri and Tithwal at Tangdhar, officers and jawans of both Indian and Pakistani armed forces deployed on the LoC greeted each other on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr…
  • Death toll crosses 1,150 as Israel continues Gaza bombardment

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Gaza City : Israel's military has struck numerous targets in the Gaza Strip after Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian territory. At least 100 Palestinians were killed on Tuesday, according to Gaza officials. The total Palestinian death toll in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting has surpassed 1,165. On the Israeli side, 56 people have been killed, most of them soldiers. By daybreak on Tuesday, a cloud of thick dust from the explosions hung over Gaza City after Israeli forces fired hundreds of…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • Message of His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS), Head of Dawoodi Bohra Community, on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    We are grateful to Allah for showering upon us His bounties and benevolence and granting us strength to observe Roza and perform ibadat during Ramazan Al-Mubarak. As the culmination of this Blessed Month, the auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr celebrated by Muslims of the world is indeed of great significance. It is in celebration of one gaining spiritual enrichment and enlightenment through piety, fasting, prayers as well as service and charity to the needy during Ramazan Al-Mubarak. Our greetings and prayers to all Muslim brethren on this happy and auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr which…
  • Interview with M.F.H. Beg, Founder Director, Jamia Co-operative Bank Ltd: “Jamia Co-operative Bank Ltd. is an epitome of interfaith harmony. Most depositors are Hindus, while most Muslims have been given loans”

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Meet Mr. M.F.H. Beg, the Founder Director of Jamia Co-operative Bank Ltd. A person with serious concern, compassion and soft corner for poor and marginalized sections of the society, Mr. Beg was deeply pained at the step-motherly treatment being meted out to the residents of Muslim-dominated Jamia Nagar, Okhla in New Delhi. The situation was grim and discriminatory approach was evident at the simple fact that no scheduled bank run by government was ready to set up a branch or provide loans to Muslims and other weaker sections residing in the area. This utter neglect and discrimination…
  • The Budget Shock: Muslims and what next?

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    By Abdul Rashid Agwan While belying whatever scanty hopes nurtured by people of minorities about the Modi government, the Union Budget of India 2014 was unfolded by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday as an unsurprising shock. During the election campaign, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the country that he will not pursue the policy of ‘appeasement’ and the Budget 2014 has truly fulfilled his words. It seems that his government is not going to ‘appease’ the 20% population of the country even by tokenism. The minorities should be thankful to the NDA government that…
  • How a biased Urdu press can harm India’s secular image with half-truths, lies

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    By Hasan Suroor Akhbar-e-Mashriq is widely regarded as a balanced and sober Urdu daily published from Kolkata but recently, it ran an uncharacteristically sensational front page with the banner headline, Islami Shiddat Pasand Hamare Haqeequee Mohafiz (“Islamic extremists our real protectors”). It was inspired by a quote from one of the Indian nurses who had returned from Iraq the previous day after being held captive by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis). The nurse had reportedly praised Isis fighters describing them as “good people” who had…
  • Pakistan unwilling to protect Religious Minorities Rights under ICCPR

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    By Abbas Kassar Minority rights, as applying to ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples, are an integral part of international human rights law, Like children rights, women’s rights and refugee rights, minority rights are a legal framework designed to ensure that a specific group which is in a vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalized position in society, is able to achieve equality and is protected from persecution. The first post-war international treaty to protect minorities, designed to protect them from the greatest threat to their existence, was the…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • 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…
  • Ways To Cut Costs

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    One of the hardest and time consuming things to do: cutting costs. We all want the perfect wedding (in terms of looks), complete with the extravagant cake, the elegant hall and the beautiful dress. However, many of us simply do not have the funds to foot such an event. So where can we cut costs, but still have the perfect wedding? Here are a few ways. Don’t go for the 5 tier cake, why not a small cake with cupcakes – or better yet, cake pops! Still will have the visual appeal and taste you’re looking for. Find a venue that has wedding packages that can be customized to…
  • Sana Rydhan & Nadim Ali

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Locations: Nikkah & Wedding: Fremont Marriott Valima: Waterford, Virginia   Vendors used: Nikkah & Wedding: Photography & Video- Samson Productions- Aman Mohammad Desserts- Classy Confections- Laila Khan Cake- Anya’s Cakes- Annia Attiq Decor- Aesthetica Decor- Noreen Tariq Photobooth- Snapbots Fotographics- Asra Salim DJ- DJ Salim Hair & Makeup- Promakeup by Rabia- Rabia Jamil Hair & Makeup- Dressyourface- Tamanna Roashan Nikkah- Imam Tahir Anwar   Valima: Photography & Video- Photography by Maria- Maria Fasih Cake- Cupcake Novelties- Farozan Lessons…
  • Stress-free is the way to be

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Weddings, along with having a child, starting a new job and moving are among some of the most stressful events that take place in our lives. Although we cannot control the outcome of events and how people act and react, we can lessen the stress when “stuff” happens. Photo courtesy of AAroneye Photography What are some of the things you, your fiancé, family and friends can do to limit stress or ideally have a stress-free wedding? Let go of expectations. Stop scanning the bride magazines, don’t watch reruns of the movie “The Wedding Planner” where J Lo, choreographs a perfect…
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