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  • Muslims en masse for Modi at Madison Square

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The South African track star is handed a five year sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
  • 売却後のトラブル

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    この様な相談は確かに多いです。 買い取り業者からこのようなことを言われた場合、メーターが戻っていると判断した根拠と、そのクルマのメーターが戻っているということが確実に分かる書類を提出するように言ってください。 これには2つの意味があります。 まず1つ目は、メーターが戻っていることを自分で確認することですが、2つ目が重要な意味を持ってくるのです。…
  • Steve Bell on peerages cartoon

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Steve Bell
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
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  • Parliament to consider red tape reduction politics live

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Katharine Murphy
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Politics-as-usual resumes after a day of tributes for the former Labor prime minister, Gough Whitlam. The Coalition will proceed with repeal of various regulations, as the House sits and Senate estimates hearings continue. All the developments from Canberra, live 9.53am AEST Repeat after me. G-r-i-g-g-s. 9.49am AEST First recorded incidence of blogue brain for today a colleague has just very kindly pointed out Ive been calling Ray Griggs Ray Briggs for an hour or so.I dont know why really, given I know hes not Briggs. 9.44am AEST Conroy asks about the very first combat mission over Iraq,…
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  • 売却後のトラブル

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    この様な相談は確かに多いです。 買い取り業者からこのようなことを言われた場合、メーターが戻っていると判断した根拠と、そのクルマのメーターが戻っているということが確実に分かる書類を提出するように言ってください。 これには2つの意味があります。 まず1つ目は、メーターが戻っていることを自分で確認することですが、2つ目が重要な意味を持ってくるのです。…
  • 車の売却時の査定・契約

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    クルマを購入する場合の契約の成立時期は、注文書の裏の約款に書いてある時期となりますが、買い取り業者に売却する場合は違ってきます。 ほとんどの場合は民法の原則、つまり「売り手と買い手の意思が一致した時期」が契約の成立時期になってしまいます。…
  • 販売店へ行ってみる

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    店頭に展示されている車についての価格等に関する情報が表示されている用紙のことです。 価格表示用紙あるいはスペックシートもいいます。 ・保証がついているのか、いないのか、 ・過去の使用者の点検整備記録簿があるのか、ないのか、 ・整備をしてくれるのか、してくれないのか ・・・等々 中古車は品質だけではなく、このような条件によっても大きく違ってきます。…
  • 中古車購入はお店選びから

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    あなたがクルマを探しているお店は公取協の会員店ですか? 会員証やステッカーがあるかどうかを確認してみましょう。 中古車は新車と違って1台1台全て品質が違います。 ですから、同じ車種でも値段は当然違ってきます。 中古車情報誌やチラシ広告、インターネット等にはいろんな情報が載っています。 あなたにピッタリのクルマを見つけて下さい。…
  • さぁ、納車

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    1. 納車はできるだけ昼間にお願いし、 明るい中で しっかりと 車を確認しましょう。 2. 注文書と車をしっかり比較し、オプション等に 間違いがないかどうか、 細部にいたるまで 丁寧に確認しましょう。 3. 車検証は受け取りましたか? 記載内容に間違いはありませんか? 4. 保証書はありますか? 記入事項に間違いはありませんか? 保証は納車後も長く続く問題ですので、 特に念入りにチェックしましょう。
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Parliament to consider red tape reduction politics live

    Katharine Murphy
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Politics-as-usual resumes after a day of tributes for the former Labor prime minister, Gough Whitlam. The Coalition will proceed with repeal of various regulations, as the House sits and Senate estimates hearings continue. All the developments from Canberra, live 9.53am AEST Repeat after me. G-r-i-g-g-s. 9.49am AEST First recorded incidence of blogue brain for today a colleague has just very kindly pointed out Ive been calling Ray Griggs Ray Briggs for an hour or so.I dont know why really, given I know hes not Briggs. 9.44am AEST Conroy asks about the very first combat mission over Iraq,…
  • Later...with Jools Holland: U2, Sam Smith, Interpol - liveblog

    Michael Cragg
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Following episode five of this series of Later comes episode six featuring up-and-coming beat combo U2 10.37pm BST As I said earlier, Bono did seem like someone trying to make a point which I guess is what you should be doing if youre in the self-appointed biggest band in the world.I think Bono proved a point there. Not that he should have to really... #LaterJools 10.34pm BST Oh is that it? I was so intent on finding some amusing tweets that I didnt realise it was finished. Well, that was a solid 7/10 wasnt it. U2 were slightly better than expected, Sam Smith was solid, Interpol were a bit…
  • Chelsea v Maribor: Champions League - as it happened | Gregg Bakowski

    Gregg Bakowski
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Chelsea were irrepressible as they romped to a 6-0 victory against game but limited opposition while keeping plenty in the tank for the weekend 9.42pm BST Right, thats all from me. Ill leave you with tonights remarkable final scores and an email from Kevin Lee asking: How much do you think Ashley Cole is enjoying his post-Chelsea jaunt through Big Cup? Thanks for your emails. Good night. 9.36pm BST Full-timeAnd thats that. Chelsea were brilliant tonight. Maribor were not up to much but they werent the worst team Chelsea will face this season and thats worrying for anyone who meets them. So…
  • Australia know the team that stays together wins together against Pakistan | Geoff Lemon

    Geoff Lemon
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Australias last Test series in Asia was a disaster but if they can keep a united line-up they should prevailAustralias last Asian Test adventure the Indian tour of early 2013 was exhausting. It was like one of those biopics where you already know that the subjects bright prelude will slump into 140 minutes of failed relationships, addiction, dereliction and the death of at least one key supporting character. Still, you start watching because you like Frances Farmer or Peter Sellers, and then youre stuck as the whole depressing spectacle unfolds.Australia were flogged all round the field in…
  • Holiday shopping season kicks off with temp workers who have no rights

    Siri Srinivas
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Amazons recruitment of 80,000 temporary workers is a symptom of Americas culture of the low-paid seasonal workerThe death of Maria Fernandes and the crisis of part-time workAs Americans prepare their festive or aggressive holiday shopping plans, hundreds of thousands of temporary workers around the country are counting on two months of long hours and few rights in warehouses or checkout lines, in what has become the norm for seasonal workers in the country. Amazon has announced that it will hire 80,000 workers this holiday season to meet their demand for labour when sales go up. The online…
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Arrogant, apathetic Congress bites the dust in Maharashtra, finally

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The rout that had begun with Congress' losing to Narendra Modi-led BJP in the general elections, continues. The party has lost Maharashtra and Haryana.The writing was clear on the wall. People were fed up with the party and its arrogant leaders. The disdain towards the people.Who could forgive the ruling alliance whose leaders can say, 'Shall I urinate in dams to fill them, if there is not enough water".Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had said this when he was told that a farmer was sitting on fast for 55 days, demanding water for irrigation. [See link: Should I urinate to fill the dams?]…
  • When person abusing your faith turns out to be a co-religionist: Social media's illusions and internet crimes

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The person abuses your faith online, posts objectionable messages and shares photographs that are so inflammatory that it is not proper to describe them.You get angry and disturbed. You may write angry comments to him, argue, tell him to stop or shut up.But did you ever imagine that he also belongs to your own faith? And that he is still doing it because he had a purpose!May be, he has certain psychological issues or wants to defame someone and hence assumed a false identity.So he is using it to post objectionable things to defame that person. Did  you consider this option?And when you…
  • Online arguments on religion and right-wing twitter trolls' strategy: From secularism and democracy in Islamic countries to sweeping statements about Muslims

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    By IndscribeBefore penning my understanding of trolls and their 'strategy', just let me tell you a bit of background. On this blog, I have often sharply criticised certain Arab countries that have monarchies, and don't grant proper rights to women.There are many things in each and every country in this world that are condemnable--from corruption to communalism, age-old practices to mistreatment with women or other sections of society.If there are issues in my country, I can write over them as per my interest or understanding. I do write about my concerns with regard to my own country, more…
  • Hindus, Muslims, Christians join hands to celebrate Ganeshotsava in Mumbai

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    IndscribeIf you believe in communal harmony, you will find inter-religious harmony at every nook and corner in India.You will find innumerable examples among your friends, acquaintances and in your neighbourhood.It is not about Mumbai alone. In other cities too, it is a common sight, to see people participating in construction of tableaux.Similarly, if you don't believe in this idea, and somehow feel that there is eternal conflict between certain religions and their adherents, you will not be able to see this beautiful and syncretic culture, which has always thrived in India.See the…
  • 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…
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Massachusetts: bigots upset over Islam in school curriculum

    Bob Pitt
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Some parents in Revere were angry when they learned students were being taught about Islam and the Muslim religion. “No religion should be taught at school. In their paper it says Allah is their only God. That’s insulting to me as a Christian who believes in just Jesus only,” said Anthony Giannino. A section of the textbook describing the beliefs of Muslims says, “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah.” Giannino immediately pulled his son out of the classroom. “We don’t believe in Allah. I don’t believe in my son learning about this…
  • Welsh Shia Muslim accused of supporting ISIS

    Bob Pitt
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A mother flying a black flag outside her family home in a quiet suburban street has told her neighbours: “We are not supporting Islamic State.” Shazia Ramzan, 35, shocked her neighbours when she raised what looked like the black flag of jihad in her street. Passers-by threatened to call the police after Prime Minister David Cameron said anyone seen with the Shahada flag should be arrested. But mum-of-two Shazia said it was not the same banner used by the terrorist organisation – and she branded IS as “scumbags”. She said: “We did not want to cause any grief by…
  • Stephen Lennon unavailable for Oxford Union speech

    Bob Pitt
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    More paranoid, deluded, self-pitying whingeing from the former English Defence League leader The founder and former leader of the English Defence League will not talk at the Oxford Union as he is back in jail. Stephen Lennon, who calls himself Tommy Robinson, was sentenced in January to 18 months in prison for mortgage fraud. He was released in June under licence and had been due to debate at the prestigious union on Thursday. A statement on Facebook from his supporters said: “Tommy Robinson has been recalled to prison for responding to a threat on Twitter.” His lawyers said the…
  • Perth mosques, Islamic school vandalised in weekend attacks

    Bob Pitt
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Two Perth mosques and an Islamic education centre have been vandalised in weekend attacks. Slogans including “ban Islam” and using profanities were spray painted on the walls of an Islamic school and mosque, and beer bottles were thrown at another mosque. Muslim sheikh Burhaan Mehtar said these sorts of religious attacks were becoming more common. “Perhaps it’s better to ignore this minority group that are terrorising Australian Muslims, but there is a limit to what people can actually digest and they do become fearful at what happened,” he said. “These…
  • Police frisk man in Muslim dress – moments after letting him walk past in Western clothes

    Bob Pitt
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    A shocking video that apparently shows a New York police officer pushing two Muslim men up against a wall just because of how they are dressed has sparked fury online. YouTube star Adam Saleh uploaded the video to the internet after claiming he had had enough of police officers ‘racially profiling’ him when he is dressed in traditional Muslim clothing. Adam runs a YouTube account called TrueStoryASA with his friend Sheikh Akbar where the two young men make funny and prank videos. However, they decided to make a new video for their 650,000 subscribers after becoming frustrated at police…
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • As Rewrites go...

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

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

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

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

  • Landscape and Environment in Islam

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

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

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

  • the attributes of the lovers

    Sadiq Alam
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    Allah the Most Glorious, at one stage during The Ascension (Me’raj) informed the Prophet (s) the following:"As for the happy way of living, it is that in which the person is not tired of remembering Me, does not forget My bounties, and does not ignore My rights (on him). He seeks My pleasure day and night. The ever-lasting life is realized when the person works for his spiritual benefit until the world loses its significance for him, and looks small in his eyes. The hereafter becomes great for him.He gives preference to My pleasure over his own desire; seeks My pleasures; thinks the right…
  • Healing with the 99 Divine Names - Self Healing Tips for Any Day

    Sadiq Alam
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Healing comeswhen we choose to walk away from darknessand move towards a brighter light.~ Dieter F UchtdorfIn the Name of the Real Owner of All Sublime Names in the Heavens and the EarthIn a very enigmatic Sign of the Quran, Allah the Most Sublime Majesty is transmitting to us, "All that are in the heavens and on the earth entreat Him (in their needs). Every (moment of every) day, He is in a new manifestation (with all His Attributes and Names as the Divine Being). ~ The Quran 55:29"Drawing on that hint that the Real is manifesting ever renewed in every moment and in understanding of the…
  • Tomae Notun Korey Pabo Boley - Only to Find You Again and Again

    Sadiq Alam
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    And I, the Divine Creator, did not create the beings of other dimensions and mankind except to worship Me. ~ The Quran 51:56To serve or to worship any being, one first need to know or recognize that being. Gnosis (marifa) is a prerequisite to serve God. Thus a positive interpretation of the above verse is that God created man to first recognize God and then to serve / worship God. Otherwise that service is incomplete or has not reached ihsan or station of excellence.Every action of man has its highest fulfillment when that action is for the Lord (fi sabilillah), the Most Sublime, the Most…
  • Temporary Autonomous Zone to Permanent Autonomous Zone and Surah al-Kahf

    Sadiq Alam
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    an imaginal portrait of the companions of the cave According to contemporary Islamic Scholar and expert in Islamic Eschatology Sheikh Imran Hosein, Surah al-Kahf, the 18th Chapter of the Quran is the quintessential Chapter to access the sacred knowledge of the later days or last age. This subject is known as 'Ilmu Akhir al-Zaman.While reflecting on the 18th Chapter of the Final Testament, the Qur'an called al-Kahf or the Cave, it becomes clear that there both the Temporary Autonomous Zone and Permanent Autonomous Zone are to be discovered in that brilliant…
  • This Being Unconditionally Grateful

    Sadiq Alam
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    ..1..You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more.~ Morpheus to Neo in the movie MatrixHave We not shown man the two ways?But he has not attempted the way of ascent..~ The Quran 90:10,11Verily, We showed man the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful - the choice is his.~ The Qur’an 76:3..2..thisbeingunconditionallygratefulisthe secretingredientsthatmakelife - thisbeing…
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  • State of Formation - The World is on Fire, so I rode The Ark

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    State of Formation - I am ي، ن، ر. It is obvious that most Muslims across the world find the actions of the so-called “Islamic State” abhorrent; from condemnation in the US and UK, to satire in the Middle East, there is no point in elaborating my own personal opposition to them. However, while they may denigrate the name of the religion, and spitting on the declaration of faith they sewed into their flag, I will not give them the power to define my faith in relation to them. So, I am not ISIS, let me tell you who I am.
  • - Dr. Hussein Rashid (More than a Military Response Required to Beat ISIS)

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am - Dr. Hussein Rashid (More than a Military Response Required to Beat ISIS). As ISIS appears to be gaining ground in Iraq, there seems to be a lack of a grand strategy coming out of the White House. The low hum of drone warfare, as opposed to coordinated decisive victories like in Irbil, creates a greater potential for feeding ISIS' propaganda machine. The United States must think more comprehensively than a military intervention. Syndicated at: Hussein Rashid: More than a military response required to beat ISIS Dr. Hussein Rashid: Suggestions on how to beat ISIS Dr. Hussein…
  • State of Formation - Every Land is #Ferguson

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    State of Formation - Every Land is #Ferguson. There is a power in raising our hands for Ferguson. We do not raise our hands like the Illuminati or a Rockefella [sicknowledge]; we do not raise our hands to act out an NWA lyric; we do not even raise our hands in an “Allah Akbar.” Instead, we raise our hands in surrender. Our submission is to the police. The power in raising our hands is with the police. It’s not an act of agency, but a recognition of the value(lessness) of brown and black bodies. This submission to authoritarianism should concern us.
  • Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement - The Daily Beast

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement - The Daily Beast. Hussein Rashid, a professor at Hofstra University and an Islamic scholar, said these debates have been raging within the Muslim community, who are fragmented on what should be eaten. Other issues include whether stunning an animal before death is halal and the age-old debate on whether it’s okay to eat meat slaughtered by Jews and Christians.
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    Muslim Thought

  • The Meaning of Islam

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Allah, the One and Only God A muslim believes in ONE GOD, Supreme and Eternal, Infinite and Mighty, Merciful and Compassionate, Creator and Provider. God has no father nor mother, no sons nor was He fathered. None equal   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Meaning of Islam Related posts: The Meaning of Holy War Learn Islam in 10 minutes. All you have to know about ISLAM, ALLAH, KORAN, MUHAMMAD, MAHDI. Part 1/2 Learn Islam in 10 minutes. All you have to know about ISLAM, ALLAH, KORAN, MUHAMMAD, MAHDI. Part 2/2
  • Arabs And Muslim In America And Race Relation

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Arabs and Muslim In America And Race relation ?Prof. Hasan Yahya (In a conference on interfaith and race relations in America. It was broadcasted several times by local public TV stations. The author? contributed with this article)?? The history   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Arabs And Muslim In America And Race Relation Related posts: The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Some Arab-Muslim Intolerance in America and Europe Muslim Terrorists in a civilian court? Maybe America should go on trial ?
  • Building Bridges for Better Understanding Between the Arab/Muslim Worlds and the West

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR), The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, and The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) held a lecture entitled: “Building Bridges for Better Understanding Between the Arab/Muslim   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Building Bridges for Better Understanding Between the Arab/Muslim Worlds and the West Related posts: Some Arab-Muslim Intolerance in America and Europe The Core of Logic For Arab and Muslim World – Part I Solutions for Terrorism in the Arab and…
  • Establishing an Islamic Family

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    “And Allah has made for you from your homes a place of rest” [Soorah an-Nahl (24): 80] Allah mentions His complete favor upon His slaves from what He has created for them in regards to their houses being places   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Establishing an Islamic Family Related posts: Muslim Family Who’s In Your Tree? How To Research And Create Your Own Family Tree. Woman Islamic Books, Islamic Books, Goodword Islamic Books, Islamic Books for children
  • Jon Gaunt ‘vs’ Muslim Moron

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Note that this show was not covering anything to do with muslims, islam or immigration but a muslim caller managed to cover it all anyway and say what he really thought of Britain. The show (for th… Related posts: Faith   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Jon Gaunt ‘vs’ Muslim Moron Related posts: Faith Freestyle- Muslim Belal- *no Music* Why Muslims can’t live peacefully in non Muslim countries? Fake Ex Muslim Self-exposed – Former Muslim Becomes A Bishop
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    Laila Lalami

  • East Coast Tour

    Laila Lalami
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I just finished packing for my trip to the East Coast. I’ll be reading from and discussing The Moor’s Account in four cities: New York, Washington, DC, Williamstown, and Boston. The details are posted below: October 6, 2014 8:00 PM 
92nd Street Y
 1395 Lexington Avenue 
New York, New York October 7, 2014 7:00 PM 
Politics and Prose
 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
 Washington, DC October 8, 2014 6:30 PM 
Williams College
 Williamstown, Massachusetts October 9, 2014 7:00 PM
 Harvard Bookstore
 1256 Massachusetts Ave
 Cambridge, Massachusetts For those who may be…
  • New Mexico Readings

    Laila Lalami
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thank you to all who came to my readings in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. I had a wonderful time talking about The Moor’s Account and enjoyed sharing anecdotes and stories. Now I’m getting ready to read in New Mexico, a state I’ve loved ever since my first visit, in the summer of 2010. First up is Albuquerque: September 22, 2014 7:00 PM Reading and Discussion Bookworks 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW Albuquerque, New Mexico After that, I will be reading in Santa Fe: September 23, 2014 6:00 PM Reading and Discussion Collected Works Bookstore 202 Galisteo St. Santa Fe, New…
  • West Coast Tour

    Laila Lalami
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m packing today for the West Coast portion of my book tour. If you happen to be in Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco, I would love to see you! In Seattle, I’ll be reading at the public library, a place I love both for its architecture and for the people who work in it. The event is co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Co., where the booksellers always have the best recommendations for what to read next. I had a wonderful time in Seattle when my previous novel, Secret Son, was a citywide read there, so I’m really looking forward to being back. September 16, 2014 7:00 PM…
  • Coming To A BookStore Near You

    Laila Lalami
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My new novel, The Moor’s Account, comes out today. The journey from conception to publication has been long, but it has been wonderful in every way. I’m very proud of this book and I hope you enjoy reading it. I’m also thrilled to see that it has already received some notice. For instance, in its review, The New York Times called it “a fictional memoir told in a controlled voice that feels at once historical and contemporary.” The Los Angeles Times said it was a “rich novel (…) that muses on the ambiguous power of words to either tell the truth or…
  • 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…
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    City of Brass

  • Muslims en masse for Modi at Madison Square

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

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

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

    Aziz Poonawalla
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    I honestly don't have much left to say that I have not said already. But it is worth at least remarking on this, the anniversary of the attacks, that the global challenges facing the world today have almost nothing to...Read the full post here »
  • Saudis propose to relocate the Prophet’s (saw) tomb from Masjid al-Nabawi

    Aziz Poonawalla
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    The above photo of the Mecca clock tower, or as I like to call it, "Big Bin", was during my hajj a few years ago. It is part of my general observations of the "Meccahattan"-ization of the holiest place in Islam, the way that the...Read the full post here »
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  • Dust to Dust

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    No grave for me, no cold ground, buried for eternity Burn me, burn me, burn me with Your love Until I am ashes and ground bones dust to dust for my Beloved Throw me to the winds of heaven Cast me on the green-blue sea Bury me in the flower beds and the roots of trees In the gardens of springtime beside the Old Windmill Scatter me on that path where the Sufis dwell So that I may be at last dust beneath the Master’s feet Ya Haqq!Filed under: Books & writing, My Poetry, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: afterlife poem, dust to dust poem by Irving Karchmar, Sufi poem
  • Mevlevi Sufi Order Daily Litany – Evrad-i Serif

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Welcome, welcome to this new morning and happy new day! And to the two honourable angels who justly record people’s deeds, preserve them, and witness to those deeds, greetings, greetings. May God – exalted is He – enliven you. Write this on the first page of our deeds this bright day: I bear witness that there is no god but God, I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. God willing, with this testimony we live; with this testimony we die; and with this testimony we shall be resurrected hereafter. I have readied the following…
  • In Memory of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Friday, October 10th is the six year anniversary of the death of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, for over 50 years the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, and for 17 years, my Master (may God bless his soul and raise him to the highest rank of His beloveds. Ameen!). To commemorate the occasion, his own poem is a fitting tribute to his life and station: My Heart Holds Your Home, my head desiring You; Night and day have all passed, while I am pledged to You. I have suffered at the hand of the people of the time; In the world I’ve only seen fidelity from You. I’ve been…
  • “I lost my way…” Psalm from the Book of Mercy by Leonard Cohen

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “I lost my way, I forgot to call on your name. The raw heart beat against the world, and the tears were for my lost victory. But you are here. You have always been here. The world is all forgetting, and the heart is a rage of directions, but your name unifies the heart, and the world is lifted into its place. Blessed is the one who waits in the travellers heart for his turning.” —Leonard Cohen  (from his classic book of contemporary psalms “The Book of Mercy”) Ya Haqq! Filed under: Books & writing, Spirituality & Religion…
  • Bismillah – Rumi’s Poem for Eid Al-Adha

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    BISMILLAH! It’s a habit of yours to walk slowly. You hold a grudge for years. With such heaviness, how can you be modest? With such attachments, do you expect to arrive anywhere? Be wide as the air to learn a secret. Right now you’re equal portions clay and water, thick mud. Abraham learned how the sun and moon and the stars all set. He said, No longer will I try to assign partners for God. You are so weak. Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore. You need more help than you know. You’re trying to live your life in open scaffolding. Say Bismillah, In…
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  • Cloudy With a Chance of Chicago Bulls

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

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

    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.
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    G. Willow Wilson

  • Ms Marvel Madness

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Today is a big day. Why? Because today Ms Marvel #9 AND Ms. Marvel Vol 1 (collecting the first 5 issues) hit comic book shops, bookstores and the internet. TWO Ms Marvel launches on ONE day! It doesn’t get much better than that. I am excite. On a side note: I had a life-alteringly good time meeting so many amazing Kamala fans and readers at NYCC this past weekend. Writing is something you do alone, in front of a computer, chewing on your cuticles, so to know that there are so many people out there for whom Ms Marvel has been meaningful and entertaining—well, it affirms the…
  • Read For Pixels 2014: Google Hangout

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Read For Pixels 2014: Google Hangout: Tonight! 7PM PST! Live on Google Hangouts! Click title link for deets.
  • Save The Internet

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Save The Internet: The internet is my workplace. It’s my water cooler, my think tank, my tee totaling happy hour. I have a direct, daily interest in preserving net neutrality—and I imagine you do too. So please take a moment and click the title link—signing the petition takes mere moments, and calling your representatives takes only a few minutes more.
  • Reddit AMA for The Pixel Project tomorrow

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Reddit AMA for The Pixel Project tomorrow: Yes, I—and several other brave souls, err, authors—will be venturing deep into the bowels of the Books SubReddit tomorrow for an AMA in support of The Pixel Project, an anti-Violence Against Women non-profit. Come one, come all. I’ll be dropping in throughout the day.
  • 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!
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  • Julie Bindel does not deserve a “no-platform” policy

    Matthew Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    This week Julie Bindel (right) is due to speak in a debate at Essex University about pornography. Bindel is a radical feminist best known for her work with Justice for Women, a group that fought to get women who killed violent husbands and partners out of prison starting with Sara Thornton in the early 90s; she has also written extensively on violence against women, on prostitution and people-trafficking, transgenderism and pornography. Someone has started a petition to get her dis-invited, however, and so far it has attracted 200 signatures, mostly from well away from the university. The…
  • From Clegg to Clacton

    Matthew Smith
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The other night I was driving home (I had a long drive from Diss, Norfolk to west London, which takes three hours by any reasonable route in an 18-tonne lorry) and listening to reports on Nick Clegg’s speech at the (now forgotten, I think) Lib Dem party conference. In that speech, he told everyone off for looking for someone to blame for the current crisis, be it big business, immigrants or Europe. He also reminded everyone how he’d toned down the Tories’ worst instincts during his four years cosying up to them, and promised that he’d never repeat the mistake of caving…
  • Would Braille have thrived in inclusive education?

    Matthew Smith
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The other day I had a brief tweet discussion with Liz Ball, campaigns involvement officer with Sense, the British deafblind charity, about whether Braille would have become established as the major means of written communication for blind people had the Victorians embraced inclusive education. That was prompted by an article on the BBC’s Ouch (disability) section on a forgotten group of Victorian educationalists who deplored the trend towards segregated schools for deaf and blind children which often taught particular trades which sometimes enriched the institutions, not the pupils. In…
  • Niqab in Camden: where are the Muslim voices?

    Matthew Smith
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    The niqab is not just a fashion statement | @guardianletters | World news | The Guardian These two letters appeared in today’s Guardian in response to an article in yesterday’s edition by Gaby Hinsliff, a former politics editor at the Observer, which argued that people who wear unusual or disapproved-of clothing, including niqaab, should not be denied an education even if banning niqaab could be justified in other contexts. The second letter raises the issue that the veil could make it difficult for deaf fellow students or teachers to interact with this girl; the first is just the…
  • ITV’s soft focus on learning disability crisis

    Matthew Smith
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Last Thursday ITV broadcast a 24-minute programme titled Against the Odds, which supposedly revealed “the reality of life for people with learning disabilities in the UK, with many experiencing harassment and violence and just 6.4% in paid work”, as part of its Tonight strand. They interviewed several families, including the parents of a boy with Down’s syndrome who had faced the suggestion that they abort him, a young woman who had participated in equestrian and running events at the Special Olympics, a man who had been the victim of public harassment when trying to live…
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    The Laughing Muslim

  • A little late

    Edward Ott
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Ok i know it is late but i could not sit on thi until next year.Maryam had a little lambnow she doesn'tEid Mubarak.
  • Friendship

    Edward Ott
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
  • energy

    Edward Ott
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
  • Fallout

    Edward Ott
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
  • Muslim stereotypes

    Edward Ott
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
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  • Joby Smartphone Tripod adapter

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    If you are an avid smartphone photographer and have a tripod, this is THE must have accessory. It allows you to attached your smart phone to a standard tripod shoe. If you don’t have a tripod you can pick up a cheap one for around £10 that will do the trick like the Konig Traveller Camera Camcorder Tripod (see:…
  • iPhone 6, sim free, interest free….

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    Applies to any phone…. There are probably a lot of you out there wanting to buy an iPhone 6, but the contract deals seem awfully pricey at the moment and so does the handset. The best deal for an iPhone 6 16GB on O2 via MoneySuperMarket is £29.00 upfront for the handset, and then £43.00 per month on a 24 month contract. It comes with unlimited texts (which now means nothing), unlimited minutes and 2GB data. I don’t know about you, but my data usage rarely gets to 1GB in a month. There is a better and cheaper way to fund your iPhone 6 urge and that is to buy an unlocked phone…
  • KRM, Dubai Based thinktank, launches revamped website

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    From the website Kalam Research and Media (KRM) is dedicated to the renewal of Islamic theology, or as it is known in the Islamic scholarly tradition, the science of Kalam. We continue to build a serious network of leading institutions and scholars to allow them to engage and collaborate on this scholarly enterprise. We also believe that this effort can only be done in dialogue with philosophy and science and within an interfaith context. KRM has built solid collaborative intellectual networks with other religious communities and wider secular intellectual…
  • Alchemiya online TV Channel

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Dear family, friends and acquaintances, About two or so years I ago, I conducted a survey on Muslim TV opinions and habits and many of you took it and gave us your valuable feedback and opinions. This was for a project that I was working on with my dear friend Navid Akhtar called Alchemiya TV. Many of you know Navid, for those that don’t he is an established and successful media figure having been trained by the BBC and has produced many programmes for both radio and TV. He also set up and ran his own media company called Gazelle Media. You may also remember the Channel 4 series,…
  • Pizza Express Update: response from head office

    Mas'ud Ahmed Khan
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    Just as I suspected, the Pizza Express procurement of halal chicken is not to extend their customer base, but is a decision made upon issues of quality and economics…. Dear Masud Thank you for your enquiry. Please accept my apologies that it has taken some time to respond to you. I understand that you would like to know about the chicken we serve in our restaurants and I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a little more information about this subject. When looking to source ingredients for our dishes, the quality and safety of these ingredients remain our number one…
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  • To Our Countries لبلادي

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    A new Youtube music video on the nightmare in Syria… لبلادي عمل من إعداد وإنتاج وتنفيذ مجموعة شباب يقيمون في السويد وهم من سوريا و العراق و لبنان و فلسطين. على أمل السلام… “To Our Countries” is a project produced by a group of youths who live in Sweden and are originally from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine
  • What’s Cooking in Iraq?

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    The following commentary is about the famous Arabic language cookbook of Naziha Adibe, published half a century ago in Baghdad and known throughout the Arab world.
  • Samarqand in 1911

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Samarqand merchant in 1911 There is a wonderful website with photographs of various places in Russia, including Islamic areas, from the early 20th century at Mashable.
  • Islam, a religion of peace

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    By Timothy Daniels, Guest Contributor, New Mandala, October 6, 2014 There appears to be no end to the war between several western powers—leaders in the global capitalist world order—and Muslim militants. Both sides are spiralling into some form of mutually assured destruction. Fragile “modern” nation-states, formed under the influence of European colonial forces in the early twentieth century, are crumbling and revealing their inability to deliver the promised fruits of secular modernity. Millions of Muslims are being killed, thousands are fleeing for their lives, and centuries old…
  • A Random Stroll in Istanbul

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Istanbul, where minarets share space with commercial signs Having spent a short eid vacation in Istanbul, I had the opportunity to walk around the Sultan Ahmet and Eminönü areas. The main streets near the Sultan Ahmet mosque and Topkapi were full to overflowing with tourists from just about everywhere. The lines to enter the major sites stretched for hour-long waits, so I decided it was more prudent to simply walk the back streets with no particular goal in mind. On the way to the Spice Suq, where many of the shops remained open to satisfy the crowds of tourists and merchants’…
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    Knocking From Inside

  • The Eyes that Draw: drawing by Shelby Denham

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

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

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

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

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Walking to the Barn in the predawn darkI let myself in, turn on the lights,move things around, set out clean mugs,write important labels on minor things,unlock the front doors and step out—into the first beams of the rising sun.The bare trunks of the lodgepoles,a colonnade of lightetched against morning mist.The smell of salt.Cold air on my bare feet.Everything else that happens todaywill taste like this.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
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  • Book Publishing- 3 steps for easily publishing your book

    Himanshu Gandhi
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Book publishing, in the online of the paperback medium, is gaining ground as more and more amateur writers, part timers and individuals take out time for penning down their thoughts. The spread of the internet and the social media platforms have made writers, who were previously lacking confidence to come out and showcase their talents, to maintain and operate their own social media accounts and blogs having their, writing their thoughts and publishing them online. Book publishing in the online medium can be done in three basic steps Create- the Content This is indeed the first step and comes…
  • Online Book Publication- How to go about it?

    Himanshu Gandhi
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Many of us want to get our works published online, in good literary forums, literary blogs or as digital books for everyone to download. In today’s technological world, it is not very difficult to get this done and also get a good response due to the far reaching effect of the internet. All you need to do is research well about the possible sites and publishers who give due importance to the works of new and budding writers and provide an effective platform for them to showcase their works. The first step while publishing your works online is to search for relevant sites, blogs, online…
  • Advantages of online publishing of books and publications

    Himanshu Gandhi
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    The online media and the internet have come as a boon for the literary publications. Books, journals, creations, publications and other writings, which earlier starved for recognition due to the limitation of the number of publishers, have now got a free and far reaching platform for their publication, often free of cost and involving minimum hassle. Blogs, social media accounts, personal websites, online literary sites pages recognizing worthy authors and creators are some of the best ways to showcase your personal writings. Some of the major advantages of getting your works published online…
  • How online book publishers make money?

    Himanshu Gandhi
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Earlier, book publishing was restricted only to the brick and mortar stores which had a complete monopoly on the books, printing and the royalty given to the authors. They could suggest modifications, make changes, buy copyrights, sell and resale books in various countries- all in all, they had complete rights on the books written by others in exchange of some royalty fee. However, all this has changed since the advent of the internet and the rise in the number of online book publishers. Online book publishing companies have increased in number in the recent years, thanks to the great…
  • How can I publish my book?

    Himanshu Gandhi
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If this is the question that often comes to your mind, then you can heave a sigh of relief as this article will guide you through all the steps required for publishing your own book. Publishing your own book has become very easy compared to what it used to be as more editors and publishers are wanting to give ample chance to greenhorns and new entrants in the field of literary publications due to a surge in the number of people who appreciate such writings. Some of the steps to follow for the same are mentioned below. Order and Arrange your work properly A properly arranged work solicits a…
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  • ISIS, Syria, Iraq and All That

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

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

    abu aardvark
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Last week I had the chance to sit down with Hisham Aidi, author of Rebel Music, for another of the POMEPS Conversations series. We got to talk about jazz diplomacy during the Cold War, hip hop diplomacy over the last decade, and how it all relates to Islam: We talked about Dave Brubek, Eric Hobsbawm, John Coltrane, Chuck D, Rakim, Talib Kweli and Ferguson, and what happened to the politically oppositional edge of American hip hop.  If only it had been a few days later, we might have been able to relate it all back to Lupe Fiasco and Tony Blair's counter-radicalization initiative. …
  • Arab Uprisings Explained Tour hits DC

    abu aardvark
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    There's quite a lineup of events in Washington DC this week. If you're going to attend one event, and you can't get Nationals tickets, then it should be... Ab-Soul at the Fillmore on Sunday.  If you can't make that, then you should definitely go to... Big KRIT at the Howard on Friday.  Fortunately, you don't have to choose because neither one of those great shows conflicts with Friday's DC opening (and only) tour date for The Arab Uprisings Explained. While I can't promise innovative, heady lyrics from some of the best young rappers in the game at the…
  • What's up with those Houthis in Yemen?

    abu aardvark
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Yemen-based photojournalist Alex Potter posted this striking picture of Houthi fighters in Sanaa's Tahrir Square last week (follow all of her work here). The Houthi advance into Yemen was as shocking in its own way as was the Iraqi army's collapse against ISIS in Mosul. But just as in Iraq, the long-developing problems which might explain the surprising turn of events were well-known to those who had been paying attention.  The shortcomings of the National Dialogue process, the fracturing of Yemeni state institutions, and the rising power of both the Houthi and the southern…
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  • Samba Financial Group surge at Riyadh market

    Gérard Al-Fil
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    After reporting a nine-month profit of SAR3.779 billion ($1.02 billion), up by 7.85 per cent year on year, the shares of Samba (Saudi American Bank) Financial Group closed 3.35 per cent higher at SAR45.40. The lender said it managed to increase the total operating income and the decrease in operating expense. The overall sentiment was […]
  • Barwa paves way for motor city project in Qatar

    Gérard Al-Fil
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    The Doha-based Qatar Exchange 20 Index added 0.88 per cent to reach 13,076.41 points on Tuesday, October 21. Barwa Real Estate advanced by 1.30 per cent to close at QAR40. Earlier in the day, the developer says it signed an agreement with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning in Qatar. Barwa will rent a land […]
  • Rollercoaster Dubai market closes higher

    Gérard Al-Fil
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Listed blue chip firms were the main gainers. Emaar, like the market index, added 1.50 per cent, finishing at AED10.20.
  • Waha Capital adds, gets nod for share buy-back

    Gérard Al-Fil
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    The Abu Dhabi securities exchange ADX opened trading advancing by 1.10 per cent to reach 4,771.29 points on Tuesday, October 21. Global investment firm Waha Capital surged by 1.12 per cent to AED2.70. Earlier in the day, Waha said it received approval from the securities and commodities authority to buy back ten per cent of […]
  • Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait reports lower third quarter profit

    Gérard Al-Fil
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    The Manama-based Bahrain Bourse saw its market index BASI losing 0.10 per cent to reach 1,444.45 points on Tuesday, October 21. Bahrain Islamic Bank jumped 4.61 per cent to hit BD0.159. Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait closed flat at BD0.454. Earlier in the day, BBK said its nine-month profit amounted to BD2.02 million, up from […]
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    Jahane Rumi

  • In Pakistan, ‘Blasphemers’ Like Me Receive Militant ‘Justice’

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Like so many others, I was recently targeted in a cold-blooded assassination for speaking out against extremism. Pakistan has acquired a strong reputation of imprisoning a large number of men and women accused of “blasphemy.” Far from a fair trial, most of the accused are not even safe from mobs and vigilantes who assume the […]
  • Raza Rumi on Hospitality

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    A Tidings conversation about hospitality, friendship and loyalty with Raza Rumi, a Pakistani journalist, blogger, author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani traveller and follower of Sufi thought. The subject of hospitality holds a certain irony for Raza who is now in exile, forced to flee from his country after narrowly missing an […]
  • Malala Yousufzai – A symbol of Pakistan’s Resistance to Bigotry

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
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  • Prioritising polio eradication

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Nothing exemplifies the state of Pakistani society and its governance better the resurgence of the polio virus. Here is a country boasting of world’s fifth largest army, a nuclear arsenal, and utterly defeated by a contagious virus. In fact, we may have beaten our own record with more than 200 cases having been reported this year […]
  • “Lahore broke my heart”

    4 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Author Reema Abbasi spoke to me about her travels across the country while researching for ‘Historic Temples in Pakistan’. Some excerpts from the conversation. Reema Abbasi with her book What was the inspiration to author a book on Pakistani temples? For the last 10 years my reporting, columns and editorials concentrated on socio-political issues with […]
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  • What’s The Matter? | Postpartum or More?

    Sarah Sultan, LMHC
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Question: Salams I think I have postnatal depression as I've just had a baby 2 weeks ago and I'm extremely emotional, overwhelmed, teary and so lonely. My husband does not understand and is getting cross that I'm not staying on top of my house chores and giving my other 2 children enough attention. He thinks I'm being lazy and when I try to explain I can't control my feelings and feel a emotional wreck he blames me for being too emotional and says this is just a 'modern day' mother excuse to be lazy. I feel awful and his insensitive words are depressing me even more to the extent I'm…
  • US Muslim Jurists Resolution on Islamic Finance Companies

    Haytham Soliman
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    The issue of purchasing a house through Islamic financing has been written about in detail by experts and intellectuals for the past decade or so. However, it appears that majority of American-Muslims are either in doubt or are misinformed about the validity of the actual practice (buying homes through 'halal mortgages' or loans). Many prospective home owners dismiss all Islamic home loans as problematic or interest based loans candy coated in Islamic terminology. This led the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) to invite a group of 230 Imams from all over the United States to…
  • The Invitation

    Umm Zakiyyah
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Umm Zakiyyah a short story PART ONE   I hugged my knees and concentrated my attention on the parking lot beyond my third-floor apartment window. It was all I could do to steady my trembling and think of something besides the torn envelope and embossed card next to me on the crumpled sheet of my bed. I was upset. I knew that much. But there was something deeper knifing at my heart. Your attendance is requested at the wedding celebration of… I gritted my teeth until my jaws hurt. Betrayal. The feeling sliced through me so suddenly that for a moment I stopped shaking.   Fourteen…
  • The Role of a Step-Parent

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Olivia Mounet   How do you define yourself? A Muslim? A student? A brother or sister? Daughter or son? Mother or father? Typically how we define ourselves is so deeply ingrained in our psyche that we rarely take the time to think about who we are and what defines us. However, if you were to take a few moments to really think about what roles are important to you and where you fit in within these relationships, you'll realize just how important they are to you. If we dig a little deeper within ourselves we'll also realize that each of these relationships and definitions have key…
  • So You Want To Go To Medical School? Demystifying the Journey

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    By: Uzair Sarmast and Eman Rashed   This article is the first in a series intended to provide guidance to those who are interested in fulfilling every uncle and auntie's dream; namely, becoming a doctor. (that was a joke) Before we begin we feel it is important to remind you to honestly decide if medicine is the right career for you (not your parents).  If you're already decided, then that's great. However, if you're on the fence, remember to carefully weigh the challenges of the career, namely the longevity of training, countless hours of work/studying, and the personal sacrifices that…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • (Updated) YouTube Brings Back IslamPost Channel After Deleting it, Which Publishes Evidence of Fabricated Anti Islamic State Propaganda in the Media

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Update: here is some good news we contacted Google and they brought back IslamPost channel said it was deleted by error before. here is Google spokesperson:  “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make mistakes. When an error is brought to our attention we act quickly to reinstate the videos in question.” Google is collaborating with NSA and CIA, we said that around 4 years ago and Julian Assang founder of Wikileaks recently confirmed this. A new evidence that Google collaborates with CIA, which deleting the Youtube Channel of IslamPost which achieved…
  • Yahoo is Closing its Office in Amman Jordan

    Gaith Saqer
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    After closing its offices in Cairo, Yahoo Maktoob or Yahoo Middle East is closing its offices in Amman Jordan by end of the year. Yahoo office in Jordan was the HQ of Maktoob before Yahoo’s acquisition. After the acquisition Yahoo kept Amman office and moved it to new location in Amman. The office had different type of employees mostly engineers. The closure is a sad news for the IT sector and economy in Jordan and further underlines the hardship the IT sector in Jordan is going throw. Intaj ICT Association of Jordan confirmed the news and released the following statement: “Yahoo…
  • Google Uses a Camera on a Camel to Capture the Beauty of Arabian Desert in UAE

    Gaith Saqer
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. Google keeps taking street view to new places this time the Arabian desert specifically Liwa Desert in UAE. In doing so, google used a Camera on a camel to capture the beauty of the scene. “sorry for the music in the video” In blog google said “On your virtual trip through the desert, you’ll find sand dunes that reach an astounding height of 25-40 meters. These rolling sandy…
  • Nina Curley Former Editor-in-Chief of Wamda & American Citizen Becomes Managing Director of Startup Accelerator Flat6lab Abu Dhabi

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Egyptian Startups accelerator Flat6lab is expanding to Abu Dhabi, UAE after it expanded to Jeddah Saudi Arabia, and they hired Nina Curley the former editor in chief of American government backed Wamda the startups media platform and a VC firm at the same time. After starting her doctoral degree in neuroscience/psychology Nina moved to the Arab world around 2009 she start looking for a job in the entrepreneurial/media industry. As a starter she joined SYNTAX who  Abraaj Capital with the funding from the US government out sourced it upcoming entrepreneurial social platform project Wamda to…
  • Twitter Collaborates with the CIA in its Propaganda: Deletes the Accounts of Islamic State #ISIS Activists While Keeping Fake Accounts that Claim to be ISIS & Spread Lies

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    When the Islamic State known back then as ISIS liberated around half of Iraq from American Iranian backed sectarian Shiat government in Iraq, Twitter started deleting ISIS official Twitter accounts, this comes when Obama ordered to send US military advisors to Iraq. But when Obama launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq which is an act of aggression against a state that did not do anything to the US and he promised to bomb the Syrian branch of ISIS and wage an all out war against ISIS with a aim of destroying it, Twitter started suspending thousands of Islamic State fans and…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 20th, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: attack on Northeast students, Burdwan Blast, Jayalalitha, Love Jihad, Maharashtra and Haryana polls, Modi's 'U-turn' on black money, Police Atrocities, Tantrik rapes womanIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines BJP behind Meerut ‘love jihad’ case? Woman says party worker paid family Rs 25,000 SI guns down youth in police station in Ramanathapuram No law permits police to fabricate false evidence: Court Three Manipuri youths attacked in Bangalore for not speaking in Kannada Villagers prevent police [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 13th, 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Babri Masjid, Communal Riots, communalism, Kanchi seer, love jihad victim, Ludhiana Fake Encounter, Subedar Ishrat Ali, swach bharatIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Carrying on a tradition: An ode to communal harmony News Headlines BJP behind clashes at Ahmedabad, Vadodara: Gujarat Congress Communalism, biggest threat facing state: AGP Now, ‘love jihad victim’ says she had eloped; family cooked up story Boy, allegedly set ablaze by Army men, dies in Hyderabad [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 6th, 2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Encounter Killing, Gujarat development, honour killing, Jayalalitha jailed, Modi's bloodthirsty past, PM's Visit to US, Punjab Police, TISS studyIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Christian leaders urge Odisha govt to ensure communal harmony in Kandhamal Budhist, Muslim and Sikh communities took-out peace march in Nagpur News Headlines Protests in US over Modi’s bloodthirsty past Indian civil society groups call for “zero tolerance” towards radical Hindu groups Brutal Police Behaviour against Vadodara [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 29th, 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: communal clashes, Gujarat 2002, injustice towards Muslim youth, Jayalalitha jailed, Narendra Modi, religious tolerance, root cause of nation's problemsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony ‘Walk for harmony and love’ organized in Delhi on International peace day News Headlines Congressmen urge Obama to discuss religious tolerance with Modi Narendra Modi fans beat up TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai at Madison Square Garden event Jail official asked me to cut beard, terror accused tells [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 22nd, 2014

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: ABVP activists, Achhe Din, action on BJP MPs, Bajrang Dal activists, Jadavpur University, Kashmiri Pandits, PM's statement, RSS rewrites history, Vikram University V-CIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony J-K floods: When waters rose, Muslims in Srinagar rescued Pandits News Headlines PM’s statement to please US, shed his communal image: UP Minister Achhe Din? cops who helped in fake encounters probe are shunted and charge-sheeted cops reinstated Ujjain: 13 VHP, Bajrang Dal activists arrested for attacking [...](Read more...)
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  • IAEA confirms Iran's commitment to n-deal

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Tehran : The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a new report confirming Iran’s commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with the six world powers last year. The monthly update report by the IAEA indicated that the Iran is continuing to meet its commitments under the interim accord that came into effect in January, Press TV reported. The report added that Tehran has taken an additional step under the deal and diluted over 4,100 kg of uranium enriched to a fissile concentration of up to two percent down to the level of natural uranium. Iran and the five permanent…
  • Bangladesh bus accident toll rises to 34

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Dhaka : The toll in an accident involving two passenger buses in Bangladesh has escalated to 34, media reported Tuesday. Police said a Rajshahi-bound bus of Keya Paribahan Monday collided head-on with a Gurudaspur Upazila-bound bus of Othoi Paribahan in the Rejir Morh area of Natore district, reported. The government has opened an investigation into the mishap. Witnesses and survivors blamed the Keya Paribahan bus for the accident saying it rammed into the other bus while overtaking a truck. Traffic on the key highway resumed in the evening after two hours of blockage. Prime…
  • Lebanon to stop accepting Syrian refugees

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Beirut : Lebanese government has announced no to accept Syrian refugees anymore, state media reported. Following the meeting of the ministerial committee in charge of the Syrian refugees' issue, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas Monday said the borders, however, would remain open to people travelling for other purposes. "Any Syrian national is welcome, but not as a refugee. The borders will remain open but refugees flow will be halted." He stressed "Lebanon is no longer able to host anymore," adding that "there were many border areas on the Syrian side that were free of clashes and could…
  • Iranian cleric tones down warning to women following acid attacks

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Artemis Razmipour, Tehran : A prominent cleric in Isfahan, Mohamad Tagui Rahbar, said Monday that when he recently issued a warning to improperly veiled women he meant to do it with words, not with acid, following several attacks that have disfigured women in the central Iranian city. "I did not say the warning had to go beyond language," Etemad newspaper Monday quoted Rahbar as saying. Rahbar condemned the attacks staged by unknown attackers in recent days who threw acid on the faces of women driving cars. These acts are not acceptable "under the law or the Sharia (Islamic law)", the…
  • Israeli settlers occupy homes in east Jerusalem

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Jerusalem : A large number of Israeli settlers took over two buildings in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem overnight Monday, Israel Radio reported. The buildings, which contain nine apartments, were allegedly seized by members of Ateret Cohanim, a far-right Jewish organisation dedicated to moving as many Jews as possible to the Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, particularly in the Old City, Xinhua reported. The Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, Silwan, a news site maintained by Silwan activists, said that "armed settlers" raided Silwan and occupied the buildings…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • On That Day

    Aamir Shamsi
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I didn’t know how much more I could take. I wanted to scream. I checked the clock for the umpteenth time; it was 02:00, my heart was racing and I still wasn’t asleep. The palpitations were now being felt in my throat as the level of unease only increased with the passage of time. The windows were all open; the night was silent and cool, yet I still felt like I was burning inside. Within minutes I was drenched in my own sweat. It had become intolerable and I wanted it to end. It was the night before the most important exam results in my life thus far came out, but it sounded like a scene…
  • 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:…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • Dawoodi Bohra head Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin meets Governor, gives Rs 53 lakh for J&K flood victims

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    IMO News Service Mumbai:The Supreme Head of the Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin met the Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Monday (6 Oct). The Syedna presented a cheque of Rs.53 lakh addressed to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the rehabilitation of the persons affected by the floods in Jammu & Kashmir to the Governor. The Governor appreciated the gesture of Syedna and forwarded the cheque to the Prime Minister.
  • Malala and Kailash: Lessons for India and Pakistan, the governments and the people

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    While Malala has been a well-known and well-publicised contender for the coveted award for last two years, there was not even an iota of speculation in the media, international or Indian, about an Indian being in the race. This shows the apathy of the popular media towards people who really engage in noble works. I have never heard any interview of Satyarthi on any Channel before, never seen a report on his work. By Dr Javed Jamil Nobel for Peace goes to Malala Yusufzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. Strange combination, strange time. And of course, the well-known Western…
  • Despite a Petition pending in the High Court Subedar Ishrat Ali’s family forced to evacuate Military Quarter

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Military Police Takes out Household Possessions and loads on a vehicle. Shahnaz roams around with her possessions until late night New Delhi: Military Police today ejected forcefully the family of Subedar Maulvi Ishrat Ali of Rajputana Rifle in his absence from their quarter in Delhi cantonment. Subedar Ishrat Ali had been issued a notice for disobedience for refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Mata di’ instead of ‘Jai Hind’ and had filed a petition in the High Court against the orders to evacuate immediately his quarter. Military Police did not allow the police to enter the…
  • Yes Bill Maher, Muslims Win Nobel Peace Prizes Too

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Jack Jenkins Last Friday, talk show host Bill Maher and author Sam Harris made headlines for appearing on Maher’s television program and implying that Islam was an inherently violent faith, with Maher insisting that Islam is “the only religion that acts like the mafia” and Harris calling it “the mother lode of bad ideas.” Their on-air spat with actor Ben Affleck, who blasted their comments as “gross” and “racist,” triggered a week-long national debate over the nature of the Muslim faith, with various pundits, religion scholars, and thinkers tackling the question of…
  • Indian Urdu Media: Fanning Minority Fears

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    By Tufail Ahmad Of all categories of people in our societies, journalists understand meanings of words instinctively and the societal context in which they are understood by common readers. Shahid Siddiqui is the chief editor and owner of Nai Duniya, an Urdu newspaper that has been read by Indian Muslims for over 41 years. Siddiqui controls the weekly newspaper and decides images, headlines and articles that are published. Since it is generally accepted that Muslims have low literacy levels and cannot evolve enlightened responses to emerging issues, it is reasonable to expect Siddiqui’s…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • 10 Signs you are at a Big Fat Muslim Wedding

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

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

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