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  • when "yes massa" starts getting old

    Planet Grenada
    Abdul-Halim V.
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    When “Yes Massa” Starts Getting Old by Imam Zaid Shakir
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    Planet Grenada
    Abdul-Halim V.
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  • S Africans killed in Nigeria church collapse

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    At least 67 killed after building in the compound of a Lagos church collapsed last week.
  • The Best Sports for Women Who Wear the Hijab

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

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

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

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

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    車を買う時、使う時には必ず税金を納めなければなりません。 納めなければならない税金は、 1.自動車取得税、2.自動車重量税、3.自動車税 以上の3つです。 1. 自動車取得税 車を購入する際に納める税金で、購入する車の価格によって 納税額も 違ってきます。 自動車取得税の額は、 (車両本体価格 + 主要なオプション)×0.9の5% で計算します。 (詳しくは上の文字をクリック) 2. 自動車重量税 登録時に、車検期間分を払います。…
  • 契約にあたって

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    約款を読もう! 「ヤッカン」・・・・聞き慣れない言葉ですが、車を契約する際にはとても重要なものです。 簡単に言ってしまえば「契約をする際の、あなたと販売店との間で交わす約束事」という意味です。 トラブルが起きて公取協に相談する人の多くは「約款なんて読んでいない」と言います。 あなたが買う車の契約なのですから、販売店との間の約束事は、事前にしっかり読んでおきましょう。 特に注意するべき点は ・…
  • 商談にあたって

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    まずは担当者に目的、用途等を話してみましょう。 プロの目から見ると、更にいい車が見つかるかもしれません。 希望車種が決まったら、見積りを出してもらいましょう。 複数の車種やグレードを考えている場合は、それぞれの見積りを出してもらいましょう。 この時、税金や保険、諸費用等も見積りに入れておいてもらえば、「契約後に意外な出費が!」なんてこともなくなります。…
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  • Later with Jools Holland: Ryan Adams, Alt-J, Jungle, FKA twigs, the O'Jays and Vance Joy - liveblog

    Paul Lester
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Its episode one of the new season of Later, with live performances, chat and the genial host 10.42pm BST And Im with Kevin Maguire vis à vis the overall quality of that episode. What do you think, Later Liveblog readers?Not sue I've ever seen a better "... Later with Jools" lineup than that one. Bravo @BBCLater, can't wait for Friday. 10.39pm BST Rosanna Le May and I are on the same page re: twigs. 10.38pm BST There have been 229 tweets since the show began, about the show. Is that a lot? For a 10pm BBC2 show? Anyway,…
  • Liverpool v Ludogorets: Champions League as it happened!

    Ian McCourt
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Steven Gerrards injury time penalty sealed a late victory for Liverpool at Anfield Gallery: all the best pictures from Anfield 9.42pm BST Well they won it in the end but that was a poor enough performance from them. They really struggled to break down the Bulgarians who will feel that they were somewhat unlucky to leave without a point in their pocket. Thanks for all your emails and tweets. Speak soon! Bye! 9.36pm BST What an ending that was! 9.36pm BST ... and he does not miss, tucking the ball in the bottom right-hand corner after Borjan goes the other way. 9.35pm BST ... Borjan has taken…
  • Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal: Champions League as it happened

    Jacob Steinberg
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Arsenal were completely outclassed by Borussia Dortmund and just grateful in the end that the German side did not score more than two goals 9.37pm BST On the bright side for Arsenal, it was only 2-0. This could have been seriously embarrassing. At least it wasnt worse. But the truth is that this was a gubbing in all but scoreline. Arsenal have been taken apart by a brilliant Borussia Dortmund, who created chances at will and should have scored more. Its been a tough night for Arsenal, whose flaws at the highest level have once again been laid bare for all to see. Thanks for reading and…
  • Are you stressing out your cat? How to spot the signs

    Paula Cocozza
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Spend less time taking photos and more maintaining litter trays. Here are other some tips to keep your cat contentedCats are stressed. Ahead of a BBC documentary called Cat Wars (not exactly a soothing title), the anthrozoologist John Bradshaw has claimed that cat owners expect too much of their cats. Conditions such as dermatitis and cystitis are increasingly common, and often stress-related. If cat owners understood their pets better, theyd recognise the demands were putting on them, he told the Radio Times.This is understandable. The UKs cat population is estimated at over 10 million. Cats…
  • Scottish independence referendum: Ed Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners - live

    Andrew Sparrow
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - SummaryLunchtime summaryEd Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners 6.45pm BST LATE EXTRA: This is from my colleague, Ben Quinn, in Balmoral.An annual ball thrown by the Queen for staff at her Balmoral residence which was expected to take place on Thursday as usual has been shifted back until the day after Scots vote in their referendum on independence.The question is, however, will Fridays ball be a celebration ... or a wake? 6.29pm BST 6.04pm BST Ed Miliband said he say the ugly side of the yes…
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    Mr Moo

  • Pandasharknado

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Misusing social media to spread communalism in the society: Messages on WhatsApp, Facebook inflaming passions, causing riots

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

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

  • Oklahoma: Republican politician says Islam is ‘a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out’

    Bob Pitt
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, meeting Monday night with about 85 constituents at a Republican gathering at Western Sizzlin’ here, did not back down from statements he made earlier this month that were critical of Islam. Bennett has been at the center of a political maelstrom that has gained national attention since he published comments on social media warning people to be wary of Muslim Americans and then refused to apologize in the face of mounting criticism. Asked before the meeting whether he planned to apologize for his comments, Bennett said, “No. Because I’m right, and…
  • Yet more anti-Muslim scaremongering from the Mail

    Bob Pitt
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    This article from yesterday’s Daily Mail is the latest in the newspaper’s long-running series of “Islamification of Britain” scare stories. It begins: “There are more Muslim children than Christian growing up in Birmingham, figures show. The latest statistics, extracted from the 2011 Census, give an insight into the fast pace of demographic change across Britain. They pinpoint several parts of the country where traditional religious beliefs are being eclipsed for the first time.” (Quite why Christianity alone should fall into the category…
  • The untold cases of Islamophobia in schools

    Bob Pitt
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Fourteen year olds resolutely defending hostility towards their Muslim neighbours. When it was said that nothing justified the abuse of a woman just because she decided to dress differently, the response was that it was because “she probably has a bomb underneath her clothes”. Muslims were openly derided as terrorists by a significant number of over zealous white students. Students whom I later realised were themselves victims of a raucous media campaign to give them an enemy and distract them from the disfranchisement and misery faced by many of their families. Perhaps our words and…
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali draws criticism from fellow atheists at Yale

    Bob Pitt
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15). While her previous campus critics have included members of religious groups, especially Muslims, this time the critics include Ali’s fellow ex-Muslims and atheists. “We do not believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents the totality of the ex-Muslim experience,” members of Yale Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics posted on Facebook Friday (Sept. 12). “Although we acknowledge the value of…
  • Rise Up Australia campaign launch told Islam is a ‘death cult’

    Bob Pitt
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Maverick MP Geoff Shaw and UK climate sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton are expected to join forces and attend a campaign meeting for a hard-right Christian party. Rise Up Australia’s firebrand leader Danny Nalliah said he recently spoke to Mr Shaw and the balance-of-power MP would attend a party meeting in Frankston this weekend. It comes as the anti-Islam party and the independent MP work to strike a preference deal ahead of November’s state election. “We will be preferencing each other,” Mr Nalliah told The Age. “I have known Geoff for 10 years. He says it as…
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • 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…
  • Writivism Flash Fiction Resurrected

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

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    madmadder maddesta fleeting glimpsein a mottled mirror                                                                                              mum’s not madI say this out loudit’s alzheimerslike asthmabut of the brainand then I forgetand it’s something importantand I look insidefor signs of the asthmain my own brainsmothering my abilityto…
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  • Gurindam 12 Fasal 5

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

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    A house needs people to live.  Empty, a house slowly decays.  In the humid tropics, it decays with a startling quickness.  Mak moved out of my wife’s childhood home, temporarily, to start a child-care business at Four Corners, the small town connecting Bagan Datoh with the rest of the world.  Nothing is so permanent as that which is temporary, as my old boss Joe Figa would say.  Only ten years later was Mak finally ready to admit she is never moving back to kampung and gave us the green light to gut the house. For two days, a few kampung boys, my nephew, my wife and I pulled load…
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  • Who is Sheikh Imran Hosein? Top 10 Reasons Why We Should Listen to Sheikh Imran

    Sadiq Alam
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    .. We might teach him the interpretation (ta'weel) of events.~ The Qur'an, 12:21The writing is on the wall,if you can read the writing.~ Sheikh Imran HoseinSheikh Imran Nazar Hosein (born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1942) is a contemporary Islamic scholar, thinker, philosopher and expert in Islamic Eschatology and International Monetary System. His knowledge in a number of subjects related to Islamic Eschatology is phenomenal and unparalleled in any time in Islamic history. He has for more than fifteen years been the lone voice crying in the wilderness now on the subject of Islamic…
  • Dr Fazlur Rahman Ansari - Portrait of an Outstanding Muslim Scholar

    Sadiq Alam
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.The people of spiritual wisdom (hukama’)are the inheritors of the Prophets.~ Sacred Tradition“As matters stand in the Muslim world today, it is the decline of religious leadership from the Islamic standard in a serious measure that constitutes a major cause of its inability with regard to its emergence from the abyss into which it has been descending since some time. The remedy for the situation is obvious.” - Fazlur Rahman Ansari, ‘The Qur’anic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society’.Dr Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ansari (1914-1974)…
  • Invitation of the Straight Way

    Sadiq Alam
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Often the self becomes stuck in a state of self-blame (al-nafs al-lawwama) imagining that the key to returning to the Unity is depriving oneself of things that gives it pleasure or relief.While on the one hand it is certainly true that things that give us pleasure or relief can become addictive and harmful when we habitually use them to avoid receiving certain of our experiences by taking a sip of unconditional gratitude to God; on the other hand, simply depriving ourselves of whatever gives us pleasure or relief is not going to heal us and return us to the Unity.Such deprivations, instead of…

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

    Sadiq Alam
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Bismillah - Arabic calligraphy - mixed media - Sadiq M. Alam1.And know that all of Allāh’s secrets are in the heavenly books, and all of the secrets of the heavenly books are in the Qur’ān. And all of which is in the Qur’ān is in al-Fātiḥah, and all of which is in al-Fātiḥah is in bismillah.. and if you probe further you may come to know that all of that is further contained within the tiny dot below the ba (the first letter of bismillah)~ Traditional Sufi SayingThe above statement is an allusion to the holographic nature of the universe and reality as well where the part…
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  • 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.
  • Quoted: ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media battle – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media battle – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs.Quoting Islam's holiest text to make that point was smart, said Hussein Rashid, a religion scholar at Hofstra University in New York. "ISIS violates every single tenet of this verse, so Barfi shows them to be ignorant," he said. "By using the Quran as the basis for debate he also demonstrates that ISIS does not actually base themselves in Muslim traditions, but in the language of hatred and rage." Likewise, Barfi's use of the phrase "debate with calm preachings" rings a particular…
  • Review: Sufi Comics - Rumi

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    I am a huge fan of Sufi Comics. I've been reading them for years, and appreciate their dedication to their craft, and the fact that they use the teachings of both Sufism and Shi'ism in their lessons. I was super excited when their first book came out, even though it was a collection of material they had already published on their blog. I bought several copies, and then several more when the color version came out. Their second book, The Wise Fool of Baghdad, was also a gem. They used the name Bahlool, but the figure they wrote about is known through the Muslim world under a variety of names,…
  • Tweeting the Qur'an #Quran #ttquran #Ramadan 2014/1435

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur'an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur'an is split into thirty sections, called juz', and one section is read each night.  This year is the 6th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. To see how the call has (not) evolved, here are the first five call outs: 2009 Windsor Star Article 2010 (despite the title, which says 2011) 2011 USA Today Article 2012 2013 Storify (including press stories) The Background [from the 2009 post]  This year, I have been thinking it would be fun to tweet the Qur'an for Ramadan.
  • Event: Speaking at Chattaqua on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

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

  • The Crucifixion and the Qur’an: A Study in the History of Muslim Thought

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Product DescriptionAccording to the majority of modern Muslims and Christians, the Qur’an denies the crucifixion of Jesus, and with it, one of the most sacred beliefs of Christianity. However, it is only mentioned in one verse – ‘They did   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Crucifixion and the Qur’an: A Study in the History of Muslim Thought Related posts: The Crucifixion and the Qur’an: A Study in the History of Muslim Thought The Crucifixion and the Qur’an: A Study in the History of Muslim Thought The History of Islamic Political…
  • International Scholar, Dr. Tariq Ramadan Calls for a Moratorium on Corporal Punishment, Stoning and the Death penalty in the Muslim World

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    International Scholar, Dr. Tariq Ramadan Calls for a Moratorium on Corporal Punishment, Stoning and the Death penalty in the Muslim World Geneva, (PRWEB) March 31, 2005 Tariq Ramadan,   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: International Scholar, Dr. Tariq Ramadan Calls for a Moratorium on Corporal Punishment, Stoning and the Death penalty in the Muslim World Related posts: Lebanese Shiite Scholar Calls for Separation of Religion and State The Diverse Voice of International Muslim Poets Debuts In Muslim…
  • Native Americans speak out about 9/11 and the Global Denigration of Muslims – Part 1/2

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Watch the second part here: This video is a courtesy of Earth Seen program on ICTV independant community televison as well as the league of of indigenous souvereign nations. Splitting The Sky (Dacajeweiah) arrested for trying to conduct   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Native Americans speak out about 9/11 and the Global Denigration of Muslims – Part 1/2 Related posts: Note to President Obama. For Muslims worldwide, actions speak louder than words Muslims Speak Out in New Book by Joel Richardson and Susan Crimp Why are all…
  • Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system?

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system? need to know a bit about it for an essay that i am writing Best answer: Answer by The White Horsemy first steps in slam  ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Can some one give me a basic description of the Islamic belief system? Related posts: How Do You Live In An Orthodox Muslim Country If Your Belief System Is Totally Opposite Of Islamic Beliefs? Islamic System – Dr israr Vs Javed Ahmed Ghamidi Part 4/8 Basic Islamic Beliefs
  • Majlis by Prof Zakia Sultana part7.mp4

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Prof Zakia Sultana Majalis of 7th Moharram on Deene-e-Islam Deen-e-Fitrat (Avenues to Islamic Thought) topic Jihad and Terrorism Related posts: Prof Zakia Sultana part5.mp4 Prof Zakia Sultana part1.mp4 Prof Zakia Sultana part3.mp4   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Majlis by Prof Zakia Sultana part7.mp4 Related posts: Prof Zakia Sultana part5.mp4 Prof Zakia Sultana part1.mp4 Prof Zakia Sultana part3.mp4
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    Laila Lalami

  • 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…
  • The Moor’s Account Book Tour

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

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

  • 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 »
  • Post-Ramadan reflections

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

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

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Note: The original poem can be found HERE. Ya Haqq!Filed under: My Poetry, Uncategorized Tagged: The Horseman poem by Irving Karchmar
  • I am a fountain, You are my water

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    I am a fountain, You are my water. I flow from You to You. I am an eye, You are my light, I look from You to You. You are neither my right nor my left. You are my foot and my arm as well. I am a traveler, You are my road. I go from You to You. –Zeynep Hatun, 15th Century   Filed under: Books & writing, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: poetry by Zeynep Hatun, Zeynep Hatun 15th Century
  • The Sufi Message

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

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

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Many years ago, on one of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh’s annual visits to the US, he was staying at the New York khaniqah when one of the long time darvishes, who was also studying to become a Persian scholar, said that his parents wanted to meet the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, of whom they had heard so much about, and he was invited to visit their home in Westchester County, New York. and have dinner with them. The Master  gladly accepted the invitation, and since it was a journey that would require them to stay overnight, they drove up in the early…
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  • Feminism is not against Islam, and not all feminists are cat ladies, or why “Good Brothers” are “Nice Guys”

    Nicole Cunningham
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    A lot of Muslim men recently have gone on feminist-hating binges, and it is starting to get old with me. You’re all invited to my wedding with Pablito.   A few brief  thoughts on what “good Muslim brothers” and “nice guys” have in common when it comes to getting married/laid: there is a fundamental problem with how they view women, a pathology normal women pick up subconsciously (e.g. women not being good enough, having fixed ideas on how good women should be, expecting women to be grateful for basic respect and common courtesy). Saying you honor and respect women and…
  • Happy Ramadan, y’all

    Nicole Cunningham
    14 Jul 2013 | 1:48 am
    I haven’t written here but I have written at Aquila Style and at Muslimah Media Watch.  I do have some posts here in the pipeline so stay tuned. Tagged: Ramadan
  • Quick thoughts on Ramadan Prep

    Nicole Cunningham
    8 Jun 2013 | 2:18 am
    Some ongoing stomach problems made it hard for me to fast last year, and while my issues have gotten worse, I’m more optimistic about having a better Ramadan this year.  Every year I dole out some top food tips. Some of these may be repeats (it is my 14th Ramadan after all), some may not. Stop caffeine now if you haven’t already. Start tapering ASAP. Ramadan days are long this year and your headache plus the heat will be the absolute suck. Make sure going into Ramadan you are as hydrated as you can be. Here in Switzerland the days are going to be around 16 hours long. You need to…
  • Early Review of the Blackberry Z10

    Nicole Cunningham
    31 Mar 2013 | 2:07 pm
    In my company we have a few users, including myself, who have been using Blackberry Z10s for a couple of weeks. I’m sold and I think it is a solid work device, but first a little backstory. And full disclosure: I’m in charge of the cell phone fleet for around 30 people in a BYOD environment where Blackberry is an option as the IT department is willing to run the servers. I had had Blackberry phones as part of my old job’s fleet around 2006-2007 (I had a 7270, to give you an idea of the last time I actually used a Blackberry).  My first true smartphone was an iPhone 3.
  • Intras is the worst health insurance in Switzerland

    Nicole Cunningham
    20 Feb 2013 | 6:35 am
    If you are new to Switzerland and are looking at health insurance, do not go to Intras. They overcharge, they are not flexible, and just practice bad business. Enjoy.  Tagged: health insurance in Switzerland, intras
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    G. Willow Wilson

  • 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!
  • 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…
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  • There will be FUD

    Matthew Smith
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In under a week as of this writing, the Scottish independence referendum will have been held and the votes will either have been counted, or will be in the process. Last Sunday in the Observer, Will Hutton proposed a constitutional settlement to save the union: a wholesale change to the British constitution, giving each of the constituent nations an assembly of its own, including England, the replacement of the House of Lords with a “House of Britain” representing the nations and regions, and greater autonomy for cities and towns. The major parties have already promised to…
  • Ice buckets and cruelty

    Matthew Smith
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:14 am
    I’m sure everyone has heard of the “ice-bucket challenge”, in which someone is filmed having a bucket of freezing water poured over their head in response to donations to a charity, usually one dedicated to Motor Neurone Disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or, in the USA, Lou Gehrig’s Disease after a baseball player from the 1930s who died of it aged 37. Various complaints have been raised about it, including that it’s a waste of water (see image right), that many people aren’t donating at all or don’t really understand what…
  • Claire Dyer and the LB Bill

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

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

    Matthew Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Demos: build retirement properties to free up 3 million family homes I was going to be writing a piece this morning about how unworkable it would be to ‘encourage’ the over-55s to move out of their family homes in London into retirement flats on the coast, as was being discussed on the Vanessa Feltz show on BBC London yesterday morning. I listened to the first hour and a bit of the show as I drove out of London on my run up to Rotherham; I go out of range around Luton and switch to Radio 4 then anyway. The prompt for that was a Demos report which she said claimed that the…
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  • New York Giants Agency That Is Free: March 2, 2009

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    There is no question that 2008 can be viewed as among the most depressing years ever. Together with the fall of the stock-market, the unbearable surge in gas prices, and the normal damage of media readers and television visitors, everywhere the U.S. (and subsequently the planet) economy turn, there’s more terrible news to be documented. To start with, the Newest England Patriots are 18-0, allow me to tell you. The NY Giants file is. Who also knows? Nobody pays focus on average teams. (It’s 13-6.) The new york giants tickets were referred to as one of many hottest clubs within the…
  • For Acquiring Show Tickets Strategies, Online

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    For soccer fanatics around the globe, UEFA 2012 closing is obviously among the largest events. You can expect best chairs premium 2012 Final seats available at fascinating costs! The action packed affair may be enjoyed at highest with online advance 2012 Champions league final tickets available at world class services! Hasselbeck seemed to set every one of his skills together last year. He’s a great arm, is exact, plays with discipline and it is a superb boss. He’s being a mentor about the industry, and it appears that each QB who uses time with mentor Mike Holmgren reaches his…
  • Energy Your BabyIs Passion With Nfl Football Wall Decals For Basketball

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    Pro football betting handicappers are just about set to write off the Dallas Cowboys as a significant NFL sports betting challenger for the playoffs this year. Pro football betting expectations continue to increase for the Giants as they have shown marked progress over last season’s weak NFL sports betting year. Brett Favre led the Vikings to a 2009 winning season, with 12 wins and 4 losses, and a second place finish in the NFC North division. But most importantly, he has led the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs. Favre will play his first playoff game as a Minnesota Viking against the…
  • Helpful Information To The Discount Cubicle

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Harbor View Gallery – New Artist Reception for Beverly Monk, superb artist. See more information and images. Test campgrounds and state parks out. Canoeing , outdoor camping, swimming, kayaking, or climbing are only a the a lot of affordable and energetic items campsites and state areas present. A great deal of people did not understand nowadays that enjoying Broadway can even assist them conserve some of their bucks. This just means that experiencing life doesn’t desire a compromise of something which actually matters for your requirements. That is your…
  • Nfl Draft 2010: Seattle Seahawks Draft Breakdown

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    It only took Atlanta Falcons’ Head Coach Bobby Petrino 13 activities to appreciate coaching while in the NFL is different than teaching in university. And, despite on leftover with the Falcons promises he meant, Petrino has delivered to coach towards the faculty rates in the University of Illinois. The Raiders recovered the seahawks onside kick attempt. Stevie Brown was incorrectly called by them along by contact following the recovery taking away what must have been a landing. The Raiders were able when Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 49-yard field goal to get three factors.
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  • Cartoon History of the Middle East

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:51 am
    Turkey - “The sick man of Europe”, by John Leech, Punch, September 17, 1853 For a fascinating collection of cartoons, many from Punch, since 1853, check out the website “A Cartoon History of the Middle East,” compiled by Peter Casillas.
  • “Desert Sheikhs” at the Smithsonian

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    There is an extraordinary collection of 47 Magic Lantern slides from the 1930 Beloit College Logan Museum Expedition to Algeria by George L. Waite, the photographer and cinematographer. This is available in an online collection at the website of the Smithsonian Institution. Click here to access the collection.
  • Postcards from old Aden #15

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    There are many postcards on the Internet from old Aden under British control. Aden has long been a crossroads between Africa and Asia. It is not surprising that a number of early postcards feature Somalis in Yemen.
  • On the Euphrates in 1915: #4

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    I recently across a copy of The Christian Herald from December 1, 1915 and the lead article by John Maynard Owen Williams is on a recent trip he took to Syria and Iraq. The images are from a century ago and I attach a few excerpts from the article. For the first part, click here, for part two, click here, for part three, click here.
  • Islamism beyond the Muslim Brotherhood

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    At a juice bar in Cairo, two men posed by a photograph of Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi. The general has become a popular figure among many Egyptians; Narciso Contreras for The New York Times The future of Egyptian democracy: Islamism beyond the Muslim Brotherhood by Yasmin Moll, The Immanent Flame, August 29 A few weeks after the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the New York Times ran this headline: “Egyptian Liberals Embrace the Military, Brooking No Dissent.” The accompanying photograph showed a man with a full beard and shaved moustache in the Salafi style, a prominent…
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    Knocking From Inside

  • After Lines From Stafford’s “Citizen Here on Earth”

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Let me carry a bowa bow strung with psalms.Let me carry a quivera quiver of shafts of light.Let me fire arrows at my enemyarrows tipped with flowers.Let them return as raindrops.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Unseen

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    tick of the clockdon’t look over your shoulder for thesweep of the handsthough you know it’s thereand it goes on without youif there really is a clockand not justan imagined soundlike the footsteps on the stairwhen you were afraid to lookand finally looked—there was nothing, not evena shadow sliding down the banisterjust a creaky step talkingto itselflike the strange noise in the carthat you couldn’t hear whenthe mechanic had the hood openlike th sound of surf miles from any oceanyou heard it in your sleep and wokeclutching at strands of dreamweedyou heard it in your sleep and…
  • Heat Lightning

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    The night is shatteredby heat lightning, soundless violence.Forks of brilliance spring from cloud to cloudwhile dryness hangs like curtains between.The night is shatteredwaiting for thunder to piece it back togetherfor darkness to stitch itself wholefor rain to dissolve the bright edges.The night holds its breathin jagged sepia.The night is shatteredby a stroke that doesn’t fall. Shatteredby the fear of a stroke.Tense restless airand leaves moving without reliefwaiting for thunder.The shattered night begs for rainlike a heart for tears.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Low Light Villanelle

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

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

  • Bombing Syria vs Bombing ISIS

    abu aardvark
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
     The Chicago Council on Global Affairs officially released their biannual survey of American foreign policy attitudes today. The Chicago Council survey's consistent polling on core foreign policy attitudes over a forty-year span allows for meaningful comparison over a long time-frame, giving its reports an enduring value beyond the findings on issues currently in the headlines. This year's report, overseen by the fabulous Dina Smeltz (on Twitter as @roguepollster), more than delivers on that promise.  Some of the most intriguing findings have already been cherry-picked by Dan…
  • Checkpoint: From Ferguson to Gaza

    abu aardvark
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    "My heart go out to Palestine/my name autocorrect to Taliban" raps Talib Kweli on the stunning new track and video Checkpoints: Ghetto to Gaza  (available on iTunes here) just released by K-Salaam & Beatnick, with verses by Kweli and M1 of Dead Prez. The tour de force performance is one of the most challenging hip hop responses yet to the events in Ferguson, and the most effectively internationalized reading which I've yet heard. This is not the first hip hop response to the events following the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson. A wide range of performers have weighed…
  • Kerry in Egypt: "respect the outcome of that election"

    abu aardvark
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Secretary of State John Kerry finally found the right words to use in Cairo on Saturday.  During a joint press appearance with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Kerry finally firmly laid out a principled position on Egypt's military coup and American principled support for democracy:  "What we both know is they had an election, the election had an outcome, and everyone should respect the outcome of that election."  It would have been more useful if Kerry had taken such a firm stance with General Abdelfattah el-Sisi in July 2013, immediately following the military coup…
  • Rouhani and Iran's World Cup team

    abu aardvark
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Yesterday I had the good fortune to be able to sit down with Kaveh Ehsani of Depaul University for an installment of the POMEPS Conversations series.  I have always learned a tremendous amount about Iranian politics and society from Ehsani, especially his frequent dispatches for Middle East Report. He's been following the struggles of the Iranian reform movement for a long time, so I was keen to get his sense of the Rouhani Presidency and how it compared to previous presidents such as Khatemi and Ahmedinejad. I highly recommend his fascinating explanation of their similarities and…
  • APSA: Salaita and the Freedom to Publicly Engage

    abu aardvark
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Last year I served on an ad hoc committee of the American Political Science Association which, among other things, called for more support for public engagement by political scientists with the public realm. I've been a vocal advocate of such engagement, whether by writing accessible versions of academic articles for The Monkey Cage or more free-form blogging. Also, I blog and tweet and say controversial things and occasionally drop mixtapes. I was pleased, therefore, when APSA yesterday released a letter to Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinois expressing its concerns…
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  • BMW hybrid sports car to make Bahrain debut

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    German automaker BMW announced that it plans to launch its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car in Bahrain this month, Trade Arabia reported. Paul Yates, General Manager of Euro Motors, sole dealer for BMW in Bahrain, said: “BMW vehicles have always been known to be at the forefront of technology and innovation – the BMW i8 […]
  • UK and UAE trade relations witness growth

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    British Ambassador to the UAE Philip Parham said that trade relations between the UAE and the UK are strong and thriving. Speaking to Gulf News at a reception hosted for a British business delegation visiting the UAE to explore opportunities on Sunday evening, Parham said that trade between both the countries is growing. “We are […]
  • Egypt to ask IMF for long-delayed economic assessment

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Egyptian Finance Ministry stated that Egypt will ask the IMF for a long-delayed economic assessment in the hope of improving the country’s image before a February investment conference. The government said it wants the results published before the Egypt Economic Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, a conference to boost investment in an economy battered by years […]
  • Abu Dhabi CCI calls Australian companies to increase industrial investments

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called Australian companies to increase their industrial investments in Abu Dhabi, especially in aviation, space, defence, medicine, biotechnology, tourism, healthcare, equipment, services, transportation, trade, logistics, education, media, financial services and telecommunications, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported. The offer was extended by Mohammed Helal Al-Muhairi, Director-General of […]
  • Jordanian Minister of Public Works announces Airport road expansion project in final stages

    Ayman Al-Adham
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Jordanian Minister of Public Works and Housing Sami Halaseh said that work on the airport road expansion project is in the final stages and the highway is expected to be fully open for motorists before the end of the year. Halaseh told The Jordan Times in a phone interview that the road is almost ready, […]
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  • The tragic floods in Kashmir and Jingoism

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
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  • Not being dead is a victory for Balochistan’s journalists

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
        To say that Pakistani journalists are under attack is an understatement. They are lucky if not assailed or killed. Beyond the veneer of prime time television shows that many think constitutes ‘journalism’, there are thousands of media workers at risk. They are endangered and pressured by state agencies, political parties, militant networks and […]
  • 9/11 and Deluded Pakistanis

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
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  • Will a new power-sharing arrangement emerge from this crisis?

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    Since early August, Pakistan has been battling itself, once again. Two opposition groups have paralysed the federal government and the capital for weeks through street protests that eventually turned violent. Imran Khan without an independent verification believes that last year’s election was rigged and that he was unfairly deprived of power. Imran’s unlikely ally, Dr […]
  • Pakistan’s perilous democratic transition

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Pakistan’s perilous democratic transition has been rocked by the ongoing anti-government protests. The standoff between the government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition parties continues to accelerate the political uncertainty and damage the fragile economy. Sharif was elected 14 months ago in an election that witnessed unprecedented voter turnout. While most opposition parties […]
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  • Time Management for Muslim Families Simplified

    Siraaj Muhammad
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When reading about the problems Muslim families face we notice that some are general to the culture in which they live, while others are specific to Muslims or predominantly Muslim cultures.  Attempts to resolve them usually involve learning Prophetic family best practices as well as educating ourselves about gender and child specific communication techniques via seminars, books, and articles. While these are important and helpful for developing ourselves and nurturing meaningful relationships with our spouses and children, they are incomplete because life isn't just about relationships, but…
  • Should American Muslims Reconsider the Liberal Alliance?

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    By Mobeen Vaid   Background As a result of the Bush years and a neoconservative ideology that disproportionately favored policies curtailing the rights of Muslims domestically and interventionism on the international stage, American Muslims have, for the bulk of the last decade, overwhelmingly affiliated with the Democratic Party. This affiliation came to the forefront in the 2004 Presidential Election when 76% of American Muslims supported John Kerry while only 7% supported President George W. Bush.  Having been a historically Republican voting bloc, the political realignment exhibited…
  • MuslimKidsMatter | Oh Allah (Poem)

    Nur Kose
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Oh Allah By Hana Hubert Oh Allah, creator of all in existence, Oh Allah, you rule all, with no resistance.         The King, the Owner, it is to you we pray, You blessed us with our life, in which we have a say.         Oh Allah, the All-Hearing, you hear me when I ask, To ease the duties of the people who are burdened by their task.         And to guide the un-guided, and show them the way, So that they also can feel the beauty that Islam does portray.         Give the children who are starving a proper meal and bed, And clothe and feed the orphans who yearn to be fed.    …
  • Official Statement of Dr Bilal Philips on his arrest in Philippines

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF DR. BILAL PHILIPS In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful10 September, 2014From Immigration Detention, Davao CityMindanao, PhilippinesDear Friends, Students, and Supporters,Salaam alaykum. Peace be upon you all.I would first like to thank you for all your prayers and various positive expressions of care, concern and support. I'm happy to inform you that I am safe and well-treated in Davao City immigration custody, as my request for voluntary deportation is being processed.Though I appreciate your rallies and demonstrations of support in Marawi City,…
  • #NeverForget: My Son’s 9/11 Homework Project | Remembering What They Want Us to Forget

    Hena Zuberi
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Yesterday my son brought home a school project on 9/11 and he couldn't understand why I snapped at him—'#NeverForget' is not just a slogan. Today I apologized to him for not giving him an interview about where I was and what are my worst memories of the day, and what exactly happened on 9/11. He said, “It's okay, Mama. My sisters told me your about friend, Rahma.” I haven't spoken to my boys about her or even about what happened that horrific day in detail; it's so much harder explaining it to a boy, especially a boy who will grow up be a brown man in this country; a brown,…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Question Answering Engine Kngine Announces New Round of Investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center And Vodafone Ventures Egypt

    Gaith Saqer
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Investment in the Question Answering Application Coincides with their Release of Kngine 3.0 Which Outperforms Others By a Factor of 3 Kngine announced today it has received a new round of investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center, USA, and Vodafone Ventures Egypt. The investment round aims to help Kngine further revolutionize the question answering and search technology industry which coincides with their release of its third and latest version.  Sawari Ventures, the Cairo-based venture capital firm, was the first entity to invest in Kngine on the belief that it would create a…
  • Saudi Mobile Operator Mobily Launches VC Fund Invest in Easy Taxi & Anghami

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Saudi telecom operator Mobily announced today “Mobily Ventures”, that is the Corporate Venture Capital arm of Mobily. Mobily Ventures invests in high-tech startup companies in the Telecommunication, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment industries. The focus will be on Early-Stage and Growth-Stage startups in areas including e-commerce & retail innovation, mobile financial services & payment, digital advertising, digital content & entertainment as well as IT & cloud services. As a strategic investor, the goal of Mobily Ventures is to build technological and…
  • Meet the 12 Startups that Just Started Acceleration at Jordan’s Oasis500

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Jordanian startup accelerator Oasis500 is still active and investing and accelerating startups. Around last week 12 new companies started the process which takes about 3 month with an investment of around 15,000 USD here are the companies 1- 3D Mena is an online marketplace and community where you can buy and sell custom products with 3D Printing. 2- Engezni Engezni is a website and app that helps consumers order food online and discover new restaurants. 3- Gaugez Gaugez is an online resource for cars and motorcycles. It allows you to research and compare, find workshops and get…
  • Twitter Suspends Thousands of #ISIS Islamic State Fans, Anti Iraqi Government Activists and Independent Iraqi News Accounts

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

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Dear ArabCrunch readers, we are sorry for not updating ArabCrunch with news and features in the last period. But we are now back again and we try to be very active, In reporting tech news that covers the Arab world and you free speech and Internet rights. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 15th, 2014

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Fali S Nariman, Ghar Wapsi, Gujarat model, Hindu nationalist, Hindu Tradition Of Tolerance, Hindutva terrorist, Jai Hind, Jai Mata Di, Love Jihad, Modi Magic, Narendra Modi, Ram, Yogi AdityanathIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony J&K floods: Hyderpora mosque a symbol of communal harmony News Headlines RSS bomb explodes prematurely, suspected Hindutva terrorist injured Election Commission orders hate speech FIR against Yogi Adityanath BJP leaders rake up ‘love jihad’ in U.P. poll campaign Hindu nationalist group seeks to…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 8th, 2014

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Communal Riots, dalit-less Chennai, Intel Agencies, Love Jihad, Media trials, Muzaffarnagar riots, Saharanpur riots, scam, shredded govt files, Vadodara riotsIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Home ministry maintains secrecy over shredded govt files Hindu hardliners unrepentant a year after India riots ‘Cops framing Muslims for Vadodara riots’ Media trials: SC calls for norms on reporting, police briefing After Reconversion, Shivpuri Family Hints at Pressure From Hindu Groups, Foul Play by Police ‘Love [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 1st, 2014

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: fake encounters, Fascism, Gujarat riots, Janmashtami, Love Jihad, media trial of terror blasts, Muzaffarnagar, priest held for rape, Yogi AdityanathIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Gujarat model of harmony: Water thicker than blood News Headlines Concerned over delay in Gujarat riots cases: SC ‘Reinstatement of Cops accused of fake encounters is clear indication that administration is helping them’ Caught on camera: BJP MP asks supporters to ‘convert 100 Muslim girls for 1 [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 25th, 2014

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

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Jeddah : Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar held a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador Mustafa Yang Djibo at his office on Sunday to discuss the arrangements for Haj pilgrims from China. This year, an estimated 14,000 Chinese pilgrims will be performing the annual pilgrimage. Haj Ministry sources said that the Chinese envoy shared the operation plan with Hajjar and also thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for extending Haj services to the pilgrims. Additionally, Djibo hailed the ministry’s efforts in ensuring the comfort of the pilgrims, ministry sources added. For the first…
  • 7 killed in bomb attack near Syria-Turkey border

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Damascus : At least seven people were killed and many others wounded Tuesday when an explosives-laden vehicle exploded near a rebel-held Syrian-Turkish border, activists and al-Mayadeen TV reported. The car blew up at a garage near the Bab al-Salam border crossing in the rebel-held northern town of Azaz in Aleppo province, Xinhua quoted the report as saying. In a separate incident, a Syrian war jet was shot down by the Islamic State terror group over the al-Raqqa province in northern Syria Tuesday, activists said, adding that eight people were killed when the war plane crashed into a…
  • Assad targets regimes supporting terror in Iraq, Syria

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Damascus : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday said fighting terrorism would start by putting pressure on the governments that support terrorism in Syria and Iraq, Xinhua reported. "Fighting terrorism starts by practising pressure on the countries that support and finance the armed terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq while pretending that they are currently battling terrorism," Assad said, hailing the Syrian-Iraqi cooperation in battling terror. Assad made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh Fayad, who was sent to Syria on the behest of…
  • Pakistan interior minister skipping SAARC home ministers' meet

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    By Anil Giri, Kathmandu : Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudary Nisar Ali Khan will not attend the sixth meeting of the SAARC home or interior ministers that will get under way in Kathmandu Wednesday. Top diplomatic sources confirmed to IANS that Nisar Ali Khan has cancelled his visit owing to the devastating floods in the country's Punjab province. Apart from the home ministers of the SAARC countries, home secretaries and immigration officials will also be attending the meeting. The Indian delegation will be led by union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Over a million people have been affected…
  • 14 IS militants killed as their rocket explodes

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Baghdad : At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were filling with chlorine gas exploded. Iraqi security officials said seven more IS militants were injured in the incident, which occurred near the town of al-Dhuluiya, about 90 km north of Baghdad. Al-Dhuluiya was also where four members of the Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen suffered symptoms of asphyxiation after inhaling chlorine gas released by two improvised explosive devices. It was the first time that chlorine has been used as a weapon…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • At the Heart of it All

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

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

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

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

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

  • OPINION: Where are the Muslims in Modern India?

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    By Aabid Ali Haider “While the perception of deprivation is widespread among Muslims, there has been no systematic effort since Independence to analyze the condition of religious minorities in the country.” — Sachar Committee Report. Where are the Muslims in Modern India? With the country’s population of 1.21 billion, Muslim community occupies 13.4%. It is the country’s largest minority population, but yet again where are the Muslims in Modern India? Gone are the days when the Muslim masses played a significant role in the freedom struggle, gone are the days when…
  • SPECIAL REPORT: With Al Qaeda leader mentioning Gujarat in his speech, victimization threat looms large on Gujarat Muslims

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani                                                                                                                                                        Ahmedabad: The Muslims of Gujarat were seriously victimised by khakhi terror in last couple of years, especially after the infamous 2002 riots. Now the new threat by Al Qaeda has raised many questions. Will Muslims in the state be again targetted by police and other…
  • India: Unnecessary controversy surrounding the appointment of ex-CJI as Kerala Governor

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Constitutionally, the appointment of governors of states is the prerogative of the ruling dispensation at the centre and the regime chooses eminent persons to perform their duties as perfectly as they can and decorate the gubernatorial seats in state capitals with dignity. Former chief justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam was sworn in as the new governor of Kerala on September 5 morning. The acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court, Ashok Bhushan, administered the oath to Sathasivam at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues,…
  • Gujarat: Muslims not allowed to do meat and egg business in Palitana

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brainchild ‘Vibarant Gujarat’ will be held in the State this time under the leadership of new Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. At a time when western diplomats and investors are making a beeline to seek favours from Gujarat , Muslims are not allowed to do meat business and egg business in Palitana about 100 km from Bhavnagar. Over 10 Gujarati Muslim traders have alleged having been forced to close down businesses over past one month. The latest complaint was been filed on 5th September 2014 by hotelier Mustafa…
  • Peace Foundation condemns ‘Love Jihad’

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    IMO News Service Patna, Bihar: The Peace Foundation, an organisation of Patna’s Muslim intellectuals, has condemned ‘love jihad’.  Naushad Ansari, General Secretary of Peace Foundation, said that the marriages of young boys and girls belonging to two different communities is not a new trend. In most of such cases either boy or girl change their religion. Late cricketer Nawab Pataudi, late Union Minister Sikandar Bakht, Nafisa Ali, Sunil Dut, Pankaj Udhas, Karina Kapoor, BJP Leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqwi and many have married outside their communities, and live/d…
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