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  • Egypt blames 'foreign hands' in Sinai attacks

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    President Sisi vows drastic measures against armed groups following Sinai attacks that killed 31 soldiers.
  • 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。…
  • No wonder superstores are dying were sick and tired of their culture

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Joanna Blythman
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Britains longstanding exclusive relationship with the supermarkets is in terminal decline Continue reading...
  • Kansas City Royals v San Francisco Giants: 2014 World Series - live!

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    David Lengel
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Royals have 2-1 World Series lead over the GiantsGame 4: Giants Madison Bumgarner v Royals Jason VargasJoin the fun, tweet: @lengeldavidemail: 7.51pm ET World Series has me longing for the days of Baseball on Five. Heres to you @JonnyMGould @joshchetwynd @LengelDavid @ErikJanssen. Hardcore!Theres a long line of people who miss that show, and were in the front. 7.48pm ET Memories...Twelve years ago I was covering the Giants v Angels World Series and picked this up outside the ballpark - two for $20.Found this San Francisco #Giants gem in my closet. In 02…
  • No wonder superstores are dying were sick and tired of their culture

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Joanna Blythman
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Britains longstanding exclusive relationship with the supermarkets is in terminal decline Continue reading...
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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

  • Kansas City Royals v San Francisco Giants: 2014 World Series - live!

    David Lengel
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Royals have 2-1 World Series lead over the GiantsGame 4: Giants Madison Bumgarner v Royals Jason VargasJoin the fun, tweet: @lengeldavidemail: 7.51pm ET World Series has me longing for the days of Baseball on Five. Heres to you @JonnyMGould @joshchetwynd @LengelDavid @ErikJanssen. Hardcore!Theres a long line of people who miss that show, and were in the front. 7.48pm ET Memories...Twelve years ago I was covering the Giants v Angels World Series and picked this up outside the ballpark - two for $20.Found this San Francisco #Giants gem in my closet. In 02…
  • Seattle Sounders 2-0 LA Galaxy as it happened

    Graham Parker
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Late Marco Pappa brace wins Shield for SeattleSounders earn home advantage throughout playoffsFirst ever Supporters Shield for Seattle 5.03pm ET Final thoughtsIt wasnt a great game, but in the end it was Sigi Schmid who made the decisive move in bringing on Marco Pappa, to give Seattle the win, the Shield and, youd imagine, the psychological advantage for the playoffs. 4.55pm ET SEATTLE SOUNDERS WIN THE 2014 SUPPORTERS SHIELD!Final thoughts in a minute... 4.54pm ET So cheeky!. Penedo tries to bring the ball out and is robbed by Pappa, who has Martins free on his right. He doesnt need him…
  • The X Factor 2014: week three as it happened

    Stuart Heritage
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It was movie madness week, and Stuart Heritage was there for all three incredibly long acts. 10.00pm BST And, while Dermot locks into his three solid minutes of tedious number-reading, Im out of here. Thanks for coming along and joining in. Three things that you shouldnt forget:1. You should come back here tomorrow night at 8pm for the X Factor results show liveblog, because the guests will be Ed Sheeran and OneRepublic and theyre apparently quite popular. ALSO: lets all hope that I remember to put the clocks back tonight, otherwise theres a pretty good chance Ill accidentally end up…
  • Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode 10 In the Forest of the Night

    Dan Martin
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Frank Cottrell Boyces episode had one of the greatest setups Doctor Who has ever known, riffing on the classic childrens story phrase, And they ventured into the forest SPOILER ALERT: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching the new series of Doctor Who. Dont read ahead if you havent seen episode 10 In the Forest of the Night Read Dan Martins episode nine episode blog hereIf you read almost any story a kid writes in primary school, it will say, And they ventured into the forest The forest is danger, isnt it? But Id never seen it in a dystopia, really. When youve had…
  • Sunday Express agrees to pay damages to Mike Tindall

    Roy Greenslade
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Express Newspapers has "apologised unreservedly" and paid damages to Mike Tindall, husband of the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips.Tindall sued because the Sunday Express falsely reported rumours in February 2013 about his marriage to Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne. Continue reading...
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Diwali celebrations in Sindh and other regions of Pakistan

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

  • New South Wales: Muslim mum says racial abuse now worse than after September 11 and Bali bombings

    Bob Pitt
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    A mother who wears Islamic head coverings says local Muslims are now suffering more racist abuse than after the September 11 and Bali terrorist attacks. Nahid Mohamed and her mother are Muslims and both wear a Niqab, where the body and face are covered except for the eyes. Both have lived at Killarney Vale for many decades. Ms Mohamed was born on the Central Coast and went to preschool, primary school and high school in the Killarney Vale district. But still, it came as a shock when she and her mother were abused for speaking Arabic and wearing a Niqab in a doctor’s surgery last week. Ms…
  • Students and faculty from Oklahoma University show support for the Muslim community

    Bob Pitt
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of local Muslims were in for a surprise when they left their congregational prayer service Friday afternoon at their mosque in Oklahoma City. A large group of Christians and those of the Jewish faith from as far away as Guthrie and Shawnee gathered and greeted those Muslims as they walked out of the mosque. Students and faculty at Oklahoma City University (OCU) organized the event. Janet Boone works in the OCU Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. “We were getting so tired of all the negative and all the hateful things that were being said to and about our…
  • Cardiff: Anti-fascists confront far‑right anti‑Islam protest

    Bob Pitt
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Police officers have lined the streets of Cardiff city centre, where a demonstration by a group called the Welsh Alliance is taking place. Anti-fascist protesters have gathered in the city centre in protest of the march, which is set to end at City Hall this afternoon. Beforehand, members of the Welsh Alliance gathered at pubs near the city’s Mill Lane and bottom of St Mary Street, where they were advised by on their Facebook group: “no banners, flags or chanting inside please”. Members were told to gather in front of Cardiff Central Station before marching to City Hall for…
  • Islamophobia: the ugly side of Toronto’s municipal election

    Bob Pitt
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    For three Muslim candidates, Toronto’s municipal election took a very nasty turn this week. On Thursday night, a Purolator truck driver allegedly hurled garbage and shouted “terrorist” at a team of volunteers planting signs for Ward 2 council candidate Munira Abukar. On Friday, a Purolator spokesperson issued a prepared statement that said the company is “deeply troubled about this report” and is “taking this matter seriously.” The spokesperson said Purolator President and CEO Patrick Nangle contacted Abukar on Friday morning “to apologize and express concern.” This was not…
  • Molotov cocktail thrown at Albuquerque mosque

    Bob Pitt
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    FBI agents and Albuquerque police investigated a Molotov cocktail thrown at a mosque in southeast Albuquerque Friday morning. The device hit the exterior wall of the Islamic Center of New Mexico around 3:55 a.m. Friday, scorching a wall and leaving broken glass on the ground. Several agencies responded to the Islamic Center to conduct an investigation, including the FBI and APD bomb squad personnel. “I’m very disappointed something like this would happen here in Albuquerque,” said Jameela Abdul Halim, the assistant administrator at the Islamic Center. The center’s…
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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 Eminence Islam Attaches to Women

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The position of women in Islam has recently been an issue of debate. Some misconceptions arise, either from traditional practices which are thought to be “Islamic,” but are not, or else from prejudices. However, the real issue is how women   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Eminence Islam Attaches to Women Related posts: Women in Islam versus Women in Judeo Christian Tradition Women’s Role and Rights in Islam Misconceptions About Women in Islam
  • Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part1)

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Debate on the existence of God between a theist/ Muslim (Furkan) and an humanist/atheist (Gary/Thomas). Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.5, Part1) Does God exist? Theist vs. Atheist(Ses.3 part1) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3)   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part1) Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.5, Part1) Does God exist? Theist vs. Atheist(Ses.3 part1) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3)
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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 ?
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    Margari Aziza

  • Muslim Anti-Racism Response to Structural Racism

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

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

    Margari Aziza Hill
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Throughout the country, Muslims of all stripes have honored Black History month, recognizing the contribution of Black Muslims to the ummah (Muslim community).We’ve shared a lot this month, in #UmmahAntiBlackness we examined stories and accounts of anti-Black racism in Muslim majority societies. One of the themes that came up in #BeingBlackandMuslim was the pain some Black/African Muslims as they experienced racism. This is the A-word we are talking about, the Arabic term abid (s. slave), abeed (pl. slaves), abda (female slave). As stated early in this blog post, MuslimARC…
  • Exploring #UmmahAntiBlackness

    Margari Aziza Hill
    18 Feb 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The following verse in the Chapter “The Women” informs MuslimARC’s policies towards  speaking out against racism and discrimination: Sahih International: O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted. It is this Qur’anic ethos that has…
  • Letter to Imams

    Margari Aziza Hill
    14 Feb 2014 | 10:18 am
    Muslim Anti-Racism Coalition launched this week and many joined the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BeingBlackAnd Muslim. My Storify of the event explains the idea’s conception, the lead up and phenomenal response. AlJazeera’s The Stream covered and summed up conversation. In her article Being Black and Muslim, Hind Makki, one of the founders of MuslimARC  wrote: I’ve often said that the three largest challenges facing American Muslim communities are misogyny, racism and sectarianism, which is why I’m proud to be one of the founding members of Muslim ARC. Like Hind…
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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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  • Happy Islamic New Year 1436/2015 :)

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: HAPPY NEW YEAR 1436!!! The Islamic New Year begins at sunset on Friday, October 24, 2014 in North America and ends at sunset on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The Islamic year begins on the first day of Muharram, and is counted from the year of the Hegira, the year in which the Prophet Muhammad (saw) emigrated from Mecca to Medina (A.D. July 16, 622). The Islamic New Year is based on the revolutions of the Moon. Thus, Al-Hijra is only 354 days long. At the time of sunrise many recite the following dua, or prayer, on the day of the New Year: O’ Allah, the New…
  • 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…
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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

  • The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate: *Drops mic* thisfeliciaday: I had a day off this weekend from shooting Supernatural, and I was walking around downtown Vancouver on Saturday, sampling all the artisan coffee I could get my throat around. At one point I saw a pair of guys walking towards me wearing gamer shirts. Black short-sleeved, one Halo and one Call of…
  • Lit Crawl | Seattle » 2014 Schedule

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Lit Crawl | Seattle » 2014 Schedule: Tomorrow! 8pm! Ada’s Books! It will be a blast. I will be reading from Alif the Unseen and waving copies of Ms. Marvel.
  • 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.
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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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  • Karim Ben Khelifa at Sundance

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The Sundance Institute has announced the six projects set for this year’s New Frontier Story Lab, a hands-on initiative for developing content that converges at the intersection of “film, visual art, media, live performance, music and technology.” The 2014 creative teams and projects are Karim Ben Khelifa and Chloé Jarry (The Enemy), Dandypunk and Darin Basile (Heart Corps), Tracy Fullerton and Lucas Peterson (Walden, A Game), Braden King and Matthew Moore (Weather), Hasan Minhaj and Greg Walloch (Sakoon/Paint The Town) and Navid and Vassiliki Khonsari (1979 Revolution). Previously…
  • Cairo through the eyes of the Zabaleen

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Waste collectors like Sayyid Ahmed, known as zabaleen, work in an informal economy, but they provide a remarkably efficient recycling service and become experts on their neighborhoods. Credit Photograph by Rena Effendi / Institute The New Yorker has an excellent piece by Peter Hessler on Cairo as seen by the Zabaleen, the traditional garbage collectors.
  • 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.
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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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    Abu Aardvark

  • 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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  • Drydocks World to carry out major repair on rig “High Island IV” for Shelf Drilling

    Rana Mesbah
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, maritime, offshore, oil, gas, and energy sectors, has been chosen to carry out the drydocking and repairs of the jack-up “High Island IV” for Shelf Drilling, one of the major players in the shallow water drilling market, and owners of 40 rigs worldwide. Drydocks World-Dubai has […]
  • Members of UAE official delegation occupy senior positions in the committees of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014

    Rana Mesbah
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) taking place in Busan, South Korea, announced selecting two members of the official delegation representing the United Arab Emirates to hold senior positions within the conference committees in charge of managing different activities, coordinating meetings and setting the ITU strategic plan for the next four years. […]
  • Dubai Smart Government and Kingsmen make history with the Largest Pavilion at GITEX 2014 in Dubai, UAE

    Rana Mesbah
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Kingsmen, a leading communication design and production group, has set a new record in the exhibition industry history of the Middle East and GCC region for the design and production of the largest exhibition pavilion for Dubai Smart Government during their participation at this year’s edition of GITEX Technology Week 2014, the ICT business gateway […]
  • Ithraa talks business with Tanzanian delegation

    Nadeen El Ajou
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    HE Dr. Salem Ben Nasser Al Ismaily, Ithraa’s Chairman met Anne Makinda, Speaker of the Tanzanian National Assembly to explore economic co-operation between Oman and Tanzania. In the meeting, HE Dr. Al Ismaily highlighted the strong and long-standing relations between Oman and Tanzania and how Ithraa is working to boost bilateral trade and identify investment […]
  • Third Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Conference in Dubai concludes on high note

    Rana Mesbah
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    The 3rd Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Conference has successfully concluded in Dubai this week, bringing together more than 100 medical professionals from across the Middle East in an interactive platform that offered the double benefit of Continued Professional Development Points (CPD) awarded by the Dubai Health Authority. The three-day summit, which took place from 18-20 October […]
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  • 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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  • Living Islam for Today’s Women with Umm Reem

    Umm Reem (Saba Syed)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    An introduction to upcoming video series on issues related to females and teens, presented by Umm Reem, exclusively for The post Living Islam for Today’s Women with Umm Reem appeared first on
  • MuslimKidsMatter | Muslim Youth Helping Neighbors and Having Fun: Please Vote!

    Nur Kose
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Loud, friendly chatter fills up a large, brightly-lit room as people scatter about.  As they pass through the room into the next to make way for a large group of newcomers, a collective gasp of amazement suddenly issues forth.  The chatter and laughter miraculously die down as everyone stares ahead wide-eyed. An eight-foot sculpture appears, clearly in the shape of a water well with a bright orange bucket hanging from the top.  A low fence surrounds the well with the words “Water is Life” in front.  As the observers lean closer for a better look, they are startled when they realize…
  • 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…
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  • EX-VP Yahoo Maktoob Ahmed Nassef Closes $825,000 Seed Funding Round for Social TV App Vyu

    Gaith Saqer
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
     Vyu, Inc., a company developing a personalized guide to entertainment that helps viewers follow, share and discover TV and video via their mobile devices, today announced it has raised $825,000 in seed funding to continue developing its products and launch its apps globally beginning with the US and Middle East markets. Jabbar Internet Group led the round with additional investors from the technology and media industries participating. “We look to invest in businesses that address the significant shifts in consumer behavior,”…
  • (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…
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  • 'Iran's n-rights part of possible comprehensive deal'

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Tehran : Iran will not give up an iota of its nuclear rights in the run-up to a possible comprehensive deal with other powers, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said Saturday, media reported. Araqchi made the remarks in response to the recent allegation of the top US envoy, Wendy Sherman, on the nuclear talks with Iran, Xinhua reported citing official IRNA news agency. Sherman, also under secretary of state for political affairs, said Thursday that she did not know whether the deal could be reached by the cut-off date. "Despite intense efforts of the negotiators, we are still in…
  • Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga free two towns from IS

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Baghdad : Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga freed two towns in northern and central Iraq Saturday after fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, a security source said. In the early hours of the day, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops, backed by armoured vehicles, artillery and US-led coalition aircraft, advanced to the town of Zumar, some 70 km northwest of Nineveh's provincial capital Mosul, and fought fierce battles with IS militants, Halkurd Hikmat, head of the media office of the Peshmerga forces, told reporters. "The Peshmerga forces managed to…
  • British 'Islamic fighter' killed in Syria

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    London : A young man from the British port city of Portsmouth who went to fight in Syria for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has been reportedly killed on the frontline in Syria. Mehdi Hassan, 19, travelled to Syria with five other men from southern Portsmouth in October last year, media reported Saturday. "It has been confirmed with the family that he has died. Right now they are very upset," said Abdul Jalil, chairman of the Portsmouth Jami Mosque. Meanwhile, the British foreign office said it had not received any reports about Hassan's death but was aware of reports about the death…
  • Bangladeshi leader, 63 activists arrested

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Dhaka : A Bangladesh National Party (BNP) leader and 63 activists were arrested here Saturday for allegedly planning violent activities. Moazzem Hossain Alal, president of the party's youth affiliate, Juba Dal and the activists were arrested during a meeting at his residence, quoted a police official as saying. "They were in a meeting at the basement of the building at Lalmatia. We had information that the meeting was meant to plan for violent activities during Sunday's strike," the official said. "The raid was conducted on receiving that information," he said. The BNP leader has…
  • Pakistan to introduce biometric machines to detect fake passports

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Islamabad : Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to introduce machines at the Islamabad airport to detect fake passports, a media report said Saturday. An FIA immigration official said that biometric machines will be integrated to enable its immigration staff detect "the most sophisticated fake passports", Dawn online reported. That would improve the working of the FIA staff at the passport control desk at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, the official said. The biometric system verifies the identity of a person on the basis of his or her finger prints. The…
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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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