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  • Hundreds protest over smashing of Russian demon figure

    Al Jazeera English
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Protesters denounce destruction of antique figure, ripped down by group who said it encouraged "open worship of Satan".
  • Evangelicals need to stop giving the rest of us Christians a bad name Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts

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    Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some sects of American Christianity have stopped living by the Golden Rule. It makes the public think the whole religion is rottenEver since Jesus himself announced that his followers should be “salt and light” (think: flavor and enlightenment) in the world and the apostle Paul held his own in debates with first century intellectuals and Greek philosophers, the Christian church has always held a mandate to positively influence society at large.Unfortunately, some of that influence has been wielded negatively by men who perverted the faith and were the least Christ-like of all (see: the…
  • Roma v Juventus: Serie A – live!

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Alan Smith
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Serie A updates from the 5pm BST kick-off at the Stadio OlimpicoMilan leave Balotelli on bench against Empoli and clinch first winEmail alan.smith@theguardian.com or tweet @alansmith90 6.09pm BST 49 min: Juve have won a corner! Dybala takes it. Chiellni wins a header at the back stick. It’s half cleared and Caceres blasts the rebound over. 6.08pm BST 47 min: Roma back on the attack now, working down the left. I lost count of the crosses put in by Digne during the opening half – the majority of them at Dzeko to little effect. Still, far more than Juventus have produced in attack! 6.06pm…
  • Evangelicals need to stop giving the rest of us Christians a bad name Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some sects of American Christianity have stopped living by the Golden Rule. It makes the public think the whole religion is rottenEver since Jesus himself announced that his followers should be “salt and light” (think: flavor and enlightenment) in the world and the apostle Paul held his own in debates with first century intellectuals and Greek philosophers, the Christian church has always held a mandate to positively influence society at large.Unfortunately, some of that influence has been wielded negatively by men who perverted the faith and were the least Christ-like of all (see: the…
  • Muslim population in Indian states, percentage as per Census 2011 report on religions: UP, West Bengal, Bihar have largest Muslim concentration

    An Indian Muslim's Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    The population of Muslims in India is slightly more than 14.2%. The last census was conducted in 2011 but the figures about religions were not disclosed till as late as 2015.There is lot of confusion about figures of Muslims in Indian states. The reason is that various reports are cited including estimates of United States (US) agencies and other international organisations like PEW group.Also, there is a trend of 'exaggeration' among sections of Muslims, which creates misconceptions. We must know the figures as per the census report. Here is the Muslim population in different states as per…
 
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  • Evangelicals need to stop giving the rest of us Christians a bad name Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts

    Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some sects of American Christianity have stopped living by the Golden Rule. It makes the public think the whole religion is rottenEver since Jesus himself announced that his followers should be “salt and light” (think: flavor and enlightenment) in the world and the apostle Paul held his own in debates with first century intellectuals and Greek philosophers, the Christian church has always held a mandate to positively influence society at large.Unfortunately, some of that influence has been wielded negatively by men who perverted the faith and were the least Christ-like of all (see: the…
  • Self-driving cars are the future, but there’s a tech traffic jam in their path

    John Naughton
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:14 am
    Even the insurance industry is trumpeting the impact of Google’s innovation in driverless vehicles – but there are a few practical potholesHere’s an interesting parlour game for a wet Sunday afternoon: list the most significant technological innovations of the last two decades. The two items at the top of my list are the smartphone and the Google self-driving car.The justification for the phone is, I think, obvious: it will become the device via which the vast bulk of humanity connects to the internet. The case for the self-driving car is more conjectural, and the thing that determines…
  • Time to embrace the horrors of your Spotify playlist data

    Stewart Lee
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ‘A lifetime of meticulous cultural self-grooming has been squandered in a moment of impulsive madness’As Observer-reading ABC1 cultural consumers, our carefully cultivated tastes in film, in literature and in oak-aged cheeses are the exquisite hand-crafted carnival masks that we wear as armour in the awkward middle-class dinner party of life. But the tragic consequences of last week’s Spotify data hack continue to unravel. And we wonder privately what could be more revealing, more socially shaming, than exposure of the aching gulf between the music we claim to like, and the music we…
  • How can we call ourselves civilised while women are victims of barbarity? | John Kerry and Philip Hammond

    John Kerry and Philip Hammond
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    The abhorrent sexual violence waged by groups such as Isis and Boko Haram must be countered by governments and at local levelsIn Syria and Iraq, Isis terrorists have turned kidnapping and the sale of women and girls into recruitment and fundraising tools. Thousands of women have been enslaved and raped. In Somalia and Nigeria, terrorists have abducted scores of young women to force them into sham “marriages” characterised by degradation and abuse.These practices are a stain on the conscience of the world. Sexual abuse is not a legitimate tactic of conflict or war. Women and girls are not…
  • The Observer view on green energy | Observer editorial

    Observer editorial
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Government cuts to funding for solar panel installation are short-sightedIn terms of timing, last week’s government decision to slash subsidies that help families and small businesses install solar panels could not have been worse. This year promises to be the hottest on record. At the same time, international negotiations on the establishment of climate change controls are scheduled to reach their peak in Paris in a few months.The world is looking to developed nations to set an example on how to cut the carbon emissions that are triggering global temperature rises and the British…
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  • Roma v Juventus: Serie A – live!

    Alan Smith
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Serie A updates from the 5pm BST kick-off at the Stadio OlimpicoMilan leave Balotelli on bench against Empoli and clinch first winEmail alan.smith@theguardian.com or tweet @alansmith90 6.09pm BST 49 min: Juve have won a corner! Dybala takes it. Chiellni wins a header at the back stick. It’s half cleared and Caceres blasts the rebound over. 6.08pm BST 47 min: Roma back on the attack now, working down the left. I lost count of the crosses put in by Digne during the opening half – the majority of them at Dzeko to little effect. Still, far more than Juventus have produced in attack! 6.06pm…
  • Clouds may have lifted but BBC must be ready for the next storm

    Jane Martinson
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    John Whittingdale’s warmth towards the broadcaster at Edinburgh will be put to test with the publication of the white paperUnder attack for being badly managed and charging too much, a venerable British institution hit back last week by claiming its service and presenters offered great value for money: “For us, though, it’s never been about the money. It’s about serving the nation and ensuring the public benefits.” The plight of the Met Office, which made this statement on Friday, will be understood by the BBC, which also faces competition from cheaper, faster or bigger…
  • Media Monkey: Martin Freeman, Armando Iannucci, and Frankie Boyle

    Monkey
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Awkward moment for John Whittingdale, James Purnell under fire over Iraq, and Lorrainne Heggessey throws some shapes on the dancefloor• Monkey’s awkward moment of the festival: when culture secretary John Whittingdale looked around and realised that all around him were getting to their feet to give a standing ovation to Armando Iannucci’s MacTaggart speech in which he accused ministers of effectively trying to kill off the BBC. Ever politically astute, Whittingdale also stood up.• Iannucci circulated his lecture, with an excoriating attack on Whittingdale, shortly before delivering…
  • Swansea City v Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

    Jacob Steinberg
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Swansea City beat Manchester United again to go fourth and handed Louis van Gaal’s side their first defeat of the season 5.55pm BST Swansea City’s third successive victory over Manchester United takes them above Louis van Gaal’s side, who have lost for the first time this season. Maybe Garry Monk should have Van Gaal’s job; after all, Swansea are much better to watch than United are at the moment, what with Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis starring in attack. They’re fourth with eight points, United are fifth with seven points. That means the top four is, er, Manchester City, Crystal…
  • Mark Carney's blue-sky take on interest rates misses clouds on the horizon

    Phillip Inman Economics correspondent
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    The Bank of England governor believes the UK economy is well insulated from global shocks, but his forecasts could easily go awryForget the financial turmoil in China and around the world. When it comes to the UK, Mark Carney would have us believe he remains in charge.The Bank of England governor gave a robust defence on Saturday of his position as the UK’s most influential policymaker. That means base interest rates are still going up, perhaps in February or thereabouts, and will be on course to touch 2% by 2018. Continue reading...
 
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  • Evangelicals need to stop giving the rest of us Christians a bad name Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts

    Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some sects of American Christianity have stopped living by the Golden Rule. It makes the public think the whole religion is rottenEver since Jesus himself announced that his followers should be “salt and light” (think: flavor and enlightenment) in the world and the apostle Paul held his own in debates with first century intellectuals and Greek philosophers, the Christian church has always held a mandate to positively influence society at large.Unfortunately, some of that influence has been wielded negatively by men who perverted the faith and were the least Christ-like of all (see: the…
  • Self-driving cars are the future, but there’s a tech traffic jam in their path

    John Naughton
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:14 am
    Even the insurance industry is trumpeting the impact of Google’s innovation in driverless vehicles – but there are a few practical potholesHere’s an interesting parlour game for a wet Sunday afternoon: list the most significant technological innovations of the last two decades. The two items at the top of my list are the smartphone and the Google self-driving car.The justification for the phone is, I think, obvious: it will become the device via which the vast bulk of humanity connects to the internet. The case for the self-driving car is more conjectural, and the thing that determines…
  • Time to embrace the horrors of your Spotify playlist data

    Stewart Lee
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ‘A lifetime of meticulous cultural self-grooming has been squandered in a moment of impulsive madness’As Observer-reading ABC1 cultural consumers, our carefully cultivated tastes in film, in literature and in oak-aged cheeses are the exquisite hand-crafted carnival masks that we wear as armour in the awkward middle-class dinner party of life. But the tragic consequences of last week’s Spotify data hack continue to unravel. And we wonder privately what could be more revealing, more socially shaming, than exposure of the aching gulf between the music we claim to like, and the music we…
  • How can we call ourselves civilised while women are victims of barbarity? | John Kerry and Philip Hammond

    John Kerry and Philip Hammond
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    The abhorrent sexual violence waged by groups such as Isis and Boko Haram must be countered by governments and at local levelsIn Syria and Iraq, Isis terrorists have turned kidnapping and the sale of women and girls into recruitment and fundraising tools. Thousands of women have been enslaved and raped. In Somalia and Nigeria, terrorists have abducted scores of young women to force them into sham “marriages” characterised by degradation and abuse.These practices are a stain on the conscience of the world. Sexual abuse is not a legitimate tactic of conflict or war. Women and girls are not…
  • The Observer view on green energy | Observer editorial

    Observer editorial
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Government cuts to funding for solar panel installation are short-sightedIn terms of timing, last week’s government decision to slash subsidies that help families and small businesses install solar panels could not have been worse. This year promises to be the hottest on record. At the same time, international negotiations on the establishment of climate change controls are scheduled to reach their peak in Paris in a few months.The world is looking to developed nations to set an example on how to cut the carbon emissions that are triggering global temperature rises and the British…
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog

  • Muslim population in Indian states, percentage as per Census 2011 report on religions: UP, West Bengal, Bihar have largest Muslim concentration

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    The population of Muslims in India is slightly more than 14.2%. The last census was conducted in 2011 but the figures about religions were not disclosed till as late as 2015.There is lot of confusion about figures of Muslims in Indian states. The reason is that various reports are cited including estimates of United States (US) agencies and other international organisations like PEW group.Also, there is a trend of 'exaggeration' among sections of Muslims, which creates misconceptions. We must know the figures as per the census report. Here is the Muslim population in different states as per…
  • Eyes on Muslim population in Bihar: Will 1.75 crore Muslims tilt the balance in 2015 Assembly election?

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    As the crucial election for Bihar assembly approaches, the focus is on the Muslim electorate in the state.The question is will Bihar Muslims solidly support the Nitish Kumar-led JDU-RJD coalition.Or will Asaduddin Owaisi's entry into the state would lead to polarisation on communal lines.Owaisi has targeted Seemanchal, a backward region that has a huge Muslim population, for his rally.MIM's entry has energised a section of Muslim youth. There is a chance that in Seemanchal, there will be an affect on JDU-RJD's prospects because of Majlis. The possibility is that it will not only divide Muslim…
  • Top ten news websites in India: New Media challenges existing media with faster news, fresh perspective

    6 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    These are exciting times in Indian journalism. The 'New Media' is emerging and is throwing a major challenge to existing media--traditional newspapers and TV channels.Major newspapers whose websites earlier cornered a large chunk of the news traffic on internet, are now facing a tough competition.There are several reasons for it. Read ten points on, 'The Good and The Bad about New Media', here:1. Unlike traditional media, the newsrooms here work at a fast pace and news is delivered instantly.2. These sites provide you with fresh, alternative perspective. There are more Op-Ed pieces and…
  • Boatman's son who became President of India: Technocrat-turn-leader APJ Abdul Kalam who inspired millions is no more

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam, an iconic figure in India, and a technocrat-turn-leader who inspired millions of people, especially, the children, passed away in Shillong on July 27.Kalam was 83. He was recipient of India's highest honour, Bharat Ratna.He had gone to North East, and was delivering a lecture at IIM, when he suddenly collapsed. Doctors said that it was a massive heart attack, which caused his death.Avul Pakir Jainul Abideen Abdul Kalam was born in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu in 1931. His father was a boat owner. Kalam had worked from early childhood and distributed…
  • Opposing death penalty doesn't mean support for Yakub Memon: State influences delivery of justice after verdicts, create perception of bias

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    (C) IndscribeFirstly, let me make it very clear that opposing death penalty doesn't mean that it is a voice in support of Yakub Memon.It is simply against death penalty to him. Keep him in jail for the rest of his life, just like others.But here you are are baying for his blood, while going extra-mile to save other hard-core terrorists' lives.The yardsticks are not the same, not at all. Rules are soft for one set of people, tough for another set, though crimes are same.There are a host of reasons why death penalty is being opposed vehemently in this case.People from all cross-sections are…
 
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    Bin Gregory Productions

  • You can get used to anything

    bingregory
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:55 am
    The hazy weather Kuching had the last few days made me think of an old song from my childhood. It’s by Fred Small, and it goes like this: YOU CAN GET USED Fred Small, 1976 Found on Home-Style Stone Soup: The Streetwax Recording Collective When I was a kid takin’ biology, I learned about man’s adaptability, So don’t worry about reapin’ the seed’s we’ve sown. When the goin’ gets tough, the tough get goin’! That’s why we’ve got nothin’ to fear. That’s why we’ll live a zillion years, ‘Cause we can get used…
  • Spelling Champions of Sarawak

    bingregory
    16 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    The biggest annual national spelling tournament in Malaysia is Spell-It-Right. Starting early in the year, several of my daughters had participated in rounds starting within the school itself and moving to wider competitions from there.  Inattentive father that I am, I didn’t realize this was the big day, the State Finals, when I dropped Kak Yang off in the morning.  She thought it finished at 12, so when I rolled up at 12.30 to fetch her I was surprised to discover that my daughter had made it into the final round.  From a pool of 100 children that morning, she was one of 10 to…
  • Mengapa rebung adiknya buluh

    bingregory
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    Bamboo thrusts dramatically out of the soil, clean, symmetrical, very sharp. The shoots grow fast, shooting over my head within a matter of days. Only once they have reached their final height, long slender swaying canes 25 feet tall, will they leaf out and send stiff woody side branches out from the nodes. They can grow so fast because all the structures of the full grown cane are already mostly present and developed inside the rebung. They only need to expand. Rebung is the term for the bamboo shoot, and it pops up in surprising places in Malaysia.   Stylized rebung in the kepala…
  • The Years of Rice and Salt

    bingregory
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:35 pm
    An alternative history where all the Europeans die in the Black Death and the great civilizations of the world are Islam and China. Such an exciting premise. We follow three kindred souls through group reincarnations era after era. The way their essential inclinations and human potentials are encouraged or limited by the circumstances fate delivers them is my favorite part of the book and leads to some poignant moments. Details of the new Earth fire the imagination from time to time, like the terraced rice paddies along the valleys of California, or the survival of an Iroquois League state in…
  • Menjelang 1 Mei

    bingregory
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:56 am
    A rousing poem in Bahasa Malaysia from student of agriculture Chairil Aswad, on twitter as @schwarzenmann.  First published in E-Sastera Sajak Facebook group, 30 April 2015. Translation into Inggeris mine.  Views expressed are not etc etc. Celebrating May 1 (For Lia) The city is no longer the place for me to record my poems of struggle slogans, banners or observations and it is not the place for a degree in agriculture stuffed and mounted like a corpse on a mahogany cabinet in an air-conditioned office the city is no longer my home long have I left the air-conditioned office in front of me…
 
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Meaning of Life - Fundamental Questions. Simple Answers

    Sadiq Alam
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:36 pm
    What is the meaning of life?Life's meaning is dynamic and each and every living being can create different meaning out of it's life. The meaning of life is life itself as it unfolds and it is unique for each.Someone asked me this question, what is the meaning of life.Tonight this answer came to me. And it came as a parable.Lets think that you are the owner of a little kingdom. Lets assume you're a miniature creator and you have limited capacity to create small creatures for your kingdom. So with delight of a creator you start to create your favorite animals and you can make them come alive.
  • In Quest for the Love of the Habib - Sohbet with Walid Lounès Bouzerar

    Sadiq Alam
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:24 pm
    1.And among the Divine Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth / the soul and the body,and the difference of your languagesand colors.~ Message of the Final Testament, 30:22Human language, a marvel of God in every sense and yet when it comes to visions of the heart or tastes of grace from the unseen world - even that marvelous instrument of expression falls short. That's why apart from spoken language of day to day communication we have poetry and songs that express what can not be expressed in ordinary expressions. Poetry capture more sublime expressions that come from the heart…
  • The Word That Was Lost - Henry Rasof

    Sadiq Alam
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    People ask me—I ask myself—why I, a poet, cannot express certain things I think and feel? What are these things I can barely sense, that I am not even sure are real or imagined, and does the question really matter?The poet’s tasks are several and monumental: to express the inexpressible, grapple with the challenges in doing this, and bring readers in touch with the inexpressible in themselves and their own struggle to connect with the inexpressible.What is the nature of the inexpressible? How can we know something is inexpressible, or if there is even something inexpressible, let alone…
  • 5 Qualities for Becoming a Saint

    Sadiq Alam
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:44 pm
    1.A Sufi Master said: 'If you wish to be a wali (saint) change your character into the character ofchildren'' 'Why?' he was asked.Children have five qualities' he answered and if adults had these same qualities, they would attain the rank of the awliya (sainthood):one. They do not worry about their daily provision. (This is trust in God the Provider)two. When they fall sick they do not complain day and night about their misfortune. (This is complete acceptance of what is)three. Whatever food they have, they share. (This is generosity, a quality of God)four. When they fight or quarrel, they do…
  • Sufism & the Paradox of Self (Nafs)

    Sadiq Alam
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    By Sheikha Fatima Fleur Nassery BonninBismillaah ir Rahmaan ir RahiimIn the name of Allah, The Merciful, The CompassionateTHE PATH OF SUFISMAllah uses many different ways of awakening people from the sleep of this world and attracting them to Him. Upon awakening, people begin searching and become travellers of the path (salek). As they start their journey towards God, their thoughts and feelings shift. They begin to behave and live differently in varying degrees. This change is necessary for a person to be considered a traveller of the path. Why the change? They are now beginning to…
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    Muslim Thought

  • A Comparison of Elements of Style in Quranic Stylistics Part 2

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 am
    Part 2 INTRODUCTION This paper is the second part of a two part analysis. The two parts are: A Comparison of Elements of Style in Quranic Stylistics Part1. It deals with the stylistics analysis of verses 1-22 of surah Al-Mursalat.  ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: A Comparison of Elements of Style in Quranic Stylistics Part 2 Related posts: A Comparison of Elements of Style in Quranic Stylistics Part 1 A Matter of Style Variations in Quranic Linguistics Comparative Quranic Stylistics
  • Islamic Political Thought

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    Product DescriptionWilliam Montgomery Watt’s seminal study of the close relationship between religious beliefs and political doctrine in Islamic countries is now available for a new generation of readers. His introduction presents a clear and comprehensive survey of the development   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Islamic Political Thought Related posts: Modern Islamic Political Thought Islamic Political Thought: The Shiite Political Theory The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present
  • Imran N. Hosein – Jerusalem In The Qur’an (5/15)

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    Jerusalem in the Quran is a great book that thrilled and delighted me in a number of ways. I am surprised that such a meticulously documented book had to wait for such a long time before seeing the light. It   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Imran N. Hosein – Jerusalem In The Qur’an (5/15) Related posts: Imran N. Hosein – Jerusalem In The Qur’an (14/15) Imran N. Hosein – Jerusalem In The Qur’an (4/15) Imran N. Hosein – Jerusalem In The Qur’an (11/15)
  • Trust Fund, Old Anecdote

    admin
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:44 am
    Trust Fund, Old Anecdote  Hasan Yahya The Middle East is very wealthy, not only in oil production and large revenues of selling it, but in fables and tales, when I was young, My grandma told me this story.  In the   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Trust Fund, Old Anecdote Related posts: If Islamic belief is the one and only true faith to trust in why do Islamic believers cover their faces? Prophet Muhammad Cartoon Movie Part 2 Prophet Muhammad Cartoon Movie Part 3
  • “Sovereign”

    admin
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:33 am
    a quick poem about freedom, where it starts and what it means. Related posts: Faith Freestyle- Muslim Belal- *no Music* Al-Zubad of Ibn Raslan–Bio. and Introduction .wmv Islamic Writers Alliance Announces Winners in 2005 Poetry Contest   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: “Sovereign” Related posts: Faith Freestyle- Muslim Belal- *no Music* Al-Zubad of Ibn Raslan–Bio. and Introduction .wmv Islamic Writers Alliance Announces Winners in 2005 Poetry Contest
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    Margari Aziza

  • Chicago Muslims Join Mass Protest in Chicago

    Margari Aziza Hill
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:21 am
    With the full support of The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), Muslims are joining thousands in a rally and  march from Chicago’s Federal Building to City Hall to call for an elected Civilian Accountability Council. Grassroots campaigns to address violence and criminalization of Black and Latino communities are significant in this movement. This is the city where our sister Ameenah Matthews  and other Interrupters have courageously stood between rival gangs. According to Bill Chambers, CIOGC is a federation of organizations that represent over 400,000 Muslim…
  • The Medina: Muslim Urban Justice

    Margari Aziza Hill
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    What does medina mean for Muslims in the United States? With major Muslim centers of population along the two coasts, in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit, Islam in the United States is an urban religion. In a recent Ramadan reflection, Hazel Gomez writes, “In the next 35 years, America will grow by 110 million people and nearly 100 percent of that growth will be in cities — not suburban or rural America.” She continues, “Our task, if we’re to remain relevant to society at large, is to create viable, urban, multi-ethnic, Muslim-led, values-based…
  • A Ramadan Plea to Overcome Muslim Stereotypes in America

    Margari Aziza Hill
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    A multi-ethnic community puts Muslims in North America in a unique position to build bridges As we honor Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, it’s important to look back at the history of Muslims in America to guide the context of fighting increased anti-Muslim bigotry in the U.S. today. Anti-Muslim hate crimes are five times more common today than they were before 9/11. In 2014, we saw the chilling murder of 15-year-old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, who was run down outside his mosque in Kansas City, Mo., by a man who had expressed his hatred for Muslims. In February 2015,…
  • Heartbreak, Detachment and Hope

    Margari Aziza Hill
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Foregoing Community for Authentic Relationships I came home from a community iftar on Saturday and tweeted this: When asked what happened, I answered, “I’m breaking up with my community.” Anybody who has been through a divorce can tell you that ending a relationship can be a long process.  It begins with knowing that things aren’t working. So, I’m in the process of breaking up with my community. Two months ago, the reality of it being over hit home.  I was in a New York hotel, on the first over night trip away from my three-year-old daughter.  As my husband told me about the…
  • What’s In a Name?: Using “Muslim” As a Cultural Category Erases and Stereotypes

    Margari Aziza Hill
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    In seeking solidarity with Black movements, organizers must be cognizant of and uproot anti-blackness from the content and approach to their work down to the terminology and vocabulary used. Whether doing this for the purpose of talking about solidarity with Ferguson, or in terms of addressing Islamophobia and civil liberties violations, the framing of types of social justice or, social justice issues has resulted in tangible exclusions of Black/African American Muslims and feelings of erasure. Even in the realm of  Muslim American social justice work, certain voices are privileged over…
 
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    Laila Lalami

  • August 20, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    7:00 PM Reading and in conversation with Tom Lutz Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena, California Share/Bookmark
  • Gone Writing

    Laila Lalami
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Summer is here. I am spending it working on my new novel, so things are likely to be very quiet on this blog and on my social media accounts for a while. But I did want to mention that my review of Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, an inventive retelling of Albert Camus’ The Stranger from the point of view of the victim’s brother, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Book Review earlier this month. Also, The Moor’s Account will come out in paperback in the U.S. on August 18 and in the U.K. on August 27. I will be going on book tour again in the fall.
  • September 19, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    30 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    11:45 PM Laila Lalami in conversation with Jennifer Heath JLF at Boulder Boulder, Colorado Share/Bookmark
  • September 24, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    7:00 PM Reading and conversation Culver Center Inlandia Institute Riverside, California Share/Bookmark
  • October 8, 2015

    Laila Lalami
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    4:00 PM Lecture and Q & A Rutgers University Newark, New Jersey Share/Bookmark
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    City of Brass

  • the 12th Annual Brass Crescent Awards – nominations open

    Aziz Poonawalla
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It's that time of the year again! What are the Brass Crescent Awards? Created in 2004 by Shahed Amanullah and Aziz Poonawalla, they are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Brass Crescent - bloggers, artists, writers - is the modern equivalent... Read the full post here » The post the 12th Annual Brass Crescent Awards – nominations open appeared first on City of Brass.
  • Obvious: The Iraq War created ISIS

    Aziz Poonawalla
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    This is something that is so obvious, it is in danger of never being said, in which case those who led us into war will try to pretend it isn't true as they argue the case for the next one. Simply put - the Iraq War (a war of choice, irrelevant to 9-11, sold to the public on the basis of weapons of mass destruction that never existed) is directly responsible for the rise of ISIS: In the broadest... Read the full post here » The post Obvious: The Iraq War created ISIS appeared first on City of Brass.
  • Eid at the State Department

    Aziz Poonawalla
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    I am honored to be invited to celebrate Eid al Fitr at the State Department again this year. And I am relieved that this time, it's actually taking place after Ramadan, which means I can actually attend for the first time! :) I am looking forward to meeting Secretary Kerry and thanking him for his tireless work, congratulate him for his leadership in the Iran negotiations, and praising him for... Read the full post here » The post Eid at the State Department appeared first on City of Brass.
  • The Empire State goes green for Eid

    Aziz Poonawalla
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:21 pm
    As is tradition, the Empire State Building - the most beautiful skyscraper in the world - was illuminated in green to mark Eid al Fitr. Of course, in 2015, this is announced via the official twitter account :) https://twitter.com/EmpireStateBldg/status/622171432873762816 Ignore the knee-biter islamophobes and just take a moment, as a
  • Ramadan Pearls roundup

    Aziz Poonawalla
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Here is a link to all the posts in the Ramadan Pearls series I did during Ramadan: Criterion Non-existence Mystery
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  • Passing by Yourself

    darvish
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine Ya Haqq!Filed under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: St. Augustine of Hippo quote
  • Love’s Slave

    darvish
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    Other than for Love, Heaven has no prayer niche. Without Love, the world is worthless! Become Love’s slave… This is the route, This is the path for all pious people. . – Nazami Ganjavi Ya Haqq!Filed under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Love's Slave post, Nazami Ganjavi poem
  • Forgiveness

    darvish
    8 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “What is forgiveness?” “It’s the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed.” — Sufi saying, also attributed to Sayyidna Ali (ra) Ya Haqq!Filed under: Islam, Religion, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Forgiveness saying, Sayyidna Ali (ra)
  • Wisdom of Imam Ali (AS)

    darvish
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Filed under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Imam Ali quote, YOU
  • A Shadow of the Beloved

    darvish
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
    In truth everything and everyone Is a shadow of the Beloved, And our seeking is His seeking And our words are His words… We search for Him here and there, while looking right at Him. Sitting by His side, we ask: ‘O Beloved, where is the Beloved? – Rumi Filed under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism
 
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  • Jeremy Corbyn, ‘Islamists’ and women-only carriages

    Matthew Smith
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    Earlier this week Jeremy Corbyn (right) gave his support to considering reintroducing women-only carriages on trains, which were found in the UK until the 1970s and still in a number of other countries, particularly Japan. He actually did not come up with the idea himself, but in a policy document noted that he had been asked to consider it by women and was open to the idea: “Some women have raised with me that a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport could be to introduce women-only carriages. My intention would be to make public transport safer for everyone…
  • No, we can’t hold all air shows by the sea

    Matthew Smith
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    I heard the most extraordinary and ridiculous interview on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. John Humphrys was interviewing John Turner from the British Air Display Association about the accident outside Shoreham, West Sussex on Saturday in which a 1950s fighter jet (a Hawker Hunter, right) crashed onto a highway, the A27, killing up to 20 people. In an interview with people around Shoreham, the last thing said was that local people wanted to make sure ‘something was done’ so that the annual air show could continue but that there were no future disasters. Humphrys…
  • Review: The World’s Worst Place to be Disabled

    Matthew Smith
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The World’s Worst Place… is a documentary featuring Sophie Morgan, a British model and TV presenter who has been a wheelchair user since being paralysed in a car accident twelve years ago, travelling to Ghana to investigate the situation facing disabled people there. She had been told by Shantha Rau Barriga, director of disability rights at Human Rights Watch, that Ghana was the world’s worst place to be disabled and that she would have to see it herself to believe it. So off she went, with her brother, to see various examples of poverty and discrimination facing disabled…
  • Fear-free healthcare, revisited

    Matthew Smith
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Back in 2012, I published on this site a manifesto of sorts, calling for healthcare in the UK to be free of fear. Back then I was heavily involved in ME activism and three people with severe ME had died, notably the author and charity volunteer Emily Collingridge. These days my activism is mostly in the area of learning disability, but the same problems which provoked that article exist in this area too: where people need to go into hospital, neither they nor their family can be confident that they will not encounter prejudice against their condition, hard-set beliefs, abuse, neglect or…
  • Why does Amnesty need a policy on prostitution?

    Matthew Smith
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Last week, Amnesty International adopted a policy supporting the decriminalisation of the sex trade after a debate in which it was subjected to intense lobbying from two groups of feminists (amid renewed mud-slinging between them; the two groups are the same as the pro- and anti-transgender feminist groups), one of which supports it because it claims a large proportion of ‘sex workers’ are in the business out of choice and need safer working conditions, while another regards the trade as inherently exploitative and abusive, questions the ‘choices’ that led to most of…
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    Naeem's Blog

  • What to write about?

    10 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Yes, it's been quite a long time. My longest respite from blogging yet. I have my excuses. Leaving Saudi Arabia after 12 years and relocating the family to Islamabad would leave many a bloggers gasping for air. At the same time, it sure does provide for some good material. So what topic, dear reader, should I resuscitate this blog with? My musings on leaving Saudi Arabia? The challenges of living in Pakistan? Our inevitable move back to the States? Is Trump a bigger joke than even George W. Bush? Is Pakistan sports a bigger joke than those two combined? Android vs IOS? Coffee vs Tea?I…
  • Controlling our Narrative

    10 Nov 2013 | 3:18 pm
    Let us all stop being manipulated. Let us stop our mouths from watering every time the bell rings. Let us stop being knee-jerk consumers of 24-hour news channels, internet crazes, and instant feeds.Let us begin dictating our own agenda. Let us decide for ourselves what is worthy of our attention. Let us raise the bar in inter- and intra-communal discussions.For every video showing a Taliban beating some lady, let us refrain from commenting at the behest of wider society. For every news story highlighting the plight of Saudi women and their prohibition from driving, let us turn our backs on…
  • Egypt: I told you so

    12 Jul 2013 | 12:48 pm
    I’ll humbly join the chorus of know-it-all’s who are not so humbly declaring to the world that they predicted the unfortunate fate of ‘democratic’ Egypt. While the current turmoil and chaos is very saddening, it definitely is not surprising. Two years ago, based on the experiences of Pakistan and Turkey, I envisaged such a scenario where the military would intervene. I must admit that Turkey has shown greater maturity and resilience in their standing up to the military, but Pakistan has remained true to form with the military still calling all the shots.Truth be told, Egypt has a long…
  • 30 million by Four

    5 Jul 2013 | 12:37 pm
    I recently listened to this very enlightening podcast episode by Lexicon Valley titled '30 million by 4'. It details a very interesting research that highlights the importance of engaging your young children in conversation. Anyone with preschool children would greatly benefit from the 20 minutes or so.30 million by 4 podcast And I won't tell you what the title means...you'll have to listen to the podcast to figure it out. :-P
  • When Muslims Intermarry

    25 Apr 2013 | 8:32 pm
    I recently returned from a short two-week trip to the US and one of the more common discussions I had with family and friends was about the future of Muslims in the West. I plan on posting my thoughts in some upcoming posts, so let me start things off with a very real concern: Intermarriage.As Muslims being to assimilate and integrate, I find myself not so worried about some of the more recurring issues such as hijab or drugs or aqeedah – don’t get me wrong, they aren’t trivial, but they aren’t likely to result in offspring completely leaving the religion. On the other hand, the…
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  • Hugs for Aishah's Grandchildren - Explained

    15 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim  (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم)  A few words of explanation regarding the online fundraising campaign "Hugs for Aishah's Grandchildren." Although Aishah has,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hugs for Aishah's Grandchildren - An Online Fundraising Campaign

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim  (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم) Donate: https://secure.giveforward.com/donate/291294 Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu. The photo accompanying this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Happy Birthday Habibty (Aishah Schwartz)

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
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    18 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
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  • Aishah Schwartz in Rouge Magazine - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    MWA Director Aishah Schwartz Activist-Writer discovered an end of 2014 surprise publication in Rouge Magazine, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Subhan'Allah, it was published on her deceased... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Jinn and Toxic

    tabsir
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:05 am
    Rustam fighting a Jinn from a medieval Islamic manuscript Anyone who has read about Aladdin knows about the genie in a lamp. The English term “genie” stems from the Arabic “jinn,” a reference to spirits in various physical forms that are said within traditional Islamic theology to have been created from fire. Artistic representations of the jinn are varied, but often show monstrous and distorted bodies. A collection of illustrations can be found online here. From our modern perch, such depictions belong to fantasy and science fiction. But literalists who seek to return…
  • Why it (Still) Makes Little Sense to Call ISIS Islamic

    tabsir
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    A member of ISIS poses in a fighter jet similar to those used in the Prophet’s time. By Haroon Moghul, Religion Dispatches, August 24, 2015 Last week, The New York Times’ Rukmini Callimachi published “A Theology of Rape,” a report as important as it is horrifying. Unfortunately, like several recent exposés on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including Graeme Wood’s website-busting What ISIS Really Wants, Callimachi’s reporting is unusually receptive to the movement’s claims. Namely, that plausible Islamic arguments can be made for slavery, rape, and other crimes.
  • Halal Bacon

    tabsir
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    If you are strict about halal foods or kosher foods, pork is probably not on your normal grocery shopping list. But there is something about the taste of bacon at breakfast that can be very enticing. Now, thanks to science and the long experience of folk in Iceland, there is a halal form of bacon. Well, actually it has nothing to do with swine but rather is a product of seaweed that is said to taste remarkably like bacon. So if you want to avoid haram but see no harm in enjoying the taste of bacon, stock up on seaweed.
  • Tunisia after the terror attacks

    tabsir
    8 Aug 2015 | 11:24 pm
    by Rachid Ghannouchi © Qantara.de 2015 Translated from the German by Nina Coon A battle for freedom and dignity In the wake of the attacks on Sousse and the Bardo Museum, Tunisia has to stand up to those who oppose the nation’s democratic development. The best way to counter the feelings that draw young people to extremism, writes Rachid Ghannouchi, chairman of the Ennahda Party, is to ensure participation, fair economic growth, and security without restricting the country’s hard-won freedoms On 4 July, the United States celebrated the attainment of freedom and independence as it…
  • Sociology of the Arab Spring

    tabsir
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    For those interested in the issue, the recently published July issue of International Sociology (30:4) is devoted to the Arab uprisings. It includes articles on the relations of revolution to such various dimensions as space, cultural symbols, microdynamics of mobilization, political Islam, and current scholarship: Contents Mohammed Bamyeh and Sari Hanafi, “Introduction to the special issue on Arab uprisings” Atef Said, “We ought to be here: Historicizing space and mobilization in Tahrir Square” Zaynab El Bernoussi, “The postcolonial politics of dignity: From the 1956 Suez…
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    Knocking From Inside

  • Smoke

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:17 pm
    I'm afraid. Portland is a good hundred miles from the nearest fire, but the smell of woodsmoke is making my backbrain churn with alarm. Forests burning. Run.half moon eclipse redFenris rises open-jawedin a smoke-stained skyIn June, July, and early August, I wrote three poems in a row about burning. Too much sun at the Waterfront Blues festival? Maybe. But I knew, we all knew, this was coming. You only had to look around: by the end of June, lawns and shrubbery in my neighborhood were August-dry, and the Cascade forests were just waiting for a spark. I can't picture what it's like further…
  • Ultraviolet Light

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Whenever I come home now there's sand in my pockets.Sand lines my purse and sticks to my pens.I live a hundred miles from the beach.I get in the tub and find sand under my toenails.Green forest and vineyards, grain and fruit orchardssleeping peacefully under a snow-capped mountain.Where is the ocean whose breath speckles me with salt?Every footstep I take falls on a beach somewhere.What we thought was daylight was only the moon reflected:silver apples brighter than all of earth's gold.My teeth rattle empty as water-worn pebbles.Tide comes with the dawn and wipes me away.Available!
  • Driving Lesson

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Clock-face the wheel, my mother saidhands at ten and two, point high.Which made my destination always high noonand the choices before me love, duty, fear.Six at the wheel's bottom, six is behind meno-one gave me a six-gun or a six-point star.I've learned it's no use to watch clocks.When the noon train rolls in it'll find me ready.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • Warning Plumage

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    I’ve come to expect the crowfeathers shed in July, black and tattered emblemsof a year of urban life. This summerI did not find any. Insteada Canada goose flight primary on the Esplanade, unpatterned brownglossy underneath with tegmen. What a perfectquill-pen this would have made, what poemswould have flowed from its sharpened tip to parchment, ringingwith night-flight cries of spring and fall.on our front porch, a blue-jay feather flecked with white paint—from someone’s hatband? Someone who treasured blue,until summer drought, cloudless glaring skywore out that color’s welcome.
  • Burning Blues

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    Tell me, has judgement come to pass?The sky devours the burning grass.Oh setting sun, have mercy on meI'm a sinner hanging on a burning tree.I'm a dead man walking on the razor's edgeSee my footprints on the burning bridge.I pray to God that I might be savedI can find no rest in a burning grave.The drawbridge rose and it rose so highIt rose on up to the burning sky.Old Man River, hear my wailMy boat went down with a burning sail.Old Man Sun, hear my moanMy dog ran off with a burning bone.Pray for every woman and manBorn to suffer on a burning planet.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking…
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    MuslimMatters.org

  • Ayat Al-Kursi & Why It Is Not A Chapter On Its Own

    Sh. Ahsan Hanif, PhD
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    The greatest verse of the Qur'ān is Āyat al-Kursī ,[1] as mentioned in the authentic statement of the Prophet . [2] However, the question arises as to why it is not a chapter in its own right as many of the other passages of the Qur'ān which have added virtues. For example, Sūrah al-Ikhlāṣ is equal to a third of the Qur'ān and is a chapter in its own right. Sūrah al-Fātiḥah is described as the 'Mother of the Qur'ān' and is a chapter on its own. Likewise Sūrah al-Falaq and Sūrah al-Nās provide protection and are also individual chapters. This then raises the question as to…
  • Importance of Advocacy | Sh Yawar Baig

    Sh. Mirza Yawar Baig
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video.     Advocacy for good and against evil is the hallmark of the Ummah of Muhammad . To be effective it needs sustained, dedicated, well funded effort. With proofs from the Qur'an and Sunnah Mirza Yawar Baig argues for the need to set up effective advocacy groups.
  • Studying Islam Overseas: Nadwatul ‘Ulama in India

    Nihal Khan
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    This article will go over benefits and challenges of studying Islam overseas, institutions of learning in India, and my own experiences and goals in studying at Nadwatul 'Ulama in the 2014-2015 academic calendar year. Choosing to Study Islam I consciously decided to pursue Islamic studies at a full-fledged level in my last year of undergrad at Montclair State. I was initially planning on pursuing law school as a career path; I can happily say I found my niche in the academic study of religion, more so of Islam. Though generally the eastern and western traditions of studying Islam have been at…
  • Khawarij Ideology, ISIS Savagery: Part One

    Sh. Abu Aaliyah Surkheel
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    As ISIS continues its murder and violence across the provinces it controls and seeks to control, and as it continues to plague the conscience of the great majority of Muslims around the world, what's worth recalling is that we've seen this before in history with the sect called the Khawarij (anglicized to Kharijites). So before tackling ISIS, let's look at their forerunners; the Kharajites, to whom their pedigree can be traced. I The hadith canons relate that shortly after the battle of Hunayn while the Prophet was distributing charity to a few people whose hearts needed to be reconciled,…
  • Working Ourselves Out of a Job

    Ruth Nasrullah
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Muslim Voices Matter My name is Ruth Nasrullah. I am a convert to Islam, a journalist, a blogger, a New Jersey native living in Houston, Texas. I have a masters degree in journalism and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction. I was one of the first seven bloggers on MuslimMatters back when it was an itty-bitty blog and it is my honor to return to what is now an international, award-winning web magazine. From 2013 to 2015 I served as the Communications Coordinator for the Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). While with CAIR I heard from colleagues that our…
 
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 24th, 2015

    newsdigest
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: 2002 Gujarat riots, Alair encounter, Bal Thackeray, human bombs, Narendra Modi, reservation, Sanjiv Bhatt, Zakia JafriIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Communal harmony pledge administered News Headlines 2002 Godhra riots: IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who took on Gujarat govt is sacked Act as human bombs, Sena tells Hindus Mosque in Faizabad torched, SP MLA blames ‘youths with saffron headgear’ Rattling the cage Five ABVP activists booked for assaulting [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 17th, 2015

    newsdigest
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Bal Thackeray, Brahmin dharma, Encounter Killing, godman, Gujarat riots, Hindu nationalists, Jantar Mantar, Radhe Maa, Tehelka magazine, Vedic cultureIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Indian Americans celebrate India Independence Day, call for unified action to secure life, liberty and justice for all News Headlines Gujarat riots: SIT opposes Zakia Jafri’s demand for further probe BJP workers held for ‘posing’ as census officials in Muslim areas One killed while making bombs at BJP [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 17th, 2015

    newsdigest
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: BJP workers, encounter killings, Gujarat riots, Jantar Mantar, making bombs at BJP leader house, saffronisation of education, self-appointed godman, Tehelka magazineIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Indian Americans celebrate India Independence Day, call for unified action to secure life, liberty and justice for all News Headlines Gujarat riots: SIT opposes Zakia Jafri’s demand for further probe BJP workers held for ‘posing’ as census officials in Muslim areas One killed while making bombs at BJP [...](Read more...)
  • Indian Americans celebrate India Independence Day, call for unified action to secure life, liberty and justice for all

    webadmin
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Categories: Press releaseIAMC calls the defense of secularism in India a struggle to save the soul of the nation  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, August 15, 2015 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has joined millions of people of Indian origin, living in India and across [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 10th, 2015

    newsdigest
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Asaram Bapu, Bhagalpur Riots, Corruption, Encounter, Gulberg society massacre, Muzaffarnagar riots, Narayan Sai, Narendra Modi governmentIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Special judge, hearing Gulberg massacre case, visits society Congress Government, Cops Indicted for Month-Long Bhagalpur Riots JNU students snub ABVP, screen riot film ‘Can Order Encounter,’ BJP Lawmaker Tells Journalist After 8 years in prison, three ‘HuJI operatives’ acquitted Narendra Modi government flags off cultural mapping [...](Read more...)
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    TwoCircles.net - Muslim World News

  • India will suffer if it attacks Pakistan: Minister

    IANS
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Islamabad: India will suffer "heavy losses" if it goes to war against Pakistan, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif warned on Sunday. "If India tried to impose war on Pakistan, heavy losses will be inflicted on India which it will remember for decades," state-run Radio Pakistan quoted the minister as saying. Asif was talking to the media during a visit to Kundunpur village on the Jammu and Kashmir border. He said Kundunpur was badly affected by "unprovoked" firing and shelling by Indian border forces. Asif said India was diverting attention from its internal failures by creating tension on…
  • Man carrying sleeping daughter sparks online fundraising campaign

    IANS
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Beirut : An online fundraiser has raised more than $100,000 for a refugee from Syria and his daughter after sharing moving pictures of the man selling pens in the streets of Beirut, media reported on Saturday. Gissur Simonarson, founder of Conflict News, posted the pictures on Tuesday and was flooded with requests to help the man, a Palestinian from the devastated Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, Daily Mail reports. The touching pictures showed Abdul, a single father of two, holding up pens on a roadside on the southern outskirts of Damascus while holding his sleeping four-year-old daughter,…
  • Pentagon confirms top IS hacker killed in airstrike

    IANS
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Washington: The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that one of the top computer experts of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group responsible for recruiting members abroad and hacking computers was killed in a US airstrike earlier this week. Junaid Hussain, a 21-year-old British hacker, was killed on Monday during a US military air strike on the IS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, US Air Force Colonel Pat Ryder told reporters. "He was involved in actively recruiting ISIL sympathisers in the West to carry out lone wolf style attacks," said Ryder, referring to the group by its other acronym. "He was also…
  • Pakistan rejects report on fastest growing nuclear arsenal

    IANS
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday strongly rejected a report published by a US think tank, which claimed that Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world. “The report is utterly baseless,” said Qazi Khalilullah, the foreign office spokesperson, Dawn reported. “Such reports have the effect of diverting attention from the exponential increase in India’s fissile material stockpiles,” added the spokesperson. The spokesman stated that as a nuclear state, Pakistan’s policy is characterised by utmost restraint and responsibility. “Pakistan strictly abides by the concept…
  • India only external threat: Pakistani military

    IANS
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Islamabad: India is the only external threat for us, Pakistani military has told a senate defence committee. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood briefed the members of the senate about the threat, Dawn online reported on Friday. According to the media report, the senate committee, led by Mushahid Hus­sain, was also infor­med that India had over the last couple of years purchased weapons worth $100 billion -- 80 percent of which were Pakistan-specific. The Indian Army would be buying weapons worth another $100 billion, the media report added. The situation…
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  • Iran nuclear deal: A victory of diplomacy

    imoadmin
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Harun Yahya It is not very common to hear some good news lately. When we turn on the TV or the radio to have an idea about what is going on in our region, and around the world, all we hear is bloodshed, accidents, suicide bombings, corruption, suicides, and the oppression of Muslims. We...
  • Allama Mashriqi, his family and the Khaksars paid the price for freedom

    imoadmin
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
    On Mashriqi’s 52nd death anniversary and the anniversary of the end of British Rule in the Sub-continent   By Nasim Yousaf   History has shown that freedom comes at a steep cost to those who fight to liberate a nation from oppression. Allama Mashriqi, his family, and the Khaksars paid the price for the freedom...
  • Aaghaz-e-Dosti conducts peace-building workshop in Gujarat schools

    imoadmin
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:37 pm
    IMO News Service Vadodara: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak Initiative of Mission Bhartiyam (India) and The Catalyst – Tc (Pakistan), conducted peace-building workshops in Gujarat Public School and Navrachana Sama School in Baroda/Vadodara (Gujarat, India). The workshops were conducted by team members of Aaghaz-e-Dosti – Devika Mittal and Shruti Arora. It was facilitated by Nidhi Shendurnikar...
  • America’s largest community based Muslim Spelling Bee competition launched in India

    imoadmin
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    IMO News Service TMA Worldwide, the pioneer in ethnic marketing, publishing, event management, and edutainment has today announced that they have launched their flagship educational competition Muslim Spelling Bee in India. The Muslim Spelling Bee India (MSBIndia) competition will be based on the same format as it was established in America. The Indian edition will...
  • OPINION: Is Urdu medium education root cause of educational backwardness in Muslims?

    imoadmin
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    By Musarrat Warsi Education in India has continued to evolve and extend its reach, but its evolution, diversification and extension is not comparatively equal for the Muslim community in India. There are distinctive factors that are responsible for educational backwardness of Muslims in India. The first factor is distorted history of India. The majority community...
 
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  • How to Turn a Wedding into a Selfless Act of Humanity

    Javed Mohammad
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    “The Most Generous Bride on Earth” was one of many headlines of a story that went viral. It is about a Turkish bride and groom who decided to forego a lavish wedding and instead feed 4,000 refugees from Syria. Fethullah Uzumcuoglu and Esra Polat feeding Syrian refugees. Credit Kimse Yok Mu It is an inspiring story, and although not everyone may have the courage or opportunity to do something like this, there are simpler, smaller, selfless acts we can do to help human-kind. Here are our top 10: (Tip: Donate any leftover money from your budget to a good cause that is meaningful to…
  • 5 Methods to Get Your Vision Across to Vendors

    Marwa Diaf
    8 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    We all know how hard it can be to describe your vision to someone who needs to make it happen. However, there is a way around it. The best route to take is to have plenty of pictures to show your vendors. This will leave no room for: “You didn’t say that,” or “Oh … that shade of pink.” Here are ways to find the right photos and the best way to explain it to your vendors. 1. Pinterest will be your best friend throughout this entire planning process. It allows you to create boards for every detail of your wedding, and even has the links to where you could…
  • 3 Ways to Word Your Wedding Invitation

    Marwa Diaf
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:56 pm
    There isn’t a “right” way of wording your invitation. You may need to look at an invitation you received to a friend’s wedding and kind of put your own spin on it. There are many ways to word an invitation. We’re going to provide just a few examples, please feel free to use and adapt for your wedding. You want to start the invitation out with Bismillah Ir-Rahman Ir-Rahim (In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful). You can put it in either arabic or english, or a combination of the two. It’s very important to begin with praising Allah…
  • 5 Ways to Divvy Up Chores With Your Spouse

    Marwa Diaf
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:57 pm
    You went from divvying up wedding duties, to now trying to figure out how to split house chores with your spouse. There are a few of us out there that may think the wife is required to do chores, and that may be true in some households. Depending on how your marriage dynamic is. Definitely okay if wife is not working, but even then, men should always pitch in and vice versa.  This is mainly for those households where both wife and husband work. Here are some ideas to keep everything fair. 1. Decide who prefers to do what. One person would rather clean the bathroom over the kitchen, play to…
  • How Do You Know When He or She is the One?

    Javed Mohammad
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The pendulum has swung, the tables have turned, and you have heard the oft quoted “Where are all the good men in our community?” The reality is that for both young men and women the idea of “romantic love” from the wider society we live in has permeated our diverse and differing cultures. Arranged marriages are or were for the dinosaurs. With so much choice and so little commitment, what are we to do? What happens if I commit today and six months down the road I find that perfect partner who I should have married? These and many other doubts, about the grass being…
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