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  • Chetan Bhagat's tweet on killings in Gaza leads to outrage on Twitter: Sick, inhuman comment or just his view!

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Chetan Bhagat's shocking tweet about the killings by Israel in Gaza, led to outrage on social networking website Twitter on Wednesday.Bhagat tweeted, "What is happening to Gaza isn't fair but sadly that is the only way sometimes terrorist organizations and their supporters learn to behave".The tweet just when Israel has killed over 200 Palestinians, many of them innocent children, in cold blood, angered Twitterati.A twitter user with the handle@Homer2bart tweeted, 'Chetan bhagat probably doesnt' have a kid. He knows nothing about how families feel when they lose their kids in such tragic…
  • A Letter from Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Two Su-25 jets destroyed in eastern Ukraine were hit by missiles fired from Russian territory, Kiev authorities say.
  • What British Jews really think about the Gaza conflict

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Keith Kahn-Harris
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    The British Jewish community is often portrayed as being united behind Israel but opinion is far more complex and wide-ranging than that Continue reading...
  • Gaza crisis: John Kerry arrives in Israel for ceasefire talks - live updates

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Haroon Siddique in London and Tom McCarthy in New York
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    US secretary of state meets Netanyahu and AbbasRed Cross mounts rescue missions to retrieve woundedUN to investigate potential war crimesThai national killed in Israel by rocket fireRead the latest blog summary 5.45pm BST Pro-Palestinian protests in Paris continue, AFP reports:Des centaines de propalestiniens se rassemblent à Denfert-Rochereau, scandent "Israël assassin, Hollande complice". 5.40pm BST Journalist Dalia Hatuqa reports that the UN human rights council has voted 29-1-17 to establish a commission to investigate war crimes in current…
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  • Gaza crisis: John Kerry arrives in Israel for ceasefire talks - live updates

    Haroon Siddique in London and Tom McCarthy in New York
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    US secretary of state meets Netanyahu and AbbasRed Cross mounts rescue missions to retrieve woundedUN to investigate potential war crimesThai national killed in Israel by rocket fireRead the latest blog summary 5.45pm BST Pro-Palestinian protests in Paris continue, AFP reports:Des centaines de propalestiniens se rassemblent à Denfert-Rochereau, scandent "Israël assassin, Hollande complice". 5.40pm BST Journalist Dalia Hatuqa reports that the UN human rights council has voted 29-1-17 to establish a commission to investigate war crimes in current…
  • MH17 victims' bodies arrive to day of mourning in Netherlands live updates

    Mark Tran in London and Alan Yuhas in New York
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down by rebelsVictims' bodies flown from Kharkiv to EindhovenBlack boxes from MH17 arrive in BritainEyewitnesses tell the Guardian of likely Buk system in TorezRead the latest summary 5.48pm BST Dignitaries from 11 countries met the Dutch and Australian military transport planes bringing bodies of the MH17 disaster to Eindhoven, the Netherlands. More than half the victims were Dutch. 5.36pm BST There is no evidence of tampering with the MH17 voice recorder, according to the Dutch safety board, which has released an update on its investigation. It reads in…
  • How to introduce mindfulness into your classroom: nine handy tips

    Holly Welham
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    From raw onions to making sculptures on a Brighton beach, we round up the best ideas from our live chat on mindfulnessMindfulness, the technique of mastering "living in the moment", helps us to combat distractions in a busy world. On a personal level, practising mindfulness can be really beneficial for teachers, but studies are increasingy showing that it can be helpful for students too.But how can you use it in the classroom? We ran a live chat on the topic recently. Plenty of teachers shared their advice, tips and tricks here's a round up of the ideas that were shared:Exploring…
  • Game Of Thrones is everywhere - and the rest of today's pop culture

    Lanre Bakare (10am - 1.30pm) Rachel Aroesti (1.30pm - to the end)
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    The only place to be for trivial pop culture titbits - it's the Guide Daily liveblogWe survey the pop landscape and find music, late night telly and trailers for things which really don't need trailers.Join us! Get involved by commenting below or tweeting @guideguardian 5.49pm BST That's all the teaser trailers you're getting for today...I'll leave you with a brief rundown of tonight's viewing options. 5.20pm BST Obviously not put off by Robin Thicke's frightening recent record sales, Pharrell has decided to stick with the leering pervert character he perfected in Blurred Lines for the video…
  • The top 30 brands mentioned in Sex and the City

    Morwenna Ferrier
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    An artist has counted the number of times every brand was mentioned in the US TV series Sex and the City for a video montage. Who'd have thought Post-it notes got more mentions than Prada? Here's the top 30 Sex and the City and Manolo Blahnik: for the past decade it has been nigh-on impossible to mention one without the other, such is the symbiotic relationship between the show's heroine, Carrie, and the high-end shoe brand. The US TV series may have made household names of a slew of now well-known designers indeed, much has been made of the unique relationship between the show and its loose…
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  • Incidents of rapes in India: Under-reporting of crimes, policemen's reluctance in registering FIRs and media focus on certain states

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

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    The government schools cater to majority of children in the country.But there is little focus on the infrastructure at these schools.The photograph on the left shows a school in Dindori in Madhya Pradesh.It shows how classes in this school are held in the open, under the tree shade.For the last couple of years, the school has been functioning in the open. If there is rain, obviously, classes are suspended.The local officials say that funds have been sanctioned to build rooms for the school, but the building is yet to be built.The school earlier functioned from a dilapidated structure. The…
  • Irony for Israel: When the world calls Israel a 'Nazi state', Jews also oppose its atrocities on Palestinians

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Would Jews who suffered enormously in holocaust could have imagined that their State would one day kill innocent children, almost the same way, as the Nazis did in Hitler's Germany?And that many would term Israel as Nazi state! Further, the state of Israel would defend itself despite the wanton killings, refuse to accept the truth, disregard international opinion, and remain adamant, just like the perpetrators of Holocaust, seven decades ago.What is happening today in Gaza [Palestine] is a tragedy. And how, the country [homeland] of the most persecuted group of people on earth, gets involved…
  • Muslim legislator's bill for ban on trade of cow bones and fat defeated by BJP in MP Assembly

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    It was a major embarassment for the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh Assembly. The lone Muslim legislator, Arif Aqueel, came up with a private bill for ban on trade of bones and fat of the cows.This was not the first time when Aqueel has brought up the issue, as he has consistently spoken about condition of old cows and need for protection of cows, which is considered sacred in India.Aqueel said that while cow is termed as 'gau mata' and given status of mother, old cows are left to die. Those involved in trade of bones and fat of cow, kill the bovines. He said that the trade should be banned…
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  • Article: Islamophobia in Western Europe – Oxford Islamic Studies Online

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interfaith leaders denounce anti-Muslim harassment in Brooklyn

    Bob Pitt
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Community leaders of all faiths gathered in Brooklyn on Tuesday to push back on what they described as hateful acts against local Muslim residents. As the holy month of Ramadan nears to a close, residents were dismayed on when three young men circled a city block at least six times with flashing lights, blaring horns and waving Israeli flags as worshipers were arriving for morning prayers at 4 a.m. The dustup is the latest in a series of reported bias crimes towards Brooklyn’s Muslim community currently being investigated by NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force. In early July, residents along…
  • Courageous bus passenger praised for speaking out against ‘racist rant’ by EDL supporter

    Bob Pitt
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    A brave bus passenger who challenged a woman’s drunken, racist rant was attacked and spat on, Newbury magistrates have been told. Afterwards, fellow Thatcham travellers praised victim Christine Dare’s courageous stand. Miss Dare later told police: “I had to act. It was too much to ignore.” In the dock on Thursday, July 10, was 35-year-old Tara Elaine King, of Fallows Road, Padworth. Helen Waite, prosecuting, said Ms King was talking to the bus driver in Thatcham, loudly praising the English Defence League, making racist comments and swearing. Several passengers were incensed, said Ms…
  • Brooklyn Muslims targeted in series of hate crimes

    Bob Pitt
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Some Muslims in Brooklyn are feeling a backlash from the unrest in the Middle East. The NYPD’s Hate Crime Unit is investigating several incidents, including racial slurs and even eggs being thrown at worshippers wearing traditional Muslim clothing. Muslim worshipers gathered for Ramadan prayers after sundown Monday night. Some will pray until sunrise. But as they do, they will struggle with a growing sense of vulnerability. “We don’t know what people are capable of doing, so people are still a little afraid,” said Linda Sarsour, of the Arab American Association of New…
  • CAIR-NY calls for hate crime probe of attack on Muslims outside mosque

    Bob Pitt
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on law enforcement authorities and public officials to investigate an alleged attack on Muslim worshippers on their way to prayers at a Brooklyn mosque as a possible hate crime. On Friday evening, witnesses say passengers in a Lexus drove by the Thayba Islamic Center shouting anti-Muslim slurs, including “This is for your Allah,” and threw eggs at several members dressed in traditional Muslim attire. A 70-year-old Muslim in traditional Pakistani attire and wearing an Islamic Kufi (scullcap) was…
  • Lansing: Muslim woman attacked in mall

    Bob Pitt
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    A civil liberties group said Monday that an incident in which a woman was assaulted at the Meridian Mall on Saturday should be investigated as a possible hate crime. Meridian Township police confirmed that officers responded to an assault that occurred at the mall Saturday but would neither confirm nor deny the description of events offered by the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI). Dawud Walid, executive director for CAIR-MI, said two white men and a white woman surrounded a 26-year-old Muslim woman and tried to pull off her face veil and abaya, a full…
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  • How Different it would be If the Blood was Mine

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
     Image from Al Jazeera America. Read the complete article hereThis morning I received a broadcast. It spoke of an orphaned Palestinian child, who when offered a life with a South African family, opted to remain in Palestine. “To protect Masjidul Aqsa.”The broadcast ended with the usual exclamations of subhanallah (glory be to Allah). An assertion that the Palestinians are ‘chosen’ for this ‘honour’ and a prayer for them and their victory. I felt my light sehri meal rise to my throat when I read this.  I then found myself thinking of the time the Al Quds foundation…
  • How journeys across the world become journeys into oneself

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Spiritual Context of Fasting ─ a Synoptic View

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

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

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

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

    Sadiq Alam
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:16 pm
    After eleven months, Ramadan is here once again. For those of us who are still alive, this is yet another opportunity to take stock of our past performances as a Muslim; and for the future, a resolve to do better than before.Some features of Ramadan automatically create an environment for this self-examination. For instance, the fasting of this month is directly linked with patience. Patience in abstaining from physical needs, especially food; patience in controlling our tongue and aggressive demeanour in our behaviour; and above all, patience in our thoughts that relate to scheming and…
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  • Muslim Jesus!

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Debate on the existence of God between a theist/ Muslim (Furkan) and an humanist/atheist (Gary/Thomas). Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.3, Part6) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part4)   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part6) Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.3, Part6) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part4)
  • Islam, Jihad and Terrorism Conference Hosted at Houghton College

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Houghton NY (Vocus) March 18, 2010 - Many Christians are puzzled by the rising profile and influence of Islam across the world and in the United States and Canada. They see reports in the news about violence and terror in   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Islam, Jihad and Terrorism Conference Hosted at Houghton College Related posts: Jesus preached Jihad Islam’s Allah and religion is the biggest terrorism in the world says Son of Hamas founder BBC News: Global Peace for Humanity Conference (Wembley Arena) The London Declaration
  • The Requirements for the Muslim Marriage

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Muslims practice monogamy, which is just contrary to common beliefs. In the Muslim matrimony, the males are the bread earners of the household. The women stay at home and do the household chores. However, in the Muslim society too,   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The Requirements for the Muslim Marriage Related posts: Basics of a Muslim Marriage Islamic Marriage Contract in the Hanafi Jurisprudence Islamic Civil Law: Marriage and divorce
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  • Tweeting the Qur’an #ttQuran

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

    Aziz Poonawalla
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ramadan is one-third over. Unlike past years, I've not written as much about my observances this year because I've been dedicated to improving my ibadat (worship). I completely concur with my friend Shahed Amanullah's concerns that Ramadan is beginning to see the same commercialization and mainstreaming that afflicts the Christmas season for Christians....Read the full post here »
  • Nominations now open for the 11th Annual Brass Crescent Awards

    Aziz Poonawalla
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:18 am
    The Brass Crescent Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere (aka the Islamsphere). Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners. Founded in 2004 by myself and Shahed Amanullah, the Brass Crescent Awards are named for the Story of the...Read the full post here »
  • Ramadan Kareem from the Democratic Party and President Obama

    Aziz Poonawalla
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The official twitter handle of the Democratic Party (@TheDemocrats) just posted this Ramadan Kareem message quoting President Obama: "Ramadan reminds us of our shared responsibility to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves and the basic principles that bind people of different faiths together: a yearning for peace, justice and equality." -- President Obama Also, it's worth watching President
  • Ramadan is coming – or has already arrived

    Aziz Poonawalla
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    Ramadan Mubarak! By the lunar Fatimid calendar, today (Saturday 28th June) is the 1st of Ramadan. The Mecca-centric calculations of The Fiqh Council of North America (affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America)
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  • Laylat al-Qadr, The Night of Power – 2014/1435

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Ramadan Mubarak! The following is a du’a that is constantly read in Tarim, a town in the Wadi Hadhramawt, Yemen, throughout the blessed month of Ramadan. This beneficial du’a has been translated and made available through Sidi Amin Buxton (Allah preserve and increase him): Sayyiduna Salman narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) spoke to the Companions on the last day of Sha`ban. He informed them that they were about to enter a great and blessed month, a month in which there is a night better than a thousand nights. He…
  • Rumi’s Ramadan Poem

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    O moon-faced Beloved, the month of Ramadan has arrived Cover the table and open the path of praise. O fickle busybody, it’s time to change your ways. Can you see the one who’s selling the halvah how long will it be the halvah you desire? Just a glimpse of the halvah-maker has made you so sweet even honey says, “I’ll put myself beneath your feet, like soil; I’ll worship at your shrine.” Your chick frets within the egg with all your eating and choking. Break out of your shell that your wings may grow. Let yourself fly. The lips of the Master are parched from calling the Beloved. The…
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  • Loyalty and the Black Standard

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

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

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    So I owe you guys an apology—several weeks ago, I decided I was going to have to skip SDCC this year (it’s the last 4 days of Ramadan, work and childcare schedules didn’t mesh, etc…the perils of celebrating off-season holidays and parenting small children). I told the organizers, but failed to inform YOU ALL! As a mea culpa, I am making this offer to those of you who were hoping to have stuff signed in San Diego: send whatever it was (up to 4 books per person) to Zanadu Comics here in Seattle, and I will sign it and send it back to you. (Via USPS media mail, unless you…
  • Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of Gaming by the Women Who Love It

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
    Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of Gaming by the Women Who Love It: Very excited to join Mad Norwegian Press in announcing the November release of Chicks Dig Gaming, the latest in the Eisner Award-winning Chicks Dig anthology series, in which women discuss their experiences—good and bad—in the geek world. Essays by Catherynne M. Valente, Rosemary Jones and more! (In mine, I tell the harrowing true tale of how I came to love Massive Multiplayer Online games.) Click through the title link for details!
  • Free Comic Book Day Event: Seattle

    2 May 2014 | 9:40 am
    Hello friends! This is a last-minute announcement, but I’ll be signing at Comic Stop (in the U District) tomorrow (Saturday, May 3) from 3-5pm. Come on by! I’ll have a few extra Carol Corps patches from the Emerald City Con event for sale too. 
  • Side Entrance

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Whew! I’ve been on the road and/or at local conventions (hi, ECCC and Norwescon!) for most of the month, so I am late saying: Ms. Marvel #3! Out now! If you were intrigued by the mosque scene in this issue, you must take a look at American Muslim activist Hind Makki’s amazing site, Side Entrance, which examines women’s spaces in mosques all over the world…the good, the bad and the ugly. Thanks largely to Hind’s project, the term “side entrance” (a reference to the separate and often unequal entrances for women in many mosques) has become shorthand for the…
  • My 2014 Conference On World Affairs Schedule

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

    Matthew Smith
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Recently, two people I know (or knew) on Twitter posted threats to kill themselves. One of them is a woman who has bipolar disorder and has been in hospital on several occasions recently; the other has a chronic, disabling condition and has had her hopes raised and then dashed repeatedly since her condition deteriorated in 2012. The latter left Twitter this past week, after friends took her threats seriously and told both her husband and the police; this led to a hospital appointment having to be cancelled. I wasn’t one of the people who called the police, or her husband, because I do…
  • Claire threatened with secure unit transfer again

    Matthew Smith
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Last January I wrote about Claire Dyer, a young autistic woman in Swansea who was at the time being threatened with transfer to a secure hospital in Northampton. Then as now, she was living mostly in an assessment and treatment unit, which is a mental health unit for people with learning disabilities, in Swansea and spending much time at home or out and about with her family, despite being detained under section 3 of the Mental Health Act. Her family were appealing against the section, which ultimately expired (but was renewed), and for a while it appeared that the Northampton option was…
  • Work

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

    Matthew Smith
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    Mark and Kerry McDougall, the Scottish couple who fled to Ireland in 2009 to avoid the social services in Fife, Scotland, taking her then unborn son into care at birth (on the grounds that she was unfit to be a parent because of her learning difficulties) have had both their sons removed by the same department last Saturday. The couple had returned to Dunfermline last year as they wanted to be near friends and family, but social workers interfered from the start, insisting that Mark not work as Kerry should not look after the children unsupervised. The latest development seems to have…
  • So, what are these ‘British values’, then?

    Matthew Smith
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:26 am
    I’m a bit late in writing about this, as I’ve been working long hours the past two weeks during which the Ofsted report into a number of Birmingham schools supposedly targeted by a conspiracy to turn them into Muslim schools by the back door was released and several of them were put into special measures, having previously been classified as outstanding. This past week, one of the governing bodies resigned en masse, and on Thursday it was reported that new government rules will require new academies and ‘free schools’ to abide by so-called fundamental British values,…
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  • Goji Berry Health Advantages – Trioxi Wellness Free Trial Offer Review

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

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

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It’s so frustrating! There-you are worse or mindlessly suddenly discover that additionally you saved an unwanted toolbar and getting an update. It is called piggybacking which is an industry occurrence that allows other application editors to accompany eachother. Yes, you’re designed to select-into have the “selected” application but unfortunately for you personally – you have been automatically chosen in because the checkboxes are preselected [to produce your lifetime easier I presume (ironic)]. You are feeling immediately get and taken advantage of the intruder…
  • Make Best Use Of Your Verizon Promo Code

    7 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    Similar to the expression that goes households are like fudge-mostly sweet with a few nuts. It is truly the love and affection of our household members that keeps us moving in this highly mechanized globe. In today’s fact-paced world, every individual must fight with anxiety, be it from relationships or equals. Everything vaporizes if you obtain a simple pat out of your sibling or an insuring hug from your mother. It is all about sharing love. How many people really have time to consider the value of family connection amidst all the madness we go through? Have you done something to…
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  • Denver bail bonds: Essential facts to understand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    by MURAT HAZINE, Turkey Agenda, July 9, 2014 The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is a new shadow that appeared while we were trying to differentiate between the “New Middle East” and the “Great Middle East” which is a result of the Republican tendencies of the US. Nobody has any information regarding which country the ISIS is shadow of. Also, it is unknown that ISIS which acts as an ideal troublemaker in Iraq and Syria today would be carrying out the same duties in any country it has potential members in. Nevertheless, it is necessary to make an evaluation over the structure,…
  • Modernity according to the Islamic State, Boko Haram, the Taliban et al

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    by Hasan Azad, al-Jazeera, July 11, 2014 What do the Islamic State, Boko Haram and the Taliban all have in common? Extremism? Caliphatism? Violence? All these things are merely incidental to these groups. What is essential to them is that they are all thoroughly modern formations. So what do I mean by this, given that they tend to strike us as the very antithesis of modernity? First of all, it is crucial to ask ourselves what it is that we understand by modernity. We assume that modernity means reason, science, freedom, justice, racial, gender, and sexual equality. These are the assumptions.
  • Schisto in Mesopotamia

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Chalcolithic burial at Zeidan; Credit: Gil Stein, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago 6200-year-old parasite egg may be first proof of early human technology spreading disease Cambridge Research Latest research shows that schistosomiasis, a disease caused by flatworm parasites, may have been spread by earliest crop irrigation in ancient Mesopotamia, suggesting early technology exacerbated disease burden. The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6200-year-old grave at a prehistoric town by the Euphrates river in Syria may be the first evidence that agricultural irrigation…
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  • Swallowtail Summer

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    I captured the most elusive trace of summerwhen it came fluttering on black and yellow wingsthrough the tangled underbrush of sleep. Beforethe sweating, waking to the all-night humof window fans, before the ripening blackberriesand scorched dead grass, there were swallowtailswhose arabesques of flight wrought talesof heat, tilting springtime dreams toward summer.You texted me “It’s spring” on your BlackBerrybut I was done with migration, wingsfolded for the season. Unlike a hummingbirdwho flies backward as fast as forward,I would not go back to spring, forwardagain. Two shakes of a…
  • Summer Comes on Wings

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

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

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

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Morning mackerel skythreatens change of weather. Clouds,why speak so softly?Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
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  • Saudi bourse extends gains, SABIC rises near 130 Saudi riyal

    Gérard Al-Fil
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Euphoria remained high on the floor in Riyadh on Wednesday, July 23, following the government’s announcement to open the GCC’s biggest bourse to foreign institutional investors as early as Q1 2015. The Tadawul All-Share Index edged u by 1.40 per cent to hit 10,162.73 points. SABIC surged 4.78 per cent, finishing at SAR 129.25. The […]
  • Property shares keeps Dubai exchange at bay

    Gérard Al-Fil
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    In the wake of a volatile trading session, the Dubai stock market general index DFMGI lost 0.24 per cent to hit 4,667.58 points on Wednesday, July 23, amid thin trading Arabtec lost another 1.65 per cent to close at AED4.16. Union Properties and Emaar Properties fell by 1.90 per cent and 2.06 per cent, respectively. […]
  • Abu Dhabi Aviation delivers solid half-year results

    Gérard Al-Fil
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Like its sister bourse in Dubai, the Abu Dhabi market index ADXGI decline by 0.26 per cent, finishing at 4,964.15 points on Wednesday, July 23. Like in recent days, developers weighed on the gauge. The shares of Abu Dhabi Aviation finished flat at AED3.15. Earlier in the day, the firms said its net income for […]
  • Vodafone Qatar net loss narrows further

    Gérard Al-Fil
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    The Qatar Exchange 20 Index gained 0.53 per cent to close at 13,189.56 points on Wednesday, July 23. Vodafone Qatar added a tiny 0.31 per cent to reach QAR19.70. Earlier in the day, the second telecom operator in the gas-rich Gulf state said it suffered a net loss of QAR 27.41 million ($7.4 million) in […]
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport ready to welcome summer rush

    Nadeen El Ajou
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    In line with its ambition to provide world class services to all travelers, Abu Dhabi International Airport has geared up for a huge spike in passenger numbers during the summer season, through a series of facility developments and service upgrades. A range of recently completed ground improvements and new offers at the capital city’s main […]
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  • On the current political crisis in Pakistan

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

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

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

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

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    I pointed out the selective outrage of Pakistanis on Gaza under attack by Israel while remained silent on the killing by Taliban in Pakistan. [View the story "Selective Protest of Pakistanis on Gaza" on Storify]
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  • Eastern Texts Meeting Western Quills | The First English Translation of the Quran

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Lubaaba Amatullah When asking fellow Muslims about the first English Qur'an, the response is frequently a reference to the 1930 translation by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Less frequently an excited voice speaks of the George Sale Qur'an of 1734. However, British Islamic – and Quranic – history extends long beyond that. The first rendering of the Qur'an into a European Western language, Latin, was completed by the English scholar Robertus Retenensis. It was entitled 'Lex Mahumet Pseudoprophete' ('The Law of Mahomet the False Prophet') and was completed in 1143. The translation enjoyed…
  • Two Ayats To Be Mindful of During Ramadan

    Hira Amin
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We are told that Ramadan is the month of the Qur'an. It is a month when many aim to read the Qur'an from cover to cover. While this is a commendable task and has many benefits, the Qur'an is a book to reflect on, ponder and take action. It is an instruction manual for our lives, which we must not only read but also implement. This article will reflect on two ayats, which are particularly relevant for this month. In Surah At-TakwirAllah says, “So where are you going?”  [81:26]  In such a short ayat, Allah asks us a powerful question. Where are you heading? What are you doing with this…
  • Finding Love in Ramadan, Part 1

    Ustadh Yahya Ibrahim
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    Hate is Blind Hate is just as blind as love, if not more. Many of us, at one point or another, have disliked another human being to a sinful degree. Our heart, normally soft and forbearing, constricts in rancor against them. Naturally, there are usually justifications for our hatefulness, and in reality the reasons probably warrant some level of aversion. Often I am asked to sit in mediation between estranged couples, emotionally charged fathers and sons, feuding relatives, distrustful neighbors or disputing former business partners. On one such occasion a seemingly outwardly devout…
  • MuslimKidsMatter | How Can a Kid Take Advantage of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan?

    Nur Kose
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Alhamdulillah, we have entered the last ten days of Ramadan.  Isn't it amazing that we are privileged to live during the most blessed nights of the entire year?  We all have the opportunity.  Now we have to decide what to do with it. Some of you might be planning to play video games or watch TV for the rest of the month, thinking, “I'm just a kid” or “It's hard enough to give up food all day; I can't give up video games, too!”  But Ramadan is more than just going without food and drink during the day and stuffing yourself during the night.  It's about remembering Allah, doing…
  • What Is It like To Be Muslim In Britain Today? | The Guardian

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Guardian is currently running a project on the experiences of Muslims in Britain. They asked the British members of the MuslimMatters team to respond as well as writers from other prominent blogs.  Ed Note: We are thrilled that answers by MM writers Hira and Dr Wajid were featured in the Guardian: 4. What are the worst aspects of being a Muslim in Britain today?  Hira Amin, 27 lives in London. She is completing a PhD at Cambridge University about islamic revivalism and the migration of South Asian Muslims to the UK. Hira writes for Muslim Matters, a collaboration between bloggers and…
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  • Twitter Suspends Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s Twitter Account While Keeping “Israel Defense Forces” Account

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Activists raised objection regarding Twitter’s decision to suspend Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s @Qassam_Arabic Twitter Account in while keeping Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter account ,as biased and unjustified.   It looks like biased @Twitter suspended @Qassam_Arabic while allowing terrorist account @IDFSpokesperson to keep functioning. — Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) July 18, 2014 Qassam_Arabic was tweeting about Al Qassam military activists from launching rockets into “Israel” and from clashes with Israelis. While IDF twitter account is tweeting propaganda about…
  • Google Shuts Down its Arabic Q&A Site Ejabat

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Google is shutting down its Arabic Q&A site Ejabat, in a message posted on the site,google said it won’t accept answers and questions after 23 of next month however questions asked before that date and the answers on it will be available for web surfers. We asked google around 2 weeks ago about this decision but we got no answer we will try to ask again, however on the page announcing this event, google said the reason is that in emerging markets where it had Q&A sites, many local content sites in the local languages has emerged so the need for a local Q&A site is not…
  • Iraqis Government Blocks the Internet in Revolted Sunni Province and Parts of Baghdad, Iraqis Find Ways to Go Around

    19 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    3 days ago, Iraqi bloggers reported that the Iraqi government has shut down the internet in Sunni revolted province. Arabic tech blog Tech World confirmed this news with a document by Iraqi ministry of communications ordering ISP to block the Internet in: Niniwah province, Al Anabar province, Salah Aldeen province, Karkuk province, Diyala province and parts of Baghdad. The order from the ministry to ISPs is also to block as we reported before, social media sites and mobile messaging services: facebook, YouTube, Twitter, whatsapp, Viber and skype, Tango, weChat, instagram, didi. Activists say…
  • Twitter Deletes All Official Accounts for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (ISIL)

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

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

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 21st, 2014

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

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

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

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Corporate Hindutva, Gopal Subramanium, IB Report, Malegaon blast case, Mohsin Sadique's Murder, Muzaffarnagar riots, Nanavati panel, Narendra Modi, Rightwing groups, Sanjiv Bhatt, Titlagarh violenceIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Bhatt accuses Nanavati panel of misleading HC Trend of intolerance towards dissent under Modi: Amnesty calls for decriminalization of free speech Days after he pulled up Amit Shah, CBI judge shifted Gopal Subramanium opts out, attacks Narendra Modi government, cites Amit Shah case Why a former minister [...](Read…
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  • UN body condemns shelling of school in Gaza

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Gaza : The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Wednesday strongly condemned the shelling of one of its schools in the central area of Gaza which was sheltering hundreds of Palestinians displaced by the current fighting. UNRWA’s Maghazi Preparatory Girls School, in the Maghazi refugee camp, where approximately 300 internally displaced people had sought refuge, was Monday struck by explosive ordnance believed to have been fired by Israeli forces. One person, a child, was injured in the shelling incident. “We have raised this shelling incident with the Israeli authorities,” UNRWA said in a…
  • Iraqi security forces kill over 100 rebels

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Baghdad : Iraqi security forces battling Sunni insurgent groups killed at least 110 militants across the country, security sources said Wednesday. In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, dozens of militants, including those who are linked to the Islamic State (IS), an Al Qaeda offshoot, attacked an air base and Himreen dam northeast of Baquba, some 65 km from Iraq's capital Baghdad, but were repelled by security forces and volunteers, leaving 50 militants dead and eight of their vehicles destroyed, Jamil al-Shimary, the provincial police chief, told Xinhua. Separately, gunmen believed to be…
  • India raises Israel-Palestine issue at UNSC, Human Rights Council

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    New Delhi : India Wednesday expressed concern at the UN Security Council and at the 21st special session of the Human Rights Council over the steep escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine. At the Security Council, India raised the issue during an open debate "Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine question", said a statement from the external affairs ministry. "We in India are following the current situation with great deal of concern. We have called upon both sides to exercise maximum restraint and avoid taking actions that may further exacerbate the situation and…
  • Saudi Arabia to open its $530 billion stock market to foreigners

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Jeddah : The Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers has approved opening its stock market, the largest in the Arab world, to direct foreign investment starting sometime in the first half of 2015, the market regulator said on Tuesday. The Saudi market is capitalized at about $530 billion and is one the most waited for financial reforms in the world’s oil top exporter. The bourse would be one of the world's last major exchanges to begin welcoming foreign money, according to Reuters.“The market will be open to eligible foreign financial institutions to invest in listed shares during the first…
  • India rescues 58 more nurses from troubled Iraq

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    New Delhi : Days after rescuing 46 nurses who were in the control of Sunni jihadists in Tikrit, India has rescued 58 more nurses from violence-hit Iraq in an "extremely difficult" operation, an official said Wednesday. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the 58 nurses were "brought out through the land route" in batches over the last three weeks. The rescue operation was undertaken in "extremely difficult circumstances ... through friends in Iraq", he said. On the 39 Indian workers still held captive in Mosul, the spokesperson said the government was working "at all…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • Interview with M.F.H. Beg, Founder Director, Jamia Co-operative Bank Ltd: “Jamia Co-operative Bank Ltd. is an epitome of interfaith harmony. Most depositors are Hindus, while most Muslims have been given loans”

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

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

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

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

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    By Colin Randall Marseille, France: The daughter of an immigrant Moroccan factory worker has been named France’s top high school student after scoring the highest marks in this summer’s baccalauréat examinations. Myriam Bourhail, 18, who has dual French-Moroccan nationality, has been feted at the French parliament and featured prominently in media coverage in France and the Maghreb. One of six children, Myriam attributes her success to hard work, dedicated teachers and the relentless encouragement of her parents, Mohamed and Nadia. She completed faultless papers in English, Spanish,…
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