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  • Demands made over seized UN troops in Syria

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Al-Qaeda-linked group holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage asks to be removed from UN terrorist list.
  • The Best Sports for Women Who Wear the Hijab

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

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    Jeff Sparrow
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Humanitarian interventionists dangerously present each crisis as a morality tale: our enemies commit atrocities out of pure malice, whereas we always mean well Continue reading...
  • Roberto Bautista Agut v Roger Federer: US Open 4th round - live!

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Graham Parker in New York
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    In-form Federer seeing draw opening up in front of himBautista Agut in week two of US Open for first timeTweet your thoughts to @KidWeilOr email 8.52pm ET Bautista Agut* 4-6, 3-6, 1-2 Federer (*denotes next server)Federer misses with his forehand for 0-15 and now its 0-30 as Bautista Agut hits a lovely drop shot similar to the one Federer retrieved earlier in the match. Were deeper into the match now though and he cant quite get there. Second serve and for a second Bautista Agut looks to have set up a forehand winner down the line, but he hits the net with…
  • Another war in the name of humanitarianism: we dont fight men, we fight monsters

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Jeff Sparrow
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Humanitarian interventionists dangerously present each crisis as a morality tale: our enemies commit atrocities out of pure malice, whereas we always mean well Continue reading...
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  • The Best Sports for Women Who Wear the Hijab

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

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

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Kruger Park The World is full of traps for tourists, especially when the said tourists want to preserve their faith. Temptations are everywhere and lawful food abounds in most parts of the world. That’s why it can be hard for the Muslim to choose a destination where to enjoy a much deserved vacation. To make it easier for you, here are our top 5 picks where you will be able to have fun without having to worry about everything you do or put in your mouth! South Africa While it may not be the first destination to spring to mind, South Africa represents one of the most beautiful places you…
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  • Roberto Bautista Agut v Roger Federer: US Open 4th round - live!

    Graham Parker in New York
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    In-form Federer seeing draw opening up in front of himBautista Agut in week two of US Open for first timeTweet your thoughts to @KidWeilOr email 8.52pm ET Bautista Agut* 4-6, 3-6, 1-2 Federer (*denotes next server)Federer misses with his forehand for 0-15 and now its 0-30 as Bautista Agut hits a lovely drop shot similar to the one Federer retrieved earlier in the match. Were deeper into the match now though and he cant quite get there. Second serve and for a second Bautista Agut looks to have set up a forehand winner down the line, but he hits the net with…
  • Abbott government: we will not be intimidated by murders - politics live

    Gabrielle Chan
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Treasurer Joe Hockey is defending the governments deal with Clive Palmer to scrap superannuation rises as national security comes into focus again with Sotloff murder claim. Follow it live... 10.48am AEST Tony Abbott was asked whether Barack Obama was too hesitant in his response to Isis. President Obama has responded with a mix of reason and appropriate anger against what we have all seen. We are right to be appalled, absolutely appalled at what is happening in Iraq. 10.25am AEST It would not be a flag raising ceremony without school kids. 10.05am AEST Rapt in the flag. 10.03am AEST Tony…
  • Steven Sotloff killing: US working to verify Isis video latest updates

    Tom McCarthy
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Cameron: killing of Sotloff disgusting and despicableIsis video purports to show beheading of second US journalistRelease falls two weeks after killing of US journalist James FoleyA few Americans still held by group, state department saysRead the latest blog summary 5.59pm ET Were going to wrap up our coverage for the day. Heres a summary of where things stand: 5.52pm ET The threat to kill a British hostage held by Isis will throw a spotlight on the UK governments insistence that it does not pay ransoms unlike other European countries, which have been accused of encouraging further terrorist…
  • Essendon fans are deranged - but then again, so are you | Andrew Mueller

    Andrew Mueller
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Bombers supporters are not alone in having blind spots. Sport can whip up the same fervour as organised religionIn most other instances, you would reckon, fans of any given club would be somewhere between bemused and outraged. A two-time premiership coach, who has just taken their team into the finals after a three-year absence, elbowed in favour of someone whose coaching record consists of one eighth place followed by an 11-goal elimination final trouncing, one 11th place, and one unprecedented expulsion from the competition for the very club in question, followed by a year-long suspension…
  • Scottish independence referendum campaign

    Ben Quinn
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Follow rolling coverage of events as the the registration deadline looms and the latest poll shows the yes-no gap closing 9.25pm BST A former member of the Parachute regiment says that if Scotland becomes independent then it could not defend itself for a moment against a sizeable attack. He wants to know what the yes sides Plan B is on defence.Harvie responds by saying that the challenges and threats faced by Scotland in todays world are not similar to those of the past. No invading army is on its borders. Todays threats are about global challenges and social justice. 9.18pm BST An audience…
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Hindus, Muslims, Christians join hands to celebrate Ganeshotsava in Mumbai

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    By IndscribeFor years, Akram Allahabadi's detective novels that were once a rage, had  become rarer to find.Finally, there is good news, as his family has decided to print his novels once again and bring them in public domain.The website has also been put up for the fans of the late author who wrote spy fiction for well over three decades.Many today may not be aware about the magical world of Urdu detective fiction that was weaved by him.It was in the post-independence era (starting from 1952-53), when detective fiction in the sub-continent reached dizzy heights.Akram…
  • Misusing social media to spread communalism in the society: Messages on WhatsApp, Facebook inflaming passions, causing riots

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

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    When result of the Combined Pre-Medical test (CPMT) was announced recently, it was a pleasant surprise for the Muslim community in the most populous state of the country.Shams Mohammad Khan topped the examination and secured FIRST place in the merit list. The second rank also went to a Muslim boy, Abu Asim.A Muslim girl, Alia Zohra, figured at the fourth place in the merit list of the highly competitive examination. Further, Mohammad Arshad achieved seventh rank in the merit list.The topper, Shams Mohammad Khan, hails from a village in Hardoi district. Abu Asim who secured the 2nd rank…
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Another flop for the fascists in Cricklewood

    Bob Pitt
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Today the far-right South East Alliance staged a demonstration in Cricklewood, for the third time this year. They claimed to be protesting against the Muslim Brotherhood, who were once supposed to have an office there. As before, a large number of anti-fascists turned out for a counter-demo organised North West London United, among them Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt and London Assembly member Murad Qureshi. It wasn’t looking good for the SEA, with a mere 15 “patriots” taking to the streets to resist the threat of Islamo-fascism. Having eventually managed to drag…
  • Man charged over ‘racist’ mosque attack

    Bob Pitt
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection to a racially aggravated attack on a mosque in Warrington town centre. Nathan Hancox, of Thynne Street, was arrested on Thursday, and has been bailed. He is due to appear at Halton Magistrates Court on September 16. The arrest follows a CCTV appeal in the Warrington Guardian. Images of suspects were released after the mosque on Arpley Street was vandalised, with a window smashed. Warrington Guardian, 29 August 2014
  • Rotherham, race and ‘white’ paedophilia

    Bob Pitt
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Coolness of Hind notes the double standards over ethnicity and religion in the right-wing response to revelations about the sexual abuse of minors.
  • Former BBC presenter rants about ‘Rotherham p*kis’, denounces ‘horrific Muslim infiltration of Britain’

    Bob Pitt
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    A former BBC presenter sacked following a racist call to a taxi firm has been criticised for a series of Facebook comments – slamming Rotherham “P*kis”. Ex glamour model Sam Mason, 45, was removed from her position as a local radio host after asking a cab company to send a ‘non-Asian driver’. She has now taken to Facebook and launched a racist tirade about the sex abuse scandal in Rotherham where the perpetrators were Asian. In one post, on the public page, she said: “Dirty dirty filthy p*ki Rotherham bastards. Some p*ki woman is blaming the government for not looking after the…
  • Rotherham child abuse scandal: EDL and Britain First stage protests

    Bob Pitt
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Two of the most high-profile far-right groups in the UK have reacted to the publication of a report into child abuse in Rotherham. The report revealed more than 1,400 children in the South Yorkshire town were abused over a period of 16 years by “mainly Asian men”, due to a series of failures by the authorities. The report by Prof Alexis Jay has led to increasing calls for South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright to resign for the abuse which occurred while he was head of child services from 2005 to 2010. Following the release of the report, the Doncaster and Rotherham…
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    a wayfarer's journey...

  • Back to Blogging!

    10 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    So I've decided to start blogging again but starting over with a new blog as many years have gone by and I've changed so much in that time.  If you would like to join me, i can be found at Hope to see you there!
  • 4 Mar 2012 | 12:26 pm

    4 Mar 2012 | 12:26 pm
    Oops, deleted a post there too...sorry about that. Was great to see you comment UmmIbrahim, Jaycie and the rest... Hope to see you (and me) on here. :-) I am on facebook if you guys want to reconnect there too....
  • The bad blogger

    2 Mar 2012 | 5:15 pm
    I am not a good blogger. lol. I think about it, like the other day...well, i should say several weeks ago, just after valentine's day, when i swept up a pretty pile. It was a big pile, but it was pretty and it pretty much summed things up over here. There were scraps of crayon paper from peeling broken crayons to make heart shaped valentine's crayons, there were paper capes from the boy's homemade valentines, broken crayons themselves, and the ever present glitter. There was also food, shriveled up cheerios, etc. It was quite the pile, and for a moment i thought to take a picture of it…
  • 28 Nov 2011 | 2:02 pm

    28 Nov 2011 | 2:02 pm
    Sooooo, wow, time flies. When i left you guys baby girl was just starting walking, i broke both my arms, yikes... got lyme's disease and just had a rash of bad luck. Then got really busy when i opened an ebay store. I closed that and want to get back to the things i enjoy...crafting, cooking more extensively again and just doing more home stuff. I'm itching to create again. The only things i've made since blogging are very basic...a few pairs of pajamas for the kids and knitting. It is Muharram so i won't be blogging a lot, but i will be back soon with some fun stuff. Oh, yeah, and now…
  • I'm baaaack....

    26 Nov 2011 | 10:28 am
    So let's start off with a recent treasure i found after a fellow blogger made me itch to go thrifting. I went to the older part of town and wham, look what i found! Do you remember these? This was what i loved playing with when i was small and they are valuable...especially the wooden ones. I recently sold the schoolhouse etc on Ebay and did nice. These will end up on there too once the kids get over the novelty of them. Such a huge score. I've found them it bits but never a load like this!And the baby is calling now but i do promise to post more regularly...i've missed it here.
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • The Gratitude Challenge

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    If you’re a Facebooker you've probably stumbled across the Gratitude Challenge, if not participated in it yourself.It’s been interesting, reading how many different ways people can say: I’m thankful to be Alive.When the delightful Azra tagged me, I considered doing it. Then chickened out because I’m not in a very thankful space right now (shameful, I know). But now I’m ready. And instead of posting three things daily to Facebook, I’ve decided that this Gratitude Challenge deserves, at the very least, a blog post. So here goes:I’m really thankful for toilet paper.Ask…
  • Writivism Flash Fiction Resurrected

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

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

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Since the beginning of the Genocide in Gaza, aka operation Protective Edge, 1865 (492 children, 243 women, 79 elderly) have been killed, 9563 (2877 children, 1853 women, 374 elderly) have been injured. All on the Palestinian side.There have been marches all around the world protesting Israel's relentless assault on an imprisoned population. The Israeli propaganda machine churning all sorts of insanity, much of which has been lapped up by mainstream media. Calls went out in SA for our government to expel the Israeli Ambassador. Our president is now in the US, promising he’ll do no such…
  • 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…
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  • Gurindam 12 Fasal 5

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Sadiq Alam
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Bismillah - Arabic calligraphy - mixed media - Sadiq M. Alam1.And know that all of Allāh’s secrets are in the heavenly books, and all of the secrets of the heavenly books are in the Qur’ān. And all of which is in the Qur’ān is in al-Fātiḥah, and all of which is in al-Fātiḥah is in bismillah.. and if you probe further you may come to know that all of that is further contained within the tiny dot below the ba (the first letter of bismillah)~ Traditional Sufi SayingThe above statement is an allusion to the holographic nature of the universe and reality as well where the part…
  • Study Theme for Humans who Aspire to be Awake

    Sadiq Alam
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    MAN HAS TO COMETO UNDERSTANDHOW TO SEE HIMSELFAS HE REALLY IS,SO THAT HE CAN ACHIEVESOMETHING IN THE AREAWHICH HE CALLS"WHAT HE MIGHT BE."~ Idries ShahA certain sufi teacher was asked, “If you were to give a number of study themes to the people present, which ones would you stress?” Following were his answers in brief and bold. The texts in italic are commentaries by this author.1. All approaches to a study or an individual may start with a desire for attention. However they start, they must never end up in this manner. Desire for attention of others is a pervasive, very hard to…
  • Story of a Reluctant Healer

    Sadiq Alam
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    1. There was a woman who had a son who became blind at an early age. The sorrow of the mother was very profound because her son could not see the colors of flowers, nor the play of clouds against blue sky, nor could play joyfully like how other children played. The heart of the mother was filled with sorrow. One day she heard of a saintly man who had miraculously healed many people.So one day with great hope the woman brought her blind son to the saintly servant of Allah, who was known as Khawaja Ahmad Jam. About him it was popularly known that he was someone whose supplications would be…
  • Two Poems on Beauty and a Prayer my Heart often Sings to the Most Beauteous One

    Sadiq Alam
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    KNOW THE TRUE NATUREKnowThe true nature of your Beloved.In His loving eyes your every thought,Word and movement is always -Always Beautiful.Hafiz Daniel Ladinsky, A Year with Hafiz: Daily ContemplationsTHE GUARDIANS OF HIS BEAUTYWe are the guardians of His Beauty.We are the protectorsOf the Sun.There is only one reasonWe have followed God into this world:To encourage laughter, freedom, danceAnd love.Every man, plant and creature in Existence,Every woman, child, vein and noteIs a servant of our Beloved - A harbinger of joy,The harbinger ofLight.We are the companions of His Beauty.We are the…
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  • Modern Islamic Political Thought

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Product DescriptionThe revival and power of religious feelings among Muslims since the Iranian Revolution presents a complicated and often perplexing picture of the politics of the Islamic world in the modern era. What are the ideas which have influenced   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Modern Islamic Political Thought Related posts: The State in Contemporary Islamic Thought: A Historical Survey of the Major Muslim Political Thinkers of the Modern Era The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present Islamic Political Thought
  • What is the Islamic belief of the Afterlife?

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:33 am
    Related posts: What Are The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Islamic Belief On The Afterlife? What is the Islamic belief of the way one gets to heaven (or equivalent afterlife)? Is Shafa’a An Islamic Belief?   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: What is the Islamic belief of the Afterlife? Related posts: What Are The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Islamic Belief On The Afterlife? What is the Islamic belief of the way one gets to heaven (or equivalent afterlife)? Is Shafa’a An Islamic Belief?
  • In Bible versus Quran: the Great Owl and the Raven will nest there

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    O Nations, Come near, to hear and Listen in Bible versus Quran (2) This is the second article of the series (1-3):” O Nations, Come near, to hear and Listen in Bible versus Quran”. Herein are the statements that   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: In Bible versus Quran: the Great Owl and the Raven will nest there Related posts: In Bible versus Quran: None shall pass through this Land Forever and Ever In Bible versus Quran: God will stretch over Edom the Line of Desolation In Bible versus Quran: Pelican and Hedgehog will possess Edom’s land
  • Islamic Beliefs : A Brief Introduction to the ‘Aqeedah of Ahl Assunnah Wal-jama’ah

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Product DescriptionAt this time of confusion, heresy and division, it is essential for the Muslim to check on his belief and his approach to Islam, so that he may be certain that he is following the path of   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Islamic Beliefs : A Brief Introduction to the ‘Aqeedah of Ahl Assunnah Wal-jama’ah Related posts: Islamic Beliefs : A Brief Introduction to the ‘Aqeedah of Ahl Assunnah Wal-jama’ah Islamic Beliefs (iiph) Islamic Thought: An Introduction
  • Strategic Thinking EBook E-book Self Improvement!

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    How To Information Product – Mental Health: Learn Strategic Thinking Techniques For Self Improvement, Self Help, Business Education, Training! Created For Entrepreneurs, Business Professionals & Anyone Who Wants A Crystal Clear Thought Process Today! Thks. Strategic Thinking EBook E-book Self   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Strategic Thinking EBook E-book Self Improvement! Related posts: EBook – Organisational Ecology – Knowledge And Inspiration. Key-Books EBook Collection & Nautilus Digital Magazine Of New Thought. Key-Books EBook Collection…
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    Laila Lalami

  • The Fight in the Heart

    Laila Lalami
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In trying to make sense of the injustice and the violence that has been unfolding in Ferguson for the last couple of weeks, I returned to James Baldwin’s essay “Notes of a Native Son,” and recommended it for NPR’s All Things Considered. It is early August. A black man is shot by a white policeman. And the effect on the community is of “a lit match in a tin of gasoline.” No, this is not Ferguson, Mo. This was Harlem in August 1943, a period that James Baldwin writes about in the essay that gives its title to his seminal collection, Notes of a Native Son. You…
  • The Moor’s Account Book Tour

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

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

    Laila Lalami
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    My new novel, The Moor’s Account, comes out in five weeks. It tells the story of America’s first African explorer, a Moroccan slave known as Estebanico. He was part of the Narváez expedition of 1528, which landed in Florida with the goal of claiming it for the Spanish Crown. From the start, however, the expedition faced disaster. The rations were small, the men came down with typhoid, and the indigenous tribes resisted the soldiers’ advance. Within a year, there were only four survivors: the expedition’s treasurer, Cabeza de Vaca; a captain by the name of Alonso del Castillo;…
  • How Not To Write A Novel

    Laila Lalami
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Wait for the right time. Wait for the right place. Be in awe of your novel’s premise. The best premises in the world still don’t add up to a completed book. Get up from the chair. Tell yourself you’re just taking a five-minute break. Make coffee. Look for your special mug. You were drinking from it when you sold your first story, so now you must have it in order to write anything. Get back in the chair. Stare at the screen. Wonder what your agent will think about your new novel, which, by the way, you’re not writing because you’re reading this instead. Wonder what…
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    City of Brass

  • Saudis propose to relocate the Prophet’s (saw) tomb from Masjid al-Nabawi

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

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

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

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

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

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Many years ago, on one of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh’s annual visits to the US, he was staying at the New York khaniqah when one of the long time darvishes, who was also studying to become a Persian scholar, said that his parents wanted to meet the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, of whom they had heard so much about, and he was invited to visit their home in Westchester County, New York. and have dinner with them. The Master  gladly accepted the invitation, and since it was a journey that would require them to stay overnight, they drove up in the early…
  • The sum total of our life is a breath

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    The sum total of our life is a breath spent in the company of the Beloved. - Abu Sa`id ibn Abi al-Khayr  Filed under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Abu Sa`id ibn Abi al-Khayr
  • Wisdom of Hafiz

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
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  • Monique Evans Embarrasses Herself

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Monique Evans, Miss Texas 2014, embarrassing herself at the Texas Rangers game.  Seriously, MLB needs to institute a few rules for people whom they're considering to throw the first pitch.  I'd suggest, at the very least, that the ball must cross the plate (we'll be generous and say anywhere between the two batters' boxes) and that the ball must not touch the ground before reaching the catcher (no bouncing the ball on the ground or rolling it, like Miss Evans did here - apparently she confused baseball with bowling).
  • Robin Williams on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    This is a must–watch episode. Essentially, Williams stole the show within 10 seconds.
  • Jessie Ware - What You Won't Do For Love

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    I heard this cover of the Bobby Caldwell song What You Won't Do for Love on Internet radio yesterday. I'm not familiar with Jessie Ware's work, but I really like this version.
  • Alan Parsons - Fragile

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    (Yeah, I know; I'm on a roll. Two days in a row.)I had heard about Alan's new song, Fragile, some time ago, but I only got to see this music video and hear the song for the first time last night. It's pretty good. Check it out!
  • Conflicts Forum on Palestine

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    This excerpt from a longer essay on Conflicts Forum was published on July 31st. The point mentioned at the beginning of the fourth paragraph (whether Hamas' tactics can work in flat, sandy Gaza) seems to have been answered in the affirmative; otherwise, the essay seems to be spot on. There are several points mentioned here that I haven't seen anyone else address, which is why I wanted to share this excerpt.The rest of the essay deals with Iraq/ISIS/Iran and Ukraine/Russia, so if you have an interest in these conflicts, you might want to click on the link above.In Palestine, we see…
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    G. Willow Wilson

  • Reddit AMA for The Pixel Project tomorrow

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Reddit AMA for The Pixel Project tomorrow: Yes, I—and several other brave souls, err, authors—will be venturing deep into the bowels of the Books SubReddit tomorrow for an AMA in support of The Pixel Project, an anti-Violence Against Women non-profit. Come one, come all. I’ll be dropping in throughout the day.
  • Stranger Genius Awards: Lit Showcase Reminder

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Stranger Genius Awards: Lit Showcase Reminder: Seattle! Just a reminder—in 2 weeks, I’ll be reading, confessing, telling amusing anecdotes, possibly crying, possibly dancing live on stage as part of the Stranger Genius Awards’ Literature Showcase at the Frye. Paul Constant is hosting. Click the title link to purchase your tickets!
  • Schedule Update

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

  • Claire Dyer and the LB Bill

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

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

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

  • father and son

    Edward Ott
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Somewhere in the Muslim world......Abdulrahman-"Baba I want to be an actor."Baba-"Son it is pronounced doctor"
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    Edward Ott
    29 May 2014 | 9:27 am
  • Hummus News

    Edward Ott
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:31 am “iBribe” App Makes Waves In Middle Eastern Tech MarketAjman, UAE (8:00 A.M. GMT)— The Middle-Eastern tech world is buzzing about a new app designed to connect government officials directly with their constituents more effectively this morning. The…
  • 14 Jan 2014 | 11:16 am

    Edward Ott
    14 Jan 2014 | 11:16 am with humor and a desire to engage in dialogue about Islam, a troupe of four Muslim comedians performed in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Billed as 'The Muslims are Coming!' comedy tour, they also set up a "Name that Religion" game in Birmingham, Ala. and an "Ask a Muslim" booth in Lawrenceville, Ga. What they found was often surprising.
  • Muslim Comedy website

    Edward Ott
    11 Jan 2014 | 12:44 pm to Muslim Comedy dot com. As you can see, we’re building a website that showcases what makes Muslims laugh. It’s generally the same stuff that makes everyone else in the world laugh — think along the lines of “My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding” but without all the Windex. More
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  • For Acquiring Show Tickets Strategies, Online

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
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  • Energy Your BabyIs Passion With Nfl Football Wall Decals For Basketball

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

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
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  • Nfl Draft 2010: Seattle Seahawks Draft Breakdown

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

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
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    Sister Aishah's Islamic Journey

  • Immigrant Rights Leader Speaks Against Violence in Gaza

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Washington, DC (2 AUG 2014) - Khalilah Sabra, executive director of the MAS Immigrant Justice and Legal Clinic, addresses demonstrators and media at the National March on Washington, commenting on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chatting with the White House #GazaUnderAttack

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
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  • MUST WATCH VIDEO: We teach life Sir - Rafeef Ziadah, #Gaza - #Palestine

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
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  • Reflections on Gaza and the DC Rally

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    By Aishah Schwartz [Note: This post was updated after it was suggested to me in a comment that I had done nothing to contribute, and to clarify that the efforts of anyone supporting the wrongly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • "Worry about YOURself!" as the little girl stated. ROTFL!!!

    5 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
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  • On the Euphrates in 1915: #2

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    I recently across a copy of The Christian Herald from December 1, 1915 and the lead article by John Maynard Owen Williams is on a recent trip he took to Syria and Iraq. The images are from a century ago and I attach a few excerpts from the article. For the first part, click here. to be continued
  • On the Euphrates in 1915: #1

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    I recently across a copy of The Christian Herald from December 1, 1915 and the lead article by John Maynard Owens is on a recent trip he took to Syria and Iraq. The images are from a century ago and I will attach a few excerpts from the article.
  • Loving Sanaa

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    يقرب الله لي بالعافيه والسلامه … وصل الحبيب الأغن ذاك الحبيب الذي حاز الحلا والوسامه … وكل معنى حسن ونسأل الله تعالى عودنا من تهامه … الى سفح صنعاء اليمن لأن صنعا سقاها الله فيض الغمامه … منزل حوت كل فن ما مثل صنعاء اليمن … كلا ولا أهلها صنعاء حوت كل فن … يا سعد من حلها تطفي جميع الشجن … ثلاثَ في سفحها الماء وخضرة…
  • British Imams on ISIS

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    There is a very good Youtube video of interviews with a hundred British imams about the problems with ISIS and how it is doing damage to Islam, especially in Britain. It is well worth seeing. The video was posted on July 11, 2014.
  • Yazidi Film

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    In October, 2013, the main Yazidi religious festival at Lalish Temple in Iraqi Kurdistan was cancelled, due to security reasons. A film was made about this by EPOS and the trailer is available on Youtube.
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    Knocking From Inside

  • Low Light Villanelle

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

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

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    all at the corner of 15th and Broadwaylights on, no sirens. The guy getting onto the bussays there’s some lady in the ambulance—points to a silver car. That’s all I’ll ever knowunless I comb the evening news for mentionthat may not even be there. Who was she,who made the call, what was the cause?The bus rolls on and leaves the red-and-whitesflashing in the driver’s rear-view. Buses don’t haveback windows. I can’t see the mirrorfrom where I sit. Whatever happenedis over as far as I’m concerned. Though not for heror her friends, family, passers-by who sawwhatever they saw.The…
  • Kilimanjaro

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    This sky is full of shifting continents;lightning bridges, thunder telegraphsand con-trail crosstalk. Was I ever meantto live this way? Will I ever laughat raisins dying in the sun? Intenton work; my numbers, figures, lines and graphswill not protect me from the sentimentthat leaps from ambush, from a photograph:white glaciers shrinking under tropic skies,above the heat-miraged savanna. Skull-faced drought stands in the open doors of fullstorehouses, mocking. I make no replybut private calculus of global loss:my heart, still hanging from the Southern Cross.Available! High-Voltage Lines,…
  • 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…
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  • Insurers buck Tadawul bourse setback

    Gérard Al-Fil
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Shares in Riyadh lost across the board on Tuesday, September 2, sending the Saudi market index TASI down by 0.63 per cent to close at 11,048.19 points. Forty-nine shares advanced, while 90 closed lower. SABIC closed insignificantly lower at SAR132.75. Sharquiya Development Company advanced the most, finishing 9.97 per cent higher at SAR127. Abdullah A. M. […]
  • Barwa Bank appoints new Group Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Qatarization

    Ishraq Al Tal
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Barwa Bank, Qatar’s fastest growing Shari’ah compliant banking service provider, announced the appointment of Mr. Abdulla Majed Al-Malki as Group Chief Administrative Officer and Mr. Abdulaziz Sultan Al-Kuwari as Head of Qatarization. With more than 14 years of experience in the banking sector, human resources, and administration, Mr. Al-Malki is now amongst the top-level executives […]
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank gains on sealing retail deal with Barclays

    Gérard Al-Fil
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    The Abu Dhabi stock market gauge ADXGI closed flat at 5,129.07 points on Tuesday, September 2. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, known and branded as ADIB, advanced 0.30 per cent to hit AED6.81. Earlier in the day, ADBIC said in a filing to the exchange that it formally completed the purchase of Barclays’ retail banking business […]
  • Developer profit booking halts Dubai market’s “PR rally”

    Gérard Al-Fil
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    The Dubai financial market general index (DFMGI) declined by 0.50 per cent to reach 5,115.44 points on Tuesday, September 2. After reaching a six-year high on Monday due to the well-timed IPO announcement for its mall unit, Emaar left the floor as the most liquid loser, ending off three per cent lower at AED11.30. Union […]
  • Qatar National Bank rises above 200 Qatari Riyal

    Gérard Al-Fil
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Qatar Exchange (QE) 20 Index gained for the third consecutive session on Tuesday, September 2, closing 0.31 per cent higher at 13,742.22 points. Qatar National Bank, the most valuable lender by assets in the GCC, jumped 2.80 per cent to reach QAR202.50. Retail giant Al Meera lost the most, finishing off two percent lower […]
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    Jahane Rumi

  • After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    My storified tweets on the deepening Political crisis in Pakistan.   [View the story "After the Army’s public statement, the crisis deepens" on Storify]
  • Pakistan: Will instability topple democracy?

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Even if PM Nawaz Sharif survives the current crisis, his government will be permanently weakened.   Pakistan is in a state of crisis and the continuing deadlock between the government and opposition parties threatens to derail the constitutional order. Since the beginning of August, the two leading opposition groups – Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) […]
  • Watching the watchdog

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:14 pm
    “Democracy is like an infertile woman that cannot produce anything”, thundered a popular columnist (a real opinion-maker) at the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America (APPNA) convention held in Washington, DC. A few women participants objected, but overall, the trashing of ‘democracy’ back home in Pakistan was applauded by many a successful […]
  • The day I’m killed

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Dr Azra Raza – a fearless and sensitive soul – sent me this poem via email. Travel Tickets The day I’m killed,my killer, rifling through my pockets,will find travel tickets:One to peace,one to the fields and the rain,and one to the conscience of humankind. Dear killer of mine, I beg you: Do not stay and […]
  • ‘You turned out to be just like us’ –

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    By Pakistani poet Fahmida Riaz. The inimitable Fahmida Riaz, who is a favourite of mine, was disappointed during her stay in India (during the 1980s) with the growing trends of exclusion – an anathema to the plurality of India. The poem is also included in my book. Naya Bharat (New India) Tum bilkul hum jaisey nikley […]
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  • Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Strikes Personal Chord with Loss of Friendship

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Mona Shadia Up until about four months ago, I called a pro-Israeli Persian Jew my best friend. She and I were initially drawn to each other through an appreciation for a commitment to our respective faith — Islam for me and Judaism for her. We saw each other as representatives of the strong, intelligent women we seek and appreciate. We connected through various other life experiences, ones that Middle Eastern women encounter in America, like our struggle with a culture in America that defines beauty differently from our kind of beauty. We connected through a yearning for peace and…
  • MuslimKidsMatter | The Prisoner of Life Poem (Ode to Children in Gaza)

    Nur Kose
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Prisoner of Life by Sarem Leghari The girl sat in the bottom of a fifteen foot well Thinking of the days she had a family. When she was not on the verge of losing her sanity She could still hear the cries of her baby brother. As above them helicopters began to hover. She remembered the smell of her mother's appetizing food. Or that day in her house, when toxic gas was spewed. Her only crime, to be born in a place so long torn by war That not even her grandparents remembered the good times before. As she cried, she began to lose hope. But then she saw something throw down a rope. She held…
  • “Brand Islam” – Commercial Encroachment or an Act of Faith?

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    By Lubaaba Amatullah Seen from above, the size of the bazaar is incredible, row upon row of colorful stalls selling everything from food to ethnic clothing and books. This is the Islamic Society of North America's (ISNA) annual convention in Washington D.C., and by the looks of this bazaar, faith has taken a consumerist bend. Welcome to Brand Islam. One stall sells t-shirts; from the tongue-in-cheek, “I'm fly 'Coz my iman is high” and “Think I'm hot? Hell is hotter. Lower your gaze,” to the cheerful, “Smile, its sunnah!” Another stall sells halal sweets and frozen foods, packaged…
  • Book Review: Jesus & The Last Messenger

    Muhammad Wajid Akhter
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    If you're over the age of 20, then chances are that you already have a healthy cynicism for the attention span of people younger than you. You've seen the progression from epic movies to youtube videos and now to 6 seconds on Vine. You've watched as conversations on the phone have been replaced by emails, then text SMS messages and now the 140 character limit of Twitter. The trouble is that no amount of eye rolling and nostalgia will undo this collective shortening of the average persons ability to focus and concentrate. This becomes especially worrying when you consider it in the context of…
  • Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    This is cross post, you can find the original here By Hani Almadhoun director of donor development at ANERA The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has now registered one million Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon to escape the war back home. They account for one fourth of Lebanon's population. But that figure sadly does not take into account more than 50,000 Palestinian refugees from the Syrian conflict who are now in Lebanon, too. They are not covered by the UNHCR and have found shelter in Palestinian refugee camps that are administered by the UNRWA, the UN agency that is solely…
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  • Saudi Mobile Operator Mobily Launches VC Fund Invest in Easy Taxi & Anghami

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

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

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

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

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 1st, 2014

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

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Categories: Press releaseTags: Akshardham, Communal Harmony, freedom struggle, Hindutva, Independence Day, India's 68th Independence Day, India's Constitution, Mohan Bhagwat, Sectarianism, SecularismFriday, August 15, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC -, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called on Indians across the world, to mark the occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day by finding ways to strengthen pluralism, and to renew communal harmony, in order to defeat the designs [...](
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 11th, 2014

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: BJP rule, communal riots in UP West, Gujarat 2002, Hindu and Muslim, Meerut rape case, Mohan Bhagwat speech on Hindustan, Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi's record, RPSC chairman, RSS ideology, TaslimaIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Another Euro leader questions Narendra Modi’s record As trial begins, all eyes on defence lawyer with RSS links RSS ideology damaging India’s peace, says Digvijaya Singh AIDWA fact finding team reiterates lose ends in Meerut rape case, says case is being exploited to incite communal violence Were [...](Read…
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  • UN says Gaza destruction 'unprecedented'

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    United Nations: The recent conflict in the Gaza Strip has caused "unprecedented" destruction, leaving hundreds of thousands people homeless, the UN said Tuesday, quoting the latest assessment after the ceasefire. "Organisations on the ground report that the scale of destruction is 'unprecedented'. An estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless," Xinhua quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying. "Finding temporary housing solutions for these people will be one of the major challenges facing local authorities and…
  • Over 7,200 killed in Syria in August

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Cairo: As many as 7,219 people have been killed in Syria in August as fierce fighting continued due to the three-year-old civil war in the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday. At least 2,015 civilians, including 281 children and 138 women, were killed last month, while Free Syrian Army (FSA), rebels and other allied anti-government groups, lost 1,448 fighters, the London-based group, which has a large network of activists on the ground across Syria, said. A total of 700 people belonging to the Shuaitat tribe, the majority of them civilians, were executed last month…
  • Israel 'stands by' new land appropriation in West Bank

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Jerusalem: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Tuesday said his country "stands by its decision" to appropriate 1,000 acre land in the West Bank. "Gush Etzion settlement bloc reflects a wide consensus in the Israeli society and it is clear to everyone that as part of any (possible future peace) agreement, Gush Etzion would remain a part of the state of Israel," Xinhua cited Lieberman, who added that Israel stands by the decision. On Sunday, Israeli authorities announced appropriation of nearly 1,000 acres of land in the Gush Etzion settlements bloc in the West Bank south of Jerusalem.
  • Second beheading plunges Obama into top crisis

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    By Arun Kumar, Washington: Just two weeks after beheading American photojournalist James Foley, the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation sent what it called "A second message to America", with a video showing the beheading of another kidnapped American journalist. In the video released Tuesday Steven Sotloff, 31, a freelance journalist who was captured in northern Syria a year ago, speaks to the camera before he is killed. Sotloff says is "paying the price" for US decision to strike IS targets in Iraq, CNN reported. The masked IS figure in the video speaks to the US President…
  • Imran refuses to budge as parliament supports Pakistan PM

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan refused to budge on his demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation Tuesday as a joint session of parliament came out overwhelmingly in the latter's support. The session even saw Sharif and PTI president Javed Hashmi embracing each other despite the Imran Khan party-leader taking the government to task and offering his resignation as member. "Remember, freedom demands sacrifices... it cannot be achieved by sitting at home," Khan lectured his supporters outside parliament and vowed to stay there even if all the protesters…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • At the Heart of it All

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

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

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

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

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

  • “ISIS — A terrorist group making false representation of Islam,” says Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    By Danish Ahmad Khan Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist. who is actively promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue for over a decade now, has strongly condemned the brutal atrocities being committed by the ISIS terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric. Currently based in New York, renowned islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in a press release said: “I deplore the brutal atrocities being committed by the ISIS terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric and jointhe people of conscience…
  • Brain and Spine TB — A New Threat to Gen X!

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    By Syed Khaled Shahbaaz Hyderabad: Passive lifestyle, junk food and weak immune system are leading to Brain and Spine TB. This was disclosed by eminent neurologists at an awareness program organized by the Helping Hand Foundation at the Owaisi Hospital and Research Centre. Dr. Syed Ameer Basha, Consultant – Neurosurgeon, while addressing the awareness program, warned if not diagnosed in time, the Central Nervous System (CNS) TB could prove lethal citing that 50% of the infected people either die or are left with neurological deficit that paralyzes their regular lifestyle. People hailing…
  • Indialogue Foundation calls for papers for Gandhi Jayanti Seminar on “Embracing the Other” to mark International Day of Non-Violence

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    IMO News Service New Delhi: Indialogue Foundation is seeking papers for Gandhi Jayanti Seminar on “Embracing the Other” to mark International Day of Non-Violence 2nd October 2014 at New Delhi. The seminar is being organized by Indialogue Foundation. Three leading NGOs — Interfaith Foundation India, Islamic Studies Association and Global Peace Foundation India — have extended their support. Bilal Acikgoz, President of Indialogue Foundation, in a press release said, “We live in a conflict ridden world. Social evils such as racism, cynicism, nepotism and terrorism are…
  • Distress sale: Muslim homes go cheap in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    By Pritha Chatterjee Muzaffarnagar: Last year’s riots still fresh in their minds, a growing number of Muslims in the Muzaffarnagar-Shamli area of Uttar Pradesh are selling their properties in the villages they have now abandoned to Jat neighbours at rates which locals admit are far below the market rates. The authorities, however, say no distress sale has come to their notice and refuse to interfere, saying property sales remain a private affair. The Indian Express found that in one village, Kankra, about 5 km from Kutba Kutbi, which saw eight murders and several riot-related cases, the…
  • An open letter to Mohd. Azam Khan, Cabinet Minister, Uttar Pradesh Government

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    To Mr. Mohd. Azam Khan Cabinet Minister U.P. Government Sub:- Why you only complain about problems of Muslims but do nothing especially when you can ? Dear Sir, I would rather prefer that I tell you and discuss all these in a personal meeting. I am constrained to write this open letter because I don’t have your personal email ID and believe that the recipients of this email will see to it that it reaches you. Today I watched you on TV where you were saying that Indian Muslims are facing horrible problems because the Ruler (Badshah, which means PM Modi) of India wants Indian Muslims to be in…
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • Real Wedding: Saleha and Sajid

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

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Planning a wedding can be a bit stressful, especially without a wedding planner, but one couple has proven that it’s definitely doable. Hytham Aly and Basma Sayedi took the time to share their beautiful wedding day with Perfect Muslim Wedding, complete with details and advice. The couple believes that the wedding day isn’t necessarily the happiest day of your life but rather the first chapter to many happy days. “We met in college,” Hytham said. “I was stricken by the respect she commanded and how knowledgable of the Deen she was.” It took the couple 8 months to plan their perfect…
  • Keeping The Memory Alive

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Months of planning will bring you to that one memorable day, your wedding.  But before you know it, your wedding day comes to an end.  We all want to feel that happiness over and over again.  So how do you keep the memory alive? See below! -Print all your wedding photos and create a fun album. Courtesy of Sydney Lush Photography -Make sure you have a great “videographer,” this is the best way of re-living the moment.  You’ll able to see everything, and possibly things you may have missed. -Dry your wedding bouquet.  Its simple, hang it upside down for a day or so and…
  • ABC is easy as DIY

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
    There are many details to pay attention to when planning a wedding.  As we all know, these little details add up, quick. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could handle most of these little details yourself at an affordable price? Here are a few DIY ideas: -Table Overlay Your best bet is to check out “Flea” Markets or the Swap Meet for rolls of fabric that you can measure and cut.  For mine, I purchased an entire roll of lace fabric in which my mother and I measured and cut for each table. Overlay can be viewed below.   -Gift Card Holder There are many ideas from your typical…
  • Tidbits & Things

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    There are many things to expect on the day of your wedding. You should be always be prepared for anything. As humans, we know things don’t always go as planned, and yes unfortunately, that includes your wedding day. So here are the three things I came up with: Depending on how many people you invite, about 50-100 people will not show up. This is just the way it is. The people I’ve asked, the weddings I’ve attended, and of course, my own wedding, I have come up with this conclusion. You will always have late guests. This is tough to deal with because you have already made a…
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