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  • Huge blast hits Nigeria market

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Red Cross says there have been 'heavy casualties' after a bomb exploded in Bauchi city in the country's northeast.
  • Stoke City v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Jacob Steinberg
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Premier League updates from the Britannia Stadium (8pm GMT kickoff)The top 100 footballers 2014: our interactive rundown from Nos 100-41Interactive quiz: then and now – can you identify the football grounds?And email or tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.40pm GMT “If you are not able to adapt when the opponent has the ball, you are in trouble,” Mourinho says. Listen and learn, Arsene! 7.39pm GMT Here’s Jose Mourinho on the famous Stoke crowd: “The atmosphere normally doesn’t score goals, unless, before the time of goal-line technology.” What could he…
  • Chinese American Muslims event in the News

    Islam in China
    Wang Daiyu
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
    My talk at the Chinese American Museum went well. I would like to thank the Museum as well as the Los Angeles Islamic Arts Initiative for organizing the event. The event was covered by the Los Angeles Times, Al-Arabiya and the LAist. Here are some relevant links for the news coverage. What’s Chinese Islamic cuisine? This talk (and dinner) can explain LA Times Taste travels: Los Angeles foodies explore China’s Islamic cuisine Al-Arabiya Weekend Planner: 25 Things To Do In Los Angeles LAist
  • Greatest sporting icons Muhammad Ali, Pele and Sobers: Heroes of an Indian sports lover; coincidence all three of them are black!

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    In a conversation with a friend over the greatest sports icons, I instantly took names of three names--Muhammad Ali, Pele and Sobers.The names just came out without giving much thought. In fact, I later thought over it again, but I couldn't find anyone else who fits in this league.When I and those in my generation (who were born in seventies and began appreciating sports in the 1980s), these three sports stars were already icons for decades. We grew up with elders talking about them and reading about their heroics.For the sports crazy, it's an exhilarating thought, something not easy to…

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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Stoke City v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

    Jacob Steinberg
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Premier League updates from the Britannia Stadium (8pm GMT kickoff)The top 100 footballers 2014: our interactive rundown from Nos 100-41Interactive quiz: then and now – can you identify the football grounds?And email or tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.40pm GMT “If you are not able to adapt when the opponent has the ball, you are in trouble,” Mourinho says. Listen and learn, Arsene! 7.39pm GMT Here’s Jose Mourinho on the famous Stoke crowd: “The atmosphere normally doesn’t score goals, unless, before the time of goal-line technology.” What could he…
  • The Guardian’s international cricket XI of 2014 | The Spin

    Andy Bull
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Our special team of selectors make their pick for the best international team of the past 12 monthsChristmas is a time for family, for feasting, for goodwill, and, of course, for lists. Lists that help weary journalists meet onerous end of year deadlines. With great fanfare then, it’s the Guardian’s International XI of the Year! It’s been selected after consultation with a special panel, two of whom have more than 1,500 first-class wickets between them. And four of whom don’t. Thanks, then, to Mike Selvey, Vic Marks, Rob Smyth, John Ashdown, and Daniel Harris. Rigorous rules, in no…
  • Russian bank gets 30 billion rouble bailout – business live

    Graeme Wearden (until 2.15pm) and Nick Fletcher (now)
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    All the latest economic and financial news, as Russia central bank steps in to rescue Trust Bank, fronted by Bruce WillisFirst Russian bailout since rouble crisis beganBank advertised by Bruce Willis hits troubleFormer finance minister predicts full-blown crisisEuropean markets rally 5.35pm GMT Shares moved ahead again despite a turnaround in the oil price which saw early gains eroded, on renewed fears of oversupply and falling demand as well as comments from the Saudi Arabian oil minister that his country would not intervene to support the crude price. So energy shares fell back but consumer…
  • Cumberbatch for an Oscar and no life on Mars: Britons' 2015 predictions

    Peter Walker Alberto Nardelli and Esther Addley
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Britons make their predictions on what next year will bring for the UK’s economy, sporting fortunes, news and the 2015 electionBenedict Cumberbatch is expected to win an Oscar, it seems increasingly unlikely that Prince Harry will follow his brother’s example and get engaged and there is little chance of finding life on Mars - at least that is the opinion of a wide ranging survey of what Britons think will happen during 2015.The poll by Ipsos Mori and the Guardian detects a definite sense of mild, if unfocused pessimism. Continue reading...
  • FTSE 100 comes off best levels but keeps Santa rally going

    Nick Fletcher
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Oil price reversal takes some of the shine off shares after early gainsA rise in the oil price lifted markets in early trading, but despite a later turnaround in crude, the market mood remained reasonably upbeat, albeit off its highs.The reversal in oil followed a sell off in natural gas, with fears of oversupply amid low demand in the US thanks to the mild winter so far. Natural gas dropped as much as 8% while Brent crude - after touching around $62 a barrel - slipped 2% on the day to just over $60. Comments from Saudi Arabia that it would not intervene to support the crude price also sent…
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    Islam in China

  • Chinese American Muslims event in the News

    Wang Daiyu
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
    My talk at the Chinese American Museum went well. I would like to thank the Museum as well as the Los Angeles Islamic Arts Initiative for organizing the event. The event was covered by the Los Angeles Times, Al-Arabiya and the LAist. Here are some relevant links for the news coverage. What’s Chinese Islamic cuisine? This talk (and dinner) can explain LA Times Taste travels: Los Angeles foodies explore China’s Islamic cuisine Al-Arabiya Weekend Planner: 25 Things To Do In Los Angeles LAist
  • China Travelogue by Ethar El-Katatney

    Wang Daiyu
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Ethar El-Katatney a journalist from Egypt, also known as Ibn Battuta Wannabe, has an interesting series of blogposts about her experiences in China in general and her experiences with Chinese Muslims in particular. Her posts provide an interesting take on Chinese Muslims from the perspective of a Muslim from the outside. Here is a relevant excerpt: And then seeing Muslim Chinese architecture was so beautiful. To realize that Islam has been here almost since the time of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). That even though they are a minority the people here have kept a steadfast hold on their…
  • Talk on Chinese American Muslims in Los Angeles

    Wang Daiyu
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I will be giving a talk on Chinese American Muslims in LA this Sunday (December 7th, 2014) which is being sponsored by the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). The event itself will be at the Chinese Islamic Restaurant in Rosemead. Let me know if you are in the area and we can meet up before or after the event. I will be in LA this Saturday and Sunday. I can be reached at
  • Islam in China is Back!

    Wang Daiyu
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    After a hiatus of almost 6 months, Islam in China is back. Expect regular posts from now onwards. Hope to see our regular visitors back again. Also expect to see updates on the Chinese American Muslims project.
  • Meeting Chinese Muslims in China

    Wang Daiyu
    29 May 2014 | 8:29 am
    Farrukh Younas talks about his experiences of meeting Chinese Muslims in China over at This is no more evident than in Xinjiang where on a trip to Urumqi, not only did I discover having just trekked to Glacier Number 1 in a -30c wind that my translator was in fact Muslim as well, but I asked her to recite the shahada, the Muslim testimony of faith, in Chinese. With a day free in Urumqi, I wandered around the city where I happened upon numerous mosques. This part of China, so close to central Asian countries was also full of visiting businessmen and women, including a number from…
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Greatest sporting icons Muhammad Ali, Pele and Sobers: Heroes of an Indian sports lover; coincidence all three of them are black!

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    In a conversation with a friend over the greatest sports icons, I instantly took names of three names--Muhammad Ali, Pele and Sobers.The names just came out without giving much thought. In fact, I later thought over it again, but I couldn't find anyone else who fits in this league.When I and those in my generation (who were born in seventies and began appreciating sports in the 1980s), these three sports stars were already icons for decades. We grew up with elders talking about them and reading about their heroics.For the sports crazy, it's an exhilarating thought, something not easy to…
  • Taliban are NOT HUMAN, surely NOT: Islamic world, leaders must stand up, go beyond condemnation to tackle the monsters and their ideology

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:57 am
    The Taliban are NOT HUMAN.SURELY NOT.Which ideology, belief or motivation can turn humans to become monsters and kill innocent children with such brutality.They are not MUSLIMSThey are not HUMANSThe world must shun Taliban and their ideology.Muslim world must stand up and take a decisive step.Taliban are MONSTERSTaliban are not HUMANSUlema, citizens, should say loud and clear, that all these groups are outside the pale of humanity and religion. After the attack in the school in Peshwar in Pakistan, that's the smallest first step which is needed. If this doesn't wake up everyone in Pakistan,…
  • Media's excessive, hysteric coverage of Australia hostage crisis led to worldwide panic: Is one madman enough to scare us all?

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    The Australian hostage crisis was no doubt serious but the amount of coverage it was given--live reporting across the world, for nearly 14 hrs, created panic across the globe.Is it fair? Is one madman or a criminal [and his actions] in a city [Sydney] enough to create scare in the entire world?No one says that it was a minor incident. But it is also a fact that it is not the first such case. Hostage situations regularly take place in cities across the world.The amount of live coverage and the publicity given to the incident, is astonishing. Aren't we terrorising ourselves?Isn't it that any…
  • Hindi shouldn't become India's national language, says eminent Hindi author in literary festival in Raipur

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    When renowned Hindi poet and author Ashok Vajpeyi, said that Hindi isn't India's national language and should not be one, the newspapers lapped it up and published the statement in a big way.Vajpeyi, 73, was speaking at Raipur literary festival in Chhattisgarh.He said what is not commonly spoken--the fact that Hindi is not Rashtriya Bhasha.No wonder, some newspapers tried to sensationalise the statement.Vajpeyi said that Hindi was never India's national language, but it was often termed as a national language."Nowhere in constitution, it is written that Hindi is national language", he was…
  • Bengaluru woman's race slur charge turns out to be fiction: She had attacked burqa clad women, then played the victim card

    13 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It is a sad story that how an educated and privileged woman, who is the daughter of an ex-MP, falsely claimed that she was racially abused but it turned out that she was the aggressor and her lie was exposed thanks to CCTV footage.Rachel Sangliana's allegation that two women at a supermarket racially abused her, drew instant attention. The reason was that her allegation that she was targeted for her looks, struck a chord. There have been many incidents when people from North East, have been targeted.Hence, it was taken seriously. Retired Supreme court judge, Markandeya Katju, who has a huge…
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    Islamophobia Watch

  • Éric Zemmour sacked over anti‑Muslim comments

    Bob Pitt
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Front National leader Marine Le Pen denounces Zemmour’s sacking France has been split down the middle by the sacking of the nation’s favourite – and at the same time most detested – hard-right, Islamophobe misogynist. Éric Zemmour was dismissed by the 24-hour news channel i-Télé after telling – or seeming to tell – an Italian journalist that France’s estimated five million Muslims should be “deported”  to avoid “chaos and civil war”. The channel’s decision was approved by anti-racist groups and some left-wing politicians. It was lambasted by senior figures on…
  • Reports and comment from Islamophobia Watch 15‑21 December

    Bob Pitt
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Reports and comment from Islamophobia Watch 15‑21 December 2014 German mosque vandalized with swastikas and racist graffiti  21 December 2014 Faith leaders stand in solidarity after Central Minnesota Islamic Center attacked  21 December 2014 Switzerland: plans for ‘burqa ban’ win support  21 December 2014 German Council of Jews chairman condemns ‘immensely dangerous’ PEGIDA movement  21 December 2014 Muslim woman assaulted by racists in Braunschweig  21 December 2014 Muslim reporter threatened in Paris metro  20 December 2014 Queensland bar & grill puts up ‘no…
  • German mosque vandalized with swastikas and racist graffiti

    Bob Pitt
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    A half-built mosque in the northwestern German town of Dormagen has been spray painted with swastikas and racist slogans. The act of vandalism comes as anti-Islamic demonstrations continue to grow across Germany. The perpetrators are reported to have entered the building site late Saturday/early Sunday morning. As well as the symbol associated to Nazis, the vandals also wrote slurs such as “off with you to the concentration camp!” The attack on the mosque has coincided with the rise of the controversial “anti-Islamization” PEGIDA movement in Germany. The group has been…
  • Faith leaders stand in solidarity after Central Minnesota Islamic Center attacked

    Bob Pitt
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    St. Cloud-area religious leaders said Sunday they stand with the Muslim community after a series of vandalism at the Central Minnesota Islamic Center. Religious and community members, including members of the Great River Interfaith Partnership, met Sunday at the Islamic center on Fourth Avenue South. In the past month four incidents of vandalism have been reported there. About 25 community members discussed the issue and looked at the damage done to the center. On Monday, Islamic center officials will meet with Bishop Donald Kettler. Abdul Kulane organized the meeting and said he wanted to…
  • Switzerland: plans for ‘burqa ban’ win support

    Bob Pitt
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A large majority of citizens is apparently in favour of introducing a nationwide ban on burqas for Moslem women in Switzerland according to an opinion poll. More than 60% of respondents said they would outlaw the Muslim religious garment in public spaces, says a survey by the Léger Switzerland polling institute. The SonntagsBlick newspaper says people of all age groups and both in the German- as well as in the French-speaking parts of the country would vote for a ban. About one in three respondents are apparently against it. A member of the rightwing Swiss People’s Party [Walter Wobmann,…
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • Silver Linings

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    2014 has been the year of the Great Boob Scare. So now I just call em Lumpy and am thankful that said Lumpies turned out to be benign. It has been the year of the Faith in Humanity is Overrated epiphany. Now, I scrape the bottom of my barrel of Optimism and pray that 2015 will see it refilled. It has been the year of Never Judge Others by The Standards You Set for Yourself. While learning that lesson is painful in the extreme,  I cannot help but feel that it will turn out to be one of my most valuable ever life lessons. I could start whining about Why He chose these specific tests for…
  • Chocolate Mousse

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    For me, the mark of a good recipe is simplicity. Probably because, as a working mother of five (yes, you read right), I just don’t have the time or energy for fussy culinary experiments. And if the recipe is versatile, then it’s a definite keeper. After all, cooking and baking ought to be an adventure every time. I’ve long been intrigued by chocolate mousse. I blame it on that picnic by the river some months back where the overpriced and unimpressive picnic basket we were supplied with, redeemed itself with a sliver of dark, gooey chocolate mousse cake. The venue wasn't half bad…
  • As Rewrites go...

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Dragon                         Sara’s eyes are black. Really, really dark black. And in my dreams, they’re red.“Mummy, how come Sara’s eyes are so black?” We’re having breakfast. Daddy is still asleep. Mummy is getting ready to go to school. “Asma, don’t you know your colours? Sara’s eyes are brown brown. Like chocolate. Remind me to go over your colours with you when I come home.” And then she’s gone. Mummy is always gone. Sometimes…
  • Muslim Guilt > Catholic Guilt

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    A few weeks ago Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs went viral because some ass decided that violating a woman’s privacy was fine. Because she’s a woman. In the aftermath of guys boasting of their single (or dual) handed orgies, Haji Mohamed Dawjee wrote in a Mail & Guardian column: “We live in a world where women must pay the price of being taken down a peg by a hacker or a this or that, for embracing their sexuality – whatever it is – or expressing their sexuality, in the very same way men do.”And I thought, wow, that’s optimistic. The idea that women actually do embrace…
  • Sliced sky

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    LordSave me from knowledgeThat cuts my world a thousand waysLike a frozen branch, a frozen skyFrom knowledge that turns me inside outUntil the last drop of my hot blood seeps into the bowels of an uncaring earthFrom knowledge that burnsLike fire-ants inside meBiting. Biting. Biting. It’s okay that I live a lieThat ‘us’ is more in my headThan it will ever be right hereIt’s okay that I feel lovedUnaloneRelevantThese are MY liesMy pretty liesLike rainbows that I  can feelOr laughter that I can tasteWithout my liesWhat have I But this, this thingInsideSo largeThis truthThat swallows…
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    Ahmed's World of Islam - Online

  • Think Before Speaking

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    "When one desires to talk, then it is upon him to think before he speaks. If there is beneficial good in what he will say, then he should speak. And if he has doubt about that, then he must not speak until he clears that doubt (by making his speech good)." Imam Shafi'i
  • Seal of Prophethood

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:14 am
    Jaabir bin Samurah (Radhiallahu Anhu reports that: "I saw the Seal of Prophethood of Rasullullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) between his two shoulders, which was like a red tumour (protruding flesh), the size of which was like that of a pigeon's egg". Commentary There are various and different narrations regarding the size and colour of the Seal of Prophethood of Sayyidina Rasullullah (
  • Benefit Others

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    As far as possible, try to help and benefit others As far as possible, try to help and benefit others irrespective of whether it be in worldly or Deeni irrespective of whether it be in worldly or Deeni matters. Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi
  • Character

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:16 am
    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • Remembrance of Death

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    ‘This brake of the remembrance of death restrains the vehicle of life from the accidents of sin.’ Maulana Yunus Patel (Rahmatullahi alayhi)
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    Bin Gregory Productions

  • Gurindam 12 Fasal 6

    7 Dec 2014 | 10:56 pm
    by Raja Ali Haji (1808-1873) English translation © Bin Gregory Productions This is the gurindam of the sixth issue: Seek you a companion Who can be for you a medicine. Seek you a guru Who can teach every enemy to you. Seek you a wife Who can devote to you her life. Seek you a friend. Choose one loyal to the end. Seek you a servant Whose manners are decent.Ini gurindam pasal yang keenam: Cahari olehmu akan sahabat, yang boleh dijadikan obat. Cahari olehmu akan guru, yang boleh tahukan tiap seteru. Cahari olehmu akan isteri, yang boleh menyerahkan diri. Cahari olehmu akan kawan, pilih segala…
  • Parang: the Malay machete

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Take the parang beneath the stairs Use the whetstone on an edge grown dull That faith be kept safe in prayer Prostrate daily five times in full. Ambil parang di bawah tangga Kalaulah tumpul asah di batu Agarlah iman tetap terjaga Laksanakan solat yang lima waktu Gardening in the tropics is a constant battle against the jungle. Being properly armed means carrying a machete. From Brazil to the Congo to the island of Borneo, farmers wield some form of long, sturdy knife for slashing and hacking back the relentless encroaching green. The Malaysian machete is the parang.   Short parang with…
  • Review: The Moor’s Account

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:10 pm
    By Laila Lalami. A conquistador leads a party of 600 into present-day Florida.  A decade later, four men from the expedition emerge in Mexico: three Spainards and a black Muslim.  This is The Moor’s Account.  If it is fiction, it is fiction truer than any American history I got in high school. It’s a story we need so much and nearly had, making the book seem more like the recovery of history than the inventing of it.   GoodReads Page
  • Review: Getting Filthy Rich

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is Mohsin Hamid’s 3rd book. Like The Reluctant Fundamentalist, it is short, well-paced and innovative. At 200 pages, you could read it in a day. In the second chapter, Hamid promises not to waste your time like the pompous gasbags of “foreign” literature such as Salman Rushdie. OK, he doesn’t mention Rushdie by name, but I know that’s who he meant. HTGFRIRA is addressed to the second person: you are receiving directions from the self-help book you hold in your hand. The device works flawlessly, allowing Hamid to zoom way out to discuss the…
  • Landscape and Environment in Islam

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    The Islamic Information Center of Kuching hosts the radio show IIC Speaks every Friday mornings on RedFM 91.9 at 11.30am. I was honored to appear on the show last month to speak about “Landscape and Environment in Islam.” Thanks very much to DJ Syerifah Farah who interviewed me in the studios of RTM Kuching, as well Vivie Abdullah, communications executive for the IIC. The book Green Deen by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is an excellent resource on environmental responsibility from an Islamic perspective and was invaluable to me in preparing for the interview. (The Malays say masuk bakul…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • From Humbleness to Wonderment and then Fleeing to God

    Sadiq Alam
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Some of the stations of the Wayfarer from Humbleness to Wonderment to Fleeing to GodHUMBLENESS, KHUSHU'"Has the time arrived for the faithful that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of God?" 57:16Humbleness involves a holy fear that is accompanied by awareness and humility. It involves three things: altruism and endurance in one's spiritual transactions, humility in service, and modesty and reverence in the inner consciousness.The signs of altruism and endurance in one's spiritual transactions are three: bad people are safe from the humble, good people are happy…
  • Maqam, Murshid and Murid: Sufi Way Stations and Master-Disciple Relationships in Conference of the Birds

    Sadiq Alam
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
     by Noora Kamel Farid ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds is an allegorical poem elaborating on the nature of mystical experience and the stages on a wayfarer’s path to the Divine. Using an overarching story of the hoopoe bird of Solomon who convinces a host of other birds to undertake a spiritual journey, ‘Attar maps out the human weaknesses that must be overcome before such a quest, as well as the arduous obstacles one will need to overcome to reach the goal. At each step of the journey, ‘Attar uses countless smaller tales within the frame story to underscore the point being…
  • Healing the Broken Heart

    Sadiq Alam
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    THE SHARING THAT INSPIREDSomeone wrote on Facebook and I quote here:It's mind numbing how many people I'm in touch with feel various versions of this:"There's a critter like underlying feeling that nothing is ok.I look at my blessings, there are so many of them.One minute my heart is full. The next minute - empty.One instance I think I'm ok, the very next I feel like crying.I try to think there are so many people on earth who has it much worse. It doesn't lessen my pain.I feel like crying.And crying.And then crying some more."As I have been contemplating, writing, sharing on spiritual…
  • What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works? Part 2

    Sadiq Alam
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Healing can occur when we are prepared to face, accept, and then work through the emotional issues which are connected with the physical illness. We can also turn inward for healing by accessing that place of the “silence of one’s being”. One’s inmost silence, a place of wholeness and beyond limitations that is free from disease, is reached in deep states of dhikr (the remembrance of God) or meditation.It is accessed in those moments when losing oneself utterly in prayer for the healing of a loved one or oneself, where one is in complete self-surrender. This radical shift of…
  • What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works?

    Sadiq Alam
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    We Can Never Thank EnoughIf we are lucky and enjoying good health, no complications, we are not suffering in hospital - then if we think about it, and if we have any idea about our own biology, the tremendously complex systems that is part of our physical being - then we may well understand that fact that we are actually immersed in an ocean of mercy from God. How is that? Because there are countless instances in our body where a very tiny thing if gone wrong can make us instantly paralyzed, can take away our ability to move any muscle or ability to speak or to move our finger tips.And when…
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  • #GivingTuesday Chat with Dr. Hussein Rashid | Ismailimail

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    #GivingTuesday Chat with Dr. Hussein Rashid | Ismailimail. My faith teaches that being attached to the world detaches you from God. Need balance btwn din (religion) & dunya (world) #GivingTuesday
  • Music Presentation - Ismaili Institutions for Canada

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Ismaili Institutions for Canada. Dr. Rashid’s presentation entitled “Sounding Off: Making National Narratives through Music” focused on how Muslims integrate different musical expressions to alter national narratives and normalize the presence of Muslims in North America. Dr. Rashid looked at musical genres from hip-hop to qawwali, including the practice of silence. The talk also touched on transnational flows, mixing of traditions, and Muslims ignorance of their own traditions. The question-and-answer revolved around two themes: valuing the human being and the race to cultural amnesia…
  • 'Serial' whodunit shows how perceptions of Muslims have changed (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

    6 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    'Serial' whodunit shows how perceptions of Muslims have changed (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service. The podcast “Serial” is an addictive radio documentary that revolves around a real-life whodunit: the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for the crime. It also illustrates how our thinking about Muslims has changed.
  • Why Peter Kassig was the Islamic State's greatest threat (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Why Peter Kassig was the Islamic State's greatest threat (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service. With each bloody act, Islamic State militants demonstrate their need for self-importance overrides any moral, ethical, or religious boundary. Peter Kassig’s beheading is a microcosm of all the Islamic State wants, and religion is not high on that list.
  • The delicate politics of school holidays (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    The delicate politics of school holidays (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service. Changing school calendars is a politically difficult maneuver because it makes statements about community identity. Our initial school calendar was determined by a mix of agricultural schedules and dominant religious thought. The result: summers off to work the land, and the end of December off to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Despite changing economies and demographics, we hold on to this system because it tells a story of who we are as a nation.
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    Muslim Thought

  • From Atheism to Belief: A Journey to Islam in North America by Dr. Jeffrey Lang (Part 1/17)

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:48 am
    From Atheism to Belief: A Journey to Islam in North America. This was the topic of a lecture delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Lang at McGill University on October 27, 2007. Dr. Jeffrey Lang was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1954.   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: From Atheism to Belief: A Journey to Islam in North America by Dr. Jeffrey Lang (Part 1/17) Related posts: From Atheism to Belief: A Journey to Islam in North America by Dr. Jeffrey Lang (Part 2/17) From Atheism to Belief: A Journey to Islam in North America by Dr. Jeffrey Lang (Part 6/17) From Atheism to Belief: A…
  • Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part8)

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:49 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.5, Part8) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part1) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3)   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part8) Related posts: Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.5, Part8) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part1) Theist vs atheist:Does God exist?(Ses.4, Part3)
  • Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    ISBN13: 9780825424281 Condition: NEW Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark. Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping Prices Product DescriptionAn updated and expanded edition of a best-selling and award-winning book Raised as Sunni Muslims, their   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs Related posts: Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs The Everything Understanding Islam Book: A Complete…
  • The BNP and the European Elections – Some Thoughts

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Its getting close to the European elections and if the predictions are to be believed, the British National Party will probably win lots more seats in the European council. I dont particularly care for getting into massive debate about Europe,   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The BNP and the European Elections – Some Thoughts Related posts: The Muslim 100: The Lives, Thoughts and Achievements of the Most Influential Muslims in History We Have Been Sent With Thoughts and Those Must be Expressed Thoughts on Racism
  • Moulana Dr.MMTaqui Khan 4th Moharram 22dec2009.mp4

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Moulana Dr MM Taqui Khan Majalis of 4th Moharram on Avenues to Islamic Thought topic Siqafat (Culture) Related posts: Moulana Dr.MMTaqui Khan 4th Moharram 1st continuation 22dec2009.mp4 Moulana Dr.MMTaqui Khan 3rd Moharram 21dec2009.mp4 Moulana Dr.MMTaqui Khan 3rd Moharram 2nd continaution   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Moulana Dr.MMTaqui Khan 4th Moharram 22dec2009.mp4 Related posts: Moulana Dr.MMTaqui Khan 4th Moharram 1st continuation 22dec2009.mp4 Moulana Dr.MMTaqui Khan 3rd Moharram 21dec2009.mp4 Moulana Dr.MMTaqui Khan 3rd Moharram 2nd continaution 21dec2009.mp4
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  • 17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm

    Alife Allah
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    It has been FOREVER since I have posted here. If you want to get in tune with my current project please jump over to Old Skoolie 1863: The Foundation. Get a glimpse into this ambitious endeavor.
  • Mount Morris Jewels

    Alife Allah
    30 May 2012 | 9:20 pm
    Watch "Who Are The Five Percent: MT Morris (Jewels)" on YouTube
  • Earth Appreciation Day recap by Original Author

    Alife Allah
    4 Apr 2012 | 7:14 am
  • I'm going to need you to add on!

    Alife Allah
    2 Apr 2012 | 8:00 am
    From the Universal Street Academy The Universal Street Academy is dedicated to positive change in our community so that it inspires the hearts and minds of our youth to achieve what was previously thought unachievable. We work to encourage our neighbors and community members to take positive action. We build to inspire those who have thought or walked along a destructive path and to present an alternative to them. We build to invigorate our elders and give them a sense of safety and security they have long missed. Located at 3306 Germantown Avenue, in the heart of North Philadelphia, the…
  • Social Equality in C-Truth

    Alife Allah
    26 Mar 2012 | 2:07 pm
    A Short Film by Original Author Allah
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    Margari Aziza

  • Call for US and Canadian Muslim Participants in Study on Inter-Ethnic Relations

    Margari Aziza Hill
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    As Programming Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative,  I  am asking for your support in distributing our Study of Inter-Ethnic Relations in Muslim Communities. Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) is a group of Muslims working together to build and collect the tools needed to creatively address and effectively challenge racism in our communities. As a human rights organization, we focus on education, advocacy, and outreach. Our survey  is an eight question questionnaire intended to gauge perceptions of race and ethnic relations in Canada and the United States.  In order…
  • Open Letter to the Organizers of the African-American Islamic Summit

    Margari Aziza Hill
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
      Surah al-Ahzab 33:35 “Verily for all men and women who have surrendered themselves to God, and all believing men and believing women, and all truly devout men and truly devout women, and all men and women who are true to their word, all men and women who are patient in adversity, and all men and women who humble themselves [before Allah], and all men and women who give in charity, and all self-denying men and self-denying women, and all men and women who are mindful of their chastity, and all men and women who remember Allah unceasingly: for [all of] them has Allah readied…
  • Call for Muslim Organizations to Stand with Ferguson

    Margari Aziza Hill
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Img source: St. Louis Post Dispatch retrieved August 13, 2014 from Inspired by a letter written by Rev. Dr. Keith Bolton and Rev. Deborah Blood Co-Chairs of the Sacred Conversations on Race Ministry, which was posted on Facebook I wrote up a similar letter which I would love to see from Muslim leaders and civil liberties organizations. Here is a brief excerpt: Salam alaikum, We await the grand jury decision on whether Darren Wilson, the police officer who fired on and killed unarmed Michael Brown, will be indicted on criminal charges. Our Noble Prophet ﷺ said, “By…
  • #IAmMuslimARC

    Margari Aziza Hill
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      This short video below outlines one of the major motivation for doing this work, my work in an Islamic school. I am committed to supporting healthy environments for Muslim children to thrive and prosper. I found that many of our children were ill equipped with the skills necessary to challenge the racism they faced, whether it came from their peers or from the broader society. I don’t want people to think that the experience was all negative. I saw many wonderful examples of students and families who embodied Islam. I have a young daughter and I constantly pray that my daughter…
  • Muslim Anti-Racism Response to Structural Racism

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

  • And Then We Came To the End

    Laila Lalami
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I was so happy to return home this morning that when I stepped off the jetway at LAX, I wanted to fall on my knees and kiss the ground. The book tour was great fun, but after seventeen cities I was starting to show signs of wear. There were days when a cab driver would ask me where I had flown from and it would take me a minute to remember where I was and where I had been. Now I’m looking forward to spending the next few months at home and getting back to my writing routine. Before I disappear into my writing cave again, I wanted to mention that The Moor’s Account was included in…
  • Last Stop on The Tour

    Laila Lalami
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Good news! The Moor’s Account received a great review in the December 1st issue of the New Yorker. It was also selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Fiction Books of 2014. Thank you again to everyone who has read the book, shared news about it, or attended one of my events. My last stop on the Moor’s Account book tour will be in Austin, where I will take part in the UT Symposium for African Writers. Here are the details for my reading: December 3, 2014 3:00 PM Reading and conversation with Maaza Mengiste University of Texas at Austin Liberal Arts Building 1.302E I’m…
  • November Events

    Laila Lalami
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    What a pleasure and an honor it was to be part of the Chinua Achebe Legacy Series at CCNY! Thank you to all who came to my reading. I’m back home now, but already preparing for two other events. I will be in Arizona next week, for a reading at Yavapai College: November 14, 2014 7:00 PM Reading and on-stage conversation Yavapai College 1100 E. Sheldon Street Prescott, Arizona The following weekend, I will be in Florida for the Miami Book Fair, doing a reading with Kathryn Harrison and Kristin Downey. Here are the details: November 23, 2014 2:30 PM Miami Book Fair Room 8503 Building 8,…
  • Readings, Interviews, TV

    Laila Lalami
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    I feel like I’ve been on an airplane for the last couple of weeks. I went to the Chicago Humanities Festival, where I gave a reading, followed by a conversation with Gina Frangello. (Here is a recap of the event, if you’re interested.) Then I went back home for one day and had to head right back out for the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. I met with my lovely Canadian editor, gave two readings at Harbourfront Centre, and did a panel conversation with Sarah Waters and Valerie Martin for Writers & Company on CBC. In other news, I will be on The Late Late Show with…
  • October 26, 2014

    Laila Lalami
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    12:30PM Laila Lalami in conversation with Gina Frangello Chicago Humanities Festival Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Screening Room, University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Share/Bookmark
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  • Dear Brother in Islam, Assalamu alaykum. Recently ...

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    Dear Brother in Islam, Assalamu alaykum.Recently I have seen that several websites including yours have posted a fatwa by Mufti Ebrahim Desai on smoking.I have made several efforts to contact him, but failed. Could you please let me know whether the book, Ninety-nine Harms of Smoking by Muhammad Abdul Ghaffaar Al-Afghani as mentioned in one of his fatwas by Mufti Desai has been published? If so please let me know the name and address of the publisher with year of publication. By the way do you have Mufti’s contact address? I shall be grateful if you could kindly help.The reason is that I…
  • Do people recall ones mother or even siste...

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Do people recall ones mother or even sister walking In regards to the house wearing Mask some sort of green mask? anybody were your own wrinkle masks involving old. Today, just about all wrinkle masks are colorless, ALONG WITH become absorbed directly into the skin.
  • Thank you for doing a great job with this article!...

    30 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Thank you for doing a great job with this article! Deenwise is the most ‘Comprehensive’ Islamic app featuring everything that a Muslim needs in their day to day life. We have striven to include as much as we can in a single app. Download App for iPhone:
  • Assalam mu alikum brothers and sisters, Please wat...

    29 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Assalam mu alikum brothers and sisters, Please watch these amazing videos about…
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    29 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Assalam mu alikum brothers and sisters, Please watch these amazing videos about…
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  • Vote now in the (delayed slightly) Brass Crescent Awards!

    Aziz Poonawalla
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Voting in this year's Brass Crescent Awards is now underway, after a few months' delay. Here's the explanation from the official site: We would like to sincerely apologize for the delay in this year's voting. The reason for the delay was that we did not have sufficient blogsphere nominations as...Read the full post here »
  • Midamar halal beef – charged with fraud

    Aziz Poonawalla
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    This is disturbing news - the company Midamar, well known for its halal meat products, has been charged with fraud for falsely advertising its beef as...Read the full post here »
  • men should accept blame; women should assert agency

    Aziz Poonawalla
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:56 pm
    The following rant was posted on Facebook by a friend of mine, and I have her permission to reproduce it in its entirety. Systems of patriarchy are sometimes so entrenched, we just accept them as part of normal daily interactions. Popular discourse often maintains that it's men who do such and such to women--thereby reinforcing the active/passive stereotype--but...Read the full post here »
  • My first day of wearing rida to school

    Aziz Poonawalla
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Zainab Jamali is a teenaged Muslim American girl in Los Angeles. As a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community, she recently took her misaq (an oath marking the symbolic passage to adulthood) on the hand of the community's spiritual leader, the 53rd Dai ul-Mutlaq, His Holiness Syedna (Mola) Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS). After misaq, it is considered obligatory for women to dress in the traditional rida, an...Read the full post here »
  • Muslims en masse for Modi at Madison Square

    Aziz Poonawalla
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to a huge crowd of Indian expats in New York City on Monday night, outlining his vision of India's future and making an explicit appeal to the NRI community to support their home country - particularly with their wallets. Modi was also saavy enough to recognize that visas remain a perennial hassle for NRIs seeking to...Read the full post here »
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  • Coming of the Magi

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: In the days before Christmas, I confess that one of my favorite parts of the story of the birth of Jesus, or Isa ibn Mariyam, is the coming of the Magi, and the legends that have grown up around them. In Christian tradition, the Magi, also referred to as the Three Wise Men, Three Kings, or Kings from the East, are said to have visited the baby Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. The word Magi is a Latinization of the plural of the Greek word magos, itself from Old Persian maguŝ from the religious/priestly caste into which…
  • Rumi’s Wedding Night – December 17th, 1273

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: On December 17th, 1273 AD, Mevlana Jalal al-din Rumi died at Konya. The 17th of December is thus called Sheb-i Arus, meaning ‘Bride’s Night” or ‘Nuptial Night’ or ‘Wedding Night,’ because of the union of Mevlana with God. As Rumi’s epitaph states: ‘When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men.’ Rumi was a universally loved genius, one of the greatest servants of humanity, founder of the Mevlevi Sufi Brotherhood, his poetry and doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness and…
  • In Memory of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Monday, December 10th would have been the 88th birthday of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh (12/10/1926 – 10/10/2008), the late and beloved Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order,  may God sanctify his secret. In his memory, this poem is dedicated. Love is the answer to every question An ocean emerging from a drop This you taught us by your every action, every word, The revealed science of the heart, the key to the door of the spirit that is never locked To serve the One, serve all, you said, Eat but a little, Feed the soul instead As long as life remains, and then The drop…
  • Psalm

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I am still on a rooftop in Brooklyn on your holy day. The harbor is before me, Governor’s Island, the Verrazano Bridge and the Narrows. I keep in my head what Rabbi Nachman said about the world being a narrow bridge and that the important thing is not to be afraid. So on this day I bless my mother and father, that they be not fearful where they wander. And I ask you to bless them and before you close your Book of Life, your Sefer Hachayim, remember that I always praised your world and your splendor and that my tongue tried to say your name on Court Street in Brooklyn. Take me safely…
  • Watering the Seeds of Prayer – Thich Nhat Hanh

    30 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: In prayer you touch the wholesome seeds in your consciousness and water them. These are seeds of compassion, love, understanding, forgiveness and joy. If while praying you can recognize these seeds in you and help them grow, your prayer is already a deep practice. Prayer is a practice to help us touch love and bring it into our lives. - Thich Nhat Hanh  Ya Haqq! Filed under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Thich Nhat Hanh quote
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  • Nick Cohen shows his irrational hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood

    Matthew Smith
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Why must we tolerate police spies in our midst? | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer Nick Cohen, as long-time readers will know, has a long-standing hostility to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well he might, being an atheist secular liberal while they are a religiously-based party. When hundreds of thousands demonstrated in central London against the Iraq war that he supported, he ignored the people marching and looked only at the organisers — the “enemies of economic freedom” (communists) and the “enemies of sexual freedom” (the Brotherhood). This was a…
  • Discriminatory on every level

    Matthew Smith
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    Man faces deportation as UK wife’s salary too low Last week a couple found out that they had been refused the right to settle in the UK and would have to split or resettle to the husband’s home country of South Africa (which is what they have decided to do). The reason was that the British wife’s income, at £19,786 for 2014 (she runs a craft-making business in Cornwall) was too low for a couple with a child; the British spouse must make £22,400, while if they do not have a child, the threshold is £18,600). This is ostensibly so that someone cannot bring in a spouse and…
  • Quality, not quantity

    Matthew Smith
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    On Thursday the inquest into the death of Nico Reed, who died in a Southern Health supported living unit in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, returned a narrative verdict which stated that his death was the result of “aspiration of gastric contents” with an “underlying cause of cerebral palsy”. He found that Nico could have been saved if he had been checked every 20 minutes, as stated in the care plan, but that this was intended as a guideline and could only be a guideline as there was only one members of staff at night to look after four severely disabled residents. Yesterday…
  • Tories’ “£15bn roads revolution” is a pre-election con

    Matthew Smith
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Today the government announced their intention to spend £15billion on an ambitious set of new road projects, including improvements to several junctions on the M25, a tunnel near Stonehenge on the A303 and the dualling of the A1 north of Newcastle as far as the Scottish border. The reader may have already guessed that there is not the time to do even one of these things before the next election in May next year. A few of these schemes, however, simply will not happen. To begin with, a brief look at the press releases (like this one for the South East) show that many of the schemes included…
  • Feminists throw Billy-no-mates under the bus

    Matthew Smith
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    A letter to … the girl who accused me of rape when I was 15 | Life and style | The Guardian I knew when I saw this piece in today’s Guardian Family supplement that it would provoke a torrent of outrage from feminists that the matter of false accusations of rape by women and girls is even being discussed. (Incidentally, in the Saturday pages in the main section, there is another article on how Legal Aid Cuts are putting victims of domestic violence in danger, something the paper has covered at length.) Sure enough, within an hour I saw a series of tweets from a radical feminist…
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  • Heroic Teachers in Peshawer

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    [This story of incredible bravery needs to be widely distributed. As we try to make sense of such a senseless cowardly act, it is well to remember such bravery by these incredible women] Pakistanis for Gender Equality, December 18, 2014 As the nation mourns the Peshawar school attack, let us also commend the exemplary bravery shown by these women (amongst others) who gave their lives in the hopes of protecting Pakistan’s tomorrow. Who says women are weak? Can our leaders show this kind of resolve to save this country from the TTP barbarians? Let us not let their sacrifices be in vain.
  • Slavery in the Ottoman Era

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    Check out the new podcast by Nur Sobers-Khan on the Ottoman History Podcast Site. Here is a description of the podcast: The legal and social environments surrounding slavery and manumission during the early modern period varied from place to place and profession to profession. In this episode, Nur Sobers-Khan presents her exciting research on the lives of a particular population of slaves in Ottoman Galata during the late eighteenth century, how they were classified and documented under Ottoman law, and the terms by which they were able to achieve their freedom.
  • Terrorist Plumbers and Texas

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:12 am
    So here is the story. A plumber in Texas (some of the least rosy redneck territory out there where they gulp down tequila or whiskey with their tea partying) sells his old Ford truck and forgets to remove his logo. The auction house sends it along the chain of used cars and trucks, not knowing where it might end up. This is the automotive counterpart of banking derivatives and we know how great that was. Then one day there is a tweet from the Ansar al-Jil terrorist faction in Syria showing a new use for the old leaky-faucet-repair truck: a large gun mounted and firing (probably at nothing in…
  • Everyday Islam

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:52 pm
    by Kathryn Zyskowski, Cultural Anthropology Click here to read the five articles and interviews with the authors. This collection gathers together five articles previously published in Cultural Anthropology, by Naveeda Khan, Hayder Al-Mohammad, Carolyn Rouse and Janet Hoskins, Kenneth George, and Arzoo Osanloo. The collection also includes interviews with the authors, who reflect on their work, as well a commentary on the whole collection from Charles Hirschkind. The articles engage with everyday aspects of living, negotiating, and constructing the world among contemporary Muslims. Moving…
  • Obama: Beast, Antichrist or Mahdi

    14 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Is it hard to image what President Obama has not been called. The tea party partisans say he is not an American; many Republicans think he is a Muslim (or Arab as though there is any difference). And he has let Muslim Brothers take over the government. He is obviously a socialist, if not a communist. And then there is what the Bible has to say about this American president (not to mention several others before him and quite a few defunct world leaders). So some prophecy sites on Youtube say he is the Beast of Revelation. After all, the secret service calls his presidential limousine…
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  • Omanis to spend more on luxury goods in 2015

    seban scaria
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Omani residents overwhelmingly select Dubai as their preferred place to shop in the MENA region
  • Oil prices will improve – Saudi minister

    seban scaria
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Non-cooperation by producers outside the OPEC and the actions of speculators had led to continued drop in prices
  • Abu Dhabi market rally halted

    Gérard Al-Fil
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    The ADX General Index fell by 0.78 per cent to 4,481.58 points on Monday, December 22. The session marked the first market decline since a post-crash buying frenzy kicked off on Dec. 16. Market bellwether Etisalat whose full name is Emirates Telecommunication Corporation lost slightly to reach AED11.15. Abu Dhabi National Hotels recorded the biggest […]
  • Aster Medical Centre opens in Al Warqa – 2

    Ishraq Al Tal
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Aster DM Healthcare has announced opening of Aster Medical Centre in Al Warqa – 2, Dubai. Aimed at offering easy accessibility to the vast residential community in and around Al Warqa, the new Clinic takes a holistic approach to healthcare ensuring all basic healthcare requirements of patients are met with under one roof. Spanning over […]
  • KFH demonstrates products, services at General Organization for Social Insurance

    Rana Mesbah
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    Kuwait Finance House (KFH) demonstrates its services and products for employees and visitors of General Organization for Social Insurance. This step comes as part of KFH’s efforts to offer clients its services and products wherever they are and to attract new client segments. A specialized team from the Direct Sales Unit is available at KFH […]
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  • Six ideas for Pakistan to defeat the Taliban

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    There’s a lot Pakistan could do to root out terrorism. But will it?   It is being seen as a watershed moment in Pakistan, the December 16 massacre of 142 children and teachers in Peshawar. Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership has vowed to act against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The first policy response was to lift […]
  • Will Peshawar attack change Pakistan’s policy on terror?

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    Pakistan’s predicament is a sad tale of domestic Islamist identity enmeshed with the regional dynamics. The latest strike by the Pakistani branch of the Taliban movement has jolted the globe. It was not the first attack on civilians. Earlier, Pakistani markets, religious processions and Hazara settlements have been targeted, killings hundreds. But the barbarity of […]
  • The Perils of Reporting in Pakistan

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    The toll of Taliban attacks is measured in more than bodies. By MARY LOUISE KELLY Stay in the news business long enough, and you become hardened to brutality. But the reports from Pakistan overnight hit me hard on Tuesday morning. How to comprehend such evil? One hundred forty-five dead at the Taliban’s hands, more than […]
  • Kal bhi woh darte the

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    A few lines I wrote after Malala’s Nobel and some of the reactions of Pakistanis on social media (English translit. below) کل بھی وہ ڈرتے تھے نہتی لڑکیوں سے آج بھی نالاں ہیں وہی مذہب کے بیوپاری اہک ننھی ملالہ سے! وہ جھوٹے دعوے کرنے والے وہ بے ایمانی کے سوداگر دہشت کے پجاری کیا […]
  • Meeting Samiya

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I saw Dukhtar with the film’s protagonist, rekindling memories personal and political It was utterly delightful when my friend Samiya Mumtaz – now a celebrated actor – informed me that she was visiting the US to attend the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) where her recent film ‘Dukhtar’ was being premiered. SAIFF is a formidable […]
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  • Reviving the Role of the Masjid | Part 1

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Written by Dr. Hatem AlHaj   As the primary religious institution, the masjid has the greatest role in community building, and its success in performing this role is essential for the wellbeing of the community, particularly where Muslims live as minorities. Sadly, the role of the masjid in many Muslim communities around the globe has recently been reduced to being a physical place where prayers are offered. It is time to reverse that trend and revive the role of this institution to what it was in the early history of Islam. Such a revival cannot be fully realized without first…
  • Sh. Qasim Hatem’s Road From The Rose Bowl To Religion

    Amaar Abdul-Nasir
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hatem in 2000 (Photo: University of Washington) At the moment he accepted that he was going to die on the cold bathroom tile of his college apartment, a life that had revolved around football for Qasim Hatem found a familiar and yet entirely new focus. In the spring of 2001, Hatem was a 20-year-old defensive lineman at the University of Washington, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound force in the trenches for the reigning Rose Bowl champions. Going into his redshirt junior season for the Huskies, Hatem was beginning to draw the attention of NFL scouts and college football kingmakers. And then one morning,…
  • New Canadian Law to Declare Polygamy a ‘Barbaric Cultural Practice’

    Waleed S. Ahmed
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Canada is taking the lead role in banning barbaric cultural practices. Nay, I should rather say, it's taking a lead role in banning practices that the Harper government considers barbaric. Actually, to be more precise, its banning practices already illegal in Canada – which the Harper government has decided to declare 'barbaric' simply because they believe immigrants and refugees are guilty of practicing them. These are some of the obvious conclusions of the self-righteous and bizarrely titled 'Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act'. Yes, that's the official title –…
  • 22 Study Skills from the Quran

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    By Asharib Syed **Editor's Note: Many of the ayahs referenced by number below are partial ayahs. Imam Suyuti defines a verse as “Kullu ayatin wafqatun li tadabur”—“every verse is a moment of reflection, a pause for contemplation.”[1] Qur'an is relevant today, just as it was almost 2 millennia ago. We need to learn to use it, and make it our friend throughout all stages of life, all circumstances and all experiences. Including in our student-life. Here are 22 lessons of guidance from the Qur'an for students till the end of time: Gratitude The first bridge connecting humanity with the…
  • Charity Week: It Really is as Epic as The Lord of the Rings

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Lord of the Rings (LOTR): long books, totally epic movies.  However, let's put aside the huge productions that are the movies and the intricacies that make up the book for a moment, and think about what it is within the story itself that makes it so appealing? Gandalf's “you shall not pass” moment? Talking trees? Sméagol's split personality? Personally, I like to think that its appeal is more Charity Week-esque… “Charity Week for Orphans and Needy Children”, an initiative that does what it says on the tin and would on the surface seem to have no parallels with LOTR. But…
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  • The Islamic State (known as #ISIS) Bans its Soldiers from Using iPhone, iPad and GPS Phones and Devices

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    undefined Islamic State (known as ISIS or IS) has issued a statement to its soldiers saying that iPhone, iPad and all Apple’s communications products are banned among IS Soldiers and officials. The ban also includes any device that has GPS, as the orders are to remove any GPS service from any device. The announcement was made via a statement the Arabic news website DawaAlhaq obtained. The reason behind this decision according to IS statement is to save lives and properties “during the brutal crusader campaign against the Islamic State, and to prevent in intrusion attempts that the…
  • BREAKING: Japan’s Cookpad to acquire Lebanon’s Shahiya, the Arab world’s leading recipe website, for $13.5 million

    Gaith Saqer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Cookpad (TSE:2193) announced today that it reached a definitive agreement to fully acquire Netsila, the Lebanese company behind, the leading Arabic recipe website, for $13.5 million. Shahiya is the go-to digital cooking destination in the Arab world, with more than 3 million monthly users of which 90% are women; in Saudi Arabia alone, Shahiya serves more than 1 million users per month. Tomoya Yasuda, Head of Cookpad International, commented, “This acquisition is in line with Cookpad’s mission of leveraging technology to make everyday cooking fun and accessible to everyone. It…
  • Egyptian Electronics Startup Integreight Wins Regional Final For The Olympics for Startups Get in the Ring Middle East

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Wednesday evening the winner of the Get in the Ring Regional Final of the Middle East, better known as ‘The Olympics for Startups’ was selected in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was the first ever Regional Final of Get in the Ring hosted in the Middle East after Get in the Ring started a strategic partnership with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in September. After surviving a pre-selection round and a national final, the 8 most promising startups of the Middle East were selected to battle for the regional title of Get in the Ring: Middle East, STC Challenge. The winner would also secure a place in…
  • What are the Plans for the Successful UAE Based Luxury Watches E-commerce Startup Kanary Watches in the Next 5 Years

    Gaith Saqer
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Mohamed Shawky the CEO Luxery Watches e-commerce startup Kanary Watches sent us the following Q&A as a profile for his company, mentioning the current status and achievements of Kanary Watches and his plans to expand into Kanary Gifts in Jan 2015 selling luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. 1. Describe your business Kanary Gifts is an online eCommerce portal that sells luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. Kanary Gifts is considered as a powerful expansion to Kanary Watches ( which is running for…
  • Facebook Admits to Censoring Content that Criticize Governments in the Arab World & in Collaborating with the CIA

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    At AC we mentioned a lot about Facebook collaboration with the CIA and its censorship of Arab spring anti government pages and content specially those with Islamic flavor. Today facebook confessed to what we have been reporting and admitted that it is collaborating with Arab and “Muslim” governments in censoring content that critics these governments and also with the US intelligence agencies such as the CIA. In its Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests we received for the first half of 2014. facebook…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – December 15th, 2014

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Dalits on RSS list, Distorting history, eulogising Gandhi's killer Godse, Forced conversions, Hindutvisation of public spaces, Muzaffarnagar riots, Ram NaikIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Forced conversions in Agra and call for anti-conversion bill are brazen attacks on India’s Constitution say Indian Americans Communal Harmony Workshop by minorities commission to spread communal harmony News Headlines Agra: Muslim families deny changing faith, slam Hindu groups Conversion row: RSS man booked Forced conversions and call [...](Read more...)
  • Forced conversions in Agra and call for anti-conversion bill are brazen attacks on India’s Constitution say Indian Americans

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Categories: Press releaseTags: anti-conversion bill, anti-conversion laws, attacks on India's Constitution, conversions in Agra, forced conversion drive, forced conversion programme, Forced conversions, Hindutva militant organizations, majoritarian agendaSunday, Dec 14, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC –, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has condemned the forced conversion of Muslims in Agra as well as the government’s suggested “remedy”, of pushing the anti-conversion bill, currently…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – December 8th, 2014

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Categories: News DigestTags: Babri Masjid demolition, Bhagavad Gita row, Bhopal gas victims, godman, Hindu nation, Hindutva literature, Modi Sarkar, Nithari case, saffronisation of educationIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Muslim groups urge President Pranab Mukherjee to refer all Babri Masjid cases to Supreme Court TMC seeks probe into death of judge hearing Sohrabuddin case Hindutva literature widens communal chasm Sushma Swaraj’s call for making Gita ‘national scripture’ an effort to make India a Hindu nation: NDA [...](Read more...)
  • Burning of church in Delhi an attack on minorities say Indian Americans

    5 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Categories: Press releaseTags: Anti-Christianity, Bharatiya Janata Party, Chhattisgarh, Christianity in India, Christmas, Delhi, India, International Christian Concern, Modi, Politics, Politics of India, Prime Minister, Religion/Belief, Religious violence in India, Social Issues, Vatican Radio, War/ConflictExpressions of solidarity with Christians in India, condemnation of hate speech by BJP Minister Niranjan Jyoti   Washington D.C – Wednesday, December 03, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC –, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s…
  • IAMC-NJ Fund Raiser Dinner

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    Categories: New JerseyJoin and support IAMC Fund Raiser on December 13th(Read more...)
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  • पेशावर
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    Went to school, never came back (Courtesy: चलो अब दफ़्न करते हैं, हंसी को, मुस्कराहट को, शरारत, गुदगुदी को, क़हक़हों को, खिलखिलाहट को, किताबों से भरा बस्ता लिए क़दमों की आहट को चलो अब दफ़्न करते हैं, वोह नन्हीं कोंपलें, ग़ुंचे अभी जो खिल नहीं पाए, हवा के…
  • Rockets fired from Gaza to Mediterranean: Israeli Army

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    Jerusalem: Several rockets were launched Monday from the northern Gaza Strip into the Mediterranean Sea as part of tests performed by Palestinian armed groups, Israeli media reported. A military spokesman confirmed to Efe news agency the firing of rockets without specifying their number. Last Friday, Israeli aircraft bombed a position of the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, the "Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades" in Gaza, in which no injuries were recorded. The airstrike, the first of its kind since a ceasefire was agreed in late August ending the Israeli military offensive in Gaza,…
  • Indians get new passport, visa centres in Saudi Arabia

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Riyadh: Outsourcing agency VFS Global will open three new centres in Saudi Arabia to facilitate better passport, visa and consular services for Indians, a media report said Monday. "We are pleased to announce the commencement of our new passport/visa/consular outsourcing services from Jan 1, 2015,” the Indian Consulate in Jeddah said in a press release Sunday. “The new arrangement aims to provide better services to the Indian diaspora living under the jurisdiction of the consulate.” The three centres will come up in Jeddah, Abha and Tabuk and will be well equipped to deal with all kinds…
  • Indian arrested in UAE on fraud charges

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Dubai: An Indian national, posing as a police officer, has been arrested along with a Pakistani accomplice in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for trying to defraud a man of money, a media report said Monday. The suspects convinced an Indian man, wanted by the police in several cases, that they were Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers and could remove his criminal record if he paid them money, Khaleej Times reported. The man, however, informed the police in Sharjah after which a trap was laid. The duo was arrested red-handed while receiving the money. The Indian man was identified…
  • Anti-terror war can be won through unity: Imran Khan

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    Peshawar: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said Monday that the war on terror can be won through unity of the nation, Radio Pakistan reported. The war is difficult but not impossible, Imran Khan said during a press conference in Peshawar Monday. The PTI chief demanded restoration of the original role to the Frontier Constabulary, legislation to ban illegal SIMs, better border management to regulate movement on Pakistan-Afghanistan border, immediate repatriation of illegal Afghan refugees, and firm plans for repatriation of the registered ones. He also proposed provision of…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • Concept of Democracy Without Corruption: A study

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal People in general are too greedy and are eager to misuse power to make wealth illegally and in doing so, they don’t mind committing crimes as the system is expected to shield them. For American and European leaders democracy primarily means elections that are mandatory to claim legitimacy to rule a nation in favor of capitalists and they refuse to link democracy with well being of common people. But is that enough for a true democracy? Is an election quite enough to conduct the nation’s endeavors honesty? Against this background, the great thinkers spread…
  • Jaipur’s Rabbani Sr.Secondary School to upgrade to college level, spread wings: Maulana Mujaddidi

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    By Pervez Bari Bhopal: Since the secret of development of Indian Muslims is hidden in acquiring modern education in a systematic manner the management of Imam Rabbani Public School at Jaipur has decided to upgrade it from senior secondary school to college level while opening more branches of this English medium school to widen the area of its activities. Maulana Mohammad Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, Rector of Jamea-Tul-Hidaya, Jaipur, made this announcement while delivering key-note address at the annual “Achievement & Award Ceremony-2014” of Imam Rabbani Public School earlier this month…
  • Review of play Saara Ka Sara Asman: Life and struggles of the Pakistani Urdu poetess Sara Shagufta

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    By Mohammad Aleem Watching a play always fascinates me a lot because it gives a unique opportunity to watch some lively performances which is hard to come by in other ways so easily. It helps you to ruminate something very serious and thought provoking. For a long time, I had not been to any theatre. That’s why I was quite excited to see it. Luckily, I could watch this one at SSS 1 Auditorium at Jawahar Lal Nehru University, on Monday, 8th December 2014, at 6:30 pm. The play was based on the life and struggles of the Pakistani Urdu poetess, Sara Shagufta, known as the Sylvia Plath of the…
  • New Delhi’s Scholar School celebrates 5th Annual Day

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    IMO News Service New Delhi: The Scholar School celebrated its 5th Annual Day Programme on 14th December 2014 at the school campus with full enthusiasm and vitality. Mr. Salimullah Khan, National Coordinator Human Welfare Foundation, welcomed the guests. The programme began with Qira’t and Hamd by the Students. Javed Iqbal, Honorary Secretary of the school presented the Annual Report. The chief guest, Qamar Ahmad, Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, appreciated the school’s efforts in co-coordinating such programmes and also encouraged the students to make the best use of the…
  • Mustafa Shakir Barodawala wins silver and bronze medals in Archery competition

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    IMO News Service Trichy (Tamil Nadu): Mustafa Shakir Barodawala an administrator at Aljamea Tus Saifiyah, an Arabic Academy administered by Dawoodi Bohra chief His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Surat, represented the State of Gujarat in the 5th National Indoor Archery Championship – 2014 organised by Field Archery Association of India (FAAT). Mr Barodawala, a lone participant from the state, won 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at the event. The event was held at Congunadu College in Trichy. The event was attended by 300 participants from eight states.
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • 10 Great and not so great things you can experience at a Muslim Wedding

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
      Here at Perfect Muslim Wedding we want to inspire and educate you about Muslim Weddings and beyond. What is beyond? the actual marriage, so we want to keep in touch and kind of virtually hold your hand along the way. For those who have never attended a Muslim wedding, here are five great things and five not so great things you need to know about them. Photo courtesy Amna HakimPhotography What is great? Great Food. Muslims come from 49 Muslim majority and many Muslim minority countries. What does this mean, a lot of cuisines. Great Decor. Muslims have created, inherited some beautiful…
  • Real Wedding: Sahar and Imran

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Sahar Pirzada & Imran Javed Khan Sahar: “I had the best time of my life at my wedding. I left all the planning to my family so luckily for me I just had to show up and party away. Each event had a different vibe. The mehndi was extremely colorful and fun. My aunties organized what songs they wanted to sing ahead of time and made sure to include all my favorites. The dances were spectacular. The most exciting part of the mehndi was Imran’s surprise performance. The nikkah was intimate and emotional. Almost every family member on my side was in tears. It was a simple and…
  • 5 Ways to Flirt with Your Spouse

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    It’s important in a marriage relationship to keep things fresh. If you take each other for granted that is a bad sign. Instead create the mood and feeling of desire just like before you were married. Keep the sparks going and the flame alight.  Spend a few moments jotting down your greatest hits from your years together. Make a Top 10 List.   Listen, Touch, Talk. Ask a question you maybe curious about, that shows interest in your spouse. It could be about growing up, or a fantasy, or a highlight of your marriage, eg places you made love. Daily find an opportunity to touch your…
  • Real Wedding: Mariyam and Omer

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    This real wedding is Mariyam Azam and Omer Ali Khan in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are some photos:   Our nikkah ceremony and reception took place a year before our walimah, at Mehran Banquet Hall & Restaurant in Pittsburg, CA. Sabah Azam Photography photographed the event and also did a wedding photo shoot for us at our alma mater, UC Berkeley, a year later. The cake was catered from an East Bay baker who has since retired, Sue Faina. The venue was decorated by Farzana and Nadeem Mohammed of Milaap Events. My makeup artist for this event was Farhana Baig, and for the…
  • 7 Tips For Giving A Knockout Wedding Speech

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    You may be the father of the bride, the best man, or a relative and been asked to give a speech at the wedding.  What should you do, what should you avoid? As with most things in life there is no simple formula and it is situation dependent. However, if you follow these seven tips, you will be well on your way to giving that knock out wedding speech. Photo by vis-a-v availablable under a Creative Commons Attribution-license 1. Make it short, sweet, and personal. You don’t have to give the Gettysburg address. If you can make it funny, heartfelt and memorable that is a bonus. 2.
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