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  • Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

    Al Jazeera English
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Powerful earthquake hits off northeastern coastal town of Rabaul, with a tsunami warning issued shortly after.
  • AFL 2015 season preview: the cellar-dwellers

    Blogposts | The Guardian
    Ben Cuzzupe, Kathryn Kernohan, Russell Jackson and Geoff Lemon
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:35 pm
    In the first of a four-part season preview, we look at the four teams most likely to be propping up the AFL ladder come finals time Victorians perhaps have been too hasty to dismiss the Western Sydney experiment. Clubs were faced with a choice with draft concessions – take the easy wins now and let the expansion clubs stockpile talent or force the AFL to target established players with the backing of league coffers. The other clubs voted for GWS to be a short-term team of easy beats, eventual powerhouses if they got their list management correct. The acquisition of Ryan Griffen was a…
  • Alternate History – Islamic China

    Islam in China
    Wang Daiyu
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
      This is a flag created by Arthur Drakoni from Deviant Art for an alternate history China where China was ruled by Chinese Muslim rulers for a long time. Even though Muslims are still a minority in this alternate world they are thoroughly Chinese and have become integral to the Chinese identity. I have made this Islamic China flag inspired by Toixstory’s The Grand War map. In Tioxstory’s own words: This is the world in a universe that diverged from our own in the year 876, with the death of Huang Cho during his rebellion before he could kill one hundred thousand rich Muslims…
  • Now an entire Urdu library accessible on your cell phone: Read Urdu books on BazmeUrdu website or your mobile screen, free

    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    IndscribeIt's a news that will gladden the hearts of Urdu lovers across the world. A treasure of Urdu books, ranging on diverse subjects, is now available to you--on website and on your cell phone screen.Further, it's all free. Sounds too good to be true! But that's reality. Two persons--Ejaz Obaid and Dr Saif Qazi, have made it possible after painstaking efforts. First, the BazmeUrdu library's website was created.Subsequently, it was taken to the next level--for the reader who uses his cell phone for surfing the internet.With more and more people accessing the internet through…

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  • AFL 2015 season preview: the cellar-dwellers

    Ben Cuzzupe, Kathryn Kernohan, Russell Jackson and Geoff Lemon
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:35 pm
    In the first of a four-part season preview, we look at the four teams most likely to be propping up the AFL ladder come finals time Victorians perhaps have been too hasty to dismiss the Western Sydney experiment. Clubs were faced with a choice with draft concessions – take the easy wins now and let the expansion clubs stockpile talent or force the AFL to target established players with the backing of league coffers. The other clubs voted for GWS to be a short-term team of easy beats, eventual powerhouses if they got their list management correct. The acquisition of Ryan Griffen was a…
  • Vikings season three: our bearded, bloody heroes adjust to life with the Christians

    Jazz Twemlow
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Season three proves you can take the Viking out of the blood and mud, but you can’t take the blood and mud out out of the VikingI feel some sympathy towards Vikings’ King Ecbert (Linus Roache). I know what it’s like having to put up with an invading force of bearded men with odd haircuts, dressed in outdated clothing, using bizarre lingo, and field their continual requests to borrow a plough. Chuck in some fixed-gear bicycles and the series could be called Hipsters: Mud and Stabbing. (Spoiler alert for those who haven’t watched up to season two.)Now into its third season, the series…
  • MLS: Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union – as it happened

    Tom Lutz
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union 6.55pm ET And that’s full-time: A last half of a half of a half chance for Union: a stabbed through ball that goes into Johnson’s arms. Fire get their first win of the season. It was deserved for their first-half performance after that they faded badly and a sharper side than Union would have punished them. 6.53pm ET 90 min+2: Union amble into the Fire half but the only result is a free-kick. 6.52pm ET 90 min: We will have three minutes of added time. 6.51pm ET 89 min: Edu is booked for a committed hack on Amarikwa. 6.47pm ET 86 min: Shipp, who has been…
  • VIDEO: SNP conference in Glasgow

    Libby Brooks
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Some 3000 delegates, many of them new members, have gathered in Glasgow for the Scottish National Party’s largest ever spring conferenceSome 3000 delegates have gathered in Glasgow for the SNP’s largest ever conference. Here’s a taste of proceedings: Continue reading...
  • A-League: five things we learned from round 23 | Pete Smith

    Pete Smith
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    International window tests depth, Brisbane gamble fails, Sky Blues remain road kings, Glory back to winning ways and football’s summer joust with cricket Rarely if ever have so many players been missing from a single A-League round. Injuries aside, the Fifa international window meant an inordinate amount of players were absent over the weekend. The Socceroos claimed six A-League players, compounded by a further 12 absentees on Olyroos duty, while New Zealand took seven players. There was a time when more than three players on international duty meant an automatic postponement. Meanwhile,…
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    Islam in China

  • Alternate History – Islamic China

    Wang Daiyu
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
      This is a flag created by Arthur Drakoni from Deviant Art for an alternate history China where China was ruled by Chinese Muslim rulers for a long time. Even though Muslims are still a minority in this alternate world they are thoroughly Chinese and have become integral to the Chinese identity. I have made this Islamic China flag inspired by Toixstory’s The Grand War map. In Tioxstory’s own words: This is the world in a universe that diverged from our own in the year 876, with the death of Huang Cho during his rebellion before he could kill one hundred thousand rich Muslims…
  • Peace be with you: 175 years of Islam in Hong Kong

    Wang Daiyu
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Post Magazine has a nice article on the history of Muslims in Hong Kong. The history of Muslims in the former British colony go back to almost since the beginning of the colonial period. Here is a relevant excerpt. In Hong Kong, Muslims have been embedded in civic society since the first Indian lascars arrived on East India Company ships in the 1840s, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing. One hundred years ago today, the Indian Muslim 5th Light Infantry Regiment in Singapore, about to depart for garrison duties in Hong Kong, went on a rampage, killing 47 British soldiers and…
  • Chinese New Year

    Wang Daiyu
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Better late than never, Xi Yang Yang! It is the Chinese new year, to be exact one week has already passed in the Chinese new year which is the year of the goat this time. May you have a blessed year!
  • Dar-Es-Salam Guided Tour to Muslim China in April 2015

    Wang Daiyu
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    My brother informed me about the following tour to China which is operated by the Dar-Es-Salam. It seems that they have been operating these tours for many years and seem to have pretty good reviews. Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Dar-es-salam or have not used their services. Please let me know if anyone has gone to this tour and I would be happy to post your reviews here. Dar El Salam Travel is excited to announce its first guided tour to China. From the early da’wah efforts of the companion, Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (RA), to the pioneering journeys of the greatest naval…
  • Plan of the Niujie Mosque

    Wang Daiyu
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
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    An Indian Muslim's Blog: News, Views & Urdu Poetry Website

  • Now an entire Urdu library accessible on your cell phone: Read Urdu books on BazmeUrdu website or your mobile screen, free

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    IndscribeIt's a news that will gladden the hearts of Urdu lovers across the world. A treasure of Urdu books, ranging on diverse subjects, is now available to you--on website and on your cell phone screen.Further, it's all free. Sounds too good to be true! But that's reality. Two persons--Ejaz Obaid and Dr Saif Qazi, have made it possible after painstaking efforts. First, the BazmeUrdu library's website was created.Subsequently, it was taken to the next level--for the reader who uses his cell phone for surfing the internet.With more and more people accessing the internet through…
  • Hashimpura massacre, major communal riots took place during Congress rule in UP

    21 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    One of the oldest pending cases at the Tis Hazari court in Delhi, the killings of innocent Muslims by UP police, has seen a verdict. The judge, Sanjay Jindal, has acquitted all the policemen who had herded Muslims from Hashimpura, forced them into trucks, only to take away to deserted spot where they were all shot in cold-blood. The bodies were later thrown in canal. A few persons survived to tell the tale.  For 28 years, the families of the victims were waiting for justice. But justice hasn't come. Vir  Bahadur SinghThe judge stated that he acquitted them…
  • Congress' indifference to Saffron siege in Mangalore, coastal Karnataka may cost it dearly

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Mangalore seems to be under Saffron vigilante's rule even though it is the Congress government that is in power in Karnataka. The latest incident is that of a couple which was 'caught' on a beach as the teenaged girl and boy 'seemed' to be belonging to different religions.They were taken to police station, the youth was assaulted brutally and arrested. His mother died of heart attack after the incident.Also, Bajrang Dal stopped a study tour, because non-Hindu students were also part of the co-ed tour. A nun was also abducted in a recent incident.Incidents of inter-religious couples…
  • Urdu must gets its constitutional right in Uttar Pradesh: Amend discriminatory rule that stops opening of Urdu medium schools in UP

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    By IndscribeUrdu is the mother tongue of at least 40 million or 4 crore people in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India's most populated State. It is spoken and understood by many more in UP which is considered as the birthplace of Urdu.But the sad truth is that UP is the only state in India where a discriminatory law doesn't allow opening of Urdu medium schools.This rule is in conflict with international norms that a kid has the right to education in his mother toungue, as well as against national policy.Tragic fact is that Urdu is the second official language of UP. Yet, this discrimination…
  • Big B, Khans ahead of Narendra Modi on Twitter: Bollywood beats cricket stars in list of Indian celebrities with most followers; Sachin Tendulkar left far behind

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Who is the most popular Indian on Twitter? Big B, Amitabh Bachchan, has 13.2 million followers.Bachchan was active on Twitter long before other celebrities took to it.Second is Shahrukh Khan, the Badshah of Bollywood, with over 11.4 million or 1.14 crore people following him on this micro-blogging site.Surprisingly, Aamir Khan comes after him with 11.2 million or 1.12 crore people following him. 'Dabangg' Salman Khan is fourth with 10.6 million or 1.06 crore people following him.But PM Narendra Modi is giving them a tough competition. The Prime Minister of India has over 10 million…
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    Afrocentric Muslimah

  • My People

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    As a Muslim People, we’re proprietal of our heroes. Proud. Oftimes, justifiably. We will sit in 2015 and talk about the contribution the Muslim World made to Science, Medicine, Mathematics in the 8thcentury as though we were personally responsible for these advances. We don’t take kindly to these heroes being mocked, as the Daily Vox learnt when they ran that parody at Hashim Amla’s expense. Or as Zapiro learnt when he drew a cartoon depicting The Prophet Muhammad PBUH.So when a new writer with a Muslim name was set to launch a novel at the Time of the Writer, ‘our people’ sat up…
  • revolution with a small r

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    “I know I've been home too long when I stop noticing the beggars,” Jacob Dlamini during the Writing Without Permission session at Time of the Writer.He continued…”You should never feel comfortable about being South African. There’s nothing comfortable about being South African.” This was just one comment of many from Mr Dlamini that almost prompted me to raise my hand during the Q & A sessions.  I resisted – who wants a roomful of strangers staring you down? - but here follow my thoughts during the exchange that took place on a wet Tuesday night at the Elizabeth…
  • Sunkissed

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Rewriting has been a slow process. I started out with one novel and as I go along, I see a very different one emerging.I've been a little sad that nothing of my previous version has actually managed to make it into the new one. And though I've been ruthless in that regard, deleting whole chunks as I rewrite a new (and hopefully better) version of the story, this particular scene, I was loathe to discard. Although I've reworked it to stand as a short story, the essence is unchanged. SunkissedThe insistent scream of the telephone wrenches me back from the edge of deep sleep. I groan.
  • 4 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Grade FiveIt’s registration period, and our form teacher is absent. The class is noisy. Everyone is walking around, discussing their weekend. I catch the word ‘Soccer’ a few times. I’m reading (surprise!). The BFG is just so completely brilliant! I’m smiling at the pages. I hear Khaled. “Guys, you know why Rabia never gets invited to anyone’s parties? It’s because everyone is scared she’ll eat up all the food.”Khaled is the grossest boy I've ever met and also the stupidest. The one time he was asking me for my homework and there was a big green booger in his…
  • A Flash - but not in the pan

    Saaleha Bhamjee
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:46 am
    One of the exercises we did during the workshop (which you've heard of ad nauseam - so stop me if you think I'm overdoing it) was look at micro-fiction. Really short, short stories.We wrote one during the workshops. I've since written two more. The workshop one is a little longer than the other two.Bite-sized stories, all three though. Buon appetito.Pencil LoveHe writes all his letters to her in pencil; just in case, he says. He hopes she reads them, eraser and pen in hand, sculpting his thoughts until they look like him. The him she sees. The him she claims to love. In ink, to boot. He…
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    Ahmed's World of Islam - Online

  • Earn the Duas

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Earn the duas of your parents, seniors and pious personages (by serving them) and do not merely request their duas. Shaykh Sulaiman Moola
  • Nobody is really free

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    "Nobody is really free: either you are a slave of Allah ta‘ala or of your nafs (carnal desires)." Shaykh Salim Dhorat
  • In the hearts of billions

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:42 am
  • Maulana Gangohi's Dua

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    Hadrat Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (RA) used to make the following Dua, اللهم كن لنا واجعلنا لك "O Allah! Become ours and make us Yours"
  • Pride in your Heart

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
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    Bin Gregory Productions

  • Who Killed Sultan Tengah?

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    The story of Sultan Tengah ends abruptly. Throughout his life, Sultan Tengah was a tireless Caller to Islam and was a guest in the royal courts of three kingdoms. Returning from an odyssey of 40 years, he was assassinated by one of his own followers within the shadow of the solitary mountain that marked his domain. What clues to his murder can we find in the legend of Sultan Tengah? [Read the Legend of Sultan Tengah first.] Sultan Tengah was clearly a difficult man. Born third in line to the throne, he saw himself as the natural successor. Through his own charisma, force of character or the…
  • The Maqam of Sultan Tengah

    12 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Mount Santubong rises out of the South China Sea a lone mountain.  Two rivers meet the sea on either side, a narrow isthmus of land between them.  Mount Santubong has its own weather, with clouds cresting, writhing or settling around the peaks most days regardless of what the day brings the flat swamps beyond.  No wonder fairy tales are sung about it[1].  Kuching, thirty minutes inland, is a recent settlement, only becoming important in the 1840s with the arrival of James Brooke, the famous White Raja of Sarawak.  Santubong, by comparison, has evidence of human activity going back a…
  • Tongkat tongkat ali

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:24 pm
    An ad for Mega Power Energy Drink It is well known amongst Malaysians that any illness on earth can be treated by drinking the appropriate 3-in-1 instant coffee. Diabetes? High blood pressure? Sakit jantung?  A few micrograms of goat’s milk, morinda, mangosteen, ginseng, or acai berry in with your morning coffee, sugar and non-dairy creamer will set you right. Here in the tropics, we are surrounded by a wealth of biodiversity.  Researchers travel from afar to analyze this cornucopia of species, looking for novel compounds that may hold the cure to cancer.  Locals have also been…
  • Myth of the Lazy Native – Review

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    An anti-colonial short-course for Malaysians in one volume. The Myth of the Lazy Native was an influential book in post-colonial studies, published a year before Edward Said’s Orientalism[1]. Syed Hussein Alatas trawls through centuries of original sources to find the sources of the persistent idea that Malays, and other native peoples, are lazy. Some of the key points that struck me were: 1. At the time of first contact with Europeans, the peoples of the Nusantara were active economically and were engaged in long-distance trade far beyond the archipelago on their own boats with their…
  • Lebah Kelulut

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    A hive for kelulut, Malaysia’s wild honey bee.  They are in the genus Trigona, where the bees are small and stingless. Not quite as efficient an operation as the box hives of Apis honeybees, but it sure beats climbing up the trees.  It seems as though some efforts have been made to commercialize kelulut operations, and there are a fair number of websites selling Malaysian Trigona honey. In a previous post, I talked about wild honey in Malaysia and some of the practices associated with harvesting honey from Apis dorsata honeybees.
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Alas No one Remember You Here O Beloved! (Tomar Kotha Hetha Kehoto Bolena) ~ A Translation of Tagore Song

    Sadiq Alam
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    তোমার কথা হেথা কেহ তো বলে না,করে শুধু মিছে কোলাহল।সুধাসাগরের তীরেতে বসিয়াপান করে শুধু হলাহল ॥আপনি কেটেছে আপনার মূল--না জানে সাঁতার, নাহি পায় কূল,স্রোতে যায় ভেসে, ডোবে বুঝি শেষে,করে দিবানিশি টলোমল ॥আমি কোথা যাব, কাহারে শুধাব,নিয়ে…
  • Aiming Happiness & Bliss: The Intersection of Science & Spirituality

    Sadiq Alam
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Physical or material science try to explain the physical reality using physical or tangible evidences. Thats how the whole paradigm of science is based upon, on observable phenomena and verifiable logic and facts. On the other hand spirituality is often about things that can not be touched, observed with naked eyes or can't even be proven with material evidences. Spirituality has a very big component which deals with the unseen.Never the less there is something common between the most materialistic person and the most spiritually oriented person and that commonness is to aim for happiness.
  • A Miracle is a Release from Bondage

    Sadiq Alam
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    1.God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. "The present is the only time there is." A miracle is a shift in thinking from what we might have done in the past or should be doing in the future, to what we feel free to do right here, right now.A miracle is a release from internal bondage. Our capacity for brilliance is equal to our capacity to forget the past and forget the future. That's why little children are brilliant. they don't remember the past, and they don't relate to the future.One of the exercises in the Course Workbook reads, "The past is…
  • Annihilation of Falsehood

    Sadiq Alam
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Someone asked, in the Quran it reads in 17th Chapter, 81th Sign: "Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart."Does that mean all that leave by your side are things of falsehood?Word by Word, the Revelation as example above reads:jaa - Has comeal-haqqu - the truthwa zahaqa - and perishedal-batilu - the falsehood.inna - indeedal-batila - the falsehoodkana - iszahuqan - to perish.The word BATALA - stands for - to nullify, to become vain, to render in vain, prove to be false, worthless. The fabric of the reality is multidimensional. This…
  • Make Me Less of Me and More of You

    Sadiq Alam
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    One night, closer to the dawn, the following prayer came to a dervish:O Allah, please make me less of me,And more of You.There is nothing more real than You.There is none who is real other than You. And the imagery that came to his heart is the imagery of the moon waxing and waning, so he further prayed,By the moon and its journeying,O Allah, please make me less of me,and more of You.There is nothing more real than You.There is none who is real other than You. And the imagery that came to his heart is the imagery of the blazing sun, which by it's every single ray, becomes less and less for…
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  • Event: McGinley Lecture, April 14 and April 15

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    It is time for the McGinley Lecture at Fordham. This term, I will be giving a response to the theme of “Poverty: The Curse and The Blessing."The event will be Tuesday, April 14 at 6PM at the Lincoln Center campus, and repeated on Wednesday, April 15, at 6PM at the Rose Hill campus.Details on this event can be found here.Previous topics I have been a respondent to include:Usury: A Moral Concern for Jews, Christians and Muslims (Video | text of my response)Life After Death: Hopes and Fears for Jews, Christians and Muslims (Video | text of my response)cf. my talk at the Chautauqua Institution.
  • Interview on NPR on Riyaaz Qawwali

    22 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    I was recently interviewed on NPR about Riyaaz Qawwali, a group out of Austin, TX.Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Hofstra University, says that many qawwaliartists working in South Asia today have limited themselves. He believes this American group is bringing the music back to its roots. "You know, I think there's been so much concern about what is Islam, and what isn't, politically speaking and artistically speaking," Rashid says, "that there's been a push in modern qawwali to actually sanitize it and make it very sterile — and almost rule-bound — rather…
  • Event: Rubin Museum, April 10

    15 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    On Friday, April 10, 2015, from 7-8:30PM, I will be discussing a film at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC.The film is about conjoined twins in Iran, one of whom is religious, and the other is not. Please join me. Details can be found here.
  • Controversy Swirls Around Oscar-Nominated Film - The Takeaway

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Controversy Swirls Around Oscar-Nominated Film - The Takeaway. Today, a highly acclaimed new film hits theaters across the U.S. It's called "Timbuktu," and it's a French-Mauritanian drama directed by Abderrahmane Sissako.  Hussein Rashid is professor of religion at Hofstra University. He joins us to share his thoughts on the film, and the controversy surrounding it.
  • Muslims' mixed response to new Mohammed cover -

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Muslims' mixed response to new Mohammed cover - "My initial thought is that the cover is a near perfect response to the tragedy," said Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic thought at Hofstra University in New York.   "They are not backing down from the depiction of Mohammed, exercising their free speech rights. At the same time, the message is conciliatory, humble, and will hopefully reduce the anger directed to the Muslim communities of France."   Rashid noted that the cover's central message -- forgiveness -- resonates not only throughout Islam but through…
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    Muslim Thought

  • The First Muslim Superhero in America to Battle Secret Societies and Save Mankind

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 23, 2011 Two enterprising American Muslims launch a new comic book series with a message to counter bias and propaganda against Islam, hoping to dispel fear and mistrust staining the current environment. “As   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: The First Muslim Superhero in America to Battle Secret Societies and Save Mankind Related posts: Failure of Muslim Societies We all know Obama is not a Muslim But why did the Islamic World think he was really a secret Muslim? Bringing up a Daughter! Islamic Perspective and Muslim Societies
  • CT Clergy To Lieberman: “How Can You Justify Your Threat To Block Health Care?”

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    traditions all are explicit and clear on one thing: We are commanded to seek the welfare and healing of all those in our midst, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable. Our understanding of the insights of Jewish, Christian and Muslim  ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: CT Clergy To Lieberman: “How Can You Justify Your Threat To Block Health Care?” Related posts: ‘islam’ the greatest threat to humanity reminder: Do your best,God will take care of the Rest. The Environment and the Threat of Pollution (Urdu)
  • Understanding Life

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    Product DescriptionA modern, Arab, Muslim, young man, shares his inner journey to understand life, honestly, humorously and passionately.Subjects include: Middle East, Arab Culture, Islam, Insights into social beliefs, emotions vs. logic, politics, current affairs, humanity, civilization,   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Understanding Life Related posts: The Rays: An Intellectual Journey in Islamic Belief, Thought, and Life The Rays: An Intellectual Journey in Islamic Belief, Thought, and Life The Everything Understanding Islam Book: A Complete and Easy to Read Guide to…
  • Syed Ali Hassan Shah – Islamic Thought Youth Summer Camp 2009

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:54 am
    Islamic Thought organised a Youth Summer Camp in Peterborough. Syed Ali Hassan Shah recited a hearbreaking marsiya in the Azadari programme on 13th August 2009. Related posts: Syed Wajih Naqvi – Qasida – Islamic Thought Youth Summer Camp 2009 Azadari   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: Syed Ali Hassan Shah – Islamic Thought Youth Summer Camp 2009 Related posts: Syed Wajih Naqvi – Qasida – Islamic Thought Youth Summer Camp 2009 Azadari Programme – Islamic Thought Youth Summer Camp 2009 Muhammed Ali Muraj – Islamic Thought Youth…
  • reail face of bollywood

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    It may surprise you to learn that the Indian film industry churns out more films in one year than any other on the planet, including the head of the snake of entertainment: Hollywood. Indeed it was this amazing achievement that   ... Read moreThe Original Post is Located Here: reail face of bollywood Related posts: Confused nation (Pakistan) admires Indian Bollywood The TRUE face of ISLAM A Few Thoughts On the History of Hindi Bollywood Music
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    Margari Aziza

  • What’s In a Name?: Using “Muslim” As a Cultural Category Erases and Stereotypes

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

    Margari Aziza Hill
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Female Conference Speaker Bingo: a bingo card full of excuses for not having more female speakers at STEM conferences Image source : “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…
  • The Herstory of Malcolm X’s Legacy

    Margari Aziza Hill
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
        Malcolm X’s daughter’s from Locs and braids Often, when we talk about the history of Islam in America, we focus on the great men and their big ideas.This month in looking at the BlackLivesMatter Movement through the life and legacy of Malcolm X, I have often thought about the thought of the many women who were were also part of the our nation’s freedom struggle. Many Muslim Americans know about Malcolm X, but few know about the women in his life. Few of us consider the…
  • Lessons from Our Past: CVE, Black American Muslims, and Social Justice

    Margari Aziza Hill
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    Malcolm X window Image source: The Gentleman Standard On February 5th, Muslim twitter responded to the Right Wing backlash over Obama meeting with Muslims leaders with hilarious tweets #MuslimMeeting. Although many of the tweets were light hearted, others were critical of the meeting largely due to its secrecy. “We want to know who attended the meeting?” While Dean Obeidallah released his statement right away, organizations such as American Muslim Health Professions, Muslim Advocates, and Muslim Public Affairs…
  • Strategies for Coping with Islamophobia

    Margari Aziza Hill
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Image source Fractured Media ( Muslims in the West face a barrage of negative images in the media, Islamophobia, anti-Black, anti-Arab, anti-South Asian racism, and xenophobia.   Muslims in Canada and the United States  are grieving after the murders of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan on Tuesday and the lesser known murder of Mustafa Mattan.  Some members of Muslim communities have faced increased intimidation, and others fear copycat…
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  • Spring Events

    Laila Lalami
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m popping back on the blog for a couple of announcements. The audio book of The Moor’s Account, read by Neil Shah, was released by Audible last month. UK rights to the book have sold to Mitchell Albert at Garnet, with publication scheduled for August 2015, which will coincide with the paperback release of the book with Vintage, here in the U.S. And I am back on the road again! I will be doing two events at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. Details below: March 27, 2015 10:30 AM Deceptive Histories, Truthful Fictions Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival…
  • On Charlie Hebdo

    Laila Lalami
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:25 pm
    My essay on the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks appears in the February 2nd issue of The Nation magazine. Here is an excerpt: Two men in balaclavas burst into Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris and opened fire on the editorial staff, killing five cartoonists, a columnist, a maintenance worker, an economist, a visitor, a copy-editor and two police officers. To make sense of the senseless, we tell ourselves stories. The story is that this is the latest salvo in an ongoing clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. The story is that the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was the last bastion…
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    Laila Lalami
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    6:30 PM Writers’ Week University of California, Riverside Riverside, California Share/Bookmark
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    Laila Lalami
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:13 pm
    10:30 AM Deceptive Histories, Truthful Fictions Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival The Historic New Orleans Collection New Orleans, Louisiana Share/Bookmark
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    City of Brass

  • Bomb blast in Karachi targets Dawoodi Bohra community

    Aziz Poonawalla
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    This happens almost every day in Pakistan - fanatic hirabists commit arrogant blasphemy and murder fellow Muslims in cold blood. This time, the target was my own community, the Dawoodi Bohras. KARACHI: Two people were killed in an explosion that took place after Friday prayers outside the Saleh Mosque for Bohra community worshippers. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) police Abdul Khaliq Shaikh confirmed that...Read the full post here »
  • Proof denies faith

    Aziz Poonawalla
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    On Reddit, someone posted the following question: "What convinces you that the Quran is the literal Word of God?" I think this is precisely the wrong question. The book/movie Life of Pi directly and elegantly addresses this question. In the end - no spoilers - there are two versions of events that the main character tells the authorities. One is beautiful and uplifting, and...Read the full post here »
  • Proud to be American, proud to be Muslim

    Aziz Poonawalla
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    This is a guest post by Safiya Dahodwala. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS graced the land of America for the first time as the 53rd Dai (spiritual leader) of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. It has been nearly a decade since his predecessor, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin bestowed his bountiful blessings upon the Bohra community in America. Syedna presided over a...Read the full post here »
  • is ISIS Islamic? Wrong question.

    Aziz Poonawalla
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    There is an excellent longform essay on ISIS published in The Atlantic, "What does ISIS Really Want?" that lays out an excellent case fore ISIS being genuinely different in ideology, motivation and ethos than Al Qaeda. The real question boils down to, is ISIS "Islamic" or not - and makes an excellent case for why the answer to that question is essentially, "Yes" - but also, equally...Read the full post here »
  • The Price of Extremism

    Aziz Poonawalla
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    This is a guest post by Durriya Badani. The execution style murder of three young North Carolina students, two of whom were hijab wearing Muslim women, raises questions regarding the rise of Islamaphobia in the United States in the form of hate crimes. Some will argue that the motive for the incident has not been clearly established and was simply the unfortunate outcome of a parking dispute, while others will note that this was a tragic, yet isolated...Read the full post here »
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  • Kindness is a Way of Life

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: “More than anything else, kindness is a way of life. It is a way of living and walking through life. It is a way of dealing with all that is–our selves, our bodies, our dreams and goals, our neighbors, our competitors, our enemies, our air, our earth, our animals, our space, our time, and our very consciousness. Do we treat all creation with kindness? Isn’t all creation holy and divine?” – Jean Maalouf, from The Healing Power of Kindness Ya Haqq!Filed under: Books & writing, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged:…
  • Questions for the Devil

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Questions for the Devil Q: Devil, where are you located? A:  In doubting eyes, in a sharp tongue, in a gossiping mouth, in inquisitive ears, in idle hands, in restless feet, in a vicious body, in a crooked mind, in a bitter heart, and in a darkened soul. Q: Devil, how do you express yourself? A:  In winking eyes, in sneering smiles, in cutting words and in false tears. - Hazrat Inayat Khan Ya Haqq! Filed under: Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Hazrat Inayat Khan quote, Questions for the Devil
  • Lessons in Love: Essays and Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace: Here is my latest Ebook, Lessons in Love: Essays and Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life :)  The book is a collection of writings from the Darvish blog, and I hope it will be of some small benefit to those who read it. To Order a Copy from Amazon for $2.99, click HERE. To Order a Copy from Google Books for $1.99, click HERE. To Order a Copy from Smashwords for $1.99, click HERE. Ya Haqq! PS:  To read a review of the book, click HERE.  Filed under: Books & writing, Commentary, Current Affairs, Islam, Religion, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi…
  • Poetry Monday – Moses and Khidr by Barbara Flaherty

    9 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes you have to turn around, retrace your steps to the place where the two seas meet. One is fresh, the other salty. One is the lawgiver, the other swims in deeper waters. How do you find this place where the dead come to life, where the ocean is an archway for the traveler? The signs are everywhere around, hunger, weariness, remembering what it is you seek. Go back to the place where the two seas meet, where the dead came to life. Sometimes you have to turn around. – Barbara FlahertyFiled under: Islam, Spirituality & Religion, Sufi, Sufism Tagged: Barbara Flaherty poem Moses…
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, Pray for Us!

    3 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    Salaam and Greetings of Peace “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Letter to the Romans, 8:35-39 Ya Haqq!Filed under: Uncategorized
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    G. Willow Wilson

  • Seattle Ninja Signing POSTPONED

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I’m so sorry to do this to you guys at the last minute, but in the last 24 hours I’ve started coming down with the Nth iteration of this cold that’s been making the rounds in Seattle ALLLL winter long. Given that I’m heading to ACRL next week, I think it’s best to lay low. :( Will reschedule at a later date. xoxo
  • Ms Marvel Vol 2 Ninja Signing: Seattle

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    So I screwed up a bit. Several offers were made to host a Ms Marvel Vol 2: Generation Why signing, but I’m preparing for so many different things (keynoting the ACRL conference in Portland, going to Norwescon and the Conference on World Affairs), the signing stuff slipped through the cracks. So I am going to try something a little different. This Friday, MARCH 20, I will be having coffee at Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill (1111 E Pike St.) from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Come on your lunch hour or your long break, eat a delicious cupcake, and get your copy of Ms Marvel Vol 2 (or whatever else you…
  • "If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s..."

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going” - Harriet Tubman
  • rondanchan:Repost for #KamalaCon! My street clothes Kamala...

    8 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    rondanchan:Repost for #KamalaCon! My street clothes Kamala Halloween costume. Please note the winged sloth :DI LOVE IT when guys cosplay Kamala!! And the flying sloth! Total love.
  • kamala-con:The first week of February 2015 will mark the one...

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    kamala-con:The first week of February 2015 will mark the one year anniversary of Ms. Marvel #1’s release. To celebrate, we will be holding #KamalaCon, a week long event (February 1st to February 7th) dedicated to our favorite polymorphing, butt-kicking, fanfiction-writing superhero, Kamala Khan!Here are some guidelines for the week:Sunday Feb. 1st: Kamala Con Begins! Post why Kamala Khan is important to you!Monday Feb. 2nd: Post your original Kamala Khan art and crafts!Tuesday Feb. 3rd: Post your own Kamala Khan fanfiction as well as your favorite Kamala stories!Wednesday Feb 4th: Dress up…
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  • Stable-door logic

    Matthew Smith
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Last week a GermanWings airliner was crashed into a moutainside in south-western France, killing everyone on board. The evidence seems to suggest that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, crashed it deliberately, and investigations have turned up evidence of fairly minor mental illness and deteriorating eyesight that could have been the motive for his apparent decision. The day after the flight data and voice recorders were investigated and prosecutors announced what they believed happened, newspapers demanded to know why he was allowed to fly, as if this sort of thing could have been predicted from…
  • Muslim women silenced on Muslim women’s dress

    Matthew Smith
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Last Saturday, the Guardian published a long-winded screed by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (or Alibi-Brain as we call her) claiming that “the veil” as worn by Muslim women constitutes a “rejection of progressive values”. It’s basically the “single transferable Yasmin Alibhai-Brown article about Muslims”, variants of which have appeared in at least two other British newspapers, and consists of some familiar false historical claims (e.g. “the veil” originates in Persia or Byzantium and its revival is backed by Saudi petro-dollars) and spurious…
  • Race: Things we can’t say (except when we can)

    Matthew Smith
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Last Thursday Channel 4 broadcast a 65-minute-long discourse by Trevor Phillips, former head of the Commission for Racial Equality and then (after its amalgamation with all the other equality bodies) the Equality and Human Rights Commission, on the premise that people are afraid to say certain things about race, particularly in terms of making generalisations, even though these things are true. (He could, however, say them in the Daily Mail, which ran a lengthy article by him last Monday). His other contentions were that whites are often afraid to criticise anyone that is not white, even when…
  • Yet another thing to carry around: Apple, slimlining versus portability

    Matthew Smith
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    ‘Power users’ need to shut up (from OSNews) This article links to one at iMore, in which someone who calls himself a ‘power user’ but says he hates the term, tells ‘spec monkeys’ to shut up about the lack of external ports on the new MacBook (which only has a single USB-C port, which has to be used for charging and connecting every external device): The thing that spec monkeys need to remember is that most people don’t care about what they care about. Most people buying new computers aren’t interest in how many cores a CPU has or how many GB of…
  • The lawyer who doesn’t know a man from a dog

    Matthew Smith
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    I don’t know what sort of dignity these people have, because a lot of them are just thugs who got where they are by killing people and kicking people’s heads in. It’s more apt to call a dog a dignitary than some of these people, and even a dog is just acting out its dogginess. You can’t blame a dog for being a dog, but you can blame a human being for acting like something less than an animal. The above words come from Shaikh Hamza Yusuf, talking about some of the rulers of the Muslim countries in a lecture called Hajj: Journey to the House of God which is actually the…
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    The Laughing Muslim

  • speaking arabic

    Edward Ott
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
  • we eat Halal

    Edward Ott
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
  • Halal in the family

    Edward Ott
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:34 pm
  • I want to get married

    Edward Ott
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
  • American Sharia comedy film set to tour UK

    Edward Ott
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am new Muslim comedy film, American Sharia could not have been released at a better time. But it wasn’t planned to be as filmmaker and star Omar Regan told us.The film will only be shown in a special 22-city UK tour and won’t be available to view anywhere else, including cinema or online.The movie tells the story of a Muslim detective who has his own prejudices against Islam, following constant exposure to…
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    The Muslimah

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    6 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
  • Our life is a gift

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Many Muslims make the afterlife (paradise) the goal. it’s important to bear in mind that life as just as important and we Muslims should work to improve humanity in this life as well as the next. After all if we devoted our entire lives to individual worship who will convey Islam to the rest of Mankind. Life is a gift given to us by Allah, we must treasure it. Even if we face hardship and our situation is dire we must look to Allah to ease our pain and be thankful to get one more opportunity to improve our lives and the lives of our fellow mankind. Reported by Anas (RA): The Messenger…
  • Fresh Beginnings

    31 Mar 2011 | 3:09 pm
    In the name of Allah, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy In today’s time many Muslim women are experiencing internal chaos. A lot of us aren’t sure why we are here and don’t know who we are. We’re not sure why a headscarf is valuable, why prayer is crucial for our spiritual well being, and why we were created so differently from men. A lot of us are confused and we find ourselves trying to be like the women in magazines and many times fighting our own fitrah or innate natures. Many of us are preoccupied with our materialistic lifestyles that leave us spiritually dry. And the very…
  • New Layout on SeekersGuidance – Love it, masha’Allah!

    29 Dec 2009 | 3:05 pm
    Bismillah Check out the new website for Seekers Guidance here. I’m in love. Masha’Allah. I love the white and green. Love, love, love it. Masha’Allah. May Allah continue to bless their efforts. Ameen!
  • Few Thoughts Before We’re Off

    29 Dec 2009 | 2:41 pm
    Bismillah We’re headed down to Florida for a week insha’Allah, leaving tomorrow morning. Alhamdulillah, I look forward to the break from the computer for an entire week, the winter snow, and the same ol things I see every day. Change is nice masha’Allah. We were supposed to leave Wednesday but my husband masha’Allah. What can I say? : ) It made packing a little more difficult and I prayed all day that I didn’t have an emotional breakdown from all the pressure of packing, cleaning, planning for someone to care for our pets, and all while I’m sick!  I look forward to healing where…
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  • As Yemen implodes

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    All eyes at the moment are glued to the news about the aerial attacks by a coalition of Saudi, GCC and Jordanian planes (with more to come it seems) on Huthi and military targets in Yemen. This is not a scenario I want to see; this is not a commentary I want to write. Yemen is imploding, the victim of long standing foreign involvement, local rivalries fueled by the insecurity with the removal of Ali Abdullah Salih and, in large part, the insatiable drive of Salih and his supporters to regain power. The Arab Spring removal of Salih was relatively peaceful, at least in terms of a military…
  • The GCC and China

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    The GCC States and the Viability of a Strategic Military Partnership with China By Imad Mansour, Qatar University, The Middle East Institute, Mar 17, 2015 The term “strategic partnership” has been increasingly used in GCC circles to signify that relations with China are important and worthy of long-term investment. In a March 14, 2014 speech during his visit to Beijing, Saudi Arabia’s then Crown Prince Salman announced that “we are witnessing the transformation of the relationship with China to one of strategic partnership with broad dimensions, to the benefit of both our…
  • Cult-ivating ISIS

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:28 am
    There is an excellent analysis of ISIS as a cult recently posted on War on the Rocks. Here is the start, but click here for the full article… Why Cults Work: The Power Games of the Islamic State and the Lord’s Resistance Army by Eleanor Beevor Graeme Wood’s article “What does ISIS really want?” has become the most discussed foreign policy article of the year. Yet the piece’s power lies not in the title question, but in Wood’s blunt assessment of a paradox that leaves Western leaders flummoxed: How does one explain the traction of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant…
  • Mawlids of Egypt

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Time Magazine has a photographic essay on “Exploring the Mawlids of Egypt.”
  • Who should be a politician?

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    I have been wondering for some time if there is any profession in the world more disgraceful and pathetic than that of being a politician. I realize that there have been and are decent people that get elected to public office and even some good intentioned folk who gain power through other means. I am also aware that every profession has its crazies and I have known my fair share of academics who fit that characterization. But two things came across my Facebook radar today that are too absurd not to call for a commentary. One is an elected official, the Tea Party Wunderkind Tom Cotton, who in…
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    Knocking From Inside

  • Death Speaks to the Knight

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
  • After the Blood, the Burning

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I seek resolve and cannot find it. A murdered boy and a city burning:why am I always standing behind it?There’s a social contract. Which of us signed it?Does it condemn us to this rite of mourning?I seek resolution and can’t find it.I am not shackled, nor am I blinded,not unaware, capable of learningso why am I still standing behind it?How many times must we be remindedbefore, at the last, there comes a turning?I seek an answer. I cannot find it.Am I waiting around until someone’s defined “it” ?These are old, old wheels that keep on churning.I’m sick and tired of standing behind…
  • What I Did Today

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    I wrestled the East Wind in the Coast Range and kissed salt spray from his lips. I counted every creek and trailhead on Highway 6.I stood next to Bill Stafford on a cliff above the Wilson River. I had my feet flayed bloody by wind-blown sand.I threw a can of Red Bull into the sea to free the unicorns. I dug agates from a cliff that rose from the beach like an oliphant’s legs.I hijacked a truckload of Tillamook Cheese and abandoned it at the food bank.I sat in the alders drinking sunshine and eating moss and ferns.I hung flags from every branch in a lake full of standing dead trees because…
  • The Eyes that Draw: drawing by Shelby Denham

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Straight from vision to neural network—“No, I don’t stop to think,thinking just gets in the way.”The clever pencil crawls across the page.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
  • After Winslow Homer: Rustic Courtship and The Bridle Path, White Mountains

    Tiel Aisha Ansari
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    She looks down from her window’s height from her white horse’s back.She knows the men will always be bigger, stronger make more money have the law on their sideNot for her the powerful arms, pitchfork, place at the headNot for her the football fame or Olympic accoladesNot for her to ride astride into or out of dangerShe takes advantage or at least vantage wherever she can.She looks down.Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside
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  • Yemen's latest crisis

    abu aardvark
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    When the Houthis seized Sanaa last fall, I published a collection of links of useful articles by academics which had thoroughly anticipated the fundamental shortcomings of the National Dialogue process, the fracturing of Yemeni state institutions, and the rising power of both the Houthi and the southern insurrections. With the Houthi move south, the flight of ex-President Hadi, and the launch of a Saudi-led military campaign, Yemen's long predicted new crisis has now entered an even more dangerous phase.  There were never any illusions in the academic or Yemen policy community about the…
  • John Legend in Bahrain: "please know that I stand with you"

    abu aardvark
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
     I was gratified and pleased that John Legend did not ignore the controversy surrounding his performance in Bahrain.  He clearly heard and thought about the concerns raised by Bahraini activists, human rights organizations, and (maybe) my open letter. While he did not cancel the appearance, he did make a point of speaking about justice and political freedoms during his signature performance of "Glory" and posting the full text of his remarks via Instagram to make sure that they would be seen and heard by his fans. Here's what he had to say: When I spoke at the Oscars last…
  • An Open Letter to John Legend on Bahrain

    abu aardvark
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Dear John Legend, Like millions of Americans, I was profoundly moved by your Oscar performance of "Glory" with Common and by your principled speech which followed.  For years, I have been a great fan of your work, and of your willingness and ability to take strong and informed political stands.  That's why I was astonished and dismayed to learn today that you were planning to play a show in Bahrain on March 2.  I  write in the hope that you will apply your strong political convictions at home to a very similar set of problems abroad, and reconsider this performance, or…
  • 303 in 2014

    abu aardvark
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    With 2014 rattling to an end, I just wanted to use this year's relaunched old school Abu Aardvark blog to highlight a pretty incredible number: 303. That's how many different scholars participated in at least one of the core activities of the Project on Middle East Political Science during 2014 (not counting the dozens more who joined in our - crowded! - wine receptions at APSA, ISA and/or MESA). That includes more than three dozen mostly junior scholars who received small research and writing grants; six pre-tenure scholars who worked with a dozen discussants at the annual Junior…
  • Libya, Calvinball, Solidarity: Reflections on Reflections

    abu aardvark
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    My Monkey Cage essay "Reflections on the Arab Uprisings" has generated a really fascinating set of responses and commentaries over the last two days. I've been collecting the various blog posts and tweets, and wanted to take the opportunity here to respond to some of the major comments and themes in the discussion.  Reflections, for those who haven't yet seen it, presented an honest self-critique of some key areas where I think my analysis failed during the course of the last few years. It also served to introduce a POMEPS Studies collection of essays by colleagues who…
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    Jahane Rumi

  • Bangladesh on the Brink

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Unrest sweeps Dhaka after disputed elections, but Bangladesh’s problems extend much farther from the ballot box. Also sparking the flames of turmoil are a stagnant economy, authoritarian rule, and weak governance The recent political turbulence sweeping Bangladesh has cost more than 100 lives since January and job strikes have brought near standstill to Dhaka, the […]
  • Pakistan fails its Christians — again

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    The dual suicide attacks on Lahore’s Christian churches last Sunday were a continuation of evidently unstoppable violence against the country’s minorities. A gruesome lynching and burning of two Muslim men by a charged mob followed the attack. Christian protestors, sidelined and neglected by the state, attacked Metro Bus stations, blocked major roads and also impeded […]
  • The City Speaks

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Shaan Taseer’s debut solo exhibition is a ceremonial homecoming for the artist. The artist, Shaan Taseer It has taken the gifted Shaan Taseer almost two decades to focus on the natural habitat of his soul – art. This has finally happened. Earlier, this month, 35 artworks by Shaan – all watercolours – were exhibited at […]
  • The need to review our India policy

    13 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    The Indian foreign secretary’s visit to Islamabad last week generated much interest but the outcome was the usual bureaucratic statements amounting to nothing. The stalemate, however, was broken and the US — a keen supporter of the ‘dialogue’ — welcomed the meeting between the top diplomats of India and Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also […]
  • One size may not fit all

    8 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Excerpts from my statement: Raza Rumi, Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, says the government has much to do when it comes to reforming madressahs. “There are three issues of main importance: first the registration and regulation. They have to adhere to a regulatory framework. Second, the curricula that needs to be […]
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  • More of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Intimacy for Muslim Couples

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Intimacy Matters with Haleh Banani, Saba Syed and Hena Zuberi: Erroneous Eastern Cultural Beliefs about Female Sexuality For mature audiences only Watch Introduction here Click here to watch the video: Click here to view the embedded video. Why many women do not want to engage intimately with their husbands? – Erroneous cultural beliefs about female sexuality (Sex is dirty. “Pure” women don't want sex etc.) – Unsatisfactory intimate experiences (specifically the lack of climax in women due to the misunderstanding on the husband's part that his wife is not supposed to reach…
  • MuslimKidsMatter | Inspiring Quotes from Islamic Children’s Books

    Razeena Gutta
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Children's books have a special charm, unlike any other medium. It is through these, seemingly simple books, that inconspicuous truths are etched in the minds of the readers, the impact of which is felt without even realising and lasts long after the books have been read. This is a small collection of such quotes that have impacted readers of There, no doubt, exists many more among our readers, which I would love to have you share in the comments below. Inspiring quotes from Islamic children's books   “Whether or not you pass your exams with flying colours is…
  • Keeping our Brothers and Sisters in Islam

    Mukhtar Ba
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
      All praises belong to Allāh. We send prayers and salutations on the most honorable among the Messengers, our leader Muḥammad , the leader of the early ones and the later ones, as well as on his family, his companions, and those who call towards his message and adopt his Sunnah until the day of resurrection. “To You belongs all purity! We have no knowledge except what You have given us. Surely, You alone are the All-knowing, All-wise.” The Practice of More or Less This is an article meant to be a complement to two recent articles on the subject of practicing Islām. The intent…
  • A Reaction’s Potential

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    By Maryam Sultan Since moving to Flushing, NY 8 months ago, I have passed by the John Bowne House countless times. The sign outside of this historical monument reads: “Bowne House: A Shrine to Religious Freedom Since 1662”. In 1656, when the town of Flushing was part of the Dutch colony New Netherland, governor Peter Stuyvesant passed an ordinance prohibiting the practice of religions other than the Dutch Reformed Church. John Bowne defied this ban by allowing a group of Quakers to hold religious services in his home. When he refused to accept guilt for his actions, he was swiftly…
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Intimacy for Muslim Couples

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Intimacy Matters with Haleh Banani, Umm Reem Saba Syed and Hena Zuberi: Introduction For mature audience only: Click here for the video recording//: Click here to view the embedded video. Intimacy between spouses is a beautiful act of worship. A divine experience that has been mired by anxieties fueled by hypersexualized media, Hollywood movies, many cultural beliefs from the East and misinformed 18th century notions rooted in the West. It took a year of contemplation for us to publicly address this topic in a broadcast, but the need amongst Muslim couples was so great that we had to put…
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  • CIA and Mossad Main Suspect in Killing a Journalist Injuring 3 others at Islamic Magazine Adımlar Office In Istanbul #JesuisAdimlar

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Updated. No you wont see demonstrations in the West saying Jesus Adimlar, No you want see the Masonic media rush to condemn the attack against the Islamic magazine Adimlar in Turkey and call it an attack against free speech, no you wont see the Western and Arab apostate regimes condemn the criminal attack. Why? Because the magazine did not insult the prophet SAWS Mohammad. Because it is pro Islam, because it exposes the US colonialism of the Muslim world, directly or indirectly via poppet apostate regimes. However we at ArabCrunch says JesusAdimlar A writer was killed and three others were…
  • Twitter to Open its First Arab World Branch in Dubai

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Twitter MENA account announced that Twitter is going to open its first Arab world branch in Dubai. We do not know what this branch will do, but it might be sales office for its social media advertising opportunities and it also might include Arab speaking staff who would monitor Twitter to take down Islamic State supporters’ account. Many Arab and Muslim Twitter users criticize Twitter for suspending Islamic State (known as ISIS) accounts. None of the US and western organizations that claim to support free speech suchElectronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as has showed any objection to…
  • Twitter Threatens to Suspend Wikileaks Account Over a Photo and then Backs Off

    12 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    As we said before Twitter is no longer a free speech platform as it keeps deleting Islamic State supporters accounts and as it management admitted it become influenced by the CIA and FBI. A recent trend that would be trouble some for the general public all over the world who wants to know the truth about the dirty and criminal work of their governments. Twitter told WikiLeaks that they will suspend their account unless WikiLeaks removes a photo they tweeted of conman/informer Mark Goeder-Tarant, the person behind the fake “WikiLeaks Forum”. But then wikileaks tweeted that now decided it…
  • Dr. Hassan El-Sallabi a Renowned Telecom and Data Analysis Scientist Joins Kuwaiti Cyber Security Firm CyberKov

    11 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    Kuwaiti Cyber security firm CyberKov announced yesterday that Dr. Hassan El-Sallabi an accomplished Telecom and Data Analysis Scientist has joined the security firm as chief adviser. Dr. Sallabi is a key scientist in the telecom filed wireless signals RF Electromagnetic and Radar Systems. He has a PHD in RF titled Modeling and Characterization of Urban Radio Channels for Mobile Communications from Helsinki University of Technology. He also has Post-Doctoral Degree from “Stanford University. Dr. Sallabi was part of many research centers in Europe and USA. He was part of the team that…
  • Update2: Famous Saudi Whistlblower @mujtaeidd Main Account Restored

    7 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    2 Days ago Twitter suspended the account of the Famous Saudi Whislteblower who many believe is a member of Saudi Royal family and who tweets scandals of the Saudi government corruption. He had 1.8 million follower at the time of suspension. Update: Twitter has restored the main account @mujtaeidd and it is back working. Update 2: He said in a tweet that all accounts that claimed to be him are fake. and that the reason of the suspension is a tweet about a message from one embassy about a maid that was abused. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn…
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    Indian American Muslim Council

  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 23rd, 2015

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: ATS, attack on Christians, Beef ban, custody deaths, Dahod clash, Hashimpura Massacre, miscarriage of justice, Nun rapeIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines 27 yrs after Hashimpura massacre, 4 who survived watch 16 cops walk free Hashimpura massacre: A perfect case of miscarriage of justice, legal expert says Dahod clash: Bail plea of six rejected, Muslim body demands probe by senior officer Ruthless ATS framed me in terror case Record [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 16th, 2015

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Beef ban, Bombs hurled at Tamil TV channel, Communal Riots, Dimapur, Gulberg society massacre, India's Daughters, Ishrat Jahan, Justice Markandey Katju, Love Jihad, nunIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Puttur: CM inaugurates Mini Vidhana Soudha, stresses on communal harmony News Headlines Gulberg society massacre: In final arguments, SIT seeks conviction of all 61 accused ‘Ishrat’s family living in fear’ Bombs hurled at Tamil TV channel Puthiya Thalaimurai’s office by bike-borne assailants ‘Love jihad’ gets a…
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 9th, 2015

    10 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: Beef ban, Dimapur jailbreak, Gujarat riots, Gujarat's turnaround man, Hindutva, Rape, suicide, Surya namaskarIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Ex-bureaucrat speaks out on Gujarat riots Lawyers allege life threat to blast accused Qasmi in jail Police hand in Dimapur jailbreak suspected Indian State Bans Possession and Sale of Beef ‘Modi Govt. encouraging Hindutva forces, corporates’ Case filed against Bajrang Dal leader for ‘defaming’ minister Muslim body [...](Read more...)
  • IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 2nd, 2015

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Categories: News DigestTags: 13fth anniversary of Gujarat pogroms, 2002 Gujarat riots, Babri Masjid, corporate espionage, Gujarat Encounter Cases, Gujarat victims, Mera Bharat Mahan, Modi govt's rights record, Mother Teresa, Muzaffarnagar riot cases, Sarva Dharma SamabhavaIn this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Shocking reversals in the struggle for justice mark Gujarat pogroms anniversary Communal Harmony Call to maintain unity and communal harmony News Headlines Indian-American Muslims demand justice for Gujarat victims on 13th anniversary of mass massacre British victims’…
  • Shocking reversals in the struggle for justice mark Gujarat pogroms anniversary

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Categories: Press releaseTags: 2002 Gujarat riots, Gujarat, PogromA season of “clean chits” for the guilty and hounding of activists since the coming to power of Hindu supremacists  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2015  The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC –, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked the 13th anniversary of the Gujarat pogroms of [...](Read more...)
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  • Will destroy all Houthi missiles within days: Saudi Arabia

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that all ballistic missiles of Yemen's Houthi rebels will be destroyed in the coming days, Xinhua reported citing Al Arabiya News. Warplanes of the Saudi-led 10-state coalition raided Yemen's capital Sanaa on Sunday, as the "Decisive Storm" military operation in Yemen against the Shia Houthi group entered the fourth day. The Saudi-led coalition continued targeting Houthi missile arsenal, according to the spokesperson of the military operation in Yemen, Ahmed Al-Asiri. "We are working around-the-clock to achieve the goals in the shortest time," he said,…
  • Troops allied to Houthis in Yemen rebel

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Sanaa: Yemeni security forces in the city of Taiz that have allied themselves with the Shia Houthi militia and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have rebelled, media reported on Sunday. Members of the military police in Taiz -- Yemen's third largest city -- refused to head to Aden, where the country's President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has been holding court since the Houthi takeover of capital Sanaa earlier this year, according to an Al Arabiya News report. Yemen has been mired in deep political conflict since the Houthis seized power in early February, which worsened after…
  • Egypt prosecutor lists key Muslim Brotherhood members as 'terrorists'

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Cairo: Egypt's prosecutor general on Sunday listed 18 leading members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, including its chief, as terrorists, Xinhua reported citing Egypt's official MENA news agency. The list determined by Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat included the chief Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, his deputy and business tycoon Kahirat al-Shater, former parliament speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and former youth and sports minister Osama Yassin. Following the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the military in July 2013 after mass protests against his…
  • 5,000-year-old brewery found in Israel

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Jerusalem : A 5,000-year-old brewery has been unearthed in Tel Aviv, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Sunday. The find includes fragments of ancient Egyptian-made pottery vessels that were used to prepare beer. The site is currently being uncovered in salvage excavations, ahead of the construction of skyscraper office buildings in Israel's financial capital. "So far, we have found 17 pits, which were used to store agricultural produce in the Early Bronze Age I (3500-3000 BC). Among hundreds of pottery shreds that characterise local culture, a number of fragments of large ceramic…
  • Lift 'no fly zone' restriction: India urges Saudi Arabia

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has urged the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to persuade Saudi Arabia to lift the ban on flying through its air space to help stranded Indians in Yemen fly home, said a Kerala minister. Minister of Diaspora K.C. Joseph told IANS that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was told this when he had a talk with Sushma Swaraj. "We are told that things have calmed down a bit and yesterday (Saturday) the airport was opened for a few hours. A flight carrying 90 Indians, including 15 Kerala nurses, has departed from there. The Kerala…
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    Muslim Youth Musings

  • On Air with Radio Islam

    Fatimah Waseem
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    By Fatimah Waseem • Muslim Youth Musings At MYM, we believe today’s writers should write to craft a better tomorrow. In line with our mission, we sat down for our first major radio interview in a segment called, “Tomorrow’s Writers Making an Impression Today.” The segment was part of WCEV’s Radio Islam, a Chicago-based talk show that covers news, environment, health and many other topic. Radio Islam broadcasts in America’s third largest market of 7.8 million listeners. Read an abridged transcript prepared by Zara Tariq or listen to the live interview. Meet our editor-in-chief,…
  • I Will Not Be Gunned Down

    Shaziya Barkat
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    By Shaziya Barkat • Muslim Youth Musings I stood staring at myself in the mirror, carefully wrapping my headscarf around my hair. The image stared back at me, clear as water. And that purity made me cringe. I struggle against the tide every day, against the norm of society, to fully embody the image in that mirror. I knew that it would not be as simple as draping a cloth over my head, classifying me as a Muslim. Rather, it would take the reconciliation of two very different elements of nature. I didn’t truly recognize the force of the tides till bigotry recently turned into actions of…
  • Painting for Tomorrow

    Muhtasham Sifaat
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    By Muhtasham Sifaat • Muslim Youth Musings It was a walk like any other on a bright Sunday morning, nearing noon. A summer walk on a dirt trail, the kind if you would stop and look up, a drop of sweat would run down from your temple as you scan the surrounding trees, seeing their patches filled by flickers of light, the sun veiled by the edges of their edges. Under the green shining so vibrantly against the blue sky, I began to wonder about a place much brighter than here. In that place, I would find my father in deep thought, his frail white hair once again a spruce of black. I would sit…
  • Winds of Destiny

    Sanam Zaidi
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    By Sanam Zaidi • Muslim Youth Musings Every morning I wake up with a beating heart as a reminder, but do I take heed? How do my scrolls stack up against my deeds? Constantly sucked into a vortex that is an illusion, Forgetting that this world is ephemeral, a fancy delusion. But, then I experience shortness of breath and it’s difficult to breathe. Suddenly life’s purpose comes rushing back to me. Praying, fasting, Quran and dhikr, Heading toward Jannah is a race and I want to be quicker. I excel in deeds, those mandated and obligatory, But, wait I’ve heard this before,…
  • Celestial Body

    Zaheen Uddin
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:44 pm
    By Zaheen Uddin • Muslim Youth Musings Her face shines brilliantly bright Especially when she preludes the night When the breaths of dawn will soon Show their luminescence to loom At the end of dawn is the beginning of day That’s when she shows her beautiful face Like a sea of tranquility over an ocean of bloom She reveals herself in the color of blue You see her face that color, deep and intense Sometimes you see her perfection covered by dense Fluffiness like rises from her bright face White birthmarks that swim from place to place Dark hair spots her green and brown womb Pregnant with…
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    Indian Muslim Observer

  • Christian MPs hold unprecedented meet to discuss attacks: Here’s why Modi should care

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    By Mahesh Vijapurkar Hitherto, Christian organisations, or the clergy of that faith often have never really taken a side when it comes to politics, only asking voters to “choose good parties” or “good candidates” who would keep the secular fabric of the country intact. They had, it would seem, kept the church away from politics....
  • Spiritual Rejuvenation of Indian Muslims

    15 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By Zafar A. Bari   Post 9/11, there has been an alarming rise in Islamophobia or hatred towards Muslims. Indian Muslims have also borne the brunt of this undesirable trend. Unfortunately, catch words like Islam, and Muslims have come to be associated with extremism, terrorism, cruelty, anti-national and the like. Muslims are seen with suspicion...
  • Bridging gaps in small steps

    15 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    By Tariq A. Al-Maeena Religion has been put under the microscope in recent times as many news reports headline the activities of terrorist groups and highlight their religious affiliations.  Islamophobia, a word that was not in the dictionary in the past, has now become common and is very often used in defense against critics. Understandably,...
  • India and the United States: Interdependence in the 21st Century?

    15 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    By Frank Islam & Ed Crego As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2015, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on what the future holds for India and the United States. The United States is the oldest and India is the largest democracy in the world. In our opinion, however, it...
  • 4Th HalalExpo Latino Americana 2015 to be held from November 16-17

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    IMO News Service The 4th edition of “The Halal Expo Latino Americana” will be held from November 16 to 17, 2015. The HalalFoodInternactional & Chilehalal group will be hosting the 2-day annual event. The event organizers in a press release said that the three previous editions had been a huge success. The past editions received...
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    Perfect Muslim Wedding

  • Muslim Weddings from around the world

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Perfect Muslim Weddings from around the world Muslims are one of the most diverse people on the planet and so are there weddings. How large and diverse? Almost one fourth of the world’s population is Muslim. Did you know there are 195 independent countries in the world and of these, 49 are Muslim-majority countries. Then they are also the largest minorities in several countries including India, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France and others.  In addition there are Palestinians, Kurds, Chechens and others who are people with former lands, languages and culture but are not independent. Whether…
  • Periodic Table of Marriage

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Periodic Table of Marriage by Perfect Muslim Wedding We have all probably endured learning the periodic table in Science or Chemistry class back in school. So many elements, a few like Oxygen, Carbon or Lithium  that we are familiar with and so many whose names we would fail to recognize. It is nice knowing something about the elements that surround us and give us sustenance and our survival as a species. What about human relations? Are there elements that make those up and allow them to thrive, and if so what are they? What makes some couples just have that chemistry. There are no easy…
  • Top 3 Modest Wedding Dress Designers

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Ladies, we all know how hard it is to dress modestly every day, not to mention, your wedding day. Modest doesn’t necessarily mean long sleeved. We are aware that our Muslim brides are different in every way, shape, form. We understand that some do wear the headscarf, and some do not. So we decided to show you the 3 top modest dress designers (according to PMW) that not only create long sleeve gowns but short sleeve as well catering to every Muslim bride. So here it goes, the top 3 modest dress designers: Jenny Packham We especially love her 2014 Bridal Collection   Allure Bridals…
  • 13 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Congratulations, on your anniversary! In our previous post we discussed the things you should do in the first 3 months of marriage: “What to do in the first 90 Days of Marriage.” Hopefully you’ve returned items you borrowed for the wedding, sent the thank you cards (if not, what are you waiting for?), received your wedding photos and videos (if not, don’t worry it can sometimes take longer than planned), got the paperwork done, and got your gifts and your bank accounts sorted out. Photo courtesy Amna HakimPhotography Great, that was the easy part. Here comes a little…
  • What to do in the first 90 Days of Marriage

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Photo by Thejas available under a Creative Commons Attribution license license Congratulations! Now that you are married and the big day and honeymoon are behind you, you’re probably wondering, what now? Hopefully you discussed some important things before the wedding, if not now is the perfect time. Here is a list of things to do or think about during the first 90 days of your marriage. If you rented any clothes or equipment or borrowed things from family and friends for the wedding, it is important to return them. Decide what you are going to do with the wedding…
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