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When I moved from India to the US, I believed in the American dream. Now I realize how terrifyingly similar both countries are
When I moved from India to the US, I believed in the American dream. Now I realize how terrifyingly similar both countries are

I became an American groupie because the India of my youth was bedevilled by poverty and protest. Living in the US for the past two decades — and the George Floyd protests this week — have offered me a sharply different perspective John Kenneth Galbraith famously described India as a “functioning anarchy”, an ungovernable country which miraculously survived despite […]

 
The pandemic is testing the generosity of billionaires, according to a Washington Post survey of the 50 richest Americans
The pandemic is testing the generosity of billionaires, according to a Washington Post survey of the 50 richest Americans

America’s love-hate affair with billionaires took an uncomfortable twist this spring: As the coronavirus spread across the country, both fans and critics wondered what these titans of capitalism would do to address this devastating health and economic crisis. The answer so far: Not much, when accounting for their vast personal fortunes. A Washington Post survey of the […]

 
TripAdvisor’s attitude to racism & injustice is ‘Palestinian Lives Don’t Matter’
TripAdvisor’s attitude to racism & injustice is ‘Palestinian Lives Don’t Matter’

amnesty.org.uk By Kristyan Benedict – @KreaseChan Over recent days, we’ve seen numerous major companies around the world issuing statements of support for the Black Lives Matter protests. In truth, many feel hollow – paying lip-service to the issues raised by George Floyd’s horrific killing without looking inward at their own responsibilities. Take the intervention from online holiday […]

 
Bilal ibn Rabah: The symbol of human equality
Bilal ibn Rabah: The symbol of human equality

  Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah bless him) is one of the most illustrious names in the Islamic history. A Negro slave originally from Habasha (Ethiopia), Bilal is an evident story of Islam’s respect for human equality, anti-racism and social equity. Born in 680CE in Makkah, to his slave parents — Rabah and Hamamah — […]

 
What Turkey got right about the pandemic – Strength in numbers

It helps not to keep old people in nursing homes In early march, before Turkey had formally registered its first case of covid-19, Sabah, a pro-government newspaper, praised the country for setting a “leading example” in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Some 160,000 confirmed cases later, the fanfare is rather quieter. Still, as the country […]

 
Prophet Muhammad’s Example of Anti-Racism
Prophet Muhammad’s Example of Anti-Racism

Dr. Craig Considine – Feb 2015 Relations between different ethnic and religious groups in the Middle East, U.S., and EU are deteriorating at a rapid pace. Across these three areas, Muslims are pitted against non-Muslims and black and brown people are pitted against white. What is needed now more than ever is a role model […]

 
No place for racism in Islam
No place for racism in Islam

Islam with its universal concept of brotherhood rejects all artificial and man-made marks of distinction. When listening to the radio, reading newspapers, surfing the Net or watching television, we are confronted daily with the same sad news: Violence, crime, wars and disasters. This constant awareness of fear and tension should make us think what has […]

 
Burying the Nakba: How Israel systematically hides evidence of 1948 expulsion of Arabs
Burying the Nakba: How Israel systematically hides evidence of 1948 expulsion of Arabs

Since early last decade, Defense Ministry teams have scoured local archives and removed troves of historic documents to conceal proof of the Nakba Hagar Shezaf | Haaretz.com Four years ago, historian Tamar Novick was jolted by a document she found in the file of Yosef Waschitz, from the Arab Department of the left-wing Mapam Party, […]

 
My Problem with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories – Imam Zaid Shakir
My Problem with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories – Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir is a Muslim American scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. He teaches courses on Arabic, law, history, and Islamic spirituality.  There are a large number of books that discuss the coming of the Antichrist, known to Muslims as the Dajjal (The Great Deceiver). One can spend a lifetime studying […]

 
Is the Rise of Thurayya Star a Sign of the End of an Pandemic ?
Is the Rise of Thurayya Star a Sign of the End of an Pandemic ?

15 April 2020 Dr. Zulkifli bin Mohamad Al-Bakri Federal Territory Mufti, Malaysia Question: Assalamualaikum ustaz. I heard in a video that a speaker spoke about a hadith of the Prophet PBUH which is narrated in Musnad Ahmad that the Prophet PBUH said if a star rises, then calamity will end. In Arabic, it is said […]

 
How to Cope with Self-Isolation, According to a 9th Century Islamic Philosopher
How to Cope with Self-Isolation, According to a 9th Century Islamic Philosopher
 
Sayyiduna Umar and the Plague of  Amawas
Sayyiduna Umar and the Plague of Amawas

Shaykh Suhail Motala Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) says that ‘Umar ibn Khattab set out for Syria. When he got as far as ‘Sargh’, the commanders of the army, Abu ‘Ubaydah ibn Jarrah and his companions met ‘Umar and told him that a plague had broken out in Syria. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas said, ‘Umar […]

 
Trump tells a damnable and murderous lie
Trump tells a damnable and murderous lie

April 17, 2020 By Dana Milbank  Columnist   “It would have been so easy to be truthful.” Thus spake President Trump this week on the very day he surpassed the milestone of uttering 18,000 falsehoods during his presidency, as tallied by the Post’s Fact Checker. But on this day, Trump was not admitting to losing his own struggle with […]

 
The pandemic and Ramadan – Dr Shaykh Akram Nadwi
The pandemic and Ramadan – Dr Shaykh Akram Nadwi

By: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi Oxford Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi is an Islamic scholar from the Indian city of Jaunpur and a graduate of the world renowned Nadwatul Ulama (India) where he studied and taught Shariah. Shaykh Akram is a Muhaddith of the highest calibre who has specialised in Ilm ul Rijal (the study of […]

 
No Evidence to Suggest Tablighi Role in Continuous Rise in Covid Cases: Scientists
No Evidence to Suggest Tablighi Role in Continuous Rise in Covid Cases: Scientists

April 10 2020 NEW DELHI – Refuting allegations against Tablighi Jamaat, an amalgam of about 400 scientists came out in defence of the Islamic group. They said there was no evidence to support the claims that a Jamaat event at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi was responsible for the continued rise in covid-19 cases in India. “The […]

 
Prophet Muhammad’s Incredible Tips for Surviving a Pandemic
Prophet Muhammad’s Incredible Tips for Surviving a Pandemic

(translated from the abc.es Spanish article) April 2020 1,300 years ago, the founder of Islam already recommended isolation and hygiene measures to combat infectious diseases José Manuel Nieves Frequent washing your hands, staying at home, not touching anything, isolating yourself from others … With the planet practically paralyzed and half Humanity confined to their homes, […]

 
A Perspective on the Pandemic – ShaykhAbdal Hakim Murad
A Perspective on the Pandemic – ShaykhAbdal Hakim Murad

Bi’smi’Llahi ’r-Rahmani ’r-Rahim Taking a normally familiar stroll through Cambridge’s city centre I find myself, subhanAllah, rather staggered by the difference these two weeks have made. The little roads call to mind the way Sundays used to be: they are nearly deserted; but this particular day of rest will stretch on for weeks and months, […]

 
As a doctor I have to speak out: Johnson has contributed to thousands of deaths
As a doctor I have to speak out: Johnson has contributed to thousands of deaths

Dec 19, 2019 The prime minister’s neglect of the NHS has resulted in too many tragedies. If he were a doctor, he would be struck off • Andrew Meyerson is a junior doctor working at Worcestershire Royal hospital Dear Boris Johnson, In medicine – unlike politics, where anything seems to go these days – we have […]

 
Chronological List of Relevant Muslim and Christian Scholars Who Wrote on Contagion in the Premodern Period
Chronological List of Relevant Muslim and Christian Scholars Who Wrote on Contagion in the Premodern Period

Ibn Sahl b. Rabbān al-Ṭabarī (d. after 240/ 855), Christian doctor who converted to Islam; lived in Sāmarrā’. Ibn Qutayba (d. 276 / 889), theologian, traditionist, and jurist; lived much of his life in Baghdad. Thābit b. Qurra (d. 288/ 901), doctor, mathematician, and astronomer from Ḥarrān; flourished and died in Baghdad. Muḥammad b. Zakariyyā […]

 
Avicenna The Scientist Responsible For Quarantine
Avicenna The Scientist Responsible For Quarantine

The Persian scholar of medicine, Ibn Sina (980-1037) suspected that some diseases were spread by microorganisms. To prevent human-to-human contamination, he came up with the method of isolating people for 40 days. He called this method al-Arba’iniya (“the forty”). Traders from Venice heard of his successful method and took this knowledge back to contemporary Italy. […]

 
If Saudi Arabia is forced to put the Hajj on hold, it will not be without precedent
If Saudi Arabia is forced to put the Hajj on hold, it will not be without precedent

5 April 2020   Saudi minister’s remarks have called into question viability of this year’s Hajj amid coronavirus crisis The annual Islamic pilgrimage has a history of disruptions and cancellations going back centuries   JEDDAH: Will the Hajj, which draws millions of Muslims annually to Islam’s birthplace in Saudi Arabia, be suspended this year owing […]

 
The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918
The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918

During the pandemic of 1918/19, over 50 million people died worldwide and a quarter of the British population were affected. The death toll was 228,000 in Britain alone. Global mortality rate is not known, but is estimated to have been between 10% to 20% of those who were infected.   “I had a little bird […]

 
Can The Power Of Prayer Alone Stop A Pandemic Like The Coronavirus ? Even The Prophet Muhammad Thought Otherwise | Opinion
Can The Power Of Prayer Alone Stop A Pandemic Like The Coronavirus ? Even The Prophet Muhammad Thought Otherwise | Opinion

17/3/2020 Dr. Craig Considine is a scholar, professor, global speaker, and media contributor based at the Department of Sociology at Rice University. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing governments and news sources to provide the most accurate and helpful advice to the world’s population, as the disease is indeed global in reach. Health care professionals are […]

 
What Islamic hygienic practices can teach when coronavirus is spreading
What Islamic hygienic practices can teach when coronavirus is spreading

By Rose S. Aslan | AP  March 16, 2020 at 9:03 AM EDT Rose S. Aslan, California Lutheran University As outbreaks of the coronavirus spread throughout the world, people are reminded over and again to limit physical contact, wash hands and avoid touching their face. The recent Netflix docuseries “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” illustrates how the Islamic ritual […]

 
How a Persian Mystic Poet Changed My Life
How a Persian Mystic Poet Changed My Life

My father recited Rumi to me as I grew up. I finally chose to listen. By Melody Moezzi –  writer and activist. Melody Moezzi is a visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the author, most recently, of “The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic […]

 
UN rights office issues report on business activities related to settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
UN rights office issues report on business activities related to settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

12 Feb 2020 GENEVA (12 February) – The UN Human Rights Office on Wednesday issued a report on business enterprises involved in certain activities relating to settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in response to a specific request by the UN Human Rights Council, contained in a March 2016 resolution, that mandated the Office to […]

 
UN Releases Blacklist of 112 Companies With Ties to Israeli West Bank Settlements
UN Releases Blacklist of 112 Companies With Ties to Israeli West Bank Settlements

OHCHR says 112 business entities are linked to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, 94 based in Israel, and 18 in six other countries Noa Landau Feb 12, 2020 The UN human rights office released Wednesday the long-anticipated report, which names companies with ties to Israeli West Bank settlements. OHCHR said it has reasonable grounds to […]

 
Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Isn’t New. It Plagiarized a 40-Year-Old Israeli Initiative.
Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Isn’t New. It Plagiarized a 40-Year-Old Israeli Initiative.

The White House likes to pretend it’s breaking with tradition. In fact, it’s recycling old maps and ideas. BY YEHUDA SHAUL – served as an infantry combat soldier and commander in the Israel Defense Forces from 2001 to 2004 in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Hebron. He is a founding member of Breaking the […]

 
What’s New About Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace’ Plan? Only the Blunt Crudity of Its Racism
What’s New About Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace’ Plan? Only the Blunt Crudity of Its Racism

From the administration’s perspective, Palestinian suffering doesn’t count because Palestinians themselves don’t count. By Saree Makdisi – professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA, is the author of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation (Norton) and Tolerance Is a Wasteland: Palestine and the Psychogeography of Denial (forthcoming from the University of California Press). 30 […]

 
Trump vilifies Palestinians for using the same violence that birthed Israel
Trump vilifies Palestinians for using the same violence that birthed Israel

Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ speech condemned Palestinians for terrorism and praised Israel for peace — all while ignoring Israel’s own violent history. By Edo Konrad – editor-in-chief of +972 Magazine. Based in Tel Aviv, he previously worked as an editor for Haaretz. January 30, 2020   President Trump has hardly attempted to hide his […]