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Lancashire Mosques Help Poor Britons
Lancashire Mosques Help Poor Britons

30 July 2012 NELSON, Lancashire – Mosques in the British town of Nelson in Lancashire have joined forces to feed poor and needy families, manifesting a basic Islamic principle of helping those in need regardless of their faith. “When we at Inspiring Grace were made aware of the scope of the problem, we did not […]

 
What ‘unshakeable commitment’ to Israel really means

By Stephen M. Walt   30 July  2012 Pandering to special interest groups is a time-honored American political tradition, especially in an election year. The practice is hard-wired into the U.S. system of government, which gives interest groups many different ways to pressure politicians into doing their bidding. Whether we are talking about the farm […]

 
Talking Zionism

By Uri Avnery,  30 July 2012 “He talks Zionism” used to be a very derogatory comment when I was young. It meant that some elderly functionary had come to waste our time with a boring speech consisting largely of empty phrases. That was before the foundation of the State of Israel. Since then, the term […]

 
Two Faces: Israel’s Prime Ministers

By Uri Avnery   14 July 2012 Two former Prime Ministers of Israel are in the news these days. They represent two of the many faces of Israel. They also raise a universal question: which is preferable – an honest fanatic or a corrupt pragmatist? Yitzhak Shamir died two weeks ago and was buried in […]

 
As Islamists Gain Influence, Washington Reassesses Who Its Friends Are

By Scott Shane  9 July 2012 WASHINGTON — In his first major speech last month, Mohamed Morsi, the new Egyptian president, pledged to seek the release of a notorious Egyptian terrorist from a North Carolina prison. Not long before that, a member of a designated terrorist organization, Gamaa al-Islamiyya — who also happens to be a […]

 
Boko Haram and Islam

By Disu Kamor   2 February 2012 Since the criminal attacks of the dreaded cultist group (Boko Haram) on the nation started, certain salesmen of hate have been hawking their credo: Islam is violent; religion in general produces extremists; religion is dangerous, and so on, to the public. One of such persons is Leo Igwe, an […]

 
Um Ahmed, Egypt’s New First Lady
Um Ahmed, Egypt’s New First Lady

 28 June 2012 CAIRO – Unlike former elegant, half-British first ladies, Egypt’s presidential palace is welcoming a small-town home-maker who loves to be called with a traditional nickname identifying her as the mother of her eldest son. “She looks like my mother,” Dalia Saber, 36, an engineering lecture toldThe New York Times on Thursday, June 28, […]

 
Egyptian First Lady: Debunking Myths of Feminism
Egyptian First Lady: Debunking Myths of Feminism

What Is Really Meaningful By Raudah Mohd Yunus Freelance Writer- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9 July 2012 When I first saw Naglaa Ali Mahmoud or better known as Um Ahmed, the wife of Egypt’s first freely elected President Dr Morsy, I could not help but smiling. Egypt’s new first lady is different from other typical first […]

 
Depressing Picture Emerges of Muslim Women Under Increasing Harassment From White EDL Supporters

By Fiyaz Mughal  Director of Faith Matters 9 July 2012 So what do Muslim women, white men between 20 and 50, EDL sympathisers, and the desire to wear a head covering and face veil have in common? Sounds a bizarre set of circumstances but there is a strand that links them together. Anti-Muslim prejudice has […]

 
The Spectator’s selective silence exposes hidden agenda

By Shaikh Riyad Nadwi, Ph.D   31 March 2005 The Spectator magazine has once again published an article by Anthony Browne (‘Church of Martyrs’, 27 March 2005) in which he attempts to create community tension between Muslims and Christians in Britain by using spurious statistics, hearsay and fabrication. He is at pains to tell us how […]

 
Republican Horrified to Discover that Christianity is Not the Only Religion

 Erin Gloria Ryan   6 July 2012 It’s an honest mistake, assuming that the Constitution only protects your own personal megachurch faith. But one Louisiana Republican is learning the hard way that religious school vouchers can be used to fund education at all sorts of religious schools, even Muslim ones. And while she’s totally in favor […]

 
Megabus scare: where there’s smoke, beware of brown men on buses
Megabus scare: where there’s smoke, beware of brown men on buses

The terrorist paranoia over an Asian man with an e-cigarette shows we should think twice before accepting racial stereotypes. Shazia Mirza  6 July 2012 ‘Panic might have been avoided if the driver had simply stopped the coach and asked if anyone knew anything about the smoke coming from a bag’. Apparently we all think the […]

 
The persecution of Muslims by the British Media is real, and endorsed by millions

5 July 2012 Unitas Communications has today published the report that it has submitted  to the Leveson inquiry entitled: “Race and Reform
: Islam and Muslims in the British Media.” Overall, the report finds that: a persistence of anti­‐Muslim trends in British Media reporting on issues relating to Islam and Muslims has directly contributed to inaccurate stereotypes and […]

 
Islam is being integrated more fully in Germany

By Lewis Gropp  27 June  2012  Two years ago, then-German President Christian Wulff stated that Islam was part of Germany, creating an uproar among more conservative followers of his Christian Democratic Union. Then, defying reason, Joachim Gauck, Germany’s new president, stated earlier this year that Muslims are part of Germany, but that he would not say […]

 
Israeli settlements ‘jeopardising’ Palestinian prosperity
Israeli settlements ‘jeopardising’ Palestinian prosperity

5 July 2012 The report says Palestinians can use only 6% of the land in the Jordan Valley The economic potential of Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank is being jeopardised by Israeli settlement activity, a report by the UK charity Oxfam says. The study suggests Palestinians could generate an extra £1bn […]

 
Egypt’s Islamist First Lady
Egypt’s Islamist First Lady

By Yomna El-Saeed    Freelance Writer – Egypt      5 July 2012 So, Egypt finally got a president after a year and a half of being ruled by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, ever since Mubarak was toppled. Dr. Mohamed Morsi has hit a number of records. He is not only the first […]

 
Muslims are well-integrated in Britain – but no one seems to believe it
Muslims are well-integrated in Britain – but no one seems to believe it

British Muslims often express a stronger sense of belonging than other citizens, so why are they still seen as outsiders? By Leon Moosavi  3 July 2012 ‘More than half (55%) of Britons would be concerned if a mosque was built in their area.’ Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian In Britain today there is a mismatch […]

 
Austria celebrates ‘model’ law on Islam
Austria celebrates ‘model’ law on Islam

By Bethany Bell   3 July 2012 BBC News, Vienna Austria has had a checkered history when it comes to relations with Muslims, but its 100-year-old Law on Islam is seen as a symbol of tolerance. The law gives Muslims the same rights as other officially recognised religions in Austria, such as Catholicism, Lutheranism, Judaism and […]

 
Islamic architecture: A mosque built by Mughal era techniques
Islamic architecture: A mosque built by Mughal era techniques

By Sonia Malik    3 July 2012 “The light sky blue signifies the mercy of God and it is used heavily in early Islamic scripture… Dark blue, the colour of the tiles used for the lower half of the verandah walls, signifies mysticism in Islam. The golden and black arch (mehrab) signalling the direction of […]

 
Decolonising Sheikh-ul-Alam

Professor G M Shad’s Collection Attempts to Present the Essence of the Saint’s Poetry Book Review By Professor Muhammad Aslam     2 Jul 2012 Book: Kalam-I-Sheikh-Ul-Alam (Poetry of Sheikh-ul-Alam) Editor-Translator: Professor Ghulam Muhammad Shad Year of Publication: 2012 Publisher: Ali Muhammad &Sons Pages: 408 Price: 200/- Kalam-i-Sheikh-ul-Alam (Poetry of Sheikh-u-Alam) is a collection of 300 […]

 
Muslims applaud Malawi President Joyce Banda

By Peter Chipanga   2 July 2012 Muslims in Malawi have commended the country’s leadership for officially allowing the Muslim women to be putting on an Islamic dress, Hijaab, without restrictions or fear of any form of oppression. The Muslim community have said the sentiments in a press release that has been signed by the National […]

 
We’re Not Just Talking About Islam

By Sharon Memis  Director of the British Council in the United States 2 July 2012 For the last decade, discussions of Islam in the UK, the US, and much of continental Europe have revolved around a narrative of opposition: the Muslim World versus the West, sharia law versus democracy, Islamic civilisation versus Judeo-Christian. What nearly always […]

 
How Muslim Brotherhood went from 7 members to Egypt’s presidency

By Nancy A. Youssef     29 June 2012 CAIRO — When Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, the membership was just seven people – al-Banna and six other workers in the port city of Suez, his only surviving sibling, 91-year-old brother Gamal, recalled recently. The British were in charge of Egypt then, and […]

 
Portrait of a poet : Allama Iqbal
Portrait of a poet : Allama Iqbal

 1 July 2012 Muhammad Iqbal Mustansir Dalvi talks to Ziya Us Salam about the relevance of the poet Iqbal in today’s times in the light of his translated work, “Iqbal Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer: Shikwa and Jawab-e-Shikwa” It was in kindergarten that one first heard of Muhammad Iqbal, thanks to “Sa Re Jahan Se […]

 
Australia : Islam defies the slow loss of faith
Australia : Islam defies the slow loss of faith

By Susannah Moran  22 June 2012    AUSTRALIANS are losing their faith with religion, census figures reveal, with close to 4.8 million people saying they have no affiliation. For those who do believe, the greatest growth is among followers of Islam, with the number of Muslims up 40 per cent since the 2006 census. The […]

 
Islamic finance: Notion of stewardship imbues business ethics

By Emmanuelle Smith   18 June 2012 Since the start of the global economic crisis in 2008, financial education has been under increased scrutiny from those dissecting what went wrong. Who, after all, had trained the perpetrators of the crisis? Were the “masters of the universe” ever taught about ethics? And if not, why not? […]

 
Making the World Safe for Terrorism

By Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller     30 Sept 2001 In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate By what one can gather from the press, the FBI and CIA have seemingly been unable to prove who precisely, if anyone, may have masterminded the attack earlier this month on the World Trade Center […]

 
Austrian President: We are very proud to have recognized Islam for 100 years

 By Seyit Arslan, Vienna    25 June 2012 “Islam was officially recognized by the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1912, shortly after Bosnia and Herzegovina had been incorporated into the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Austria is very proud of its early recognition of its Muslim citizens,” President of Austria Heinz Fischer has said. In an interview with Today’s […]

 
Interview: IOC Expert Discusses Ramadan And London Olympics

June 11, 2012 Ronald Maughan is a sports scientist at Britain’s Loughborough University who heads the International Olympic Committee’s working group on nutrition.  He spoke with RFE/RL correspondent Ron Synovitz about Ramadan and the 2012 London Olympic Games. RFE/RL: You head the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) working group on nutrition, which has been studying the […]

 
Muslim Olympians Face Choices On Ramadan Fasting

By Ron Synovitz       June 30, 2012   To eat or not to eat? That is the question for about 3,000 Muslim athletes in London’s 2012 Summer Olympic Games.  All 17 days of competition, from July 27 to August 12, fall within the holy month of Ramadan — a time when Muslims are required […]