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 […]

Ethnic minorities in UK feel most British, research finds
Ethnic minorities in UK feel most British, research finds

Muslims were most likely to say being British was important White British people gave the lowest scores on average when asked on a scale of one to 10 how important being British was to them 30 June 2012 Ethnic minorities living in the UK feel more British than their white counterparts, research has revealed. Muslims […]

Israeli Author Decries Racist Israel

Israeli culture similar to fanatical Islam, says Israeli author Israel qualifies as the “most racist state” in the developed world, Israeli author Sami Michael said earlier this week, in comments which drew parallels between Israeli culture and fanatical Islam. 29 June 2012 TEL AVIV – A prominent Israeli author has criticized Israel as the “most […]

China and its little-known Muslim history

By Daniel Bardsley Jun 29, 2012 BEIJING // George Lane describes the past decade, during which he has come to understand Islam’s significance in China, as “a journey of exploration”. A lecturer at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Mr Lane, whose speciality is medieval Iran, first came to China in the mid […]

Bee stings killed as many in UK as terrorists, says watchdog

Bee stings kill as many people in Britain as terrorist attacks do, according to a report by a Government watchdog who claims the risk from extremists has fallen “markedly” in recent years. By Martin Beckford, Home Affairs Editor  28 Jun 2012 David Anderson said that no one has even been injured by an Islamist in […]

Conveying Islam at Oxford

Speech delivered by Hamza Yusuf on 15 February 2006  This event was organised in association with the Zaytuna Institute, Q-News, Oxford University Justice Society, Ihsanic Intelligence, Oxford & Cambridge Islamic Societies and the Oxford University Arab Cultural Society. It was also filmed by CNN, Reuters, Mahabba Unlimited and the Oxford Union.   Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem. Wa sal Allahu […]

‘If you hate the west, emigrate to a Muslim country’

Hamza Yusuf is arguably the west’s most influential Islamic scholar. Many Muslims find his views hard to stomach, but he is advising the White House on the current crisis, and today he will be talking to religious leaders in the UK. Jack O’Sullivan meets him By Jack O’Sullivan  8/10/2001 A few days ago, for reasons that […]

Islam has a progressive tradition too

Most western views of Muslims are founded on ignorance By Hamza Yusuf  19/6/2002 When a Welsh resistance leader was captured and brought before the emperor in Rome, he said: “Because you desire to conquer the world, it does not necessarily follow that the world desires to be conquered by you.” Today one could offer an […]

The myth of Muslim support for terror

By Kenneth Ballen  23/2/07 WASHINGTON Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria. The survey, conducted in December 2006 by the University of Maryland’s prestigious Program on International […]

No hatred is pro-Jewish. No bigotry is pro-Israel. Case in point: Pamela Geller

ZOA should never have extended an invitation to one of America’s most extraordinarily successful purveyors of unvarnished prejudice and unapologetic hatred. By Bradley Burston 26.06.12    From a marketing standpoint, it may be a smart idea for the Zionist Organization of America to promote bigotry. It makes for headlines. On the most primal, most limbic of […]

Jews Must Repudiate All Hatred, Especially From One of Their Own

By Brian Levin, J.D.Director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University   25.06.12   An Invitation Rightly Revoked Pamela Geller, an outspoken Islamophobe who spins wild hateful conspiracy theories about Muslims, as well as President Obama, had a speaking event entitled “Islamic Jew Hatred: The Root Cause of the Failure to Achieve […]

Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism: Everything Old Is New Again

by Sheila Musaji First, let’s look at themes from anti-Semitic propaganda, and then at just a few of the statements currently being made about Islam and Muslims.  ANTI-SEMITIC PROPAGANDA Anti-Semitic propaganda maintained that: —all Jews were responsible for the act of any Jew, e.g. “The murder of Ernst vom Rath did not slow legal measures aimed […]

Islamophobia as the New Antisemitism

By Jerry Haber   19 August 2010 Daniel Luban has written a timely and well-researched article in Tablet on what he calls, the “New Antisemitism,” the anti-Islamic bigotry that is on the rise in the United States. Using the term “New Antisemitism” to describe this bigotry is much more appropriate than using it to describe anti-Zionism or […]

How the Media Created the Muslim Monster Myth

American images of Arabs and Muslims have remained remarkably consistent over the decades. Despite the diversity of Arab and Muslim experience, reel Arab women have appeared mostly mute and submissive — belly dancers, bundles in black and beasts of burden, argues Jack Shaheen. 16 June 2012 You can hit an Arab free; they’re free enemies, […]

We Have No “Right to Happiness”

by C.S. Lewis “After all,” said Clare, “they had a right to happiness.” We were discussing something that once happened in our own neighborhood. Mr. A., had deserted Mrs. A. and got his divorce in order to marry Mrs. B., who had likewise got her divorce in order to marry Mr. A. And there was […]

Loving with all your … brain

by Elizabeth Cohen CNN Medical Correspondent (CNN) — Close your eyes for a minute and envision all the romantic parts of the human body. Her beautiful eyes. His strong shoulders. We’ll stop there, but you go right ahead and think about all the body parts you want. Bet you didn’t think about the caudate and […]