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Trump has expressed his admiration for Modi on a number of occasions

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

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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

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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’

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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 […]

No place for racism in Islam

Akhlaaq Topical and Current Affairs

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 […]

My Problem with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories – Imam Zaid Shakir

Fasting and Ramadan Tips and Advice (Naseeha) Topical and Current Affairs

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 […]

President Trump, seen reflected in a television camera, speaks during a briefing in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.

Trump tells a damnable and murderous lie

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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 […]

Prophet Muhammad’s Incredible Tips for Surviving a Pandemic

Other Knowledge Topical and Current Affairs

(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, […]

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

History Topical and Current Affairs

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

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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. […]

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918

History Topical and Current Affairs

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

President Trump listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their announcement in the White House of Trump’s Middle East peace plan on January 28.

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

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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 […]