Source: Committee to Protect Journalists. Being a journalist in a Muslim country is one of the most perilous jobs at this time. In comparison to the USA where freedom of the press is relatively untampered with (see video at the end of this article), critiquing the status quo or those in power in Muslim countries […]
Source: “Empowering Women in Saudi Media.” by Maha Akeel, Arab News. Islam has guaranteed women’s right to participate in making decisions concerning her life, her money and her community and therefore she has the right to be represented in every organization and institution that affects her directly or indirectly. [A]fter… [Read more…] years of working in […]
Britain censured over decision to drop BAE Saudi corruption inquiry by Rob Evans in Paris Friday January 19, 2007 The Guardian The (British) government was severely criticised yesterday by the international community’s leading anti-bribery watchdog for halting a corruption investigation into the arms company BAE. The public expression of “serious concern” came after Tony Blair […]
Source: Fiqh-us-Sunnah, vol 2, # 33 ‘Ikrimah reports from Ibn ‘Abbas that the Messenger of Allah said to ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abdal-Mutalib: “O ‘Abbas, O Uncle, shall I not give you, shall I not present to you, shall I not donate to you, shall I not tell you ten things which, if you do, Allah will […]
Qari Wahid Zafar sings. Words to soothe your soul and energize your faith. For many more nasheeds and other Islamic songs, please visit the nasheed section in my vodpod. You can access it by clicking here or clicking on the vodpod box in the right hand column of this blog.
by Rafik Beekun Anger is “an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage,” (Spielberger). Although anger is a natural emotion, you may be expressing it in a manner that could result in violence and destructive acts. In fact, as noted in the Qur’an, Allah says: “And when your […]
Source: Tort Deform A Boston jury recently ruled in favor of an airline passenger who had been removed from an American Airlines (AA) flight because of racial profiling. The jury awarded $400,000 total, including compensatory and punitive damages, to John Cerqueira, in the first federal civil rights case challenging post-9/11 racial profiling by an airline. Mr. […]
A new tactic is currently being used by opportunists who claim to have been practicing Muslims. They publicly renounce Islam, or offer themselves as reformists. Often with little or no knowledge of the religion, they proceed to attack Islam, and by so doing, accumulate fame and fortune. This short talk by Hamza Yusuf exposes this new threat […]
by Rafik Beekun At work, one often gets trapped by a project or a deadline, and one may engage in postponing prayer (salah). Yet, as Steven Covey states in his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘, one needs to stop periodically to sharpen one’s saw (cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual acuity). Prayer, in its regular rhythmic […]
Question: Where I work many of the people I say salaam to either never say wa `alaikum assalaam or just say hi in response or sometimes just smile back. Some do one thing at one time and one thing at another time (e.g. return my salaam on Monday, but don’t say anything on Wednesday). These […]
Source: If Americans Knew The Israeli unemployment rate is 9%, while the Palestinian unemployment rate is estimated at 40%. “[A] recent World Bank study predicts that, if the current situation continues throughout 2006, this may be the worst year in the Palestinian economic history. The average Palestinian’s personal income will fall by 40%, and 67% […]
Please note that although a couple of the officers were eventually arrested, they represent only the tip of the torture iceberg. So far, the track record of Egyptian authorities in pursuing police torturers is relatively weak (see the 2002 table below), and this is why the torturers who dishonor Egypt feel they have impunity to […]
Look at the face of the torturer: this is commonplace behavior for him–absolutely no empathy. A normal day at the office. The policeman actually smiles before hitting the man being tortured! Let us note that Islam absolutely condemns such brutality, and that torture takes place in many countries-Muslim or Non-Muslim. However, shouldn’t Muslims know better? […]
Trying to get a murder confession from a woman suspect. What are the parameters of Islamic behavior at work whether you are a policeman or not? What are the responsibilities of the authorities and leaders responsible for those administering this type of torture? Torture Epidemic in Egypt Reported Deaths in Custody owing to Torture and […]
Since when does Islam allow torture? Even during war, the Prophet (s) respected the rights of prisoners. What are the Islamic parameters of appropriate behavior for policemen at work?
Du’as from the Qur’an in Arabic with English Subtitles by the superb Qari Basit
When praying salat ul Istikharah before making any major decision (work or otherwise), read this dua as stated by the Prophet (s). See article on Istikhara elsewhere under the category “Decision-Making” on the Islamic Workplace blog.
When facing any hardship, please recite this dua.
by Rafik Beekun at the Islamic Workplace blog Sources: http://www.fridaynasiha.com and compiled from “The Lawful and The Prohibited in Islam” – Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, p. 292, Sheikh Jamal Zarabozo’s article on ‘The Manner of Joking in Islam’ from Islam House, and an article from Islamway At times, Muslims can take themselves too seriously, and present too […]
In spite of Islamophobic attacks by Congressman Goode on him, Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the US Congress, went to shake his hands during the inauguration ceremony. Goode’s back is towards the camera. Congressman Ellison’s behavior models that of the Prophet (s) who asked how the woman who had been putting trash on […]
Sura 75 (Qiyama) from the Qur’an. The Day of Account will come. We are each responsible for whatever we do at work or elsewhere, and will have to answer to Our Creator for our deeds.
Source of testimonials: Human Rights Watch While abuse of domestic workers is a global disgrace, taking place in many non-Muslim countries including Hong Kong, the USA, and Singapore, it also occurs in Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Morocco, Malaysia and many others. Here are some examples of the type of abuse that domestic […]
Source: Human Rights Watch 2006 Report Migrant Workers The estimated 8.8 million largely South and Southeast Asian and Arab foreign workers in Saudi Arabia comprise a third of the country’s population, according to Minister of Labor Ghazi al-Gosaibi. Many face exploitative working conditions, including sixteen-hour workdays, no breaks or food and drink, and often remain […]