Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2007«

Attacks on Journalists and the Press in Muslim Countries

January 30, 2007

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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 […]

Women and Career Obstacles in Saudi Media

January 29, 2007

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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 […]

If you drink alcohol, some Muslim cab drivers won’t drive you

January 27, 2007

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January 26, 2007 By Keith Oppenheim CNN MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota… [Read more…] I stepped into the taxi depot that serves the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport, where drivers sit and wait for their next fare. In this crowded, noisy room, most of the cabbies are Muslims originally from Somalia. “We’re doing a story about the conflict […]

Saudi Arabia, Corruption and the British Arms Company, BAE

January 26, 2007

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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 […]

Salat-ul-Tasbih: Praying for Forgiveness

January 25, 2007

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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 […]

Palestinian students beaten up at Guilford College

January 24, 2007

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 Source: News-Record.com On Monday, Jan 22, 2007, three Guilford College students, Michael Bates, Michael Robert Six, and Christopher Barnette, were arrested in connection with a group assault that occurred on campus, according to court documents. Police said Faris Khadar, Osama Sabbah and Omar Awartani (2 Muslim and 1 Christian Palestinian students) were victims of this attack. […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 11–Restrict immigration so more Muslims do not get elected.

January 24, 2007

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Besides taking issue with Congressman Ellison about his use of the Qur’an for the swearing in ceremony, Senator Virgil Goode wants the diversity visa program to end. His rationale: immigration needs to be restricted so that more Muslims do not get elected to the US Congress. Way to go, Goode!!! Do you still believe in […]

Naat – Allahu (As subuhu bada min)

January 23, 2007

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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.

Islam and Anger Management (Part 1): What is your level of anger?

January 22, 2007

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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 […]

American Airlines to pay $400,000 in damages for racial profiling of passenger

January 21, 2007

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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. […]

Islamophobia 101–Episode 10:- How to Obtain Fame and Fortune: Become an Apostate and Attack Islam

January 19, 2007

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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 […]

U.S. Dept of Homeland Security to Launch Traveler Redress Inquiry Program

January 18, 2007

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Source: (Media-Newswire.com) – Release Date: January 17, 2007 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today it will launch the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP), an easy to use, single point of inquiry for travel-related issues. DHS TRIP was developed to provide a central gateway to address watch list misidentification issues, situations where […]

IBM Worker Says He Was Fired For Being A Muslim

January 18, 2007

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By Paul McDougall Source: Information Week A Muslim electronics engineer who developed five patents for IBM claims the computer maker fired him because of his religion and that managers at the company mocked him for refusing to eat during the Ramadan fast and once told him to ignore Islamic law and clean a knife that […]

The BBC interviews Keith Ellison, First US Muslim Congressman

January 17, 2007

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Keith Ellison is one of the most intensely scrutinised members of the new Democratic intake – the first Muslim member of Congress. In an exclusive BBC interview he talks to Stephen Sackur about what he wants the Democrats to do with their new found clout. Please click here to watch this excellent interview by Stephen […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 9–Michael Savage: “Kill 100 million Muslims!”

January 16, 2007

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Source: Media Matters Almost on a daily basis, on Talk Radio Network’s The Savage Nation, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage (aka Michael A. Weiner) launches a tirade against Islam and Muslims. Such relentless attacks can only foster hate against and distrust of Muslims both in the workplace and elsewhere. Michael Savage rarely tolerates any […]

Islamophobia 101-Episode 8: Franklin Graham states that ‘Islam is evil’.

January 16, 2007

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Franklin Graham has replaced his father, Billy Graham, in leading a major Christian evangelical organization. Billy Graham was one of President Bush’s most influential religious confidants.  Since taking over the reins, Franklin’s organization, Samaritan’s Purse, claims that it intends only to bring relief services to impoverished non-Christians, but has–according to other Christian organizations–worked only to convert people to its version of Christianity (with […]

Sharpen the Saw: Do not Postpone or Miss Your Salah at Work

January 14, 2007

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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 […]

Issue 1: Should I Give Salams to Sinful Muslims at Work

January 12, 2007

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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 […]

The Economic Impact of Conflict on the Israeli and Palestinian Workforce

January 11, 2007

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 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% […]

Torture in Egypt: Part 4–Officer ‘Arrested’

January 11, 2007

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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 […]

Torture in Egypt: Part 3–The Smiling Torturer

January 10, 2007

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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? […]

Torture in Egypt: Part 2–Confess to Murder

January 10, 2007

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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 […]

Torture in Egypt: Part 1–Just Office Fun!

January 10, 2007

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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?

Islamophobia 101-Episode 7: Senator Boxer Misled by Anti-Muslim Extremists

January 10, 2007

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Barbara Boxer rescinds her award to a Muslim activist after Anti-Muslim, right-wing extremists’ complaints are voiced. Watch the vigorous response from Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR on Paula Zahn’s CNN show.

Dua Video #5: Collection of Duas from the Qu’ran

January 8, 2007

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Du’as from the Qur’an in Arabic with English Subtitles by the superb Qari Basit

Dua Video #4: Salat ul Istikharah

January 8, 2007

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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.

Dua Video #3: When facing hardship

January 8, 2007

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When facing any hardship, please recite this dua.

Islam and Stress Management (Part 6): Relaxation and Humor

January 6, 2007

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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 […]

US Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison shakes the hand of Virgil Goode

January 5, 2007

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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 […]

Accountability cannot be delegated away

January 4, 2007

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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.

Bush says feds can open U.S. mail without warrant

January 4, 2007

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Source: The Seattle Times By James Gordon Meek, New York Daily News WASHINGTON: Jan 4, 2007 — President Bush quietly has claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans’ mail without a judge’s warrant. Bush asserted the new authority Dec. 20 after signing legislation that overhauls some postal regulations. He then issued a “signing statement” that […]

U.S. Muslim Mayor Avoids Mixing Politics and Religion

January 4, 2007

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Source: The Record By Maya Kremen “Hey, what’s up,” Mayor Mohamed Khairullah says. “Assalam alaikum. I got your e-mail.” Khairullah, 31, set a precedent in November by becoming the state’s first elected Arab-American Muslim mayor. Now he’s all about proving that, like any good politician, a Muslim can serve the public without mixing religion into […]

Domestic Workers’ Abuse in Muslim Countries

January 2, 2007

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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 […]

Condition of Migrant Workers and Women in Saudi Arabia

January 2, 2007

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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 […]

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