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Bangladeshi Rickshaw Driver Builds Hospital After Saving For 30 Years

February 20, 2012

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Most doctors live and work in the cities in Bangladesh. A long distance away for ailing villagers. One villager who works as rickshaw driver and earns only six dollars a day saved for 30 years and  has now built a hospital to change this. Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Tanhashadia, Bangladesh. 300 people visit […]

Islam and Moderation

January 31, 2012

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Rashard Jedaar/Cape Town/South Africa Allah SWT enjoins in the Holy Qur’an: “Thus have We made of you an Ummah, Justly balanced, that you might be witnesses over the nations. “Quran (2: 143) A question most frequently asked when Muslims meet, is: Why are we so divided today?… [Read more…] Common sense tells us that the more […]

Follow the Sunna of the Prophet (s): How Exercise Benefits the Brain and Overall Performance

December 1, 2011

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Rafik Beekun Working at sedentary jobs is contributing to a whole list of health problems including obesity. To avoid becoming overweight and falling victim to all the physical issues associated with obesity, Muslim workers need to adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) regarding exercise. in addition, exercise has been shown to benefit the […]

Controlling Anger at Work and at Home

November 24, 2011

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When angry, forgive–one of the attributes of Muslims seeking to better themselves Nouman Ali Khan explains how reducing anger is tied to surrendering love for this world, refraining from major sins, and guarding against shamelessness. Five Tips from the Mayo Clinic on Anger Management No. 1: Take a timeout Counting to 10 isn’t just for […]

Republican State Rep. Rick Womick says devout Muslims should be removed from US military

November 12, 2011

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Source: blogs.tennessean.com State Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, told a pair of liberal bloggers at today’s Shariah law conference that devout Muslims should be removed from the military. In a video posted Friday afternoon on ThinkProgress, Womick expressed doubt that any devout Muslim could be loyal to the U.S. military. “Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military,” he […]

Aim for Excellence, Insha Allah

November 10, 2011

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The Prophet (s) said that Allah loves it that when a Muslim does something, he does it in an excellent manner. Aim high Insha Allah.

In Muslim Organizations and Businesses, Watch Out for Strategy Inflection Points

November 6, 2011

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Rafik Beekun An important skill that your Islamic organization may wish to develop is the ability to track strategy inflection points. As indicated by Andrew Grove, CEO of Intel, (Thompson and Strickland, 2002) organizations should monitor the effectiveness of the strategies they are using. “A key warning sign..[of]..a strategic inflection point is when all of […]

Unnoticed: The Child Workers in Afghanistan

October 18, 2011

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cnn.com Unnoticed: Children of Kabul Unnoticed: Children of Kabul will document the tragedy of a new generation of Afghan children growing up without an education and spending their childhood in poverty and labor. Their families devastated by the war, thousands of children are forced to work in the busy streets of Kabul, selling candy, shining […]

Improving Your Job Interview Skills

October 8, 2011

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Rafik Beekun Alhamdolillah. After sending out many letters, you  have been invited to a job interview. Now as the date looms closer, you begin to experience stress and may even stay up during the night wondering whether you will make it through.  If you are too stressed, please read my blog’s section on stress management.  […]

Muslim Woman Is One of Three to Win 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

October 7, 2011

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Tawakkul Karman’s Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize Speech in Oslo One of the most moving speeches I have listened to. This is the complete acceptance speech of Tawakkul Karman from Yemen, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as its youngest winner to date. Karman, a 32-year-old mother of […]

The Islamophobia Network in the USA: Misinformation in Action

October 6, 2011

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Center for American Progress This in-depth investigation conducted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund reveals not a vast right-wing conspiracy behind the rise of Islamophobia in our nation but rather a small, tightly networked group of misinformation experts guiding an effort that reaches millions of Americans through effective advocates, media partners, and grassroots […]

Some rules for borrowing or lending in Islam

August 21, 2011

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Often, an entrepreneur has to borrow money to start a business, or an investor is lending money to someone to start a business.  While there are whole books written on the topic of Islamic finance and the multiple financial instruments available for this type of commercial transaction, the Qur’an in one ayat (Surah Baqarah, 282) […]

Fiqh of Fasting for Working Muslims During Ramadan

August 12, 2011

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Last updated August 13, 2011 I have extracted from Fiqh us Sunnah, the website Sunnah.com and the website fatwaIslam.com  relevant information that relates to some of the issues faced by Muslim brothers and sisters at work during Ramadan.  The following is not meant to be exhaustive or to replace the opinion of Fiqh scholars, but […]

U.S. State Governor defends nomination of Sohail Mohammed as a Supreme Court Judge

August 7, 2011

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LittleGreenFootballs.com PATERSON—A lawyer who defended Muslims detained after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was sworn in as a New Jersey Superior Court judge on Tuesday, as Gov. Chris Christie called those who criticized his nomination ignorant. The appointment of Sohail Mohammed, 47 years old, angered some conservatives, who said they were concerned about the influence […]

Work Ethics for Muslims Fasting During Ramadan

August 3, 2011

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Note from Rafik Beekun During the blessed month of Ramadan, many Muslims (especially in Muslim countries) slack off, showing up late at work (or not showing up at all), sleeping on the job, procrastinating, doing the least possible, and asking employers for shorter working days at the same wage rate. This type of behavior is […]

College degrees that are most sought after in 2011

July 6, 2011

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Larry Buhl, Career Builder While the job market can’t be called robust, employers say they plan to hire almost 20 percent more four-year college graduates than they did last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.… [Read more…] 1. Computer science More than 56 percent of computer science majors in the class of […]

CAIR: An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

June 23, 2011

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http://www.cair.com Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms of employment. The act also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of the employee, unless doing so would create an “undue hardship” for the employer. CAIR offers […]

Core Principles of Islamic Leadership: Empathy and Compassion Towards All

June 5, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, Louay Safi and Iqbal Unus, www.theIslamicworkplace.com Now has come to you a Messenger from among yourselves: it grieves him that you should experience hardship: ardently anxious is he over you: to the Believers is he most kind and merciful. (Tawbah 9:128) We sent you merely  as a Mercy for all humanity. (Anbiya 21:107) […]

Why Islamic Leadership must be competent

May 21, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, theislamicworkplace.com Many Islamic community organizations, masajids and businesses are often characterized by leadership lacking  any vision and the requisite skills for the job.  As a result, masajids have been reduced to mere prayer halls,  community organizations lack a sense of direction and do nothing really well, and businesses are characterized by nepotism, favoritism […]

How to build confidence in yourself as a Muslim

May 16, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, the Islamicworkplace.com, updated May 22, 2011 Self-confidence plays a critical role in self identity and how we carry ourselves.  It can affect our job performance, our involvement in the community, and even our success/failure in finding a spouse, Insha Allah. The cardinal principle of self-confidence in Islam is the concept of Tawakkul, one’s […]

Employment Opportunity: Civil Rights Manager

May 11, 2011

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CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, The nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy organization for Muslims seeks a high energy, assertive individual to manage and oversee CAIR’s Civil Rights Department in the position of Civil Rights Manager. Duties: This full-time position involves: * Managing and overseeing of civil rights support staff, including staff attorneys, […]

Follow Muhammad’s (s) Sunnah: Take a Power Nap to Increase Alertness and Productivity

May 1, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, theislamicworkplace.com Taking a nap in the afternoon was the practice recommended by the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him). It appears that the Prophet agreed with this, because scholars of Hadith have been in support of an afternoon nap. In fact, taking an afternoon nap carries a religious dimension. As Adil […]

The Islamic Perspective on Excellent Leadership and Good Governance.

April 30, 2011

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Professor Muhammad Abdallah Al Buraey, King Fadh University, presentation in Sydney, Australia (and commented upon  by Professor Rafik Beekun), theIslamicworkplace.com In choosing excellent leaders and making appointment of public officials, only merit matters, nothing else. [Note from Rafik Beekun: clearly as indicated by the Qur’anic quotations and ahadiths cited by Professor Buraey below, “merit” is […]

EEOC claims on rise as Americans view Islam more and more negatively

April 29, 2011

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Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC… [Read more…] A poll released l[in September 2010] by the Pew Research Center that shows that the public’s view of Islam has deteriorated, with only 30 percent of Americans expressing a favorable opinion of Islam, compared with 41 percent in 2005. “One can easily conclude that since the general situation is so unfavorable […]

Time Management for Muslims and Muslimas

April 24, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, theIslamicworkplace.com I am always amazed by how time challenged Muslims are–whether as a student, a businessman or businesswoman, or a homemaker. Time management can be daunting as you seek to balance your responsibilities for this dunya and your responsibilities for akheera. Staying on target can get easily swept aside if you do not […]

Farooq Kathwari–CEO of Ethan Allen and Great Business Leader

April 19, 2011

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By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — “Pashmina! Pashmina!” The CEO of one of the largest U.S. furniture chains, determined to introduce a visitor to his beloved cat, is calling in vain out the doors of his stone-and-stucco mansion on the water here. He quizzes his driver and the landscaper on whether they’ve […]

Areas of Workplace Sensitivity for Muslims

April 18, 2011

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BY MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON TH STAFF WRITER Telegraph Herald On line Although Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the U.S., it and its adherents often are misunderstood by the majority culture, said a Muslim woman working to dispel misconceptions about her adopted faith. Lisa Zaynab Killinger, vice president of the Iowa chapter of the Council on […]

Child Slavery Abounds Globally

April 16, 2011

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Source: UNICEF Hundreds of millions of children across the globe are victims of exploitation, abuse and violence each year. They are abducted and recruited into the army, trafficked into prostitution rings or forced into debt bondage or other forms of slavery. Forced and bonded labour. According to the International Labour Organization, an estimated 246 million […]

Working During Ramadan

April 16, 2011

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Sex Trafficking–A Global Shame in the 21st Century

April 16, 2011

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Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

Best Practices: Demystifying Mentoring at Work

April 16, 2011

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Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review Blog What the Experts Say While the concept of mentoring has changed, the need for career counseling has not. In fact, because most careers take numerous twists and turns in today’s world, it’s required more than ever. “When I first started studying mentoring in the 1970s it was a much […]

New York Times Editorial: The Truth About American Muslims

April 2, 2011

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At the Justice Department, it’s called the post-Sept. 11 backlash — the steady stream of more than 800 cases of violence and discrimination suffered by American Muslims at the hands of know-nothing abusers. These continuing hate crimes were laid bare at a valuable but barely noticed Senate hearing last week that provided welcome contrast to […]

Kudos to Waddah Khanfar, Charismatic Director General of Al Jazeera

March 12, 2011

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Waddah Khanfar: A Historic Moment in the Arab World Related Articles Al-Jazeera’s Wadah Khanfar: TED 2011 (causeglobal.blogspot.com) How Al Jazeera uses social media in its reporting (dominictyer.wordpress.com) ‘Birth Of A New Era’ In The Middle East? (huffingtonpost.com) TED 2011: Wadah Khanfar, Director General of Al Jazeera (whohastimeforthis.blogspot.com)

Muslims Played Seminal Role in United States’s Founding and History

January 19, 2011

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By Thomas Bonner – Special to The Herald and republished in loonwatch.com Beginning in the 16th Century, Muslims made contributions in what would become the United States even before our country officially gained her independence from Great Britain. Estevanico of Azamor, a Berber from North Africa who was sold into slavery in Spain, and though […]

Online Islamic Management Course now being offered at Islamicity.com

January 13, 2011

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Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim – In the name  of God the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful Announcing Good News Jan 7, 2011 – Anaheim: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California is pleased to launch an online leadership and management course tailored for the current and future leadership of Masajid and non-profit organizations. “Masajid ought […]

U.S. Muslim Servicemen who Have Died in the Service of Our Country

January 11, 2011

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Crescents Among the Crosses at Arlington Cemetery Source: ThinkProgress.org “As of 2006, some 212 Muslim-American soldiers had been awarded Combat Action Ribbons for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and seven had been killed,” the New York Times reported in 2009. On Memorial Day, 2008, the organization Muslim Military Members asked that the Muslim soldiers […]

Maid Abused in Saudi Arabia: Beatings, Rape and Murder Alledged

January 10, 2011

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BBC News A court in the Saudi city of Medina has sentenced a woman to three years in jail for the severe physical abuse of her Indonesian maid. Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, was admitted to hospital in November with broken bones and burns to her face and body. The case received worldwide attention, and […]

Record Numbers of Britons Convert to Islam

January 3, 2011

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Jerome Taylor and Sarah Morrison, http://www.independent.co.uk Tuesday, 4 January 2011 The number of Britons choosing to become Muslims has nearly doubled in the past decade, according to one of the most comprehensive attempts to estimate how many people have embraced Islam. Following the global spread of violent Islamism, British Muslims have faced more scrutiny, criticism […]

2010 in review: The year for Muslims in the U.S.

January 1, 2011

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NPR Please click here to listen to an interview of Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “How does feel to be a problem?” on NPR. He reviews 2010 with respect to American Muslims. Note from Rafik Beekun: My blog was hacked, and the above link to the interview was changed to refer to a link promoting a […]

Muslim Youths Feeding the Homeless in San Antonio

December 28, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Please also see the article about the Northern Nevada Muslim Community feeding the homeless during Thanksgiving.

Northern Nevada Muslim Community Center Feeds the Homeless, Needy and Neighbors on Thanksgiving Day

November 25, 2010

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Rafik Beekun Today was one of the best Thanksgiving of my life so far. By the Grace of God, the Muslim community of Reno and Sparks, Nevada, hosted the homeless, the needy and some of our neighbors for a great Thanksgiving dinner. It reminded me of what Islam is all about: helping those in need […]

Herb Kelleher, former CEO of Southwest Airline: Business is the Business of People

November 10, 2010

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The first two minutes of the video are priceless. Kelleher ends the video with a crude remark for which I apologize.  He was named “CEO of the Century” by Fortune Magazine, and Southwest Airline is the only US airline to have made a profit for the past 3 decades or so.

Obama in Indonesia: Much work needed on Muslim ties

November 9, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Obama has zero credibility in the Muslim world and among Muslims. While he is big on words, he has done nothing to help Muslims. When Muslims in the USA were being victimized by Islamophobia before the recent elections, Obama kept mostly silent. The Palestinian Peace process is in shambles while Obama […]

The GOP’s new McCarthyism against Muslims

August 17, 2010

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7:23 am August 17, 2010, by Cynthia Tucker What has happened to the leadership of the Republican Party? Are there no longer any statesmen/women in the GOP? Does the party have any leading figures who believe in the Bill of Rights? The GOP’s leadership has been taken over by a group of shrill demagogues who […]

At the Dachau Death Camps, Muslim Leaders Empathize With Jews’ Pain

August 16, 2010

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A. J. Goldmann, Forward.com Krakow, Poland — It was a perfect summer day at the Dachau concentration camp. The clear skies and pleasant breeze seemed almost offensive. And there, beneath the main monument, a bronze sculpture of writhing bodies intermeshed with barbed wire, was an uncommon sight: a group of Muslims leaders prostrate in prayer. […]

Workplace Exploitation in Kuwait: Foreign Maids Are Abused More in Ramadan

August 2, 2010

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Kareem Fahim, New York Times KUWAIT — With nowhere else to go, dozens of Nepalese maids who fled from their employers now sleep on the floor in the lobby of their embassy here, next to the visitors’ chairs. In the Philippines Embassy, more than 200 women are packed in a sweltering room, where they sleep […]

Palestinian healthcare paralysed by Israeli separation wall

July 9, 2010

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Al Jazeera English | July 09, 2010 Palestinians in the West Bank are not allowed into Israel for treatment unless they have a permit. The process of getting one is lengthy and complex. With males often denied permits on security grounds. The UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the World Health Organisation […]

Mesut Özil – Muslim Super Talent on Germany’s Soccer Team at FIFA World Cup 2010

June 30, 2010

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Updated July 13, 2010 Wikipedia Mesut Özil (German pronunciation: [ˈmeːzʊt ˈœzɪl], Turkish: [ˈmesut ˈøzil]; born 15 October 1988 in Gelsenkirchen) is a German professional footballer of Turkish descent[2] who plays for Werder Bremen and the German national football team.   He is a Muslim, reads Qur’an before his soccer matches, and is planning to marry a […]

FBI Visits Prompt Reminder of Muslims’ Legal Rights

May 21, 2010

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CAIR Action Alert #609 (Washington, D.C., 5/21/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that its offices nationwide are receiving an increasing number of reports of FBI agents, along with other law enforcement officers, visiting and interviewing American Muslims, particularly members of the Pakistani-American community. These visits often include both FBI agents and […]

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