Browsing All Posts published on »December, 2006«

Tala’a Al-Badru Alayna

December 31, 2006

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Eid Mubarak to all the readers of the Islamic Workplace blog!!! Whatever is the condition of the Ummah, always remember what our Prophet (s) went through. This exquisite nasheed from Sheikh Mishari al-Efasy is about 7 minutes long, but well worth it and quite inspiring by the Grace of Allah.

Good Samaritan 101: Rabbis for Human Rights

December 31, 2006

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This video highlights the strong emphasis on social and economic justice in Judaism, and the courageous work being done by Rabbis for Human Rights to safeguard the human and economic rights of all, including Palestinians, within Israel.

Marginalization of Muslim Minority in India

December 29, 2006

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Source: Articles from the Deccan Times and with help from Asghar in reviewing the report. The highly-anticipated report of the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee on the status of minorities in India was submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and was tabled in Parliament during the Winter Session. According to this report tabled on November 30, 2006, […]

Religious Discrimination is Prohibited under U.S. Law

December 28, 2006

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Source: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment. Title VII covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment […]

Muslim Pilot Fired Due to Religion and Appearance, EEOC Says In Post- 9/11 Backlash Discrimination Suit

December 28, 2006

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today filed its sixth post-9/11 backlash discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act against Trans States Airlines, Inc., a regional commuter airline. EEOC alleges that Trans States discriminated against Mohammed Hussein, a pilot employed as a First Officer, because of his Islamic religious beliefs […]

Nasheed #2: Al Muallim from Sami Yusuf

December 27, 2006

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Take a break. Listen to a great Nasheed from the amazing Sami Yusuf.

Tolerance towards others (Part 1)

December 27, 2006

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From Rafik Beekun:  The following hadith is narrated by Abdur Rahman bin Abi Laila in Sahih Bukhari, volume 2, hadith 399: Sahl bin Hunaif and Qais bin Sad were sitting in the city of Al-Qadisiya. A funeral procession passed in front of them and they stood up. They were told that funeral procession was of […]

Challenges 2006-2007: Global Islamophobia on the Rise

December 27, 2006

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Source: A People Under Siege by William Fisher NEW YORK, Dec 19 (IPS) – Five years after the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, “Islamophobia” — intensified by the war in Iraq and government actions — has left millions of Muslims here and in other Western countries fearful of harassment, discrimination and questionable prosecutions, and […]

Before any major decision, pray Salat-ul-Istikhara

December 25, 2006

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Updated August 23, 2016 By Rafik Beekun at the Islamic Workplace weblog A step-by-step description of how to pray Salat-ul-Istikhara and, Insha Allah, how to interpret it. Click here to download the English only step by step description of how to pray Salat Istikhara in a one-page 12 size font handout. Click here to download the […]

Islam and Stress Management (Part 5): A Video To Help You Relax

December 23, 2006

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The Mayo Clinic has long been rated as one of the top health institutions in the USA, if not the world. Anytime you are experiencing stress or just wish to relax, here is an effective video exercise from the Mayo Clinic that you can click on from anywhere in the world that will help you […]

Islam and Stress Management (Part 4): Islamic Coping Mechanisms

December 23, 2006

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By Dr. Tahar Salaat, MD, Assistant Professor of pathology, Faculty of Medicine Cairo University.  This article is reprinted here with the permission of Dr. Talaat. Note: numbers in the article below refer to the reference sources listed at the end of this article. This article builds upon the three other articles previously posted under the […]

Wolf Blitzer Interviews Rep. Keith Ellison on CNN

December 22, 2006

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Congressman Ellison makes all of us proud to be Muslims whether we are Americans or not.

Islam and Stress Management (Part 3): Underlying Processes

December 22, 2006

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 by Rafik Beekun This article builds upon the two other articles previously posted under the category labelled “Islam and Stress Management” on our blog. Let us examine different types of stress, how they work and their potential effects on you. In general, there are two types of instinctive stress response: the short-term “Fight-or-Flight Response” and […]

Good Samaritan 101: Two US Lawmakers defend Keith Ellison and American Muslims

December 21, 2006

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One US Congressman nd one US Senator have come to the aid of the first Muslim elected to Congress, Keith Ellison. Here are their letters defending Congressman Ellison and American Muslims in general: Rep. Honda’s Letter to Rep. Goode – 12/21/06 Dear Congressman Goode: I was surprised and offended to hear about a constituent letter […]

Islamophobia 101–Episode 6: Intolerance from U.S. Congressman Virgil Goode

December 20, 2006

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Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) displayed blatant intolerance with the anti-Muslim remarks he made in a recent letter to a constituent. Goode’s letter to the head of the local Sierra Club chapter criticized the planned use of a Quran for the ceremonial swearing-in of Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. “I do not subscribe […]

Modern Day Slavery in Britain

December 18, 2006

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Madeleine Bunting Monday December 18, 2006 Source: The Guardian Nehad has the hunched look of a man who has lived with fear for years. It was to escape fear that he fled Iraq for Europe in 2003, hoping to start a new life beyond the reach of the torture and prisons of Saddam Hussein’s regime […]

Non-Muslims subscribe to Islamic Financing

December 17, 2006

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Non-Muslims snap up Islamic accounts By Julian Knight Personal finance reporter, BBC News Emma is interested in the middle east and all things ethical. Emma Dellaway, 25, from south London, likes to know that the money sitting in her current account is not doing harm. “I don’t have much money, as I am just starting […]

Muslim Women in the U.S. Military

December 16, 2006

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FROM HEAD SCARF TO ARMY CAP, MAKING A NEW LIFE – Andrea Elliott, New York Times, 12/15/06 LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Tex. ­ Stomping her boots and swinging her bony arms, Fadwa Hamdan led a column of troops through this bleak Texas base. Only six months earlier, she wore the head scarf of a pious […]

Launch of the Islamic Workplace E-Store

December 16, 2006

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The Islamic Workplace E-Store is now open. Please click here if you wish to order the following books: Islamic Business Ethics. Leadership: An Islamic Perspective. Strategic Planning and Implementation for Islamic Organizations. In the future, you will, Insha Allah, be able to order additional resources and materials from the E-Store.

Islamophobia 101–Episode 5: Flying while Muslim

December 14, 2006

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Whle traveling for business or pleasure or going to pilgrimage, Muslims must often pray in public even if they are combining prayers. However, six Muslim imams (clerics) were recently ejected from a US Airways jet after a series of misunderstandings. Commentator Robin Washington is editorial page editor of The Duluth News Tribune. Please click here to […]

Effective Leadership Steps for Strategy implementation in Islamic Organisations

December 12, 2006

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By Rafik Beekun Planning without implementation is useless. In some Islamic organisations, there is no defined concept of long-term planning. Others, who do so, are normally faced with the problem of “analysis-paralysis”, spending too much time on fine tuning their business plans. The result is simple; there appears to be too much ado about nothing. […]

UNDP Report: Islamic Movements at the Vanguard of Women’s Empowerment

December 11, 2006

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Source: Arab Human Development Report Launch, December 06, 2006 According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Arab Human Development Report 2005 due to be released in 2006, women in the Arab world are not realizing their full potential and are not being provided with equal opportunity. The report states that this situation poses difficulties […]

Muhammad (s): ‘Follow a bad deed with a good one that will erase it.’

December 9, 2006

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Sometimes, even the best of Muslims slips and makes a mistake at work or elsewhere. This short talk delivered by Dr. Imad Bayoon is based on a hadith of the Prophet (saw), and focuses on a remedial course of action.

How Muslims and Westerners Consider Each Other

December 9, 2006

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The demographics of Muslims in Europe is varied. France has the largest Muslim population in Europe, an estimated 5 million primarily of Algerian and Moroccan extraction. In Spain, Muslims are largely of Moroccan origin while Britain’s Muslims consist primarily of Pakistians, and Germany’s Muslims are mainly Turkish in origin. A recently released 2006 report from […]

Islamophobia (Episode 4): All terrorists are Muslim!!!

December 7, 2006

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Waiting until the elections were over, Florida Congresswoman Brown-Waite says all terrorists are Muslim. However, some good Samaritans defended Muslims. Specifically, we should congratulate Governor Jeb Bush for disassociating himself from another islamophobe, and we should thank TV channel FOX 13 for challenging the congresswoman during the interview. She cut the interview short when she […]

2006 Human Rights Watch Report on UAE: Building Towers, Cheating Workers

December 6, 2006

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a constitutional federation of seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujaira. Migrant foreign workers represent 95 percent of the workforce in the United Arab Emirates, and as of 2005, there were 2,738,000 migrant workers in the country. About 20 percent of these workers […]

Report: Britain alienates Muslims

December 5, 2006

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LONDON, Dec. 4 (UPI) — A report by a British think tank has found that the country’s policies have bred “resentment and alienation” in Muslims. The report, written by the think tank Demos and funded in part by the country’s Department for Communities and Local Government, said ministers failed to discuss “reasonable” grievances raised by […]

Workplace Bias against Muslims and Arabs on the Rise Again

December 5, 2006

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Advocacy groups in California claim workplace bias against Muslims, Arabs and those perceived as Muslims has increased. Some of the non-Muslims have joined others in filing lawsuits through the California offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging increasing discrimination against people of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent, the Los Angeles Times reported. Source: […]

Yusuf Islam sings “Peace Train” again

December 4, 2006

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A wonderful new version of “Peace Train” sung by Yusuf Islam according to Islamic parameters regarding music, and by the Grace of Allah, he is as moving as ever.

Good Samaritan 101: Harper Community College accommodates Muslim Students

December 4, 2006

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1. In October 2005, an art exhibit that included photographs of nude Muslim women wearing only a head covering was taken down just hours after opening for public viewing at Harper College in Palatine. Administrators were opposed to the nudity in the art display and said the artist, Amir Normandi, misled them. “The artist misrepresented […]

FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool

December 2, 2006

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By Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache Staff Writer, CNET News.com Published: December 1, 2006, 2:20 PM PST The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone’s microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations. The technique is called a “roving bug,” and […]

Islam and Stress Management (Part 2): Duas when in stress

December 2, 2006

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Professor Rafik Beekun, theIslamicworkplace.com Last updated on May 15, 2013 This section will list the duas (supplications) for handling stress or difficult situations. Some of these are also listed in the duas section of this blog–where many more duas as well as a detailed etiquette for how to make duas are included.  Here, however, we […]

Islamophobia 101–Episode 3–Ban Muslim Immigration

December 2, 2006

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Michael Savage: To “save the United States,” Lawmakers should institute “outright ban on Muslim immigration” and on”the construction of mosques” – Media Matters for America, 11/29/06 http://mediamatters.org/items/200611290005 On the November 27 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage declared that in order to “save the United States,” lawmakers should institute “an outright ban on Muslim […]

Anger Management: Training and Disciplining the Self

December 1, 2006

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Excerpt from an excellent lecture by Mokhtar Maghraoui on how to attain happiness and satisfaction. Very relevant to anger management in the workplace and other situations.