Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2007«

Hispanics Coming Back to Islam in the U.S.

February 27, 2007

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By Amy Green | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor ORLANDO, FLA. – With her hijab and dark complexion, Catherine Garcia doesn’t look like an Orlando native or a Disney tourist. When people ask where she’s from, often they are surprised that it’s not the Middle East but Colombia. That’s because Ms. Garcia, a bookstore […]

Faith as The Great Divide in Britain: The Battle Between Believers and Non-believers

February 27, 2007

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Stuart Jeffries Monday February 26, 2007 The Guardian The American journalist HL Mencken once wrote: “We must accept the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.” In Britain today, such wry tolerance is diminishing. Today, it’s […]

Interfaith Group Breaks Down the Wall of ‘Islamophobia’

February 26, 2007

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By: NICOLE SACK – Staff Writer TEMECULA —- When U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Congress in January, the Minnesota Democrat took his oath of office on a copy of the Quran that had belonged to the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the […]

Freedom of Faith at Work: A Major Issue for US Muslims

February 25, 2007

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BY SHANNON PRATHER Pioneer Press School bus driver Seham Nabry says her boss confiscated her prayer mats and complained that her ritual hand and feet washing messed up the office bathroom. She also says he blared Christian music and taunted Muslim workers as they prayed. Nabry said giving up her daily prayers — one of […]

Woman Minister Gunned Down For Not Wearing Proper Islamic Dress

February 25, 2007

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by Azhar Masood and Agencies Arab News ISLAMABAD, 21 February 2007 — A suspected militant yesterday shot dead Punjab’s minister for social welfare while she was about to address a meeting in Gujranwala. Fayyaz Chattha, the district administrator of Gujranwala, told Arab News a serial killer shot the minister, Zille Huma Usman, wounding her seriously. […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 12–Hate crimes against Mosques and Muslims On The Rise Post 9-11

February 23, 2007

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Below, I have included only a sample of the hate crime incidents for which video clips are available.  It is important to note that these incidents have occured over the last two years, and across several states in the USA.  My intent is not to suggest that these incidents are connected; I simply aim to demonstrate that […]

Listening to Music (during work breaks or for leisure): Fatwa from Sheikh Yusuf Qardawi

February 22, 2007

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From Islamonline.net [With respect to] music and why it is permissible, here is the clarification for that in the light of fatwa issued by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi: The whole issue of singing is controversial, whether it is with musical accompaniment or not. Some issues succeeded to gain the Muslim scholars’ agreement, while others failed. All scholars […]

Important information for MBA Applicants to US Business Schools

February 21, 2007

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US Business Schools are generally recognized as being among the best in the world.  Islam encourages excellence in everything that you do.  Hence, if you wish to excel in the workplace as a businessperson, a leader or an entrepreneur, you may consider applying to some of these schools.   If you are planning to apply to […]

Saving the world with a cup of yogurt

February 21, 2007

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, the father of microcredit, has a new idea. It’s called social business enterprise, and the first step is a yogurt factory in Bangladesh. Fortune’s Sheridan Prasso reports. By Sheridan Prasso, Fortune January 29 2007: 1:54 PM EST (Fortune Magazine) — Along a dirt road in Bangladesh’s green, fertile heartland, […]

Islamic Pakistan to get its own whisky

February 20, 2007

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Source: money.cnn.com January 31 2007: 9:52 AM EST KARACHI (Reuters) — Predominantly Muslim Pakistan, where most people are banned from drinking alcohol, is set to get a domestically produced, 20-year-old single malt whisky, an official at the company making the drink said Wednesday. The whisky is due to go on sale in July to non-Muslims, […]

New BBC Poll Finds Significant Middle Ground between Islam and The West

February 19, 2007

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VIEWS OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSLIM AND WESTERN CULTURES Can find common ground Violent conflict inevitable France 69% 23% Germany 49% 39% Great Britain 77% 15% India 35% 24% Indonesia 40% 51% Italy 78% 14% Kenya 46% 35% Lebanon 68% 26% Nigeria 53% 37% Turkey 49% 29% US 64% 31% By Roger Hardy BBC Islamic affairs […]

Careers: Average Starting Salaries for University Graduates in US for 2007

February 18, 2007

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Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers and Most Lucrative Degrees for 2007 Grads. Average salaries are per year in US$.  Employment requires being a US citizen, or the possession of a green card already.  On occasion, a company may sponsor citizens of foreign countries in areas of critical need and scarcity in the U.S.–this type of […]

Good Samaritan 101: Mr. Aguilar, Spanish Minister of Justice

February 17, 2007

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Congratulations to  the Spanish Minister of Justice, Mr. Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, for taking a stand against gender discrimination in Saudi Arabia. During an official visit to Saudi Arabia last month, Mr. Aguilar was invited to speak at Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic University. When the Minister learned that female journalists traveling with him would […]

U.K. Muslim Top 100 List Is Published

February 17, 2007

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6351057.stm An ageing pop star, a rear admiral in the Royal Navy and the head of Amnesty International have been included on a list of most influential Muslims. The Power 100 website compiled the top 100 list to show how Muslims have contributed positively to the UK. Singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, […]

New Security Threats to the Workplace: Lock Bumping

February 13, 2007

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by Rafik Beekun So you think your office is secure because you have an expensive lock or a deadbolt? Think again. The following video shows an emerging criminal trend known as “lock bumping”. The clip describes lock bumping for residences, but it applies equally well to your office, supply or storage room or anywhere else […]

Careers: How To Deal with Setbacks at Work

February 13, 2007

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Turning Work’s Lemons Into Lemonade By Sam Grobart It’s a fact of life – and of work: Bad things happen. Deals are blown, ambitions are squelched, things go to hell in a handbasket. But a bad situation doesn’t have to be all that bad – if you know how to make it work for you. […]

Naps Sunnah May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack

February 12, 2007

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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 Salahi has indicated, […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 11–Pseudo-Experts Muddying the Truth about Islam: The Cases of Robert Spencer and Craig Winn

February 10, 2007

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by Rafik Beekun Robert Spencer is a self-proclaimed expert on Islam.  Khaleel Mohammed, Louay M. Safi and Carl Ernst assert that Spencer has no academic training in Islamic studies at all–his M.A. degree was in the field of early Christianity–, that he does not have any understanding of Islam, and that he is very selective […]

New Measures to Help Expatriate Workers in Saudi Arabia

February 9, 2007

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Source: Arab News JEDDAH, 1 February 2007 — […] Saudi Arabia Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Gosaibi has taken two important decisions in order to safeguard the rights of about seven million expatriates working in the Kingdom. According to the first decision, any company or institution that delays payment of salaries of its employees for two consecutive […]

Islamic Business Ethics: Kindness to Animals

February 8, 2007

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Treatment of Animals in the Islamic Workplace by Rafik Beekun, Islamic Business Ethics  Muslim businessmen who make use of animals must be extremely careful in how they treat them. Professional butchers, for example, must show kindness in slaughtering animals:  Two are the things which I remember Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) having said, “Verily […]

The Muslim World: What Executives Must Know

February 7, 2007

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Source: Gallup Management Journal August 10, 2006 An expert on Islam tackles the role of women, Iran’s quest for nukes, the stability of Iraq — and much moreA GMJ Q&A with John L. Esposito, Ph.D., a world-renowned scholar on Islam, political Islam, and the impact of Islamic movements in Africa and Asia   Page:   […]

New Fatwa Forbids Qur’an Verses as Ring Tones

February 7, 2007

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Friday, 2 February, 2007, 01:10 PM Doha Time DUBAI: Dubai’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Dr Ahmad Abdul Aziz al- Haddad issued a fatwa yesterday prohibiting the use of verses from the Holy Qur’an as mobile phone ring tones. Al-Haddad said that using the Qur’an on mobile phones was “a violation to its glory and sacredness.” The […]

U.S. Mayor Converts to Islam and Changes His Name

February 7, 2007

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Source: Associated Press MACON, Ga. – Macon Mayor Jack Ellis has converted to Islam and is now working to legally change his name to Hakim Mansour Ellis. Ellis, who was raised Christian, said Thursday that he became a Sunni Muslim during a December ceremony in the west African nation of Senegal. Ellis said he has […]

Dubai eGovernment to offer customized eLearning

February 7, 2007

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Dubai eGovernment has signed an agreement with Dubai Municipality to offer eLearning courses to municipality staff through the eLearn channel in order to enhance and accelerate daily transactions between Dubai Municipality and local residents. As per the agreement, Dubai eGovernment will provide eLearning and electronic training curriculum to the municipality staff via personal computers or […]

Warning: Beware of the Fake Revelation titled ‘The True Furqan’

February 6, 2007

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by Rafik Beekun Just reading the reviews below makes one understand very clearly the purpose of those who “wrote” this book: “The True Furqan has the potential to be the most practical and powerful tool to share the message of the True Gospel of Jesus Christ with the Muslim world.”–Amazon.com review  According to the Baptist […]

Good Samaritan 101: Policemen Punished for Harassment of Muslim Woman

February 6, 2007

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by Sean Murphy Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A police officer in the small eastern Oklahoma town of Webbers Falls was fired and another was demoted after a Muslim woman claimed they harassed her about her religion during a traffic stop in November, a town official confirmed Thursday. The town’s council members agreed to fire […]

Islamophobia Test: People’s Reaction to Woman in Hijab

February 1, 2007

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Note from Rafik Beekun: I am always moved by the sight of our sisters in Hijab. They are the ever courageous and visible standard bearers of Islam. In this video test taking place in the seaside town of Southampton, U.K., a non-Muslim woman dresses up in hijab to test the reactions of non-Muslims to her […]

Anti-Muslim Mindset Unnecessarily Draining US Financially

February 1, 2007

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by ABUKAR ARMANA A recent public opinion survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reveals that Muslims are still perceived negatively in the U.S. […] An open-ended question, “When you hear the word ‘Muslim,’ what is the first thought that comes to your mind?” indicates that Muslims still carry the 9/11 burden.  Only […]