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“Business Schools need to take a more prominent role in shaping the future”

April 6, 2017

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The National Suzanne Locke “It’s time for business schools to take a much more active role in the business arena,” says Timothy Mescon, senior vice president and chief officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa at the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The association is more than 100 years old. Today […]

Chobani gives ownership stake to employees

April 27, 2016

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Stephanie Strom, New York Times NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — The 2,000 full-time employees of the yogurt company Chobani were handed quite the surprise on Tuesday: an ownership stake that could make some of them millionaires. Hamdi Ulukaya, the Turkish immigrant who founded Chobani in 2005, told workers at the company’s plant here in upstate New […]

The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in the US Military–a Photo Gallery

August 26, 2014

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‘We lost our jobs for reporting being raped’: Haunting photo essay depicts the suffering of women who were victims of sexual violence in the U.S. military The Battle Within: Sexual Violence In America’s Military is a photo essay by Pulitzer Prize finalist photographer Mary Calvert An estimated 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in […]

In Memoriam: A Journalist Extraordinaire–James Foley

August 20, 2014

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As reported elsewhere, “The extremist terrorist group ISIS posted a video on Tuesday that it said showed the beheading of James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago, according to a transcript released by the SITE Intelligence Group. The authenticity of the video, which was also posted on YouTube, […]

Boko Haram: “Neither in the name of Islam, nor of Muslims globally.”

May 23, 2014

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A Group of Nigerians and Muslims have launched a campaign in response to the recent Boko Haram abductions of young girls and other atrocities. What they have to say may surprise you. The Campaign is called #NotInGodsName (Not In God’s Name) is an a public declaration to reject criminal acts in the name of God […]

Wage Equity in Islam vs Wage Inequity at the New York Times–The Case of Jill Abramson

May 16, 2014

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Shame on the New York Times for gender bias. The number one (and biased) US news paper with a global reach shows its true colors by discriminating in pay against its first female executive editor, Jill Abramson, and then firing her. She found out that for equal work, she was making less money (in pay […]

Far right Islamophobia in France: Marine Le Pen in her own words

April 5, 2014

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Many Muslim leaders have blamed Le Pen’s fiery rhetoric on Islam and immigration for a rise in Islamic intolerance and xenophobia in France. But she insists she is neither a racist nor xenophobic, but simply a patriot. Al Jazeera sat down with far right french politician Marine Le Pen to talk about Islam and immigration […]

How Successful People Manage Stress and Stay Calm

February 12, 2014

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Travis Bradberry, Forbes The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and […]

Unlike France and Quebec, the US cherishes and supports diversity as Pentagon OKs religious beards and attire

January 23, 2014

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The U.S. military approved a new policy that loosens regulations on religious symbols worn by service members, the Pentagon announced Wednesday — a victory for some Sikhs, who have pushed for the move after being barred from serving for insisting on wearing turbans and beards in accordance with their faith. Pentagon spokesman Nathan Christensen said the new […]

Top 10 least stressful careers

January 10, 2014

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collegesear.ch In today’s fast-paced and busy world, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid stress in day-to-day life, especially if one is trying to balance family and work while earning an online degree. However, there are certain career fields that give people less anxiety than others. For those who are looking for a low-anxiety job that […]

Support Muslim Disability Awareness

December 26, 2013

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“My story – Living with muscular dystrophy”  by a Muslim sister Growing up my grandparents always reminded me to count my blessings and not my shortcomings; advice that echoes within Islam. I have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy; diagnosed aged 9. Before I reverted to Islam 14 months ago I saw my disability as a hurdle […]

Amnesty International: Qatar Foreign Workers “Treated Like Animals”

November 17, 2013

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BBC.CO.UK At a Glance Migrant workers in Qatar There are some 1.35 million foreign nationals working in Qatar. Migrant workers now make up some 94 per cent of the total workforce in the country. 90% had their passports held by their employers 56% did not have a government health card, essential to access public hospitals […]

The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military

November 14, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun: The US Military is supposed to to be upholding our Constitution where the “inalienable rights” of each man and woman in the USA are guaranteed, where freedoms such as freedom or religion are guaranteed. Unfortunately, some extremists within the military are forgetting why they wear the uniform of our great country. […]

Job Discrimination Because of One’s Religion: Judaism, Islam and Sikhism

November 2, 2013

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Why America is light years ahead of many countries, including Muslim countries. Regular people come to the help of a Jewish man, a Muslim woman and a Sikh man who are being “discriminated” against during a job interview. These people did not know that these situations were staged. It is heartwarming to see how day […]

Eighth grade student expelled and arrested after setting fire to Muslim relief teacher’s hijab

November 2, 2013

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MATT BLAKE, dailymail.co.uk A schoolboy has been arrested for setting his teacher’s hijab on fire moments after she told him off for misbehaving in class. The 14-year-old eighth grader, who has not been named, was attending a lesson at Westdale Middle School, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the substitute teacher reprimanded him for causing trouble. When she turned […]

Zaha Hadid: ‘I wouldn’t build a prison’

November 2, 2013

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Sheena McKenzie, CNN She wouldn’t build a prison. But the world’s most famous female architect, Zaha Hadid, says she’s willing to work in countries which have faced criticisms over their human rights records. The 62-year-old Iraqi-born Briton made the comments during an exclusive interview with CNN — to appear in full Friday. Hadid, the first […]

Turkey breaks another taboo by including headscarf wearing women as deputies in Parliament

October 31, 2013

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Today’s Zaman 31 October 2013 / TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH REUTERS, İSTANBUL Amid fears that tension in Parliament would rise over several Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies wearing headscarves while attending parliamentary sessions, four headscarved deputies walked into Parliament on Thursday and faced no words of protest or anger from opposition parties, marking the end […]

Modern Day Slavery in the Gulf

October 21, 2013

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By Dimitri Gkiokas, Special to CNN [I} recently left the Middle East after a decade in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Both are places of invariable desert yellow monotony and mind-blowing heat, with a fine touch of 90 percent humidity during the summer months – unbearable for most, but apparently not the tens of thousands of Indian, […]

Official: Reports of sex assault in US Navy increase

September 12, 2013

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Al Jazeera The number of sexual assaults reported within the Navy has grown by about 50 percent in the past year, which Navy officials said Wednesday is a sign that a growing number of sailors feel more comfortable reporting an assault and believe something will be done about it — a prior source of concern […]

Discrimination against hijab-wearing Muslim woman at Abercrombie and Fitch

September 11, 2013

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Omar Sacirbey (RNS) A federal judge ruled Monday (Sept. 9) that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines when it fired a Muslim employee in 2010 for not removing her religious headscarf, or hijab, for work. Abercrombie asserted that as part of its business plan, it not only employed sales-floor personnel, […]

In Germany, wearing a headscarf may spoil your job interview chances

September 11, 2013

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Source: islamophobiawatch.co.uk n a study due to be released in full at the end of the year, economists at the University of Linz in Austria examined whether wearing a headscarf affected women when applying for jobs at German companies. Initial results show that German firms appeared less inclined to invite an applicant for an interview […]

Paying CEOs Top Dollar for Poor Performance

August 30, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun When you reward the top people in a company for doing a bad job, you encourage them to repeat their bad performance and you also indicate to everybody else in the company that bad performance will get them rewarded (and maybe the CEO position). Paying CEOs Top Dollar for Poor Performance […]

How its employee ranking system has destroyed Microsoft

August 25, 2013

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Source: Will Oremus, http://www.slate.com There were many reasons for the decline of Microsoft under Steve Ballmer, including, as I wrote this morning, its lack of focus and its habit of chasing trends rather than creating them. But one that’s not obvious to outsiders was the company’s employee evaluation system, known as “stack ranking.” The system—and its poisonous […]

Workers’ Safety, Health and Welfare in Islam: “Those who work for you are your brothers.”

May 1, 2013

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“Those who work for you are your brothers.  Allah has made them your assistants.” ——— Bukhari and Tirmidhi. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “There is reward for kindness to every living thing.” ——— Bukhari and Muslim. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is […]

In Bangladesh, corruption kills hundreds

April 29, 2013

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Transparency international Around the world, corruption hurts people. In many countries – like Bangladesh – it can even kill. More than 200 people died and more than 1,000 were injured following the collapse of a building that housed several garment factories in Savar, near the capital city of Dhaka. While families mourn loved ones lost, […]

From our readers: Choosing Salaat over a Job Promotion

April 24, 2013

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Note from Rafik  Beekun: In response to a recent story about salaat on this blog (Whether to pray or not?), one of our readers from South Africa sent us this very inspiring post about a critical job related decision he had to make.  May Allah strenthen all of us to choose our deen over dunya […]

Migrant Workers worked to death in Malaysia

December 1, 2012

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Aljazeera.com Thousands of foreign workers have died in Malaysia in recent years from accidents, illnesses and suicide. They work in so-called ‘3D’ conditions – dirty, dangerous and difficult. Critics say the death rate is a result of slack safety standards, poor housing conditions and weak enforcement of laws to protect them. Last year, more than […]

Another shameful, unIslamic act from the Taliban against women and education

October 9, 2012

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Typical of the Taliban, they committed the cowardly act of shooting an unarmed, 14 year old school girl–all because she wanted an education for our sisters and spoke up for the rights of children.  Bu then maybe we should not be surprised.  What do the Talibans know of Islam?  The Prophet’s […]

Human Rights Organizations’ Concerns on Employment of Muslims in Europe

September 27, 2012

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  Amnesty International, 2012 “Muslims are subject to a variety of forms of racism and intolerance, as described in several sections of this report. In particular, some factions of public opinion make no distinction between terrorists, religious extremists and the Muslim population as a whole. In some cases, it is claimed that these prejudices lead […]

Discrimination in France against Muslims

September 27, 2012

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It is truly sad to see the country which proclaims “Liberty, equality and brotherhood” for all systematically discriminate against Muslims. In this first video, a woman who is wearing a head scarf is discriminated against because she is wearing a headscarf: Muslim Women Discriminated in the Workplace for Wearing Headscarf French Muslims face job discrimination […]

Cheating among U.S. high school and university students is common

September 8, 2012

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RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, New York Times Large-scale cheating has been uncovered over the last year at some of the nation’s most competitive schools, like Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, the Air Force Academy and, most recently, Harvard. Studies of student behavior and attitudes show that a majority of students violate standards of academic integrity to some […]

Differing views of Democrats and Republicans Towards Muslim Americans

August 23, 2012

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Wait for about 30 seconds until the data loads completely. Then use the scroll bar below to view the surprising divide between Republicans and Democrats in the manner they regard Muslim Americans as compared to Americans from other faith-based communities. This divide has worrisome implications for Muslim Americans either in the workforce or about to […]

In Defense of American Muslims Working for the US Government

July 25, 2012

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Thank you US Senator McCain, US Congressman Keith Ellison for coming to the defense of patriotic American Muslims working for our government.  Thank you too Anderson Cooper for uncovering the truth. Thank you to the 42 interfaith groups who have rallied to the defense of American Muslims. Senator McCain Defends Huma Abedin Anderson Cooper Exposes […]

What Employers and Employees Need to Know About Working Muslims During Ramadan–in English, French & Spanish

July 12, 2012

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With the number of Muslims increasing in the workplace it is important for employees to know how to approach the month of Ramadan when working for an employer. The aim of this guide is to provide some helpful tips on how to deal with some of the things that come up during the month of Ramadan for employees. A Working Muslim […]

Islam has the highest regard for women

July 8, 2012

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The Talibans are practicing an extremist and puritanical form of Islam and often behave unIslamically–as in the manner they treat their women. Prophet Muhammad (s) said, ” “The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best and kindest to his wife.” and ““Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for […]

Don’t lie on your résumé or CV–it is against Islam

May 7, 2012

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In general. lying is forbidden in Islam, is a major sin and is considered of the attributes of a hypocrite. Abu Hurayrah (r) narrated that the Prophet (s) said: “The signs of a hypocrite are three; he lies when talking, he breaks his promises and he deceives when entrusted […] anyone who possesses all such […]

Islam and Extra-Marital Affairs in the Workplace

April 17, 2012

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Dr. Rafik Beekun, theislamicworkplace.com Last updated May 21, 2013 Recent studies reveal that 45-55% of married women and 50-60% of married men engage in extramarital sex at some time or another during their relationship (Atwood & Schwartz, 2002 – Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy). According to US statistics, 46% of unfaithful wives and 62% […]

Muslims on Wall Street: Bridging Two Traditions

April 16, 2012

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Kevin Roose, New York TImes NAIEL IQBAL’S co-workers couldn’t figure him out. He’d just started at a Midtown Manhattan hedge fund — the kind of elite enclave where overachievers in button-downs go to make a few hundred grand before heading off to Harvard Business School. But Mr. Iqbal, 27, a graduate of the Wharton School, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rankings of Best U.S. Business Schools in 2011

November 10, 2011

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Bloomberg Business Week Check out Bloomberg Businessweek‘s latest ranking of the best part-time MBA, executive MBA, and executive education programs by clicking here.

Calling in sick at work: Some very strange and funny excuses

November 7, 2011

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Justin Thompson, careerbuilder.com […] Twenty-nine percent of workers admitted to [faking being sick] this year, citing errands and plans with family or friends among their top reasons for calling in sick. But check out these fifteen weird excuses that people used to miss work. I’m not sure how anyone even pulled these off without busting out […]

One in three female soldiers are raped during their US military service

October 20, 2011

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Sarah Lazare “My experience reporting military sexual assault was worse than the actual assault,” says Jessica (a pseudonym for her protection), a former marine officer and Iraq veteran who left the military because of her command’s poor handling of her assault charges. “The command has so much power over a victim of sexual assault. They […]

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 […]

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. […] 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 […]

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 […]

New MBAs face difficult job market in the USA

May 21, 2011

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Joe Light, The Wall Street Journal The job market for business- school students is better than last year, but still isn’t back to pre-recession levels, says Nicole Hall, president of the MBA Career Services Council, a professional association. Driving the pickup is more robust recruiting by companies in health care, energy and technology, she says. […]

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 […]

The Problem with Business Schools (and Business School Students)

April 30, 2011

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David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. […] Business [school]  majors spend less time preparing for class than do students in any other broad field, according to the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement: Nearly half of seniors majoring in business say they spend fewer than 11 hours a week studying outside class. In […]