Browsing All Posts filed under »Conflict Management«

Islamic Scholars and Leaders Expose the ISIS Terror Group

September 29, 2014


Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Exposes the lies of ISIS during his Friday Sermon Muslims Scholars Destroy the Theological Arguments Behind ISIS ISIS’s use of Islamic scripture to justify their actions is completely illegitimate. This is important for muslims and non-muslims alike as it shows that simply using ‘this is what it says in the Qur’an’ is […]

When $ trumps human rights violations and crimes against humanity: Gap enters Burma (Myanmar)

June 7, 2014


In spite of the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma–(please read the article “US House passes resolution calling on Myanmar to end abuses against Rohingya Muslims), GAP has decided that profits matter more and is now establishing two factories in Burma (known now as Myanmar). Muslims around the world should boycott GAP products. Gap: First […]

How Successful People Manage Stress and Stay Calm

February 12, 2014


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 […]

The Prophet (s) was slow to anger and quick to forgive.

January 27, 2014


As our khateeb indicated in this past week’s khutbah, “The Prophet (s) was slow to anger, and quick to forgive.” Let us reflect on the above statement some more. A hadith reinforces the need for a Muslim to control his or her anger: In Al Tabarani, itt is narrated that our Prophet (s) said : […]

In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

December 15, 2013


“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination,” he said. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, […]

Online Islamic Management Course now being offered at

January 13, 2011


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 […]

Fears over non-Muslims’ use of Islamic law to resolve disputes

March 14, 2010


The Guardian, Afua Hirsch Muslim Arbitration Tribunal reports 15% rise in non-Muslims employing sharia law in commercial cases Campaigners have voiced concerns over a growing number of non-Muslims using Islamic law to resolve legal disputes in Britain despite controversy over the role of sharia law. A spokesman for the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (MAT) said that […]

Muslim scholar’s fatwa condemns terrorism

March 3, 2010


Note from Rafik Beekun: London, England (CNN) — A Muslim [Sufi] scholar has issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, that says suicide bombers are destined for hell. Tahir ul-Qadri condemned terrorism and criticized Islamic extremists who cite their religion to justify violence. Ul-Qadri’s 600-page fatwa is “arguably the most comprehensive theological refutation of Islamist terrorism […]

Islamophobia on the Rise After the Massacre at Fort Hood

November 14, 2009


Robert Spencer on the Savage Nation Lt. Col. Ralph Peters Says The Problem Is Islam Source: CAIR “It is the proper role of national religious and political leaders to challenge those who promote hatred and intolerance,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Extremists who seek to exploit the Fort Hood tragedy are doing a […]

Indian Muslims Denounce Terrorism

November 4, 2009


Al Jazeera Some of the most influential Muslim scholars in India have passed a resolution condemning all forms of violence in the name of Islam. The Deoband is an influential Islamic school inspiring tens of thousands of religious study centres across the world, which some say has even inspired the Taliban’s ideology in Afghanistan. Prerna […]

Non-Muslims turning to Sharia courts to resolve civil disputes

July 22, 2009


From The Times July 21, 2009 Fiona Hamilton, London Correspondent Increasing numbers of non-Muslims are turning to Sharia courts to resolve commercial disputes and other civil matters, The Times has learnt. The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (MAT) said that 5 per cent of its cases involved non-Muslims who were using the courts because they were less […]

TV Executive’s decapitation of wife not allowed in Islam

February 20, 2009


Kari Ansari, Chicago Tribune, 2/20/09 Aasiya Zubair Hassan is dead of decapitation. When we in the Muslim community received this news we prayed for her soul and held our collective breath, waiting for the negative associations to surface in media reports. Sure enough, the term “honor killing” has risen like green scum on a stagnant […]

Video Preview: Improving the Effectiveness of Islamic Boards of Directors

February 15, 2009


Boards of Islamic Organizations need to improve their level of effectiveness, and this lecture details both the problems associated with the boards of masajids, and how to resolve them Insha Allah. Please see description of the “Islamic Management Series” in the article below. Sample Preview: Improving the Effectiveness of Islamic Boards of Directors Please feel […]

Video Preview: Conflict Management in Islamic Organizations

February 7, 2009


Are you a Muslim having conflicts with others either in an Islamic organization or at home? In this lecture, I will, Insha Allah, help you understand the difference between positive and negative conflict, the causes and consequences of conflict and how to handle conflict using the Seerah of the Prophet (s). Please see description of […]

Islamic Management Lecture Series now available on DVD

January 25, 2009


Professor Rafik Beekun, University of Nevada This past week, in joint cooperation with the Shura Council of Southern California and Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui,  we  just completed and launched an “Islamic Management Series”  lectures on DVD covering 10 lectures based on the training workshops which I have conducted globally with Islamic for profit and not for […]

National U.S. Muslim Organizations Condemn Terrorist Attacks in India

November 28, 2008


KAC calls Mumbai Terrorist Attacks Reprehensible Crimes Against Humanity Washington, D.C. November 27, 2008. The Kashmiri American Council (KAC) expressed its utter disgust at the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Mumbai, India. Condemning the bestiality in the strongest terms, the KAC pledged to contribute, in whatever form possible, to the rehabilitation effort of the affected families. […]

Bread Protests in Mahalla Put Down by Riot Units in Egypt

July 10, 2008


Please click here to go to the link, and then watch the slide show on the food protests and strikes against low wages. Casualties of Food Crisis in Egypt Food Crisis in Egypt

UK Muslim Law Makers Seek Teddy Teacher Release in Sudan

December 1, 2007

0 & Newspapers   Lord Ahmed is in Sudan on a personal initiative along with Baroness Sayeeda Warsi. KHARTOUM — Two Muslim members of Britain’s House of Lords were in Khartoum on Saturday, December 1, on a personal mission to seek the release of a British woman teacher jailed for what Sudanese officials say insulting […]

Leadership Lessons from The Qur’an: The Story of Dhul-Qarnayn

November 24, 2007


by Dr. Iqbal Unus, IIIT and Dr. Rafik Beekun The Qur’an is a continuing source of Guidance, and the Guidance it offers is in the context of what the reader is seeking.  Learning from the Qur’an is a dynamic process and that is why we keep reading it in all sorts of circumstances and need. The […]

The brave lawyers of Pakistan–Part 2

November 7, 2007


Please click here to listen to the latest CNN interview of Chief Justice Iftikar Chaudry.

Destroying economic life on the West Bank

November 7, 2007


BBC News  Construction is continuing in dozens of Jewish settlements in the West Bank despite Israel’s pledge to freeze their expansion, an campaign group has said. Peace Now says Jewish population growth is three times higher in the area occupied in 1967 than in Israel itself. It says settlers are bypassing a ban on using […]

Palos mosque controversy: A Harvard case study

September 10, 2007


Harvard University students are going to be studying Palos Heights this fall. A case study titled “A Mosque in Palos Heights,” based on real events in that city in 2000, has been developed by Harvard’s Pluralism Project, which studies America’s changing religious diversity to better understand its impact on society. In 2000, the Al Salam […]

Indonesian housemaids assaulted by their Saudi employers: Two beaten to death

September 1, 2007


Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 1 September 2007 — The Kingdom has sought more time from the Indonesian government to resolve the case of four Indonesian housemaids who were assaulted in Aflaj, a town 320 kilometers south of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Two of the maids died from the attack when a family member beat […]

Pakistan Ulema (religious Islamic scholars) condemn suicide bombing

July 21, 2007


Text of report by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency Peshawar, 20 July: The ulema [Muslim clergy] in the Jumma [Friday] congregations, while condemning suicide bombing, have stated it an act of anti humanity and a heinous crime. “The act is anti Islam and inhuman”, they told the faithful in their sermons. They said […]

Drivers accuse FEDEX bosses of discrimination

July 18, 2007


David Abel, Boston Globe, 7/17/07 Four Arab-American drivers who said they were harassed by their supervisors at a FedEx Corp. facility in Wilmington have filed a lawsuit alleging they were subjected to a steady flow of vitriol and discrimination. In a lawsuit the plaintiffs’ lawyer said was served on FedEx yesterday, the drivers said managers […]

Muslim Attorney Receives Death Threat from Minnesota

July 13, 2007


Source: CAIR Newsletter (Note from Rafik Beekun: Mr. Mohammedi is the attorney representing the six imams who filed a lawsuit alledging racial and religious discrimination–see article below). The letter, sent from Minnesota to attorney Omar T. Mohammedi, states in part: “Who cares if the Federal courthouse is secure (which it really is not). . .Do […]

Fatwa Against Terrorism issued by U.S. Religious Council

July 2, 2007


In light of the recent events in the United Kingdom, I am reprinting the following fatwa released in July 2005 from the highest body of Fiqh scholars in the U.S. as a reminder to all of us: The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to reaffirm Islam’s absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism. Islam strictly condemns […]

Islam Is Against All Forms of Terrorism and Extremism

June 2, 2007


Source: ISNA Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Extremism Task Force Against Terrorism and Religious Extremism: Muslim Position and Responsibilities I. Our Position on Terrorism Humanity lives today in an interdependent and interconnected world where peaceful and fair interaction, including interfaith and intra-faith dialogue, is imperative. A grave threat to all of us nowadays is the scourge of religious […]

Somali Muslims Returning to Jobs After Quitting Over Muslim Prayers Issue

May 30, 2007


By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Writer © 2007 The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Dozens of Somali meatpacking workers who quit their jobs because they were not given enough time off for Muslim prayers have returned to work, but the issue could resurface as sundown inches later through the spring, a union official said Friday. […]

Muslim Scholars Look at Conflict Between Islamic Tenets and Job Duties

May 6, 2007


May 05, 2007 By Omar Sacirbey When the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America convenes later this year, the few dozen Islamic scholars will try to hammer out an answer to a question vexing the North American Muslim community: How do Muslims reconcile the mandates of their faith with jobs that may require actions prohibited […]

Conflict Management–The SALAM Model

April 28, 2007


Dr. Iqbal Unus, International Institute of Islamic Thought The English acronym SALAM is a transliterated version of the corresponding Islamic terms. I want to use the letters of SALAM to refer to a process of dealing with conflict. The SALAM model points to a systematic way of approaching the conflict and moving towards a fair […]

Target Stores Offer Muslim Employees Acceptable Alternatives

March 20, 2007


Steve Karnowski, Associated Press, 3/19/07 Muslim cashiers at some Minneapolis Target stores who object to ringing up products that contain pork are being shifted to other positions where they don’t need to, the discount retailer said Saturday. The Star Tribune reported last week that some Muslim cashiers at local Targets had declined to scan pork […]

Palestinian students beaten up at Guilford College

January 24, 2007


 Source: 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. […]

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

January 22, 2007


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 […]

The Economic Impact of Conflict on the Israeli and Palestinian Workforce

January 11, 2007


 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% […]

Dua Video #3: When facing hardship

January 8, 2007


When facing any hardship, please recite this dua.

US Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison shakes the hand of Virgil Goode

January 5, 2007


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 […]

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

December 23, 2006


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


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


 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 […]

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

December 2, 2006


Professor Rafik Beekun, 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 […]

Anger Management: Training and Disciplining the Self

December 1, 2006


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.

Islam and stress management (Part 1): Description and Importance of Zikr

November 12, 2006


Note: This series of articles about stress on “The Islamic Workplace” blog describe the type of stress one may experience as a normal part of one’s career. These articles are purely for informational purposes, and do not refer to the severe types of stress experienced in major crises or life-threatening situations. One should seek professional […]