Browsing All Posts filed under »Ethics & Morals«

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 […]

Don’t collectively punish Muslims

December 16, 2015

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Sahar Aziz on CNN.COm (CNN)When news broke Wednesday that 14 people were killed and 21 wounded in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Americans were rightfully outraged. After all, it was yet another in a string of mass shootings in the United States. And Americans are also justified in wanting to know the motives […]

Brave French Muslim Policeman Executed While Trying to Stop Terrorists in Paris

January 10, 2015

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Anne Penketh, The Guardian Newspaper It was a Muslim policeman from a local police station who was “slaughtered like a dog” after heroically trying to stop two heavily armed killers from fleeing the Charlie Hebdo offices following the massacre. Tributes to Ahmed Merabet poured in on Thursday after images of his murder at point blank […]

Why ISIS must be stopped and must not be allowed to murder Peter Kassig

October 13, 2014

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Just because one flies an old flag with the Shahada on it does not make murder, terror and rape justifiable. The people who follow, fight with and/or support ISIS should think twice about their own actions based on what ISIS has been doing. These terrorist murderers have abused the pure name of Islam to slaughter […]

Islamic Scholars and Leaders Expose the ISIS Terror Group

September 29, 2014

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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 […]

Muslim First Responder who died on 9/11 gets New York Street named after him.

September 11, 2014

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CAIR-NY Welcomes Salman Hamdani Way Street Naming Ceremony (NEW YORK, NY, 4/28/14) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed a street naming ceremony for Salman Hamdani Way on 204st street in Bayside, Queens in honor of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, the 23-year-old certified EMT and NYPD cadet who lost his […]

NPR STORY: “New PBS Documentary on Female Muslim Hero Against Nazi Germany”

September 8, 2014

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NPR.org Noor Inayat Khan, one of the heroines of World War II, had a short, astonishing life, one that took her from a pacifist childhood to a daring career in covert operations. She was a Muslim woman who worked as a British spy — a radio operator — in Nazi-occupied Paris. A new docudrama about […]

Sexual Assault on American Campuses: The Dark Side of University Life in the US

September 4, 2014

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Recently, the sad plight of a Columbia student, Emma Sulkowicz who had been raped on campus was brought to light by her courageous quest for justice.  Since the university would not expel her alleged rapist,  she has decided to carry a twin size mattress everywhere she goes on campus to call attention to sexual assault […]

US Coalition of Muslim Organizations denounces ISIS for Steven Sotloff’s Murder

September 4, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Oussama Jammal Secretary General 202-683-6557 ojammal@uscmo.org Muslim Coalition denounces ISIS for Steven Sotloff’s Murder (WASHINGTON DC – 09/03/2014) – The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of several national and local organizations, today condemns a terrorist and anti-Islam group for a video purporting to show the gruesome beheading […]

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 […]

Greed, Rapaciousness and Intrigue: How Egypt became dependent on Israeli Gas

June 13, 2014

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These oil and gas deals “add up to a total loss to the Egyptian people of possibly over $11bn. Almost all of these involved Hussein Salem at some point in time arranging the deals.” Mika Minio-Paluello Energy Analyst

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

June 7, 2014

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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 […]

Petition Against the execution of Sudanese Christian woman

May 29, 2014

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Islam has always been for freedom of choice with respect to one’s faith. In the Qur’an in Chapter 2, verse 256, God orders, “Let there be no compulsion in religion” Although apostasy is a sin in Islam, never during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s) was an apostate put to death simply for choosing […]

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 […]

An Open Letter to Boko Haram

May 15, 2014

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Recently, Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad of the Sacramento Mosque wrote a very moving appeal to the extremist child abductors of Boko Haram, and it outlines very clearly the Islamic position on such horrendous behavior by “Muslims”.  Here is part of  his letter verbatim: I address you with the blessed greeting of Islam, under the assumption […]

Muslims are required to be Eco-Friendly: Here’s the Qur’anic evidence

April 6, 2014

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This is an excerpt from the article: “10 Quran Verses On The Environment And Do-able Action Plans” from the ecomuslim.com blog. For Muslims the Qur’an is the ultimate green-guide. Believed to be a sublime revelation with remarkable ideas, this divine scripture is scrupulously read by Muslims for spirituality. But it is not limited to only […]

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 […]

Serving Selflessly the Poor, Rejected And Destitute: Abdul Sattar Edhi

April 4, 2014

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Abdul SattarEdhi is 82 years old. 60 years ago, he stood on a street corner in Karachi and begged for money for an ambulance, raising enough to buy a battered old van. In it, he set out on countless life-saving missions. Gradually, MrEdhi set up centres all over Pakistan. He diversified into orphanages, homes for […]

Deplorable Swedish Airport Islamophobic Behavior: Yanking the scarf off a Muslim woman’s head.

April 3, 2014

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A Swedish woman wearing a Muslim headscarf claims security staff at a small northern airport tugged on her hijab in public rather than take up her offer to take it off away from prying eyes. “The female guard asked me ‘What’s on your head’,” recalled state employee Saama Sarsour, who told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) […]

GM: Choosing to save money over a 57 cents part instead of ensuring car passenger safety

April 1, 2014

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) General Motors came under harsh criticism on Capitol Hill Tuesday as CEO Mary Barra went before members of Congress investigating a botched GM recall. Barra, appearing before a House committee, apologized for the 13 deaths that GM says were caused by a faulty ignition switch, as well as GM’s 10-year delay in issuing […]

A Muslim Woman Defies the Nazis In WW II Paris

February 16, 2014

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http://www.enemyofthereich.com/ Throughout the 1930′s, an unimaginable evil tore through Europe, as Hitler’s Third Reich terrorized its way to domination. During these tumultuous times, a young Muslim woman living in Paris found her calling. Noor Inayat Khan grew up in a home that fostered faith and hope. Leading with her heart, she overcame her quiet nature […]

The Tragic Abuse and Displacement of African Farmers by Foreign Investors

January 31, 2014

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Al Jazeera.com 1. The case of Ethiopia Just a few decades ago, Ethiopia was a country defined by its famines, particularly between 1983-1985 when in excess of half a million people starved to death as a consequence of drought, crop failure and a brutal civil war. Against this backdrop, it is impressive that in recent […]

Horrible Treatment of Migrant Workers Leads FIFA to set Qatar Deadline

January 31, 2014

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(CNN) — Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been set a tight deadline by FIFA to explain how conditions are improving for migrant workers on the various building projects associated with the hosting of football’s showpiece competition. The world governing body are demanding a “detailed report” by February 12 with “information on specific […]

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

January 27, 2014

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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 : […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Flying while looking like a Muslim” may cause you to be refused boarding

August 24, 2013

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It is no longer a question of whether you are “flying while Muslim”; it is now whether you are “flying while looking like a Muslim.” Either way, you run the risk of being profiled, harassed, monitored closely, and possibly refused to board your flight. Hindu Man Mistaken for Muslim Refused Service by JetBlue Source: Neetzan […]

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, […]

Are your brand name clothes helping or hurting Bangladeshi Sweatshop Workers?

April 29, 2013

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Doug Saunders, the Globe and Mail, USA Inside the garment factory, hundreds of poor women sewed the clothes that filled our shops. The factory’s owners had been warned that the place was hazardous; they ignored the warnings. When disaster struck, the death toll was horrendous. That describes the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which […]

From horror to hope: How a 7-year old boy fought back forced begging in Bangladesh

December 6, 2012

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Saeed Ahmed, Lisa Cohen and Sara Sidner, cnn.com “You cannot die! You cannot die!” the father mumbles to the bloodied, mutilated boy who lies unconscious on his lap. His hands press down on the boy’s slashed-open stomach to keep the insides from spilling out. He sobs convulsively. “Listen to me! You cannot die!” he repeats […]

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 […]

Time to End Prostitution in the Muslim World

September 30, 2012

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Prohibition against prostitution from the Qur’an: Allāh says in Sūrat An Nur: A painful punishment waits in this world and the next for those who like indecency to spread among the believers. God knows and you do not.  [Qur’an, Sura An Nur, 24:19]. […] Nor shall you compel your handmaidens to whoredom–for they too ardently […]

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 […]

Some Muslim Athletes Banned for Doping at the 2012 Olympics

July 25, 2012

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  Note from Rafik: I am disappointed by the lack of ethical behavior of some Muslim Olympians at the 2012 Olympics.   Allah is very clear in the Qur’an (5:2) about engaging in this type of behavior. “Help you one another in righteousness and piety, but help you not one another in sin and rancor: fear […]

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% […]

Bigotry on the Playing Field against Judaism and Islam

March 12, 2012

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Editorial, New York Times, March 11, 2012 Intolerance seems to be part of the message sent to student-athletes on the sporting fields of Texas. Only under legal pressure and public criticism did the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which organizes competitions for more than 200 schools, recently agree to accommodate an Orthodox Jewish […]

Business Ethics from an Islamic Perspective

January 19, 2012

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Dr. Jamal Badawi, Fiqh Council of North America I. INTRODUCTION There are nearly 1.3 Billion Muslims worldwide; about one fifth of the total world population. As is the case with any universal religion, a great cultural diversity does exist among them. Similarly, the extent of religious commitment and practice varies considerably between individuals and cultures. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Muslims Say They Face More Discrimination at Work

September 23, 2010

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By STEVEN GREENHOUSE, New York TImes At a time of growing tensions involving Muslims in the United States, a record number of Muslim workers are complaining of employment discrimination, from co-workers calling them “terrorist” or “Osama” to employers barring them from wearing head scarves or taking prayer breaks. Such complaints were increasing even before frictions […]

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 […]

CAIR Action: Ask NY Commission to Defend Religious Freedom

August 2, 2010

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Share Today at 12:52pm (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/2/10) — CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to ask that its members defend religious freedom and reject efforts by Islamophobes to block construction of an Islamic community center in that city. The commission will vote Tuesday […]

Muslims Rising Against Terrorism Globally

June 23, 2010

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BBC Radio U.S.A. India Pakistan United Kingdom This part 1 of 8. Please go to Youtube.com to view the remaining parts. Canada Middle East

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

March 14, 2010

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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 […]