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Why America (and the World) Should Stop Shopping at WalMart

December 29, 2013

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WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE is a feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant’s assault on families and small towns in America. Related articles Wal*Mart: Fight the Evil Giant? (eauddinkhan.com) Wal*Mart Scorns the Bangladeshis (eauddinkhan.com) Wal*Mart Policy: Prey on the Poor (eauddinkhan.com) Wal-Mart – Evil Empire or Opportunist? (norberthaupt.com) Always Low Wages? […]

Religion in America: Islam on the increase

December 18, 2013

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Niraj Chokshi, Washington Post It goes without saying that religion is big in America. It played a starring role in the founding of the nation and continues to be the source of policy fights. Just this week, a group of Satanists launched a donation drive to erect a monument on Oklahoma’s Capitol grounds, in what […]

Ahmed Kathrada, Anti-Apartheid Activist and Mandela’s Lifelong Friend

December 15, 2013

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Ahmed Kathrada is an anti-apartheid activist who spent 26 years in Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. The Man Behind Nelson Mandela [..] Anthony Sampson, author of the authorized biography of Nelson Mandela, mentions in the preface Ahmed Muhamed Kathrada from whom Anthony had collected most of the information the book. Ahmed Kathara had spent 26 […]

Happy Veterans’ Day to All who Fought for the Preservation of Freedom and Justice

November 11, 2013

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Both my son and my daughter are US Navy veterans.   Veterans from my father’s family fought against the Nazis in Northern Africa as part of the British Army.  The veterans from this country liberated us from Hitler and Nazi hegemony, freed this country from the British, chased down Al Qaeda and neutralized it, and […]

Philippines Humanitarian Aid Urgently Needed

November 11, 2013

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Some 10,000 people are feared dead after a massive storm swept over the Philippines leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan’s 150 mph winds drove huge waves ashore, crashing into villages and towns, flattening buildings and ripping families apart. The storm is one of the strongest on record. The […]

Extraordinary Courage: Policewoman gives chase after being shot in the face

November 2, 2013

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NBC: Texas police officer Ann Carrizales took two bullets at point-blank range — including one to the face — during an early morning traffic stop last Saturday. Yet she still went after the bad guys. […] Carrizales pulled over a car in Stafford, Texas, just outside Houston, around 3 a.m. She said her instincts told […]

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 […]

Migrant Servant Abuse and Exploitation in Saudi Arabia

October 31, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Where do these “Muslims”  learn their Islam from? Islam does not tolerate such behavior towards one’s servants. Abu Hurairah (R.A.) relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say “Whoever beats the […] servant unjustly, revenge will be taken from him on the Day of Judgment.” CNN; In the amateur video, […]

Honoring a True Hero: Slain Nevada teacher, Michael Landsberry, ‘put his life on the line’

October 22, 2013

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  Note from Professor Beekun:  Thank you for your service to our country and to the children under your care.  You made the ultimate sacrifice to protect them from the shooter with a gun, and will never be forgotten.  God Bless, and rest in peace, Mr. Michael Landsberry. CNN The Nevada teacher credited with shielding […]

Mark of shame on Muslim Countries and on the World: The Continued Existence of Slavery

October 21, 2013

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What is modern slavery. According to the Walk Free Foundation, “In 2013, modern slavery takes many forms, and is known by many names: slavery, forced labour or human trafficking. ‘Slavery’ refers to the condition of treating another person as if they were property – something to be bought, sold, traded or even destroyed. ‘Forced labour’ […]

The Surprising Story of ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an’

October 13, 2013

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NPR Staff Thomas Jefferson had a vast personal library reflecting his enormous curiosity about the world. Among his volumes: a Quran purchased in 1765 that informed his ideas about plurality and religious freedom in the founding of America. In her book Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, author Denise Spellberg draws parallels between the beliefs of […]

The Muslim Hero Who Rescued Lives at the Westgate Mall during the Nairobi Terror Attack

September 27, 2013

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Paul Canning This is one of the most moving and viral images which came out of the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Last night we learned the identity of the man who the little girl is running towards and all of Kenya is hailing him as a hero. His name is Abdul […]

9/11 Muslim First Responder’s Mother Still Waiting for Son’s Ultimate Sacrifice to be Recognized.

September 11, 2013

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Omar Sacirbey   (RNS) It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without crying, but she still prefers mostly not to tell his story. “It’s all over the Internet,” she said.  Show caption (August 26, 2001) Salman Hamdani, an NYPD cadet and EMT who was killed on […]

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 […]

The faulty FBI files that can mess up your current career or career prospects

September 2, 2013

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By Madeline Neighly, Special to CNN CNN) — No amount of economic growth will land you a job if you get unfairly snagged in the FBI‘s faulty background check system. And you can lose your job because of the FBI file inaccuracies, too. After working without incident at a Philadelphia port for 33 years, Russ […]

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 […]

Decision-making biases may hamper your effectiveness and productivity

August 25, 2013

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The Qur’an engages Muslims to practice consultative decision making by urging us in  chapter 42 verse 38, “Amruhum Shura Baynahum.” “Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular Prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation among themselves; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance” [are praised] Please note that the shura process […]

The Risks of Consuming 5-hour Energy or similar Energy Drinks During Ramadan or At Work

July 29, 2013

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Note to those Muslims who knowingly consume any product that may cause them harm: The prophet (s) said, “Whomsoever drinks poison, thereby killing himself, will sip this poison forever in the Hell-Fire.” Another legal proof is the Qur’anic verse in which Almighty Allah says: “Do not cause your own destruction” (2: 195) Finally, The Prophet […]

Ramadan fast survival guide will help you stay fit and healthy

July 26, 2013

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This is a partial reprint of an article by Sarah Hashim-Waris in the Los Angeles Times, USA, July 24, 2013 […] Though it’s tempting to gorge on anything edible in sight once the sun sets, Levine urged me to resist and explained that I’d be better off if I slowed down the fast-breaking food consumption. About […]

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 […]

The horror of Bangladesh Sweatshops

April 29, 2013

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Video of Fire in 2012, Nov 27 Following Saturday’s deadly garment factory fire in Bangladesh, some wonder if greed is being put before safety? Robin Stickley reports. Building Collapse of April 24, 2013 An eight storey block housing factories and a shopping center collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing more […]

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 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 […]

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Victims of the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

April 15, 2013

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We pray for the victims of the recent terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, and pray for their speedy recovery. We also pray that whoever committed this horrendous and criminal act be brought to justice as swiftly as possible.

A true story about Salaat: To pray on time or not?

February 11, 2013

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A moving and true story about salaat from a young sister and that can inspire all of us: While on my way to Starbucks (my current location), I realized I hadn’t prayed dhuhr yet…it was about a quarter passed 3 and ‘asr would surely find me here 45 mins later. Through the cab ride, I […]

Honoring Vicki Soto, the New Town, Connecticut Teacher who gave her life for her students

December 17, 2012

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Huffington Post A 27-year-old teacher of Puerto Rican descent has emerged as a hero in the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Details remain fuzzy, but it appears that Victoria Soto hid students in a bathroom or closet and died trying to protect them from alleged shooter Adam Lanza, according to several […]

In Memoriam: The Slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School

December 15, 2012

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Schools are meant to be safe places of learning and discovery, and elementary schools are specially sacrosanct.  May the children and school staff who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School rest in peace, and may their parents, families and friends find solace and comfort.  Our whole country stands with you in your moment of […]

Disability in Islam Guide & Campaign

October 25, 2012

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Disability in Islam Guide & Campaign Assalamu Alaikum Inshallah Tala, hope you are doing well. From our acquaintances, we know that there are individuals with disabilities in our families and friends. However, not many of them partake in our community activities and discourse for fear of being seen differently. At times they feel not welcomed […]

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 […]

Mourning the loss of our Ambassador and Diplomatic Envoys in Libya–Never Forget Chris Stevens

September 12, 2012

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This article will be updated until those responsible for the murder of our envoys are brought to justice. Last updated on September 16/2012. Ambassador Chris Stevens 1960-2012[/caption]Today is indeed a sad day.  A few Muslim terrorists violated one of the most sacred tenets of Islam, i.e. that of not harming diplomatic envoys or emissaries (as […]

The First Mosque Designed by A Turkish Muslim Woman–A Magnificent Masjid

September 8, 2012

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CNN.com There is a shiny addition among the Ottoman mosques and palaces that make up Istanbul’s stunning skyline: the metallic, mirrored dome of the new Sakirin Mosque, a Muslim place of worship built with a woman’s touch. For what may be the first time in history, women have been at the forefront of the construction […]

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 […]

Mohamed “Mo” Farah, Olympics Gold Medalist 2012 and British Muslim Runner

August 8, 2012

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Source: Islamophobia Today It was a golden night in the Olympic stadium as both Jess Ennis and Greg Rutherford picked up gold medals in the heptathlon and long jump before Mo Farah took to the track.   Please click here to watch Mohamed Farah win the 10,000 m Olympic race. And Farah admits that he had […]

Muslim woman wins $5Million in workplace-harassment case

August 3, 2012

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  ASSOCIATED PRESS WIRE REPORT Tuesday, May 8, 2012 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Kansas City woman who converted to Islam in 2005 said she was harassed for years at AT&T, and that the abuse boiled over in 2008 when her boss snatched her head scarf and exposed her hair. A Jackson County jury […]

Muslims Workers Mistreated Globally Because of Ramadan

August 3, 2012

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Two newstories one from China and one from France indicate that Islamophobia is now a worldwide phenomenon. China Bans Muslim officials and students from fasting during Ramadhan in Xinjiang Region BEIJING (AFP) – Authorities in China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during Ramazan, prompting an exiled rights […]

Salat (Prayer) at Work or While Traveling after Wiping Over Your Socks

August 1, 2012

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Many Muslims will make ablution at home and put on their socks before going out to work or on a trip.  Later, when they make wudhu, they wipe their moist hands over their socks instead of washing their feet. This is permissible for a period of 24 hours if one is not traveling. If you […]

Are you forgetful during prayer because of work-related issues or stress?

July 28, 2012

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Updated July 29, 2012 Often work related issues and stress (e.g. closing the budget year, cutbacks, hiring or firing decisions, etc.) intrude in our concentration during prayer and we may experience forgetfulness. How do you make amends if you missed something in your prayer? Can you make amends? Does your prayer still count. For these […]

This cardiovascular surgeon’s story will shake your iman, Insha Allah

July 26, 2012

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Recounted by one of friends: The Husband Who Was Too Shy To Look At His Wife (a moving story) This story was recounted by Prof. Khalid Al-Jubeir, consulting cardiovascular surgeon, in one of his lectures: Once I operated on a two and a half year old child. It was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the child […]

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 […]

Finding God at Work

July 14, 2012

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Many of us who are working throughout Ramadan are likely to be worried about how to keep spirituality at the top of our priority list while coping with a demanding work environment. Getting through the working hours can become a drag. We end up waiting to get home or to a mosque to really ‘find […]

The contribution of Islam and Muslim scholars to Science

July 9, 2012

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Source: Scienceislam.com Seeking knowledge is obligatory in Islam for every Muslim, man and woman. The main sources of Islam, the Quran and the Sunnah (Prophet Muhammad’s traditions), encourage Muslims to seek knowledge and be scholars, since this is the best way for people to know Allah (God), to appreciate His wondrous creations and be thankful […]

The horrible and shameful treatment of foreign workers in Gulf States in the Middle East

May 14, 2012

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CNN.com […] Nepal is one of the poorest countries on earth. With little work available, an estimated 1,300 Nepalese citizens go abroad for work every single day. But every day some return in coffins. “On an average per day, two to three coffins are coming back to Nepal mostly from the Gulf countries,” said sociologist […]

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% […]

2011 Worlds’s Most Ethical Companies–It pays to be ethical

April 5, 2012

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Ethisphere.com The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business “ethically” and translate those words into action. WME honorees demonstrate real and sustained ethical leadership within their industries, putting into real business practice the Institute’s credo of “Good. Smart. Business. Profit.” There is no set number of […]

Du’as for Studying or Seeking Knowledge, and Taking Exams

March 3, 2012

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Du’as verified by Rafik Beekun and Ahmad Saad.  Please email me directly (via leaving a comment below for any additional request or suggestion) Last updated: March 21, 2012 Source: theislamicworkplace.com Seeking knowledge: 1. Du’as from the Qur’an for seeking and mastering knowledge: These ayats from the Qur’an are from: (i) Surah Taha (Chapter 20), verses […]

Bangladeshi Rickshaw Driver Builds Hospital After Saving For 30 Years

February 20, 2012

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Most doctors live and work in the cities in Bangladesh. A long distance away for ailing villagers. One villager who works as rickshaw driver and earns only six dollars a day saved for 30 years and  has now built a hospital to change this. Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Tanhashadia, Bangladesh. 300 people visit […]

Islam and Moderation

January 31, 2012

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Rashard Jedaar/Cape Town/South Africa Allah SWT enjoins in the Holy Qur’an: “Thus have We made of you an Ummah, Justly balanced, that you might be witnesses over the nations. “Quran (2: 143) A question most frequently asked when Muslims meet, is: Why are we so divided today? […] Common sense tells us that the more […]

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 […]