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"Abu Ibrahym" Muhammad Aly Balagamwala (AKA DiscoMaulvi) joined the team of MM in 2011 as a blogger/writer and is currently the Team Lead for the Comments Team as well as a member of the Executive Shurah. Aly is an entrepreneur who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where he currently resides. He became a practicing Muslim during the 4 years he spent at North Carolina State University getting a BS in Textile Chemistry (May Allah reward the wonderful community of Raleigh, NC for that). He is involved in various dawah and social projects including LiveDeen, AlKauthar Karachi, and Ihsaas Trust. He is easily accessible via Twitter or through his Public Page on Facebook where you can learn more about him. You can also visit his (mostly defunct) personal blog From The Pulpit ... Sermons of DiscoMaulvi and comment so he still feels like a Blogger. :)

Shiraz Uppal – from Darkness towards Light


In March, MuslimMatters was granted an exclusive first interview with singer / music producer Shiraz Uppal, who, in search of inner peace, turned his back on a successful career in singing and producing music and decided to dedicate his life to the path of Allah. Read More »

Shiraz Uppal: A Journey from Soulful Pop to Soul-Searching

Shiraz Uppal

An MM Exclusive: Interview with Shiraz Uppal, a famous singer, songwriter, musician, music producer and director Shiraz Uppal created waves in the Pakistani music scene by announcing he had quit the music industry. Read More »

Reader’s Opinions | Remembrance of Allah


"So remember Me; I will remember you." [Al-Qur'ān 2:152]. | What are some of the ways that you remember Allah? Let us know! Read More »

Islamic Banks Get a ‘Libor’ of Their Own | WSJ.COM


Cross-posted from The Wall Street Journal By KATY BURNE A group of 16 banks resolved a quandary that has dogged the $1 trillion Islamic financing market for nearly three decades: how to represent rates on interbank funding when Islamic principles prohibit firms from charging interest.   The banks—working with industry associations and data provider Thomson Reuters—created a reference rate called ... Read More »

Lunar Eclipse Today! Here is what to do

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting the moon completely in shadow. The eclipse will start at around 7:45 a.m. EST (4:45 a.m. PST, 1245 GMT), when the shadow of the moon inches across the lunar disk. The celestial show will be visible from parts of North America, with those in the western portions of Canada and the United States particularly well placed for the event. People in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and central and eastern Asia should also be able to catch sight of the reddened moon. (Space.com) Those who are able to see the eclipse should perform the special Sunnah prayer, known as Salat-al-Kusuf. Read More »

Bomb blast in Karachi Pakistan targets house of SSP CID Chaudhry Aslam, School district


A bomb blast in Karachi Pakistan early this morning targeted the house of Senior Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Aslam who is a major figure in the fight against Al-Qaeda, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and various other elements in Pakistan. The house is situated right next to several major schools in Karachi and the dead included a student and a teacher along with several policemen. Read More »

Update (11): Action Alert | Sindh Pakistan Floods 2011 | A humanitarian disaster the world is just waking up to


The world is slowly waking up to news of a humanitarian disaster in Sindh Pakistan as torrential rains have caused havoc and as of 20 September, 2011 8,185,682 people have been affected (that's the population of New York City or the population of Chicago, Los Angeles, & Houston combined!), 1,495,698 homes devastated, and 6,616,360 acres of land damaged (that's an area bigger than the states of Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island combined). Having barely put behind them the haunting memories of last year's flood when a fifth of Pakistan was submerged under water, the residents of Sindh are in dire need of your help and support. The United Nations has called for USD 357 million for flood relief and the financial impact could go into billions of USD. Read More »

Taliban attack school bus, kill 4 children | PESHAWAR PAKISTAN | DAWN.COM


Yesterday, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan reached another low in their targeting of civilian targets when they ambushed a school bus with heavy weaponry. This attack was claimed to be a punishment for the families of those who were organizing anti-Taliban militias. The TTP has continuously targeted civilians in their ongoing resistance against the Pakistan government. Last month over 50 were killed ... Read More »

Pakistan Navy base in Karachi attacked by terrorists


Around 10.30 pm on Sunday May 22, 2011, 04 explosions rocked PNS Mehran, a Pakistan Navy airbase. Aly Balagamwala (based in Karachi), reports on the attack which happened just 03 minutes drive from his house. Read More »

Make Your Deen Green: Pies to petrol biofuels scheme launched | Edie.net

Pies into fuel

As Muslims we are instructed not to waste food and edibles. In today's world of consumerism, food is often wasted tremendously in fast food restaurants when it gets cold, in bakeries and super markets all over when the expiry is passed. This initiative is a wonderful way to reuse this "waste" and make something useful from it. Pies to petrol biofuels scheme launched Read More »

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