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After failing to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity, Waleed Ahmed decided to give writing a shot. A graduate from McMaster University, he is based out of Toronto, ON. He writes primarily on current affairs, politics and religion. He spends his spare time playing basketball, snowboarding and praying for Jon Stewart to run in the next presidential election. Waleed maintains a not-so-personal blog at BloomingPeaches

Quebec’s Ruling Party Suffers Crushing Defeat – Despite the Anti-Muslim Campaign

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The lunacy which has dominated the discourse coming out of Quebec over the last year has finally been countered with a dose of sanity. In a historic vote this Monday, the ruling Parti Québécois (PQ) suffered a major defeat after just 19 months of taking office. Premier Pauline Marois organized an ugly campaign which centered on identity politics and secession ... Read More »

Three Years into Syria, Children are at Greatest Risk

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What started three years ago as anti-government protests has spiraled today into a bloody civil war with no end in sight. The brutal conflict has claimed the lives of well over a 100,000 people; it's estimated that over 3 million have fled the country and are now in refugee camps spread across the Levant and beyond. One of the most ... Read More »

Describing the Chosen One’s Birth | Selections from Qurrat al-Absar

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Shaykh Abdal Aziz al-Lamti, born around 880 AH, was a noted Moroccan scholar and grammarian. Qurrat al-Absar is his beautiful poem describing the entire life of the Prophet Muḥammad , peace and blessings be upon him. To mark the month of Rabi-al-awwal, month of the Messenger's noble birth, the chapter describing his birth is shared below. The translation is taken ... Read More »

A Guide for Studying Arabic and Quran in Morocco

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Going abroad to study Arabic is one of the best ways to learn the language. With a vibrant culture and a rich intellectual heritage, Morocco is naturally a destination of choice for students from across the globe. What follows below is a guide for those looking to go there to study Arabic and Qurʾān. It is based on my experiences ... Read More »

How Walmart and Gap are Dodging Worker Safety in Bangladesh

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The collapse of Rana Plaza, a garment manufacturing complex in Bangladesh, which killed 1,134 workers, sent shockwaves around the globe this past April. Just a few months earlier, the Tazreen factory fire had already killed 117 people in the country. These latest episodes bring the death toll of Bangladeshi factory workers to over 1,800 since 2005.  The appalling disparity between ... Read More »

Outrage and Irony | Quebec Proposes Ban on Religious Wear

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The political discourse in Canada over the past few weeks has been dominated by Quebec government's proposal for a secular 'Charter of Values', put forth by the ruling Parti Quebecois (PQ). The most controversial aspect of the proposal is the ban on civil servants wearing religious clothing to ensure 'religious neutrality' of the state. The debate reached its climax this ... Read More »

Reviving Andalusia | The Muslims of Granada

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'La illaha il Allāh, Muḥammad rasool Allāh…” a man repeats Islam's testimony of faith with the imām on the first day of Ramaḍān. The congregants cheer 'Allāhu Akbar' and overwhelm the new convert with warm hugs; no doubt, a beautiful way to begin the holy month. Like many of us, I've witnessed this scene numerous times. I've learned to embrace the ... Read More »

Syria | To intervene or not to intervene?

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As horror stories of another massacre in Syria trickled in last week, western governments initiated their textbook game of diplomatic ping-pong. Condemnations were issued, outrage expressed and vows renewed. This has been the cycle since the war started. We hear of massacre after massacre, it makes the headlines; politicians express their disgust with Assad and all is forgotten after a ... Read More »

Practical Tips for Purification of the Heart

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“A day in which neither wealth nor children shall be of any benefit, except one who comes to God with a sound heart” (Sūrat'l-Shu'arā': 88-89). Spiritual purification of the self is the essence of Islamic teachings. Knowledge of this science was traditionally learned by keeping company with good teachers and righteous companions. However, this option is largely unavailable to most ... Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Taking Action with BDS

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Pre-req | Introduction  | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 We've spent the last few articles describing the apartheid policies implemented by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The obvious question which follows is: so what, what am I to do about it and why? Apart from the obvious moral incumbency of acting to eliminate injustice, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deserves special attention for a ... Read More »

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