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“He Was Real to Us” – A South African Muslim’s Hesitant Tribute to Mandela

A young member of the Maitibolo Cultural Troupe, who came to dance for well-wishers in honour of Nelson Mandela, poses for well-wishers in front of a placard of Mandela, outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela was being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Photo: AP

By Na'ima B. Robert When I heard about Nelson Mandela's death in the early hours of the morning of December 5, via a message on Viber, the only way I could describe the way I felt was numb. I didn't feel a crushing sense of grief or loss. I didn't cry. Although I had been aware of his ill health ... Read More »

How do you Stop Racism in the Arab-American Community? Heck if I Know

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Post-Racial? Racism is a complicated issue. Racial prejudice has persisted in America despite the evolution of countervailing social norms that not only undermine the rationales that buoy such bigotry, but shame the bigots themselves. So why are people still jerks? There have been a myriad of reasons suggested for the persistence of racism and racists. I haven't the space nor ... Read More »

The Islamic Ruling Regarding Celebrating Thanksgiving Day

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Thank Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla first for the good that He has given you. Read More »

The Niqab Debate | How Muslims Contribute & Articulate Faith in British Society [Part II]

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Part Two [Part One of this debate can be viewed here] Although the pseudo-controversy surrounding the niqāb is at the vanguard of the tabloid agenda, we must ask ourselves why it is that in a liberal democracy, wherein religious freedom of its minorities should be protected, there seems to be an attack on these religious symbols of Muslims; whether it ... Read More »

A Rebuttal to ‘Should Muslims Reconsider Animal Slaughter on Eid?’

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A respectful rebuttal against the ideas behind the banning of udhiya. Read More »

Are Pakistanis Jealous of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Malala Yusafzai?

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The cold, almost bitter response of Pakistanis towards Malala can be a bit puzzling. This reaction is not just from radical elements but also from the general populace. Explanations for this reaction have ranged from jealousy to conspiracy. Tehmina Kazi, Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy,  focuses on the jealousy part: “The criticism is ostensibly about how Malala's message ... Read More »

5 Take-Aways for Muslim Fans of Breaking Bad

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 *This post contains major spoilers. If you don't want the ending or major plot points ruined, don't read this post.  **The videos linked to in this post may contain objectionable material. Follow them at your own risk.  ***To read an extended version of this post with embedded videos from Breaking Bad, please see the post on my personal blog at ... Read More »

The Niqab Debate | How Muslims Contribute & Articulate Faith in British Society [Part I]

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Part One Once again a 'piece of cloth' (Niqab) has dominated our newspaper headlines and discussions on the internet. On Monday, Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Jeremy Browne called for a “national debate” as to whether or not Muslim women should be banned from wearing the niqab, especially in places of public social interaction. His call was echoed by Conservative ... Read More »

What’s In Your Ear | Hamza Tzortzis

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What's in Your Ear? is an occasional series where we ask Muslims a few simple questions: 1. What are you listening to? 2. What are you reading? 3. What are you watching? 4. What technology are you rocking, Mac or PC? Kindle, iPad, Android phone, etc? 5. What's the best piece of advice you've received or an advice you have ... Read More »

10 Things you can do to NOT be a Terrorist

Dr. O blogs at Muslim Medicine, a site that strives to serve only the freshest grade-A certified ẓabiḥah ḥalāl comedy. Contact your local ḥalāl butcher for more details.   Recently the British Telegraph, known for their excellence in journalism and intrepid reporting about Germans with pencils in their heads and Alien sightings in Britain, posted an article about “How to ... Read More »

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