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The End to Hitting Women: Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence | Imam Abdullah Hasan

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For a pdf version of this article click The End to Hitting Women Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misconstrued verses in the Qur'an by Muslims and non-Muslims alike is verse 4:34, the so-called 'chastisement verse'. Those who claim that the verse allows husbands to hit their wives argue that the verse suggests a three step solution in the event ... Read More »

Left Behind – the Families of Muslim Prisoners in CMUs

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Helplessness and resolve draped in a cream hijab and coral shawl, her face shielded behind over-sized sunglasses, holding her head high, she displays the photograph of the love of her life at a rally in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Sahar Ahmed married a network engineer from a decent Pakistani family. The kind of guy most ... Read More »

An Eid Gift for Nabila: A US Drone

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An 'Īd gift was delivered to Nabila Rahman's home by Americans last year. A gruesome gift that blew her grandmother's body into pieces on a magical day that was supposed to be filled with joy. Nine-year old Nabila didn't get a rousing welcome that her country mate Malala Yousufzai received because she didn't fit the war on terror agenda.  A ... 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 »

Living Up To Justice

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O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both. So follow not the lusts, lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do. [Surat an-Nisa, 135] Read More »

Losing Her Heart in Egypt: Amr Kassem 1987-2013

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By Asma Hussein Teaching myself how not to lose hope   “Think not of those who are killed in the Way of Allāh as dead. Nay, they are alive, with their Lord, and they have provision. They rejoice in what Allāh has bestowed upon them of His Bounty and rejoice for the sake of those who have not yet joined ... Read More »

Egypt is Not Special

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Over the past two and a half years, Egyptians have become fairly desensitized to violence on the streets of their capital. Prior to 2011, virtually any crime beyond petty theft – let alone violent flare ups in public squares or massive processions against the authorities du jour – grabbed the attention of the Egyptian populace; it was simply outside the ... Read More »

Understanding the Pain of the Zimmerman Trial

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By Dawud Walid The recent acquittal in the George Zimmerman case reignited a national discussion about race relations in America.  There were many on one end of the spectrum, who stated the Zimmerman case typifies the lack of racial equity and justice in America for Blackamericans, from the initial profiling of Trayvon Martin, the trying of his character during the ... Read More »

Plight of the Refugee Women

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Five women from five countries, all bound to the same fate as refugees, here in Malaysia. They face life one day at a time, in fading hope, alleviated only through the bond of their friendship and journey together. This is their plight. Read More »

Panorama – Secrets of Britain’s Sharia Councils

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Panorama goes undercover to investigate what is really happening in Britain's Sharia Councils – Islamic religious courts. Some women reveal they have suffered domestic violence ignored by these councils as campaigners say it is time to tackle the parallel legal system which can run counter to British law. Part 1: Panorama – Secrets of Britain's Sharia Councils   Part 2: ... Read More »

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