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  1. bismillah. is there a way to force the site to display the mobile edition of content? i am using internet explorer on a WM6 powered smartphone. some pages display in the MM site’s easy to read mobile edition. then explicably many other pages will only display in the standard desktop-browser edition.

    the old blog-only format was more smartphone friendly, perhaps because of where menus appeared on the page. so now the version (mobile/desktop) displayed is more important.

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  2. Assalamu Aleikum,
    I am writing to you in regard to a new Islamic App that I just released that is aimed at the youth and new Muslim in particular.
    The name of the app is iSawab, and it’s available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.
    The app allows you to track your deeds on an everyday basis, including your prayers, dhikr, volunteering among numerous other good acts that earn oneself rewards in this world and in the hereafter.
    I was wondering if Muslim Matters would be able to spread the word so our youth in particular could benefit from this tool.
    Jazakhallah khair.

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  3. AssalamualikumwRwB…is it possible for me 2 publish my articles on dis website…plz do lemme know….em waiting 4 ur reply…llz answer me quick…jazakAllah khairan

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    • Please send your submission to info [at] muslimmatters [dot] orgPlease send your submission to info [at] muslimmatters [dot] org

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      • Assalaam U Alaikum,

        I was wondering what the turn around time is for approval or rejection of article submissions? Also, what if we have an edited version, how can we submit the revisions?

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        • The turnaround depends on the approval committee and the pending articles in queue but usually a week to 10 days.

          To submit revised used the submissions link and mention it is revised version of existing submission.

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          • Asalam U Alaikum,
            I submitted an article over a month ago and have yet to hear anything. I would like to know if the article has been accepted or rejected. A response will help determine whether or not I should proceed to submit the article to other venues for publication.
            Please let me know asap.

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        • Assalamalaykum wa rahmatulah,
          Sorry for the delayed response, but currently we have about 70 articles in queue. MashaAllah. Please be patient with us as we go through the articles. The editor in charge of guest articles will get back to you about your article as soon as she reads it.
          Jazakillah Khayra for your submission and we hope you understand.

          With salam,
          Hena
          EIC

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  4. Assalam-u-alaikum,

    I am very appreciative for the work you have done promoting Islam. I am a website designer from Chicago and I myself have a website of my own promoting Islam and helping people convert called http://goodislamiceducation.com/ I wanted your advice on how I could make it better, how I can get more people to visit it and learn from it more, or if you can promote this website on yours. I also wanted to know If I could use some of your video links on my website as well,

    May Allah give you the strength to keep doing good deeds as this. Ameen.

    Jazakhallah khair

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  5. The 5 Good News Stories is an excellent idea. JazakAllah khair for this – I always thought it would be excellent if someone took the initiative to circulate good international news instead of bad. Why should the horrific, depressing and negative news take up 99% of the space? The Sunnah encourages giving good news. So do keep it up! Here’s a link to another good education news story: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/taheedul-islam-girls-high-school-2321831

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  6. Example, I click on this link and i dont see any video or notes.. “http://muslimmatters.org/2012/08/29/haleh-banani-where-psychology-meets-islam-forgiveness-part-1/”

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  7. Assalamu Alaikum,

    About three weeks ago, I submitted an article and nobody from the MuslimMatters team has gotten back to me yet. I know that you are all very busy and I don’t mean to be pushy. I just wanted to ask if you even received the article.

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  8. Assalamu Alaikum WRWB

    Is there a way to contact the editor (offline) of this website? Feel free to email me. JZK,

    Nadia

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  9. Assalamu Alaikum and Greetings to you in the name of the Most High,

    I need to speak or write to a person who can help me with some of the scriptures for a person who has lost hope in the Living, due to various circumstances of their own and others.
    I would appreciate a word of reply.
    Shukraaan…
    Kevin

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    • I think this may help Mr. Kevin:
      1. The Holy Qur’an by Yusuf Ali
      2. The Sealed Nectar by al-Mubarakpuri
      3. Islam in focus by Dr. Abdallati
      3. Don’t be sad by Dr. Aid al-Qarni.
      Incase I understood you well these are the scriptures or books to revive your (or that person) to live, be happy, wholesome, confident, productive, excellent, difference maker and most of all gain paradise.
      Muslimmatters.org don’t normally respond to the complaints of it is readres and I think they have some technical problems.

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  10. I live in Nairobi.
    Your website seem to having technical problems, eg. results like ‘The webpage cannot be displayed’ come out often, for some days.
    Please solve this technical problem.

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  11. Mohammad Khairul Alam

    Human Appeal for Burma Refugees

    Dear Sir,

    Greeting from Rainbow Women & Children Welfare Foundation, Rakhine State, Myanmer.
    As you know, a devastating riot has been broke out June 8th 2012 between Rohigya Muslim and Rakhaing Muddhist in Rakhine state, Myanmar. Centering the rape of a young woman Ma Thida Htaway on 28th May 2012. She was killed by three rapists/extremists at Kyauk Phyu Township. Due to negligence’s of the law enforcement agencies, more than 100 people were died in sectarian violence. The innocent Rakhaing and Rohigya houses were on fire by the extremists from both communities. They lost more valuable assets and ruined completely.

    On 19 October 2112 to 8th November 2012 the re-sectarian violence broke out again in Rakhine stat. In this brutal attack, the fire gutted thousands of residence and religious houses, human casualty reaches above 150 and 61462 peoples are homeless.

    On 18th September 2013, the break out of re-sectarian violence resumed in Thandwe Township for the burning of Buddhist flags by some of extremists group. In this brutal attack, the fire gutted 60 Muslim dwelling houses, 7 were died including one of 90 years old Muslim women, and many were injured in brutal attack.

    Rainbow Foundation is a newly registered NGO in Rakhin state in Myanmar, has the pleasure to express its interest to your organization to take part for implementing following programs in Rakhine state, Myanmar. So that all the manmade disaster victims can save them from ruin and will bring the peace and communal harmony in Rakhine state. The programs are—

    1. 1. Agricultural Development Program, 2. Primary Health Care Program, 3. Water and Sanitation Program, 4. Relief & Rehabilitation Program for Disaster Victims, 4. Livelihood Development Program for Ethnic Communities, 6. Comprehensive Disaster Management PROGRAM.

    We sincerely hope our EOI will receive your sympathetic consideration and may kindly be approved. We remain committed for discussing any further details about EOI if needed. We look forward to your kind and positive response and offering you of our best possible services in Rakhine state.
    Thank you for giving us your valuable time.
    With best regards,

    Mohammad Khairul Alam
    Executive Director
    Rainbow Women & Children Welfare Foundation
    No.(4), Seik Kay Street
    Myo Thu Gri quarter, Sittwe,
    Rakhine State, Myanmar.
    Email: rainbow.found@gmail.com

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  12. Government Attacks on Circumcision and Hanukah
    Rabbi Allen S. Maller

    The highest court in North Rhine-Westphalia Germany, barred a Muslim mother from circumcising her six-year-old son, claiming the procedure will cause the boy psychological damage.

    For the first time, a German court relied on the country’s new circumcision law passed in 2012, after harsh criticism from both Jewish and Muslim groups of a previous Cologne court ruling forbidding circumcision.

    The German court also said that the mother did not take into account the wellbeing of the child; and did not consult with her six year old son before making the decision, as is stipulated in the 2012 law. The ruling was handed out at the end of August 2013.

    An even bigger threat to Jewish and Muslim ritual circumcision comes from the Council of Europe, which defined the practice of circumcision as a “clear human rights violation.”

    This definition is included in a report on circumcision, and female genital mutilation; which is a human rights violation and not a part of Muslim law.

    The slanderous report was submitted recently for a vote by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, an international organization whose resolutions are influential but non binding.

    “Circumcision applied to young boys clearly is a human rights violation against children,” reads the report, brought before the assembly for approval by a lawmaker from Germany.

    The vote on the report, which is titled “Children’s Right to Physical Integrity,” coincides with calls by some health officials and politicians in Scandinavia to ban non-medical circumcision of boys under 18.

    In Scandinavia, home to some of the world’s most secular societies, three parties have officially come out in support of a ban on Jewish and Muslim circumcision since the ruling in Germany, including one conservative anti-immigration party in Finland and another left-leaning anti-Israel party in Denmark.

    As a rabbi, I know that all these governmental attacks on circumcision are just history repeating itself, as it frequently has over the last twenty two centuries, since the first Hanukah resistance to the first attempt by a government to forbid circumcision.

    The first of the eight nights of Hanukah is early this year (Jews follow a lunar-solar calendar) starting on November 27, 2013, but it comes just at a time when once again there are government officials trying to forbid the practice of Jewish and Muslim ritual circumcision.

    In 169 BCE the Greek rulers of the Syrian Empire, decided to prohibit Jews from circumcising their sons, as part of government program to make Jews conform to Greek standards of civilized behavior.

    Greek pressure on Jews to ‘fit in’ culturally had some limited success with many wealthy Jews and among some of the upper levels of the priesthood in Jerusalem.

    Then the Greek King ordered that a statue of himself be placed in the courtyard of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. He also ordered Jews to stop circumcising their sons.

    This led to a revolt which broke out in 168 BCE in the small village of Modin, led by a man called Judah, the Maccabee (hammerer) and his four brothers.

    With trust in God, the Maccabee brothers (four of who were killed in battle over the next two decades) defeated the much larger Syrian armies, recaptured Jerusalem and rededicated (Hanukah) the desecrated Temple in an eight day festival.

    Hanukah, the Festival of Freedom celebrating the duty to say ‘NO’ to the unjust demands of a dictatorial government, is still celebrated to this day in Jewish homes by reciting blessings, lighting candles, singing songs and retelling the ancient story in various forms.

    The oppression of Judaism by Antiochus IV, the Syrian Greek king, was the first known attempt at suppressing a minority religion, but unfortunately not the last. Other well known attempts were the three century long Roman persecution of Christianity, and the persecution of Muhammad and his followers by the majority of pagan Arabs in Makka.

    All three religions emerged from their varying periods of persecution stronger than ever, and this is the ongoing spiritual lesson of the Hanukah lamp that once lit by faithful believers, filled with hope and trust in God; lasts longer than anyone else thinks possible.

    Rabbi Maller’s web site is: rabbimaller.com

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  13. Salams. Where is the article about yoga? I wanted to read it, but all I could find were the comments..

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  14. Assalamu alaikum. Does anyone know if the muslim youth hotline still work? I tried calling but I was disconnected. Thank you, Walaikum salam

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  15. salam alaikum
    i once read this brilliant paragraph on here about sports/idol worship/getting too emotionally involved
    i think by Ustadh Yasir Qadhi
    but not sure
    I have been looking for it but cannot find it, it
    wasn’t an article
    just like a short thought piece.
    please help find it.

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  16. assalaamu alaykum

    I recently listened to the talk by Br Yasir Qadhi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJmrPh2sRuw

    Some thoughts on the talk are:

    1. What is the intention behind highlighting such mistakes of the ulama of the past?
    2. Is it not normal/usual that people resist initially?
    3. Did Abu Bakr not hesitate to compile quran as a book?
    4. Did Imam Ahmad not charged Imam Haaris al Muhaasibi for writing books?
    5. The intention behind scholars’ fatwa was pure anyway, or do we question it?
    6. Having ‘short-sightedness’ is not something to be rebuked for. is it? this is Allaah gifts to whomsoever He wishes.
    7. What are the consequences of such talks?
    8. Would it not tarnish the character of Ulama?
    9. Would it leave any doubts in modern Muslim’s mind about the ‘ignorance’ and ‘untrustworthiness’ of the ulama?
    10. Would it not be sensible and more pious to speak directly to the ulama, or to write to them?
    11. Is it not backbiting the ulama of the past as a group?
    12. Is there not a grave risk of displaying self-appraise/ujb?
    13. Is this not adding to the damage caused by you in your ‘salafi’ days – giving common men license to move out of the scholarship and be ‘muftis’ themselves!
    14. Don’t say that you reiterated the significance of linking up with ulama in this and many other talks as this was not the ‘crux’ of the talk.
    15. Your comment – ‘what is the use of the fatwa if people do not listen or act upon it’ is surprisingly unwise. Or if the majority will dictate what is right and what is wrong by their approval in practice?
    16. Why is it so shameful to even mention that ulama condemn the idea of slavery as haram? No one suggested to continue or spread slavery but to ban it would have been very much a serious issue given the qati’ nusoos permitting it.

    May Allaah guide us all aright and rectify our intentions and actions.

    w/s

    Dr Muhammad Saleem Anwar
    London, UK

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  17. Salam,

    Your contact form is not working.

    The shortcode is showing up.

    I work with WP. Let me know if you need help.

    I can assist you in small things free in sha Allah.

    Wassalamu alaykum,

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  18. may ALLAH helps you in your message and life.

    Your Beloved brother in ISLAM.

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  19. As salam,
    I am a student, on friday most of the muslims in my college have no time to go to masjid for friday prayer due to our schedule. So we have been doing khutbah on our own. I hope that you can email me a standardised 5 minute khutba. Jazak kallah

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  20. Sellam aleiku we Rahmetulahi we Berekatuhu
    Bismillah

    I`m in Balkan and I`m interested to come to Morocco to learn Arabic and Qur an. In Sha Allah. My problem is financial so is there any University that I can Apply for some kind of scholarship.
    JazakAllahu Khayran.

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  21. Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

    Would like to use your contact form, but it is not working. It sends me a failure notice. Hope it will be up and running soon, InshaAllah.

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