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Ramadan Preparation

As the sacred month of fasting is around the corner, please share with us what is the best way in your opinion to prepare mentally, spiritually and physically to spend the best Ramadan ever inshaAllah. Do you listen to any special lecture? Do you follow a special routine? Do you write down the goals you want to achieve by the end of the month?

By the way, we should fast Sunday July 25, Monday July 26 and Tuesday July 27. Those are the 3 white days of Sha’baan (inshaAllah). Qatada ibn Milhan said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to command us to fast the white days: the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” [Abu Dawud]

 

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Listen to our MM Associate Sr Hebah Ahmed as she was interviewed by NPR News to give her opinion on the recent controversy around the world about the Burqa.

 

Pakistan’s Fake-Degree Scandal

In June, the Supreme Court and a parliamentary committee asked the country’s 1,170 parliamentarians to prove that they are bona fide university graduates. So far, the list of suspected fake-degree holders includes two senior Cabinet ministers and others close to President Asif Ali Zardari. In one of the cases, a provincial lawmaker from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League–N claimed to have obtained a master’s degree in 2002, graduated from college in 2006 and finished high school in 2007. He should be “disqualified for stupidity, not fraud,” Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, commented on Twitter. Another lawmaker claimed to have graduated from high school at the age of 10, prompting local wits to dub him “Doogie Howser, MNA [Member of the National Assembly].”

Full Story: Time Magazine

 

Palin invents word ‘refudiate,’ compares herself to Shakespeare

As Sarah Palin reinvents English, the “Ground-Zero” Mosque debate is still raging, even if it’s not really a mosque. As Faisel Abdul Rauf, the chairman of the Cordoba Intitiave puts it: “It will have recreational facilities, meeting rooms, an auditorium, banquet facilities, prayer space for many religions and other amenities that a community needs to be healthy, vibrant and strong.”

More on his views here

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Nadim is an IT professional who loves to travel around the world. He grew up in France, lived in the US and now resides in Saudi Arabia. He is the former ameer of the AlMaghrib Institute student tribe in Bay Area, CA. You can follow him on Twitter @muslimms

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Sayf

    July 25, 2010 at 3:58 AM

    Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League–N claimed to have obtained a master’s degree in 2002, graduated from college in 2006 and finished high school in 2007. He should be “disqualified for stupidity, not fraud,” Salmaan Taseer

    LOOOOOOOL owned!

    Fake degrees are a lot more common than people think, people shouldn’t be too surprised considering the benefit in comparison to the ease of fraud. For those who remember, we had a scandal here at YorkU a while back.

  2. Hassan

    July 25, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Netanyahu: I deceived US to destroy Oslo accords

    http://www.redress.cc/palestine/jcook20100724

  3. abu Abdullah

    July 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNOnvp5t7Do

    why the world needs wikileaks?

  4. unlissted

    July 27, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Barakalaahu feekuuna…sister heba for your courage and wisdom in answering the interviewer..As for that loathsome woman “Mona eltahawy” she needs to repent for her statement…Mona eltahaway said:” I detest the niqab”

  5. Quran

    August 3, 2010 at 5:39 AM

    For the preparation of Ramadan we should schedule our time and try to do prayers lot more than the whole year or the last month of Ramadan. We should make our lives according to Quran and ask for forgiveness from ALLAH.
    Burqa or veil shouldn’t be banned in other countries. Every one has freedom for its culture and religion. Non Muslims should respect Muslims culture.

  6. Lasantha Pethiyagoda

    April 24, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    People like Sarah Palin, Republican Vice Presidential candidate, should be encouraged to speak in public more often. The support she has, from the American public, along with translations of her speech into Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtun etc with wide TV coverage would do wonders for morale. I personally find her quite attractive and appealing in an aesthetic sense. It would be inappropriate to comment on her views as they are very personal and can cause offence to sensitive readers. The English language has undergone a revolution under the patronage of former president, His Excellency George Dubya Bush, and I am sure Ms Palin can add to the momentum of that revolution, so we can really experience “doublespeak” as described by well-known author George Orwell in his book “Nineteen eighty four”. We will then have so many known knowns and unknown unknowns that most of us will not know if we are Arthur or Martha and whether we are coming or going…How’s that for 21st century philosophy?

    Lasantha Pethiyagoda

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