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The Secret Of Her Importance

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“The secret of her importance lies in the tremendous burden and responsibility that is placed upon her, and the difficulties that she has to shoulder – responsibilities and difficulties some of which not even a man Continue reading

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Brown Guy + Beard = Terrorist

What do you call a Brown Guy with a Beard??

If you have read my blog post that I wrote last year on January 11th 2011, then you would know the story and the answer. Not much has changed since then except in the person who was name calling. If you missed it then the link is given at the end.

So this teacher asked me smilingly “Are you from Saudi Arabia?” in a class full with students.

I asked him smilingly “Are you serious, do I look like an Arab? You should know that.”

He responded “I don’t know- Saudia Arabia or Afghanistan.

Me: “Are you kidding me, just because of the beard.”

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“Palestine Enters UNESCO in 107 to 14 Vote” by James Wall’

01/Nov/11

by James M. Wall

To mounting excitement and wild applause, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), voted 107-14 with 52 abstentions, to approve full Palestinian membership in the international body. The vote came on Monday.

Fully aware that the negotiations track pushed by the US and Israel does nothing but enhance Israel’s continued take over of Palestinian land,  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has chosen to enlist the Continue reading

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What do you call a Brown Guy with a Beard? by Umer Sultan

Ever wondered what a Brown guy with a Beard is called? This question arose after an incident that took place. Before anything, I know it is a little long post, so please bear with me because it is a very important issue. Also share it with others so that the discussion gets into the other communities!

So few months back my brother and I came to the realization that it is obligatory wajib (command) on Muslim men to have beard. I know many brothers will jump on me and ask me century old questions, and I will inshallah (God-Willing) address those in some future posts, this one decision changed our outward appearance and taught many different lessons.

Change in our outward appearances resulted in the change of how people perceive us. Different people were asking me questions about why I am not shaving, what does it represent? Is beard the tribal pride or something? Of course there were some Muslim brothers who were supportive of this, many thanks to them for being there and more importantly to Allah Ta’ala for giving me the company of such friends.

I really like when people are eager to learn and they ask me questions. So I was happy that people were asking me questions that they would not ask such questions before but there were some others who resort to passing out judgement.

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The basis of Islam is Justice and Equity, not Injustice, Extremism and Terrorism: said Saudi Grand Mufti at Hajj Sermon

The Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh, made it clear once and for all that Religious Scholars (Ulema) of Islam have been and are against extremism and terrorism.

Delivery the Hajj sermon in the Nimra Mosque (Masjid Nimra) at the Mount Arafat, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh clearly said:

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Shame on the Muslim World for their Silence

I have to say this before I say anything else, that this post and what I am about to say will offend many of you (Muslims)! And frankly I really don’t care what you think of me and how offended you get! I just don’t care…

I have said this to some people I know, and mostlty I haven’t receieved a much positive respond. I have been told to stay positive, that I should think positive, that what I say (coming below) creates ill feeling towards other Muslims and that I am being pessimistic, or that I should not judge others. I Strongly Disagree!

So here is what I have to say:

The Silence of Muslims on the issue of Kashmir is just pathetic. There are Human beings dying there, living under occupation for 63 years. How come Continue reading

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Pakistan in crisis after the natural disaster that is worst than Haiti and Tsunami- Update1

Pakistan is facing the worst crisis of its history after Monsoon Rains submerged one-fifth of the country under water.

A mother carries her children through floodwater in Muzaffargarh

By Umer Sultan.

This is Part 2, read Part 1 here.

With about 2,000 dead and estimated 20 Million people affected, more than 3.5 million children are at risk for waterborne diseases, according to the UN officials.

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Injustice Cannot Defeat Injustice

Muslim Public Affairs Council has issued a video in which leading American Islamic Scholars condemn violence, extremism and terrorism yet again.

Apart from the video, if you are interested in reading more condemnations, Fatwas and articles; or if you are one of those who keep asking “Where is the Muslim Voice” then make sure you click Here Are The Muslim Voices!

If the video cannot be found, please click here.

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Islam vs. Extremism by Dawud Walid @ WCC

This event was organized by the Muslim Student Association at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The speaker invited was Dawud Walid– the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan.

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Results Of Simulated Israeli Strike On Iran! and the left out role of Pakistan

By Umer Sultan

The National Public Radio (NPR news) ran a program on the Talk of the Nation about the Results of the Simulated Israeli Strike on Iran by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy (SCMEP), studied by Kenneth Pollack.

The official details of the simulation can be read here. The NPR program can be listen/ read here.

In brief there were 3 players of the simulation–America, Israel & Iran. The SCMEP had the players reflecting the currect policies of the US and Israeli governments. The simulation time was 8 days, in which Israel attacked the Nuclear facility of Iran without asking or notifying the United States in advance. After the attacks, the US was told by the Israel that this favor has been done by Israel and that US should help Israel in regards to this. The United States was first angry and then tried to keep Israel aside from the scene and tried to control the situation from getting any worse.

Iran, on the other hand, responded by attacking Israel, while Israel started getting hit my rockets from Lebanon and Gaza. Israel had to send a major land military offensive in order to invade Lebanon and Gaza to stop the rockets. By the end of the simulation (8th day) Iran was mining the Straight of Hormuz, Israel was in the middle of the major land offensive, Saudi Arabia got hit by Iran as well (they didn’t believe that Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with this), Syria was supporting Iran but didn’t know what to do of this sudden nuclear exchange…

Pakistan left out:

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