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January 1970 Archives

Happy New Year and…Happy New Year!

This year is rare: the Islamic New Year and the Solar New Year are very close together. The first of Muharram, the Islamic New Year, was December 29. The passing of the New Year is a special time of celebration, […]

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Remember the Holy Land

As the bloodshed continues in the Holy Land, and the Israeli government says that what we have seen so far is the “first stage,” I am reminded of the Prophet Muhammad’s saying: “If you see something evil, try to change […]

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Child Brides in Saudi Arabia?

Usually, nothing coming out of Saudi Arabia surprises me. Yet, this story shocked me to the core. According to a report by CNN, a Saudi judge recently refused to annul the marriage of an “eight-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man.” […]

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an introduction to Ashura

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

(guest post by Hussein Rashid) A thanks to Aziz for opening the doors to his house to me. I shall endeavor to put everything back where I found it, and replace the juice. It seems appropriate to talk about Ashura, […]

headed to Mombasa for Ashara

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This Saturday, I will be leaving for Mombasa, Kenya with my wife and kids for a couple of weeks. We are headed there to observe the occasion of Ashara, the annual commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain AS on […]

Tennessee coal mine disaster

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Talk about a lump of coal in your stocking for Christmas: A disaster that occurred early Monday morning has ruined the holidays for some residents of Knoxville, Tennessee. A retaining wall at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston coal-fired power plant […]

Santa is a muslim

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

and the light shineth in the darkness

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Andin their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Lawthat had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidanceand light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: aguidance and an admonition […]

5th Annual Brass Crescent Awards Winners

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

On behalf of both altmuslim.com and City of Brass, we’d like to thank the nearly 1000 people who voted in the Fifth Annual Brass Crescent Awards. Voting was very close in most categories, and we would like to be the […]

The Hajj hoax

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

It seems that there was no plot against the Hajj after all, according to Saudi authorities: JEDDAH: The Ministry of Interior has denied reports published in a Washington-based online newspaper that Saudi officials had launched a massive crackdown on Al-Qaeda […]

infantilizing the Ummah

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This article in the Economist takes an interesting and detailed look at the religious practices of South Asia’s Sufi muslims. There is a large amount of syncretism between Hinduism and Islam in the region, as there is between Islam and […]

Happy Chanukah! Hanukkah mubarak!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Regardless of how you pronounce it, ?? ???? ??? ! My friend Ron Coleman has a great links roundup in honor of the occasion at his blog, Likelihood of Confusion. Also, the Wikipedia entry is a great reference about this […]

the shoe-thrower is sorry

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

If this is sincere, then good: An Iraqi journalist arrested after throwing his shoes at George Bush, the US president, has reportedly sent a letter to the Iraqi prime minister to apologise for the incident and seek a pardon. A […]

Rick Warren makes freeper heads explode

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Steven Waldman points out that despite the lashing Obama is getting from the left about Rick Warren, there’s a lot of angst about it on the right as well. These reactions from Free Republic are illuminating: Pray for them, yes! […]

Mugabe says, “Zimbabwe is mine”

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Robert Mugabe is not going quietly: BINDURA, Zimbabwe (AFP) — President Robert Mugabe declared Friday that “Zimbabwe is mine” and vowed never to surrender to calls to step down, as his political rival threatened to quit stalled unity government talks. […]

Bush bails out the auto industry

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The Republicans are furious with President Bush for agreeing to use TARP funds to bail out the auto industry: Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), one of the architects of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, thinks Bush may be skirting the […]

Are muslim Americans morally complicit in Guantanamo?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

We are having a fascinating debate at Talk Islam, relating to whether muslims in America are morally culpable for the actions of our nation when those actions result in the deaths of innocent muslims. The argument is that muslims are […]

Queen Rania invites stereotypes

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is the inaugural video for Queen Rania’s YouTube channel. Her purpose is to invite people to send her stereotypes so she can talk about them. Her work on building these bridges is why she was awarded the YouTube Visionary […]

Rick Warren Invocation: a slap in the face of the mullahs

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Rick Warren is not your typical Christian evangelist pastor. Still, according to progressive left standards, he’s persona non grata for his views on homosexuality (identical to Obama’s himself). Obama’s decision to invite Warren to give the invocation at the Inauguration […]

Col. Theoneste Bagosora, the butcher of Rwanda, jailed

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The architect of the Rwandan genocide has been jailed: A UN-backed tribunal has convicted Theoneste Bagosora, a former Rwandan army colonel, of organising the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Two other former military officers were also convicted by the International Criminal […]

Incredible photos of Hajj and Eid ul Adha worldwide

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The Boston Globe has an astounding collection of high-resolution photographs from the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, as well as Eid ul Adha observances from throughout the muslim world. These photos are breathtaking, humbling, inspiring, and beautiful. It’s impossible to pick […]

Al Qaeda attack on the Hajj foiled

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The victims of Islamic terrorists are disproportionately muslims – and we have seen that nothing is sacred to these barbarians, not women and children, not muslims praying in mosques, not the holy month of Ramadan – now, not even the […]

of burkas, bikinis and postcards

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In my essay The Burka and the Bikini, I argued, The bikini and the burka are so far to the extremes that they meet again. They both serve to reduce women, from a person, to an object. In the case […]

mubarak! hajjis come home – including a Congressman

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The hajjis have begun to arrive home. Among them were Rep. Keith Ellison, the first muslim elected to Congress and now the first US elected official to have ever performed Hajj. The Democrat from Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District traveled to […]

Dial a muslim

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is brilliant – muslims in Florida have launched a campaign whereby they run ads on the side of public transport buses, inviting people to call a phone number and talk to a fellow citizen who is muslim. The idea […]

Jean Charles de Menezes – murdered by the State

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Thabet exposes the elephant in the room regarding the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes by British police a few years ago: Which leads to me to a point not even the most harshest critic of the establishment has raised […]

President Bush ducks thrown shoes

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

To be honest I find this rather insulting and pathetic: An Iraqi reporter set off pandemonium Sunday by hurling two shoes atPresident Bush during a news conference that was the centerpiece of hissecret good-bye visit. Bush was cool under fire […]

Christianity and Islam: evangelism as marketing

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s an interesting discussion at Talk Islam about the basic difference in message tone between Christian evangelists trying to convert muslims and Islam’s appeal to potential converts who are presently Christian. In a nutshell, I invoke the Mac vs PC […]

did muslims vote for proposition 8?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In response to this angry blogger’s accusation that muslims voted in favor of California’s Proposition 8 (which outlawed gay marriage), I’ve put up a post at Progressive Revival, Beliefnet’s group politics blog, which asks where the evidence is. It should […]

equal rights for bearded women

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is hilarious: That’s very promising! Progress should be incremental. And the mullahs are always trying to encourage people to grow their beards, anyway…

(un) making Mecca

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In the year 2020, the Grand Mosque complex housing the Ka’aba might look something like this: This is just one possible design that will be floated by star architects Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid, recruited by King Abdullah to vastly […]

“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…”

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

On Inauguration Day, President Obama will take the oath of office using his full name. Q: Do you anticipate being sworn in as Barack Obama or Barack Hussein Obama? Obama: I think the tradition is that they use all three […]

Pakistan arrests Mumbai suspects; Malaysia lets some go

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The Mumbai terror attacks were arguably India’s 9-11 – an attack on the nation as a whole instead of just isolated targets of opportunity. That makes these two stories an interesting pair – first, Pakistan has arrested suspects accused of […]

Action for a Progressive Pakistan: Vigil in NYC on Saturday

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

via sepoy at Chapati Mystery: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: progpak@gmail.com / 917.922.9836 Pakistanis Hold Vigil for Mumbai VictimsCall Upon India and Pakistan to Work Towards Peace When: Saturday, December 13th, 4:00 pmWhere: Union Square NORTH (16th Street) – across the street […]

Eid ul Adha mubarak – ??? ?????

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Eid is by tradition a happy affair, but in India it is muted this year, in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. In addition to forgoing the slaughter of cows for the sacrifice (out of respect for the sentiments of […]

Hajj ends – Zabihat and Jamarat

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Eid is by tradition a happy affair, but in India it is muted this year, in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. In addition to forgoing the slaughter of cows for the sacrifice (out of respect for the sentiments of […]

A courageous, defiant Afghani schoolgirl

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Baktash Siawash is an Afghan-based blogger and journalist. At his blog, he has a guest post by Shamsia, an Aghani schoolgirl who was blinded by the Taliban who threw acid in her face to intimidate her from attending school. Shamsia’s […]

Aerial view of the tent city of Mina

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

While engaged in the rituals at Arafat and Mina, the pilgrims live in a vast tent city constructed exclusively for their use. Here’s an aerial view of that tent city from Google maps: View Larger Map (via Shi’a Pundit)

The Simpsons meet the muslims

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

First there was Omar Shamsoon – now, The Simpsons have an episode that introduces a muslim family from Jordan – you can watch it for free online: I confess to being a bit disappointed, though. The satire felt forced; it […]

the Day of Arafat: renewal

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today is the Day of Arafat, where the pilgrims arrive and engage in prayer while standing and facing towards the sun. Then in the evening they will depart for muzdalifah in time for Eid ul Adha the next day. The […]

giving aid and comfort to terrorists

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Rod Dreher approvingly quotes Steve Emerson about what an outrage it is that the various news channels omitted the adjective, “Islamic” from all descriptions of the extremists who terrorized Mumbai last weekend. Emerson argues that the omission is “craven” and “politically correct”: […]

The terrorists must not win

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a guest post by Zeba Iqbal, a real estate development advisor who lives and works in NYC. In her free time she is active in supporting and promoting causes that are close to her heart. As a Muslim American […]

The imminent Hajj: journey to Arafat

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The Hajj begins today. Millions of pilgrims gathered in Mecca are donning ehram and leaving for the journey to the Plain of Arafat today. Tomorrow, the pilgrims gathered upon Arafat will pray all day, while standing and facing towards Kaaba. […]

India’s 9-11: Why Mumbai?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The only thing on the television this Thanksgiving weekend was CNN. The events in Mumbai completely dominated our family get-together, not least because as Dawoodi Bohra muslims, we have extensive circles of friends and family in the city, as well […]

Brass Crescent Awards – Voting Phase

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The voting phase for the Brass Crescent Awards has now begun (though a bit later than expected). We have some really great blogs for you all to vote on, so head over and make your choices! As it says on […]

Queen Rania of Jordan’s Top Ten list

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Queen Rania of Jordan is just the coolest head of state ever. She was nominated for a YouTube Visionary Award, so she spoofed David Letterman to accept, poke a little fun at herself, and promote her ongoing message of cultural […]

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