Saturday, March 19, 2005

A Critique Of The Argument For Woman-Led Friday Prayers

All Muslim eyes today are turned toward New York, where Muslim WakeUp! has organized the first public woman-led Friday prayer service in... well, perhaps ever. Needless to say, this event has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. In order to justify the event, MWU has posted an article by Nevin... Sign in to see full entry.

Mukhtar Mai Case Reaches Supreme Court Showdown

Ever since the country was carved out of colonial India, there has always been a struggle in Pakistan between state institutions or laws and entrenched tribal customs. Nowhere is this conflict more evident than in the unfortunate string of events involving the use of rape or abuse of women as... Sign in to see full entry.

Freedom and Consensus Clash in Jilbab Ruling

Just when you thought the debates over Muslim womens' attire had been exhausted (we should be so lucky), a landmark ruling in Britain has brought it back to the forefront. Shabina Begum, 16, defied her school's standard uniform for Muslims (a shalwaar kameez with optional hijab) when she felt a full... Sign in to see full entry.

Will Multiparty Elections in Egypt Be Just A Mirage?

When Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour of the al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Party was arrested early in February on trumped up charges, it was business as usual for Egypt's government with regards to opposition leaders. But given the relative success of elections in Iraq and the unexpected political... Sign in to see full entry.

Judge Al-Hitar's "Intellectual Surgery" Against Militants

Though it is oft-stated that the US and others will not negotiate with terrorists, one enterprising Yemeni judge has done just that, with encouraging results. Judge Hamoud Al-Hitar, of Yemen's Dialogue Committee and the Yemeni Organsation for Human Rights came up with a unique strategy after an... Sign in to see full entry.

Shades of the Past After Hariri's Death In Lebanon

When former five-time Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed in a massive car bomb in central Beirut on Monday, it marked the end of a decade-long renaissance for the country after years of conflict. Hariri is best known for his stewardship of post-civil war Lebanon, where he managed to... Sign in to see full entry.

One Small Step (For Men) In Saudi Elections

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital, many were celebrating the historic multi-party elections that took place in that city Wednesday, elections that the desert kingdom hadn't seen (in any form) since brief experiments in the 1960's. However, this vote was restricted not only to men, but also to half... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Yusuf Islam: Finding Music After Tragedy

Back when Cat Stevens discovered Islam (as a faith and surname), he eschewed music to follow a more conservative approach to his religion, famously selling his guitars to raise money for charity. In the years since, Yusuf Islam has slowly edged his way back into music - first through recordings of... Sign in to see full entry.

Remembering Marghoob Quraishi

Few people get a chance to shape the values and culture of an entire community. Even fewer rise to the challenge when that opportunity presents itself. And fewer still take on that challenge and end up making a difference. Marghoob Ahmed Quraishi, who passed away yesterday in Palo Alto, California... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bittersweet Return for Guantanamo Britons

After three years in detention as "enemy combatants" in the US naval base at Guanatamo Bay, Cuba, four British detainees were returned to the UK, after rumours of persistent lobbying by the British government and the inability of US government to press charges against them. The four men - Moazzam... Sign in to see full entry.

Outsourcing Iran: Wishful Thinking Or Green Light?

After an inaugural speech by President George Bush that many around the world felt was a harbinger for the expansion of the "Bush Doctrine" (from three members of the "Axis of Evil" to six " outposts of tyranny "), and with tensions between the US and Iran growing in light of rumored US commando... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Twenty Years Later, Muslim Parents Cleared Of Murder

Twenty years ago, a tragic accident claimed the life of two-year old Samier, the youngest of Rehab Amer's four children. Compounding the tragedy, the state of Michigan removed Amer's three other children and accused her of murder, leading her and her husband Ahmed to fight to clear their names and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

For Muslims This Year, A Somber And Tense Haj

Nearly 3 million Muslims have gathered in Mecca (or " Makkah " as the Saudis spelled it after its English expropriation) for the annual Haj pilgrimage, which culminates in the Eid-ul-Adha festival on Friday. Foremost on the minds of many are the recent Asian tsunamis, which claimed the lives of many... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Adopting "Tsunami Orphans": Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

As if they haven't faced enough trauma, Muslim orphans in Indonesia are being placed in the middle of a religious battle, with one evangelical Christian organization attempting to place 300 "tsunami orphans" in homes where the group could "plant Christian principles as early as possible." While... Sign in to see full entry.

Does Pakistan Still Love A Man In Uniform?

Though it's beginning to seem like old times again, many Pakistanis are doing little more than grumbling over President (and still General) Pervez Musharraf's widely expected decision not to follow through on his promise to resign as Army chief and govern as a civilian after December 31, 2004. "I... Sign in to see full entry.

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