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Osborne sukuks up to Islamic finance, but will it work?

Osborne sukuks up to Islamic finance, but will it work?

By Thomas Seal The government could soon issue its first taxpayer-guaranteed sukuk, marking the UK’s entry into the lucrative, rapidly expanding market of Islamic finance, which was until now exclusive to Muslim countries. But what are sukuk and why are they important? Sukuk (plural of ‘sakk’) are essentially government bonds that must comply with the

Discovering Muslim Women in Six Words

Discovering Muslim Women in Six Words

By Samina Ali If you had to write your entire life’s story in six words, what would those six words be? Seems impossible, right? I mean, how can anyone sum up an entire life with just six words? As a novelist, I understand this initial gut response: at least 300 pages and 100,000 words are

Kairouan, Tunisia

Kairouan, Tunisia

  The change of government in Tunisia recently took everyone by surprise. All eyes turned to the capital, Tunis, when Ben Ali relinquished his power and fled the country, causing a ripple effect in the region. Here, we would like to highlight another city in Tunisia – Kairouan – which has an illustrious history and

People of the Book ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an,’ by Denise A. Spellberg

People of the Book ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an,’ by Denise A. Spellberg

By Kirk Davis Swinehart Divining a man’s beliefs from the books in his library is a perilous business. And when that man happens to be Thomas Jefferson, it’s like trying to staple vinaigrette to the ceiling. The third president, an omnivorous bibliophile, owned perhaps as many as 10,000 titles. He also was a reticent man

Hunger: Our Responsibility and Ultimate Reality!

Hunger: Our Responsibility and Ultimate Reality!

By Mahbubur Rahman For the first time in human history, the number of people suffering from chronic hunger has reached one billion! Today, one out of every six persons in the world is starving. According to a UN report, about 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes. More unfortunately, it is children

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

Dr. Jamal Badawi In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses relays what God told him, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee (Moses), and will put My words in his mouth; and will speak unto them all that I shall command him.” First, note the phrase ‘from among their

Strength Through Character: Why the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is Important to All of Mankind

Strength Through Character: Why the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is Important to All of Mankind

By Osman Shaheen Many of the problems facing people in today’s world can be traced to a lack of adherence to moral values. From murder to embezzlement, the number and size of criminal activities have increased exponentially in the last five decades. One needs only to turn on the local evening news to become aware

Shura: A Social Approach to Consultation

Shura: A Social Approach to Consultation

By Lamya Hamad Shura, or consultation, embraces every facet of life and is easily adaptable to a variety of different situations. In Islam, it is encouraged not only in the political realm but on a social scale as well, involving families and professional entities. The Quran mentions shura when it refers to those “who (conduct)

Mighty, Muslim and Leaping Off the Page

Mighty, Muslim and Leaping Off the Page

By George Gene Gustines With most superheroes, when you take away the colorful costume, mask and cape, what you find underneath is a white man. But not always. In February, as part of a continuing effort to diversify its offerings, Marvel Comics will begin a series whose lead character, Kamala Khan, is a teenage Muslim

Drone strikes: tears in Congress as Pakistani family tells of mother’s death

Drone strikes: tears in Congress as Pakistani family tells of mother’s death

By Karen McVeigh The family of a 67-year-old midwife from a remote village in North Waziristan told lawmakers on Tuesday about her death and the “CIA drone” they say was responsible. Their harrowing accounts marked the first time Congress had ever heard from civilian victims of an alleged US drone strike. Rafiq ur Rehman, a