Articles By: saulat

Muhammad’s Charter of Freedom of Religion to St. Catherine’s Monastery

By Dr. Aslam Abdullah In 628 CE, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, sent a charter of freedom of religion to St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai, during a time in history when no one was talking about freedom of religion, cultural pluralism and tolerance, or protection of human life. Prophet Muhammad’s

Muslim groups are putting their faith in food banks to help tackle poverty

Muslim groups are putting their faith in food banks to help tackle poverty

By Adam Forrest The Sufra food bank, run from a small community centre on a north-west London housing estate, is in high demand. The Muslim charity’s Wednesday afternoon session sees a constant stream of people coming to claim food packages: young couples, men on their own and mothers trying to keep toddlers quiet. Ali Jawad,

Islam the opera: curtain up on Clusters of Light about life of Prophet Muhammad

Islam the opera: curtain up on Clusters of Light about life of Prophet Muhammad

By Peter Walker and Susan Schulman It was quite a challenge, even for the crack team of theatrical experts summoned from around the world: less than six months to produce a hi-tech musical extravaganza about one of the most renowned figures in human history. Oh yes, and the title character can’t appear on stage. But

Hijab: Modesty, Humility and Dignity

Hijab: Modesty, Humility and Dignity

By Saulat Pervez   In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Islam’s code of modesty extends to all aspects of one’s life, including attire. Hijab, the head-covering worn by Muslim women, is an outer manifestation of an inner commitment to worship God. This brochure explores the different dimensions hijab brings to

Becoming Spiritually Punctual

Becoming Spiritually Punctual

by Daliah Merzaban Before I genuinely began to cultivate and nurture my relationship with God, I regarded the five daily prayers that Islam enjoins on believers as laborious. It seemed impractical to expect that I would be able to stop what I was doing during my busy work schedule to take time out and pray. Working

Nasir al-Mulk ‘Pink Mosque’ Of Iran Is Like Stepping Into A Kaleidoscope (PHOTOS)

Nasir al-Mulk ‘Pink Mosque’ Of Iran Is Like Stepping Into A Kaleidoscope (PHOTOS)

By Yasmine Hafiz From the outside, the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran, seems like a fairly traditional house of worship — but it’s hiding a gorgeously colorful secret. The multitude of stained glass windows turn the inside of the mosque into a riotous wonderland of color that is absolutely breathtaking. Japanese photographer Koach was

Shedding a Light on Islamic Art’s Great Treasure

Shedding a Light on Islamic Art’s Great Treasure

By Judith H. Dobrzynski SABIHA AL KHEMIR was visiting a solar energy plant in Spain about four years ago when inspiration struck. Her host, the foundation of a Spanish company with interests in alternative energy, wanted her to conceive an Islamic art exhibition for Seville to recognize Spain’s 800-year history under Moorish rule and ideally

Human Rights in Islam

Human Rights in Islam

877-Why-Islam Brochure By Azra Awan We live in an age that is striking in its unprecedented technological sophistication. Unfortunately, the prejudices and inequities that have plagued the human race historically continue to exist, and are responsible for untold human suffering. It is in this context that the subject of human rights is especially pertinent. This

One Foot in Each of Two Worlds, and a Pen at Home in Both

One Foot in Each of Two Worlds, and a Pen at Home in Both

By Isma’il Kushkush SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates — WHEN Leila Aboulela arrived at the international book fair here recently, the conference room was packed to capacity with dozens of eager listeners. After she finished reading a passage from her award-winning novel, “Lyrics Alley,” the torrent of questions — some in English, others in Arabic —

An Inside View of Arab Photography

An Inside View of Arab Photography

By James Estrin Samer Mohdad was a 10-year-old boy living in the mountain village of his Druse ancestors when Lebanon’s civil war broke out in 1975. His life changed overnight: His childhood playmates were now his sworn enemies. The traumatic experience of the war, which lasted until 1990, stayed with him and, Mr. Mohdad believes, eventually