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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

David Cameron to unveil plans for £200m Islamic bond

David Cameron to unveil plans for £200m Islamic bond

By Nicholas Watt David Cameron will on Tuesday pledge to make London one of the world’s “great capitals of Islamic finance” when he unveils Treasury plans to create a £200m Islamic bond by early next year. In a speech to the first meeting of the World Islamic Economic Forum to be held outside a Muslim country, the prime minister

Malala’s Muslim Faith: A Voice Of Islam For The Next Generation

Malala’s Muslim Faith: A Voice Of Islam For The Next Generation

By Yasmine Hafiz Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban for standing up for the education of girls and has electrified the world with her determination and courage in the face of ignorance and hate. She’s also the voice of Islam’s next generation of moderate Muslims. Though only 16 years old, the charismatic teenager fearlessly articulates

Raja Teh: The West could learn a lot from the principles of Islamic financial practice

Raja Teh: The West could learn a lot from the principles of Islamic financial practice

By Raja Teh The recent banking crisis in the West has thrust Islamic finance into the limelight as we seek alternative models that will be robust in the face of further credit onslaughts. Much has been written about how Islamic banks withstood the financial assault when compared to their conventional counterparts. If that is true,

Documentary: Fear and stress define life under drones

Documentary: Fear and stress define life under drones

By Dylan Stableford Last week, Amnesty International released a report on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, concluding that as many as 900 civilians might have been killed and 600 seriously injured in the attacks since 2004, when the controversial program began. The United States launched between 330 to 374 drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and September 2013,

Eid al-Adha 2013

Eid al-Adha 2013

Now that the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, is complete, Muslims all over the world are observing Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice. These “days of remembrance” feature a feast honoring Abraham who, according to Muslim tradition, was prepared to sacrifice his son Ishmael before God sent a ram in his place. To

50 Amazing Mosques From Around The World (PHOTOS)

50 Amazing Mosques From Around The World (PHOTOS)

By Yasmine Hafiz Many of these incredible houses of worship defy typical expectations about what a mosque looks like. Nontraditional minarets and experimental domes add variety, and showcase the massive potential for creativity that exists within mosque design. “Beauty surrounds us,” said Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. A look at these unusual sacred

The Surprising Story Of ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an’

The Surprising Story Of ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an’

By NPR Staff Thomas Jefferson had a vast personal library reflecting his enormous curiosity about the world. Among his volumes: a Quran purchased in 1765 that informed his ideas about plurality and religious freedom in the founding of America. In her book Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, author Denise Spellberg draws parallels between the beliefs

Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas in the Oval Office

Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas in the Oval Office

By Philip Rucker Malala Yousafzai may not have won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but she enjoyed a private Oval Office audience with President Obama and the first family. Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani student who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for speaking out in support of the right of girls to

Hajj 2013: Muslims Prepare For Pilgrimage To Mecca (PICTURES)

Hajj 2013: Muslims Prepare For Pilgrimage To Mecca (PICTURES)

By Sara C. Nelson Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are arriving in Saudi Arabia to take part in this year’s hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage is one of the pillars of Islam and is expected of able-bodied Muslims – of both Sunni and Shi’ite sects – at least one in their lifetime. The event, expected to fall