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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

The Complete Islamic Personality

The Complete Islamic Personality

Jamaal Diwan Islam is a holistic system that impacts all areas of a person’s life. To this effect, Imam Hasan Al-Banna, a famous Muslim scholar, says, “A Muslim should strive to attain a strong body, good character, cultured thought. He should be able to earn a living, have pure belief, and correct worship. He should

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

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)

Boston Marathon’s Muslim Runners To Play A Critical Role In Shattering Stereotypes

Boston Marathon’s Muslim Runners To Play A Critical Role In Shattering Stereotypes

By Omar Sacirbey (RNS) Ask Jalon Fowler, a 38-year-old IT specialist for John Hancock Financial Services, what advice she would give to two Muslim friends who will each be running their first Boston Marathon, and this Muslim convert is happy to opine. “Go easy; stay relaxed,” Fowler said. “Make sure you get to 17 in

Barefoot man given fellow rider’s shoes

Barefoot man given fellow rider’s shoes

By David P. Ball VANCOUVER — A bus driver has had his faith in people restored after witnessing a rider wearing plastic bags instead of shoes given a surprising gift this holiday weekend — a stranger’s own shoes and socks. The “soul-touching” interaction Saturday on the No. 341 route, according to Surjit Singh Virk, a

A Muslim View on Respecting Life

A Muslim View on Respecting Life

By Suzy Ismail Life’s fragility should remind us of the greatness of God, and the goodness of God’s creation should inspire us to respect life. Adapted from remarks made in the Princeton University Chapel for Respect Life Sunday. In a world preoccupied with material wealth and convenience, the gift of life is often minimized and

Story of Moses in the Quran

Story of Moses in the Quran

Saulat Pervez Among the prophets mutually revered by Islam and Judaism is the prominent figure of Moses or Musa, peace be upon him (pbuh). A descendant of Joseph, also known as Yusuf, (pbuh), Moses played a definitive role in restoring freedom to the Israelites. While he encountered many victories, he also experienced hardships in his

Brandeis Gets It Right on Islam

Brandeis Gets It Right on Islam

By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie Brandeis University, a Jewish-sponsored university and my alma mater, has withdrawn its offer to give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. As reported in The New York Times and elsewhere, Brandeis changed its mind eight days after announcing the honor to Ms. Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia and served

School exam timetables should avoid clashes with Ramadan, teachers say

School exam timetables should avoid clashes with Ramadan, teachers say

By Rebecca Ratcliffe Exam chiefs should review the GCSE and A-level timetables to avoid clashes with Ramadan that could jeopardise Muslim students’ grades, teachers have warned. Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is marked by Muslims across the world with fasting from sunrise to sunset. From 2014, the 30-day period will fall progressively more in