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Why Niqab?

December 28, 2009 Leave a comment
Many people are curious about the niqab (pronounced “knee-cob”), or face veil, worn by some Muslim women. Women who wear the niqab get a range of reactions, from simple stares of curiosity to the occasional derogatory remark. Through the following links we explore a few reasons why some women choose to cover their face.

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How Muslim Inventors Changed the World

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Did you know that the modern check comes from the Arabic saqq, a written vow to pay for goods when they were delivered, to avoid money having to be transported across dangerous terrain? In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman could cash a check in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad. This innovative idea, and many other everyday modern conveniences originated in the Muslim world. Discover the forgotten history of this and many other inventions at

Source: article in The Independent about Muslim inventions.

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Hajj Photos, Thoughts

December 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Sharing a few beautiful pictures and some articles on this year’s annual pilgrimage to Makkah, known as “hajj”. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and is a rite that is required of all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of it. The rituals of hajj bring together Muslims from around the world in worship of God, who is called “Allah” in Arabic. Through these actions we are also reminded of Abraham (known as “Ibrahim” in Arabic), who built the first house of worship to Allah, which is the Kaaba in Makkah. The Kaaba is a square stone structure covered with a black cloth. It is a direction point for Muslims worldwide when they pray, and to walk around this house of worship is part of the rituals of hajj. The rite of walking around the Kaaba is one of the well-known images of hajj.

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Let Stereotype Go

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Came across the following article on the USA Today Opinion section, sharing with all.

Let stereotype go

By Harris Zafar

Close your eyes and picture this: A jet with 111 passengers and crewmembers is about to land when a religious fanatic stands up and declares that he has a bomb.

Now open your eyes. Was your first thought anger that Muslim terrorists were at it again? Or perhaps you wondered why Muslims do this so often? Or maybe you’re frustrated that we haven’t done enough to stop these Arab terrorists from hijacking jets? Read more…

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Ramadan around the world

August 31, 2009 2 comments

Muslims worldwide are currently observing Ramadan, a month of fasting. This month is also a time of spiritual reflection and internal growth for Muslims, a time to shed unwanted habits and reinforce positive values. One could describe it as a month-long spiritual retreat.

Here are some photos of Ramadan around the world.

And here is a series of 30 articles about dates, traditionally used to break one’s fast during Ramadan. Each article includes a recipe that incorporates dates. Enjoy!

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Modesty from a Christian perspective

February 2, 2009 Leave a comment

An interesting site to share:

The author is a Christian lady who dresses modestly, and she was asked by her sister-in-law if she thought the growing numbers of modestly dressed Muslim women in the U.S. are encouraging or influencing Christian women to seek out traditional modesty standards. She posed the question to the readers. Some said yes, others said no. Worth reading. A few quotes are below.

One commenter wrote: “Oh my, yes! We have a large Muslim community in my town/city and they are a real encouragement. Even their young daughters are wearing cover to the schools, the libraries, etc.”

Another wrote: “I always thought it was cool that muslim women covered, but I was raised that way already so I don’t see that I, personally was influenced by muslim women.”

A Muslim woman added: “I love to see Christian women dressed modestly, because it is beneficial to the whole society.”

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How to Make Wudu and Pray

December 25, 2008 1 comment

These helpful videos guide one through making wudu and each of the five daily prayers. Links to each part are below.

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