Opinion

Mercy to the Universe

    Assalamu alayka ya Ya Rasool Allah Assalamu alyaka ya habibi Ya Nabiyya Allah Many salutations be sent upon you O Messenger of God Many salutations be sent upon you O my Beloved O Prophet of God   Upon hearing about the films maligning Prophet Muhammmad (S), my first …

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Pride Not Prejudice

  When my kids threw a fit after I suggested they take treats to school to celebrate the Eid holiday with classmates, I threw one back. “You should be proud of you are!” I chided but in a crescendo with more colorful language and while forcefully putting dinner plates into …

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The Struggles of a ‘Towel Head’

I felt compelled to write this after attending a discussion recently, whereby one of the topics were whether men should be allowed to advise women on hijab. It gradually became more heated and it was interesting to hear the views from both sides. One comment, however, struck me. It was …

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From Knowledge to Activism

“And say: Act! Allah will behold your actions, and (so will) His messenger and the believers.” Holy Quran 9:105 Knowledge and self-building are important themes in the introspection of the individual. Our ability to succeed in a world of materialism is subject to continuing in the struggle for the pursuit …

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Are we true to Imam Hussain [as]?

“If Husayn was one of us, we would have put up a flag and a minaret for him in every part of the earth and called the people to Christianity!” – Antoine Bara. It isn’t uncommon to hear people say “How fast Muharram has come and gone!” after the day …

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The Secret Wars of the Saudi-Israeli Alliance

As an old Chinese proverb says, crisis can be used as an opportunity by some. Tel Aviv, Washington and NATO are taking advantage of the upheavals in the Arab World. Not only are they fighting against the legitimate aspirations of the Arab people, they are manipulating the Arab geo-political landscape …

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Nakba Remembrance Day 2011

The 15th of May is a day of remembrance. Around the world, we remember the systematic displacement and massacre of the Palestinian people. In their honour, we take note of the necessity of safeguarding the sliver of impoverished land that has been left to the survivors. We pay tribute to …

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Palestinian Unity and the New Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the Hamas-Fatah deal in Cairo was both swift and predictable. “The Palestinian Authority must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both,” he said, in a televised speech shortly after the Palestinian political rivals …

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US Intervention in Syria

Despite genuine popular Middle East/North Africa uprisings, Washington’s dirty hands orchestrated regime change plans in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, and Syria as part of its “New Middle East” project. On November 18, 2006, Middle East analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya’s Global Research article headlined, “Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The …

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Libya and the Imperial Re-Division of Africa

Plans to attack Libya have been longstanding. The imperial war machine of the United States, Britain, France, Italy, and their NATO allies is involved in a new military adventure that parallels the events that led to the wars against Yugoslavia and Iraq. The war machine has been mobilized under the …

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Qana: A Lesson Still Unlearned

With his now infamous Washington Post op-ed , Richard Goldstone has publicly swallowed the excuse that has become so trite that it could serve as a tag line for the Israeli military: ‘it was a regrettable mistake’. The Israeli public relations team has cultivated a rhetoric so distorted that it …

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Unacceptable Choices in Libya

On the basis of precedent, there is no reason whatsoever to support western intervention in Libya. From the French invasion of Egypt in 1798 onwards, every single western attack on an Arab country has ended badly and often appallingly for the local people. The trumpet majors blowing the horns of …

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Bahrain’s Secret Terror

The intimidation and detention of doctors treating dying and injured pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain is revealed today in a series of chilling emails obtained by The Independent. At least 32 doctors, including surgeons, physicians, paediatricians and obstetricians, have been arrested and detained by Bahrain’s police in the last month in …

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The Obama Doctrine: AWOL in Bahrain

The “American humanitarian values”-based “Obama Doctrine” offers no protection for the majority Shia population of Bahrain. They’re vulnerable. They are expendable. The Fifth fleet is not. Nor are Saudi interests for they represent for Washington’s neocons a strategically important bulwark against Iranian power in the region. The “Obama Doctrine” offers …

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Bahrain’s Brutal Equation

“Well, what would happen if this revolution doesn’t work? I think we are going to be destroyed with all means. I  think they are going to target [us] one by one … whoever spoke against [the regime] will be targeted in the future. I believe it’s all about win or …

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Arab Uprisings: The Clash of Civilization Myth Falls

Lewis’ simplistic view, obfuscated by academic suaveness, was that every Arab state was a Lebanon waiting to happen. Samuel Huntington, who plagiarized from Lewis three years later, wrote that if “central power” weakened, the Arab states would collapse. For too long, I feel that Lewis’ deceptively genteel grammar has hidden …

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