Muslims at their best

Queen Honors British Muslim Dignitaries
LONDON – A leading British Muslim organization has released names of twenty British Muslim dignitaries who have been awarded in the Queens New Year Honors for their valuable contributions in British society in health, science and community services.

“The Muslim Council of Britain congratulates all those honored in this year’s Honors list,” the statement, issued by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said.

The statement went further to include the names of British Muslims recognized for their efforts from a range of professional, commercial and community service backgrounds.
The honoured Muslims include:

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

Professor Ash AMIN, FBA Professor of Geography, University of
Cambridge. For services to Social Science.


Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Mahmood AHMED Chair, Birmingham City Labour Party. For
voluntary political service.

Tasmina, Mrs AHMED-SHEIKH For services to Business and to the Asian
community in Scotland

Shahed Ahmed BATTIWALA Headteacher, Elmhurst Primary School,
Newham. For services to Education.

Asim HAFIZ Religious Adviser and Imam, HM Armed Forces. For services to Defence, especially in support of Afghan Operations.

Sofina Aktar Motin, Mrs ISLAM Headteacher, Stanton Bridge Primary
School, Coventry. For services to Education.

Muhammad Khawar Amin MANN Founding Member and Chair, Mosaic. For voluntary and charitable service.

Dr Hamid Ghafour MUGHAL Director of Global Manufacturing, Rolls-
Royce plc. For services to Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing.

Rafaat, Mrs MUGHAL Founder and Director, JAN Trust. For services to Disadvantaged Women and the community in Haringey.


Members of the Order of the British Empire

Zaidah Parveen, Mrs AHMED, JP Schools Community Engagement and
Cohesion Lead, Rotherham Borough Council. For services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Ms Aysha ESAKJI Prevent Officer, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For services to Challenging Extremism.

Mahammed Ameenuddin HUSSAIN Manager, Asian Resource Centre, Greenwich. For services to Adult Education and to the community in Greenwich.

Faiza, Mrs KHAN Deputy Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services. For services to Young People.

Fathir KHAN For services to the Asian community in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Yasmin Shabir, Mrs KHAN Administrative Officer, Personal Tax, Bradford, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Equality and Diversity.

Miss Zanib RASOOL For services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Salim SIDAT For services to the community and Policing in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Ghulam SIDDIQUIE General Secretary, Lanarkshire Muslim Welfare Society. For services to Cultural Integration and to the community in Lanarkshire.


Queen’s Medal for Distinguished Service

John Ahmed Anwar, Police Constable, Derbyshire Constabulary 

Akra Mullah Khan, Chief Superintendent, Nottinghamshire Police

Queen Honors British Muslim Dignitaries

LONDON – A leading British Muslim organization has released names of twenty British Muslim dignitaries who have been awarded in the Queens New Year Honors for their valuable contributions in British society in health, science and community services.

“The Muslim Council of Britain congratulates all those honored in this year’s Honors list,” the statement, issued by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said.

The statement went further to include the names of British Muslims recognized for their efforts from a range of professional, commercial and community service backgrounds.

The honoured Muslims include:

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

Professor Ash AMIN, FBA Professor of Geography, University of

Cambridge. For services to Social Science.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Mahmood AHMED Chair, Birmingham City Labour Party. For

voluntary political service.

Tasmina, Mrs AHMED-SHEIKH For services to Business and to the Asian

community in Scotland

Shahed Ahmed BATTIWALA Headteacher, Elmhurst Primary School,

Newham. For services to Education.

Asim HAFIZ Religious Adviser and Imam, HM Armed Forces. For services to Defence, especially in support of Afghan Operations.

Sofina Aktar Motin, Mrs ISLAM Headteacher, Stanton Bridge Primary

School, Coventry. For services to Education.

Muhammad Khawar Amin MANN Founding Member and Chair, Mosaic. For voluntary and charitable service.

Dr Hamid Ghafour MUGHAL Director of Global Manufacturing, Rolls-

Royce plc. For services to Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing.

Rafaat, Mrs MUGHAL Founder and Director, JAN Trust. For services to Disadvantaged Women and the community in Haringey.

Members of the Order of the British Empire

Zaidah Parveen, Mrs AHMED, JP Schools Community Engagement and

Cohesion Lead, Rotherham Borough Council. For services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Ms Aysha ESAKJI Prevent Officer, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For services to Challenging Extremism.

Mahammed Ameenuddin HUSSAIN Manager, Asian Resource Centre, Greenwich. For services to Adult Education and to the community in Greenwich.

Faiza, Mrs KHAN Deputy Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services. For services to Young People.

Fathir KHAN For services to the Asian community in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Yasmin Shabir, Mrs KHAN Administrative Officer, Personal Tax, Bradford, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Equality and Diversity.

Miss Zanib RASOOL For services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Salim SIDAT For services to the community and Policing in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Ghulam SIDDIQUIE General Secretary, Lanarkshire Muslim Welfare Society. For services to Cultural Integration and to the community in Lanarkshire.

Queen’s Medal for Distinguished Service

John Ahmed Anwar, Police Constable, Derbyshire Constabulary 

Akra Mullah Khan, Chief Superintendent, Nottinghamshire Police

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago
German Muslim Lawmaker Makes History
BERLIN – A Turkish-born German woman has made history in German election becoming the first ever Muslim lawmaker in the parliament dominated by Angela Merkel’s party.

“I thank my party and those who elected me for giving me a chance to make history,” Cemile Giousouf told Hurriyet Daily News.

Giousouf was elected in the western town of Hagen among other 11 elected Turkish-born MPs into the Parliament.

For years, Merkel’s CDU has been getting little support among Germany’s Turkish community who usually support the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Recent years, however, have seen a trend of increasing Turkish support for the Christian Democratic Union, (CDU).  The 35-year-old was born in Germany to Turkish immigrant parents who were moved by the election of their daughter.

“My Muslim daughter will bring us even closer to our Christian friends,” he said.

Germany has Europe’s second-biggest Muslim population after France, and Islam comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

It has between 3.8 and 4.3 million Muslims, making up some 5 percent of the total 82 million population, according to government-commissioned studies.

Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.

A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.

Black MPs

Along with the first Muslim lawmaker, the new German elections witnessed the election of the first two black lawmakers into the parliament.

“My election into the German Parliament is of historical importance,” Karamba Diaby, a 51-year-old Senegal-born chemist who moved to the city of Halle in 1986 after receiving a scholarship to study in communist East Germany, was quoted by Pakistani paper The News.

Diaby, who gained German citizenship in 2001, said his priority would be to promote equal opportunities in education.

“Every child born in Germany should have the chance to be successful in school regardless of their social background or the income of their parents,” he said.

The other black lawmaker elected Sunday was Charles M. Huber, a 56-year-old actor born in Munich to a Senegalese father and a German mother.

Huber is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, which won the election with 41.5 percent of the vote.

More than a dozen first- or second-generation immigrants were elected to the 630-member lower house in Sunday’s vote.

"Measured against the 630 seats in Parliament, some 5.4 percent of deputies now come from immigrant families," the Migration Media Service noted.

"In the population as a whole their share is more than three times as high, with about 19 percent."

German Muslim Lawmaker Makes History

BERLIN – A Turkish-born German woman has made history in German election becoming the first ever Muslim lawmaker in the parliament dominated by Angela Merkel’s party.

“I thank my party and those who elected me for giving me a chance to make history,” Cemile Giousouf told Hurriyet Daily News.

Giousouf was elected in the western town of Hagen among other 11 elected Turkish-born MPs into the Parliament.

For years, Merkel’s CDU has been getting little support among Germany’s Turkish community who usually support the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Recent years, however, have seen a trend of increasing Turkish support for the Christian Democratic Union, (CDU).  The 35-year-old was born in Germany to Turkish immigrant parents who were moved by the election of their daughter.

“My Muslim daughter will bring us even closer to our Christian friends,” he said.

Germany has Europe’s second-biggest Muslim population after France, and Islam comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

It has between 3.8 and 4.3 million Muslims, making up some 5 percent of the total 82 million population, according to government-commissioned studies.

Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.

A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.

Black MPs

Along with the first Muslim lawmaker, the new German elections witnessed the election of the first two black lawmakers into the parliament.

“My election into the German Parliament is of historical importance,” Karamba Diaby, a 51-year-old Senegal-born chemist who moved to the city of Halle in 1986 after receiving a scholarship to study in communist East Germany, was quoted by Pakistani paper The News.

Diaby, who gained German citizenship in 2001, said his priority would be to promote equal opportunities in education.

“Every child born in Germany should have the chance to be successful in school regardless of their social background or the income of their parents,” he said.

The other black lawmaker elected Sunday was Charles M. Huber, a 56-year-old actor born in Munich to a Senegalese father and a German mother.

Huber is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, which won the election with 41.5 percent of the vote.

More than a dozen first- or second-generation immigrants were elected to the 630-member lower house in Sunday’s vote.

"Measured against the 630 seats in Parliament, some 5.4 percent of deputies now come from immigrant families," the Migration Media Service noted.

"In the population as a whole their share is more than three times as high, with about 19 percent."

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago with 1 note
Fatwa Bans Using Mobile While Driving
CAIRO – Launching a campaign to spread driving ethics, a senior Saudi scholar has issued a fatwa prohibiting using mobile phones while driving on the grounds that it endangers lives.
“It is forbidden to drive and use your mobile because of the risks involved,” Sheikh Khalaf bin Mohammed Al Mutlaq, a member of the Fatwa Authority in eastern Saudi Arabia, was quoted by Arab News reported on Thursday, January 2.
His comments were given to media while launching a new campaign entitled “Don’t Be Captive to Your Mobile.”
The scholar asserted that drivers must focus on the road and if they want to use their mobiles they should stop.
“Using mobile phones while driving is extremely dangerous because driving a car requires much attention and concentration in order to protect lives and public and private property,” he told a seminar on the risks of using mobiles while driving, Emirate 24/7 reported.
“Drivers who use such devices are violating Islam and this means such acts are haram (prohibited)…drivers must not do anything that will detract their attention while driving and threaten lives and property…in case they have to use mobiles while driving, they must stop their cars.”.
Ahmed Al-Adwani, the campaign director, said the administrations of mosques in the region have supported the campaign, with many imams delivering sermons on the matter.
Human life is so highly appreciated in Islam that the matters relating to health take precedence over acts of worship.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “There should be neither harm nor reciprocation of harm.”
This hadith illustrates that a Muslim should not be a source of harm for others in any way.

Fatwa Bans Using Mobile While Driving

CAIRO – Launching a campaign to spread driving ethics, a senior Saudi scholar has issued a fatwa prohibiting using mobile phones while driving on the grounds that it endangers lives.

“It is forbidden to drive and use your mobile because of the risks involved,” Sheikh Khalaf bin Mohammed Al Mutlaq, a member of the Fatwa Authority in eastern Saudi Arabia, was quoted by Arab News reported on Thursday, January 2.

His comments were given to media while launching a new campaign entitled “Don’t Be Captive to Your Mobile.”

The scholar asserted that drivers must focus on the road and if they want to use their mobiles they should stop.

“Using mobile phones while driving is extremely dangerous because driving a car requires much attention and concentration in order to protect lives and public and private property,” he told a seminar on the risks of using mobiles while driving, Emirate 24/7 reported.

“Drivers who use such devices are violating Islam and this means such acts are haram (prohibited)…drivers must not do anything that will detract their attention while driving and threaten lives and property…in case they have to use mobiles while driving, they must stop their cars.”.

Ahmed Al-Adwani, the campaign director, said the administrations of mosques in the region have supported the campaign, with many imams delivering sermons on the matter.

Human life is so highly appreciated in Islam that the matters relating to health take precedence over acts of worship.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “There should be neither harm nor reciprocation of harm.”

This hadith illustrates that a Muslim should not be a source of harm for others in any way.

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago
First Aussie Muslim in Federal Government
CANBERRA – Australia’s Muslim lawmaker Ed Husic has been appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, becoming the first Muslim sworn into a federal government frontbench in the multicultural country.

“This is a wonderful day for multiculturalism, and everything it stands for in our country,” Governor-General Quentin Bryce told Husic as she swore him in and 24 of his Labor colleagues at a ceremony in Canberra, AAP news agency reported on Monday, July 1.

“I wish you all the best as you serve our country as parliamentary secretary.” She added to roars of “Hear Hear!” from his Labor colleagues.
Husic, of Bosnian origin, is the first Muslim to be appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary to the deputy Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister for Broadband.

He was raised in western Sydney and attended Blacktown South Public School and Mitchell High School.

He has completed a BA (applied communications) in the first wave of students to graduate from the University of Western Sydney.

After his appointment, he said his parents, who came to Australia in 1966, and his wife Bridget were “over the moon”.

Husic also made history in 2010 when he was elected a member of parliament for western Sydney.

He took the oath with his hand put on a copy of the Noble Qur’an.

Another Muslim, Mehreen Faruqi of Pakistani-origin, also made history after being appointed in April 2013 as the first Muslim woman in the Australian parliament.

Community Help

A key supporter of the newly elected Australian PM, Husic vowed to connect people demands to the highest positions in the country.

“I have supported Kevin Rudd from the start but never expected the appointments,” Husic told Blacktown Sun newspaper.

“It will allow me to pass on the views from people in my electorate to the two men holding the highest positions in Australia,” he said.

“Residents are worried their children can’t do well in schools and parents of children with a disability are afraid they will lose out if Tony Abbott wins government,’’ he said.

“They also support the installation of broadband in western Sydney.’’

Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million population.

Islam is the country’s second largest religion after Christianity.

First Aussie Muslim in Federal Government

CANBERRA – Australia’s Muslim lawmaker Ed Husic has been appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, becoming the first Muslim sworn into a federal government frontbench in the multicultural country.

“This is a wonderful day for multiculturalism, and everything it stands for in our country,” Governor-General Quentin Bryce told Husic as she swore him in and 24 of his Labor colleagues at a ceremony in Canberra, AAP news agency reported on Monday, July 1.

“I wish you all the best as you serve our country as parliamentary secretary.” She added to roars of “Hear Hear!” from his Labor colleagues.

Husic, of Bosnian origin, is the first Muslim to be appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary to the deputy Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister for Broadband.

He was raised in western Sydney and attended Blacktown South Public School and Mitchell High School.

He has completed a BA (applied communications) in the first wave of students to graduate from the University of Western Sydney.

After his appointment, he said his parents, who came to Australia in 1966, and his wife Bridget were “over the moon”.

Husic also made history in 2010 when he was elected a member of parliament for western Sydney.

He took the oath with his hand put on a copy of the Noble Qur’an.

Another Muslim, Mehreen Faruqi of Pakistani-origin, also made history after being appointed in April 2013 as the first Muslim woman in the Australian parliament.

Community Help

A key supporter of the newly elected Australian PM, Husic vowed to connect people demands to the highest positions in the country.

“I have supported Kevin Rudd from the start but never expected the appointments,” Husic told Blacktown Sun newspaper.

“It will allow me to pass on the views from people in my electorate to the two men holding the highest positions in Australia,” he said.

“Residents are worried their children can’t do well in schools and parents of children with a disability are afraid they will lose out if Tony Abbott wins government,’’ he said.

“They also support the installation of broadband in western Sydney.’’

Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million population.

Islam is the country’s second largest religion after Christianity.

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago with 3 notes
Nigeria Muslims Pray For Nation’s Unity
LAGOS – A galaxy of Nigerian Muslim organizations have declared Sunday, January 5, a national day of prayers in Africa’s most populous nation, commemorating 100 years of unification and sending a message to the government to tackle their grievances.

"Muslims comprising all bodies will on January 5 come together to pray for the nation and collectively address issues as they affect Muslims and society, thereon forging the essential unity in the interest of the people," Dish Kamor, a spokesman for the Muslim Public Affairs Center, one of the event’s organizers, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday, January 2.
"The event is tagged ‘Muslims Pray for the Nation’ and it is slated for 9am at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos," he added.

Planned in Lagos, the gathering would be attended by thousands of Muslims from various groups who would held a mass prayer for the nation.

Attendants include members of the Muslim community from across the spectrum, including leading academics and scholars of Islamic jurisprudence, such as Prof. Daud Noibi and Sheikh Habeebullah el-ilory, who heads Nigeria’s largest Islamic and Arabic school.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, secretary-general of Nigeria’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), would also address the gathering, Kamor added.

Making final preparations for the gathering, security has been stepped up, deploying police and army personnel on the streets to preempt any disturbance of the public peace.

Nigeria’s Muslims have held special prayers for peace and unity in their country.

Last June, nearly two million Muslims joined a special prayer for establishing peace and promoting unity in Nigeria.

In January 2012, nearly 200 Muslim and Christian leaders gathered at a mosque in the palace of Kano’s emir to pray for peace and stability in Nigeria following attacks by the radical group Boko Haram.

A week later, another prayer was called by the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to denounce the Boko Haram attacks.

Message

Organizers said that Sunday’s prayer session comes as an attempt to flaunt the strength of Nigeria’s Muslim community in hopes of sending a signal to the government that ignoring their grievances could prove dangerous.

"We will pray and make a positive statement within the state, across the nation and the world at large," Kamor said.

"We are here and very relevant to the growth of the state and Nigeria," he added.

"We cannot and of course will not stop being relevant."

Kamor added that the event would be “a wake-up call [for] all.”

"We want to inform as well as educate," he asserted.

The event will also be a way to draw the government’s attention to a number of grievances voiced by Muslims in recent months.

In November, the NSCIA accused the government of President Goodluck Jonathan of the “systematic cleansing of Muslims” from key positions, especially in the security agencies, and lamented widespread “religious” discrimination against Muslims.

No Muslim has been appointed cabinet minister for the entire southern region, the council asserted, including in the southwest, where Muslims are said to constitute the bulk of the population.

There are 17 states in Nigeria’s southern region, each having at least one cabinet minister.

The North, meanwhile, has 19 states, but appreciable numbers of cabinet ministers from the region are Christians.

In December 2013, the Supreme Council for Shari`ah in Nigeria has accused Christians in the country of waging war against Islamic religion.

The Council alleged widespread persecution and systemic exclusion from public offices of the Nigerian Muslims by the government and security agencies, all of which the council claimed were acting the script of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the body whose leadership faces serial allegations of always opposing anything Islam or relating to Muslims.

The CAN rejects this allegation.

"More disturbing are some emerging government policies in Nigeria which appear to be less oblivious of the peculiar needs of Muslims, thereby fashioning laws which deny Muslims their right to be Muslims and practice their religion – even in their own communities," Kamor said.

"There are over 50 percent Muslim population in the country," Kamor added.

"They say we are dormant, but we know we are not."

Nigeria, one of the world’s most religiously committed nations, is divided between a Muslim north and a Christian south.

Muslims and Christians, who constitute 55 and 40 percent of Nigeria’s 140 million population respectively, have lived in peace for the most part.

Nigeria Muslims Pray For Nation’s Unity

LAGOS – A galaxy of Nigerian Muslim organizations have declared Sunday, January 5, a national day of prayers in Africa’s most populous nation, commemorating 100 years of unification and sending a message to the government to tackle their grievances.

"Muslims comprising all bodies will on January 5 come together to pray for the nation and collectively address issues as they affect Muslims and society, thereon forging the essential unity in the interest of the people," Dish Kamor, a spokesman for the Muslim Public Affairs Center, one of the event’s organizers, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday, January 2.

"The event is tagged ‘Muslims Pray for the Nation’ and it is slated for 9am at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos," he added.

Planned in Lagos, the gathering would be attended by thousands of Muslims from various groups who would held a mass prayer for the nation.

Attendants include members of the Muslim community from across the spectrum, including leading academics and scholars of Islamic jurisprudence, such as Prof. Daud Noibi and Sheikh Habeebullah el-ilory, who heads Nigeria’s largest Islamic and Arabic school.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, secretary-general of Nigeria’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), would also address the gathering, Kamor added.

Making final preparations for the gathering, security has been stepped up, deploying police and army personnel on the streets to preempt any disturbance of the public peace.

Nigeria’s Muslims have held special prayers for peace and unity in their country.

Last June, nearly two million Muslims joined a special prayer for establishing peace and promoting unity in Nigeria.

In January 2012, nearly 200 Muslim and Christian leaders gathered at a mosque in the palace of Kano’s emir to pray for peace and stability in Nigeria following attacks by the radical group Boko Haram.

A week later, another prayer was called by the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to denounce the Boko Haram attacks.

Message

Organizers said that Sunday’s prayer session comes as an attempt to flaunt the strength of Nigeria’s Muslim community in hopes of sending a signal to the government that ignoring their grievances could prove dangerous.

"We will pray and make a positive statement within the state, across the nation and the world at large," Kamor said.

"We are here and very relevant to the growth of the state and Nigeria," he added.

"We cannot and of course will not stop being relevant."

Kamor added that the event would be “a wake-up call [for] all.”

"We want to inform as well as educate," he asserted.

The event will also be a way to draw the government’s attention to a number of grievances voiced by Muslims in recent months.

In November, the NSCIA accused the government of President Goodluck Jonathan of the “systematic cleansing of Muslims” from key positions, especially in the security agencies, and lamented widespread “religious” discrimination against Muslims.

No Muslim has been appointed cabinet minister for the entire southern region, the council asserted, including in the southwest, where Muslims are said to constitute the bulk of the population.

There are 17 states in Nigeria’s southern region, each having at least one cabinet minister.

The North, meanwhile, has 19 states, but appreciable numbers of cabinet ministers from the region are Christians.

In December 2013, the Supreme Council for Shari`ah in Nigeria has accused Christians in the country of waging war against Islamic religion.

The Council alleged widespread persecution and systemic exclusion from public offices of the Nigerian Muslims by the government and security agencies, all of which the council claimed were acting the script of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the body whose leadership faces serial allegations of always opposing anything Islam or relating to Muslims.

The CAN rejects this allegation.

"More disturbing are some emerging government policies in Nigeria which appear to be less oblivious of the peculiar needs of Muslims, thereby fashioning laws which deny Muslims their right to be Muslims and practice their religion – even in their own communities," Kamor said.

"There are over 50 percent Muslim population in the country," Kamor added.

"They say we are dormant, but we know we are not."

Nigeria, one of the world’s most religiously committed nations, is divided between a Muslim north and a Christian south.

Muslims and Christians, who constitute 55 and 40 percent of Nigeria’s 140 million population respectively, have lived in peace for the most part.

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago with 4 notes
Berlin Names First Muslim Spokeswoman
BERLIN – A German Muslim young woman has made history after being hired as the first Muslim deputy spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry in the West European country.

"You might not see it from my appearance, as I don‘t wear a head scarf," Sawsan Chebli, deputy spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) last weekend in Berlin.

"But I do pray. I do fast. I don‘t eat pork and I don‘t drink alcohol," added Chebli who describes herself as a pious Muslim.

Chebli, 35, a German Muslim of Palestinian origin, was hired last week by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the new foreign minister, as a deputy spokesperson for chief spokesman Martin Schaefer.

Breaking the German Foreign Ministry’s decades-long tradition, Chebli’s appointment has set aside the rules that underscore spokespersons’ career experience in diplomacy and aristocratic surnames.

The Muslim diplomat held previous posts with the social Democratic Parliamentary caucus, besides dealing with ethnic minorities for the state government of Berlin.

Born in Berlin, Chebli, whose parents moved to Germany in the 1970s, received the German citizenship at the age of 15.

Chebli, who has a political sciences degree, has worked for six years at the parliament of Germany (Bundestag).

Welcoming her new post as the first Muslim deputy spokesperson, Chebli said, “I hope that someday, that religion or ethnicity will be not in the foreground and will be perceived as normal.”

Last September, a Turkish-born German woman made history in German election, becoming the first ever Muslim lawmaker in the Bundestag.

Germany has Europe’s second-biggest Muslim population after France, and Islam comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

It has between 3.8 and 4.3 million Muslims, making up some 5 percent of the total 82 million population, according to government-commissioned studies.

Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.

A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.

Berlin Names First Muslim Spokeswoman

BERLIN – A German Muslim young woman has made history after being hired as the first Muslim deputy spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry in the West European country.

"You might not see it from my appearance, as I don‘t wear a head scarf," Sawsan Chebli, deputy spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) last weekend in Berlin.

"But I do pray. I do fast. I don‘t eat pork and I don‘t drink alcohol," added Chebli who describes herself as a pious Muslim.

Chebli, 35, a German Muslim of Palestinian origin, was hired last week by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the new foreign minister, as a deputy spokesperson for chief spokesman Martin Schaefer.

Breaking the German Foreign Ministry’s decades-long tradition, Chebli’s appointment has set aside the rules that underscore spokespersons’ career experience in diplomacy and aristocratic surnames.

The Muslim diplomat held previous posts with the social Democratic Parliamentary caucus, besides dealing with ethnic minorities for the state government of Berlin.

Born in Berlin, Chebli, whose parents moved to Germany in the 1970s, received the German citizenship at the age of 15.

Chebli, who has a political sciences degree, has worked for six years at the parliament of Germany (Bundestag).

Welcoming her new post as the first Muslim deputy spokesperson, Chebli said, “I hope that someday, that religion or ethnicity will be not in the foreground and will be perceived as normal.”

Last September, a Turkish-born German woman made history in German election, becoming the first ever Muslim lawmaker in the Bundestag.

Germany has Europe’s second-biggest Muslim population after France, and Islam comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

It has between 3.8 and 4.3 million Muslims, making up some 5 percent of the total 82 million population, according to government-commissioned studies.

Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.

A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago with 1 note
Malaysians Call to Raise Marriage Age
KUALA LUMPUR – The conviction of a rapist who married his victim is still casting its deep effects on the Malaysian society, inciting rights activists’ calls to raise legal marriage age to 18 years in the Asian country.

“It’s a growing problem and while we like to see this as an isolated case I think there’s actually more to it than we like to let on,” Suri Kempe, from Sisters in Islam in Kuala Lumpur, told Radio Australia’s Asia Pacific on Tuesday, February 4.

“What we really want is for the authorities to increase the minimum age of marriage to 18.”

Last May, the marriage of a 12-year-old girl to an alleged rapist sparked a heated controversy in Malaysia.

The alleged rapist has defended his decision to marry the girl, saying Islamic teachings allow marrying underage girls.

Yet, on Monday, February 3, a Malaysian court found him guilty, sentencing him to a 12-year-jail term.

The conviction reignited calls for assigning 18 as the legal age for marriage.

“It’s not the end of the story,” Ivy Josiah, the executive director of Women’s Aid Organization, told Agence France Presse (AFP).

“We keep hearing of isolated cases (of child marriages) but enough to raise concern,” she added.

Child marriages are common in Malaysia.

Under Malaysian law, any Muslim can marry at any age providing there is parental consent and permission of Shari`ah court.

Though no marriage age is set for Muslims in Malaysia, non-Muslims marry at the age of 18.

“In the Shari`ah court, there’s not really a set standard,” Kempe said.

“(An application for marriage) is often on the pretext of the children probably having had sex or where the girl is pregnant and in order to save face for the family, the parents want to get their children married off.”

According to census data in 2010, child marriage has increased by about 58% within in decade.

Malaysia has a population of nearly 26 millions, with Malays, mostly Muslims, making up nearly 60 percent.

Under Malaysia’s two-tier judicial system, Shari`ah courts handle family law cases involving Muslims, while secular courts handle those involving non-Muslims.

Marriage in Islam is of utmost importance as it is upon the lawful union of a man and a woman that society grows strong and that moral is preserved.

In Islam it is not permissible for the guardian to compel the one under his guardianship to marry someone she does not desire to marry.

Rather, it is necessary to seek her consent and permission.

Malaysians Call to Raise Marriage Age

KUALA LUMPUR – The conviction of a rapist who married his victim is still casting its deep effects on the Malaysian society, inciting rights activists’ calls to raise legal marriage age to 18 years in the Asian country.

“It’s a growing problem and while we like to see this as an isolated case I think there’s actually more to it than we like to let on,” Suri Kempe, from Sisters in Islam in Kuala Lumpur, told Radio Australia’s Asia Pacific on Tuesday, February 4.

“What we really want is for the authorities to increase the minimum age of marriage to 18.”

Last May, the marriage of a 12-year-old girl to an alleged rapist sparked a heated controversy in Malaysia.

The alleged rapist has defended his decision to marry the girl, saying Islamic teachings allow marrying underage girls.

Yet, on Monday, February 3, a Malaysian court found him guilty, sentencing him to a 12-year-jail term.

The conviction reignited calls for assigning 18 as the legal age for marriage.

“It’s not the end of the story,” Ivy Josiah, the executive director of Women’s Aid Organization, told Agence France Presse (AFP).

“We keep hearing of isolated cases (of child marriages) but enough to raise concern,” she added.

Child marriages are common in Malaysia.

Under Malaysian law, any Muslim can marry at any age providing there is parental consent and permission of Shari`ah court.

Though no marriage age is set for Muslims in Malaysia, non-Muslims marry at the age of 18.

“In the Shari`ah court, there’s not really a set standard,” Kempe said.

“(An application for marriage) is often on the pretext of the children probably having had sex or where the girl is pregnant and in order to save face for the family, the parents want to get their children married off.”

According to census data in 2010, child marriage has increased by about 58% within in decade.

Malaysia has a population of nearly 26 millions, with Malays, mostly Muslims, making up nearly 60 percent.

Under Malaysia’s two-tier judicial system, Shari`ah courts handle family law cases involving Muslims, while secular courts handle those involving non-Muslims.

Marriage in Islam is of utmost importance as it is upon the lawful union of a man and a woman that society grows strong and that moral is preserved.

In Islam it is not permissible for the guardian to compel the one under his guardianship to marry someone she does not desire to marry.

Rather, it is necessary to seek her consent and permission.

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago with 1 note
US Muslim Students Fast to Feed Hungry
CAIRO – A group of Muslim students at the University of Pittsburgh have organized an event to fast a day, championing an initiative to raise money to feed the hungry and donate clothes to Syrian refugees.
"What is hunger? How many times do you say, ‘I’m hungry’ during the day?” asked the questions placed at the participants’ tables during the event, The Pitt News reported on Sunday, February 9.
The ‘Fast-A-Thon’ event, co-organized by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the University’s Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment group (FORGE), as held last Friday.
It has attracted more than 200 students who were eager to learn about fasting through the ‘ready to fast’ event.
After a day-long fasting, in which students abstained from food and water, students gathered by the sunset at O’Hara Student Center ballroom where they found meals to end fasting.
“I immediately woke up this morning and thought ‘I’m hungry’,” said Sandhya Subramanian, a sophomore majoring in biology, who participated in the event.
Feeling exhausted at the end of the day, Subramanian found it not easy to abstain from eating and much harder without water.
Fasting meals included rice, chicken curry, vegetable curry, pizza and cookies that were served to the participants.
After breaking their fast with water, dates and chocolate, attendees have witnessed a congregational Maghrib prayer lead by Adam Daud, president of the MSA.
Organizers asserted that the event aims to raise awareness about hunger and needy people who are forgotten.
“One of our problems as a society is that we only care about ourselves, and we have forgotten about a lot of people who are starving to death even here in America,” said Imam Atef Mahgoub, a keynote speaker from the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.
Mahgoub added that fasting is a way to thank Allah for His blessing, reminding audience that fasting affects their soul, not their stomach.
Clothing Drive
Participants and contributors in the event were praised for taking action to donate clothes to Syrian refugees.
Highlighting the plague of Syrian, Laila Al-Soulaiman, a Syrian-American undergraduate at Pittsburg, said that every 10 hours a Syrian dies from hunger.
Al-Soulaiman urged colleagues to educate themselves on the implication of the Syrian conflict.
“Why should we care about Syria as a collective of young people, students, Pittsburghers and Americans?” she said.
“Because we should,” she relied.
“My message to you is to attempt to live a purposeful life always in remembrance of others, always in remembrance of your identity, or your education and of service,” Al-Soulaiman added, giving a lecture about the history of the  Syrian conflict.
Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to an estimated Muslim minority of six to eight million.
The Fast-A-Thon was first started by a girl at a Tennessee University following the 9/11 attacks to help her local community.
Now, over 200 universities participate every year.
An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.
Another US survey has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.

US Muslim Students Fast to Feed Hungry

CAIRO – A group of Muslim students at the University of Pittsburgh have organized an event to fast a day, championing an initiative to raise money to feed the hungry and donate clothes to Syrian refugees.

"What is hunger? How many times do you say, ‘I’m hungry’ during the day?” asked the questions placed at the participants’ tables during the event, The Pitt News reported on Sunday, February 9.

The ‘Fast-A-Thon’ event, co-organized by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the University’s Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment group (FORGE), as held last Friday.

It has attracted more than 200 students who were eager to learn about fasting through the ‘ready to fast’ event.

After a day-long fasting, in which students abstained from food and water, students gathered by the sunset at O’Hara Student Center ballroom where they found meals to end fasting.

“I immediately woke up this morning and thought ‘I’m hungry’,” said Sandhya Subramanian, a sophomore majoring in biology, who participated in the event.

Feeling exhausted at the end of the day, Subramanian found it not easy to abstain from eating and much harder without water.

Fasting meals included rice, chicken curry, vegetable curry, pizza and cookies that were served to the participants.

After breaking their fast with water, dates and chocolate, attendees have witnessed a congregational Maghrib prayer lead by Adam Daud, president of the MSA.

Organizers asserted that the event aims to raise awareness about hunger and needy people who are forgotten.

“One of our problems as a society is that we only care about ourselves, and we have forgotten about a lot of people who are starving to death even here in America,” said Imam Atef Mahgoub, a keynote speaker from the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

Mahgoub added that fasting is a way to thank Allah for His blessing, reminding audience that fasting affects their soul, not their stomach.

Clothing Drive

Participants and contributors in the event were praised for taking action to donate clothes to Syrian refugees.

Highlighting the plague of Syrian, Laila Al-Soulaiman, a Syrian-American undergraduate at Pittsburg, said that every 10 hours a Syrian dies from hunger.

Al-Soulaiman urged colleagues to educate themselves on the implication of the Syrian conflict.

“Why should we care about Syria as a collective of young people, students, Pittsburghers and Americans?” she said.

“Because we should,” she relied.

“My message to you is to attempt to live a purposeful life always in remembrance of others, always in remembrance of your identity, or your education and of service,” Al-Soulaiman added, giving a lecture about the history of the  Syrian conflict.

Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to an estimated Muslim minority of six to eight million.

The Fast-A-Thon was first started by a girl at a Tennessee University following the 9/11 attacks to help her local community.

Now, over 200 universities participate every year.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

Another US survey has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago with 1 note
Indian Muslim Invents Computer System
CAIRO - Presenting a role model to young Indian Muslims, a young Indian Muslim schoolboy has designed a virus-protected microchip-run computer system.

“Most computing devices use mechanical hard disk drives, flash memories and electronic disks to boot up operating systems,” Afreed Islam, an Indian schoolboy, told The Times of India on Tuesday, February 18.

“My invention replaces both mechanical and electronic hard disks with a microchip, doubling speed and storage capacity,” he added.

Islam, a Class X student from Guwahati’s Little Flower School, launched his new invention; the ReVo BOOK, an ultra-slim computer system designed by him, on Monday.

The ReVo BOOK is embedded with a microchip and a hybrid operating system, also invented by Islam, named ReVo IX.

He claimed that the new operating system features faster execution speed, an inbuilt firewall and stands as a complete independent operating system.

The system can be used in places demanding high uninterrupted performances such as offices, banks, academic institutions, and industries besides domestic computing purposes.

It can also be installed in servers by large set-ups.

The young boy hopes to promote the ReVo BOOK which will, according to Islam, dominate comparable products in the computer market.

“Compared to the hard disks available, my microchip is four times faster, lasts longer and there is also no chance of losing data,” he said.

“Minimum power is required to run the ReVo BOOK and its portable size is a bonus,” he said.

Success

For Islam, he hopes that the ReVo BOOK will make help high-speed, uninterrupted performance.

“Apart from domestic computing, the ReVo BOOK will be immensely beneficial in offices, banks, academic institutions and industries,” the boy said.

“Three years ago, when I was in class VII, I started to look for a solution to some of the problems faced by the operating systems used currently. I never imagined inventing an operating system,” he added.

Siddharth Deb Nath, a scientist at Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, said that Islam’s invention fulfilled all basic eligibility criteria for submission of a patent application.

Deb Nath added that if Islam was offered enough financial assistance to supply the product to markets, he would achieve greater success.

There are some 140 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India.

Indian Muslim Invents Computer System

CAIRO - Presenting a role model to young Indian Muslims, a young Indian Muslim schoolboy has designed a virus-protected microchip-run computer system.

“Most computing devices use mechanical hard disk drives, flash memories and electronic disks to boot up operating systems,” Afreed Islam, an Indian schoolboy, told The Times of India on Tuesday, February 18.

“My invention replaces both mechanical and electronic hard disks with a microchip, doubling speed and storage capacity,” he added.

Islam, a Class X student from Guwahati’s Little Flower School, launched his new invention; the ReVo BOOK, an ultra-slim computer system designed by him, on Monday.

The ReVo BOOK is embedded with a microchip and a hybrid operating system, also invented by Islam, named ReVo IX.

He claimed that the new operating system features faster execution speed, an inbuilt firewall and stands as a complete independent operating system.

The system can be used in places demanding high uninterrupted performances such as offices, banks, academic institutions, and industries besides domestic computing purposes.

It can also be installed in servers by large set-ups.

The young boy hopes to promote the ReVo BOOK which will, according to Islam, dominate comparable products in the computer market.

“Compared to the hard disks available, my microchip is four times faster, lasts longer and there is also no chance of losing data,” he said.

“Minimum power is required to run the ReVo BOOK and its portable size is a bonus,” he said.

Success

For Islam, he hopes that the ReVo BOOK will make help high-speed, uninterrupted performance.

“Apart from domestic computing, the ReVo BOOK will be immensely beneficial in offices, banks, academic institutions and industries,” the boy said.

“Three years ago, when I was in class VII, I started to look for a solution to some of the problems faced by the operating systems used currently. I never imagined inventing an operating system,” he added.

Siddharth Deb Nath, a scientist at Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, said that Islam’s invention fulfilled all basic eligibility criteria for submission of a patent application.

Deb Nath added that if Islam was offered enough financial assistance to supply the product to markets, he would achieve greater success.

There are some 140 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India.

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago with 3 notes
Muslims Clean Buddhist Temple
CENTRAL JAVA – Dozens of Muslim students in Central Java’s Magelang have participated in cleaning the world’s largest Buddhist temple that had been distorted with volcanic ash earlier this month.

“Around 50 students from our boarding school spent their Friday holiday to clean Borobodur Temple of the Keluds ash together with other volunteers,” Muhammad Dimyadi, a teacher from the boarding school, told Republika Online on Saturday, February 22.

Muslim students from the Mistakhurrohman Islamic boarding school have joined hands with hundreds volunteers who came to clean Borobudur Temple.

Students’ effort was part of a voluntary campaign to remove the volcanic ash caused by the eruption of Mount Kelud on February 13, promoting authorities to close the temple and ban visits until ending cleanup.

The cleanup work started from 8 am to 3 pm last Friday including a break for Friday’s prayer.

“At noon, we took a break to hold the Friday prayer in a mosque located in front of the Borobudur temple tourism parks gate,” Dimyadi said.

The cleanup campaign, which started last week, has drawn hundreds of devoted Indonesians of all faiths.

About 700 Buddhists, including monks coming from several cities in Central Java, have also participated in the cleaning activity.

“We have been working here to clean the Borobudur temple from Keluds ash since the past five days,” Buddhist monk Uttamacitto from Sangha Agung Indonesia, Ampel temple located in Boyolali district, stated.

“We are from, among other things, Boyolali, Temanggung, Banjarnegara, Wonogiri, Wonosobo, and Ambarawa, Semarang district.”

Located on about 1.5 km, Borobudur Temple is Indonesia’s largest and oldest Buddhist temple that was erected during the Syailendra dynasty in the eighth century.

Appreciated

Muslim students help was appreciated by the city’s Buddhist monks.

Muslims’ support for the Buddhist community in Magelang was not the first.

In 2010 students of Islamic boarding school have also helped in cleaning up the Temple from the ash after the eruption of Mount Merapi.

“We would like to express our gratitude to all volunteers who are not only from Central Java, but also from Surabaya (East Java) and even South Korea who happened to be participating in the International Cultural Camp,” Pangga Ardiansya, the coordinator of the Borobudur Conservation Offices Public Services, told Antara News on Sunday, February 23.

According to the temple officials, the cleanup work has vanished about 80% of the ash, and it is expected to fully open for visitors by the next week.

“The cleaning up has reached 80 percent, so volunteers are expected to stop working on Tuesday (Feb 25) probably,” Ardiansya said.

As the cleanup continues, from five to ten thousand tourists had visited the temple over the week end, along with 3,000 visitors during working days.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim state with Muslims making up around 85 percent of its 237-million population.

Christians, both Protestants and Catholics, make up nearly 12 percent of the country’s population.

Muslims Clean Buddhist Temple

CENTRAL JAVA – Dozens of Muslim students in Central Java’s Magelang have participated in cleaning the world’s largest Buddhist temple that had been distorted with volcanic ash earlier this month.

“Around 50 students from our boarding school spent their Friday holiday to clean Borobodur Temple of the Keluds ash together with other volunteers,” Muhammad Dimyadi, a teacher from the boarding school, told Republika Online on Saturday, February 22.

Muslim students from the Mistakhurrohman Islamic boarding school have joined hands with hundreds volunteers who came to clean Borobudur Temple.

Students’ effort was part of a voluntary campaign to remove the volcanic ash caused by the eruption of Mount Kelud on February 13, promoting authorities to close the temple and ban visits until ending cleanup.

The cleanup work started from 8 am to 3 pm last Friday including a break for Friday’s prayer.

“At noon, we took a break to hold the Friday prayer in a mosque located in front of the Borobudur temple tourism parks gate,” Dimyadi said.

The cleanup campaign, which started last week, has drawn hundreds of devoted Indonesians of all faiths.

About 700 Buddhists, including monks coming from several cities in Central Java, have also participated in the cleaning activity.

“We have been working here to clean the Borobudur temple from Keluds ash since the past five days,” Buddhist monk Uttamacitto from Sangha Agung Indonesia, Ampel temple located in Boyolali district, stated.

“We are from, among other things, Boyolali, Temanggung, Banjarnegara, Wonogiri, Wonosobo, and Ambarawa, Semarang district.”

Located on about 1.5 km, Borobudur Temple is Indonesia’s largest and oldest Buddhist temple that was erected during the Syailendra dynasty in the eighth century.

Appreciated

Muslim students help was appreciated by the city’s Buddhist monks.

Muslims’ support for the Buddhist community in Magelang was not the first.

In 2010 students of Islamic boarding school have also helped in cleaning up the Temple from the ash after the eruption of Mount Merapi.

“We would like to express our gratitude to all volunteers who are not only from Central Java, but also from Surabaya (East Java) and even South Korea who happened to be participating in the International Cultural Camp,” Pangga Ardiansya, the coordinator of the Borobudur Conservation Offices Public Services, told Antara News on Sunday, February 23.

According to the temple officials, the cleanup work has vanished about 80% of the ash, and it is expected to fully open for visitors by the next week.

“The cleaning up has reached 80 percent, so volunteers are expected to stop working on Tuesday (Feb 25) probably,” Ardiansya said.

As the cleanup continues, from five to ten thousand tourists had visited the temple over the week end, along with 3,000 visitors during working days.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim state with Muslims making up around 85 percent of its 237-million population.

Christians, both Protestants and Catholics, make up nearly 12 percent of the country’s population.

(Source: onislam.net)

— 5 months ago with 11 notes