Islamic law protects Muslims from downturn

Uncategorized
Islamic law protects Muslims from downturn - MarketWatchIslamic law protects Muslims from downturnLast update: 7:43 p.m. EDT March 30, 2009SACRAMENTO, Mar 30, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The U.S. economic downturn is taking less out of American Muslims who follow an Islamic law against paying or charging interest, observers note.The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that as a group Muslims also have been somewhat protected because they are barred from investing in banks and mortgages, which have experienced a big hit in the marketplace."If everybody was Shariah-compliant, there would be no recession," said Farouk Fakira, who moderated a discussion on Islamic finance at Sacramento's Masjid Annur last week.Shariah prohibits usury, which often took advantage of desperate people who needed to feed or protect their families, said Imam Muhammed Abdul Azeez of…
Read More

Poor Afghans fail to benefit from funding

Gora Chaudhary, Islam
Al Jazeera English - News Poor Afghans fail to benefit from funding Years of war and violent conflict has left many families in Afghanistan deeply disturbed by the reality of life in their country. With security deteriorating and a massive loss of life, displacement and destruction have become the norm for many Afghans. Al Jazeera's Todd Baer has more from the capital, Kabul. More from: AljazeeraEnglish
Read More

Israel’s hidden plans to take over Jerusalem

Gora Chaudhary, Islam, Palestine
alJazeera Magazine - Israel’s hidden plans to take over JerusalemIsrael’s hidden plans to take over Jerusalem30/05/2007 06:12:00 PM GMT Comments (15) Add a comment Print E-mail to friendBy Amina AndersonFor 40 years, Israel has been trying to tighten its grip on Jerusalem and its holy sites. But using weapons only couldn’t help this plan. That’s why the Israelis decided to use concrete to achieve their target.Since 1967, East Jerusalem has been occupied by the Israelis, who started building lives for themselves until today. As soon as the area was captured, the Israeli government devised plans to build neighborhoods to connect the Israeli enclave of Mount Scopus, which holds the Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital, with Jewish populated west Jerusalem.From the mid 1970’s until the 1980’s, Israel has been mainly concerned…
Read More

American Christians keeping the fast of Ramadan

Gora Chaudhary, Islam
alJazeera Magazine - American Christians keeping the fast of RamadanAmerican Christians keeping the fast of Ramadan14/09/2007 12:05:00 AM GMT Comments (125) Add a comment Print E-mail to friendTo our Muslim brothers and sisters everywhere:All praise and thanks be to the one God whom we all worship, who has called you to worship Him after the manner of al-Islam, and us to worship Him according to the gospel of Jesus, whom both faith traditions hail as the Messiah: it is our deep wish that God strengthen you in your devotion to God, your love of God, and your trust in God during this month of Ramadan, and that everything that you do for His sake may be pleasing to Him.We have joined you in keeping the fast of Ramadan this year,…
Read More

Israel’s persecution of Christians

Gora Chaudhary, Islam, Palestine
alJazeera Magazine - Israel’s persecution of ChristiansIsrael’s persecution of Christians11/05/2008 10:44:00 AM GMT Comments (41) Add a comment Print E-mail to friendInstead of Christian worshippers, armed Israeli soldiers crowded the entrance to the Church.By Dr. Elias Akleh Instead of Christian worshippers, armed Israeli soldiers crowded the entrance to the Church.Greek Orthodox Christian celebrations of Saturday’s Holy Fire and Sunday’s Easter in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem late April were violated and spoiled by aggressive interruptions of Israeli army and police.Instead of Christian worshippers, armed Israeli soldiers crowded the entrance to the Church. Instead of lighted candles, police batons were raised. Instead of musical bands playing their instruments, Israeli soldiers brandished their automatic weapons, and instead of celebrating, Palestinian Christians were confronted by Israeli police, were beaten, and…
Read More

Holy Land lost

Gora Chaudhary, Islam, Palestine
alJazeera Magazine - Holy Land lostHoly Land lost10/07/2008 02:02:00 PM GMT Comments (27) Add a comment Print E-mail to friendAs Israeli settlements grew, the Palestinians lost freedom of movementBy Dr. James Zogby As Israeli settlements grew, the Palestinians lost freedom of movementThe very words "The Holy Land" evoke powerful images. But the pictures that come to mind are rapidly disappearing from the landscape.The occupation of the West Bank, once a military and political reality that dominated the lives of Palestinians, has become concretized: with massive housing projects connected by ribbons of highways; a wall and barbed wire barrier wending its way from North to South, cutting through villages, encapsulating others; and hundreds of checkpoints - all overtaking and transforming the once open terrain.Raja Shehadeh has described all this in vivid…
Read More

Wake up, Christians, or lose the Holy Land

Gaza, Gora Chaudhary, Islam, Palestine
alJazeera Magazine - Wake up, Christians, or lose the Holy LandWake up, Christians, or lose the Holy Land30/03/2009 05:00:00 PM GMT Comments (51) Add a comment Print E-mail to friend(smith.edu) Western Christendom doesn’t really give a damn about the Holy Land and its people.By Stuart LittlewoodA British man recently applied to the Church of England to have his baptism into the Christian faith cancelled. Five months, he argued, was too young to decide his religious fate. Now 56, he's against the indoctrination of children in any religion.In Spain, I read that the mayor of El Borge has written to the local bishop asking for his baptism to be deleted and his name removed from Church records. He too considers baptism to be a dubious practice because of the age at…
Read More

Obama and the empire

Uncategorized
alJazeera Magazine - Obama and the empireObama and the empire31/03/2009 11:59:00 AM GMT Comments (12) Add a comment Print E-mail to friend(AFP) Obama has by now clearly shown that he does not want to be the American leader who loses the American empire.By Bill ChristisonVarious people have asked recently, “What are the implications of the global economic crisis for U.S. policies in the Middle East, and will Middle East countries lean more or less toward the U.S. as they suffer their own economic crises?” Not simple questions, but here, presented very briefly, are our first shots at them.Let’s start by discussing what U.S. policies affecting the Middle East may emerge in coming months. A preliminary point that is necessary to make is that present policies inherited from the Bush administration…
Read More

Violence by Sabarmati Jail authorities against Muslim inmates

India, Islam
Violence by Sabarmati Jail authorities against Muslim inmates | TwoCircles.netViolence by Sabarmati Jail authorities against Muslim inmatesSubmitted by admin on 30 March 2009 - 9:38pm. * Crime/Terrorism * Indian MuslimBy TwoCircles.net staff reporterNew Delhi: Following complaints of torture and ill-treatment a PIL was filed on March 23rd in Gujarat High Court for the removal of the Jail Superintendent of Sabarmati Central Jail, V. Chandrashekar. Sabarmati Jail houses many of the accused under POTA and for serial blasts case. Their situation got only worse after the filing of Public Interest Litigation (PIL).On March 24th, Chandrashekar went on leave and instead of his deputy taking the change, government appoints R.J. Pargi in his place. On the same day, Pargi takes charge of the jail and according to the inmates stated that he…
Read More

Kodnani arrest: A ray of hope for justice in Gujarat

India, Islam
Kodnani arrest: A ray of hope for justice in Gujarat | TwoCircles.netKodnani arrest: A ray of hope for justice in GujaratSubmitted by admin4 on 30 March 2009 - 8:16pm. * Indian MuslimArrest of Kodnani shows wheels of justice have started moving in right direction in Gujarat; may act as a deterrence to prevent repeat of 2002; say activists.By TwoCircles.net special correspondent,Ahmedabad: With the arrest of Maya Kodnani, a former minister in Narendra Modi’s cabinet and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Jaydeep Patel following cancellation of their anticipatory bail by the Gujarat High Court on March 27, human rights groups, political activists and legal luminaries feel that the wheels of justice have now started moving in the right direction in the state.Former physics professor and well-known human rights activist J S Bandukwala…
Read More