Category Archives: Islam

There is nothing funny about the declaration of the ‘Caliphate’

Photo via Reuters Initially published in Turkish Hurriyet Daily It may be amusing to some, but there is nothing funny about the declaration of the “Caliphate”  by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The rise of … Continue reading

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Morsi, the last caliph-president of Egypt

This piece is  written by Mbayo Lo for Mondoweiss. I read it here  when the former deputy PM of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim has re-blogged it today.    The ousting of Egypt’s now former President Muhammad Morsi, by popular protest in some interpretations, or … Continue reading

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The Abuse of “Takbir” from Ballot Boxes To Woolwich

For many non-Muslims, “Allahu Akbar,” or God is Great has become synonymous with radicalism, brutal murders, rape, and even cannibalism committed in the name of Islam. It is hardly surprising, as the Islamic slogan has been repeatedly used and abused … Continue reading

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By snubbing Copts on their holiest day, Egypt’s Morsi failed as President

(Coptic Pope Tawadros II, as he arrives to celebrate Easter mass at Cairo’s main cathedral on May 4, 2013. Reuters) This piece was published yesterday in The Globe And Mail, here is another copy in case you missed it. On late Saturday, … Continue reading

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‘Non’- Romantic Sectarianism

If your Lord had pleased, surely all those who are on the earth would have believed, all of them; will you then force men till they become believers? __ Quran 10.99 Originally published in Daily News Egypt Beni Suef– A story of … Continue reading

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Understanding Sukuk

(Photo, Grand Sheik of al-Azhar: Egypt Independent) In an effort to develop Islamic alternatives to conventional investments, Muslim scholars have advocated new economical instruments, which fit with Sharia prohibition of usury and encouragement of shared risks. Islamic banking is growing, not … Continue reading

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s treatment of women reveals its agenda for Egypt

(photo, EuroNews) This piece was initially published in The Globe And Mail On Saturday in Cairo, a young Egyptian female activist, Mervat Moussa, was slapped to the ground by a member of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood. Her only crime was demonstrating in … Continue reading

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Why do Islamists hate Valentine’s Day?

(Photo of Egyptian Preacher Abu-Islam via Reuters) Originally published in the Daily News Egypt “Valentine’s Day represents for the Christians, a celebration of adultery and prostitution, and those who go out on this day are prostitutes.” That is how Abu Islam, a … Continue reading

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Where is the Muslim Rage?

This week, I was planning to write about a different subject until I came across this video (by chance on Twitter). Watching this 55-second-long arabic video was enough to convince me that this topic should not be ignored. In this … Continue reading

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Egypt’s New Grand Imam

Twice in one week, President Mohamed Morsi addressed Egyptians from a mosque. Each speech was more like a religious sermon than a political address. The following excerpts illustrate this point: “Quran has everything for us, if we follow it, we … Continue reading

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