Imran Khan says Islam is not the enemy

October 11, 2008

“Everyone must understand terrorism is never caused by religion. The roots of all terrorism lie in politics and so do the solutions.

“When (US President) George Bush and (former British prime minister) Tony Blair talk about radical Islam . . . the man in the street in the West is suspicious of all Muslims.”

He said the US was “manufacturing terrorists” through its continuing military action in Pakistan’s border regions with Afghanistan, where they believe al-Qaida forces are in hiding.  >>>>>


The Empire State Building Shines Green for Muslim Holiday Eid

September 30, 2008

For the second year, the Empire State Building will shine its world-famous tower lights in green on Tuesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 1, 2008 for its annual celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, the “Festival of Fast-breaking,” which marks the end of Ramadan. The lighting for Eid is an annual event in the same tradition of the Empire State Building’s yearly lightings for Christmas and Hanukah. The Empire State Building’s tower lights are world renowned for celebrating different nationalities, holidays, parades, and events of importance to the world.  >>>>>


Let your actions match your prayers, Yar’Adua enjoins Nigerians

September 29, 2008

President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and other top political office holders have urged Nigerians, especially Muslim faithful to reflect the lessons of the Holy Month of the Ramadan in their daily endeavours. The president, in a goodwill message to Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations, urged all Nigerians to let their actions match their prayers.  >>>>>


God should deny me governorship if … – Ajimobi

September 29, 2008

The All Nigeria People Party (ANPP) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Monday asked God to deny him the governorship seat if he was going to amass wealth from the public coffers.

The governorship candidate said this at a Ramadan lecture entitled “Role Of Islam in Eradicating Corruption in Governance,” held in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said there were many politicians who were targeting positions because of their selfish interest. Senator Ajimobi said “if my name will be spoilt by occupying the seat of government, may God not allow me to occupy it,”… >>>>>

We need that kind of accountability in the U.S., not to mention several other dozen nations.


Changing Ramadan Rituals

September 27, 2008

Others, particularly since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, have used the holiday for activism, organizing iftars around Islam-related films or lectures or interfaith events. These changes represent soul-searching by some Muslims about how to create an American Islam, a trend pushed in particular by progressive Muslims seeking gender equity and more engagement with other faiths. >>>>>


Over 190,000 Muslims pray at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque

September 26, 2008

Al-Aqsa mosque — on Islam’s third holiest site — has been a major flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was the site of the outbreak of the latest Palestinian uprising in 2000.

Jews believe the compound including the mosque was the site of the Second Temple — Judaism’s holiest site — which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.    >>>>>


Malaysian boy wonder takes honours in Dubai Holy Quran Awards

September 24, 2008

Dubai: Malaysian wonder-boy Mohammad Bin Ahmad Zahid, 13, took the honours at the Dubai International Holy Quran Awards (DIHQA), this year.  More than 80 contestants from as many countries participated in the contest to find out who is the best in reciting the Holy Quran – a regular feature during Ramadan for the past 12 years.  >>>>>