Posts Tagged ‘MuslimMatters’

Lloyds TSB Threaten to Close Charity Account

// November 15th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

The banking group, Lloyds TSB are forcing the Islamic Bank of Britain to close Interpal's account – a UK-based charity dedicated to helping poor Palestinians (which these days, constitutes most of the population of Palestine, thanks to Israel preventing fuel and food aid from entering Gaza).

The timing could not be worse: the notice comes into effect on December 8th 2008, i.e., around ‘Īd al-Aḍḥa; a time when Muslims are encouraged to give in charity, so that the less fortunate can also partake in the festival of ‘Īd. How will Interpal process Qurbani donations, if their bank account is closed? Was the date deliberately timed to be as heartless as possible, or is it just plain coincidence?

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That’s It… I’ve Had Enough!

// October 31st, 2008 // 10 Comments » // Blog

The comment exchange on my very short MM post regarding the Global Peace & Unity event 2008 is a clear illustration of the exact reason why the organizers need to stop using music.

Sadly, not because of its impermissibility… or even because I may have lost a good percentage of my hearing over the weekend… seriously, what were the sound engineers thinking by putting the volume so loud?

No, because the issue of music – and how ridiculous is it that it has this ability? – divides the Ummah clean in two. In fact, if I am subjected to one more “Is music permissible in Islam?” debate, I may hurt someone.

Dear GPU people: if you are really all about the unity, you need to stop using music… so we can have some flippin' peace!

Else, you may want to seriously think about a name change.

May Allāh help me; that this of all things should be placed on my priority to-do list. Sigh…

GPU 2008: A Follow Up

// October 28th, 2008 // 21 Comments » // Blog

After a disastrous first day at the GPU 2008, I have to say, Sunday was a only, oh… a million times better! Alhamdulillah.

If you were at the GPU yesterday, and spotted a mad sister interviewing some “strange” people on camera – that was me! I can't say too much, mainly because I want to save the juicy details for the article I plan to write, inshā’Allāh.

I took photos, and also met some interesting folks, including a couple of the MM shuyukh (link to my MM article to be inserted here within 24 hours, inshā’Allāh now LIVE).

I have to say, although the Islam Expo 2008 was so much more fun, in so many more ways, I did learn just as many lessons from my GPU experience, both from a professional and personal perspective.

Professional lessons


Brass Crescent Awards 2008 | 1429

// October 9th, 2008 // 2 Comments » // Blog

The Brass Crescent Awards are here again. I'm not sure who to nominate, except of course…


We received a 'special mention' or something last year, but this year we must win, inshā’Allāh. New look, new writers, new competitions – a whole new MM! is not really a group 'blog', plus we have our own plans for blogosphere domination, inshā’Allāh. So I'd rather peeps nominate MM (if you even care about my opinion, that is!).

They have a BEST FEMALE BLOG category, which I think my dearest sister, Organica (previously known as Organic Muslimah) should totally win. Vote Organica!

But the description for that category irks me somewhat:


Ramadan Entry – Losing Track!

// October 7th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

I forgot to mention my follow-up entry to Ramadan: The Ultimate Sin-O-Meter, titled: Ramadan Sin-O-Meter: The Results. Check it out!

Nights of Power: Short Tales of Inspiration

// August 29th, 2008 // 2 Comments » // Blog are asking their readers to submit short, inspirational stories on the subject of Ramadan. The best stories will win their authors amazing prizes, māshā’Allāh (seriously, I didn't know we could afford such things, else I'd ask for a raise… oh wait, I don't get paid. *Dangerous ideas begin to form*).

Check it out: MM's Ramadan Special: Short Story Contest '08 (Cash Prizes & More!!) – It’s Finally Here

// August 8th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog


Finally, I have the immense honour and pleasure to announce the launch of the long-awaited (well, long-ish, kinda awaited) website, that has recently got the blogosphere in a buzz… (more…)

Islam Expo – More Photos, More Info

// July 16th, 2008 // 8 Comments » // Photos

The Flickr widget in the sidebar doesn't seem to be working (for me, anyhow), so I may as well inform you directly that I have added a few more photos to the Islam Expo 2008 Set.

A young Muslim boy indulges in some 'halal' graffiti on the Aerosol Arabic wall.

I didn't have much time to take snaps from the last three days. However, I do have some amazing video, taken by an even more amazing bro who has been, and continues to be, a great help, māshā’Allāh.

The footage was shot as part of a community project which will be rolled out very, very soon, and includes the likes of Outlandish, Zain Bhika, Mecca2Medina, The Sound of Reason, Khaleel Muhammad, Mesut Kurtis, Yvonne Ridley, Tariq Ramadan – as well as prominent shayookh, inshā’Allāh (we're currently working on the shayookh dept!).

Keep your eyes glued on my blog, as well as Muslim Matters to find out why they were all happy to step in front of the camera for a couple of nobodies (well, I'm a nobody at any rate, hehe). I think you'll be nicely surprised, inshā’Allāh.

Oh, how I love teasing you all!

Heart Softeners

// June 26th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

Two heart softeners from my feed reader this week…

Smart Muslim Chicks Who Inexplicably Scare Off Guys

// June 16th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

After discovering an article titled “A Few Good Men: American Muslim women bemoan lack of 'good' male suitors“, I was oh-so-kindly “volunteered” by my fellow MM staff members to write a blog post in response. I wonder why? Could it be because:

1) I am a Muslim woman.
2) I am between the ages of 25-30 years.
3) māshā’Allāh, I am educated to the postgrad level (otherwise known as “overeducated” by my dear mum).
4) Oh yeah… I am single, and desperately looking for a decent guy to wed!

Okay, so scratch the “desperately”.

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