Mecca or see
you a sneak
peek with a
also set up
month of the
often a time
mean to many
of us,” Hadi
can also see
Yusufzai was shot in the head by Taliban
gunmen simply because she wanted to gain an
education it sent shockwaves around the
the Western media took up the issue. Western
politicians spoke out and soon she found
herself in the UK. The way in which the West
reacted did make me question the reasons and
motives behind why Malala's case was taken
up and not so many others.
There is no
justifying the brutal actions of the Taliban
or the denial of the universal right to
education, however there is a deeper more
historic narrative that is taking place
This is a
story of a native girl being saved by the
white man. Flown to the UK, the Western
world can feel good about itself as they
save the native woman from the savage men of
her home nation.
It is a
historic racist narrative that has been
institutionalised. Journalists and
politicians were falling over themselves to
report and comment on the case. The story of
an innocent brown child that was shot by
savages for demanding an education and along
comes the knight in shining armour to save
of the West, the bombings, the occupations
the wars all seem justified now, "see, we
told you, this is why we intervene to save
stood at the
UN and spoke
he is the
for the war
in Iraq that
but of their
The truth is
that there are hundreds and thousands of
other Malalas. They come from Iraq,
Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places in
the world. Many are victims of the West, but
we conveniently forget about those as
Western journalists and politicians fall
over themselves to appease their
white-middle class guilt also known as the
white man's burden.
stood at the UN and spoke words in support
for Malala, yet he is the very same Gordon
Brown that voted for the war in Iraq that
not only robbed people of their education
but of their lives. The same journalists
that failed to question or report on the
Western wars in an intelligible manner now
sing the praises of the West as they back
Malala and her campaign without putting it
in context of the war in Afghanistan and the
destabalisation of the region thanks to the
Western occupation of Afghanistan.
message is true, it is profound, it is
something the world needs to take note of;
education is a right of every child, but
Malala has been used as a tool by the West.
It allows countries like Britain to hide
their sins in Afghanistan and Iraq. It
allows journalists to report a feel good
story whilst they neglect so many others,
like the American drone strikes that
terrorise men, women and children in
Pakistan's border regions.
how many of
She was the
then her and
There are no
of her at
the UN, and
we don't see
name to her
narrative continues the demonization of the
non-white Muslim man. Painting him as a
savage, someone beyond negotiating with,
beyond engaging with, the only way to deal
with this kind of savage is to wage war,
occupy and use drones against them. NATO is
bombing to save girls like Malala is the
the West has always used women to justify
the actions of war mongering men. It is in
the imagery, it is in art, in education, it
is even prevalent in Western human rights
organisations, Amnesty International's
poster campaign coinciding with the NATO
summit in New York encouraged NATO to 'keep
the progress going!' in Afghanistan.
and Kainat Riaz were also shot along with
Malala, the media and politicians seem to
have forgotten about them. Abeer Qassim
Hamza al-Janabi - how many of the Western
politicians and journalists know about this
name? She was the 14-year-old girl gang
raped by five US soldiers, then her and her
family, including her six-year-old sister
were murdered. There are no days named after
her, no mentions of her at the UN, and we
don't see Gordon Brown pledging his name to
Malala, I support the right to education for
all, I just cannot stand the hypocrisy of
Western politicians and media as they pick
and choose, congratulating themselves for
something that they have caused. Malala is
the good native, she does not criticise the
West, she does not talk about the drone
strikes, she is the perfect candidate for
the white man to relieve his burden and save
savior complex has hijacked Malala's
message. The West has killed more girls than
the Taliban have. The West has denied more
girls an education via their missiles than
the Taliban has by their bullets. The West
has done more against education around the
world than extremists could ever dream of.
So, please, spare us the self-righteous and
self-congratulatory message that is nothing
more than propaganda that tells us that the
West drops bombs to save girls like Malala.
Abu Dhabi, Ramadan a time for fasting and
food waste awareness
Monday marked the beginning of the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan. Traditionally a time
of fasting, prayer and introspection for
Muslims worldwide, the month has an added
focus this year in one Arab nation, where
they have connected the religious period
with the theme from World Environment Day
2013 — “reduce your foodprint.”
To that end, the Environment Agency-Abu
Dhabi has partnered with a charitable
organization and a food-and-beverage chain
to donate each day for the next five years
250 meals of untouched, safe leftover food
to the capital city’s homeless. The agency
introduced the campaign at the start of
Ramadan, and will launch it in full at its
conclusion. Islam's holy month continues
through Aug. 7.
According to the Khaleej Times, Quattro
Group, a food service company, will provide
approximately 250 unsold meals each day from
its Mocha cafes and restaurants to the
Saving Grace project, which will deliver
them to low-income communities. Saving Grace
director Sultan Al Shehi told the Khaleej
Times that its list of families in need
exceeded 175,000 in 2012.
The collaboration, Al Shehi said in a press
release, plays “a significant role in
raising awareness among community members on
the importance of conserving our environment
by reducing food waste at social events,
restaurants, hotels, governmental
organizations and in private entities.”
hit with prayer and fasting restrictions
attend Friday prayer at the Baitulla Mosque
groups are calling on the central government
to lift restrictions that they say have been
preventing Uygurs in the region of Xinjiang
from observing Ramadan since the Muslim holy
month began on Tuesday.
They say Beijing's security crackdowns after
recent outbreaks of violence in the restive
region have discouraged Muslims from praying
at mosques and interfered with their
requisite daytime fasting.
Congress spokesman Dilxadi Rexiti said
yesterday that government officials had
entered Uygur homes to provide them with
fruit and drinks during daylight hours, when
Muslims were supposed to abstain from food,
drink and sexual activity.
authorities have banned organised study of
religious texts and placed religious venues
under close watch, including an
"around-the-clock" monitoring of mosques in
the northern city of Karamay, the Karamay
Lantos Swett, of the US Commission on
International Religious Freedom (USCIRF),
said such moves would not alleviate ethnic
the name of stability and security,
Beijing's campaigns of repression against
Uygur Muslims include the targeting of
peaceful private gatherings for religious
study and devotion," Lantos Swett said.
"These abuses predictably have led to
neither stability nor security, but rather
instability and insecurity."
December 18, 1499, the Muslims in Granada revolted
against the Christian city government's attempts to
suppress their rights to live and worship as
followers of Islam.
Although the Granada riot was a local
phenomenon that was soon contained, subsequent
widespread rebellion provided the Christian
government with an excuse—or justification, as its
leaders saw things—to embark on the systematic
elimination of the Islamic presence from Spain, as
well as from the Iberian Peninsula as a whole, over
the next hundred years.
Picking up at the end of his earlier
classic study, Islamic Spain, 1250 to 1500— which
described the courageous efforts of the followers of
Islam to preserve their secular, as well as sacred,
culture in late medieval Spain—L. P. Harvey
chronicles here the struggles of the Moriscos. These
forced converts to Christianity lived clandestinely
in the sixteenth century as Muslims, communicating
in aljamiado— Spanish written in Arabic characters.
More broadly, Muslims in Spain, 1500
to 1614, tells the story of an early modern nation
struggling to deal with diversity and
multiculturalism while torn by the fanaticism of the
Counter-Reformation on one side and the threat of
Ottoman expansion on the other.
Harvey recounts how a century of
tolerance degenerated into a vicious cycle of
repression and rebellion until the final expulsion
in 1614 of all Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula.
Retold in all its complexity and poignancy, this
tale of religious intolerance, political maneuvering,
and ethnic cleansing resonates with many modern
Eagerly awaited by Islamist and
Hispanist scholars since Harvey's first volume
appeared in 1990, Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614,
will be compulsory reading for student and
“The year’s most rewarding
historical work is L. P. Harvey’s Muslims in Spain
1500 to 1614, a sobering account of the various ways
in which a venerable Islamic culture fell victim to
Christian bigotry. Harvey never urges the topicality
of his subject on us, but this aspect inevitably
sharpens an already compelling book.”—Jonathan
Keats, Times Literary Supplement (20050613)
1. Heat the milk over a
medium-low heat until lukewarm.
2. Stir the cocoa powder and sugar into the
warmed milk until dissolved.
3. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, chilli powder,
nutmeg and cloves.
4. Heat the mixture for another 5 minutes
If you want a special treat -
then top with a spoon of whipped cream, a
dusting of chocolate and decorate with half a
Q: Dear Kareema, I’m expecting my second baby
and was wondering if you have any advice on how to
‘bounce back’ after I give birth as I really struggled
after my first one.
A: We tend to put undue pressure on ourselves at a time
we should be relaxing and enjoying precious moments with
our newborns. The key to dropping baby weight fast is to
start before the baby comes!
When you are a fit and healthy person to start off with,
you are most likely to get back to your pre-baby weight
faster. Set out a workout plan consisting of a
combination of walking, swimming, yoga, etc. (include
activities you enjoy that will be safe to do during
pregnancy) and you will almost certainly find it easier
to drop the weight after birth.
These activities will allow you to include your baby as
part of your workout routine which means no bonding time
is missed out on.
Diet of course is just as important for both you and
baby before and after birth. All the best and N-JOY!
Mula Nasruddin went to Burger King with his wife and
ordered one burger, one order of French fries and one
He wrapped the plain burger and carefully cut it in
He placed one half in front of his wife.
He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing
them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front
of his wife.
Mula Nasruddin then took a sip of the drink; his wife
took a sip and then set the cup down between them.
As he began to eat his few bites of burger, the people
around them kept looking over and whispering, “That poor
old couple – all they can afford is one meal for the two
As Mula Nasruddin began to eat his fries a young man
came to the table.
He politely offered to buy another meal for the old
Mula Nasruddin said, “We are just fine, jazakallah. We
are used to sharing everything."
The surrounding people noticed that Mula Nasruddin's
wife hadn’t eaten a bite.
She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally
taking turns sipping the drink.
Again, the young man came over and begged them to let
him buy another meal for them.
This time Mula Nasruddin's wife said, “No, thank you, we
are used to sharing everything.”
As Mula Nasruddin finished and was wiping his face
neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to
his wife who had yet to eat a single bite of food and
asked “What is it you are waiting for?”
KNOWLEDGE SEEKERS CLASS Venue: Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester When: Every Tuesday after Isha
Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri
For any further information please contact me on 0433552409
or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.
Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer
The weekly program schedule is as follows:
The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for
approximately 1/2 an hour each day.
All brothers and sisters are welcome.
Kuraby Mosque Tafseer &
Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday
11am - 12.30pm
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