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Shia mosque burnt in Brussels

You may have heard about the Imam al-Ridha mosque in Brussels which was burnt last month by a Salafi terrorist. The arson attack led to the tragic death of the imam, Sheikh Abdullah Dadou, a father-of-four from Morocco. A delegation from London travelled to Brussels to pay their respects to his family and the community. […]

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Living in a topsy-turvy world

It really is a sign of just how skewed our priorities are when a couple of Twitter postings about the Prophet (PBUH) cause more of a stir than the killing of innocent people. Or, as a friend of mine Tweeted “killing an innocent in the name of my religion is 1000 times more offensive than […]

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There is no panacea for Iraq’s problems

Thank God for Leslie Gelb, who after an entire three hours back in 2006 found the panacea that would solve Iraq’s problems; federalism. In an article by Gelb published a couple of weeks ago, he suggests that because “Shiites, Sunni and Kurds have been at  each other’s throats for centuries”, federalism that “provides ethno-religious groups […]

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Bin Laden’s Burial

There seems to be some controversy over how Osama’s body was disposed of. Chucking it in the sea apparently is offensive to some Muslims. By some Muslims, I mean some rather important ones. For example, “The Grand Imam, Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb, the sheikh of Al-Azhar condemned the reports, if true, of the throwing of the […]

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Hijab is Sexist and Degrading

After thinking about this for a long time, I have come to terms with the idea that hijab is sexist and degrading. In fact, it should have died a well-deserved death in the 20th century, along with other forms of dehumanising objectification. Hijab and the subjugation that it symbolises is rooted in the male domination […]

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Madressas and my hijacked memories

  ‘Madressa’. Sunny days. Primary school fun. Occasional boredom. Running around the playground. Slightly fresh textbook cartoons. Tedious homework last minute on a Friday evening. Madressa. Hardly a term I thought would be plastered on my English TV screen in 2011. Certainly not when I was a wee little 4 year old learning my alif baa’ […]

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Lentil soup for breakfast

Not all the writers on this blog come from ancient scholarly families and have the word ”Sayyid” posted as our first name on our Iranian passports. I am a layperson when it comes to jurisprudential issues, but would like to raise one peculiarity with you guys. Ramadhan has either ended, or is coming to an end, […]

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Last day lunacy

Extract from classified communication that took place on 10.09.2010 11:13 am CJ:       Good morning sir, sorry for disturbing you on your day off PT:       Well we can’t do anything about it now, but what you can do is keep it brief – something tells me my golf handicap isn’t going to improve subsequent to […]

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Cleric Condones Corruption

It was about 20 minutes into the religious Q&A show (11/8/2010) when Sayyid Rashid al-Hussaini dropped the bombshell fatwa on Al-Forat. I don’t usually watch the “Fiqh al-Mustafa” programme but as I stumbled on the channel and the first round of questions were on issues of fasting in Ramadhan I decided to get educated. In […]

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Allawi visit to Iran, Hakim visit to Israel, Sadr visit to US

Now that I have your attention…. ***WARNING: This is not about Iraqi politics.  Please do not read any further if you are looking for a rant about whether Maliki or Allawi should form the Iraqi government – your mind may not be able to handle something apolitical.*** For those whose brains haven’t exploded at the […]

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