Syria, Nine Grueling Years — John Wreford Photographer

Sitting in silence on a red sofa, gaze transfixed to a muted tv. January 2011. I had hardly left that sofa just watching history unfold via al Jazeera, this time I was squeezed between Syrian friends with tears in their eyes. We were in Syria and the revolution was in Egypt and of all the […]

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How to Indulge Your Wanderlust at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic. — The Shooting Star

Some creative ideas to satiate your travel cravings – safely and responsibly – during the uncertain coronavirus period.

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The name of the religion is Islam, which comes from an Arabic root word meaning “peace” and “submission.” Islam teaches that one can only find peace in one’s life by submitting to Almighty God ( Allah) in heart, soul, and deed. The same Arabic root word gives us “Salaam alaykum,” (“Peace be with you”), theuniversal Muslim greeting.

A person who believes in and consciously follows Islam is called a Muslim, also from the same root word. So, the religion is called “Islam,” and a person who believes in and follows it is a “Muslim.”

How Many and Where?

Islam is a major world religion, withover 1 billion followers worldwide(1/5 of the world population). It is considered one of the Abrahamic, monotheistic faiths, along with Judaism and Christianity. Although usually associated with the Arabs…

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The concept of Mandatory Charity — Atul Depak

And with the grace of the Almighty, within few decades of this incident, those poor and hungry followers of Muhammad (s) were indeed presiding over a huge Caliphate stretching from Rome to Persia after successfully subduing some of the mightiest empires of the world and effectively dismantling and replacing the rule of monarchy, hereditary succession and autocracy with the rule of Islam that favoured the have-nots.

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Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself — RelaxMaven

Being kind to yourself is one of the best things you can do for yourself. But it’s also the one thing that is most often neglected or something that some people may feel guilty about doing. Here are ways to start being kinder to yourself today: 1. Speak To Yourself As You Would To Your […]

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Zakah as Instrument Islamic Microfinance Mechanism to Productive Zakah Recipients

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By: DR.Ahmad Maulidizen, M.Sh.Ec

Editor: Ustaz Sofyan Kaoy Umar, MA, CPIF


There are various forms of zakah distribution practiced by the zakah institutions. One of them is the distribution of zakah in the form of business capital given to productive zakah recipients. This form of zakah distribution is recognized as the micro-financing mechanism. Thus, this paper attempts to analyze the potential of zakah fund as a source of Islamic micro financing to productive zakah recipients. The analysis is divided into several parts. Firstly, this paper discusses the rationale of zakah fund as a source of micro-financing to small Muslim entrepreneurs. It is then followed by the feasibility study of zakah as a micro-financing mechanism. Secondly, this paper shares the practicality analysis of the mechanism by sharing the experience of the Selangor Zakat Board. In addition, it also highlights the…

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5 Muslim Book Recommendations For Your To-Be-Read

As an avid reader/devourer of novels and a Muslim, I often have to scrounge to find even a handful of titles that represent this aspect of my identity. Luckily, these past couple years saw the release of so many incredible books that portray various Muslim experiences and I genuinely struggle to adequately express the feeling of contentment and gratitude that accompanies seeing yourself reflected on the page. In the following list are 5 books with Muslim protagonists that I absolutely adore and that you do not wanna miss!

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Islamic Systems

Islamic economic and financial system and Riba’

Islamic Gems

images - 2019-04-17T211712.422.jpegMan has experienced and invented many things inculding man-made systems like Capitalism, Socialism, Democracy, Secularism, Communism,  Liberalism, Communism and Fascism, etc. The solutions that emanate from such systems breed more problems instead of solving them. As these systems do not have permanent solutions, the reason is that human beings have limited vision and incapable of formulating solutions that will address all problems. For example, the freedom of capitalism has caused imbalance in society due to this difference where few people are rich and deprive a significant amount of people from rightful wealth distributions increasing poverty.

Despite the best efforts of man these systems have failed to establish social justice. As these ideologies are purely materialistic, devoid of spirituality, divine guidance and moral values, Not only that they have failed to deliver but have placed the humanity at peril. These ideologies are dying.

Conversely, Islam has a solution of it…

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Jen Hewett on Letting Go of Perfection and Growing Multiple Skills to Enrich Her Creativity

We need to have joy and fun and rest in our lives in order to be our most creative. Hobbies offer us all of those things.

Own Your Content

When you have more than one creative craft and different avenues for your freelance business, how do you decide where to put it all? How do you write about yourself or showcase your projects?

The future of creativity is very much multi-faceted. Nowadays, side hustles and growing new skills that enhance our creative process is a natural way to continue learning and expanding your identity.

We spoke with Jen Hewett, a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist, teacher, and recently the author of her first book, Print, Pattern, Sew: Block Printing Basics + Simple Sewing Projects for an Inspired Wardrobe. Her inspiring CreativeMornings/San Francisco talk highlights a core philosophy of her work: “Perfection is the enemy of craft.” And why handmade art reflects the very human quality of imperfection.

Jen generously shares her experiences on growing her career and how she weaves her various skills together.

Jen, the beating…

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