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Fleeing Syria, a migrant family reaches Bavaria

“Is this really our train? Is this the train to Germany?!” Maha screams with delight. It is Monday evening in Vienna’s central train station and the 25-year-old Arabic teacher, carrying her one-year old son in her arms, can’t quite believe that her family’s harrowing journey from Syria may soon be[…]

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Unsung Heroes: Lansdowne

This article forms part of a series focused on community activists who are the ‘Unsung Heroes’ working tirelessly to fight crime. One Cape Flats crime fighter has found a way to use technology to create greater awareness of criminal activity in his ‘hood’. 47 year old Riyad Adams is the[…]

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The 7 roles of the Mosque

In Islam, mosques are not just “places of prayers.” Mosques are – in modern terminology – community centers. The role of the mosque in Islam is one of the major things that have to be reformed before the Muslim nation is capable of recovering from its present status. How do[…]

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Unsung Heroes: Manenberg

This article forms part of a series focused on community activists who are the ‘Unsung Heroes’ working tirelessly to fight crime. Ask any resident in Manenberg about Ronald ‘Uncle Errol’ Snippers, they will immediately stop what they’re doing to tell you about the man behind the ‘new found peace’ in[…]

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The Kurdish problem

With much of the world focusing on the Islamic State (IS) and its offensive on Kobane, very little is known about the Kurdish people, who call the Syrian-Turkish border town home. The Kurds are an ethnic group in the Middle East and Central Asia. The Kurdish question is a term[…]

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The mending of the Middle East

By Inas Younis – “The Mending Wall”, a poem published during World War I by American poet Robert Frost, narrates the story of a farmer who contacts his neighbor to help him rebuild the stone wall between their two farms. When the farmer questions the purpose of the wall, the[…]

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Companions buried in Palestine

This represents part two of a feature on the alleged graves of the prophets and companions situated in Palestine/Israel: The region of Palestine and Israel carries much significance in terms of Islamic history, not only for being home to one of the religion’s most important sites in Masjid Al-Aqsa, but[…]

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Graves of the Prophets and Companions

Written and anecdotal records state that the lands of Al-Sham, compromising what is present day Syria, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and parts of Turkey were blessed by the presence of many of the prophets and companions we as Muslims treat as the ‘founding fathers’ of our religion. The region very[…]

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How Did Islam Spread in India?

By Firas Al-Khateeb – Today, there are over 500 million Muslims throughout the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), making it one of the largest population centers of Muslims in the world. Since Islam first entered India, it has contributed greatly to the area and its people. Today, numerous theories[…]

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Islamic conceptualization of sciences

We believe it isn’t emphasized today as much as it should be that traditional conceptualizations of sciences, whether Islamic or not, were very different from the way modern sciences are currently conceptualized. Most of us assume that humankind is continually improving in its knowledge of existence and thinking so as[…]

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