Muslim Voices in America: The Making of a Modern Music Scene

By Hussein Rashid, Hofstra University The international flow of music has also introduced Muslim musics to the American soundscape. Qawwali artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan worked on the soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ, and performed with Eddie Veder of Pearl Jam on Dead Man Walking. Bruce Springsteen, on the track “Worlds Apart,” from…

Calgary Canada: Engaging our Youth

From Almoonir Dewji’s blog The next meeting of the IFNC for this year will be hosted by Calgary’s Sikh Community on Wednesday, February 12th 2009 at the Sikh Society Gurdwara (Old Banff Coach Rd. & 81 St. SW) at 7:30pm. The issue for discussion will be “Engaging our youth” The theme for this year is:…

A Changing Religious Landscape: Perspectives on the Muslim Experience in North America

Professor Azim Nanji Abstract In the last half of the twentieth century, Muslim communities in North America have been increasingly recognised as an established minority rather than a ‘mere exotic presence’. Their ‘encounters’ with their host communities have been multidimensional and consist of a diverse set of experiences. This article explores three dimensions through which…

Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive

By: The Citizen Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive “This is a way for youth to help locally,” says Aga Khan Youth and Sports organization member Sophia Dayani. The group’s Blood and Bone Marrow Drive for American Red Cross held Sunday at the South Jamatkhana worship center on Flat Creek Trail just outside…

Miscellaneous and Interesting Articles

Article # 1 The secret life of a doomed hotel: remembering Islamabad’s Marriott By Mark Corcoran of ABC’s Foreign Correspondent It’s hard not to get emotional and very difficult to play the dispassionate journalist as I sit here, watching the Marriott Hotel burn on my computer screen courtesy of online news. Initial reports say rescuers…

5 million US Muslims seek voice in OIC – Interview with Sada Cumber, US special envoy to OIC

Interview with Malaysian Newspaper. America’s first ever US special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Conference, Sada Cumber, was in Kuala Lumpur recently. He talked to NISHA SABANAYAGAM about how the Muslim world has moved from an open society to a closed one. Q: You have visited many countries in recent times. What have you…

Who speaks for Islam: Part I – Gulf News

By John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed Published: September 05, 2008, 00:21 What do the world’s one billion Muslims really think? What does the silent majority of Muslims want for their lives, and in their politics? Why are the aspirations of the vast majority of Muslims in direct contrast to most of the world’s impressions of…

Ismaili Wedding – Andrew R. Slaton | Photographer

Last weekend, I traveled to Richmond, Virginia to shoot an Ismaili wedding.  Ismailis are a sect of Shia Muslims, and these folks in particular were mostly of Pakistani/ Indian origins. It was a very interesting experience. everyone was incredibly hospitable, and I really enjoyed observing a different culture. travel updates « andrew r. slaton |…

Calgary Canada: Bridges To a Common Future

From Almoonir Dewji’s blog You are invited to join us in building a common future founded on trust and understanding. Let’s make Calgary a city that shines with hope for future generations. Come to an evening of hospitality hosted by members of the Muslim and Christian communities in Calgary in conjunction with Initiatives of Change…

Timbuktu, Mali

Complete article at New York Times. Some more relevant and informational links below Timbuktu Hopes Ancient Texts Spark a Revival The geography that has doomed Timbuktu to obscurity in the popular imagination for half a millennium was once the reason for its greatness. It was founded as a trading post by nomads in the 11th…

The modern concept of the Hospital was introduced by Muslims

The modern concept of the hospital was introduced by Muslims. The medicine of the medieval Islamic civilization was built primarily on Greek medicine, in particular the writings of Hippocrates and Galen. The most significant contribution of the Islamic civilization to medicine was the establishment of the hospital for the treatment of patients and for training…

Florida State University welcomes author and speaker Eboo Patel

Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences, the Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue, and the Shepard and Ruth K. Broad International Lecture Series welcomed Eboo Patel, author and activist for religious pluralism, Friday, Feb. 22 to speak to the FSU community regarding “The Faith Line: The Need for a Different Conversation on Religion.” Patel…

The ‘Islamic’ in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse

By Mr Farid Panjwani This is an edited version of an article which was originally published in Current Issues in Comparative Education, Teacher College, Columbia University, Vol. 7(1), online at: columbia.edu/cice/Archives. Abstract The paper assesses the dominant discourse on Islam and education that argues for an education derived from an exclusively ‘Islamic’ vision. In addition…

Diversity and Sisterhood in Islam – An imaginative example shared by Easy Nash

“Ismaili Mail contributor and Facebook aficionado Easy Nash was trolling through his friends’ facebook profiles late one frigid night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and came across a picture that jumped right out at him. Nabila Kanji, second from left in this picture, a member of Easy Nash’s extended family, and her three friends(from left to…

Approaches to the Qur’an

The Qur’an-i Sharif is the foundational text for Muslims. It has shaped Muslim consciousness over the course of centuries. For Muslims, the Qur’an is the word of God, which entered human time and history. The Noble Qur’an has guided the thought and conduct of Muslims belonging to different communities of interpretation and spiritual affiliation, from…

Calgarian hits spiritual peak – Almoonir Dewji and 37-member group of Canadians tackled Kilimanjaro to raise money for Save the Children

An excellent, heart warming story from Calgary Herald. Graeme Morton Calgary Herald Few experiences can bring you closer to God than trudging through a pitch-black night in the rarified air of Africa’s highest peak. Almoonir Dewji, vice-president of Calgary management consultant firm Callow and Associates, said summiting Mount Kilimanjaro near sunrise on Jan. 2 capped…

A Profile in Muslim Social Consciousness: The Aga Khan Development Network

The article, “A Profile in Muslim Consciousness: The Aga Khan Development Network,” is now available in the Online Analysis Section of Islamica Magazine, widely considered the foremost popular magazine in English of Muslim thought, opinion, literature, and analysis. This piece, co-written by Taufiq Rahim and Qahir Dhanani of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard…

AN ISLAMIC CONSCIENCE: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis

Join Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9056376419 Website: http://www.agakhanfilm.org Starring: His Highness the Aga Khan & the Ismaili Muslims Screenplay By: Bill Cran Directed By: Jane Chablani / Bill Cran / Shamir Allibhai Produced By: Shamir Allibhai Plot Outline: For 50 years the Aga Khan has shouldered the burden of the welfare of his community as the world has…

India Post: Aga Khan Historic Cities Program exhibition in University of California Berkeley

BERKELEY: The University of California’s College of Environmental Design (CED) in Berkeley was an appropriate setting for a special viewing of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Program (HCP) between November 28- December 1.The seventeen panels and two models depicted eleven projects in eight countries spanning Africa, Asia and the Middle East. CED’s Dean Fraker observed,…

Bibliotheca Alexandrina celebration of its fifth anniversary

Various stories with sources from fifth anniversary of Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 23rd October 2007. High Highness the Aga Khan was in attendance : Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the BA organizes some artistic, scientific and social events, including concerts, exhibitions, lectures and seminars. The festival program includes the following: –snip– Celebrating…

Punjab University invites AKU-ISMC professor as keynote

LAHORE: Punjab University Department of History and Pakistan Study Centre arranged a seminar titled ‘Muslim Cultures and Civilisations’. Prof Moncef Ben Abdejelil of the Institute of Study of Muslims Culture of Aga Khan University London was the keynote speaker on this occasion. Prof Abdejelil explained the significance of the study of culture and civilisations in…

South Asia’s Bono comes to town

World’s top Muslim rock star Salman Ahmad also humanitarian Nov 02, 2007 04:30 AM Prithi Yelaja Staff Reporter When Salman Ahmad – a.k.a. the Bono of South Asia – performs at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo next month, it will be the zenith of his life’s work, combining music with a social message…

Islam as thinking, spiritual faith

  The Aga Khan has emphasised the view of Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith: one that teaches compassion and tolerance and that upholds the dignity of man, Allah’s noblest creation. In the Shia tradition of Islam, it is the mandate of the Imam of the time to safeguard the individual’s right to personal intellectual…

The Ismailis

The Ismailis are the second largest Shia Muslim community. When Imam Jafar as-Sadiq died in the year 765, a group gave allegiance to his younger son Musa al-Kazim, and after him, in lineal descent, to Muhammad al-Mahdi, their twelfth Imam, who they believe is in hiding and will return to restore order and justice. This…