Bait and Switch

In the world of page-click journalism, anger sells. In the words of MIT Media Studies professor Henry Jenkins: “If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead.” And nothing spreads like anger. While your friends at UmmahPulse are happily advertisement-free, most of the blogosphere represents the monetization of the page-view – roughly 1p per pageview. Ever get spooked by how spot-on those google adverts are? You know, the ones that read your email and then decide which ads you would be most interested in, making them pop up almost telepathically in the margin?

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Mid-Ramadan Report

Written by Karima Hamdan.

Just in case you haven’t noticed it’s Ramadan. You’ve been busy, we’ve been busy so lets just get on with it and mention a few stories that may have missed the media mill.

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Don’t Build Sandcastles this Ramadan


Written by Karima Hamdan

Are you aglow with fevered anticipation yet?

It is the most hotly anticipated global event of the year, drawing together people from all parts of the world with a single purpose. Despite different cultures, languages and skin colour there is no discrimination. For the individual there are hours spent in quiet sacrifice with a determination to stay the course and all building up to a day where they will be judged on their effort and stamina and can reap their rewards. Of course there are problems – the lack of infrastructure to cope with the crowds springs to mind but I am all too sure we can rise above it all for the sake of the greater good.

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British Muslim – You’re Having a Laugh Gov!


Written by Ahmad Ashiqilahi

If you stand in the rain, you will get wet. If you stand in the heavy rain for a long time you will get drenched. This is true, despite the best of intentions to stay dry. Should we therefore be surprised when the media reports that 72% of Britons believe Muslims do not want to integrate into British society?

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Our Soul Deserves Better than a Facebook-Islam


Written by Husain Al-Qadi

Egyptians often see themselves, understandably, as the hub of the ancient world and as the cultural and intellectual capital of the Arab and Muslim world. This sense of pride, in the last few weeks, was lifted into the clouds (and, for some, dipped in the mud) with the triumphant arrival of Dr Muhammad Mursi into the presidential palace (without a job description and without a parliament). Read more »

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The Power of Prophecy

Written by Karima Hamdan.

It is narrated by Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Umar that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“When the belly of Makkah will be cleft open and through it will be dug out river-like passages (i.e. tunnels) and the buildings of the Holy City of Makkah will rise higher than its mountains, when you observe these signs, then understand that the time of trial is near at hand.”

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Endless Bounties


Written by Kamal Nuruddeen.

It may seem an incredible thought to us now, but this summer season started with dire warnings of water shortages and the looming spectre of drought, withering crops and stand-pipes in the street. However, and not for the first time, Allah has replaced for the inhabitants of the UK impending drought with copious rain, literally showering His blessings upon us and drenching us all in His mercy.

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2011 – A Review

The turn of the years in the Gregorian calender has always been a traditional time for reflection and the making of idealistic pledges and resolutions. This group introspection is the natural conclusion of the midwinter solstice that sees the vast majority of the British public unrepentantly gorging themselves on the richest of British cuisine, in the stifling confines of overheated double glazed houses, surrounded by frenzied children in a ferment of sugared up delirium. 

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For the Love of Allah

Written by Rafiq Ali.

The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said that “He who loves Allah should love me and he who loves me should love my Sahabah (Companions) and he who loves my Companions should love the Quran and he who loves the Quran should love the Masajid (Mosques)…” (Al-Qurtubi fi Tafsirihi wa Ibn Adi fi al-Kamil li al-Du’afa).
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Will the Real Evil Empire Please Step Forward?

Written by Karima Hamdan.

It has changed lives, uplifted individuals, touched just about every person in the western world in just a few short decades. Some may say that it is best known for its more controversial aspects: the ubiquitous black clad figure, its face hidden; the people driven to war by this ideology; as for its charms: the universality of its call, its deep sense of justice, its call to a better way.

I am, of course, referring to Star Wars.
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