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The Muslim Next Door: A Book to help you explain Islam

The Muslim Next Door: A Book to help you explain Islam

Do you have a Friend who inquires you about Islam or a Neighbor who Simply has a wrong notion on Islam?Gift him this Book!

Thank you to the Islamophobic media that People are judgmental when it comes to Islam. Because of the negative Image that the Media has painted ,It gets difficult for us to explain Islam to someone who doesn’t know what Islam is all about .

Using her own experiences along with extensive research, Sumbul Ali-Karamali has written an engaging and important book that will hopefully aid in understanding of Muslims in the Western worldview.In Her Book,”The Muslim Next Door”,She talks about the misconception People have about Islam .She answers why people think the Quran is violent, oppressive, etc. Ali-Karamali makes a very good case to the reader of why an English translation of the Quran cannot just be picked up, read, and understood due to the fact that the actual Quran is in Arabic and from a time 1,300 years ago in which verses were revealed due to specific circumstances. She even delves into the linguistic nature of Arabic that can cause trouble for non-Arabic speakers. Therefore, an English translation with no footnotes or context given for verses should not be the basis of one’s understanding of the Quran.

The author also writes about why these misconceptions remain to exist, citing the media’s lack of fair coverage as one source. For example, she writes about how people still wonder, and have asked her, why the Muslim clergy and the Muslims in general have not made statements denouncing the acts of 9/11. She explains the extent to which Muslims have denounced the attacks but how they never made the news. Furthermore, she points out the difference in language the media uses when the story is about Muslims, for example she writes: “We do not ‘attack’ Muslims, we ‘respond’ to them,” she says.

About the Book,”The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing”

The Muslim next door

Author :

Sumbul Ali-Karamali is an American Muslim mom and former lawyer who grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles. In addition to her degree in English from Stanford and her law degree from University of California at Davis, she has a degree in Islamic law from the University of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Through her books, essays, and lectures, she answers questions on Islam and Muslims, both from within her tradition and from an academic perspective.

Why Read /Gift this Book ?

Written from the point of view of an American Muslim, the book addresses what readers in the Western world are most curious about, beginning with the basics of Islam and how Muslims practice their religion before easing into more complicated issues like jihad, Islamic fundamentalism, and the status of women in Islam. Author Sumbul Ali-Karamali’s vivid anecdotes about growing up Muslim and female in the West, along with her sensitive, scholarly overview of Islam, combine for a uniquely insightful look at the world’s fastest growing religion.

Price : $11.35

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Pakistani Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi,ex aetheist to quit acting for Allah and to Spread Islam.


In a video shared by him on Twitter, Hamza Ali Abbasi spoke about his journey – how he became an atheist when he was 14-15 years old and how science “brought him back” being a theist when he went to the US.

“I want to spend the rest of my life talking about God,” Abbasi said in the video-sharing that his decision is based on 10 years research.

Abbasi, who recently married Naimal Khawar, said that now he will try to shape his life in accordance with Islam and will try to spread across the message through various platforms.

“Being an ‘ex-atheist’, I want to share the answers I have received about God with people. I don’t want to debate or convince people, I just want to share,” he said and added that if he will make any movie or show, then it will be about Islam.

Read –What Allah says to the disbelievers


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babri masjid demolisher now a muslim

Man involved in Babri Masjid demolition now builds mosques to wash away guilt


Do you know that Kar sevak from Haryana who was part of Babri Masjid demolition, now preaches Islam, builds masjids ?He has built 90 Mosque so far.

Aamir, a former Shiv Sena leader from Panipat, Haryana often recalls the fateful day of December 6, 1992, that marked the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Aamir said that along with his friend Mohammed Umar, formerly Yogendra Pal, he had vowed to construct the Sri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya demolishing the masjid. Today, the two are fulfilling their pledge to renovate 100 mosques, in an attempt to purge themselves of their sins.

On December 1, 1992, Aamir reached Ayodhya to join thousands of kar sevaks coming from across the country. On December 6 that year, according to Aamir, he was the first man to climb the middle dome.

“We feared that the army might have been deployed in large number. But on ground there was hardly any security, that gave us a boost and we were mentally prepared to demolish the masjid that day,” said Mohammed Aamir.

Aamir along with many other kar sevaks from Sonipat and Panipat demolished the dome with spades and pickaxes.

“When I reached my home town Panipat after that I was given a hero’s welcome by the people,” Aamir said.

“But at home, my family’s reaction shocked me. My secular family denounced my actions. I had participated in the kar seva because I felt strongly about it, but I realized later that I was wrong.”

Mohammed Aamir, born a Rajput, said, “I realized that I had taken law in my hands and violated the constitution of India. Guilty, I embraced Islam.”

Ref :India Today.


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#Hijabisanidentity- Hijab walk to Stop the discrimination and marginalization of Muslim women and girls.


Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right in the Ghanaian legal system. To be specific Article 21 (c) of the 1992 Constitution states: “All persons shall have the right to freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.”

Unfortunately, most Muslim women and girls living in Ghana have dealt with individuals who exert their biases and bigotry into institutional cultures. Thus, making it impossible for Muslim women to wear the hijab as part of their religious freedoms stipulated in the 1992 constitution.

The #Hijabisanidentity campaign pushes for the right of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab to be free to do so without intimidation from any individual or institution.

Why do Muslim Woman Wear Hijab.

Recently, an invigilator of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) asked a candidate to remove her hijab before sitting her exams. This latest move sparked a recent social media campaign by Islam advocates dubbed: #Hijabisanidentity

They believe the successful campaign which culminated in a massive demonstration in some regions – North, Ashanti and Accra – will help shake up some traditionally-held cultural misconceptions about the female Muslim identity. On Saturday October 12, Ghanaian Muslim women marched for their right to wear the hijab. The #Hijabisanidentity campaign is still on.

Stop policing Women’s bodies!

My hijab, my CHOICE My choice, my right


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Sinéad O’Connor Performs in Hijab.Says : ‘I have been a Muslim all my life and I didn’t realise it’


Dublin: Singer Sinead O’Connor stepped out in a traditional hijab with her son after converting to Islam in October.

The 52-year-old wore a bright red abaya and matching hijab when she appeared on “The Late Late Show” in Dublin on Friday night, reports ” the sun”

Earlier in the day, she arrived at the studio with her son, 15-year-old Shane Lunny, who looks exactly like his mom.

Sinead was dressed more casually in blue trousers, a matching belted shirt, and a navy cardigan. She complete the look with a dark blue headscarf. Shane carried his mother’s red abaya to the venue.

Shane apart, Sinead is also mother to 32-year-old Jake, 23-year-old Roisin and 12-year-old Yeshua.

In October last year, Sinead announced that she had converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada Davitt.

Sinéad O’Connor has described how she felt “at home” after reading the Koran and subsequently embracing the Muslim religion.

The singer, who has returned following a five-year hiatus from touring, announced her decision to “revert” to Islam almost a year ago and says she often wears the hijab as a means of signalling her new-found beliefs.

The word ‘revert’ refers to the idea that if you were to study the Koran you would realise that you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realise it. That’s what happened to me,” she said on Friday night’s Late Late Show.

“I am 52. I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now and it was a very oppressed country religiously speaking. And everybody was miserable; nobody was getting any joy in God.

”The singer, who has long captivated audiences with her views on Irish life, spoke about reading the scriptures as a child and later exploring other religious texts “trying to find the truth about God”. She left Islam until last because she held her own prejudices about the religion, she said.

Ref :”The Sun”


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oldest rural mosque

Archeologists finds the World’s Oldest Rural Mosque in Israel


 Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land,

world's oldest rural mosque

The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.

There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.

Play the Quiz : Identify these Mosques

Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.

“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.

“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”

Source : Arab news


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  1. According to many Islamic scholars past and present””including a scholar you mention and praise in your book, Aisha’s marriage was consummated at the age of nine. Why did you write that “the sources variously cite her as somewhere between twelve and sixteen”?
    Which Islamic or Arabic scholars have translated the word “Islam” as “peace”?
    When and where did Timothy McVeigh explain or suggest that “Christian fundamentalist beliefs” motivated the Oklahoma bombing?
    What is the source for your book’s estimate that Muslims make up 3% of the US population? Why did you decide to use this estimate instead of those from other recent studies?
    Do you condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization? How do you propose convincing Sheikh al-Qaradawi, the “hundreds of scholars” that agree with him, and all of his followers that the tactics of Hamas violate Islamic law?
    Could you provide the text of Qaradawi’s fatwa that declared “Osama bin Laden could not call himself a Muslim”? Why do you think Qaradawi has since refused to acknowledge bin Laden’s responsibility for 9/11?
    In light of (a) Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s personal support of female circumcision, (b) the statement from an Al-Azhar lecturer that Muhammad “reaffirmed this custom,” and (c) Ibn Qudamah’s judgment that female circumcision is an “honour for women,” do you still claim female circumcision is “unequivocally antithetical to the principles of Islam”?
    If Islam does not sanction honor killings, why would Al-Azhar (that “great center for Islamic studies”) certify a manual of Islamic law that rules killing one’s offspring is not subject to retaliation””and why would any mainstream Islamic group issue a religious ruling that harsher penalties for honor killings would “contradict the Shari’a”?
    Given al-Qaeda’s statement that their conflict with the West “ultimately revolve[s] around one issue–”that Islam forces people “by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually,” do you still believe that bin Laden opposes the US only because it’s “responsible for the turmoil in some of the Islamic world today”?
    How do you reconcile the Qur’anic injunctions to make non-Muslims “feel subdued–”and, according to the Islamic scholar Ibn Kathir, “miserable,” “disgraced,” “humiliated,” “degraded,” and “belittled–”with your book’s point that the “Qur’an forbids discourtesy to Jews and Christians”?

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