Stories about Jummah prayers

Unregulated social media, slow police response, rising Islamophobia: The faultlines of the #NewZealandShooting

In what can only be termed a barbaric and inhumane act, 49 Muslims were murdered and another 20 seriously injured in two mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. The unfortunate victims were offering jummah prayers when they were attacked by a terrorist. Introducing himself as Brenton Tarrant on his Facebook livestream, he went on to telecast the entire massacre live as he stormed into the mosque and shot at worshippers of all ages. He was able to do so for 17 minutes. We are once again at a place where Muslims living in the West are paying the price for rising ...

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Muharram Statuses: Should I say “Happy Islamic New Year”?

It’s that time of the year again. The one in which we start a social media debate about mourning versus sending out New Year greetings. It’s Muharram; after all, that’s what the sacrifice of Karbala was meant for, wasn’t it? Harsh, you say? Well so is reality. Happy Islamic New Year to my Muslim sisters & brothers everywhere..We're gonna party like its 1437 *insert joke here* pic.twitter.com/s5p7PB5cCn — Arsalan Iftikhar™ (@TheMuslimGuy) October 14, 2015 In recent times, well, since the advent of social media, people have taken to their keyboards to voice otherwise offensive views without any fear whatsoever or any inkling of tolerance. Since the ...

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A doctor’s worst nightmare

It had been a pretty gruelling 30 hours. Her hands shook as she poured out a cup of tea for herself and tried to relax. Four patients had been admitted with final stage liver disease, the previous night. Two of them had died during the night, despite all efforts at resuscitation. One was recovering after suffering a massive bout of vomiting blood and the fourth was in a coma, but she was hopeful he would come out of it. Half of her night had been spent explaining the dismal prognosis of de-compensated liver disease to the patients’ relatives and attendants, and ...

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Namaaz: Not just a personal matter

Call me conservative, call me old, call me a buttoned-down bore or call me whatever you like – in the end I am the only one who can define my identity because I know what I am. I am not a very good Muslim and I don’t belong to a religious or extremist community. However, personally, I would be absolutely mortified to say “No, I don’t pray Jummah“. Once I too used to believe that prayers and religion were a personal matter but I have come to the conclusion that religion is very much shared and communal. Growing up, every Wednesdays after ...

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