I've just heard on Noor TV that after a few meetings, some scholars have decided that in the UK it is best to allocate a specific amount of time for Maghrib and Fajr:
Maghrib time lasts an hour from sunset
Fajr time lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes before sunrise.
It is interesting and I wonder which scholars participated in this and if they and others will be going along with it.
I guess he will next say that only extremists turn down bacon sarnies...
Why is it that the Muslims that do get to positions of power are often the biggest sell outs?
(To stop other people falling into extremism, it is precisely this sort of thinking which you need to avoid - the one that tars us all as extremists for simply accepting Islam.)
Similar to the EU washing its hands off the refugees trying to cross from Libya into the relative safety of Europe. a similar but worse fate is facing the Rohingya.
It has now been a few years since the oppression of the Rohingya has come to the fore - from around the time the brutal military regime controling Myanmar "democratised", The Rohingya are the current bogeymen of Myanmar.
They have been persecuted, robbed of their rights and are not considered citizens of the country despite their presence being traced back to these locations for atleast a thousand years.
Haroon Jahan, Shahzad Ali and Abdul Musavir were murdered in the birmingham riots of 2011. There was every chance that in the climate of heightened tensions there would be race riots ripping apart Birmingham.
However, Tariq Jahan, the father of Haroon Jahan did not want this to happen.
Hours after his son’s death Tariq pleaded with angry crowds; “I’ve lost my son” he said “step forward if you want to lose yours. Otherwise, go home.”
The new government is off to a flying start.
They are starting easy by targetting "extremism" in Muslims (a group that is easy to scapegoat), but I am sure it wont end there.
Its not like they didn't pass some far reaching legislation already. This is just using the Muslim community as a scapegoat to pass the legislation. We will suffer first, but it won't end there. From the BBC link posted above:
Under the proposals, ministers would be able to silence any group or individual they believe is undermining democracy or the British values of tolerance and mutual respect.
I do not want David Cameron to remain Prime Minister. I have pointed out the same in an earlier blog post where I posted my opinion that David Cameron is bad for the UK in general and bad for Muslims specifically.
However that was not a ringing endorsement of 'Ed Miliband.
Some people may be put off voting Labour because the leader has Jewish ancestry, and not only that, he is a self confessed zionist.
To many, such as a Conservative council elections candidate in Derby, that will be enough to write him off as no good.
I still want him to be the next Prime Minister of the UK.
I have now had a chance to vote in 4 general elections (2001, 2005, 2010 and now in 2014).
My constituency is a labour safeseat where my vote mostly likely will not matter.
Yet (as far as I can recall) this is the first time I am voting in a General election.
One of the reasons is that watching the polling, it seems that the conservative campaign based on fears and hate is starting to vote with the Conservatives carrying a slight lead over labour which may increase and give us 5 more years of a government that will marginalise and alienate people like me.
I have voted Labour - something I could not bring myself to do earlier, mainly because of their betrayals including the Iraq War.
No, im not going to do it.
But I don't think most people realise how cheap potatoes are. Especially in the sack form (supermaket potatoes and small quantities are probably marked up to hell.)
I think most of us can have them on a daily basis.
Then again I probably use more than a weeks "budget" on a daily basis.
Today another tragedy is in the news - hundreds of Libyans - estimated at upto 700 - have drowned to death when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean sea.
These people were escaping the chaos of Libya trying to get to the stability of Europe. This is not the first such incident, but many Libyans have made the calculation tha the situation in Libya is so dangerous, these risks are worth taking.
The news reports will treat this latest even as a tragedy, but those who read about it won't get a sense of what is happening or our responsibility.