Islamic Horizons

Bimonthly publication focusing news and lifestlye of Muslim community in North America.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3, May/June

1,200 Muslim Americans Advocate in Illinois Capitol
FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, THE COUNcil of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago spearheaded its signature civic engagement initiative where Muslims from all across Illinois traveled to Springfield to advocate for issues that benefit all Illinoisans.From...
Award for Excellence
DR. KAZI ISLAM IS AMONG THE FIVE STAFF members who have received the 201 1 Chancellor's Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the University of Pittsburgh. The award recognizes staff members "whose performance not only exceeds the standards and...
Becoming Part of the American Fabric
Muslims showcase contemporary art in Pittsburgh."THE QURAN IS THE QURAN - IT IS everything or nothing," says Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Sandow Birk about his "American Quran" project. Birk and eight other artists are displaying their work...
Be the Change You Want to See
Interfaith groups reach out to youth and inspire service and understanding.DONNA YATES TAKING GANDHl's advice,"Be the change you want to see in the world" founded Poetry Pals in Chicago in August 2007. "We have not seen many programs targeting elementary-age...
Between Piety and Partition
Sudan and the Muslim world face the challenge of overlooking the hurt and helping South Sudan rebuild and live as a good neighbor.IT IS NOT OFTEN REALIZED THAT Muslims attribute more miracles to Jesus ( 'alayhi assalam) than to Prophet Muhammad (salla...
Colorblind Faith
The reality of overcoming socioeconomic and racial divisions to facilitate intrafaith harmony requires more effort from Muslim communities.RACIAL DIVERSITY, PRACTICALLY a cliche in the contemporary American context, remains nonetheless an issue painfully...
Community on Board
THE WASHINGTON, D.C. -BASED ISNA Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances held Interfaith/Government Afternoon Forum & Dinner Banquet on Feb. 23, 2011 to engage the area's Muslim community in discussions about interfaith collaborations and government...
E-Advocacy Takes Center Stage
As email open rates decline, groups turn to social networks to organize and promote action.TECHNOLOGY HAS BECOME THE medium of choice for organizing movements worldwide. In recent developments in the Middle East, the world watched as eyewitness reports...
Empowerment through Education
Greg Mortenson stumbled into an impoverished village, and ended up changing lives, one school at a time.IN 1993, THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, in the isolated and poor Pakistani village of Korphe, near the Karakoram Mountains, few children had the opportunity...
Faith Leaders Voice Support
FAITH LEADERS RESPONDED TO REP. Peter King (R-NY)'s attempt to subject Muslim Americans to unjustified public scrutiny through his hearings titled "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim community and That Community's Response."Members of...
Forgot How to Pray Istikhara! There's an App for That
Creators of Islamic apps strive to create superior products with heavenly goals.YOU STAND TO PRAY ISTIKHARA prayer, seeking guidance. But just before you raise your hands to begin, a thought strikes you: you haven't prayed istikhara prayer for quite...
If the Huxtables Could Do It, Can the Hassans?
Hollywood is a business, and with estimates that around 2 percent of Americans are Muslim, can a sitcom succeed?WE NEED A MUSLIM "COSBY Show." To be honest, we need any TV show that depicts Muslims in a positive, accurate light. But a Muslim "Cosby"-type...
Islamic History Museum Gathers Scholars
AMERICA S FIRST AND THE ONLY ISLAMIC Museum and Tougaloo College hosted a national historic conference: "Islamic West Africa's Legacy of Literacy and Music to America and the World," on Feb. 19-20. The conference brought together more than 40 leading...
Laughing in the Past, Present, and Future-God Willing
Muslim American stand-up comics tackle the stereotypes their fellow Muslims confront.BILL COSBY PRAISED COMEDIAN RICHARD PRYOR FOR "painting that fine line between comedy and tragedy." Cosby and Pryor's comedie successes have shown that the best comics...
Laughing to Clarity
Muslims, like anyone else, have been laughing and making others laugh as well. Some names in offering merriment are legendary, such as Mulla/Hoca/ Juha Naseeruddin.In the U.S. and the West, where Muslims live as minorities, Muslim comics are serving...
Lives Turned Upside Down
Libyan Americans tell stories of devastation, heartache and broken families due to Gaddafi's regime.FATHIYA MOHAMMAD IS BENT OVER a pot of bubbling, spicy Libyan soup, intently stirring as she talks about the 139-member family she left behind in Tobruk,...
Loving God, Loving Neighbor, Living in Harmony
ISNA aims to teach importance of strengthening communities with convention theme.THIS YEAR'S THEME FOR THE annual ISNA convention emphasizes the importance of continuing to strengthen our community: "Loving God, Loving Neighbor, Living in Harmony" This...
Marriage: The Cornerstone of Civilization
The Islamic model of marriage serves to mitigate corruption and guide society toward prosperity.OVER A PERIOD OF 23 YEARS promoting universal social justice and human rights, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), with Divine guidance, created a model...
Mohammad Abdul Waheed Fakhri
A Chicago Pioneer Leaves the World1929-2011DR. MOHAMMAD ABDUL Waheed Fakhri passed away on Feb. 22 at the age of 82, after living a fruitful life of service.Dr. Fakhri, a pioneer in the Chicago Muslim community, was founding chair of three major institutions:...
"Mooz-Lum" or Muslim?
"Mooz-lum" or Muslim?How a film challenges the misconceptions about Muslims in America.GROWING UP AS A MUSLIM American is a unique and challenging experience. Issues such as the search for identity, finding the comfortable medium between faith and conformity,...
Necmettin Erbakan
Led Struggle Against Military Control1926-2011NECMETTIN ERBAKAN, WHO led the struggle against the sanctions imposed by the Turkish military, died of heart failure Feb. 27, in an Ankara hospital.Erbakan was ousted in February 1997 after just a year in...
Short Takes
Suspended Somewhere Between Akbar Ahmed 2011. pp. 152. PB. $10.00 PM Press/Busboys and Poets, Oakland, CAFrankie Martin (Ibn Khaldun Chair research fellow at American University's School of International Service) states that Dr. Ahmed's collection of...
Six Ways to Honor Your Mother
WHEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR mothers, it is usually easy for a fond memory to stand out. Perhaps it's her reading us stories, the smell of her cooking, or the daily conversations we had that taught us right from wrong.For most of us, these memories come from...
Sizing Up the Apps
MyQuran App: *****Price tag: $10.99 for the iPhone; $14.99 for the iPadSize: 19.49 MB, Available on: Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Requires: iOS 3.0 or later Quite possibly the most useful and higherquality application I've ever downloaded. There are...
The Best Gifts in Life Are Free
Gift-giving increases love and affection, and doesn't have to break the bank.BOY MEETS GIRL. GIRL MEETS BOY. Boy and girl like each other, their parents approve, and the courtship begins. During the next few months or so, boy spoils girl with gifts,...
The Productive Face of Faith
How one women's group embodies Islam's message.WHEN IT COMES TO INTERfaith dialogue and peace, faith-based community work distinguishes itself, demonstrating what the power of giving within a diverse setting can do for the country. Consequently, the...
The Revolution Within
The wave of democracy has hit shores thousands of miles away. Here's how to contribute, from anywhere.THE REVOLUTIONARY PROTESTS in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya have stirred hearts around the world. Global support for the protesters reflects a sense...
The Unconveyed Word
Dr. Abugideiri established a curriculum and teaching program at the Islamic Teaching Center that qualified the students to learn and even share Islam with others.THE JOURNEY FOR THE LATE DR. Eltigani Abugideiri began in 1969 when he, along with his wife...