Islamic Horizons

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, March/April

2010 Citizen Diplomat
SAHAR TAMAN WAS AMONG THE SEVEN persons honored by the Washington, DC based US Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) on Nov 17, 2010.Taman was recognized for her groundbreaking interfaith study tours to and from the Middle East that have forged vital...
Beating the Bully
Chances are one of your children has faced, or been, a bully. Why kids can be mean, and what parents and teachers can do about it.A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD STUDENT WALKS DOWN THE HALLWAY OF his junior high school, a daily ritual he dreads experiencing on Monday...
Being Muslim in a Public School
"In class when people are joking around, sometimes they'll say 'you're a Muslim, [or] you're a terrorist. ' They don't really mean it; it's kind of a joke in a way, "said Jana Hilmi, a seventh-grader at Southampton Middle School in Maryland. Jana said...
Concord in Comradeship
How your competitive drive also fortifies brotherly bonds.SOME OF THE GREATEST THINGS IN life are underestimated or misunderstood. In a world where knowledge can be mistaken as ignorance and ignorance for wisdom, people look at each other and augment...
Cyber Safety
Parents should monitor Internet use, and get immediately involved when they detect cyberbullying of their children.IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE. THE Muslim woman thought it would be funny to post a picture of herself and some friends holding beer bottles...
Dr. Nagamia Receives Fredrick Reddy Award
DR. HUSAINUDDIN NAGAMIA RECEIVED Hillsborough County, FL Medical Association Board's prestigious Dr. Fredrick Reddy Award for the year 2010.This award - presented Nov 16, 2010 - was established in 2006 by the HCMA and is given to a physician who exemplifies...
For the Love of Literature
How books clubs help build bonds and bridge gaps, one page at a time.ON A FRIDAY EVENING, A group of men and women from different backgrounds, ages and occupations, gather in a mosque, in the heart of Milwaukee, WI, to exchange passionate opinions on...
Get the Best
Research will help students find the right Arabic language program to suit their goals.MOST NON-NATIVE ARABIC speakers have no access to the Qur'an except through translation, and are thus deprived of the Book's real essence. Thus many have traveled...
Heart-to-Heart
Will the ISNA Diversity Forum spark a new wave of understanding, transcending ethnic, economic, and madhahib differences?SARAH HEKMATI, AN IRANIAN American who was raised as a Shia Muslim, stood in a gathering of Sunni, Shia, black, white, and brown...
In the Footsteps of the Prophet
"WE MUST CREATE WAYS TO GET TO know one another. Humanity cannot be great without knowledge of one another. The Prophet (salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) connected with the people around him every day; he knew his neighbors and his neighbors knew him,"...
In This World but Not of It
Can we attain balance in life and seek a better Hereafter?PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SALLA Allahu alayhi wa sallam), said, "Verily, there is a trial for every nation, and the trial for my umma is wealth" (Sunan al-Tirmidhi). What an extraordinary prediction this...
Keeping A Green World
Are Muslim community organizations geared toward directing their communities to lead more environmentally friendly lives?FOR THE PAST DECADE, IBRAHIM Abdul-Matin has been dedicated to transforming our pollutionbased way of life to one that promotes the...
Let Kids Thrive Right under Your Nose
Can online education be an answer to the challenges that many Muslim parents face in providing quality education in an ideal environment?EAVESDROP ON A GROUP OF Muslim parents and you're likely to hear a conversation about the different choices families...
Living the Language
Arabic immersion programs go beyond the mundane to provide students with a holistic educational experience.FROM THE MOMENT MAN WAS CREated, an intuitive urge to comprehend his own surroundings by the wonder that circumferences the eye, the notions of...
Mas-Icna Lends a Hand
THE MUSLIM AMERICAN SOCIETY - Islamic Circle of North America (MASICNA) held its 34th annual convention from Dec 23-27, 2010 in Rosemont, IL, gathering more than 5,000 attendees in celebration of the theme, "Lend a Hand- Help Light the Way." Muslims...
Mpac Explores Issues Facing Muslims, America
MORE THAN 1,100 PEOPLE ATTENDED Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) 10th annual convention held Dec 18- 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, featuring a dozen prominent speakers, including: government officials, interfaith leaders, civil rights advocates, imams,...
National News
THE ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK (!DB) invites nominations for the annual IDB Prize for Women's Contribution to Development.The award was established in 2006 to enhance women's participation in the socioeconomic development process and invites nominations,...
Raising Awareness
Wouldn't it be sensible for Islamic schools to deliberately integrate the lawful and wholesome, Halal and Tayyib?MUSLIM PARENTS AND TEACHers push Islamic studies, Arabic and Qur'an, reading, writing, and arithmetic, and vie for their students to earn...
Rethinking How We Teach Arabic
Considering the centrality of Arabic to the faith, will Muslim Americans strive to optimize its effectiveness in Islamic schools and Muslim communities?ANYONE WHO HAS GROWN UP IN AMERICA, ATTENDING either weekend school or Islamic schools, may have vivid...
Sharing Knowledge
The Islamic Speakers Bureau helps teach about Muslims and their faith in schools around the nation.THEY'RE JUST LIKE US." This is the comment Gary Groff receives most often from his high school students after a speaker from the Islamic Speakers Bureau...
Stable Ties
CONFLICT IS INEVITABLE AMONG PEOPLE, BUT ISLAM OFFERS WAYS TO MANAGE IT.RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT HAS A STRONG CONNECTION TO RELIGION, A source of balance and guidance in a person's life that provides a purpose, and guides one toward that goal through responsibilities...
The New Elephant in the Room
How Muslim organizations can leverage social media and reach out to their many publics within and outside their own communities.STARBUCKS HAS l8 MILLION, Disney has 15 million, and Kmart has 2 million. Not shareholders or customers, but something very...
Uncovering Myths on Hijab
Sadaf Syed's iCOVER explores the complex narrative of the Muslim American woman.FROM SECULAR FRANCE TO THE MUSLIM-DOMINATED country of Turkey, the hijab. or Muslim head-scarf, has been met with great resistence, stereotypes and overall disdain. Even...
Yes, Soups Are Islamic WMDs
American patriots unmask Campbell Soup Co.'s covert attempt to convert the nation to islamISLAMISTS HAVE FOUND A NEW WAY to subtly impose their agenda among unsuspecting citizens, attempting to use Americas favorite soup can giant, Campbell Co., in their...