Islamic Horizons

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

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 4, July/August

Al-Haaj Ghazi Y. Khankan
A pioneer in Muslim American civic engagement1935-2012Al-Haaj Ghazi Y. Khankan, a respected and long-serving New York Muslim community leader and activist, died on Long Island, N.Y. on April 26, a few days after suffering a stroke. He was 77. He was...
A New Era Unfolds
ISNA Canada Convention seeks to traverse the road to rejuvenation.THE 38TH ANNUAL ISNA CANADA Convention, held on the Victoria Day weekend in Mississauga, Ont., May 18-20, witnessed a major revival in form, breaking away from its standstill of a couple...
Closer to Home, Yet Farther Than Ever
A college student travels to aid Syrian refugees in Turkey.IT WAS BY SHEER LUCK THAT I HAD the honor of travelling to Turkey this past March. With the unrelenting government-driven crackdown on Syrian citizens this past year and a half, I have made it...
Creating Traditions and the Holiday Spirit
How Two Converts to Islam Celebrate EidWtJEN SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Abdullah wakes up on Eid morning, he rushes to the family room wide-eyed and eager with anticipation. Amidst a colorful bouquet of balloons there are baskets filled with candies and toys, and...
Empowering Future Leaders Today
ISNA Education Forum emphasizes developing new leaders.IF YOU ASKED PEOPLE TO REFLECT UPON THE MEANING OF ISLAMIC education, most would respond with something related to Quran, sunnah or character. And although all of these would be great answers, one...
Fitness with Flare
A Muslim women's group focuses on building healthy bodies and spirits.WITH HUNDREDS OF EXCITED women and girls packed in a ballroom, Nadine AbuJubara kicked off the session with nutritional demos that led into a Zumba workout. It was the 201 1 ISNA Convention,...
From India to Irvine
The Man Behind Twitter's @JihadiJewONE YEAR AGO, LEE WEISSMAN found himself jostled in the throngs of hundreds of people at a protest at the Yorba Linda Community Center in California, where, inside, several hundred Muslims were gathering for a fundraiser.Weissman...
Going beyond Fasting
As Muslims use fasting as a way to feel with the needy, there are other ways of engaging with the hungry this Ramadan.THROUGH FASTING, MUSLIMS attempt to connect with those who go without - particularly the hungry. Abstaining from food and drink from...
Happily Ever After?
The necessity of following up with new Muslims.AS MELINDA FACED THE CROWD on a bright, warm afternoon in Iune2010, she knew she would remember this day forever. It was literally and figuratively the first day of a new chapter in her life - the day she...
Hungry for Freedom
Palestinian prisoners end record-breaking hunger strike protesting administrative detention.ON MAY 15, ALMOST A FULL month after they began, some 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners ended their hunger strike after the Israeli Prison Service agreed...
Isna Joins in Highlighting Minority Rights
ISNA JOINED GEORGETOWN UNIVERsity's Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) to host a Symposium on Religious Freedom and the Rights of Minorities in Islam in D.C. on May 18. ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid and ACMCU Assistant...
ISNA's DC Office at Work
Home to this year's convention, ISNA in D.C. works for a better America for all.IN THE FALL OF 2010, THE MEDIA WAS highly charged with voices of prejudice toward American Muslims - voices like those of a rogue pastor named Terry Jones, who threatened...
Keeping Fit While Fasting
How to maintain nutritional and spiritual balance during RamadanEACH TIME RAMADAN ROLLS around, we are faced with the issue of keeping our fitness and nutrition plans on track. There are some who say that fasting breaks down tissues and causes a net...
Miami Muslim Clinic Cares
Patients are afforded free and caring quality medical care.AS A NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL with only a couple of years under its belt, Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine does not have its own hospital.It has largely partnered...
Mirror of the Invisible World
A new film showcases the depth and diversity of Islamic art."You are about to embark on an incredible journey, one that I think you'll find quite remarkable, but not for just the reasons that will be apparent. At one level, you will travel to nine countries...
MWB Launches First Project Downtown National Day
ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, EAGER MUSLIM students at the University of Miami started an initiative that would go on to create a positive impact nationwide: Project Downtown. It is an initiative launched by students dissatisfied with the plight of the homeless...
News Briefs
THE ISLAMIC SHURA COUNCIL OF SOUTHern California recognized Imam Abdul Karim Hasan of Bilal Islamic Center with a Lifetime Service Award; Khadija Galedary of the Los Angeles Latino Muslim Association (LALMA) with the Outreach Award; and ACLU-Southern...
Secretary General Calls You to D.C
The echos of Muslims in the mosques across the nation reciting Quran during night prayers in Ramadan and their chants on Eid day, "Here I come, oh Allah, here I come" are beginning to fill my head, as is the case every year before Ramadan. But this year...
Short Takes
SHORT TAKESIslamic Finance and the Influence of Religion on the Law Rene Smits 2012. pp. 72. PB. $28.50 Eleven International Publishing, The Hague, The NetherlandsSmits offers papers from the International Law Association panel on "Islamic Finance and...
The Arab Spring and You
ISPU event explores the role of international actors and repercussions in the U.S.LEADING FOREIGN POLICY ANAlysts and experts convened Wayne State Law School Detroit on April 14 to issues surrounding the revolutionary of protests that erupted across...
The Blessed Guest
IT IS NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT nearly all of the world's religions recommend fasting. Fasting reminds us that while living in the world, we are not of it. It reminds us that food and drink are gifts to be grateful for, not commodities to be taken for granted....
The Forgotten People
40 Years, 3 Generations, 300,000 peopleTIME HAS STOOD STILL FOR THE Urdu-speaking people in the camps in Bangladesh (commonly known as Biharis or Stranded Pakistanis) for the past four decades. The story of their sufferings goes back to the partition...
The Light in Her Eyes
The Light In Her EyesA film about a women's school in Syria allows Muslim women to control their own narrative.IN 1986, 17-YEAR-OLD HOUDA ALHabash opened a school. Even more extraordinary, the school was in Syria, a country that had - and continues to...
This Is out Moment
Can Muslim Americans organize and work toward defeating the eerily similar wars on drugs and terror?DR. ALTAF KAISERUDDIN, MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE INNER-CITY Muslim Action Network's free medical clinic, entered the room where a new patient, an African...
To Click or Not to Click?
Activism via social media spreads awareness, but does it excuse people from hands-on participation?RECENTLY, A WOMAN IN KENYA lost her cow. She tracked it down soon after with the help of government officials and, believe it or not, Twitter.Although...
We Are All Slaves of Allah
Racism & discrimination within the Muslim communityMANY MUSLIMS ARE OFTEN quick to condemn acts of prejudice, whether it be the individual acts of Islamophobia and intolerance faced by Muslims in the West, particularly after 9/ 1 1 , or more large...
Wife, Mom, Servant of God
Women struggle to attend to all duties, both inside and outside the home, and find time for extra worship in Ramadan.MORE THAN HALF OF AMERIcan women have less than 90 minutes of free time every day, according to a survey conducted by Real Simple magazine...
Yameen Zubairi
Pakistani-American scientist and community activist1936-2012DR. YAMEEN ZUBAIRI PASSED AWAY ON MAY 1 5, FOLLOWING A MAJOR STROKE and cardiac event. He was laid to rest on May 15 in Laurel, Md. A memorial service was held May 19, at the Muslim Community...