Faraz Omar

Understanding Inflation from an Islamic Perspective

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Inflation has gripped everyone around the world. We haven’t seen such inflation rates in decades. Economists are divided over the reasons for the inflation (they always are). To be fair to the economists, it is not really possible to accurately predict, explain, or solve inflation, because for the most part it is not in our…...

6 career tips for young Muslim men

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Choosing a good career is crucial, especially for Muslim men who must bear the Islamic responsibility of providing for their families. If you are a young bachelor just starting out, here are some important lessons on finance that many older men wish they had known when they were younger. 1. Get your priorities right Allah…...

‘Don’t You See What Aisha Has Done?’

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A lovely hadeeth in Sahih Al-Bukhari’s Book of Tayammum highlights the virtue of our mother Aisha, the beloved wife of the Prophet ﷺ. Narrated Aisha رضي الله عنها: “We set out with Allah’s Messenger ﷺ on one of his journeys till we reached Al-Baida’ or Dhatul-Jaish; a necklace of mine was broken (and lost). Allah’s…...

Eid Al-Fitr 2014 Around the World

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Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan: Afghans take part in morning prayers outside the Shah-e Doh Shamshira mosque. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters Occupied Jerusalem Muslim worshippers pray during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, Monday, July 28, 2014…....

SWEDEN – Ramadan Around the World

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SWEDEN is just one of the Scandinavian countries where Islam is thriving and spreading at a fast pace. Although Islam is new there in comparison to countries like France, where the Muslim Arabs emigrated a century ago, it has become the second largest religion after Christianity. Swedish laws grant Muslims complete freedom of religion to…...

MADINAH, SAUDI ARABIA – Ramadan Around the World

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AL-Madinah Al-Munawwarah (the Lighted City) becomes livelier during the month of Ramadan. During this blessed month, all the markets and shopping centers around the Prophet’s Mosque are crowded with visitors and are opened till late at night.  Ramadan in Madinah, the blessed city of the Prophet ﷺ‎ is truly amazing. Imagine this, everyone around you…...

TUNISIA – Ramadan Around the World

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THE glorious month of Ramadan is special in Tunisia, where life takes a different course, marked with special customs and traditions. The families decorate the front of their houses and those caring for Mosques give them an extra coat of paint and light up the minarets with lamps. The Tunisian family is reunited and strengthens…...

NORWAY – Ramadan Around the World

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MUSLIMS in Norway have a difficult time determining the beginning of the holy month, due to the widespread fog and snowfall. Thus, they follow other countries and most fast together, unlike in other Western countries. Another problem the Muslims face during the summer days is the length of the day in the country. The day…...

GHANA – Ramadan Around the World

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THE days of Ramadan begin early in the morning. Around 4.00 am drummers walk round the village from house to house playing their drums and singing to wake everyone up. Then people begin preparing the Sohoor (pre-dawn) meal – everyone’s favorite is soup with “tuo zafi”, a soft meal made from maize flour. The fast…...

GERMANY – Ramadan Around the World

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THE Muslim community in Germany, estimated at 4 million, celebrates the month of Ramadan like the majority of the Islamic world. In most German cities, there are no apparent signs of the advent of Ramadan. Often, work conditions do not allow people to eat the Iftar meal in congregation during the month of Ramadan, which…...