I came across this... "In an absolutely lovely display of interfaith celebration, Muslim housing groups in East London held a Christmas party for hundreds of their non-Muslim neighbours. According to the East London Advisor, the local authority’s housing wing, Tower Hamlets Homes, asked families on housing estates in the east end to help organise parties to improve interfaith understanding." http://woodturtle.wordpress.com Question: Can … [Read more...]
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Question: What do you say to Muslims in the United Kingdom who celebrate at Christmas time by holding dinner parties in their houses on Christmas or afterwards, for their Muslim families, such as preparing roast turkey and the other dishes of the traditional Christmas dinner, and they adorn their houses with balloons and paper chains, and they do the “secret Santa” tradition, whereby each relative brings a gift for one of the people present … [Read more...]
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I have heard many Muslims saying "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year!" of which I don't mean Muharram. Many of them wish each other, some even count down to it and celebrate the "New Year" with merry-making and get-togethers. The subsequent commercialisation of Christmas and New Year, especially in the US and Europe, has opened the door for many Muslims to feel more included in the holiday. Many Muslim Americans see December 25th as a time to … [Read more...]
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19 December 2012 Darkoush, Idlib Region. It's 8pm. We inspect the building being refurbished into an emergency hospital. Syrian teenagers can't wait for Dr Ahmed to arrive and brief us. He is operating in a one-room facility closer to the ever changing frontline. They give us a tour of the hospital excitedly, proudly shouting out all the medical names. There is huge anticipation here, our intervention is the first in 21 months of war … [Read more...]
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Most men have a hard time understanding women. Even a woman they’ve been married to for years. One minute she’s perfectly fine, the next, she’s crying like a baby. She complains about something but when we offer advice on how to fix it, she still isn’t satisfied. After several years of marriage (and counseling) we should learn to not worry so much about what the wife says. Instead, we should worry about what she doesn’t say. 1. Above … [Read more...]
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Social networking... the scourge of modern technology, if abused, especially for the youth of today. I know that the "Blackberry" or "BB" addictions are rife, adults and youth falling victim to it alike but what happens when the usual "Whats App" chat turns into a three hour long chat? Or when the phone gets taken into the toilet or hidden in the pillow case? Texting like that for most of us, would leave us with rheumatoid arthritis in the … [Read more...]