Collection of Islamic E-Books Published in France


Digital text of more than 500 major books on religious teachings and Islamic themes have been made available in the free collection for French speakers.

French translations of Nahj-ul-Balaqa, Sahifah Sajjadiyah, Martyr Motahhari’s works, Allameh Tabataba’i’s works, supplications and Quranic exegesis are included in the collection.

Two new books of the collection are weekly published by the Iranian Cultural Center on the website of the center at

Source : IQNA

Michigan man charged in attack on Muslim woman


MASON, Mich. – A Mason man was charged with ethnic intimidation and a misdemeanor assault and battery charge in connection with an assault on a Muslim woman at the Meridian Mall on July 19.

Jonathan Patrick Deuel, 29, was arraigned today in 55th District Court in Mason, accused of participating in assault of the woman near the mall’s food court. Deuel was arrested on Wednesday by Meridian Township Police.

The ethnic intimidation charge is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. Assault and battery is generally a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to 93 days and fines of up to $500.

The Council on Arab-Islamic Relations – a Muslim civil liberties advocacy group – spoke with the woman’s family and said that three people, two men and a woman, had surrounded the 26-year-old at the mall.

They then allegedly tried to pull off her niqab and abaya – the veil and dress that some Muslim women choose to wear in public – before knocking her to the ground and shouting slurs and profanities at her.

“We urge state, local and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident and to make every effort to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR-Michigan, said on July 21. “We urge public officials to speak out against the anti-Muslim hate that can lead to such attacks.”

Meridian Township Police say that Deuel will be the only person charged in the incident, contrary to the claims of multiple assailants made by CAIR. Lt. Greg Frenger said that while there were other people who witnessed the attack, Deuel is the only person to commit a crime.

“I don’t foresee any other charges coming out of this,” Frenger said. “There were other people present but only one person committed a crime.”

The incident was investigated as a hate crime and Frenger said that behavior such as this would not be tolerated in Meridian Township.

“This sort of thing is unusual for this community,” he said. “This is a diverse community and any person living and working in this area should not feel like there’s going to be any hesitation on our part to investigate such a claim.

“This is who we’re made up of,” Frenger added. “We took it seriously when it first came to our attention and followed through. We’re pleased that charges have been issued and he’s been arrested.”

Deuel’s bond was set at $25,000 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21 in Mason.

Baqee Protest 2014 in Washington DC / Pics

American Muslims stand up to Saudi Arabia and hold a Protest on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington D.C.
Tyrannical nations fuel terrorism, hatred, and human rights violations. One such nation is Saudi Arabia which is directly responsible for the violation of numerous human rights and financial support to the ongoing cancer called terrorism on this planet.

American Muslims stand up to Saudi Arabia and hold a Protest on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington D.C.

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Islamophobia in U.S.: Manassas Mosque vandalized in possible hate crime


A Prince William County mosque was vandalized Monday night or early Tuesday, and Muslim leaders described the incident as a hate crime.

Abu Nahidian, the imam at Manassas Mosque, said he arrived Tuesday morning to find an expletive written twice in spray paint on the windows of the mosque that he helped found 20 years ago. Eight windows were defaced, and a glass door was shattered.

Because the mosque has a double set of doors, the house of worship could not be entered, Nahidian said.

The mosque has been vandalized before when tensions in the United States ran high over violence in the Middle East, Nahidian said. The last previous incident was three years ago.

“We do not hurt anybody. If those with our names are doing something, why should I become the victim? You haven’t seen me doing anything,” he said. “We are a part of the whole earth, and we love the whole earth.”

A statement issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations characterized the vandalism as a possible hate crime and asking police to investigate.

Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for Prince William County police, said officers went to the mosque Tuesday afternoon. Police said in a statement that it was not immediately clear whether the incident was a hate crime but that vandalism at any religious institution is “carefully investigated to determine the criminal intent of the suspect.”

Nahidian estimates that replacing the door and removing the paint from the windows will cost $1,000. In the meantime, 20 to 25 children who participate in the mosque’s summer classes had to walk past the obscenities to get inside Tuesday morning.


Source : Washington Times

Study highlights association between sleep, brain cells


A team of researchers have unraveled that a good night’s sleep plays a significant role in improving memory and learning abilities of the brain.

Scientists from China and the United States indicated that sleep could promote new connections between neurons.

To do the required tests, researchers at New York University School of Medicine and Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School trained mice in a new skill of walking on top of a rotating rod.

Using special laser-scanning microscopes, they then observed the living brain to see what happened inside the brain cells of animals divided into two groups including sleeping and sleep deprived animals.

While the sleeping mice showed more learning ability, the observation of their brains unveiled more new connections formed between neurons.

The study also showed that the sleep-deprived group experienced difficulty in trained walking skill on the rod.

The findings have shown how sleep helps neurons form minuscule connections between brain cells, known as dendritic spines, that may facilitate long-term memory.

“We thought sleep helped, but it could have been other causes, and we show it really helps to make connections and that in sleep the brain is not quiet, it is replaying what happened during the day and it seems quite important for making the connections,” said Prof Wen-Biao Gan, from New York University.

Earlier studies unveiled that sleep acts like “waste removal system’ in clearing away some toxic proteins in brain.

The studies suggest that sleep activates brain’s own network of plumbing pipes during which waste material is carried out of the brain.

“This cleaning system (glymphatic system) has a big role in the fixing of memories in the brain and learning, while brain’s failing to clean toxins play significant role in its abnormalities.”

Periodic fasting combats diabetes risk factors


Researchers have identified that periodic fasting could reduce cholesterol levels in people with the amount of glucose higher than normal.

Scientists at the Intermountain Heart Institute in Murray, United States, found a biological process in the body that is able to convert bad cholesterol in fat cells to energy.

The identified process help combating diabetes risk factors in prediabetic people, reported at the 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco on June 14.

Researchers monitored the participants who were prediabetics, including men and women between the ages of 30 and 69 with a least three metabolic risk factors.

Prediabetes means the amount of glucose in the blood is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes.

The study shows that after 10 to 12 hours of time fasting, the body starts seeking to get energy from other sources to sustain itself.

In seeking process the body pulls LDL (bad) cholesterol from the fat cells and uses it as energy.

While the fat cells are major contributor to insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes, fasting through eliminating and breaking down fat cells can minimize insulin resistance.

“Fasting has the potential to become an important diabetes intervention,” says the study leader Benjamin Horne, PhD, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.

“Prior studies also showed decades of routine fasting were associated with a lower risk of diabetes and coronary artery disease. The issue led us to think that fasting is most impactful for reducing the risk of diabetes and related metabolic problems,” Dr. Horne explained.

Children should be read to from infancy


Parents should start reading to their children from infancy as means of propelling them towards literacy, says the US largest pediatric group.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued the directive as part of its new policy on Tuesday.

The measure, the group said, can enhance child development and prepare young minds for early language and reading ability.

“You’re not teaching a two-month-old how to read,” said Dr. Danette Glassy, a pediatrician near Seattle, Washington, who co-chairs the AAP’s Council on Early Childhood. “Your sitting down with them makes your baby smart and wise.”

“Even the most affluent family can be distracted from interacting with their baby,” Glassy said. “They can entertain their babies in non-human ways with all kinds of gadgets and gizmos that interfere with their development.”

Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician in Orangeburg, N.Y, said the reality of today’s world is that we are competing with portable digital media. So you really want to arm parents with tools and rationale behind it about why it is important to stick to the basics of things like books.

Glassy also said encouraging reading to children from infancy will help the organization’s 62,000 pediatricians promote an alternative way for families to pass time with young children.

Islamophobia & Muslims in France’s Marseille

The Muslim community in the French

The Muslim community in the French city faces mistreatment and bias rooted in Islamophobic trends.

A report compiled by the Open Society foundation in 2011, titled “Muslims in Marseille,” highlighted the city’s deep divisions and the vast inequalities in education, employment, and housing faced by the city’s Muslim residents.

The report follows up on its findings by offering a series of recommendations for local and national authorities, Muslim communities and other minority groups, NGOs and community organizations, the media, and broader civil society.

French law prohibits non-European foreign residents from voting in national elections, which affects both older immigrants and the newcomers who do not hold French nationality, excluding a third of potential Muslim voters in Marseille.

Media and the Islamic Identity of the Muslim Child

 Muslim Child

The importance of protecting children from the media invasion and the obliteration of identity:

Childhood is one of the most important stages in one’s life, because his personality and tendencies are formed during this time, in addition to physical and mental growth.

Psychological and educational studies prove that this is the most critical stage in a person’s development, and that the child stores the majority of the experiences and information that affect his life in the future during this stage.

The child, as described by Al-Ghazzaali (may Allah be pleased with him) is a “blank sheet in which we may write down good or evil. So, if we habituate him to be good, he will be a good, and vice versa.”

Therefore, it is vital that we pay attention to the child and ensure that what is introduced to him in his social environment is intellectually beneficial to reflect positively on the young child, his behavior and development.

Today, our children face an intellectual invasion in a world dominated by influential cultures that own the most influential mass media.

Hence, there must be practical means to protect children from the bad and negative programs that are presented to them.
Ismaa‘eel ‘Abd Al-Kaafi, says, “We must preserve the Islamic identity of our generations through providing them with suitable cultural and media production alternatives to exist side by side with foreign media and cultural products in this age of information technology.

The family, school, mosque, mass media and the society as a whole should participate in guiding and directing this process. The society must be aware of the danger of mass media against our children if they are not directed rightly under the supervision of different educational institutions.”

2- Types of educational means and their influence on the child’s identity and culture:

1- TV as a means of media:

There is no doubt that watching TV daily occupies the spare time of the children and adults as well. They acquire information and are introduced to different cultures through it. One of the negative impacts of TV, to which we should pay attention, is that the children spend many hours in front of it. This affects their social life and relations as well as their behavior with their playmates.

TV also affects their studies and the negative effect of the violence and crime on TV programs cannot be denied.
This shows us the role of the TV in sowing the seeds of fear and worry in our children through horror movies and movies featuring ghosts and devils.

2- Computer as a means for developing the culture of the young:

PC and video games are among the most influential factors in guiding and directing children. Educational studies reveal that computer programs can have negative and positive effects on the culture of the Muslim child.

The positive effects include strengthening the child’s ability to read, write, express himself orally, listen, and pay attention.

They also provide the child with general culture, teach him some scientific principles, help him to learn foreign languages, and help him to develop his artistic and mathematical abilities.

These programs also strengthen the child’s ability to solve problems, improve his social adjustment, develop his skills and hobbies, and make use of his spare time.

On the other hand, these programs have negative effects, because they weaken the child’s ability to perform social activities and duties. They also distract the child from playing physical games. Negative health effects include habituating the child to laziness and may cause obesity due to lack of movement, in addition to deterioration of general health.

Despite the benefits of these programs, their use as a means of education and culture ‎is still limited in comparison to direct social interaction. Their role in education and culture is still weaker than the printed and visual mass media in poorer communities and among lower classes.

The Internet absorbs the child’s attention and makes many children lose their ability to talk and communicate with others.

3- Printed mass media and stories as sources of the child’s culture:

Printed materials such as books and magazines still play an important role in developing children’s culture, because they encourage creative abilities, entertain the child, occupy his spare time and develop his hobbies.

Printed media refines behavior and instills good morals, corrects deviant characters and loosens the shackles of blind imitation and foreign destructive ideas.

We want to transform the printed media and all mass media into resources that enrich the child’s culture away from all the materials that do not accord with our social environment and culture.

Stories are considered a vital resource that can implant correct beliefs in the child’s mind, provides him with facts, and reinforce the educational process. Children’s literature is a positive means that forms the religious creed and develops cultural experiences.

A story is still considered a beacon and an important educational method and its content has always played a key educational role because of its psychological and educational advantages.

Shia-Sunni communities attended Iftar banquet of Dallas mayor

Dallas mayor

This was the first from any Dallas Mayor. The dinner which was sponsored by renowned city businessman Amir Rupani, Arman Rupani and Mohsin Mandavia and others.

A large number of religious leadership of Shia, Sunni and Ismaili community were in attendance.

The event was attended by former Mayor of Paris Dr Arjumand Hashmi, City Councilman Dallas Lee M Kleinman Sandy Greyson Monica Alonzo ,Imam Shpendim Nadzaku ( Dallas Central Mosque) Imam Zia Shaikh ( Irving Masjid) RaJa Zahid Khanzada , Amina Rab ( CAIR) Dr. Shahid Shafi ,Mike Ghouse, Imam Khalid Shaheed Ghulam Jangda Amina ismail Khalil, Abdur-Rashid ( Plano Masjid), Hind Jara ( TMWF) Azhar Aziz ( ISNA) Dallas, Central Mosque Imam Shpendim Nadzaku Zia Sheikh, CAIR DFW President Amina Rab, Mike Ghouse, Ghulam Jangda, Imam Khalid Shaheed ,Abdul Rasheed, Hind Jarrah, ISNA Vice President Azhar Aziz and others,

Imam Khalid Shaheed , Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Imam Shpendim Nadzaku and Imam Zia Sheikh spoke on the importance of fasting and on Ramadan.

Talking to the group Dallas Mayor Mike Rawling said that around 150,000 Muslim live in Dallas Metroplex from which around 40,000 live in Dallas County.

He said that this is the first time an Iftar at City Hall is held to celebrate the social and religious event together.

He said that this is their wish that this dinner is hosted every year and until he is Mayor he will host this event each year.

He said that Dallas is one of the largest city of the nation which is growing at a very fast pace.

He said that the immigrant population has a large contribution in Dallas city progress and this is why we need to work together for the economic growth of the city.

He thanked to the young Muslim leader Arman for giving him the the advice for hosting the dinner. He said that together we should prepare for the challenges of 21st century and to leave the city and the country in better shape for our coming generation.

Special arrangements for Azaan and prayers were also made during the event. The Muslim and other Americans socialized at this event. Muslim community leaders thanked Mayor Mike Rawlings for his hospitality.