Month: February 2011

Separate but unequal: Charts show growing rich-poor gap

By Zachary Roth zachary Roth – Wed Feb 23 The Great Recession and the slump that followed have triggered a jobs crisis that’s been making headlines since before President Obama was in office, and that will likely be with us for years. But the American economy is also plagued by a less-noted, but just as serious, problem: Simply put, over the last 30 years, the gap between rich and poor has widened into a chasm.

The Islam of my Prophet (pbuh)

PAKISTAN TODAY Sunday, February 6, 2011 Humayun Gauhar   I am most concerned that Muslim ‘clerics’ amongst the mullahs camouflaged as scholars are putting Muslims into reverse gear. Sure there are good mullahs. I know at least one. But the good mullahs’ voice is drowned in the din of the collective voice of the intolerance of the obscurant.

SOME THOUGHTS ON TRAINING ‘ULAMA

Asghar Ali Engineer Though there is no concept of priesthood in Islam yet a class has come into existence which is known as ‘ulama or called clerics in English. In Islam any person, if he/she has adequate knowledge can perform all the functions and rituals be it related to marriage, death or other obligations for Muslims. Alim (plural ulama) means one who knows. Thus whole emphasis is on knowledge of Qur’an and hadith irrespective of class, caste, race or nationality. Since knowledge is central this class came to be called ‘ulama.

We All Helped Suppress the Egyptians. So How Do We Change?

AMERICA’S TRAGEDY BORN IN THE PRISONS OF EGYPT “The former Labour MP Lorna Fitzsimons spoke at a conference for Israel’s leaders last year and assured them they didn’t have to worry about the British people’s growing opposition to their policies because “public opinion does not influence foreign policy in Britain. Foreign policy is an elite issue”. This is repellent but right. It is formulated in the interests of big business and their demand for access to resources, and influential sectional interest groups.” “Mubarak has been at the forefront of waging war on the Palestinian population. There are 1.5 million people imprisoned on the Gaza Strip denied access to necessities like food and centrifuges for their blood transfusion service. They are being punished for voting “the wrong way” in a democratic election. Israel blockades Gaza to one side, and Mubarak blockades it to the other. I’ve stood in Gaza and watched Egyptian soldiers refusing to let sick and dying people out for treatment they can’t get in Gaza’s collapsing hospitals. In return for this, Mubarak receives …