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Hadith of the Day: God Rewards Service to Others

Hadith of the Day: God Rewards Service to Others

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “A man felt very thirsty while he was travelling. He came across a well, went down into the well, quenched his thirst and came out. He then saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He said to himself, ‘This dog is suffering from thirst just as I did.’ So, he went down the well again, filled his shoe with water and (gave it to the dog). God thanked him for that (good) deed and forgave him (his sins).” The people then asked the Prophet: “Is there a reward for us in serving animals?” He replied: “Yes, there is a reward for serving any (living beings).” Sahih Al-Bukhari

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    Hello, I’m Heba. I have sent you this link because I REALLY want to work at your organization because I think your company is pretty awesome– I wouldn’t have sent this link to you otherwise. Below, you will find a list of the reasons I would make a great employee and creative partner. I hope by the end of this post you will learn more about me and give me a chance.

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    1. I have a BA in Journalism from Penn State, an MA from Dartmouth College in Liberal Studies and an MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter.

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    2. I’m a fast learner.

    635920369314243634-1808424565_harvard elleI’m very much a hands on learner and I hit the ground running. As well as learning quickly, I’m always looking and finding ways to make work tasks more time efficient.

    3. I’m dedicated and focused.

    1n6sc.gifOnce I set my mind on a goal, I put my all into achieving it. In 2006, after a mere month of fundraising, I was able to raise almost $1 million in medical supplies for war torn regions. How many other people can say that?

    4. I have strong writing and editing skills.

    Cp8gJw8I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. In addition to my BA in Journalism, in which I had a 3.67 GPA in my major, I had a focus in Creative Writing during my first MA at Dartmouth College.

    5. I’m willing to move.

    giphy (2)I have lived in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Switzerland, the U.K., Jordan, Palestine and Israel. I’m a professional at packing and moving. I’m more than willing to move for the right opportunity.

    6. I can roll with the punches.

    post-23206-be-water-my-friend-bruce-lee-g-nhkfI consider myself a perfectionist, but I understand that things can’t be perfect all the time. Sometimes, you have to do the best you can with what you have. I can handle all sorts of circumstances that come my way. Kind of like when I can’t find Collection or Gabrini eyeliner anywhere and I have to make due with Almay.

    7. I’m organized.

    Label Makers Can Definitely Help You Get Your Documents OrganizedReally, I am. I even won an MVP award from my time working at the GAP because I was the most organized employee.

    8. I can stay calm in a crisis.

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    Accidents happen and sometimes they’re unavoidable. Someone misses a deadline, a package wasn’t delivered on time, products break, people get hurt– Life happens. Working with kids between the ages of 5-17 has taught me to stay calm in all sorts of crazy scenarios. And if you’ve ever worked with kids, you know how crazy things can get.

    9. I love to laugh.

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    Laughing and making others laugh is a great talent of mine. I’m not signing up for any open mic nights or doing any stand-up comedy acts, but I can find the funny in the ordinary.

    10. I like to read.

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    In elementary school, I set the record for the most books read during National Reading Month. You can always find me with a book in hand or an article on screen.

    11. I live online and stay on top of all the new trends.

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    Most of my day is spent online digging through the mountains of information, videos, photos and such. I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing and am always the first one of my friends to identify viral material and trends.

    12. The world inspires me.

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    Everywhere I look, everyone I see, inspires me in some sort of way. Everyone I meet and encounter leaves a mark on me and inspires me to make the world a better place.

    13. I’m well-versed in social media.

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    Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Periscope, Instagram, Pinterest– I love it all.

    14. I’m a realistic optimist.

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    I try to see the best in everyone and in every situation, but my expectations are always realistic. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    15. I can work with a team, as well as on my own.

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    Being a journalist, I’ve learned to work as part of a team. Especially when working as an editor, much of the position is dependent on working with others. Working in groups is great because everyone brings a different perspective to the project at hand. But, I have also been a teacher and have had to take responsibility for creating curriculums all on my own. Working on my own is also great because I get to see how far I can push myself.

    16. I have experience managing volunteers.

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    Remember that huge fundraiser I talked about earlier? Well, I had recruited and managed the efforts of more than 50 volunteers in under a week’s time. I was responsible for training the volunteers, managing their schedules, communicating their needs and supervising their delegated responsibilities.

    17. I’m an email wizard.

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    Any of my former students can tell you that I respond to emails as soon as I possibly can, sometimes within minutes.

    18. I’m creative.

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    I dabble in the arts and always have new and innovative ideas running through my head.

    19. I have lots of interests.

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    I like fashion, desserts, poems, coffee, bright colors, food, photography, art, literature, movies, music, naps, decorating, calligraphy, libraries and spending time with my friends.

    20. I’m great at conflict resolution.

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    I’m an American-Palestinian-Arab-Muslim-woman with Israeli citizenship. If that doesn’t make me an expert problem solver, I don’t know what does.

    21. I’m good at stuff.

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    I’m a good listener and a good friend. Some other things I’m good at include, but are not limited to: eyeliner application, fashion styling, tea brewing and reality check administrating. I’m also a pretty great actress in life more so than in art.

    22. I have experience writing blogs, fiction, nonfiction, research papers, listicles, essays, executive reports, newsletters and more.

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    I can do it all because I have done it all. Writing, of all sorts, is what I do and it is what makes me happy.

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    Not everyone communicates in the same way. I have learned to adjust my tone, vocabulary and methods to fit the person I am speaking to.

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    Word, Adobe, ProTools, PCs, Macs, FinalCut and so much more.

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    I’ve always been good at reading a situation. I’m pretty observant and I can usually tell when someone is sad, happy, irritated, excited or any other range of emotion.

    26. My creative writing pieces have been published in several magazines.

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    You can check out my published writing by clicking on the Portfolio link at the top of the page.

    27. I’m always looking to improve.

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    Whether it’s getting a new haircut or trying to learn a new language, I’m always trying to improve myself, both inside and out.

    28. I can dish it and I can take it… In a respectful manner, of course. Tumblr_lp0rbgfnEg1qfal67o1_r1_250.gif

    As a writer, criticism can be tough. I put my heart and soul into my work and I know how disheartening harsh criticism can be. I’ve grown a thick skin over the years and can take criticism pretty well. I believe that criticism should always be constructive and when I give constructive criticism to an employee, I am always respectful and appreciative for their hard work. Constructive criticism should always help the other person improve their work and boost their self-confidence.

    29. I take pride in my work.

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    But just the right amount of pride. I’m not cocky, I promise.

    30. I want to plant some roots.

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    That goes for both my outfits and my workload. I’m all about the time management skills.

    32. I’m passionate about human rights, education, social justice, prison reform, women’s health, politics and life.

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    33. I’m always prepared.

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    I watch a lot of scary movies. As a result, I’m now prepared for any and all scenarios, at all times. If the zombie apocalypse ever happens, come with me because I have a plan.

    34. I like to bake.

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    I love baking and all things sweet. I also believe that sharing is caring, so, if you hire me you will be sure to have a taste of the sweet life.

    35. I smell nice.

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    I wear perfume even when I don’t leave the house, because I deserve to smell nice. I’m also super hygienic and carry around hand-sanitizer that doubles as lotion. It’s kind of my thing.

    36. I love animals.

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    Well, most animals. I have a fear of geese and swans, but other than that, I love animals. One of my dreams is to open up an animal sanctuary so I can love and hang out with my animal friends all day.

    37. I’m a feminist.

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    I believe everyone should be a feminist and we should all be working towards equality and justice for women.

    38. I make 11:11 wishes for good measure.

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    39. My life is a meme.

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    Anyone who knows me, knows that if there is a one in a million chance of something strange happening to someone, it’s going to be me.  And most days people get a kick out of it. Me included.

    40. I want to work and have fun doing it.

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    I want my work to be meaningful and I want to enjoy doing it. I’m not looking to clock in and clock out. I want to make a difference and improve people’s lives. I may not be able to change the world, but I certainly can change a tiny corner of it– even if it is one person.

    It’s like they [Confucius] say: Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.

    What do you label yourself as?

    What do you label yourself as?

    This question is always so difficult because on one hand labels are silly, but the other hand- labels can be quite important. In some cases they are only as important as you let them be. And they only mean as much as you want them to.

    But we can label ourselves a million labels, as most, if not all of us, belong to more communities than we realize. Or as Benedict Anderson would call it, imagined communities.

    I’m a human, woman, Palestinian, Muslim, feminist, writer, activist, baker, student, teacher, driver, lover, hater, child, ally, adult, brunette, cook, eater, consumer, worker, liberal, omnivore, blogger, talker, listener, actress, walker, reader, editor, Arab and so much more.

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    Executive Summary for the Week of 16/5/2012 – 23/5/2012

    Egypt: Elections

    All of the Think Tanks summarized below hold very different viewpoints concerning the same issue, the Egyptian elections; although, there are some statements that hold true throughout all of the think tanks. All believe that this is a very important time for Egypt and that the outcome of this election is very detrimental, possibly even predictive of the future of Egypt. The pieces primarily examine parliament and the role of the Islamists in Egypt. The Brookings Institution conducted a poll that is telling of what Egyptians want and see in their future, which shown alongside the Gallup poll can be disconcerting. The Gallup poll shows a more pessimistic view of the current political climate, whereas The Brookings Institution is more optimistic, this however can be attributed to the types of questions asked, as well as the depth of the questions. Both the Center for American Progress and Washington Institute for Near East Policy examined the role America can play in the transition process. The Center for American Progress, being more progressive, took a centrist approach to reinstating ties with the new Egyptian government; it was also the only report to provide more detailed background knowledge about the candidates. In contrast, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, under the guise of fostering stability, took a very American Exceptionalist approach to the elections, assuming the worst and even regretting the inability for the Obama administration to get involved. The second report from WINEP also indicates concern with the ability of Egyptians to monitor the elections for fairness and vote rigging. The Plofchan report from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, although not the first to talk about the Salafis and The Muslim Brotherhood, it was the first to chronicle, however briefly, the beginnings of the split between the two groups, as well as state some of the differences in beliefs amongst the two. Lastly, the Council on Foreign Relations report was the only report to put a face to a people, speaking of the obstacles Egypt may face and providing a more in depth look at what many Egyptians may be feeling.

    Think Tank: Brookings Institution

    Topic: Egyptian Elections

    Date: 21/5/2012

    Author: Shibley Telhami

    Type: Report

    Title: What Do Egyptians Want? Key Findings from the Egyptian Public Opinion Poll

    Address: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2012/05/21-egyptian-election-poll-telhami

    The Brookings Institution has conducted a poll surveying the Egyptian public about political preferences, leaders and regional issues, during May 4-10, 2012 in light of the first presidential election. The Brookings Institution places great emphasis on the importance of the inaccuracies of probable predictions, as there is no analytical model of voting behaviour as of yet. Egyptian voters have also shown a difference in criteria by which they judge parliamentary and presidential candidates.

    Poll Results:

    • Abul-Fotouh led the polls with 32%, followed by Mousa (28%) then Shafiq (14%), Morsi and Sabahi at (8%).
    • In parliamentary elections, 24% a favoured political party determined their vote, whereas in presidential elections, personal trust is a determining factor for 31%.
    • Christians supported Mousa the most, with 43%, as well as voters outside of cities with 31% of the vote.
    • Abul-Fotouh led among university graduates with 35% and among youth, under age 25, with 36%.
    • 54% believe Turkey to be the model reflection in terms of Islam in politics, followed by Saudi Arabia with 32%
    • A majority of those polled hold very unfavourable views of the U.S., with 68% and 73% support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama.
    • 66% of Egyptians support Sharia as the basis of Egyptian law, but 83% believe Sharia should be adapted to modern times.
    • A majority of Egyptians admired the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, with 63%. When asked to include Egyptian leaders, Erdogan fell to 15%, with Sadat at 35% and Abdel Nasser at 26%.
    • Brokering Middle East peace and establishing a Palestinian State ranked highest (66%) in regards improving U.S. favourability, followed by stopping military and economic aid to Israel as 46%.
    • While 55% believe there will be no lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis, 46% would like to maintain the peace treaty with Israel and 44% would like to see it cancelled.
    • The two countries that pose the biggest nuclear threat are Israel (97%) and the U.S. (80%).
    • Egyptians have been in support of the rebels against Assad and the Syrian government, but only 18% wish to see external military interventions, 15% support a Turkish Arab military intervention and 43% wish to see no military intervention.

    Think Tank: Center for American Progress

    Topic: Egyptian Elections

    Date: 23/5/2012

    Author: Brian Katulis

    Type: Brief

    Title: Previewing Egypt’s 2012 Presidential Elections

    Address:  http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/05/egypt_elections.h tml/#1

    This report by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank dedicated to public policy research, provides a brief description of Egypt’s first democratic presidential election since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, as well as recommendations for the American government to restore and reinforce ties with the new Egyptian government. In addition, the brief lists and describes the presidential candidates.

    According to the report, it is believed that “no candidate will receive more than 50% of the vote,” which would lead to run-off elections in mid-June between the two top candidates. By June’s end a new president will be sworn in for a four-year term and military rulers will hand over power to the new government. However, the transition is still incomplete as a new constitution is to be written and their remains questions over:

    • The economy- Candidates have addressed unemployment and inflation, but have yet to address public-sector debt, the currency crisis, and energy and food subsidies.
    • Security, Law and Order- The drafting of the new constitution has been halted due to Egypt’s disunities over the identity of their new political system; ie. The role of Islam in the government and legislation.

    The drafting of the constitution is set to take six-months to draft, although it could take longer to get approved and gain public support. The new constitution may also address a checks and balances system, as well as the role of parliament. The role Egypt is to take in the Arab-Israeli conflict and regional security is also a source of debate amongst the candidates.

    The report suggests that the American government conduct a “major interagency review of its Egypt policy.” This review will prepare the U.S. administration for dialogue with the new Egyptian administration later this year. The dialogue should consist of:

    • A renegotiation of “basic terms of the relationship.”
    • Enhance bilateral relationship through common interests.
    • “Build a more stable foundation for U.S.-Egyptian bilateral ties.”

    Results of these dialogues would redefine ties and include more parts of the Egyptian government that were not included in past years.

    Egypt Presidential Candidate Profiles

    • Amr Moussa- He served under the Mubarak regime as Egypt’s Foreign minister, as well as the secretary general of the Arab League. His platform consists of a centrist political strategy. He has been labelled as a remnant of the Mubarak regime. He is known for his anti-Israel and America statements and has campaigned as the “alternative to Islamist candidates.”
    • Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh- His candidacy is opposed by the Muslim Brotherhood. He is an Islamist activist and “would implement Sharia as a formal legal code.” His platforms are “populist economics and “people first” economics.” He served on the Muslim Brotherhoods decision-making council for twenty-two years. He has the support of leaders from the Salafi Nour Party.
    • Ahmad Shafiq- He has served as prime minister, and air force commander under Mubarak, causing him speculation amongst “revolution minded voters.” His platform is to “restore law and order within 30 days of being elected.” Public perception of him has been negative. He is running as an “alternative to Islamist candidates. “
    • Hamdeen Sabbahi- He has nationalist ideologies, basing his campaign on criticism of the U.S. and Israel. He founded social and political organizations and worked as a journalist, in which he was arrested for his “public confrontation” with former President Sadat concerning “rising food prices.” He did not serve under the Mubarak regime and is not an Islamist. He has proposed an alliance with Iran and Turkey and severing ties with Israel and Saudi Arabia.
    • Muhammad Mursi- He is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party Leader. He has served in Egypt’s Parliament and is the Brotherhood’s leading spokesman. He plans to amend the peace treaty with Israel “to create a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and have Israel recognize the “right of return” of Palestinian refugees.”

    Think Tank: Council on Foreign Relations

    Topic: Egyptian Elections

    Date: 21/5/2012

    Author: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh

    Type: Expert Brief

    Title: A New Presidential Authority in Egypt

    Address: http://www.cfr.org/egypt/new-presidential-authority-egypt/p28308

    This brief takes a more optimistic approach to the Egyptian elections, summarizing the possible obstacles for the newly elected official, obstacles pertaining to religion in politics, and while also providing a look at the voters’ demands and desire for dignity.

    While Egypt has witnessed violence, protests and authority turnover in the last sixteen months, it has empowered Egyptians to take part in their political system. Current polls show “a clear majority of Egyptians continue to hold the military in high regard,” although not nearly as many Egyptians “support a military-dominated political system.” The SCAF has been contested by the public for the “Selmi principles,” granting “autonomy from elected civilian officials,” as well as for their “application of the State of Emergency.”

    The Muslim Brotherhood votes are split between two candidates, Aboul Fotouh, who was expelled from the Brotherhood, and Morsi, who has been behind in the polls. Despite the parliament being a Brotherhood majority, the Brotherhood is not leading in the presidential polls, possibly due to a Brotherhood announcement against running in the presidential race, that was later followed by Morsi’s presidential bid.

    Egyptians demand more accountability of politicians. Although economic strife “helped create an environment of misery,” in years prior to the uprising, “Egyptians were demanding freedom, justice, and dignity when they brought Hosni Mubarak down.”

    One thing that may delay the transition process will be the role of Islam in politics. Within that lies the issue of whether the Salafis or the Islamists are to speak for Islam. It is anticipated that whomever wins the election must negotiate between different religious groups. If the organised labour parties can emerge in large-scale, they can be very influential in the economic and social policymaking.

    Think Tank: Gallup World via The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    Topic: Egyptian Elections

    Date: 18/5/2012

    Author: Mohamed Younis and Ahmed Younis

    Type: Report

    Title: Support for Islamists Declines as Egypt’s Election Nears

    Address: http://www.gallup.com/poll/154706/Support-Islamists-Declines-Egypt-Election-Nears.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=World

    According to the Gallup poll, spanning from July 2011 until April 2012 the Islamists have seen a steady increase, followed by a sharp decline in overall support as well as in the areas of prime minister appointment and constitution drafting.

    • July 2011 saw Muslim Brotherhood support at 17%, steadily increasing and peaking at 63% in February, then sharply declining to 42% in April.
    • In July 2011 Salafi support was at 5%, steadily increasing and peaking at 37% in February, then sharply declining to 25% in April.
    • The Nour Party saw 5% support in July, peaking at 40% in February and declining to 30% in April.
    • The Freedom and Justice Party saw 15% support in July, peaking at 67% in February and declining to 43% in April.
    • In February 2012, 62% of Egyptians felt comfortable with parliament writing the constitution, in April 2012 that percentage fell to 44.
    • In February 2012, 46% of Egyptians believed the party that wins the most seats in the parliament should appoint the prime ministers. Egyptians supporting the newly elected president appointing the prime minister next summer was 27%.
    • In April 2012, 27% of Egyptians believed the party that wins the most seats in the parliament should appoint the prime ministers. Egyptians supporting the newly elected president appointing the prime minister next summer was 44%.
    • In February 2012, 62% of Egyptians thought a parliament influenced by the Brotherhood was a good thing; 27% thought it was a bad thing.
    • In April 2012, 36% of Egyptians thought a parliament influenced by the Brotherhood was a good thing; 47% thought it was a bad thing.

    This dissatisfaction can be attributed to the economic decline and bouts of violence. The transition has been twisted by power struggles within parliament, as opposed to reversing “financial decline and working to hold former regime members accountable.”

    Think Tank: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

    Topic: Egyptian Elections

    Date: 22/5/2012

    Author: Eric Trager

    Type: Policy Analysis

    Title: Presidential Elections Will Not End Egyptian Instability

    Address: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/presidential-elections-will-not-end-egyptian-instability

    This WINEP analysis focuses on American interests within the Egyptian elections and states that given the economic situation of Egypt and the lack of clarity in the role of a new president, the elections will not provide stability in Egypt, but could further instability. Trager states that Sabahi is considered a favourite amongst expatriate voters, and while Mousa appears to be leading in the polls, there is no anticipated winner. With 75% of the parliament being Islamists, “ongoing instability has damaged the Islamists’ popularity and raised the profile of former regime candidates,” such as Shafiq, who has sought the votes of former Mubarak supporters.

    The analysis concentrates on the shift from an American friendly regime to the current stance of the candidates that express anti-Western platforms, with the exception of Shafiq who is the only candidate who is not anti-Western or pro-Sharia. 

    Fair elections will not likely cause stability as the parameters of the role of the newly elected president are undefined, as the new constitution has not been drafted. The proposals to allow the SCAF “to retain absolute powers in reviewing its internal affairs, including its budget,” and the ability of the president’s power to dissolve parliament, are likely to “ignite a severe confrontation between the military and the Islamists.”

    The Obama administration has not declared support for any candidate. Washington should insist the SCAF conduct the elections fairly and to “follow a credible constitutional process,” otherwise mass protests could occur. Such protests could suppress stability restoration. Concerned that Islamists may play a role in an uprising against the SCAF, Washington should “use its $1.3 billion in military aid as leverage,” to ensure proper SCAF administration.

    Think Tank: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

    Topic: Egyptian Elections

    Date: 22/5/2012

    Author: David Schenker

    Type: Policy Analysis

    Title: Egyptian Elections: Beyond Winning

    Address: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/egyptian-elections-beyond-winning

    This policy analysis of the Egyptian elections by WINEP, often criticised for being pro-Israel, discusses the credibility and speculation surrounding the actual voting process in Egypt. Concern is raised over an Islamist sweep within the new government, as Islamists are the majority of the new parliament. WINEP believes that regardless of the election process, a group of Egyptians may not accept the results if their candidate does not win.

    Egyptians have been to the voting polls four times in fifteen months, causing concern that Egyptians may be losing their enthusiasm to vote. The constitutional referendum in March 2011 saw 41.2% of eligible voters vote, but Shura Council elections in January and February 2012 saw only 6.5% of voters in the first round and 12.2% voters in the second. About 54% of voters cast their ballots for the People’s Assembly elections. The high turn out rate is thought to be because some Egyptians believed the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces would fine them for not voting. The threat of SCAF imposing an “interim constitution” could discourage voters or encourage voters to vote.

    The Carter Center, the only American based democracy promotion organisation currently in Egypt  “will not be allowed to observe any single polling station for more than thirty minutes.” Thousands of Egyptians have volunteered to monitor the polling stations.

    WINEP believes that in the event Shafiq or Mousa win, there may be “claims of SCAF fraud,” accompanied by mass protests. The key to stabilizing Egypt is in the credibility of the voting process.

    Think Tank: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    Topic: Egyptian Elections

    Date: 16/5/2012

    Author: Thomas K. Plofchan III

    Type: Report

    Title: Egypt’s Islamists: A Growing Divide

    Address: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/islamists/egypt’s-islamists-growing-divide

    This report chronicles and examines the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi rivalry from the fall of Hosni Mubarak until more recently into the elections. The two organisations originally held similar positions on issues after the fall of Mubarak, although began to divide mid-2011.

    Three Salafi organisations, The Nour Party, being the biggest, joined the Brotherhood led Democratic Alliance that soon dissolved afterwards. The Salafis then formed the Islamic Bloc that won approximately 27% of the parliament vote, despite political inexperience. “The Nour Party won 111 of the 508 parliamentary seats, making it the second largest part in the People’s Assembly, the lower house of parliament.” The Brotherhood won 40% of the vote. Both parties have stated little interest in forming an Islamist alliance in the parliament.

    The media has recently depicted the Brotherhood in a negative light due to entering the presidential candidacy after stating they wouldn’t. The Salafi party supports Aboul Fotouh, an expelled Brotherhood leader, while the Brotherhood’s Morsi is behind in the polls.

    Salafis “oppose the use of alcohol and exposure of women’s bodies,” in regards to tourism standards; The Nour Party encourages cultural tourism contrasting to resort tourism and the Brotherhood “have distinguished between Egyptians and foreigners traveling in the country.” The biggest contrast deals with the role of Sharia in the new political system. The Brotherhood supports the principles of Sharia in legislation, whereas the Salafis support Sharia judgment.

    Refugees ARE NOT terrorists

    The Paris attacks have sparked a massive wave of anti-Muslim bigotry.

    We need to speak out against this racist, xenophobic backlash. Now.

    At least 29 Republican governors—and even one Democrat—say they want to close their states to Syrian refugees.1 Indiana’s governor has already turned a family away.2 Presidential candidates are talking about shutting down mosques and discriminating against refugees on the basis of religion.3,4 A state senator in Tennessee is proposing rounding up all Syrian refugees in the state.5

    And now Republicans in Congress are threatening to cut off funding for refugee assistance while 4 million Syrian refugees are begging for help.6

    This is immoral. And stupid. Because shutting out refugees doesn’t make America safer—just the opposite: it fuels hatred at home, and resentment and extremism around the world. Will you chip in $3 to help fight back?

    Click here to chip in and help fight the GOP’s racist, anti-refugee backlash.

    The first thing we need to do is hold governors accountable for attacking refugees. We’ve launched rapid-response campaigns in all 30 states, calling their governors out for this xenophobic pandering. More than 115,000 MoveOn members have already joined the call to stop attacking refugee families.

    Second, we need to block Republicans in Congress from defunding refugee resettlement. This is the most cynical, immoral act you could imagine in response to a refugee crisis of this scale, and we’re flooding Capitol Hill with phone calls and petition signatures to stop it.

    Finally, we need to show the world that the hate mongers and racists don’t speak for us. So we’re teaming up with allies on college campuses and mobilizing MoveOn members on social media to show the world that we are a welcoming nation—and to push back against anti-refugee and anti-Muslim vitriol.

    But this xenophobic anti-refugee backlash has intensified fast, which is why we need to raise at least $150,000 to enable all this work. Will you chip in $3?

    Yes, I’ll chip in to stand with refugees and against anti-Muslim bigotry.

    This is an incredibly dangerous moment for America. If we don’t push back against this outpouring of hate, it could spiral out of control into a wave of hate crimes like what we saw after 9/11—or get us stuck in another foolish war.

    Republicans are telling people to be afraid of refugees. But over the past 40 years, America has taken in 2.5 million refugees.7 Not one terrorist attack has been committed in America by a refugee.8 Even the reports that the Paris attackers included a Syrian refugee are likely false.9

    The truth is, attacking refugees makes America LESS safe by feeding extremist propaganda as a massively chaotic situation spills from Syria into Europe.

    But the American people are scared. And they’re being misled by shameless politicians pandering to hate. That’s why we need to fight back now, before this gets out of control.

    Will you chip in $3 to help stand against the anti-refugee backlash?

    Click here to chip in and join the fight.

    Thanks for all you do.

    –Anna, Brian, Corinne, Milan, and the rest of the team

    CAIR Says Nation’s Leaders Must Repudiate Islamophobia After Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

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    CAIR Says Nation’s Leaders Must Repudiate Islamophobia After Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

    Shots fired at Conn. mosque, Okla. man shot after threatening Muslims, N.C. Uber driver hit after being asked if he is Muslim, ‘Middle Eastern’ passengers removed from flight

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/17/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on the nation’s political and religious leaders to repudiate Islamophobia in the wake of a spike in anti-Muslim incidents following the Paris terror attacks.

    “The mainstreaming of Islamophobia by a number of our nation’s political and religious leaders has encouraged the latest hate-filled actions of anti-Muslim bigots,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Now is the time for those leaders who are concerned about traditional American values of religious inclusion and tolerance to speak out against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime.”

    CAIR Decries GOP Governors’ ‘Un-American’ Refusal to Accept Syrian Refugees

    Trump’s Focus on Muslims Distracting Him from Campaign Against Mexicans, Supporters Fear

    CAIR Islamophobia Watch: Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress Says Paris Attacks Prove Islam Inspired by Satan

    CAIR Announces Quran Giveaway in Response to Ben Carson’s Anti-Muslim Remarks

    Video: CAIR-San Antonio Leader Interviewed About Rising Islamophobia

    Last night, CAIR issued a community safety alert after a Texas mosque had its door covered in feces and pages of the Quran were thrown to the ground covered with feces.

    In that alert, CAIR cited anti-Muslim incidents reported since the Paris attacks, including terror threats to Florida mosques, vandalism at a Nebraska mosque, shots fired at a Florida Muslim family’s home, hate graffiti targeting a Connecticut Muslim student, an arson attack on a Canadian mosque, a tweet threatening Michigan Muslims, and innumerable hate messages sent online and by phone.

    Since that alert was issued, CAIR received reports about shots fired at a Connecticut mosque, the police shooting of an Oklahoma man after he threatened to kill Muslims, an assault on a North Carolina Uber driver after he was asked whether he is Muslim, an assault on a Canadian Muslim mother, threats to Quebec Muslims, and the removal of ‘Middle Eastern’ passengers from flight because the crew felt “uncomfortable.”

    Video: CAIR-FL Director Hassan Shibly on CNN to Discuss Mosque Threats

    Police, FBI Investigate Shots Fired at Conn. Mosque

    Video: CAIR-OK Rep Interviewed on Police Shooting of Man Who Threatened to Kill Muslims

    Canada: Muslim Woman Attacked Outside of Her Children’s School in Flemingdon Park

    Christian Uber Driver Beaten and Threatened by Passenger ‘Who Thought He was Muslim’

    CAIR: Four People ‘of Middle Eastern Descent’ Pulled Off Flight

    Police: ‘Suspicious Activity’ on Chicago-Bound Plane was Just Someone Watching News on Phone

    Video Threatening Muslims in Quebec Surfaces

    An FBI report issued yesterday indicated a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2014.

    FBI: Hate Crimes Are Down In the U.S.—But Not Against Muslims

    Because of recent hate incidents, Muslim community leaders are being asked to implement long-term safety measures outlined in CAIR’s booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to a previous spike in attacks on American mosques.

    A free copy of the booklet may be requested by going to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

    CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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    CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

     

     

     

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    UMAA Condemns Worldwide Terror Attacks & Message from Dr. Nakshawani

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    (WASHINGTON DC –- November 16, 2015) UMAA condemns the attacks against innocent civilians in Paris, France; Beirut, Lebanon; Baghdad, Iraq; and Ghazni, Afghanistan. 

     

    The Universal Muslim Association of America wishes to convey our deepest condolences to the victims and the families of the victims affected by all these tragedies.  No one should have to fear walking the streets of their neighborhoods, attending the funeral of their kinfolk or practicing their religion.  In the strongest way possible, we condemn all these acts of terror and we stand united against those who wish to sow fear and hatred amongst humanity.  We recognize that their goals are not just to terrorize but to divide people; to turn friend against friend and neighbor against neighbor.  

    We call upon the global community to not just denounce and condemn these acts but stand vigilant against their ultimate goal – to divide the world through fear and hatred.  

    We pray that the victims of these atrocities find peace and that the scourge of the Daesh terrorists realize that the human capacity of love will always be greater than their methodology of hate. 

    Click below to read the words of UMAA Special Representative Dr. Sayed Nakshawani:

     

     

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