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We Will Not Go Down Song for Gaza

“We Will Not Go Down” Song for Gaza

“You can burn…our mosques and our homes and our schools. But our spirit will never die…” sings Michael Heart, an American songwriter, for Gaza reflecting on the horrific situation of the Palestinian people.As stated on his website, Heart said, “I would like to request that after downloading the song from this page, you kindly donate directly …

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I Look I See , Yusuf Islam

“I Look I See” By Yusuf Islam

Formerly British pop star Cat Stevens converted to Islam in 1977 and came to be known as Yusuf Islam. Following his conversion, he retreated from the spotlights for a while. In 1985, Yusuf Islam decided to go back to the public spotlight but in different style. He chose perform songs derived from the essence and …

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The Key

The Key

Palestinian Key It waits at the bottom of a trunk At the bottom of a drawer, it waits. It grows old, it grows old Passing from hand to hand From gnarled hands that unfold Faded cloth to unveil history To destined hands of grandchildren, The generation in between lost Lies waiting Under the earth. Different …

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Islam’s Black Slaves

Book Review: Islam’s Black Slaves

Author: Ronald Segal Pages: 240 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux The issue of slavery has always been a controversial one. In the hands of anti-Islamic elements it has become another tool by which to defame Islam. There have been a number of writers and activists that have accused Muslims of condoning and even practicing slavery …

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A World Yet To Take Action

A World Yet To Take Action

The deaths unjustified The children mortified The armies fortified And people here waiting Now a new year with parties and beer For now we live in a sphere Where these horrors disappear But in reality they’re waiting My peers think of fun and games Different ways to rise to fame While our innocence sits in …

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Mooz-Lum

Mooz-Lum the Movie: the Benefit of Trial and Error

Title: Mooz-Lum Year: 2010 Director: Qasim Basir Stars: Danny Glover, Summer Bishil, Evan Ross, and Nia Long Language: English As part of the Cairo International Film Festival, among a total of 450 films from 71 countries, and under digital feature films, Mooz-Lum the movie was shown in Cairo before its release in the US theatres in February 2011. The …

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The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

Director: Ron Howard Leads: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, and Paul Bettany Producer: John Calley Budget: $125 million Language: English Length: 149 min. Much uproar has been made in the media about the religious controversy surrounding director Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code. The massive publicity campaign alone, leading up to the …

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Time of Favor

Review: Time of Favor Gives Inside View of Israelis

A combination of religio-political conflict and love, first-time writer/director, Joseph Cedar’s Time of Favor, received six Israeli Academy Awards. The film focuses on the discordance of values within the Jewish community – between the orthodox nationalists and the military and between idealists and realists. An Israeli film concentrating on politics and religion, Time of Favor …

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Movie Review: Left Behind: The Movie

Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min. Rated PG-13 for violence Based on the literary interpretation of the Bible’s Book of Revelation, Left Behind presents a fictional adaptation of rapture (the end of times). Rapture is a fundamentalist Christian belief that true believing Christians will be suddenly lifted up from the earth before the …

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Father of the Nation – Gandhi My Father

Title: Gandhi My Father Year: 2007 Director: Feroz Abbas Khan Leads: Darshan Jhariwala, Akshaye Khanna, Bhumika Chawla, and Shefali Shah Producer: Anil Kapoor Language: Hindi A pioneer in promoting non-violent protest in the struggle for Indian independence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is a figure that has inspired many real-life, as well as reel-life, figures. In 1982, Sir Richard Attenborough introduced Mahatma’s …

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The Cultural Struggle In North Africa

The Cultural Struggle In North Africa

In North Africa, the issue of Arabization – replacing French with Arabic in the areas of education and government – is still as controversial as it was when the countries of the region gained their independence 40 years ago.When France colonized North Africa, it was not merely economic exploitation or political domination, but a comprehensive …

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The greatness of the Islamic arts

The greatness of the Islamic arts

The difference between one art and another is civilizational. The arts are expressions of the sense of belonging to different civilizations. Roman art, for instance, was an expression of strength. It represented the role of the “strong arm” in building that civilization. In the case of the Greek civilization, we find that philosophy, which was …

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Creativity

Creativity: The Product of a Mind Whose Wonders Have No End

The relationship between freedom of thought and creativity is a relation between prelude and result, because freedom of thought ends in creativity. However, the meaning of “thought” in the Islamic perspective should be defined first. Thought means a conscious movement of the mind towards Islamic text, i.e. the Holy Quran, and its explanation, i.e. the …

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