Selected prayers Prophet Muhammad and great Muslim saints / rstml, Flickr
Aziz Abu Sarah, +972 - The real challenge facing the Muslim world today is how to stop violent protesters from becoming the face of the religion. In order to do that, we need more Muslims to get rid of their indifference and speak against the misrepresentation of Islam.
Research shows that the people behind “Innocence of Muslims,” the film which disrespects Islam and the Prophet Muhammad and set off riots across the Middle East after it was uploaded to YouTube, are nothing more than a few Islalmophobic individuals. They produced a very a low cost, low quality film which aims to mock the Prophet Muhammad, and present Islam as a violent and irrational religion.
The producers of the film were able to achieve more than what they desired or expected. It was not the film itself that had an impact on those watching, but rather the violent response of Muslims protesting the film in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan and other countries. These violent protests gave power to the producers. Without them, it is probably fair to guess that the film would not have gotten any attention or almost any views.
Continue reading “Violent protests are the true insult to Islam” »
Iron Dome Battery Deployed Near Ashkelon / Israel Defense Forces, Flickr
We take a special look at the events surrounding the deadliest escalation of violence between militant groups in Gaza and Israel since the 2008 Gaza War in this week’s review of the top #Palestine stories.
Continue reading “Week in Review: “Deadliest Violence in Gaza” Edition, Mar 16th” »
Hamas turns on longtime ally Assad, nonviolent activist charged with assaulting a soldier despite video evidence, and two television stations raided by IDF in this week’s top #Palestine stories.
Continue Reading “Week in Review, Mar 2nd” on Storify…
Continue reading “Week in Review, Mar 2nd” »
January 25, 2011 in Tahrir Square / Al Jazeera, Flickr
Safa Samiezade’-Yazd, Aslan Media - If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a song is worth a million, and a video gone viral is worth even more.
Since protests ran aflame in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, taking down the 30-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, we’ve all be witness to the country’s triumphs, its setbacks, its challenges, and most importantly its contagious hope for freedom through peaceful protest.
In honor of the anniversary of Jan 25th, this special collection of videos will highlight the grassroots role music played alongside the organic movement of defiant idealism that had nothing to lose but its own voice.
Continue reading “#Jan25 Through 25 Music Videos That Gave it Voice” »
Ted Graham, Aslan Media - Many Western pundits would like you to believe that the movement behind the Arab Spring consists of nothing more than a few angry young revolutionaries and an army of bearded Islamists. This is, of course, far from the truth. Revolutionaries of all ages, and all walks of life, have risked their freedom and their lives to bring about change in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, and beyond. Yes, they are angry and many are supporters of Islamist policies, but their messages are diverse and their successes have been staggering.
The Arab Spring, as it has come to be known, has its symbols and its figureheads. Mohammed Boazizi was a Tunisian fruit seller whose self-immolation as a protest against corruption sparked the “Jasmine Revolution” and eventual overthrow of the Tunisian regime. Khalid Said was a young Egyptian beaten to death by police, becoming a rallying cry that led to the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. Hamza Ali Khateeb was the 13 year old Syrian boy who was tortured and killed by police simply for being present at an anti-Assad rally in Deraa. These names captured global attention. And while each was a spark, another force has fanned the flames of revolution throughout the region, a force largely ignored in the Western media: the Arab woman.
Continue reading “Meet the Heroic Women Who Sparked the Arab Spring” »