Sri Lanka Elections : The Muslim Vote

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First published here for Groundviews. Images have been making the rounds on facebook, with various hues and shades, highlighting the fact that the sixth executive President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, won with the support of minority communities in Sri Lanka, whereas Mahinda Rajapakse, the last President obtained the votes of a majority of the majority. There is another ...

Rajapaksa Using the Term Munafiq

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President: You all know there are lot of "Munafiqs" among us. Don’t be deceived by them. — Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) December 20, 2014 What is this world coming to. For those of you who don’t know, ‘Munafiq’ is arabic for hypocrite, and in Muslim communities around the world, the word has more of a religious bearing than it has ...

Rajapaksa Using the Term Munafiq

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President: You all know there are lot of "Munafiqs" among us. Don’t be deceived by them. — Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) December 20, 2014 What is this world coming to. For those of you who don’t know, ‘Munafiq’ is arabic for hypocrite, and in Muslim communities around the world, the word has more of a religious bearing than it has ...

Backing Ed

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Originally posted on Notes from a Broken Society: Like a lot of Labour Party members and activists, I’m angry and confused at the moment.  I’m angry that with the Tory Party in disarray, losing MPs to UKIP and humiliated in Europe once again as a direct result of its fear of UKIP, the media focus appears to be all ...

Backing Ed

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Originally posted on Notes from a Broken Society: Like a lot of Labour Party members and activists, I’m angry and confused at the moment.  I’m angry that with the Tory Party in disarray, losing MPs to UKIP and humiliated in Europe once again as a direct result of its fear of UKIP, the media focus appears to be all ...

Of Geoffrey Bawa & Being Overrated

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Anoma Pieris from , is an Associate Professor in Architecture at Melbourne University, whom I have had the pleasure of acquainting over the last few years on matters to do with Architectural theory. I have always maintained that Geoffrey Bawa is overrated, and that the propping up of Bawa as an Architect goes beyond his skill as an architect ...

Of Geoffrey Bawa & Being Overrated

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Anoma Pieris from , is an Associate Professor in Architecture at Melbourne University, whom I have had the pleasure of acquainting over the last few years on matters to do with Architectural theory. I have always maintained that Geoffrey Bawa is overrated, and that the propping up of Bawa as an Architect goes beyond his skill as an architect ...

Independence Referendum: The Morning After

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First published here. A win for independence in Scotland would have led to drastic changes to parliament in the UK including the short-to-medium term irrelevance of Labour A little over half of those who went to bed last Thursday in Scotland, wondering what Friday will hold, woke up to the news that the United Kingdom will remain as it ...

Independence Referendum: The Morning After

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First published here. A win for independence in Scotland would have led to drastic changes to parliament in the UK including the short-to-medium term irrelevance of Labour A little over half of those who went to bed last Thursday in Scotland, wondering what Friday will hold, woke up to the news that the United Kingdom will remain as it ...

Islamic Intellectual Resurgence : Looking Westwards

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From my experiences in living in three different and distinct regions in the world, I have always maintained that an intellectual Islamic resurgence has the greatest chance of starting in the West. Dr Tariq Ramadan in his reasons for not attending the ISNA and RIS conferences very clearly outlines the following, which are as pertinent to the West as ...

Islamic Intellectual Resurgence : Looking Westwards

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From my experiences in living in three different and distinct regions in the world, I have always maintained that an intellectual Islamic resurgence has the greatest chance of starting in the West. Dr Tariq Ramadan in his reasons for not attending the ISNA and RIS conferences very clearly outlines the following, which are as pertinent to the West as ...

Qur’an Recitation From Prison

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This is a boy from Burma who was arrested in Malaysia for not having proper papers. He may well be a Rohingya who fled persecution to Malaysia, though I don’t know. This is one of the most melodious Qur’anic recitations I have listened to, I say this on the authority of having listened to a lot. Please do listen, Muslims ...

Qur’an Recitation From Prison

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This is a boy from Burma who was arrested in Malaysia for not having proper papers. He may well be a Rohingya who fled persecution to Malaysia, though I don’t know. This is one of the most melodious Qur’anic recitations I have listened to, I say this on the authority of having listened to a lot. Please do listen, Muslims ...

Ridiculous Study of the Day Says Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer

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Originally posted on TIME: It has been a weird week in health news. First doctors said that Justin Bieber might save young boys’ lives (the “hip” bowl cut is actually a form of sun protection — skin cancer be gone!), and now scientists out of the University of Exeter insist that smelling farts could actually prevent cancer, among other ...

Ridiculous Study of the Day Says Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer

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Originally posted on TIME: It has been a weird week in health news. First doctors said that Justin Bieber might save young boys’ lives (the “hip” bowl cut is actually a form of sun protection — skin cancer be gone!), and now scientists out of the University of Exeter insist that smelling farts could actually prevent cancer, among other ...

Lankan Muslims in London and Political Myopia

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First Published for Groundviews and the Colombo Telegraph. There was a protest that took place yesterday by a group of Sri Lankan Muslims in Britain outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London mostly regarding the spate of anti Muslim activities that have been occurring in Sri Lanka. But in this instance what the group responsible for yesterday’s protest ...

Lankan Muslims in London and Political Myopia

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First Published for Groundviews and the Colombo Telegraph. There was a protest that took place yesterday by a group of Sri Lankan Muslims in Britain outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London mostly regarding the spate of anti Muslim activities that have been occurring in Sri Lanka. But in this instance what the group responsible for yesterday’s protest ...

Mandela : Selective Veneration

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For all those leeching off Mandela’s legacy, politicians, activists, pacifists and everyone else, it is only right that his legacy is seen for what it is, every single aspect of it, not just selective veneration. David Cameron who in the 80’s was intrinsically a lead part of organisations that sided with Apartheid and produced ‘hang Mandela‘ posters, will of ...

Mandela : Selective Veneration

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For all those leeching off Mandela’s legacy, politicians, activists, pacifists and everyone else, it is only right that his legacy is seen for what it is, every single aspect of it, not just selective veneration. David Cameron who in the 80′s was intrinsically a lead part of organisations that sided with Apartheid and produced ‘hang Mandela‘ posters, will of ...

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

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One of my all time favourite songs and amongst the best written national anthems in the world, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, written in Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English, was the great emblem of defiance against the Apartheid regime and eventually united all peoples of South Africa within the ambit of her melody. No better time to post this than ...