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Giving Freedom to destitute: A form of worship (Ibadah)

July 24th, 2014

In addition to fasting and giving charity, Ramadan is the month of Ibadah or worship which means complete submission to the will of Allah. In Islam, the concept of Ibadah is a very…

Ramadan: A month of contemplation for all Muslims both imprisoned and free civilians

July 22nd, 2014

O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great…

Muslims in Ramadan: Expressing their complete obedience and submission to the will of Allah (SWT)

July 18th, 2014

Following the advent of Islam in the seventh century, it was not easy for Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to convince the people of Makkah including his own tribe to embrace Islam. The Pro…

Ramadan 2014: Making Zakat relevant in Western context

July 3rd, 2014

Historically, Zakat was a momentous response to the dispossessed Muslim immigrant from Mecca and socio –economic situation of Madina. The hijra or migration of Prophet Mohammad (…

In what ways humanitarian activities can help tackle modern day slavery

May 9th, 2014

Hundreds of years ago, Euclid, a Greek mathematician, wrote in his book that things which equal the same things also equal one another. This mathematical logic and notion of equali…

Turning waste raw material into valuable trading products: One of the effective ways for poverty reduction

April 17th, 2014

In many countries, women traditionally make handicraft items at home and sell them for extra household income. This form of business is suitable to them due to the availability of …

Water and sanitation for development

April 15th, 2014

According to UNICEF, 2.5 billion people lack decent sanitation facilities and 780 people still use unsafe drinking water sources in the developing countries. Due to poor hygiene pr…

Islam: a message of hope

February 20th, 2014

We live in a world of social disparity where many people have more than ample to eat and drink clean water, access to good education, health facilities and most importantly freedom…

Achieving Piety In Ramadan

February 20th, 2014

The aim of fasting is to achieve taqwa (piety) and hold back the selfish soul to discipline and control it. The Arabic word taqwa comes from the root word, w-q-a, which means to ta…

Barriers to the Millennium Development goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

February 14th, 2014

School year is an exciting time for parents as their children go through a formal education system which is a vital component of acquiring skills required to understand the world a…

Orphans of our time and Islam

January 22nd, 2014

There comes a time when every parent departs from their children by leaving this world and every human being, no matter what their age, dreads that day of segregation. Many childre…

Socially excluded groups and development

January 16th, 2014

Socially excluded groups and development: creating opportunities for local NGOs to progressTackling the issues of social exclusion is important in order to include those social gro…

Domestic violence and community support system

October 1st, 2013

It is not easy for women to escape the violence taking place behind the closed doors as they often find themselves unsupported, vulnerable to external abuses and plunged into pover…

Life of street children: Left alone for survival

September 11th, 2013

The cheerful voices of children playing in parks and sight of them strolling to school with their parent are the signs of happy healthy little beings growing up with good likelihoo…

International faith based charities and Global Civil Society

September 4th, 2013

Global civil society is one of the most complex and contested idea of the 21st century.  The term has been used in multiple ways in many public discourses, media and academia. It …

The key to development: Growth in human capacity not economic capital

August 26th, 2013

Aristotle once argued in Nicomachean Ethics that ‘the life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is mere…

Fasting in Islam, Judaism and Christianity: A spiritual practice

August 6th, 2013

Similar to Islam, fasting is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures in Judaism. The sacred day of Yum Kippur, during which a communal fast is observed by the Jewish community, is also re…

World Water Day 2013: Treating water as a blessing and managing water-related disaster

July 16th, 2013

The world water day, commemorated world-wide, gives an opportunity to reflect on the importance of fresh water and promote feasible ways to manage its resources. The significance o…

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