Economic Prosperity to Come to MENA

February 3, 2011 12:43 am0 comments

By: Saud Masud After losing a quarter of its market value within the first 30 days of 2011 the Egyptian stock market is at a standstill and it appears so is the rest of Egypt.  In the last few weeks the socio-political turmoil sparked in Tunisia, a country of 10 […]

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Youth Leaders of the Egyptian Revolution

February 1, 2011 8:07 am0 comments

By Moniza Khokhar Tunisia.  Egypt.  Lebanon.  Yemen.  Jordan. Where to next?  In an unprecedented act of bravery, the youth led uprisings across the Muslim world have spoken.  The tiresome cycle of fear, frustration and silence constantly overlooked basic humanitarian rights.  Considering today’s technology, these sentiments have been given a global […]

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Qatar 2022 Series, Part II: World Cup Stadiums

January 27, 2011 1:53 am0 comments

By: Ehsaan Mesghali The small Gulf country of Qatar has made big news by being selected to host the 2022 World Cup.  The maverick FIFA (governing body of soccer) board has made risky decisions before by choosing a united post-apartheid South Africa over other perhaps more qualified bids for 2010. […]

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Qatar 2022 Series, Part I: A World Destination

January 25, 2011 5:51 am0 comments

By: Muhammed Shamma Summer or winter, cold or hot, it doesn’t matter. Qatar has delivered serious plans to host the soccer World Cup in 2022. Summer temperatures could arise to 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit), yet international fans will be able to enjoy the cool breezes thanks to the […]

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HOD: Revolutionizing Matchmaking for Muslims

January 10, 2011 4:38 am0 comments

Matchmaking is one of the oldest traditions known to man. Yet just as times have drastically changed over the centuries, so has this age-old tradition of pairing boy to girl and praying for a blissful outcome. Traditionally, each culture, faith and region carried its distinct method of going about the […]

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2010: The Year of Contentious Architecture

December 28, 2010 11:00 pm0 comments

By: Maryam Eskandari In 2010, this year’s headlines showcased architectural projects pushing the envelope.  Plagued with debate, below are the top five most controversial buildings this year. On top of the list was none other than the Burj Dubai, renamed Burj Khalifa honoring the ruler of Abu Dhabi who spared […]

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Could Islamic finance have prevented the global economic crisis?

December 1, 2010 9:09 pm0 comments

By: Saud Masud A question that is often discussed is: if the global economic crisis triggered by the housing bubble burst and the sub-prime credit crisis in the US would have been averted if the Islamic finance framework were in place. It is a question that is asked often and […]

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2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

November 30, 2010 7:35 pm0 comments

By: Maryam Eskandari Every three years, the world of architecture gets together to recognize the best projects that have been built. His Royal Highness, the Aga Khan, himself, established The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the highest award in the field of architecture in 1977. The award is to not […]

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The Business of Hajj

November 11, 2010 7:00 pm0 comments

By: Saud Masud As a six year old I vividly remember my family and I driving from Riyadh to Mecca to perform the Hajj in a caravan-like formation accompanied by other families, and anxious to reach Islam’s holiest city and birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).  Hajj is one of the […]

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Halal Guys: Is there crack in their sauce?

November 4, 2010 5:05 pm0 comments

By: Sanya Saud The ever-focused, yellow sweatshirt wearing Halal Guys intensely concentrate on serving their famous chicken and rice/gyros to a never-ending line in the heart of midtown Manhattan.  Highly paid executives, affluent residents, tourists and cab drivers swarm midtown.  It is also home to the world famous (no exaggeration) […]

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