Monthly Archives: January 2016

Dolce & Gabbana Abayas: Cultural Appropriation Or Cultural Energisation?...

Do we need 'the West' to validate how cool, sophisticated and trendy we are as Muslims?

There is debate among Muslims whether Dolce & Gabbana’s recently released collection of luxury abayas is a form of cultural appropriation (‘plundering’) of the Muslim culture or a means of ‘energising’ it. We covered the issue of cultural appropriation when I was tutoring for an introductory paper on Media Studies last year...
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The Rug Life: Why Do We Pray?...

If I was going to pray 5 times a day, every day for the rest of my life, I should know and understand the reason why.

“Why do we pray?” A question I asked myself and the people around me since I was a kid. It seems simple enough of a question and I thought it was a reasonable one to ask. If I was going to pray 5 times a day, every day for the rest...
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Dua: The Greatest Casualty In A Socially Networked Life...

Instead of squeezing in dhikr and dua when we find time, we should make those devotional acts self-made prerequisites to touching our phones.

“Just as every technology is an invitation to enhance some part of our lives, it’s also, necessarily, an invitation to be drawn away from something else.” – Michael Harris, The End of Absence. A Typical Day It’s 30 minutes before fajr time ends. The alarm on your smartphone starts blaring. You reach over and...
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