Zheng He: A Chinese Muslim Admiral!

Source / Courtesy: Wikipedia Zheng He (1371–1433, 鄭和 / 郑和; pinyin: Zhèng Hé), also known as Ma Sanbao (馬三寶 / 马三宝) and Hajji Mahmud Shamsuddin (Persian: حاجی محمود شمس) was a Hui-Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who commanded voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa, collectively […]

Dirt could be good for you

Source: Times of India As a parent have you frowned or watched in disgust as your kids stuff a handful of mud into their mouths while playing? Well you can relax, the next time this happens. For research suggests that eating mud or clay could actually be good for the […]

Muslim scientists: On the shoulders of giants

Source: Tribune.com Given the state of science in the Muslim world today, one could be forgiven for imagining that Muslim scientists have made no contributions to the accumulated knowledge of the world. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ibn-e-Sina COUNTRY: Iran INTEREST: Medicine, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Psychology, Theology, Logic, Mathematics and […]

Lebanese sheikh killed in London mosque

LONDON (AFP) (Jordan Times) – Sheikh Maymun Zarzur, a Lebanese imam, was killed after leading prayers at the Muslim Welfare House in London, the Islamic centre said Saturday. Zarzour was found dead on Friday after leading the early morning Fajr prayers at the Islamic community centre, Muslim Welfare House said. […]

1.7m students start new school year today

AMMAN (Jordan Times) – Around 1.7 million students from across the Kingdom will head to schools today, including 500,000 in private and UNRWA schools. The Ministry of Education has completed preparations for the 2011-2012 scholastic year, including opening 35 new schools, in addition to renovating 60 schools. With around 16,000 […]

Why be scared of a Palestinian state?

By Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, Beirut, Lebanon Two major Middle East-related events will take place this month with their epicenter in New York City: the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States, and the expected Palestinian bid for the United Nations General […]

Sectarian warfare reignited

source:Dailytimes-Pakistan Two despicable terrorist attacks targeting the Shiites in Pakistan should ring alarm bells but it seems that the Pakistani state is oblivious to any such warnings. On Eid day, 11 people lost their lives while more than a dozen others were injured when a suicide bomber targeted a Shia […]

The heart of the problem

source. TOI on Line Just as the witticism in American politics today is that the intellectually challenged Tea Party activists are pitted against the snobbish Coffee House elites, a witticism for the current Indian situation is that ‘Anna’ Hazare is taking on what we might call the ‘Rupaiah’ politicians and […]