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“If the next generation is going to be raised to embrace the strict Islamic values for which the niqab is the expression, it will undermine the project Syria is trying to build, of secularism and coexistence of religions.” Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma

In an apparent attempt to curb what is being deemed a growing religious presence, Syria has instituted regulations banning niqab from university life.  Considering the sheer number of individuals who have voiced public opposition to niqab over the past few years, it is only a matter of time before other nations follow in Syria’s footsteps.
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`Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (PBUH) used to say: “Allahumma inni as’alukal-huda wat-tuqa wal-`afafa wal-ghina (O Allah! I ask You for guidance, piety, chastity and self-sufficiency)”.
[Muslim].

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1- Low expectations.  Since 1982 the Wizards have gotten out of the first round of the playoffs once.  ONCE.  Shoot, if the team ends the season over .500, I’ll call for a parade myself.

2- John Wall.  He gets to play alongside a budding superstar who will turn the league upside down.  Give it a chance Lebron!

3-Gilbert Arenas.  Word on the street is that Arenas is switching his number next season…..just like Lebron!  Coincedence? I think not! clearly there was collusion between the two on this decision, and the tandem of ‘King James’ with Agent Zero is bound to give the fans a dazzling array of passes.  I predict over 10 assists per game for both players.

4-DC Public Schools.  I hear they are decent, so he can definitely enroll his kids in them.

5-Parking.  I’m sure they’ll give him his own spot, which, if you know or drive in DC, is HUGE plus.  No need to worry about feeding the meter or paying $12 for 2 hours of parking.

6-Taxes.  Lebron’s big shindig on ESPN tonight will donate proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club of America.  The guy loves to give back, and in DC there are many opportunities- 6% sales tax, 10% tax on meals and rental cars, 12% parking tax, and 14% on hotel accommodations. 

7-The Redskins.  No matter how bad the Wizards get, the Redskins have a knack of playing a notch worse, taking all the attention off of the Wizards ineptitude.  If Lebron goes 5-30 shooting, no one will mind.

8-JJ’s Cheesesteaks.  Not everything’s thabiha, but the chicken is and its pretty tasty.

The decision is obvious at this point…. 🙂

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60% of NBA Athletes go broke.

Surprised? The numbers are even higher in other sports.

In the NFL, within two years of retirement, 78% of former athletes go broke.  The reasons are many, and Sports Illustrated wrote an excellent article highlighting the financial turmoil experienced by athletes once their playing days come to an end.  You can read the article here.

SubhanAllah, its so odd how people live for the dunya while reaping so few of its rewards.  May Allah protect us from making the dunya the greatest of our concerns.  Ameen.

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Atheists have, to a large extent, been a fringe minority in the American landscape for a large part of the last century.  So much so that aside from Scientific circles, meeting an atheist was quite rare up until the mid/late 90’s when Atheism and people characterizing themselves as “non-religious” became much more common; “non-religious” being a common characterization to avoid the social stigma associated with calling oneself an atheist. 

Over the past decade, this dynamic has started to change.  Atheism is no longer a fringe movement, but has come to be considered a legitimate philosophy, often times seen as intellectually superior to their religionist counterparts.  This mentality has been coupled with an unprecedented outspokenness by atheists, challenging the fundamental tenants contained within the Abrahamic faiths on issues ranging from the start of creation to salvation and the hereafter.
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