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Facing Backlash, Aurora Library Removes Islamophobic Display

AURORA, Chicago – Aurora Public Library officials apologized to the community after exhibiting a poem that included an Islamophobic display encouraging violence against Muslim women. “On behalf of the Aurora Public Library Board of Directors and staff, I sincerely apologize to the community for the offensive display in the library’s exhibit this weekend,” Library board …

American Muslim Group Brings People Together with Art

ST. LOUIS – A leading American Muslim advocacy group has organized an art event aimed at bringing different communities together while exhibiting contemporary Muslim art. “Art is the international language used by all peoples, cultures, and religions to share with the world who they are, what they believe and inspire beauty,” Faizan Syed executive director …

Tattoos

Thinking of Getting Tattoos?

Tattoos can cause cancer and mutations – and one color is potentially more toxic than others, according to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). An ECHA research in 2017 has investigated possible tattooing risks. The agency said: “Many reports show significant concerns for public health stemming from the composition of inks used for tattooing.” “The most severe …

Glassmaking

Featureless & Invisible: Why Is Glass Transparent?

Glass is a non-crystalline amorphous solid that is often transparent and has widespread practical, technological, and decorative usage. For example, window panes, tableware, and optoelectronics. The most familiar and the oldest types of glass are “silicate glasses”. Their primary constituent is the chemical compound silica (silicon dioxide, or quartz) which also forms sand. Many applications of silicate glasses derive from their optical transparency, giving rise to …

Can I Work in the Film Industry?

Can I Work in the Film Industry?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother in Islam, we really appreciate your enthusiasm to commit yourself to the teachings of your religion, Islam. May Allah reward you …

Travel Lets you See yourself Differently

When you stand at the foot of a great mountain, you get a sense of how small you are in the grand scale of things. When you stand next to an immense old Roman column in Lebanon or Morocco, or by the pyramids in Egypt, you get a sense of the immensity of history and the passage of time.

Art, Fiction and Jokes: All Fun Forbidden?

Art, Fiction and Jokes: All Fun Forbidden?

Salam Dear Sister, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. The view that art, literature and jokes are forbidden in Islam seems to be a widely held belief among ordinary Muslims. This is because they are looked upon as mere trivialities that distract from serious religious duties. And any work that …



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