Nizip was not the first time I had been rendered speechless by conditions in a refugee camp. In 2005, I experienced the atrocious conditions endured by internally displaced Palestinians living in slum cities, from Ramallah to Gaza. Two years later, I had the misfortune of visiting Sabra and Shatilla. These the twin hell holes today house 22,000 human beings.
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A UK employment lawyer joined high-ranking female Muslim voices condemning Tuesday’s European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling allowing employers to ban the wearing of visible religious symbols, such as headscarves and other religious signs.
300 Palestinian orphans and fifty disabled children, from refugee camps in Jordan, sponsored by Islamic Help donors, joined Lauren Booth in a lifetime journey for umrah.
300 Palestinian orphans and fifty disabled children, from refugee camps in Jordan, sponsored by Islamic Help donors, are heading towards Madinah, on the final leg of their trip of a lifetime.
AboutIslam’s Lauren Booth accompanies orphans in a life-time journey to perform umrah in Makkah and Madinah
Before embarking on the five-hour coach journey to the blessed city of peace, Madinah, our group of orphans, disabled children, carers and widows, have the chance to pray the congregational Friday prayer at the Kaa`ba.
Who knew that Mahmoud could be spelt so many ways in sign language? I was learning the names of the hearing-impaired boys as we drove to Masjid Aisha, Masjid at-Tan`eem, which lies on the outskirts of the Holy City of Makkah.
Before accepting Islam, I read that, ’Muslims pray to a stone in the desert.’ I remember thinking how strange and pagan-like that made their faith.
The truth is both very different and subtly different.
This is the third year of Islamic Help’s annual Umrah For Orphans project. I will be alongside the children and the widowed mothers, many of whom despite hardships and managing large families alone, have also memorized the Holy Qur’an, every step of the way.
Beneath the white noise of rolling news, a new America is emerging. It may be one of internment camps, monitoring and racism as political policy. Or, it may be a very different image to the one trumpeted on our screens.