In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate


Is the gold standard coming back?

By: Sputnik News Source: Sputnik News Demand for gold has jumped almost 21 percent in the first quarter of 2016, causing some to question whether paper money is doomed and if the gold standard is due for a comeback. In their latest Liberty Report, former US Republican congressman Dr. Ron Paul and American political analyst Daniel McAdams focused their attention on the fact that the idea of reviving the gold standard has recently caught its second wind. Although the US financial establishment has repeatedly attacked gold, claiming that it “is not money,” the price of the precious metal has made leaps and bounds over the past sixteen years, soaring from $300 per ounce in the...

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The Qazi, the reporter, and abuse of Afghan women

By: Qays Arthur Source: A promotional video featuring a Vice News reporter and an Afghan lawmaker was recently doing about as well as promotional videos can on social media. The story presented by Vice, really HBO, is one of an “ordinary” but defiant female protagonist, journalist Isobel Yeung, who confronts a living symbol of patriarchy, the bearded and turban-wearing Afghan MP and cleric Qazi Ahmad Hanafi, in defense of down-trodden Afghan women. That sounds like a great story to sell a documentary by playing on sympathies for abused Afghan women while stoking rank prejudices against the men their mothers bore. Emotive stuff designed to “go viral” but not much...

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Bid’a (innovation): explained by Sunni authorities

By: Various authorities of Ahlus Sunnah (Compliled by Shaykh Nuh Keller) Source: “The Reliance of the Traveler” via Living Islam MV Editor’s Note: We have highlighted the names of the Sunni authorities quoted in bold. w29.3 The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “… Beware of matters newly begun (bid’a), for every innovation is misguidance.” (Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi) “Beware of matters newly begun…” (Muhammad Jurdani: ) meaning, “Distance yourselves and be wary of matters newly innovated that did not previously exist, i.e. things invented in Islam that contravene the Sacred Law, “For every innovation is...

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