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Hijabi designer hopes to make a big positive impact

By: AFP Source: Yahoo News Raised in Ohio by a Korean mother and a Palestinian father, Sarah Musa shocked her parents when she decided to wear the headscarf at age 17. Today, the 33-year-old Musa works in New York as a ready-to-wear designer but dreams of creating her own label — modest-looking fashion that will be worn by customers regardless of whether or not they are religious. Ten years into her career, she has worked for Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui, Carolina Herrera and now Club Monaco, where she is a senior technical designer. “I’m making beautiful clothes and women can choose how they wear it,” the elegant young woman told AFP in an interview. “I would...

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Indonesia’s proposed ‘halal economic zone’ picks up momentum

By: Euan Black Source: Southeast Asia Globe As demand for halal products grows across the Islamic world, Indonesia has plans to establish a halal economic zone in Jakarta. The economic zone would likely include Islamic banks and financial institutions, as well as halal restaurants, hotels, malls, fashion boutiques and entertainment venues. The idea is gaining traction thanks to greater demand for halal products and services, according to Siwage Dharma Negara, assistant coordinator of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies’ Indonesia Studies programme. “It’s gaining momentum now because of increasing demand and pressure from the community and from religious groups,” Negara said. “The...

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An eternal gift: the Islamic institution of waqf in Tunisia

By: Ayed Nabaa Source: Al Jazeera Giving to charity is a central tenet of Islam. One form of giving is Waqf, a tradition of permanently endowing property dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). In Tunisia, Waqf has had a long and, at times, controversial history. “Waqf property can’t be sold, bought, donated or inherited. Its benefits, specified by the donor, go to particular individuals or a certain category of people,” explains Dr Noureddine el Khademi, the Tunisian religious affairs minister from 2011 to 2014. Waqf beneficiaries can be private individuals – like the donors’ descendants – or the public. Public Wafq endowments which...

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