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Muslims Should Care About Climate Change

by Arsalan Iftikhar Most people do not need NASA to tell them that the “scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal†when considering the impact of climate change on our planet today. With tropical storms and hurricanes with harmless-sounding names like Harvey and Irma devastating parts of

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The Forgotten Muslims of Myanmar

by Arsalan Iftikhar In a [recent public letter](” target=”_blank) from 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the famous South African peace activist emotionally pleaded with 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to condemn the ethnic cleansing of over 1 million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar which

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Donate A Live Goat: Feed Someone Forever

by Arsalan Iftikhar Everyone has heard the famous saying: “Give a man a fish…Feed him for a day….Teach a man to fish…Feed him for a lifetime… During this Hajj pilgrimage season, the vast majority of the world’s 1.7 billion Muslims will donate Qurbani meat to hungry families all over the

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Hajj: The Mecca of Pilgrimages

by Arsalan Iftikhar From literally every corner of the planet, we will soon witness millions of old Algerian men, Indonesian toddlers, young American women, Syrian newlyweds, Sudanese mothers and Pakistani fathers perform a two-week pilgrimage that culminates itself at the holiest shrine in the epicenter of the Muslim world known

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Yes, an orphaned child is a child too.

There are over 140 million orphaned children worldwide who have not only lost one or both parents, but have also lost access to food, education, healthcare, and a nurturing environment. Without any assistance or opportunities to escape these circumstances, orphaned children are constantly placed in unfair situations. For instance, in

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Why Clean Water is Essential for International Development

In many developing countries, having access to reachable, sanitary water is seen as a luxury. Many developing nations face challenges in promoting a humane standard of living due to the lack of sanitation resources. And although water accounts for 70% of the surface area on Earth, only 2.5% of this

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