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The Double Standards of Western Liberalism and the True Freedom of Faith

February 1, 2015

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Despite the unpopularity of religion in the intellectual sphere, a new philosophy with sacred principles has seeped its way into this primarily ideological community.

Loss and Laughter in Dubai’s Labour Camps

March 1, 2014

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As written for The Platform (March 01, 2014) Mahmoud Kaabour explains how his new docu-film, Champ of the Camp, delves deeply into Dubai’s notorious camps to expose feelings of pain and yearning  We just separated only yesterday But how will I live in this condition for ages Death didn’t come, but why have your memories come Oh long […]

Must Wedding Bells Go Ka-Ching? -A Muslim Perspective On The Wedding Industry

November 20, 2013

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As written for Muslim Matters (November 20, 2013) When it was confirmed that I was to be married and the dates for the event set, family members went into a flurried pseudo-state of panic and anticipation. We have a wedding to plan! The dress! The venue! The guest list! The frenzy that ensued soon began to seep […]

Must We Have A Day

June 20, 2013

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Today they say, is refugee day So the world remembers us, or so they say When the only one thing soothed, hugged and told “it’ll all be alright” Is their conscience. Must we have a day In your calendar of goodwill?   Striking in hunger for those millions of empty plates.  Lighting candles in vigil […]

Save The Humans

January 2, 2013

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The stateless Palestinian. The Rohingyan asylum-seeker. The Syrian refugee. The defenceless in war zones. The unwanted girl child. The Dalit. The raped. The gang-raped. The child being molested and too afraid to speak. The starving. The ill-treated labourer. The discarded orphan. The jailed without justice. The physically abused. The emotionally beaten. The homeless. The victim […]

The Dambulla Mosque Debacle and The Rise of The Minority Extremist

April 25, 2012

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As written for Muslim Matters (April 25, 2012) The city of Dambulla in Sri Lanka, more known for its representation in tourism brochures as a registered heritage destination for culturally-inclined tourists to the island, made headlines of a less-idyllic nature on the afternoon of Friday the 20th of April – when Buddhist monks led a 2000-strong protest against a […]

The Break-Up

April 27, 2010

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Feminism, have I got a bone to pick with you. No, this cannot wait for another time. Sit yourself down, we need to talk. My dear friend, what has become of you? It seems the day you were born, your heart was as pure as any other infant, and as a child you were naturally […]

Tip For Your Supper

March 5, 2010

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As written for The UAE Community Blog The newly enforced (and long overdue) ruling in Dubai against the levying of service tax at restaurants has turned the cards in our favour, for both expats and locals alike. For many a night out we’ve failed to take into account with how much weightage that 10% obligatory […]

The Vows So Dear

January 15, 2010

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I’m assuming, that this is that time of year they call The Wedding Season. I base this conjecture on the fact that I just got back from watching two of my closest friend’s tie the knot / bite the dust. The issue of Emirates Bride that just plopped on to my work desk, and the […]