Category: Editorial

Opinion: Do Islamic Business Ethics Exist?

| 31/05/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Do Islamic Business Ethics Exist?

An interview with Tariq El-Diwany explaining how Muslims can conduct business ethically in today’s world. Also, what should we be trying to achieve when doing business? To make as much money as possible? To create something that benefits society? Or to worship Allah?

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Opinion: How social media has updated our status

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: How social media has updated our status

Thanks to this Darwinian evolution of social media, our status has been updated from digital immigrants to digital natives… and the law of the social jungle is “Survival of the coolest!”

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USA: USDA offers Outdoor Barbecuing Food Safety Tips

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
USA: USDA offers Outdoor Barbecuing Food Safety Tips

Whether it is snowing or hot and sunny, it’s important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illness. There’s something for everyone to learn in this article.

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UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

The priority now is to focus on the UAE, where each emirate has a different set of rules governing the regulation of consumer products, from lipsticks and shampoos to skin creams.

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Opinion: Islamic finance: Fitting In & Standing Out

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic finance: Fitting In & Standing Out

It seems the criticism labelled against Islamic finance products, form over substance, also has application in the ‘info-tainment,’ and social media area. Yes, imitation is the best form of flattery, but we (the Muslim world) also need to be flattered.

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A Fresh Look At Muslims And Secularism In The UK

| 26/05/2012 | Reply
A Fresh Look At Muslims And Secularism In The UK

It is worth emphasising that many Muslims actually see no contradiction between religious values and the framework of secular procedures and institutions in the UK. Procedural secularism provides many benefits for British Muslims, including religious freedom.

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UK: Leicester has elected its first Muslim Mayor

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Leicester has elected its first Muslim Mayor

Leicester, one of the most rapidly Islamizing cities in England, has elected its first-ever Muslim mayor. Abdul Razak Osman, an Indian-origin Muslim who was born in Kenya and who immigrated to Britain in 1971, was sworn into office on May 18.

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Opinion: If it is not ethical, can it really be Halal?

| 23/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: If it is not ethical, can it really be Halal?

Why is it that, time and time again, the Halal market place is full of reports of unethical behaviour by the certification bodies? For all their cries of ‘doing it for the community’ and their affiliations to this or that mosque, why are transparent ethical business practices nearly always absent?

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Opinion: When ‘separated twins’ reunite

| 22/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: When ‘separated twins’ reunite

Islamic finance and halal industry are twins separated at birth. The Halal industry, as an asset class, is looking for compliant liquidity. Islamic finance, as a movement connected to the real economy, is looking for impactful intra-OIC (compliant) investment and financing opportunities.

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UK: Call for the defence of Halal and religious slaughter

| 22/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Call for the defence of Halal and religious slaughter

New Halal Legislation is being planned for implementation in the UK by January 2013 and is currently undergoing ‘consultation’. These new laws pose some of the biggest threats to the continuance of Halal in a generation.

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USA: Muslims on Wall Street: Pragmatic over Dogmatic

| 21/05/2012 | Reply
USA: Muslims on Wall Street: Pragmatic over Dogmatic

Muslims, like other people with strong beliefs, do not see themselves exclusively focused on or defined by such issues. Islam has spread throughout the world because of its dynamic nature, where it influences local customs and is ‘influenced’ by the older local culture.

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UK – Opinion: Halal hysteria

| 15/05/2012 | Reply
UK – Opinion: Halal hysteria

With the threat from terrorism receding, Britain’s Islam-baiters have jumped on the anti-halal bandwagon, and not just the neo-fascists of the British National Party and the English Defence League, but mainstream commentators, too.

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Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

| 05/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

Given they are barred from charging interest and must abide by a strict religious code, Islamic financial institutions are often dismissed by sophisticated western bankers as living in the dark ages. However, Islamic finance, a cash-rich sector, has much to teach the west’s financial system.

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Opinion: Is Muslim fashion finally ‘on trend’?

| 03/05/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Is Muslim fashion finally ‘on trend’?

It’s 2012. We’re bored to death with debates about the hijab. Why women wear it. All this talk neglects the role of fashion in the hijab’s popularity. It’s just easier to be a fashionable Muslim in Britain these days – walk down Oxford street and stereotypes of the hijab as bland and restrictive are laughable.

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Can Islamic Finance Repair The Modern Financial System?

| 21/04/2012 | Reply
Can Islamic Finance Repair The Modern Financial System?

From humble beginnings in the 1990’s, Islamic finance has become a trillion-dollar industry. The market consensus is that Islamic finance has a bright future, owing to favourable demographics.

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Opinion: A New Platform of Hope for Arab Youth

| 12/04/2012 | Reply
Opinion: A New Platform of Hope for Arab Youth

The Arab world today is home to more than 100 million young people between 15 and 29, representing 30% of the total population, with hopes, plans and the desire to work.

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Opinion: Can China Make Its Cuisine and Finance Friendly to Muslims?

| 04/04/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Can China Make Its Cuisine and Finance Friendly to Muslims?

The Hong Kong Tourism Board reports that in recent years, the number of Middle Eastern visitors to the region has grown by as much as 20% annually. How the Chinese have been able to adjust to these Muslim visitors can be seen in Hong Kong, where many of these business people go through.

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Opinion: Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security

| 30/03/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security

Even as Iran’s nuclear program raises the likelihood of yet another conflict in the Middle East, the bigger threat is a potential food crisis in the making, says Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute.

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Opinion: Political bias against halal meat market

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Political bias against halal meat market

Pakistan’s private sector and commerce ministry have miserably failed to capture even a small share of the global halal market because of indifference, lethargy, poor business vision and short-sightedness.

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USA: Brands Can Win by Tapping Muslim Market

| 29/03/2012 | 1 Reply
USA: Brands Can Win by Tapping Muslim Market

Despite an immense diversity of cultures, governments, and economies, Islam binds Muslims together in their daily lives, including consumption choices. The global halal market is worth $2.1 trillion today and is growing at an annual rate of $500 billion.

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