Category: Editorial

Opinion: What turns people into looters?

| 11/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: What turns people into looters?

Many in the UK are reeling after days of images of brazen thefts and wanton damage during the riots, but just where is the tipping point when people think they can start looting?

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Opinion: Antidote to Anti-Shariah Movement

| 10/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Antidote to Anti-Shariah Movement

There are problems in all 240 countries of the world, but what is the point of importing the actions of few to spread fear amongst the many? Albert Einstein said it best, ‘Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition [instilling fear] from mediocre minds.’

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Opinion: As London Explodes in Riots, There Is a Context That Can’t Be Ignored: Brutal Cuts and Enforced Austerity Measures

| 10/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: As London Explodes in Riots, There Is a Context That Can’t Be Ignored: Brutal Cuts and Enforced Austerity Measures

Images of burning buildings, cars aflame and stripped-out shops may provide spectacular fodder for a restless media, ever hungry for new stories and fresh groups to demonise, but we will understand nothing of these events if we ignore the history and the context in which they occur.

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Opinion: Let them wear Gucci

| 10/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Let them wear Gucci

We are in a bubble where we have become accustomed to spending what we can, consuming what we have and coveting what we don’t have. However, there is now but a palpable sense of fear. People are threatened by a sense of impending economic collapse, knowing that the politicians will not, indeed, cannot protect them – on the contrary – they have already betrayed them time and again.

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Opinion: London’s historic connections to Islam

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: London’s historic connections to Islam

Professor Jack Lohman, director of the Museum of London, gave a talk on London’s historical connections to the Arab world. A good bulk of the talk, however, went into the history of the Muslim presence in this city. Today, at the beginning of Ramadan, it is great to see the vibrancy that that history has led to.

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Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

Back in December 2010, a conference held in Penang, Malaysia with biotechnology experts and halal proponents ended with the conclusion that genetically modified food was halal ( ‘permissible’ for Muslims) as long as the sources from which they originate from are halal. This decision – which was accompanied by a fatwa declaring GM halal – came as a shock to some in the wider Muslim community who consider GM a deviation from god’s creation.

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Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry & Shariah-compliant hotels during Ramadhan

| 01/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry & Shariah-compliant hotels during Ramadhan

Ramadan is a period of introspection for Muslims and Islamic financial institutions to better observe Islamic teachings, appreciate our blessings and be moved to action by the burden of others.

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Opinion: Halal food products: Lucrative business amid strong demand

| 31/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Halal food products: Lucrative business amid strong demand

The logistics of the Halal industry show a dynamic market in the Muslim world. Halal products’ rate of growth, undoubtedly, indicates areas creating opportunities for investment and food national security. Halal food products and their supporting service providers will have to work harder to ensure participants meet Halal requirements.

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Opinion: The no-kids-allowed movement is spreading

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: The no-kids-allowed movement is spreading

What’s the matter with kids today and why doesn’t anyone want them around? In June, Malaysia Airlines banned babies from many of their first class cabins, prompting other major airlines to consider similar policies.

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Opinion: How Gate Gourmet is trying to raise its game in airline meals

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: How Gate Gourmet is trying to raise its game in airline meals

With many taking their summer holidays now, and flights full to places all around the world, here is an article on that famous airline meal that we all dread but still look forward to when we are the trapped recipients of it.

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Opinion: Ramadan guide for non Muslims

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Ramadan guide for non Muslims

A short guide on the Do’s and Don’ts during Ramadan if you are a non Muslim visiting or living in a Muslim country.

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Oman: A’Saffa Foods sets up its own specially branded restaurant outlet

| 17/07/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’Saffa Foods sets up its own specially branded restaurant outlet

This year the company has decided to establish its own “A’Saffa Restaurant” on the site of the Khareef Festival ground providing tasty, healthy and 100 per cent pure Halal snacks at great value prices.

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Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

| 09/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

Religion and the environment may at first seem to be two mutually exclusive phenomena; but looking at the history of the religion, as well as the way people govern their lives, just might provide a much-needed solution.

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Opinion: Islamic Branding and the Revolution 2.0

| 14/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic Branding and the Revolution 2.0

In mid 2011, Ogilvy Noor undertook a large multi-country research on the Muslim consumers around the world while undercovering their habits and views on faith. The research provided some insight into the feelings, emotions and aspirations that guide the Muslim youth across the globe.

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Opinion: Innovation and Islamic finance

| 13/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Innovation and Islamic finance

To date, Islamic finance has reached, at best, 2-3 per cent of 1.6 billion or 48 million Muslims, while the halal industry has not only great reach, including non-Muslim countries, but deeper penetration. What can Islamic finance learn from halal industry?

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Opinion: You Had Me at ‘Halal’

| 09/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: You Had Me at ‘Halal’

USA: By Lori Coman I recently had the pleasure of meeting the highly engaging and extremely energetic Maria Omar, director of media relations for the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). Maria was manning their booth at the National Restaurant Association Show … the second time IFANCA exhibited there. They’ve been a presence […]

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USA: A (Uni)Vision For Life After A Mass Market

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
USA: A (Uni)Vision For Life After A Mass Market

No longer can American businesses get away with chasing a single group of consumers—that is, whites.The challenge for businesses is to figure out the best way to cater to the growing numbers of Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, and the fastest-growing group of young Americans, the 4.2 million under 18 who call themselves multiracial.

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Opinion: Europe sleepwalking as global food prices set to double

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion:  Europe sleepwalking as global food prices set to double

Global food prices will more than double within 20 years as a new age of crisis forces the collapse of our broken global food system, said Oxfam today. The international development agency said Europe is sleepwalking as the world enters into an unprecedented and avoidable reversal in human development.

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Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry and the media

| 06/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry and the media

Latest thoughts from Rushdi Siddiqui, thought leader and Global Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters, on the convergence of Islamic Finance and the Halal industry.

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Anuga will be Oct. 8-12 in Cologne, Germany

| 02/06/2011 | Reply
Anuga will be Oct. 8-12 in Cologne, Germany

Anuga is a global food and beverage fair held every two years in the Koelnmesse Convention Center, Cologne, Germany. Anuga’s unique concept of featuring 10 specialized trade show segments in one location has been highly successful in matching exhibitors with their right target audience.

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