Iqra Newspaper' Blog

A Muslim Perspective newspaper for a new generation

Thursday, December 21, 2006

What people are saying about Iqra! Newspaper

Many people from various faiths and backgrounds have read Iqra! Newspaper. We often hear statements such as “this paper is very well organized, professional, and unique.” “I don't feel uncomfortable, or alienated reading Iqra!” “I have learned so much about Islam in a welcoming environment.” We send free copies of Iqra! To incarcerated individuals upon request.

Iqra Newspaper would like to

· Increase communication channels in various communities, bring our Ummah closer

· Incorporate Dawah through teaching the fundamentals of Islam with practical articles we all can understand

· Media Watch Project: to inform, and fight against media distortion of Islam, Muslims, Islamaphobia
All welcomed to participate in our media watch project Download document here.

· Build: the international community

· Syndicate Muslim news assist with syndications of action alerts and breaking news from other organizations

· Build a stronger Muslim Multimedia industry

· Promote Muslim Journalist

· Encourage more involvement in the community

· Promote Halal Muslim businesses

· Highlight a different community each edition (international, regional, local)

· Promote Muslim Unity through example, (we do not cater to a particular culture or ethnicity

· Keep an open door to interfaith dialog

Our Mission & Golas

It is important that more Muslims actively engage the public dispelling many myths and fears towards Islam and Muslims as a whole. Our plan is to proceed in a intellectual way to cause our readers to ponder on many hidden assumptions compiling in their minds by the onslaught of actions by those with ominous objectives to tarnish the Islamic faith and to render it’s followers as dangers to society for political reasons. A real face needs to be given to the Muslim people, a people of fervent passion in living a modest life, practicing principals of morality at the highest standards, fearing God (Allah) and aspiring to educate themselves at the beyond the minimum level. Before this true face can be shown to the world we need to address much of the baseless attacks against Muslims replacing stereotypes with our true Muslim identity.

The first goal on our list is to counter act Islamaphobia with well written articles that sheds light on our religion and people from Bosnia to Palestine, from Africa to America. We welcome “Friends of Iqra” and conscious thinkers to support our efforts though submissions of thought provoking articles as well as donations and advertisements. You can also support us by joining our online e-group, sharing your thoughts on today’s issues as it pertains to Muslims, Islam, politics, our environment, business, law…..

We captures the life experiences of Muslims through a variety of sections: religion, history, culture, health, and poetry to name a few. We hope to bring stories of real people with real experiences.

Each edition of Iqra highlights a community we visited in the United States or abroad. So far we have covered Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, India, Dubai, and San Jose / San Francisco area. It is our hope to continuously visit communities and meet sisters and brothers around the world. (insha’Allah)

Today’s events forces us to continuously monitor events around us that affects our daily lives. Policies are changing at stealth speed relating to this “war on terrorism” which we have found is no more than high tech propaganda to keep people divided, scared and ignorant. We need to know our rights, we need to understand the laws governing the lands we live in.

Seeking justice should be a common goal of humanity.
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both (than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well Acquainted with what you do. ( سورة النساء , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #135)