Iqra Newspaper' Blog

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Need Research Team for a Book Project

Iqra! Newspaper is looking for a team of up to 5 researchers for an upcoming book project. Team members will be assigned to the book project, but also might be called on to work in a support capacity for Iqra! Newspaper and our media watch program.

Proposed payment:Pay $10 - 15 hourly or we will pay one flat fee per project. We are still working on the pay issues.

How the team will be divided:

Research: Book Project only

Research: Flexible (Miscellaneous projects)

Research: Media Watch

A Team Leader will be assigned to the group

Main Project: "The Invisible Media"

Background:Sr. Karema, (chief editor , Iqra Newspaper) says:I recently started working on a revision of an article titled "The Invisible Media." The pages kept increasing as I began to do my own research. The article reached 8 pages for part 1, and 6 + pages for part 2. I told sis Amatullah "I am writing and writing and just can't seem to stop." At this point I realized I had a book on my hands.
Requirements:You must have a passion for research and reliable internet connection. Experience is a plus.Those interested, please e-mail your CV along with a writing sample to
For more information, write to: mail@iqranewspaper.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Iqra! Newspaper supports various Islamic Publication

Add your news publication to our list of Islamic newspapers for our upcoming edition of Iqra!

Iqra! Newspaper is working on our next edition’s “List Page.” In each edition we create some type of list that is helpful to our readers. We would like to create a list of Islamic publications for the next edition, especially in the U.S.A and Canada. Each newspaper needs to be mailed in good condition, (please do not send photographs, only hard copies will be accepted). We will have our in-house photo department photograph each paper for this section and inform you via e-mail once your paper has been reviewed and accepted.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Note from the Editor: About Iqra’s transition

About Iqra’s transition

The third edition of Iqra! Newspaper proved to be the hardest of all. We not only relocated from New Orleans to Houston, we had to replace much of our lost equipment, which flooded during Hurricane Katrina. Alhamdulilah, our computer was saved. The next obstacle was to stabilize ourselves. Moving from place to place in the beginning took a toll on our forward progress.

This current edition of Iqra! Newspaper celebrated our triumph and new beginning. We were able to implement many new ideas and add them to the 3rd edition of the paper. Part of our mission changed. We were no longer a community based paper. Iqra! Newspaper became an international publication, with support from various regions, and even support from Christian friends who knew us in New Orleans. It is a great accomplishment when Muslims from various races can work together for a common good.

We met some of our long time supporters on our trip to India. Sister Amatullah, br. Mohammad, and Sujeel. Meeting new friends was a delight. We spoke at a college, visited a special home for women, and spoke at a Masjid to an eager group of sisters who wanted to hear our story, especially the Katrina story, since it was still fresh on the minds of many. The headline of the 3rd edition reads “From Katrina to India.” Some who really do not read the paper see India and think the paper will be a “Muslim India “newspaper.

This is why the second page is so extremely important. It outlines our mission and goals for this edition as well as future editions. Our goal is to travel to different communities and bring the world to you. Muslims in India or Arabia can now know what is going on in New York or California and Muslims in Texas can read stories about Muslims in Mali or Nigeria. The purpose is to show the world the unique diversity of our Ummah. It is a welcoming facet to our Dawah efforts.

Many non Muslims will not be inclined to pick up an Islamic newspaper targeting specially to a Muslim audience, especially an immigrant population. There is nothing to really draw them. We addressed this issue by designing the paper to engage non Muslims. We have a definition page which defines many terms found in our newspaper. What Christian will know what Alhamdulilah means? Or “insha’Allah?”

Another draw is our culture, history and recipe sections. If one looks at our recipe section (for example). We visited India so quite naturally we included some popular recipes as well as a little history about their exotic spices and cuisine. The Cultural section discussed Palestinian embroidery. This immediately drew in readers looking for non religious or political articles. Many have told us “I read Iqra from cover to cover.” We received some feed back from readers even in the inmate community.

I was asked by a brother at a convention, “what is your mission, I know you have been working on Iqra for some time, but what do you really want to gain, and how do you measure your success.” I will answer that question. Our mission is to please our Creator by doing something positive to defend our religion and combat much of the negative sentiments found in the media, the disinformation and ignorance about Islam. It doesn’t take rocket science to realize that Islam is under attack from all directions. Is it really necessary to have to defend the purpose of the paper to a Muslim? Excuse my bluntness, but a person has to be living in a cave not to see the writing on the wall. We are under attack. We truly need to not only have newspaper or magazines to convey the message of the Quran, but we need radio shows, television shows…….I once told a board member in Northern California, if there were 100 Islamic publications, it still would not be enough. It really surprises me that so many people just don’t “get it.” While they go about business as usual, the Muslims world is imploding atrocities against Muslims continue to go on in Iraq in the name of “freedom” and “democracy.” There are deeper issues we would like to address if only we can encourage more Muslims to read and support our newspaper. We are not living in a time where complacency will come back to bite us.

We ask that you support us. Purchase a newspaper, link to our site on your blogs and websites. Donate, and tell others about us. Also support other Muslim publications. But what ever you do, please don’t ignore what is going on around you. We hope to groom and grow from edition to edition, please pray for us.

Karema Akifa Saleh

Friday, May 25, 2007

Calll for Submission!

Iqra! Newspaper is now accepting articles /poems/ stories, etc for the coming issue. Please read our submission guidelines carefully before submitting your paper. For more information, please email us at:

Submission Guidelines

Iqra! Newspaper warmly welcomes submissions of personal or journalistic articles, poetry, cartoons, and photography.

Iqra! Newspaper is also interested to hear from those who would like to make feature suggestions or propose an article or feature for commission. If there is a topic or news story that you believe would be relevant to our readership and would like to draw our attention to this, please contact Iqra! Newspaper at [].We will endeavour to forward any suggestions to the relevant editor but must forewarn that, due to the high number of emails, a reply may not always be prompt or possible. For such instances we apologize in advance and thank you for taking the time to consider us.

The team at Iqra! believe firmly in the importance of developing a strong, committed and successful Muslim media and endeavour to contribute to this. While the newspaper serves the Muslim community it is also committed to interfaith as well as inner-faith dialogue. To this end, we also welcome submissions from non-Muslims who believe that their work may be of relevance to the readership of Iqra!

We embrace open discussion and understand that the rich diversity of the Muslim community can often nurture differences. Disputes deriving from such differences need not always be viewed negatively. However, we believe that the Muslim community should aspire to move forward within an environment of mutual respect so that we may more fully fulfil our responsibilities and capabilities, inshaAllah. At Iqra! we believe that our central concern is to ensure that the newspaper is based on the Qu’ran and Sunnah and we pray that Allah assists us in meeting this goal. We do not ascribe to conservative, progressive or modernist labels but to fundamental Islamic beliefs and believe that the hijacking of the term ‘fundamentalist’ by some media should not deter us from embracing it as we understand it: ‘adherence to the basic principles of Islam’.

Our team is comprised of sisters and brothers of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. We welcome submissions from interested and talented individuals wherever they reside.

Please consider the points below when submitting your work to Iqra! (Please watch for guideline updates)

Resume not required but helpful, please tell us about yourself, what are your interest

We request that submissions enquiries be emailed.

Please inform us if the work has been published before and if so where and when it was published.

We request that anybody proposing a feature for submission or interested in becoming a regular contributor to Iqra! send 3 examples of previous work.

With the exception of just a few articles, most articles do not extend beyond 1000-1500 words and some are significantly shorter. Please keep this in mind when submitting work.

Please also be aware that where necessary articles may be edited.

Please send articles as a MS Word file.

Please read our Mission statement

The editors at Iqra! read all submissions and ideas with interest and endeavour to reply wherever possible, inshaAllah. If you share our vision and would like to contribute to Iqra! Newspaper we would be delighted to hear from you.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Attention! Chaplains

Iqra! Newspaper gives out free newspapers to inmates communities needing more Islamic reading materials in their facilities. Please let us hear from you while supplies last (from latest edition) Our newspaper is an excellent dawah

Consider purchasing Iqra! Newspaper in bulk and donating to prisons, Masajid, MSA’s, libraries and universities. Ad value to your fundraiser with Iqra! Newspapers, retail price is $1.50 for 28 pages, discounts offered. View our current index of articles.

Iqra! Newspaper 3rd Edition Now Out!!!

3rd Edition Now Out!!!

90+% Content, 28 pages of a diverse selection of articles

We are happy to announce that Iqra! Newspaper thrid edition is out!We would like to personally thank our friends, supporters and staffs for your prayer, ideas, submissions,etc
Total Pages: 28Cost: US$1.50

“In the Eye of the Storm” a survival story about hurricane Katrina

Life of the Prophet
“Why Seerah”

“A Tiger Disappeared”
The story of Tipu Sultan of India

Questions and Rulings on Horoscopes

The Glorious Book-Bilal the Poet
Muslim Mothers
The Joys of Adversity-Saaleha Bhamjee
Good Health is Wealth—ja’Meelah
I Follow the One– Julinar Diab
Death of a Puppeteer-Julinar Diab
A precious Jewel-Mai El-Sadamy

“Health, Hygiene and Discipline” by Fatmah Azam Ali


“The Defining Moment in America History, Hurricane Katrina” Karema Akifa Saleh

“Was Islam Spread by the Sword?”
Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim

“The Truth about Polygamy”
Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim

“ Youth Volunteers in Kashmir”
Bibi-Aish Wadvalla

“Hindu Man of Muslim Heritage”
A.U. Asif

“Media Trickknology” Karema Akifa Saleh
“A Solution for the Danish Cartoon Publications”
Jennifer Fayed

Political Asylum
“Islamo Fascism” is an Oxymoron– Enver Masud”
“Politics or Principles? Democracy or Fascism”
Karema Akifa Saleh
“Islamic Fundamentalist? Fact or Fiction?”
Mirza Yarwar Baig
“Dowry in Islam? Choosing Culture Over Religion”
Amatullah Abdullah

Life in Islam
“An Indian Family’s Journey to Islam”