Ministry prepared to send lecturers to allay Islamophobia in the US

The Higher Education Ministry is prepared to send lecturers who are experts in Islamic studies to explain on Islam so as to check Islamophobia in the United States and other parts of the world.

Its deputy minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the country had many experts in the field who could correct the misconception about Islam among Americans and other westerners.

In fact, he said, many lecturers from Malaysia were once lecturers or guest lecturers at foreign universities.

“Whether Islamophobia is deliberately created by the West or they simply fail to understand the religion, it is important for us to correct the misconception about Islam.

“Otherwise, Islamphobia will create problems, especially for companies owned or products produced by Muslims which may be feared or turned away by the West,” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri open house in Kampung Lebak Seberang, here, Sunday.

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Keith Olbermann slams Islamophobes on “Ground Zero” mosque

In A Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann explains the misnomer and danger in calling it “The Ground Zero Mosque.” Olbermann clarifies the misconceptions around the community center.

Food for though for our Islamophobic friends from Keith Olbermann. Please stop wasting your lives bashing Muslims.

Does the salaah affect Muslim productivity?

A Muslim child in salaah

Sometimes we come across the most weirdest of polemics ever when it comes to attacks on Muslims and Islam on the Internet. Recently, we came across a ridiculous assertion regarding the salaah (Islamic prayer). An Islamophobe stated the following:

I have worked with enough muslims to know that time is taken out of their working day for prayers, As do you. And as such this activity will reduce their productivity. it’s common sense and a factual reality, Don’t embarrass yourself by denying it.

I really don’t think that this person knows what he/she is talking about. I pointed out that during the standard working hours , which is between 8am – 5pm (taking the Malaysian working hours here, I suppose it varies by country), there are only two prayers out of the five that Muslims are supposed to perform. Each do not usually take more than 5 – 6 minutes. How is that going to have any impact on productivity, I asked?

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