Here We Start

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah, founder of Sail Publishing, a digital publishing house for online magazines and ebooks, and editor in chief of the Emirati Sail Magazine, an online magazine about community and culture written in English by Emirati columnists. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. Iman has also completed the Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Course in Yale University. Besides her work in publishing, she also lectures in Canadian University in Dubai.
Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Dear Sail Readers,

As we publish our 17th issue, we are also entering into the holly month of Ramadan, may it be blessed for you and your loved ones.

This month we are welcoming two new members to Sail’s team. First is Dubai Abulhoul, Dubai is joining as the illustrator of the magazine, which comes as a natural flow from her creativity and being awarded the Middle East youngest director.

Also joining us this month is Fatma AlKhaja through her column: “Too Blunt for Words”, in which she reflects on her life and work experiences. Fatma will be sharing with us the lessons she unravels along the way in her journey.

To know more about our Sail eMagazine’s team, you can view this page: “Sail Team”.

Our 17th issue includes:

  • Community Talk: Khalid AlAmeri discusses how career fairs can be used more effectively for both employers and job seekers.
  • Living Through the Eyes of Art: Hamda AlHashemi writes about how we forget to take few moments in our long lives to say thank you for simple things that matter the most.
  • Microscopic Me: Rooda AlNeama explores the dynamic of social media and real-life, where does the balance lay?
  • Society of Tomorrow: Mohamed AlJunaibi explains the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) underlying concepts and how they are reflected in our daily lives.
  • Too Blunt for Words: Fatma AlKhaja expresses her view & experiences about job interviews as an Emirati woman
  • To The Point: Mohammed Kazim analyses the extremism phenomena and addresses it from an Islamic societies perspective.

August 2011 – The 17th issue:

Here We StartCommunity TalkLiving Through the Eyes of Art
Microscopic Me
Society of TomorrowToo Blunt for WordsTo The Point

 

With Warm Regards,
Iman Ben Chaibah
Editor in Chief

 

The Importance of Career Fairs for Employers and Employee

Khaled Al Ameri (@KhalidAlAmeri)

Khaled Al Ameri (@KhalidAlAmeri)

Emirati. Columnist. MBA @StanfordBiz. On a journey to make the world more beautiful. Khalid aspires to generate healthy discussions, spark positive change surrounding social issues that affect our everyday lives, and more importantly how we can improve and develop as a society to a better tomorrow.
Khaled Al Ameri (@KhalidAlAmeri)

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By Khalid AlAmeri (@KhalidAlAmeri)

Every year, the UAE exhibition centers open up their doors to host a variety of career fairs with inspiring slogans such as “Empowering Nationals” flying high on their banners.  The sights and sounds of ambitious young women and men, resumes in hands, about to take the giant step into the corporate world are energizing to say the least.

For me, attending the various career fairs is like taking a trip back in time, bringing back memories of career counseling, resume drafting and getting excited every time you see a landline number popping up on your mobile phone; hoping that that your resume landed on the right person’s desk.

Post university job hunting is a sensitive period in everybody’s life. Being a student all your life and moving into a land where the spoon-feeding stops and adulthood starts can be nerve racking, this is why I believe a career fair is a critical tool in giving young career seekers an insight into what lies ahead.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of both, the attendees and exhibiting corporations to ensure that the experience is one that is meaningful and valuable.

Let us start with who career fairs are all about, the career seekers.  For them, showing up is an obvious good start, but I could not help but notice a lack of research on the their part, of both the exhibiting organizations and more importantly, on their own personal goals and ambitions.  Instead of asking a company, in a very dull tone more often than not, “So what have you got?” career seekers should be asking if companies have roles that match their personal ambitions and skill sets.

It is important for attendees to understand that the event is called a Career Fair not a Job fair for a reason. A career is defined as an individuals’ progress through life while a job is a more task-based process leaving out the all-important aspects of life’s progression. That my friends is a significant difference.

 

Illustration by Dubai Abulhoul

Illustration by Dubai Abulhoul

When assessing career choices there are critical questions our young graduates should ask themselves before attending career fairs, such as ‘Where do my passions lie?’ ‘What role would give me a sense of purpose?’ and ‘What organization will support my long term ambitions?’  Answering these questions gives potential employees a clear direction of where their interests lie, and in turn, it impresses the organizations they are interested in through their goal-orientated approach to employment

Moving on to the exhibitors, the local & international entities are always out in full force making big statements that they are there to employ and develop human capital.

So what exactly does an exhibitor do and how do they interact with the career seekers? Well, after visiting few stands, the process becomes quite repetitive; you are greeted, briefed on the company and then asked to fill the online application at one of their laptop stations.

I can understand the company’s need to streamline the process by getting the highest amount of applications possible, but this should not be a numbers game. Top-notch companies should be looking for quality versus quantity, right? So it is easy to see why one would question the value of attending versus simply reviewing the website and applying from the comfort of their own home.

This can be frustrating and demotivating to a career seeker who slowly starts to believe that he or she is just another number in an ever-increasing pile of online applications.  Organizations should start spending more time seeking ideal candidates by outlining the specific roles and educational backgrounds they require; this will save everyone a lot of time and effort.

Secondly, the all-important interview, which is by far the most critical milestone of the employment process, but for some reason, there was not much interviewing going on during my visit.  Exhibiting staff may argue that there is an excess amount of candidates coupled with a lack of time, but I believe that every company present should have an interview room ready to sit down with high potential candidates and discuss employment opportunities in greater detail.

Being able to kick off the hiring process would benefit corporations through time and cost savings, in addition to attracting higher caliber talent to the career fair.  Believe me, if career seekers knew that an opportunity to properly present themselves and get some personal one on one time with corporations was present, the talent level in attendance would sky rocket.

Lastly career seekers want to connect with people who have been in their shoes, which is why a certain Abu Dhabi based bank’s actions spoke a lot louder than their words.  This bank ensures that several employees hired through previous career fairs are in attendance and ready to answer questions on personal experiences of the recruitment process.  This is incredibly important; as it would make a statement that the company is in there to hire versus using the fair as a marketing platform. Think about it, how many people do you know who have been hired through a career fair?

So what is a career fair all about at the end of the day?  I believe it should be used as a platform to tackle the ideology that the sole point of work is a text message from the bank at the end of the month saying our salary has been transferred.  A career is so much more than that, in order to truly put your heart and soul into the work you do, you have to be passionate about it; this is when your job transforms into a career.  The right career is out there for everyone and it is up to career fair exhibitors and attendees to make sure they find it.

 

 August 2011 – The 17th issue:
Here We Start
– Community Talk – Living Through the Eyes of Art
Microscopic Me
Society of TomorrowToo Blunt for WordsTo The Point

Gratitude: The Parent of All Virtues

Hamda Al Hashemi (@Hamda_alhashemi)

Column: Art of Living 101. Previously as: Living Through The Eyes of Art
Hamda AlHashemi is a 20 something year old interior design graduate, and an SZHP employee. She appreciates art, food, psychology and culture. For her, Arabic calligraphy is music for the eyes; beautiful and calming. She thrives to become an entrepreneur of her own furniture line and aims to get her Phd on the long run. Hamda’s articles revolve around how our psychological thoughts influence our actions, and how to use them to our advantage.

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By Hamda AlHashimi (@Hamda_AlHashemi)

William Ward once said, “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?” If we think about it, we will see how little is the attention we direct toward being grateful. We take things for granted; the love of our mother, the support of our friends, the chores done by the servants, and some things as simple as a stranger holding the door for us. These two simple words, “thank you”, can brighten someone’s day in ways we cannot imagine.

British visual artist, Penelope Oakley, painted a magnificent elaborate art piece titled “Gratia”, which is Latin for “Gratitude”. The piece is a collage done by using small, detailed, abstract patterns to create an overall form of a woman. As soon as I saw the work I thought to myself: being grateful for all the small things, that is what matters most.

Oakley attached a beautiful quote to her art piece that relates a lot to what the piece is trying to say. The quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero says that gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the parent of all others. And there is so much truth behind those words. When we show people how appreciative we are to everything they do to as, our relationships grow stronger and deeper.

Sometimes, without realizing it, all these small things are what make us who we are, or shape our mood. A kind word from someone can make our day. A helping hand can help us succeed. No matter how small things might seem to us, they play in fact a huge role in our daily lives.

Have we ever taken a moment to thank our mother for all the housework she has been doing? Have we ever told our father that we appreciate all his hard work? Have we ever told our brother or sister how nice it is of them to stand our mood swings? I am sure most answers will be no. Such a simple thing to do, just couple of words, yet we take everything for granted that we fail to realize how essential it is.

I have been enjoying some light reading by Dr. Richard Carlson called, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”. And in one of the chapters he said that we should take five minutes every morning and send someone a thank you message, email, or letter. So I tried that, and the effect is beyond what I had in mind. Who knew that few words could bring down tears? And who knew that those tears could create a deeper form of love and care?

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” Yes we should be that grateful. Positive energy travels among us through words, moods, actions, scents, and even hidden emotions. And words are a very powerful weapon that can change our lives and bring us happiness. And the cost is…? Absolutely Nothing. Take a moment right now, choose a random person and thank them for anything, even if it is for them being themselves. See how it makes you feel, and then decide how important it is to be grateful.

 

August 2011 – The 17th issue:
Here We Start
Community Talk – Living Through the Eyes of Art
Microscopic Me
Society of TomorrowToo Blunt for WordsTo The Point

 

 

Living in the Moment, Disconnecting from the Online World

Rooda Al Neama (@ThinkDubai)

Rooda joins Sail Magazine to explore the different viewpoints of current issues. She hopes to share her thoughts and experiences through her column. Passionate about writing, Rooda wants to build up her writing portfolio to eventually include a novel.

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By Rooda AlNeama (@ThinkDubai)

We are so connected to everything all the time; to work, family, friends through our mobiles, our computers, and real life that many of us feel the need to take a vacation from our everyday’s life, whether by physically leaving our current situation and going on vacation or escaping into our own minds.  Sometimes we just want to disconnect, but in the world we live in today, it seems impossible to disconnect, especially if your phone is beeping every two seconds because someone posted on your facebook wall, mentioned you in a tweet, or sending you messages and emails. I personally do not receive a call from my mother until my phone runs out of charge and she needs me NOW. No wonder many feel they need to answer whatever form of communication right away.  People no longer have the patience to wait for replies.  So are we really more connected, or are we disconnected from real life?

 

Illustration by Dubai Abulhoul

Have we asked ourselves who are we connected to?  Passing by cafes and seeing groups of people that are there together but none of them are talking to each other.  Each of them is either smiling to their phone, typing frantically, or answering that call from work.  Although physically in the same place the group is not connected to each other in any other way.

Is our mind wandering while we are on the phone? A study by Daniel Gilbert and Mathew Killingsworth showed that people are ‘mind wandering’ nearly half the time, they are going into their thoughts and exploring them rather than focusing on the present.  Another finding was that mind wandering made people unhappy, that sticking to the present task was more fulfilling than escaping into ones thoughts. This made me understand why some people who say they need vacations do not end up enjoying them.  Instead of immersing themselves in the beautiful weather, landscapes, new experiences, they ‘space-out’ into their own minds thinking about things other than the present such as work and the future.

What are the benefits of being connected?  Many have found new friends; some may even call them their online family, people that are now in their everyday lives.  People are being more receptive, open to discussion and sharing cultures.  Some people even find themselves more sociable online than real-life, being behind a screen has helped them crawl out of their shell.

I feel many, including myself, are struggling to find that line between spreading their time online or real life, from the present to escaping.  I would love to know your thoughts and how you manage your time and connecting with your online community, your family, and friends.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes that leaves me in check:

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.  Fools stand on their island opportunities and look forward to another land.  There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” Henry Thorreau

August 2011 – The 17th issue:
Here We Start
Community TalkLiving Through the Eyes of Art
Microscopic Me – Society of TomorrowToo Blunt for WordsTo The Point

 

The Utilization of Customer Information

Mohamed Al Jneibi (@maljunaibi)

Mohamed, an IT Professional with a background in web development, database administration, technical support, and project management. His work includes enhancing corporate systems and designs, and further enhancing current business strategies and processes.
Mohamed enjoys reading literature and political commentary, with a love for Sci-Fi reading and writing. He’s also a big Formula 1 fan, and also heads the Mercedes GP UAE Fan Club based in Abu Dhabi.

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By Mohamed AlJunaibi (@maljunaibi )

 

Illustration by Dubai Abulhoul

It was a long day, and an even longer week. A typical lazy burnt out Thursday at home, from a long week of work. I thought that I would give myself a break, and put on a movie whilst giving one of my favorite pizza spots a call to order for some good weekend junk. After passing a series of phone-automated selections, I finally got to hear the restaurant staff answer the phone. I was not in the most attentive state of mind, all I was thinking was getting my Hawaiian pizza (yes I like Pineapples in my Pizza!) and have my TV channels on the ready.

What started as a simple order for one type of pizza, turned out to be a thoroughly detailed investigation on my previous orders, my likes and dislikes and whether I was willing to try out some of their new items on offer. Now, within the context of the food and hospitality industry, we can probably accept some aspects of it. Generally, companies using this approach would most probably be also using dedicated systems commonly referred as a CRM or a Customer Relationship Management system.

Basically, you are providing a company additional (value added) information about yourself with links to the various transaction information for them to be able to use your information to better forecast (or guess) what you (the customer) would like to have.

Adding other demographical information (age, gender, emirate you live in, and others) to the CRM provides companies with the ability to specifically pinpoint segments of consumers with potential marketing focuses. This is where much of the emails you do not read (i.e.: Spam) and phone text messages come into play.

But how much of your information would you allow for companies to have? And even more important, how is this information being managed?

Is this properly regulated?

These questions later crossed my mind, when I began to realize how much consumer information was in circulation within the various commercial sectors of the country.

A concept that is seldom heard within the consumer-sphere, but well known within many leading organizations is data mining. It is also properly termed as “knowledge discovery”. This is when you have large repositories of data and information that is later run through various “data mining” tools that dig into the data stores, and gather information based on possibilities. Going back to the Pizza Place, it could be a slightly more complex question like:

“Who is more likely to come and order in Pizza Place the more recent menu items of the month? While also keeping the side of coleslaw and soda that they always like to have.”

With data mining, companies would be able to get a list of individuals and percentages of likelihood next to their names.

But as a consumer, would you be ok with organizations being able to have your information analyzed?

How would you like it if they link up your information to your friends and family?

Large companies utilize a marketing directory exchange system, where certain organizations send your information to other companies selling other products (maybe you liked the Pizza, but you should also try their new sister chain of ice-cream products too!). And in reality, after few years, consumer and demographical information is sold and re-sold to smaller and more desperate companies trying to tap into the market.

Now how about that? You think removing your name from certain email lists, or phone directories would do any good, by that time your information would have been already circulating in other unknown parts of the marketing information directory.

I would like to start to see UAE consumer rights advocates (who are doing a good job) to specifically look at the customer information management models of various industries. Maybe through proper steps, we can setup a set of information guidelines for organizations taking in such information from customers (such a structure already exists within the telecom sector in the UAE).

Maybe a similar (yet smaller in scale) approach can be adopted for other commercial entities, if not already. And to have a way for various commerce offices within the emirates to actually ensure that there are no malpractices or illegal distribution of customer information to 3rd parties.

Do not you just hate getting phone calls from some central or sub Saharan African country claiming to have the power to get rid of some magic spell that was casted, while also having your name on some land and money inheritance list of a dead general?!

(Ok that was a strange example, but you get the picture.) Chances were that your phone number was part of a marketing directory that was resold to a 3rd party.

By being better-informed consumers, we can make the right choices in how we provide our information to commercial entities. Do not be afraid to opt out of mailing and calling lists.

It is ok to be on the mailing list of some of your favorite brands, but before signing up, have a good look and read up their privacy policies, and do not ever be afraid to ask what they are doing with your personal information. After all, it is your right.

August 2011 – The 17th issue:
Here We Start
Community TalkLiving Through the Eyes of Art
Microscopic Me
– Society of Tomorrow – Too Blunt for WordsTo The Point

Illegal Interview Questions in Relation to Emirati Women

Fatma AlKhaja (@fay_alkhaja)

Column: Observing the World, previous column: Too Blunt for Words
Fatma (Fay), Emirati girl, with an experience in Corporate Communications and CSR. She is passionate about anything that is traditional and Emirati. In her free time she loves to watch Japanese anime, read manga, and play videogames. Spas are not the only thing that relaxes her, but cooking as well.
Fay’s columns observe work-life experiences and balance. A lot of her articles are based on first-hand personal experiences and issues she has seen or been part of. She loves to observe her surroundings, and watch how people handle different situations they’ve been put in.Also, she is trying to balance the art of staying positive at work and helping her peers understand that not everything should be a problem. With her writings she hopes to make a difference and make people more observant of the little problems in life, or work that hasn’t escalated to a catastrophe. It’s the little things that matters.

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By Fatma AlKhaja (@fay_alkhaja)

As a woman in a semi-preserved culture, getting a call for an interview is difficult. If that is hard, have you ever considered how hard the actual interview would be?

I have been to many interviews and unfortunately, the minute I walk into the interview room, for most, I am still judged by my local attire (the abaya and sheila). I have read articles about how women are dominating the workforce and educational zone (The pen, the book, and a boss in an abaya by Sultan Al Qassimi). However, it is still a challenge to go through an interview without any constraints. At an interview, the Emirati woman candidate is looked at differently than men when it comes to questions. In most cases, women are always seen as a potential threat.

I remember in the early days (around 2004), I had a job interview; my first actually. I walked in with confidence and a smile and the first question the interviewee asked me was: ‘when you have children, will you leave your job?’ I looked at him firmly and told him that I was not even married, yet, he insisted on my response. I walked out feeling ‘weird’ for being asked such a question. I also kept going back in my mind trying to remember what I had answered, but it was blank.

Fast-forward this scenario to a couple of years later and others asked the same questions. All of the questions were revolving around my commitment to the job. I was always in scenarios like this: “if I was to get married or bare a child, would I still be with them?” I was seen as a potential threat to their costs. A lot had in mind that I was a woman who only wanted to kill some time or make money and have it saved in my savings account before my prince charming came by and swept me off my feet.

In every other country, asking such questions is considered illegal, yet here, a lot of companies, being local or multinational get away asking them without being penalized. USAToday covered this topic in 2001. Harvard Business School has a page on their website covering illegal interview questions. The Washington Post published an article in 2003, “38 Illegal, Sensitive, and Stupid Interview Questions…and How to Respond,” such a topic has been covered over and over in international countries, yet here, we are repeatedly asked illegal questions.

There are a lot of women out there that ‘need’ a job rather than ‘want’. They are providers for their families, children, household, or simply, they want to be financially independent. I applaud to all women who proved others wrong and were able to get this done while getting married, and baring their 3rd child.

I am a firm believer in company’s organizational structure and practices. I am not here to judge the way they run their business, however, as a woman; one must speak out in order for others to consider their situation. Each individual comes with her own set of needs and wants. It is an organization’s job to assess that in a professional way. I believe it is more profound for an organization to be clever about the way they ask their questions to get their answers rather than blasting an interview candidate with a direct question.

At first, I had thought that only few organizations were like that, but then I realized that most of them were asking the same thing. Is it always going to be the same for single women? Newlywed? Or married to be? Etc. If you are single, the potential of getting married is a threat. If you are married, the potential of getting pregnant is a threat. Post all of those interviews, I found myself trying to always justify and explain myself in interviews by ensuring that I am committed and not planning to leave. I am not only here to stay, I am here to stay for good, and be part of the family.

August 2011 – The 17th issue:
Here We Start
Community TalkLiving Through the Eyes of Art
Microscopic Me
Society of Tomorrow – Too Blunt for Words – To The Point

Keeping Extremisim Out of Islam

Mohammed Kazim (@MAKazim)

Mohammed Kazim (@MAKazim)

Mohammed, an Emirati involved in healthcare business development, comes with a background in biomedical & clinical engineering, technology management, finance, and business setup related project management. Mohammed has a keen interest in relevant social, religious, economic, and cultural affairs.
Mohammed’s bi-monthly column aims to openly and honestly target issues around the native culture, society, religion, economy, and policy that have resulted as a consequence of the constantly changing demographics of the region. The column is characterized by a point-like articulate approach that gives the reader a comprehensive understanding of the discussed issues.
Mohammed Kazim (@MAKazim)

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By Mohammed Kazim (@MAKazim)

While enjoying a Johnny Rockets burger in Riyadh last month, I could not help but notice the different types of people sitting all around me. There were women who were not allowed to talk to the waiter and there were others who were dressed as though they were participating in a beauty pageant. There were couples who did not say a word and others who would not stop talking. There were families respectfully having a meal and there were girls flirting with boys in the “singles’ section”. Observing the vast differences in people made me think of a greater phenomenon the Muslim region is witnessing; a phenomenon that has become more and more evident in the past few years, and that is the phenomenon of extremism. While extremism is something that is becoming evident globally and across different cultures and religions, I would like to shed light on the topic through perspectives that pertain to Islam.

“Thus, have We made of you a Nation [that is] justly balanced …”

 –The Holy Quran [2:143]  

Although it is contrary to Islamic ideals, in today’s Muslims’ societies, extremism has begun to surface in every aspect of life. Muslim terrorists are killing innocent civilians, Muslim women are being banned from education or driving, and other Muslims are diving deep into spirituality or deifying popular figures. In addition, “moderate” Muslims have also been affected by the extremism they have witnessed. Some of them have rebelled and abandoned Islam in its entirety and others have modified Islam to suit their perceptions of the modern world.

A multitude of factors could have caused this phenomenon; however, I believe these extreme pursuits or habits may have been the subsequent results that occurred while the society was adapting to the modernization and development of their respective regions.  I believe that extremism, whether in openness or in intolerance, can be detrimental to any society.  Hence, for our societies specifically, extremism needs to be eradicated in order to preserve the Islamic essence emphasized in the Quranic verse above.

In my opinion, Muslims can easily achieve that and return to the state of being a “Balanced Nation” by following 3 main principles.

First, Muslims should know and have faith in their religion based on evidence, not human logic that may at times be affected by current circumstances leading it to be fallible. This evidence could be found in Quranic verses, authentic accounts of the Prophet Muhammad’s life (May Peace be Upon Him), accounts of the lives of the Pious Predecessors, or the consensus of Muslim scholars.

“Had the truth followed their desires, the heavens and the earth and all those therein would have fallen in total disorder. However, We have brought to them their advice, but it is their advice that they are averse to.” –The Holy Quran [23:71]

Second, Muslims should acknowledge their religion in its entirety. Since Islam is a total way of life, it requires its followers to conform to it as a whole.

“O Ye who believe! Enter into Islam wholly,,” –The Holy Quran [2:208]

 

Illustration by Dubai Abulhoul

It is important that when accepting Islam as a whole, its true form should be considered rather than the altered forms as conveyed by extremists. Needless to say, accepting parts of the Quran and omitting others can lead to extremism and corruption such as the killing of innocent civilians, self inflicted pain for the sake of religion, and extreme rebellion.

“…Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you…” –The Holy Quran [2:85]

Last and most importantly, Muslims should make an effort to learn, practice, and teach religion to themselves and their families. They should constantly strive to evaluate themselves and improve their surroundings as much as possible in order to avoid the birth of extremist ideologies in Islamic societies and to preserve the Islamic essence of balance.

“…Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves…”

 –The Holy Quran [13:11]

In summary, the Islamic societies have begun witnessing extremist ideologies in different aspects of life whereas Islam calls to being a justly balanced nation. In order to tackle extremism, Muslims should know their religion based on evidence, accept Islam in its entirety, and strive to learn and teach their families the balance, moderation, ease, and good character of Islam.

“…Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you..”

–The Holy Quran [2:185]

August 2011 – The 17th issue:
Here We Start
Community TalkLiving Through the Eyes of Art
Microscopic Me
Society of TomorrowToo Blunt for Words – To The Point