News of the Week: 09.04.11

Abu Mujahid April 10, 2011 9

On This Weeks News: The Arab uprising continues months after the toppling of the Tunisian and Egyptian regimes. However, that hasn’t stopped protesters returning to Tahrir square in Egypt to demand the trial and prosecution of Hosni Mubarak and his close aides. Some prominent ministers are already undergoing trial including the former interior minister who was in charge of the police and security forces notorious for its brutality and instilling fear amongst the people. Also in Egypt, a salafi organisation has declared its intention to participate in the upcoming  elections and this has created a stir in Egypt. Protesters have intensified in Syria where the government, army, police and other branches of government are mainly consisted of people from the Alawite sect within shia’ism which accounts for only 10% of the population, though Syria is a majority sunni country (90%). Israeli warplanes have attacked Gaza and killed more than 17 in just 48 hours causing fears of another invasion of the Gaza Strip. In Bangladesh, protestors from Islamic schools and organisations have taken to the street to demonstrate against a new inheritance law which dictates daughters get the same inheritance as sons replacing the existing law that is based on shariah. This and more.

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  1. news April 11, 2011 at 1:07 am Reply Tweet

    Alhamdulillaah! Glad to see this is back.

    Is it me or has the writing style changed? All good, mashaAllaah.

    May Allaah accept it from you. Aameen.

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  2. ... April 11, 2011 at 4:50 am Reply Tweet
  3. NOTW April 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm Reply Tweet

    Yep you are right – before the style was basically extracts of one or two paragraphs taken from article from different news sources. The aim then was just to raise awareness about news event with little or no commentary or opinion – because opinions are subjective. We hope the readers will be themselves able to interpret the different events happening across the world – this is possible if a person continues to keep up to date with current affairs news.

    The style currently employed does use more commentary and opinion and not all text is copied and pasted from news source; some have been typed up or edited – in order to put things into context and to make clear certain assertions where there is no ambiguity from an Islamic point of view.

    Recently, there was no NOTW due to coursework/disso pressure and currently due to exam pressures, the doc is quite short. But inshallah, it will continue and get better…..

    Pls share your thoughts about anything else regarding NOTW or the news it contains…. Are you a regular reader of this post?

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  4. news April 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm Reply Tweet

    Wa'alaikum assalaam wa Rahmatullaah

    Yes walhamdulillaah, I do read these posts. I had only one concern with the writing style being changed:

    "The aim of ‘News of the Week’ is to raise general awareness about events unfolding in the Muslim world and the UK; make people more information-orientated in their outlook of the world – so they can argue and debate objectively; and to understand the political realities and the challenges on the ground facing the Islamic revival and Islamic movements."

    This edition was slightly more passionate, and there's nothing wrong with that because when you're passionate about somehting, it reflects the belief you have in it. However, the passion defies the point of the NOTW – which is to make people more 'information-orientated' allowing them to 'debate objectively'. WAllaahu a'lam.

    In saying that, I'm not sure which writing style I like more. Maybe other readers can say which they prefer. Or I might have been that one weird person that thinks there's a big difference when there really isn't. In which case, you can ignore me.

    WAllaahu a'lam

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  5. Sir Post-A-Lot April 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm Reply Tweet

    masha'allah tabarak'allah "notw" writing is so succint, i should take notes!

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  6. NOTW April 12, 2011 at 1:37 am Reply Tweet

    I think we can still reconcile opinions with objective information. I want to avoid using propaganda (which is inserting the opinions and concealing it in the text)because i think propaganda is used unfairly on unaware people. By putting the opinions separately under the text and preceded with 'Note form the editor' helps separate facts from opinion. The opinion is there only to reinforce ideas most Muslims already have on a given news story and simply articulating it.

    I do want people to absorb news stories because that helps build a narrative/story which is different from the narrative that we are forced to accept by mainstream media (mainly tabloid news) – but readers should still always be questioning and researching on news stories especially if they might not be familiar with it, to put things into context and also to find a solution i.e. to have an answer as to how the arab protests might and should develop

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  7. NOTW April 12, 2011 at 1:46 am Reply Tweet

    P.S. @ Sir Post Alot:
    I wish I could write as succinctly as you expressed but I think credit is going where its not due, most news stories have been copied and pasted from articles, some are edited and others have been written up. The news summary at the top of this page has been written – All Praises & Thanks are to Allah, I pray Allah improves my writing ability and puts barakah in this effort

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  8. news April 12, 2011 at 2:29 am Reply Tweet

    With the permission of Allaah.

    May Allaah increase you in good. Aameen.

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  9. - April 22, 2011 at 8:55 am Reply Tweet


    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon.

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