Iqbal El-Assaad is the youngest medical doctor to graduate from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) in its ten-year history. When Iqbal was a toddler, she learnt algebra by watching her older siblings study. Before El-Assaad’s fifth birthday, her favourite pastimes were reading books and solving mathematical problems.
Following her graduation, Nature Middle East spoke to Iqbal about what it’s like to be a 20-year old medical doctor and hear what she plans for the future. More
When the Boston Bombings happened, there was an interfaith event organized right after to bring together the people of Boston and the nation. Imam Suhaib Webb was the representative of the Boston Muslim community and the greater American Muslim community as well, but last minute he was replaced. He was replaced by a person I never heard of. I consider myself pretty active in the Muslim community in America. I have never heard of the person’s name, Nasser Wedaddy, nor of his organization, the American Islamic Congress (AIC). Whilst other faith groups had respected clergy and popular figures of their respective communties, the Muslims had Wedaddy. It was very unfortunate. We know why know why now though. Electronic Intifiada has discovered that the AIC is a front for the anti-Islam agenda. The likes of Sheldon Adelson and Daniel Pipes have funded the AIC and promoted it. It is unfortunate that Muslims have sold themselves for a few bucks to continue the agenda of bigotry and hate.
Bill O’Reilly doesn’t give Nihad a chance to talk, but Nihad’s answers weren’t that great either. With all due respect to Nihad, I’d rather Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Suhaib Webb or Shaykh Yasir Qadhi on TV with Bill O’Reilly than brother Nihad Awad.
From the Mosque to McDonalds
Near the end of a recent CelebrateMercy online broadcast, someone typed in the chatroom: “Someone here just took the shahada!” At first, as the live moderator, I didn’t notice and continued with my closing remarks on webcam. I was then distracted by rapid messages of “ALHAMDULILLAH!’ and “ALLAHU AKBAR” in the chat room. I then read the amazing news: A Canadian webcast viewer decided to become Muslim at the end of the program. Holding back my tears, I congratulated him publicly as the global audience showered him with welcoming words. What’s more amazing is his personal journey to Islam and the lessons in it for all of us. More
“The drone strike and its impact tore my heart, much as the tragic bombings in Boston last week tore your hearts and also mine.”
“Just six days ago, my village was struck by a drone, in an attack that terrified thousands of simple, poor farmers.
“The drone strike and its impact tore my heart, much as the tragic bombings in Boston last week tore your hearts and also mine.
“What radicals had previously failed to achieve in my village, one drone strike accomplished in an instant: there is now an intense anger and growing hatred of America.”
I greet you, invoking God’s peace and blessings upon you:
Friday’s are special for me because at the ISBCC I get to see the fabric of our community. One of my favorites is seeing our security staff early in the morning, smiling and greeting everyone who walks in. Br. Muhammad Ubai always asks me, “Did you get that 5 mile jog in today, brother Imam?” Second, but close, is getting hugs from Sr. Malika’s granddaughters, whose smiles bring so much light to my office.