If you haven’t noticed the new menu on the right, or you’re reading from a mobile device, you may not be aware that I’m finally on Twitter. I figured that since a few of my amazing commenters have tweeted my posts, I’d join in. So if you’re remotely interested in a muslim roundupesque Twitstream, the occasional Dr Who dump, and lots of mommy microtweeting, feel free to follow me.

This week’s roundup includes sour krauts, extremist footballers, and amazing Muslim entrepreneurs.

Again, if you come across anything of interest regarding Islam, Muslim women or Muslims in general and would like me to review it, answer questions, or just comment on it here, flip it to me via: w00dturtl3 {at} gmail {dot} com.

  • Apparently, Germans feel threatened by Muslims.  According to a poll conducted by the University of Muenster, only about 34% of Germans in the west of the country and 26% in the east, think positively of Muslims (but wait, isn’t that 60% of Germans?).  In comparison, 62% of Dutch, 56% of French, 55% of Danes and 47% of Portuguese hold positive attitudes of Muslims. The reason? Germany has not yet had an intense public debate about Islam.  As 50% German, 16% Danish and 100% Muslim, the researchers should come over to my parent’s place for Wednesday night dinners, where German and Muslim regularly collide.
  • Check out the amazing woman behind the Muslim Lifestyle magazine Emel.  Sarah Joseph converted at the age of 16 and wanted to publish a source of Muslim-positive personalities and stories after becoming tired of dealing with the negative fallout from 9/11.  It’s not only a magazine about Muslims or Islam, but showcases all-encompassing high-profile interviews, food, fashion, design and finances based on a concept of Muslim lifestyle:
  • “Rather than describing Islam and Muslims as two-dimensional political or religious caricatures, we said that Islam was a whole and complete way of life that influenced every aspect of one’s living –– our art, our architecture, our gardens, our finances can all be expressions of our faith,” she explained in an interview with Sunday’s Zaman. “In many ways, I can see that it created a paradigm shift in Muslim discourse and acted as a catalyst for other work.”

  • While Qataris celebrate the success of the 2022 Qatar FIFA bid, online comments predict the formation of an Islamic state in 2017.  Run by al-Qaeda, and encompassing Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, the new Islamic Caliphate’s team will win the World Cup after kidnapping Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo. In a more realistic appraisal of the bid win, and in response to initial concerns over issues that Qatar has banned alcohol, public displays of affection and Vuvuzelas, Hassan Al-Thawadi, the chief executive of the Qatar bid, offers the following stance:

    “We can allow history to be made while opening up the gates of communication between east and west. The Middle East will be put on a platform for everyone to see it as it truly is. And, more importantly, it allows the Middle East to interact with the rest of the world, so any misconceptions that people here have about the west can be taken away.”

    On a personal note, the Hubby was classmates with Hassan al-Thawadi and vouches that he’s a “sharp looking guy.”

  • Let me introduce you to Alya Nuri. Alya is 10 years old. She is completing Grade 7 in the Home Schooling system. She is the author of a book series called, “Things Every Kid Should Know” on Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs and Bullying.  She has her own website and marketing campaign. She gives lectures at schools. She writes articles. She is AMAZING and my personal hero of the week.