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Travelogue: Umrah 2015 - Part 4: Ziyaraat in Medina

Medina is a historically important city. After Hijra, Medina was the first city where Muslims ruled. Many important events of Muslim history took place in this city. 345 more words


Winter Trip in the Regions Part II: Xınalıq and Laza

Aside from getting lost and acting as pawns in Fuad’s matchmaking games (as described in Part I), Dana and I were intent on visiting two remote villages, so remote that no one I talked to in Baku had been there, or really even thought about them as destinations worth noting. 1,423 more words

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Winter Trip in the Regions Part I: Quba

Good God, Hayley, another post that begins with “Part I”? You bet! A week after I returned from Hong Kong (described at great length in these posts: … 1,571 more words

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Hate in the Aftermath of Chapel Hill

In 2012, the American Muslim community experienced one of the biggest upticks of violence and harassment that the community has ever seen. Eleven years removed from 9/11, there was a seemingly unexplainable rash of attacks against mosques, including… 1,227 more words

Quba / Guba

Visited January 2015

Transportation: Bus from Baku bus station to Quba bus station, 2.60 AZN. **Note: there must be a new bus station since the publication of Mark Elliott’s Azerbaijan guidebook since it is NOT right in town as pictured in the map but at least a 45 min-1 hour walk outside of town** 100 more words


Qubada "Zəka oyunları" festivalı başladı

Azərbaycan Respublikası Prezidenti yanında Gənclər Fondunun dəstəyi ilə “Yurd” Gənclərin İntellektual İnkişafına Dəstək İctimai Birliyi Qubada icra etdiyi “İntellektlə yüksələk, pis vərdişə yox deyək!” adlı layihəsinə start verilib. 585 more words


Tweeters link fire at Houston Islamic center to #ChapelHillShooting; Arson investigators on scene

A fire broke out earlier this morning at the Quba Islamic Center in Houston, Texas and was quickly brought under control by the Houston Fire Department. 510 more words

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