IOL Radio official website is online!

ALHAMDU LILLAH! Our official IOL Radio website is finally online! If you go to the main page, we’re towards the bottom, or if you prefer, here’s the link:

Islamic Religious Education in Singapore

Minority Report: We talk to Dr Mukhlis Abu Bakar, Razak Mohamed Lazim, Nailul Hafiz and Yusof Kassim about Islamic Religious Education in Singapore, and focus on one madrasah, al-Irsyad al-Islamiyyah. Singapore is a secular country with a Muslim population of about 15%. Most young people attend mainstream government schools, but madrasah education is increasingly gaining importance within the Malay/Muslim population. al-Irsyad al-Islamiyyah has gained some prominence because of its mix of Islamic and “secular” curriculum – it teaches students the regular mainstream arts, humanities and sciences, as well as focusses on Islamic education with the teaching of Qur’an, Hadith, Tawheed, Akhlaq etc. Find out more by tuning in.

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Is Facebook Killing “Real” Social Interaction?!

Voices of Our Tomorrow: Mohammed Hashem seems to have a bone to pick – with Facebook. Like the Indonesian clerics who gathered to talk about the pros and cons, halal-ness and haram-ness of this ever-popular and growing online social networking site, Mohammed Hashem has a facebook account but can’t quite put his finger on what it is that bothers him so much about Fb. Could it be the endless array of pictures of posing men and women grabbing visual attention, the 24/7 “invasion” into the tiniest moments of the “status” of your daily lives, or just merely this new wave of mindless quizzes that’s circulating? He speaks to young people to get at this gnawing feeling – Facebook: What’s your verdict?

Our guests are Mohammed Ziyaad Hassen, Widad Sirkhotte and Professor Jensen.

In Defence of the Arts for Muslims

Arts & Culture: We speak with Shaheryar Ali in Pakistan about the state of the arts in Pakistan in the face of increasing fear of Taliban rule and influence. Then we meet Uzma Mirza in the USA who speaks about her spiritual art, and throws us an interesting perspective – Is the Taliban like the Ku Klux Klan? Read Shaheryar’s blog and visit Uzma’s spiritual art.

Voices of Our Tomorrow: India: Where to Now?

Voices of Our Tomorrow: Mohammed Hashem speaks to young Indians Arshads Said and Arched Rizwan about the recently concluded Indian elections.

World Uncovered: Pakistan, Palestinan Nakba, European Parliamentary Elections & Press Freedom

World Uncovered: Bibi-Aisha Wadvalla rounds up news from the past week, including the situation in Pakistan, South Africa’s Palestine Solidarity Committee marking the Nakba, and Emmy Abdul Alim speaks to the Muslim Council of Britain about the European Parliamentary Elections. Our guests are Talat Ahmed, Aamir Latiff, Natasha Vally, and Naila Hamdy.

Gaza 2009: We Will Never Forget

Remembering 1948: Interview with 3 Palestinians forced out of their homeland

“Our grandparents still carry the keys to their homes, hoping that they will go back one day.”

Minority Report: In our continuing focus on Palestine in this week when we remember the catastrophe of 1948, Mohammed Hashem meets three Palestinians and they tell us of their right of return, their unwavering resistance and national struggle. Our guests are Saif Abu Keskek, Najwa and Haja Fatima.

Palestine Festival of Literature: Interview with Ahdaf Soueif

Arts & Culture: Emmy Abdul Alim talks to Ahdaf Soueif about the Palestine Festival of Literature. 17 acclaimed international authors and publishing heavyweights work with Palestinians in this important exchange. The festival is on from 23-28 May 2009 across Palestine. Find out more at, or follow PalFest on twitter. You can also find them on facebook. While the festival is on, follow daily authors blogs and see photos from the events.

We’ve also covered the festival for’s arts and culture pages. Read the article here.