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While (OI) exercises editorial oversight over content on the web site, every article and every comment that purports or seems to have any connection to OI, whether it be on a web page, social-media feed, etc., anywhere online or in print, etc. necessarily represents only the views of its author(s). These disclaimers apply to any speech, writing, or image, created or posted by any person (hereinafter referred to as “Author” or “Authors”) including but not limited to OI staff, guest writers, and regular or casual visitors to the site.

Authors choose what subjects they wish to discuss, and produce or compile their own content (including the text of articles, quotations, graphics, videos, etc.). Each Author is responsible for insuring that his or her content is either original material or is used legally. Each Author is responsible for insuring that his or her content is appropriate for publication on the internet, in tone, language, message, etc.

Any opinion expressed in any article, comment, etc., may only be attributed to its Author(s), and as such may not reflect the opinions of OI, nor of OI’s board, editors, writers, and readers. Likewise, OI is not responsible for the accuracy of any information posted by any Author.

In particular, every person who posts, quotes, cites, copies or otherwise relies on any article, comment, etc., associated in any way with, bears sole responsibility for his or her actions, choices, and words.

When OI publishes an article under the user name “,” that content is solely the responsibility of

OI reserves the right at any time, for any reason or for no reason, to edit or remove any of the content posted anywhere in the domain  OI also reserves the right at any time to take any action with respect to any content or information within its control to comply with the requirements of any law or legal authority.


OI’s religious advisers are tasked with overseeing the broader issues and providing advice when requested by the authors.  Although an article appearing on OI is generally accepted by the religious advisers, each author is given lots of editorial freedom of expression and may choose not to agree with the religious advisers’ advice. The religious advisers reserve the right to comment if and when they please, but their silence cannot and should not be assumed to hold ANY meaning (they are probably just being nice and giving the authors private rather than public criticism).


Guest articles may be submitted to Publication of any guest article is at the sole discretion of OI which may reject publication for any reason or for no reason at all. OI reserves all rights regarding any guest submission including but not limited to the following:

  1. The right to add or change procedures for submitting guest submissions

  2. The right to suggest or require changes to any guest submission before or after publication

  3. The right to reject or publish any submission in whole or in part with or without explanation

  4. The right to make any use of any guest submission in whole or in part. All parts of this disclaimer page (“In General,” “Role of Religious Advisers,” etc.) apply to the content, review, consideration, editing, publication, or retraction of any guest submission


All articles on are copyrighted, with all rights reserved to the extent permitted by law.  Please also note that the name “” or “Ikhlaas”, the OI logo, and the phrase “Our Ikhlaas” are trademarks belonging to

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Any original photographs on OI cannot be reproduced or cross-posted without explicit permission from OI.

Note: If your intended use is commercial,  you must obtain from OI express permission in advance of any use, regarding scope and intended usage.


Sometimes, OI reproduces very beneficial published articles from major news outlets. As an educational, non-profit corporation, OI operates under the premise of “Fair Use” as follows:

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.

We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

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Please note that this last section forces a necessary distinction between material copyrighted by other than OI of which OI makes fair use, and all other material at OI in which OI claims copyright on its own.  As to the former, anyone seeking to make use of that material must seek permission from that owner or owners.  And as to the latter, the preceding section “Copyright Information” applies in full.  If you wish to make use of material found on OI, but have any doubts whether oi owns the copyright, contact us at