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World's Top 20 Public Intellectuals [05 Jul 2008|12:19am]

Just to share with you all... from Prospect/Foreign Policy magazines:
"In our last issue, we named the world’s top 100 public intellectuals and asked readers to vote for those they deem most deserving of the top honors. Now, 500,000 votes later, we reveal the results of the reader poll. Plus, members of the Top 100 name the intellectuals they believe should have made the list."

The List.

And the top 10? Are all Muslims. I just thought that was cool. :)
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See you in the movies! [25 Feb 2008|09:52am]

Has anyone here watched the cartoon Muhammad: The Last Prophet by Rich Studios? All I can think about is that it's the same studio who did The Swan Princess and The Trumpet of the Swan (mediocre and easily forgettable stuff), so I'm curious how they'd handle the Very Different subject matter of the Prophet.

I also just found out that they've come out with a 30th Anniversary Edition DVD for The Message (amazon link) and I'm curious about the extras.
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Land of the Free. Home of the Brave. [15 Nov 2007|10:09am]

The LAPD has unveiled a Muslim mapping project, in which they plan to map out where Muslims in Los Angeles live, and compile information about every aspect of their lives. Their stated goal is to "understand" the community and help prevent Muslims from becoming extremists; they are spinning this as "community outreach."

It's a thinly veiled program to initiate surveillance of a people based entirely on their religious beliefs and country of origin. It's the most shocking and egregious program of religious profiling that has ever been proposed, anywhere in the US. Its premise is that there is something inherent about Muslims/Islam that makes them likely to become extremists, and special measures need to be taken to identify them.

If this project is implemented in the most diverse city in the country(whose minority mayor has wholeheartedly embraced it), this will set a precedent for every other city in the United States....Collapse )

Please exercise your freedom of expression while you still have it. Send e-mails protesting this horrible breach of our freedom. Not just of Muslims, but of Americans everywhere. (Also, international people? If you said something too, I'd appreciate it.)

Mayor Antonio Villarraigosa's Office

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Here's my random thought of the day, which I now share with you [01 Nov 2007|02:50pm]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

The Hajarul-Aswad aka That Black Stone At The Corner of The Kaabah That Gets a Lot of Sugar From Pilgrims, although never handed up for lab analysis (as far as I can tell) is considered by many to be a meteorite, fallen to earth.

So... fallen from where?

That's a rhetorical question, just so y'all know.

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Food and Islam [25 Oct 2007|06:15am]

Hi all,

Is there anything in the Quran and/or Hadith (or in general Islamic history) about food and its connection to community, or the importance of shared meals?

thankyou :D
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x-posted from my lj [24 Oct 2007|01:37pm]

Anyway, I bring you a meme. One of those pointless horoscope vaguely-true-to-your-disposition things. But hey, an email forward that didn't get my gasket blowing. XD It was in Malay, so here's the English version. But anyway, it's apparently taken from some old texts...

First, find out your birthday according to the Islamic calendar. Note:
Rabi I - Rabiulawal
Rabi II - Rabiulakhir
Jumada I - Jamadil awal
Jumada II - Jamadil akhir
Dhu'l-Qa'dah - Zulkaedah
Dhu'l-Hijja - Zulhijjah
(as according to Malaysianised spelling)

Now, your personality, according to your birth month:
When you're bad, you're like the devil, but when you're good, you're like an angel. Often you will receive the consequences of your own actions. You find it difficult to control your emotions, sometimes it's excessive or the exact opposite. Because you cannot seem to draw the line, it's difficult for you to judge the pros and cons of your actions. You often regret your lack of care and lack of judgment.

All of itCollapse )

Have fun! Take it with a huge boulder of salt, considering fortune-telling is ixnay to begin with. :D (I just thought it's appropriate what with all this talk about cultural appropriation and unawareness of non-North American cultures &c &c &c)
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How do you say 'Eid Mubarak' in your local/native tongue? [19 Oct 2007|12:27am]

(some content had been x-posted from my LJ)

For example, in Malaysia, it's so much more common to wish one another Selamat Hari Raya instead. Which means 'Happy Festival Day' basically. And locally, it's known as either Aidilfitri or Aidiladha. Anyway, the much more ummah-friendly (XD) greetings have only begun to catch on, but it's still uncommon enough unless I suppose you're more exposed to non-Malaysian Muslims.

For example, my mother kept wondering why people were sms-ing her 'Eid Mubarak' or 'Happy Eid'. "What is this Aid? Ais?" she asked. My bro and I: "What?"

Her: People keep sending me these wishes with this 3-letter word... here, lemme show you. *goes to fetch her mobile*
Me: Eid?
Her: Yeah, what is that?


Random pic:

That there were the mini chocolate muffins (or is it cupcakes??) my brother's friend made for our small Raya thing. And like such things, so very pretty but holy crap are they sweet. Still a lot left in the fridge.

Speaking of the SMS Eid greetings my mother received, here's a particular favourite of mine:
"Seiring salam seharum ganja,
kasih sehening vodka,
dengan hati seputih syabu,
walaupun ada dosa sekecil ecstasy..
Selamat hari raya aidilfitri, maaf zahir dan batin"

[I forward you greetings as fragrant as marijuana,
With love as clear as vodka,
With a heart as white as syabu,
Even though my sins may be as small as ecstasy,
Happy Aidilfitri, may you forgive me body and soul.]

Ah yes! Also, Malaysia recently sent up its very own space-person (flight participant? Actual full-fledged cosmonaut? Debate rages! Honour's at stake! Nothing to do at all with us merely co-opting another country's scientific progress!), who happens to be a Muslim. Thus, our local official Islamic Dept came up with a series of guidelines (prayer times, ablutions, what to do IN THE EVENT OF DEATH -- seriously, it's the International Space Station, not Babylon 5 at the height of the Shadow War): http://physorg.com/news109484101.html

(Which gives me all sorts of idea really, especially thinking back on the hypothetical Muslim members of the Stargate program. ^_^)
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EID MUBARAK! [13 Oct 2007|01:35pm]

Congratulations on Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking)!

Music video: Hasbi Rabbi by Sami Yusuf
If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things. [8:61 of the Koran]

I've eaten good food, visited family and friends, and even had Henna done on my hands. Tis' a good Eid so far. I hope yours are going great, too!
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Whoops, it's that time of the year again [27 Aug 2007|09:19am]

Hi all! It's about two and a half weeks to Ramadhan, the most awesome of Islamic months. I've still got one day of replacement fasting to do, haha, there's some time left, God willing etc.

Here's a random history lesson for the day!

Umar al-Khattab, the second Caliphate to rule the Islamic community after the Prophet's passing, was according to traditions and recorded history a tall, bald man with a fiery temper, and was at the same time a determined warrior and a surprising diplomat. It is said that when news of the Prophet's death spread through the city, Umar refused to believe he was dead and threatened to put the smackdown (so to speak) on anyone who dared claim the Prophet was gone. It was only when Abu Bakr shouted, "Anyone who worships Muhammad, Muhammad is dead. If anyone worships God, God is alive, immortal!" Hearing that, Umar crumpled to the ground, crying. :(
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Most Awsomeness... [20 Jun 2007|10:36am]

[ mood | amused ]

I came across this and hopefully I can check out the content soon.

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Working girl make-up [14 Jun 2007|03:44pm]

[ mood | stubborn ]

I don't like putting on make-up for work, because in a few hours I'll wash it off when take my ablutions. Then after praying, I have to put it back on. A few hours later, take it off again. RARR.

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Firefox plug-in [12 Jun 2007|11:28am]

I was looking for some plug-ins, and thought you might be interested in this one: the Muslim Prayer Times Plugin. Here's another: Pray Times!
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Breaking radio silence for a quick update [30 May 2007|05:18pm]

Over here in Malaysia, one's racial identity as a Malay is very much rooted with one's religious identity as a Muslim -- it's written into the Constitution in fact. If you're a Malay, you're very much a Muslim, no matter how you may eventually feel about the matter. I'm restating the obvious, but I *am* a Muslim, and proud to be one at that. But I also believe that Islam doesn't just pay lip service for religious freedom. I may feel disappointed if someone feel they are no longer Muslims, but I much rather have them practice what they truly believe rather than be a munafik within the ummah.

Enter Lina Joy. The blog post I linked to (which is an AP article) will give you the context to who she is and what she's fighting for, but the gist is, she was born a Malay and thus a Muslim. Over the years, she converted to Christianity. She's fighting for official recognition of her change, in a country (that used to call itself secular) where while non-Muslim-to-Muslim conversion is easy and painless, the Muslim-to-non-Muslim conversion is anything but. She has suffered abuse from so-called pious Muslims, from fundamentalists. Not just her, but even those who're willing to defend her.

Well, today, after years of legal battle, the Federal Court came to a decision:
The Federal Court ruled today that she remains a Muslim and her religious status will not be removed from her identity card.

Delivering the judgment to a packed gallery this morning in Putrajaya, Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim ruled that jurisdiction remains with the Syariah court.

The link will expire soon, so here's the report for posterity:
Read more...Collapse )

The timelineCollapse )
Source: Malaysiakini

Well, guys, chew on that for a while.
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New CBC Show... [11 Jan 2007|11:12am]

I'm stuck in France, but did anybody watch 'Little Mosque on the Prairie'?  How was it?

Anybody know where I can watch it online?     
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Really nervous here so I here I go... [08 Nov 2006|12:25am]

[ mood | anxious ]

Okay, I submitted to join one of the other LJ communities called 'Islam' and to my sheer terror it's PENDING (sarcasm here), but no really I am a bit scared 'cause well I guess I'll start off like this:

my name's Ahmed Bari, I live in the bay area of Northern California, born Muslim, digressed from faith at 13 because of traumatic childhood experiences with the gossip crew of the desi world, which I don't think anyone's unfamiliar to...did the whole questioning phase along with a lot other bad stuff which I truly do believe, all happened for a reason.

Currently I'm 22 years old, going to De Anza College soon to be transferring to San Jose State University under a Psychology major & sociology minor. And regarding academics I'm finally grounded, however with faith & reconnecting myself with Islam through initially Sufism - I'm completely out there. I've been to a psychiatric institution because I had a drug-induced psychosis thinking I was Prophet Muhammad (saw) and I truly need to divert that out of my thinking. I'm on anti-anxiety/anti-psychotic medication which I will need to be on for the next six months, atleast. I'm a bit worried 'cause the nurse practitioners & psychiatrists said I'm also within the age range where schizophrenia manifests, of course it will be a while before I understand what's going on with that.

During my psychosis I also get these random visions & just, they just seem really bizarre...I don't know if this is the work of Shaytan or Allah or what but I began writing a manuscript basically blueprinting Heaven & Hell on earth. I'm incorporating certain Hadeeths, certain phenomenal lands, scientific data, scriptures, statistics & historical information into my own interpretation about how & why Heaven & Hell are mapping themselves into earth. This is indefinitely a long term project. For more than 7-8 years I had no idea what I wanted to do, rather I had an array of things I wanted to do but it was all scattered...then days after I had my spiritual awakening of sorts all these ideas start coming in my head and honestly I don't know what to do with myself sometimes...sometimes I think I'm just weird, bizarre, way out there, and I feel alone and unable to relate. I also have a vision of how I want the world map to be drawn out. I'm an art freak as well. But all this truly just makes me feel like I'm possibly just some kind of spawn of Shaytan because I'm getting these ideas which some of my friends say aren't weird but deep down I have this feeling of self-loathing like I shouldn't have been born.

I'm hoping for some support somewhere, I honestly don't have any Muslim friends and it'd be great to meet some people around the bay to learn about as much as I can & talk about my thoughts, feelings, wonders with people whom I could possibly relate with in some way. It'd certainly be a change from my ostracized past, thanks for reading this post.

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Random movie announcement [13 Oct 2006|08:40am]

[ mood | awake ]

One Night with the King
The True Story of Queen Esther

*sporfle* I may a terribly ignorant n00b with a very hazy memory on Hadassah/Queen Esther, but that's a very proud tagline you have there, movie-making people.
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[30 Sep 2006|03:26pm]

Have any of you guys ever been to HijabMan? I only found it recently, and I luuuuuurve it.
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Trivia of the Day [30 Sep 2006|08:02pm]

[ mood | geeky ]

Ramadhan is to be the month when Muslims are supposed cleanse their soul via a certain level of appreciative abstinence.

In my country, where the majority are Muslims, the sale of food and food-related products triple during said fasting month compared to other months of the year.

Thank you, and good night.

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Ask-A-Muslim? [09 Sep 2006|03:10pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Dumb question from a non-Muslim:

Twenty years ago, I dated an Arab man. He and his brother were raised Muslim but considered themselves atheists. When my BF washed his face, he'd also snort a small amount of water up his nose. I thought he did it accidentally until I saw him do it the next time I saw him wash his face. I thought maybe he was clearing out his nose, which made sense to me because he had allergies. I didn't think of asking him about it because I thought I'd be rude if I did.

Was my old boyfriend snorting water through his nose part of ablutions (I don't know the Arabic word)? A cultural/geographical practice? Something unique to him?

Thanks in advance.

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Young, Hip, and Muslim? [22 Aug 2006|12:11am]

Salaam Aleykoom!

I'm a young American Muslim who is sick and tired of only hearing about Islam in headlines. So I've started a new line of clothing and gifts that is geared towards young, modern Muslims who are ready to make their own headlines. Some political, some funny, some religious, and lots of ARABIC! So check it out, please spread the word if you dig it, and check in periodically for new designs.

And if you like it, WEAR IT WITH PRIDE!

American Muslim

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