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World's Top 20 Public Intellectuals

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!

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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Food and Islam

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

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.

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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?

(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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Whoops, it's that time of the year again

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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Working girl make-up

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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