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Neighbors

My condo in Charlottesville was on first floor. Directly below me lived Mia. Her parents had shifted from Malaysia. Mia had married a white American, and had two adorable twin boys, who were two years old. I could see the two boys racing their cars on the sidewalk from my sitting area. They would be watched either by their father, or mother.

Mia’s mother still dressed in a Malaysian dress when she would come to call. She would be talking loudly in her native tongue. In those days I wasn’t friends with Mia, so I was quite confused as to whether the people down below could speak English. That cleared up when I met Mia in the local mosque. Her husband had converted to Islam from Christianity. Mia came regularly to the mosque, and when I would climb the stairs to my condo, I could hear the Quranic verses being played in her home.

During the Ramadan period I had there, she sent me a couple of times a Malay dish for Iftari. The filling was mouth watering. It was chicken, and vegetables. I loved it, and wanted to know the recipe. There never came a time when I could learn it from her. When Son came for me after his divorce, and asked me to shift back to Houston to live with him, I said good bye to my neighborhood.

Yesterday it was quite by chance, I came upon the recipe, and learnt the name (I didn’t even know the name) of the dish I liked. It’s Chinese by origin. The different countries around China have adapted it to their own liking. My Afghan neighbors next door in home country had their own version which was uncooked. I never liked it, but never had the gumption to admit. It would have been terribly rude, and I can never be a rude person. Every time they sent me, I was forced to sing platitudes.

Insha’Allah I will be trying my new found recipe after a day, or two. Let’s see how my version comes out.

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Do you believe in magic?

  
When I was a child how I wished for a magic wand to get lots of toys and candy. As I grew up I came to know magic was forbidden in Islam. Those who practiced it were companions of the fire meaning they would go to hell. Certainly I had no wish to go to hell so that put paid to my childish wish.

I know there are certain people who do dabble in magic. There is a cost to pay. Their faces get ravaged in time, and in the end they only harm themselves for a little gain in worldly goods.

One friend in a spirit of mischief decided to give me a book of spells. I had not asked for it and it was a surprise. I kept thinking why did she give me the book? Did she want me to lose my soul? 

I took a look and there were spells for whatever one wanted to do. I took a scissor and shred it into pieces. I didn’t want anyone to get hold of it but there must be many more from where it came from.

DAILY PROMPT

Do you Believe in Magic?

You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Describe your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?

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Verse of the Day



Above is Surah Ikhlas from the Quran. It’s the 112 Surah. It has four Ayats (verses). Ikhlas means Purity of Faith.

Translation: 

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful 

Say, “He is Allah, the One, and Only

Allah, the Eternal, Absolute 

He begetteth not, nor is He begotten

And there is none like unto Him”.

The concept of pure monotheism was foreign to almost all the people living in Arabia: the pagans, Jews, and Christians, at the time Islam came.

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) invited people to worship God alone. To answer people’s questions this Surah was revealed.

I have imitated  Musings of AJ  http://aayjay.wordpress.com

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Imitation/Flattery

Write a post about anything you’d like — in the style of your favorite blogger. (Be sure to link to them!)


The Insanity

I feel depressed. Why?

By reading the Muslims hate rants by those people who drum up hates.

Why do they do that?

Because they are irrational in their thinking that a Muslim takeover is at hand, and that too in the US, where they will be forced to wear burqahs, and follow the Sharia.

Attention all those who fear it: the US Constitution doesn’t allow Sharia to take over. Please read your Constitution to allay your fears. Besides the Sharia is not in place in Muslim countries so why it would happen in the US.

Another fear is that women will be forced to wear burqahs. I as a Muslim don’t wear a burqah, so how a non Muslim woman will be forced to wear it.

Another thing I want to make it clear is Allah is just another name for God. It’s not a monster Muslims worship but the Divine Being who created the Heavens, and earth, and all the things in between.

Facts you should know:
ISIS is a terrorist organization that professes to be Islamic but does nothing Islamic. It beheads people who have committed no crime, it rapes women, crimes that Allah have forbidden.

It uses US made ammunition, US supplied Howitzers and US supplied Humvees.

As early as last year, John McCain was meeting the head of ISIS, Al-Baghdadi in Syria. Why was McCain meeting Al-Baghdadi? So as to start a rebellion against Bashar-al-Assad, the dictator of Syria.

The rebels are killing innocent civilians. They are supported by US. Who is the culprit?
US government or Islam?

Obama knows about these transactions with ISIS, and that’s why stays silent to call these actions Islamic. If he did, he would be a liar, and a hypocrite.

I am sorry to say that the Muslim haters are ignorant about Islam. They base their ideas about Islam upon the actions of US supported mercenaries.

How about you meet a Muslim in real life, or visit a mosque, or read the Quran to find out what Islam really is?

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Were Charlie Hebdo Cartoons only about Free Speech?

Re-blogged from The Christian Monitor. Article by Robert Marquand

Were Charlie Hebdo cartoons only about free speech? Maybe not.
The Monitor’s former European bureau chief writes that there is another facet to the French magazine’s publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, one that involves a relentless anti-Islam campaign in Denmark.
By Robert Marquand, Staff writer JANUARY 18, 2015

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For an international media unfamiliar with Europe’s recent history of publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, the furor that Charlie Hebdo and other outlets have stirred up looks like an open-and-shut case of free speech.

The widespread assumption about the controversy sparked by Charlie Hebdo’s publication of cartoons goes something like this: Here was a newspaper from liberal Europe being attacked by intolerant Islamic radicals who couldn’t take a joke.

But the truth is not so simple.

In fact, much of the Muslim world’s vitriol over the French satirical magazine was first focused on Denmark, where a darkly racist politics arose, stoked by its most important daily newspaper, Jyllands-Posten (JP), more than five years prior to its own 2005 publication of 12 cartoons of the prophet.

Denmark’s rightward swing
The rise of what is often called “Islamophobia” in Europe started slowly, after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, says anthropologist Peter Hervik, whose scholarly book, “The Annoying Difference,” catalogs the rise of “neo-racial and neo-national” politics and media in Denmark. Borders were becoming looser and new refugees and asylum-seekers were arriving in Denmark.

By the late 1990s, minorities from Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East had begun to set up in urban areas. That in turn brought friction and the rapid rise of Europe’s most successful far-right party, the Danish People’s Party. At the same, a far-right tabloid press developed quickly and pushed a daily diet of stories on immigrants as freeloaders and criminals, then started in on Muslims and Islam.

Presenting Islam as a threat to Denmark sold papers and attracted voters. Then-Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, whose ruling Liberal Party depended on the far right, declared a “culture war of values” between the West and Islam. Much of the fear played off the idea that Islam as an ideology threatened to subsume and take over Denmark, despite Muslims being only 2 percent of the population and relatively poor.

In an interview in 2011 at his office in the parliament, Danish People’s Party official Soren Esperson told the Monitor: “We are not against the Muslims but against Islam taking political control of our society and canceling our democracy. Islam [is] the same danger as communism or Nazism.”

A media campaign
JP wasn’t the first newspaper to join the Islam-bashing party. But when it did, it made an impact.

Unlike Charlie Hebdo, JP is not a motley, circulation-starved satirical weekly. It is The New York Times of Denmark, the daily paper of record. Founded in 1871 and boasting some 800,000 readers in a country of 5.5 million, the paper and its urban, affluent readers powerfully shape the national mood and debate.

It began to lead the anti-Islam drumbeat in 2001 after a sensational story about a young, Danish-born feminist of Pakistani origin, Mona Sheikh, that captivated Denmark for months. Ms. Sheikh, a socialist and Muslim, tried to enter Danish politics. She was accused in press reports – later condemned – of an Islamist agenda to infiltrate Danish politics, and of supporting both the Sunni Taliban and the late Shiite ayatollah of Iran. JP wrote constantly about Ms. Sheikh and the story proved a hot seller of papers.

JP, which became the voice of the ruling coalition, went on to promulgate the clash of civilization theories of American scholars like Samuel Huntington and Bernard Lewis. Leading JP journalists, like cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and cultural editor Flemming Rose, met regularly with anti-Muslim populists like Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders and the Dutch Somali feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as well as with American scholar Daniel Pipes.

“Jyllands-Posten’s official voice was more critical of Islam than anyone else, often speaking about Islam and Muslims as an enemy,” says Mr. Hervik. “The veil was compared to the swastika, Muslims to tumors, and Islam was called a plague to be fought like Nazism…. There seems no limit to what can be said in the Danish public.”

Typical was a 2005 JP editorial ahead of the Muhammad cartoons stating that Muslims in Denmark must be prepared to be “insulted, ridiculed, and mocked.”

The cartoon crisis
The Muhammad cartoon crisis actually began with Kare Bluitgen, a Danish Marxist author who is avowedly secular and anti-Islam. Mr. Bluitgen wanted to illustrate a children’s book on Islam that would depict the face of Muhammad, something that is offensive to orthodox Muslims. According to a 2005 Danish wire story, Bluitgen commented at a dinner party that Danish artists were afraid to draw the prophet.

The story was an overnight sensation. In fact, after the dust settled, only one illustrator was ever found who refused to take on Bluitgen’s book project.

Yet based on the wire story, the JP cultural editor, Mr. Rose, decided to test Danes’ self-censorship. On a Wednesday, he issued an invitation to Danish cartoonists (not illustrators, about whom Bluitgen complained) to draw Muhammad “as you see him.” By Friday, 12 of Denmark’s 25 working cartoonists responded with images. They were published in the paper on Sept. 30, 2005, next to an editorial titled “The Threat of Darkness.”

The cartoons were not uniformly anti-Muslim. Because of JP’s reputation for Islam-bashing, several of the 12 cartoons actually made fun of the campaign, one calling it a “PR stunt.” Another showed a Muslim migrant schoolboy in Denmark called “Muhammad” pointing to a blackboard with the words, “The editorial team of Jyllands-Posten is a bunch of reactionary provocateurs.”

In retrospect, Hervik argues, the Danish cartoons picked up by Charlie Hebdo were always intended to be part of the provocative local anti-Muslim campaign sweeping Denmark, not a statement about free speech.

And for many Muslims, it was the last straw in what they saw as a long anti-Muslim campaign by Denmark. Protesters condemning the cartoons took to the streets worldwide, sometimes resulting in violence. Boycotts were orchestrated against Denmark and Danish goods, and several Western embassies were attacked.

On Oct. 12, 2005, 11 ambassadors representing 730 million people in the Muslim world sent a letter to Mr. Rasmussen asking to meet on an “urgent matter.” It was no longer possible to ignore a Danish “smear campaign” against Muslims and Islam, they said. Danish politicians openly called Muslims a “cancer” in the parliament and the minister of culture accused them of being “medieval.” The 12 cartoons making fun of Muhammad were a final indignity.

Hate speech and free speech
When the campaign got noticed by the Muslim world, the issue was virtuously framed as solely an issue of free speech. Many Western outlets, including Charlie Hebdo, republished the cartoons as a show of solidarity with JP.

Mr. Rose, the JP culture editor who ordered the cartoons, wrote in the Telegraph this week that he “stumbled … into sparking what came to be known as the cartoon crisis.” He argued that as societies become mixed and multicultural, that free speech becomes more important.

But the publication of the Muhammad cartoons 10 years ago by JP was not born of an innocent, isolated jibe about the prophet. Rather, it was thought up amid a larger, overtly antagonistic campaign against Muslims, backed by both Denmark’s leading newspaper and its government. It is through that context that orthodox Muslims view the controversies stirred up by Charlie Hebdo. Whether intentionally malicious or not, the French magazine’s anti-Islamic drumbeat tapped into a years-long campaign in Denmark that captured and defined the rise of anti-Islam sentiment in Europe.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2015/0118/Were-Charlie-Hebdo-cartoons-only-about-free-speech-Maybe-not

Can I be a Saint?

Daily Prompt: A True Saint
In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be? Places, activities, objects — all are fair game.

I do believe that there were, (and are) good, virtuous people on this earth. They helped (and are helping) humanity, and their lives are exemplary for ordinary folks like us.

I am just an ordinary person. I don’t think I can be anywhere close to the definition of a saint. If for some illogical reason I think I am a saintly person, then I should get my head examined.

Sorry, I can’t be a saint, cause I am a Muslim. In Islam it’s considered a “Shirk” (شرك), if you pray to someone other than God. You can only ask God for help.

If a saintly person is alive, and he asks God to intercede on your behalf, his prayer might be accepted by God. Once that saintly person dies, he ceases to be of any help. He can’t hear your pleas, because he is dead. The dead can’t hear us. Their lives are over.

There are all sorts of people in my religion Islam. Most of them have never studied the Quran. Quran is a book of guidance. They never sought guidance from it.

What many Muslims do (I am ashamed to say) they wrap the Quran, and put it in a place. Occasionally they take it out, and after kissing it, touching their eyes to it, put it back again in a high place. Some of them have never looked at it. These Muslims never learned what’s there to learn, true words from God.

These Muslims only carry the name, they have nothing to do with Islam. Some of them only bring a bad name to Islam. At moments like those I wish I could disappear from the face of earth.

They forget that someday they are going to meet their Creator, face to face. They will have to answer to their deeds.

Here I do ask: why a bad person (who may be a Muslim) who does a dastardly deed, Islam and Quran is dragged through mud by the media and anti Muslim people?

Nothing like that happens if a bad man is a Jew or a Christian. Why the discrimination?

To tell the truth, I always breathe a sigh of relief when that person turns out to be a non Muslim.

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Can I be a Saint?