Archive for October, 2006

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Happy Eid

October 23, 2006

Eid Mubarak

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Universal Day of Quds

October 19, 2006

Masjid al-AqsaEvery last Friday in the month of Ramadan is Universal Quds Day, when people around the world show their solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom.

One Ummah Network has produced the following video in commemoration of this day to spread the word about the plight of the Palestinians in the most effective way possible: through pictures.

The video is presented in MPEG1 format:

Universal Day of Quds

For those of you with slow connections, here is a YouTube version.

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Ramadan Lectures (late, sorry)

October 18, 2006

Photo of Hassanain RajabaliIt took me a while to track him down, but I’ve managed to locate Professor Hassanain Rajabali in Australia. You can download and listen to his lectures at:

Al-emaan Australian Community

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Karen Armstrong: Ancient Prejudices Against Islam

October 16, 2006

Typical militant muslimFormer nun and western non-Muslim scholar of Islam, Karen Armstrong, speaks out about the Pope’s recent comments about Islam:

“In the 12th century, Peter the Venerable, Abbot of Cluny, initiated a dialogue with the Islamic world. “I approach you not with arms, but with words,” he wrote to the Muslims whom he imagined reading his book, “not with force, but with reason, not with hatred, but with love.” Yet his treatise was entitled Summary of the Whole Heresy of the Diabolical Sect of the Saracens and segued repeatedly into spluttering intransigence. Words failed Peter when he contemplated the “bestial cruelty” of Islam, which, he claimed, had established itself by the sword…”

Read the full article

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What's this?

October 15, 2006

Zahra with fingers in mouth
Zahra has a new thing:

zahra: “What’s this?”
me: “trash can.”
zahra: “trash can. What’s this?”
me: “ceiling.”
zahra: “ceiling. What’s this?”
me: “chair.”
zahra: “chair. What’s this…”

You get the idea. She could go on for hours, except she invariably gets distracted.

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People of the path

October 14, 2006

“People of the Path who know the secret of meaning are hidden from the eyes of the narrow-minded.”

“Ironically, though, everyone who comes to know the divine Reality possesses the purest faith—but is labeled an ‘unbeliever’ by the pious.”

–Rumi

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Muhammad Salah Case

October 13, 2006

Muhammad SalahI haven’t heard the latest on the Muhammad Salah case, but here is an intriguing radio interview (MP3 format) of his lawyer.

After being imprisoned in Israel and tortured into giving a false confession, he is now standing trial for crimes based on the coerced confession, a clear violation of the U.S. constitution.

I taught his children a few years ago and know him and his family to be generous, kind, upstanding citizens. This is clearly a witch-hunt, and it is certainly no coincidence that the trial is starting so close to the congressional elections, when the republicans are in dire need of some “good news” about the “war on terror.”