Normally, when I receive an e-mail with a link and “Must See!!!”, without any further explanations, I delete it because I do not have the time to check it out to see if the link will actually lead me to an interesting site where I might learn something. I figure if the sender does not have the time to explain what s-he is sending, then it is not worth my time to read it either.
This time, I received an e-mail saying, ” Innovation in the Religion -’Christmas’, Birthdays’“. Inside was a comment:
Here is one of many Lectures provided by Sheik, Dr. Bilal Philips, on the topic of Innovations in our Religion
“Innovation” as used in Islam, is a re-designing of the religion in a way that is different from the Quran. I had to learn more…
With Christmas approaching, I was once again, seeing opinions flying around that it is “Haram” (forbidden) to celebrate Christmas or, even to respond to someone’s “Merry Christmas”. Not just Haram, it is actually a rejection of Islam to do so!
I also wanted to see what was being identified as “innovation in our religion (Islam)”. Continue reading
For some reason, Muslims in America have developed an allergy to the word, “politics“. We use this word to reject any discussion about our role in America, about Islam in America, about getting engaged in America and even about our own, internal structures of Muslim organizations (Masajid etc.,) in America.
Say, “this is just palitiks” and that ends all further discussions.
Yet everything we do, everything we live through is derived from politics…everything. Our ability to build a mosque close to where a number of us live, is from politics, our tax-free status is from politics, our job security is from politics and our protections, are from politics.
So are all the things used to attack us with…
I have seen about a dozen different English translations of the Quran and have many of them. While they each differ slightly because of individual translator differences, the differences are minor nuances and keep faithfully to the original Arabic, which is alongside all of them, except one which is entirely in English.
One of the earlier and more popular English translations of the Quran is the version by Marmaduke Pickthall, is is pretty good except it is in old English with too many “Thee” and “Thou”, “maketh” and “shouldst” so it is not an easy read.
Other versions are pretty easy to read and understand and as I said, they all keep to the same message even when they sometimes, use different words.
All except for “THE NOBLE QURAN”, by Al-Hilali and Muhsin Khan with its diabolical translations. Continue reading
Sometimes, I think God has a macabre sense of humor. He allows us to firmly place ourselves in a self-righteous position and then deftly pulls the rug away from under us by presenting an entirely contrary situation.
Take the case of the mass-murderer in Afghanistan.
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the soldier slaughtered 4 Afghan men, 3 women and 9 children, dragged their bodies into one place and set them on fire. Then he calmly walked back to his base and surrendered saying, “I did it”. For the next FIVE days, all we were allowed to know about his identity was that he is a Staff Sergeant from Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) in Tacoma Washington. The military said they were keeping his identity quiet in order to protect his family. Continue reading
Guns or butter? that has been the single driving question throughout history.
is a nice fighter jet that speaks well for Pakistan’s military assembly and production plants. The aircraft is a Chinese design, made up of components from many countries (mostly Chinese, some Russian and Western) and assembled in Pakistan, I doubt if it is better that the US F-16 and F-18s in any respects except for being cheaper. By next year, it is estimated that Pakistan will be producing 58% of the components itself.
It is a national disgrace, that these aircraft were first used against the people of South Waziristan.
That said, it is a national tragedy for Pakistan to be so involved in building war machines that cost BILLIONS and become obsolete after just a few years Continue reading
Mission Creep: Start with a plan to do something and before you know it, the mission has ballooned to include all sorts of other things.
These days, Muslims are being persecuted to greater and greater degree, in many cases, harkening back to the “good old days” of the Hitlerian Final Solution, which is an example of another Mission Creep (See Action plan at the end). Continue reading
Today is the ninth anniversary of the terrible tragedy that we call 9-11. There are observances all over the world, people crying as they recall their lost loved ones or, that terrible day.
In these sincere, honest expressions of pain, there are also expressions of people whose hate of Islam and Muslims is so consuming that for them, there is no other reality except that Islam and Muslims are Continue reading
As Muslims, we have to be thinking of where to give our money throughout the year, but especially when we must.
Should we give to one organization or, should we divide it among a few…or many?
While giving to one organization may focus more money towards your favorite charity, there are many others who also deserve some money and even small amounts help a lot. It can make them feel their work is appreciated and although your donation may seem like a drop in the ocean, the sages say, “surely even the drop increases the ocean”.
Muslims support the Masjid they frequent and for the most part, we sit satisfied after giving to them. Some of us also give to periodic calls for emergency aid…calls that are unfortunately, getting less periodic and more frequent…there are victims of hunger, war, floods, earthquakes, diseases…the causes are as endless as is the suffering.
“Compassion fatigue”, some say, as if to excuse further giving. Sadly, “Compassion fatigue” is for the fortunate one who are not in need of immediate compassion.
“Compassion fatigue” is an abdication from Life, some of us feel as if we can just throw up our arms and ask the skies, “Just how long am I supposed to continue giving?!” The answer, although we do not hear it, is, “As long as you are alive”.
Not only must we give as long as we have money, we must continue to give even when we do not have the money…can we get some money for a worthy cause from someone else? Can we DO something for the cause? Can we SAY something in support of the cause?
ALL of this, counts as charity.
Then there are causes that we would prefer not to know about and if they are brought to our attention, we want to deny it is happening…at least among OUR people! Continue reading
Pakistan. Newsflash that more people have been killed in Karachi, shot in sectarian attacks. Areas of Karachi are “no-go” for Pathans (Pashtuns) and other areas are “no-go” for Urdu-speaking (“Muhajirs”).
The ethnic battles are fired and fuelled by ethnic-political leaders who are in regional government and have employed thugs to create greater rifts between ethnic people in order to be more powerful within their own ethnic groups.
Hate and Fear are universal in creating leadership.
Pakistan’s ethnic splits occur between Pathans, Punjabis, Sindhis, Mohaijrs and Baloch…all fired and fuelled by Continue reading
First Published August 24, 2008
This year, the Muslim month of Ramadan in the year 1432, begins on Monday, August 1st. The Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during this, the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar calendar, making it the holiest month for Muslims.
This is the month for Continue reading