Monday, July 31, 2006

Is there a special fruit you can eat to keep gynaecologists at bay?

In a previous post I mentioned that that people shouldn't dig for conversion stories. Yes, it is understandable that people are curious, but there is an appropriate time and place for such questions.

Just to clarify this point, I would like to state that the examination table in a Gynaecologist's office is never an appropriate place.

I'm sorry if I sound a bit precious, but at the gynaecologists! It's bad enough having to go there without being asked deep and meaningful questions at the same time.
The usual "Are you going away on holiday" patter would have sufficed.

Next time when they ask if I was born Muslim, I will be sorely tempted to say yes.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


So the current hot idea is to have an international peace keeping force in Lebanon.

Would it not be more straight forward to insist that Israel stops trying to bomb it into oblivion?

Besides, Israel doesn't seem particularly fond of having an international presence.

If any other country (except the U.S, of course) behaved like this, there would be immediate sanctions and stern condemnatory faces all round. Whereas Israel, ever the spoilt child of the international scene, is allowed to throw it's toys out of the pram in any manner it so chooses, no matter what the effect or body count.

However, neither are Hezbollah, or their paymasters much of a shining hope for the Middle East.

Both sides have an ultimate aim in diametric opposition to each other. An aim which will never be fully realised due to the mere fact of the other's existence.

So all that leaves is spilt blood and blood doesn't cleanse, it congeals, providing nothing more than a stench and a surface for infection to flourish.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

To all those who like to quote the Qur'an out of context:

There are many quotes I could use, but this sums it up best:

"It may be that Allah will grant love and friendship between you and those who you (now) hold as enemies. For Allah has power (over all things); and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

Allah forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just.

Allah only forbids you with, regard to those who fight you for (your) Faith, and support others in driving you out, from turning to them (for friendship and protection). It is such that turn to them (in these circumstances), that do wrong."
Surah 60 7-9

Any other "selective quoters", I will be deleting your comments as they are the same boring, tedious arguments and just show how much you've missed the point of my last post, which is that the daily practice of Muslims is non-violent and impacts minimally on those around them.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Everyone in moderation

After reading Abu Sinan's post about the "Good Muslim", I was thinking about the current phrase "Moderate Muslim".

Extremism is a much disparaged quality. Couple that word with Islamic and you have the media "Threat to Society" standby for when they get bored of making up lies writing about immigrants.

Muslim minorities are warned against Islamic extremism, as if it were some kind of narcotic we might all get addicted to:
"It all started as a bit of fun.... saying things were Haram and calling Non-Muslims Kafir, I tried to stop but I couldn't....I just wanted more and more... soon Hizb Ut Tahrir wasn't hard core enough for me... then I met this guy who said I would go to Jannah guaranteed if...

To prevent this from happening, and to ensure we are tolerant, well-integrated members of society, our caring politicians advise us to be "Moderate Muslims", whatever one of those is.

A better idea of what this means could be found in the words of a moderate Muslim
"I'm a 'moderate' Muslim. I don't pray five times a day, I drink the odd glass of wine".*

So a 'moderate Muslim' is really a non-practicing or nominal Muslim. So it would appear that our religion has so much of a negative effect on secular society that it is better if we don't practice it.

But who believes in Moderate Muslims/Islam anyway? Google the term and the results consist of Daniel Pipes and his equally Islamophobic ilk, saying the simple fact is we Muslims are all bloodthirsty animals and thus could never be anything other then violent extremists.

The real question is why, as Muslims, should we be trying to please people who will never be pleased with us until we leave Islam.

Praying, fasting, reading the Qur'an, going to the masjid, growing a beard, following rules of Islamic dress. These things and others are very important to Muslims, but actually impact very little on other people.
If someone is offended or threatned by such actions, then surely it is them who needs to learn tolerance of others?

*Saira Khan, Marie Claire, August 2006

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Great Dictator - You tube style

You Tube really is a treasure trove of bizarre goodness.

While looking for something else entirely, I came across this.
Oddly affecting and relevant too.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Dark Heart

As long as the sun lights the day,
And as long as the moon lights the night,
I'll pray for the strength to fight thine enemy.
The One who choses darkness over light.

Dark heart by Bomb the Bass

These are dark times we are experiencing.
May Allah protect and guide us all.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Offensive and really offensive

Offensive: Apparently Materazzi called Zidane, "the son of a terrorist whore' before adding 'so just f*** off' for good measure,"*

Really Offensive:The subsequent onslaught of articles talking about Zidane's "dark side" and his "demons from the past".
Yes, his family were poor and from abroad, but from the tone of some news reports you would think he was a subhuman raised by wolves. However, he is Arab, so it's obviously acceptable to talk about him in such terms.

*"Son of a terrorist whore" is a actually a really poor insult. Surely someone can't be a terrorist and a whore? I thought being a terrorist wouldn't leave much time for street-walking on the side.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

...Because Ali didn't burn her dinner....

...Italy won. Sigh.

I wanted France to win, especially after hearing they had a fellow convert on the team.
Alas, it was not to be. I won't blame Zidane. I'm not excusing his behaviour, but whatever Marco Materazzi said, it must have been something pretty heinous to receive such a reaction.

The dazed reaction of the French team following the Italian victory underlines the reality of tired legs not doing quite enough to win.

It has not been a World Cup of outstanding teams, although there has been some amazing football.

Best Match: Argentina v Mexico
Best Goal: Joe Cole v Sweden
Best Celebration: Mauro Camoranesi's post match, on pitch haircut.

No major tournament until the European Championships in 2008, no Olympics until then either - what's a sofa-loving sports fan meant to do until then?!