Monthly Archives: February 2014

All Your Questions Will Be Answered On The Judgement Day

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“And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.” (Qur’an 5:48)

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So we should not waste our time with selfishness – but vie with one another to “race to [all that is] good” for the sake of high Truth/high Love/high Peace/high Justice/God (for in reality they are One and the same).

Afterthought:

“So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it [on the Judgement Day],

And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it [on the Judgement Day].” (Qur’an 99: 7-8)

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Rules of Inter-Communication 3

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“The rules for having a productive and insightful conversation across religious and cultural lines are not all that different than the rules for having meaningful interpersonal relationships.”1

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I stand on one side of the space

– This “great divide” –

From the other, where stand you…

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I, a part of my culture,

You a part of yours.

You see how representing our own we only ever appear

Apart. Continue reading

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What’s the Social-ution?

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PART 1

Society is remote.

Where the robots live

Estranged

In cell to cell,

Padded walls,

Talking sideways through the wire or the wave,

Satellite inn, alone.

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Take Off Your HIjab…

This is by Amenakin who heads up Pearl Daisy.

Her dedication for this video is as follows: “For every woman who has had her hijab bashed, criticised, physically pulled off, threatened with a ban and questioned.”

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Hobbes’ Folly: The Creation of Secularism and a new Intolerance

A must read…

Abdullah al Andalusi

Article published on MDI (6th January 2014)

thomas_hobbesThomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679 AD) is renowned in Western history as being the father of modern Western Political Philosophy. His seminal book ‘Leviathan’ established the foundational ideas and concepts for what would later be called Secularism and Liberalism. Hobbes argues that the purpose of government is exclusively material, namely, the prevention of in-fighting and disorder between people. Government was required because, according to Hobbes, ‘the time that men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man’ (‘Leviathan’).

In Hobbes’ time, Christianity was heavily dominant in politics, with wars between kingdoms fought over different interpretations of Christianity – mainly on the question of whether or not the Catholic Church and Pope should have spiritual authority over Christians, and Christian…

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Your Remembrance

‘Ala Bi Dhikrika’ (‘Your Remembrance’) by Sami Yusuf is poetic in nature. I have deliberately opted for this piece of his to share (instead of others of his that sound like songs and look more like music videos) as this one reads and sounds more like (spoken word? Dramatic?) poetry – albeit in Arabic with an English translation. I am aware of the disapproval of music in Islamic discourse (See ‘On Music’ – a pending post). Continue reading

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