Closest Book

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence as a comment HERE then repost these instructions in a note to your wall.
* Don’t dig for your favourite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Here’s mine:

“But as Roverandom was still his enchanted size, he did not enjoy himself much there.”

Anyone want to take any guesses on which book/author?

Note: I cheated on this because those closest books to me were law school books.  That’s excusable.

Imam Zaid Shakir’s response to Front Page Magazine’s personal attack

Imam Zaid Shakir, may Allah bless him with the best in all realities and protect him, has issued the following statement:

“Although I do not expect propaganda organs like Front Page Magazine or Muslims Against the Sharia to be interested in the truth, I would expect that you would do a minimum amount of fact-checking. Contrary to what you print in your story “Horowitz Speech on Radical Islam Has Repercussions at Northwestern”, I was not a co-founder of Masjid Al-Islam in Oakland, California, nor have I ever been affiliated with that mosque. I was a co-founder of Masjid Al-Islam in New Haven, Connecticut. Our mosque was founded to serve, in the words of our motto as “a moral voice in the community.” The mosque has been and continues to be a source of spiritual guidance and social and economic services for a largely poor and an underserved inner-city community. A correction on your part, while not anticipated, would be appreciated.” – Imam Zaid Shakir

This statement is in response to Horowitz Speech on Radical Islam Has Repercussions at Northwestern published by FrontPage Magazine and and reposted by Muslims Against Sharia (where we originally found the story and shared it with our beloved Imam)

We humbly request all students and friends of Imam Zaid to link to this announcement (on your blogs, websites, social networks, etc.) to spread the word about this issue.

Praise for Imam Ghazali’s book: Ihya Ulum al-Deen

I recently saw some very harsh attacks against Imam Ghazali’s Ihya.  One should note that the overwhelming majority of Islamic scholars have given their approve to the Ihya and those who rejected it were a very small group and did so mostly out of mistake and ignorance.

This is a poem written by Imam Haddad about the Ihya Continue reading

Ode to Shakeaspeare

Here’s a poem I wrote in my Sophomore year of High School.  The assignment was to write a poem according to the structure of a Shakespearean sonnet but we didn’t have to do the iambic pentameter.  Apparently, I was very facetious in high school.  It might be valuable to note that the last two lines are a reference to one of his sonnets (I think it was 603).  Enjoy.

Shakespeare: a wonderful man who did much
His poetry was so good it quite bored
He limited poetry and things like such
I wish he were killed by a Mongol horde.

For him, I’m limited on this satire
He has butchered poetry through the ages.
Why didn’t he die in the globe fire?!
He should have been stopped by some great sages.

Oh! I just loathe Shakespeare so very great
That his very name inspires much disgust
Shakespeare, it’s your poems I really hate
Why do people read your poems with lust?

Shakespeare’s poems may last through time as said
But they really stink from what I have read.

Some Thoughts on Muslims and Voting

I was asked the question about how do we know which candidate is the lesser of two evils assuming that voting was Islamicly permissible.

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The Similarities between the Great Depression and Today’s Bubble

In the 1920s, people became wild over the stock market.  They took their money out of the banks to fill the bubble but it was not enough.  There was something called lending on margin.  If someone could put a %10 down payment, they could have all the money they wanted.  This money went into the stock market.  Eventually, when industries began to realize that they were not selling everything, stocks began to plummit.  The banks lent out the money of other people to go into the market which collapsed.

Today, the situation is no different with the exception that stocks were replaced by houses and that lending on margin was replaced with motgages.  However, I think they Keynsian policies adopted during the Great Depression are going to mitigate this crisis but it will still be bad.  My biggest worry is that the struggle to end climate change and find alternative energy sources could lead to problems greater than any economic downturn could cause.

There’s alot more but I have to go back to Law School.

Thoery about Bread

So I made bread today.  I decided to ignore the directions and used olive oil instead butter.  It’s healthier after all.  The results were not totally satisfying.  The inside of the bread was not fluffy enough.  I think it was for the lack of butter.  I guess that’s why Middle Easterners prefer flatbread.

I thought it was interesting.

Sheik Badr al-Din al-Hassani and Speculation

I know I haven’t blogged for a while but here’s a nice story to make up for it.

After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the price of rice began to inflate because there was no Chaliph that would otherwise have attempted to keep prices low in case of an emergency.  A kilogram rose to ten Syrian pounds.  Meanwhile, a pious merchant sought the advice of Sheik Badr al-Din on what to buy.  The Sheik noted the rising price of rice and advised the merchant to buy some.  That time next year, the price rose to 20 Syrian pounds.  The merchant returned to the Sheik and asked him if he should sell.  The Sheik said not to.  The same thing kept happening until the price rose to 50 Syrian pounds, an exorbitant amount.  The Sheik told the merchant to now sell his rice, but only for ten Syrian pounds.  The merchant did so and all of the other merchants for then forced to bring down their prices as well.

RIS Announced

26-28 of December.

The Excellence of the Ottoman Chaliphate

In 1492, Columbus sailed the Ocean blue.  In doing so, he opened the way for the Spanish to the Americas.  The Spanish, after arriving in Central America, used local rivalries, superior weaponry, and germs to kill and enslave the entire population, effectively destroying their civilizations.  However, they did not stop there.  Anyone who has ever looked at a map of the Spanish Empire will see that they were all over the world doing the same thing.

In hindsight, the situation in the Arab world was not dissimilar to that of civilizations in Middle America.  Fragmented and unwilling to switch to gunpowder, the Arabs were an easy target to the Spanish.  The Spanish had already established enclaves in North Africa.  What saved the Arabs from the same fate as the Aztecs and the Mayans was the Ottomans.  The Spanish had set their sights on the Eastern Mediterranean and formed the bulk of a papal fleet that was to attempt to move in.  However, on September 28th, Suleiman the Magnificent’s admiral, Barbarossa Hayredin Pasha defeated the larger papal fleet and blocked the Spaniards, who were still full of zeal from the reconquista.

In short, a technologically advanced and centrally organized Muslim empire, though not Arab, prevented a possible disaster in the Middle East that, if realized, could have dwarfed the terror seen in the fall of Baghdad in 1258.