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Monday, February 16, 2015

A Positive Story About Muslims and an Example for All of Us

2015-02-13-MuslimFreeHospitalSign.jpgIn 1937 the Muslim Free Hospital was established in Rangon, Burma. It was created by a group of Muslim leaders to care for the poor of Rangoon that had no other access to medical care. The initial investment came entirely from Muslims. 

...  The Muslim Free Hospital still exists and is still funded by the donations of Muslims of Myanmar. Burma received a name change in 1988 and is now called Myanmar. Rangoon received a name change and is now called Yangon. However, the mission of the Muslim Free Hospital has not changed. Read more, by Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

  • Free Muslim Hospital Offers Hope in Burma

IslamOnline 18/09/2013 YANGON – In a country reeling from recent religious violence, a Muslim free hospital is offering a rare oasis of communal harmony, offering medical service to hundreds of Muslims, Buddhists and former political prisoners.
“I am a surgeon so my responsibility is to cure suffering patients,” Tin Myo Win, the only Buddhist department head at Yangon’s Muslim Free Hospital, told Agence France Presse (AFP) on Monday, September 16.Free Muslim Hospital Offers Hope in Burma

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Toronto's Aga Khan Museum -- Media Monitoring

"Artifacts are displayed on two floors, in large, high-ceilinged, discreetly lit white rooms with teak floors. The main-floor space prefaced by a corridor illuminated by an arresting series of video animations, has its treasures arranged chronologically on an L-shaped footprint, and is decidedly Catholic in its presentation. ...
The world, of course, has many museums and galleries with space devoted to Islamic art. Toronto’s own Royal Ontario Museum, for example, has a curator of Islamic decorative art and its Wirth Gallery of the Middle East contains Islamic artifacts. But the Aga Khan Museum is being touted as the only institution in North America dedicated solely to the panoply of Islamic art – painted illustrations, ceramics, weavings, calligraphy, scientific instruments, paintings, clothing, myriad editions of the Koran. ...

Bentley noted that to many Westerners, Islam is a stern theocratic monolith when, in reality, it’s been a multiplicity of dynasties and civilizations encompassing more than 1,000 years, its reach extending far beyond the Arabian Peninsula to Spain, Africa, Indonesia, the Indian subcontinent and the gates of China. “Our biggest message here really is diversity,” Bentley said, “and how Islam has always responded to local traditions.” Moreover, it’s “not true there is a prohibition against figurative images in Islamic art,” she said. Yes, there is no figuration in the Koran nor images in mosques but, as the Aga Khan Museum shows, figural motifs – human, animal, fanstastical (including dragons and harpies) – were a staple of Islamic artistic expression."
-- [source: Toronto's Aga Khan Museum, opening this week, is a world-class showcase for Islamic art, JAMES ADAMS, The Globe and Mail]

  • Aga Khan Museum: Enlightened Islam Fights Back Against Jihadist Brutality Newsweek
    -- "And the Aga Khan has funded not only the museum but also donated its permanent collection of more than a thousand treasures including .."
  •  Treasures await at new Museum of Islamic Art: Siddiqui Toronto Star
    "American museums — such as the Met and the Morgan in New York, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian in Washington — have significant collections of Islamic arts and manuscripts. So do museums in London, St. Petersburg, Paris and Berlin. But there’s none that exclusively showcases the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations. For that, you have to go to Muslim lands — museums in Istanbul, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Kuwait and elsewhere. Each offers something unique — Qatar, a landmark building by I.M. Pei and a remarkable collection acquired in a short time; Kuwait, Mughal jewelry and rare Qur’ans; Turkey,the treasures of the Ottoman Empire; Malaysia, a focus on the Far East.
    The Aga Khan’s collection is small, about 1,000 precious items, examples of great artistry on bowls, boxes, bottles, beads, dishes, vases, jars, cabinets, hangings, coins, candle stands, jewelry, musical instruments, etc., in different mediums — ceramics, glass, shells, metal, stone, wood, leather, carpets, textiles and paper."
  • PM and Aga Khan open Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Star
  • A timely testament to Islam, Editorial, Toronto Star + ‘Pluralistic spirit' unites Canada, Aga Khan,:
    • Sigmund Roseth, Mississauga
    Your editorial applauding the opening of the Aga Khan Museum notes that the lush gardens on the 17-acre site are “there for all to enjoy — in a part of the city hardly renowned for grace and beauty.”
    Perhaps your readers would like to be reminded there are six lush city parks within about a one kilometer walk of the Aga Khan. They include E.T. Seton Park, Serena Gundy Park, Wilket Creek Park, Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, Moccasin Trail Park and, of course, the magnificent Edwards Gardens.
  •  Stephen Harper on hand for Aga Khan museum, CBC News

  • Yet, Stephen Harper would like us to know that he does not hate Muslims and is committed to peace and diversity – after all, both he and notorious Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney were present to launch the new museum and heap praise upon the Aga Khan and the initiative. Why the seeming disconnect? Why We Don't Need an Islamic Art Museum, (Especially not courtesy the Aga Khan and Stephen Harper) by SUMAYYA KASSAMALI
  • Sunday, September 07, 2014

    Shakira Death Hoax Email Contains Malware, Plus Weekly faithwise roundup

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Dictionary definitions: Interfaith, Multifaith

    What is the Dictionary definition of the terms:

    Interfaith (or inter-faith):
    • interfaith - ADJECTIVE :  involving people who belong to different religions (Macmillan) 
    • Sorry, no entries for interfaith Chambers  
    • interfaith -  adjective -  Relating to or involving different religions or members of different religions: action to encourage interfaith dialogue
    • interfaith -  adjective \ˌin-tər-ˈfāth\ : involving people of different religions; First Known Use of INTERFAITH : 1932  --  Seen & Heard: "What made you want to look up interfaith? Please tell us where you read or heard it." Merriam-Webster
    Multifaith (or Multi-faith):
    • multi-faith : involving several different religions, a multi-faith approach to religious education (Macmillan)
    • multifaith :  Involving or characterized by a variety of religions: the multifaith approach aims to develop an attitude of tolerance
    • Sorry, no entries for interfaith Chambers 
    • This word isn't in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution: The Missionary Church of Kopimism

    Peter Sunde has complained that his religious rights have been impinged after he was refused permission to meet a representative of a church inspired by the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste.

    The Pirate Bay co-founder was arrested in May after almost two years on the run, and is currently serving an eight-month sentence in Västervik prison following a conviction for copyright offences.
    "The board of spiritual care (NAV) doesn't have any representative for the Kopimist faith with whom they cooperate and therefore the Prison and Probation Service should provide permission for electronic contact with representatives from the Kopimist faith to believers," Sunde wrote in his complaint.

    The Missionary Church of Kopimism was founded by 19-year-old 'Young Pirate' member Isak Gersonin 2010, and was formally recognized as a religious organization by the Swedish government at the third attempt in December 2011. 
    The Church derived its name from the online movement "Kopimi" (read as "copyme"), in which users are invited to add a "Kopimi" logo to their website if they are willing to have their information copied by others.
    While the church denies any direct contact with The Pirate Bay, it considers the copying and dissemination of information akin to a religious service, or sacrament. Kopimism furthermore holds the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste, CTRL+C and CTRL+V, as sacred symbols. continue reading

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  • Welcome to the missionary church of kopimism:
    In our belief, communication is sacred. Communication needs to be respected. It is a direct sin to monitor and eavesdrop on people.
    The absolute secrecy is holy in the church of kopimism.
    In the individual pastoral care and confession with the kopimist priests (the Ops), priests are protected under Swedish law by an absolute professional secrecy.
    Copyright Religion is our absolute opposite – Ongoing obstruction of copying.
    We challenge all copyright believers – most of which have a great deal of influence in politics, and who derive their power by limiting people’s lives and freedom. What they most of all want to limit the knowledge. We need to steel ourselves for their hatred and aggression.
    - Copy. download, uplooad!
    - All knowlegde to all!
    - Information technology is not to be feathered by laws.
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