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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Being Just in the love of the Prophet ~ Innocence of Muslims / Desert Warrior

Note: This post is continuously updated, modified on 3 Oct., 2012
  • Western defenders of ‘free speech’ need to look in the mirror, October 03, 2012, Toronto Star Haroon Siddiqui
  • The Arbitrary Limits to Freedom of Expression, Abubakar Kasim, Huffington Post, 10/01/2012
  • Why ban Kate’s images, but not Muhammed’s? The record (Kitchener, Waterloo), Sep 21 2012
  • Blasphemy in Islam: The Quran does not prescribe punishment for abusing the Prophet, by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Oct 2, 2012, The Times of India
  • Dr. Hamid Slimi discusses how the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ - Peace be upon him) would have responded to any matter, in times of trials, tribulations, and massive misinformation-- based on a Chapter of the Quran, Kausar (i.e., Surah # 108).

    See also the sequel to the above khutba, "What did this Imam just say about Slander?..."

  • Extract from Sound Vision, Chicago:
    "Let not the hatred of a people swerve you away from justice. Be just, for this is closest to righteousness…” (Quran 5:8). While Muslims love and deeply respect Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, others regularly heap abuse on him. Around the world, and here in the U.S., blogs, television shows, some preachers, commentary, and talking heads regularly insult our beloved Prophet and attack his character in ways that are very painful for Muslims to bear. We need to understand this abuse for what it is: a form of psychological violence intended to hurt and harm. Our response when we encounter such attacks must be to seek God’s forgiveness and respond with what is better: prayers on the Prophet and Duas for him. ... It’s also important to remember to just move on. We cannot allow these attacks to hurt us, for that is their very purpose. It’s also vital to keep in mind that you are limited in your responsibility for what you can do to counter these insults. You don’t control the world, you don’t change hearts. Try your best and then put your trust in Allah. That is all you are required to do. continue reading: Being Just in the love of the Prophet, By Abdul Malik Mujahid

    On the same shelf:
  • Free speech vs. reverence for Muhammad: Can they coexist? -- did you know this CS article? Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Offensive Propaganda: The Aesthetics of an Islamic Response, Khalid's Blog
  • Some Muslims Don't Get It: Freedom of Speech and the Legitimacy of Muslim Protests, Mike Ghouse, Huffington Post
  • Muslims Invited to View Film on Muslim-Christian Relations in USA, By Imam By Habeeb Ali, Toronto
  • Interfaith groups react to anti-Muslim film, condemn violence abroad, By Samer Hijazi, The Arab American News
  • Stop Dehumanizing Muslims! By Abubakar N. Kasim
  • Montreal Muslims react to violence, call for calm and dialogue CTV Montreal
  • Moderate And Hardline Muslims Struggle Within Popular Rage Against Anti-Islam Film And America Huffington Post
  • Here Is the Original Script for Innocence of Muslims (Desert Warrior), Adrian Chen
  • Moderates in West must raise their voices: Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

  • Wednesday, September 05, 2012

    Greetings in your own way: Religious, Secular, and Others

    Extract on Good Morning: This Blog Will Change the World
    Perhaps the different outlooks in question here can be reduced to three different ways of saying "Good morning". Most of us mean it as an expression of good wishes: "I hope you have a good morning". The secular humanist intends it as a prediction: "You will undoubtedly have a good morning, and an even better one tomorrow." The totalitarian dictator makes it a demand: "You will have a good morning."

    Extract from another site: Catholic Online Forum, GOOD MORNING! Oh, and BTW, The Lord be with you...
    There’s also another, more humanistic aspect of this that I find objectionable that goes back to my original post. The greeting, “good morning”, is a generic, often formal or “cold”, greeting and is understood by everyone as such. When you pass someone on the street that you know, but don’t know that well, you often use this greeting. The person to whom the “good morning” is addressed understands that the greeting is generic and formal, so it is understood that it is a nicety and nothing more. It doesn’t matter if the person being greeted is having a horrible day or not.

    However, changing the circumstances turns the nicety into something quite different. Take for example: ... continue reading

    Other tips:
  • Sabah al-khair = Good Morning (response = sabah al-noor). Masaa al-Khair = Good evening (response = masa al-noor);
  • Good morning in Hindi: good morning - सुबह अच्छा (subaha acchā)
  • in Hebrew, "good morning" is "boker tov,"

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