Saturday, May 13, 2006

Firefox or Internet Explorer?

I redid my blog, as you can see, and now I'm in a quandry. I set the code to suit Firefox, which I don't even use. The layout looks perfect. But when I launch the page in MSN Explorer, which is my default browser, the whole page is messed!

I'm going back to IE because it's what I'm used to, but then those who use Firefox will get a messed view. Anyone know any tricks to make the page work in both browsers?

Firefox people, so much for being unique... come back to the fold, you're splitting blogdom.
Inaya 4:50 PM | 8 comments |

Friday, May 12, 2006

You Are What You Eat... Be Proud!

Main Entry: pig

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: eater

Synonyms: animal, beast, boor, brute, glutton, gormandizer, greedy guts, guzzler, hog, slob, swine

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Inaya 6:29 PM | 4 comments |

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Pop Culture in the Name of Islam

Monday, April 24, 2006

I feel very uncomfortable about the pop culture which is growing around some so-called Nasheed artists. Of course I use the term ‘Nasheed artists' very lightly. Islamic ‘boy bands' and Muslim ‘popsters' would probably be more appropriate.

Eminent scholars throughout history have often opined that music is haram, and I don't recall reading anything about the Sahaba whooping it up to the sound of music. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for people letting off steam, but in a dignified manner and one which is appropriate to their surroundings.

The reason I am expressing concern is that just a few days ago at a venue in Central London, sisters went wild in the aisles as some form of pop-mania swept through the concert venue. And I'm not just talking about silly, little girls who don't know any better; I am talking about sisters in their 20's, 30's and 40's, who squealed, shouted, swayed and danced. Even the security guys who looked more like pipe cleaners than bulldozers were left looking dazed and confused as they tried to stop hijabi sisters from standing on their chairs. Of course the stage groupies did not help at all as they waved and encouraged the largely female Muslim crowd to "get up and sing along." (They're called ‘Fluffers' in lap-dancing circles!)

The source of all this adulation was British-born Sami Yusuf, who is so proud of his claret-colored passport that he wants us all to wave the Union Jacks. I'm amazed he didn't encourage his fans to sing "Land of Hope and Glory." Brother Sami asked his audience to cheer if they were proud to be British ,and when they responded loudly, he said he couldn't hear them and asked them to cheer again.

How can anyone be proud to be British? Britain is the third most hated country in the world. The Union Jack is drenched in the blood of our brothers and sisters across Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. Our history is steeped in the blood of colonialism, rooted in slavery, brutality, torture, and oppression. And we haven't had a decent game of soccer since we lifted the World Cup in 1966.

Apparently Sami also said one of the selling points of Brand UK was having Muslims in the Metropolitan Police Force! Astafur'Allah! Dude, these are the same cops who have a shoot-to-kill policy and would have gunned down a Muslim last year if they could tell the difference between a Bangladeshi and a Brazilian. This is the same police force that has raided more than 3000 Muslim homes in Britain since 9/11. What sort of life is there on Planet Sami, I wonder? If he is so proud to be British, why is he living in the great Middle Eastern democracy of Egypt?

Apparently the sort of hysteria Sami helped encourage is also in America, and if it is happening on both sides of the Atlantic, then it must be creeping around the globe and poisoning the masses. Islamic boy bands like 786 and Mecca 2 Medina are also the subject of the sort of female adulation you expect to see on American Pop Idol or the X-Factor. Surely Islamic events should be promoting restrained and more sedate behavior.

Do we blame the out-of-control sisters? Or do we blame the organizers for allowing this sort of excessive behavior which demeans Islam? Or do we blame the artists themselves?

Abu Ali and Abu Abdul Malik, struggling for their Deen, would certainly not try to whip up this sort of hysteria. Neither would the anonymous heroic Nasheed artists who sing for freedom; check out Idhrib Ya Asad Fallujah, and you will know exactly what I mean.

Fallujah is now synonymous with the sort of heroic resistance that elevated the Palestinians of Jenin to the ranks of the resistance written about in the Paris Communeand the Siege of Leningrad. The US military has banned the playing of any Nasheeds about Fallujah because of the power and the passion it evokes.

If those Nasheeds had sisters running in the streets whooping and dancing, however, the Nasheeds may be encouraged because of haram activity surrounding them.

Quite frankly, I really don't know how anyone in the Ummah can really let go and scream and shout with joy at pleasure domes when there is so much brutality and suffering going on in the world today. The rivers of blood flow freely from the veins of our brothers and sisters from across the Muslim world. Screaming and shouting the names of musical heroes drown out the screams coming from the dungeons of Uzbekistan where brothers and sisters are boiled alive in vats of water. How many will jump up and down and wave their arms in the air, shouting wildly for justice for our kin in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Palestine, and Iraq? There are many more killing fields as well across the Asian and Arab world. Will you climb on theater chairs and express your rage over Guantanamo Bay and other gulags where our brothers and sisters are being tortured, raped, sodomized, beaten, and burned? Or will you just switch off this concerned sister and switch on to the likes of Sami Yusuf because he can sell you a pipe dream with his soothing words and melodic voice?

Oh, Muslims, wake up! The Ummah is not bleeding; it is hemorrhaging.
Listen not to what is haram. Listen to the pain of your global family.

Inaya 9:42 AM | 4 comments |

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Celebrities, activists rally for Darfur

Demonstrators want U.S. action to end genocide
Sunday, April 30, 2006;
Posted: 4:20 p.m. EDT (20:20 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of people joined celebrities
and lawmakers at a rally Sunday urging the Bush administration
to use its political muscle to help end genocide in Sudan's Darfur


Inaya 5:55 PM | 1 comments |

Office of Homeland Predators

Our borders may be safe, but are our children?

Homeland Security official arrested in sex sting
Tue Apr 4, 2006 11:22 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been arrested on sex charges stemming from a Florida-based Internet sting, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said on Tuesday.

Brian Doyle, 55, faces 23 charges in Polk County, Florida, related to use of a computer to seduce a child and transmitting harmful material to a minor, Judd said in a statement.

Doyle was taken into custody at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside Washington, on Tuesday evening while he was on the line with undercover detectives, Judd said.

"He was on his computer communicating with the undercover detective who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl at the time we knocked on his door in Maryland, took him into custody and served a search warrant," Judd said in an interview on CNN.

Details Released In Agent's Sex Case
Published: Feb 14, 2006

TAMPA - When an Orlando mall security officer responded to a complaint about a man exposing himself to a girl in the food court, the suspect hurried out of the mall and ran through the parking lot.

The suspect was Frank Figueroa, then one of Florida's highest-ranking federal law enforcement officers and the former head of a national program formed to target child sex predators. Since his Oct. 25 arrest at The Mall at Millenia, Figueroa has been suspended from his post as the special agent in charge of the Tampa office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

Figueroa is charged with exposure of sexual organs and disorderly conduct, which carry a potential punishment of more than a year in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

Details of Figueroa's arrest and the incident that led to it were made public Monday with the release of documents in Figueroa's prosecution. Mall security reports portray Figueroa trying to get away and even pulling out his badge when first approached. He didn't resist officers and drove himself in his government car to waiting Orlando police.

According to mall security reports, after Figueroa fled the scene, two more security officers approached him in the parking lot and asked why he was running. He said he was trying to find his car. Officer Kevin Williams offered to help him find the car, but he said Figueroa first needed to talk to security about an incident in the food court.

and last but not least:

From the Dateline NBC program, To Catch a Predator

And the federal agent can’t seem to stop talking to the cops.

Michael Burks: My father was a police officer. I was a policeofficer. I work for the Department of Homeland security. I understand you guys have a job to do and I’m not trying to tell anything else other than that. I swear to God, as God as my witness, I’m wearing a St. Michael’s medal right now, okay? I was not going to do anything with her.

But the detective doesn’t seem to be buying his story.

Police officer: I am telling you I don’t believe that you didn’t intend to have sex at some point with the girl.

Burks: Sir, I swear to God.

Police officer: It would have happened, I guarantee you, it would have happened.

And he has one more thing to say to the disgraced federal agent.

Police officer: In your position, you should have known better. You know the law. That’s even worse. You know what, that puts a bad mark on my job, on everybody. Every cop in this country you put a bad mark on.

Burks: I know, sir.
With men like this in charge of safeguarding our borders and our citizens, I, for one, feel safer already.

Inaya 5:15 PM | 0 comments |

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Worst President in History?

I found this article over at Seeker's Digest.

Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again

If I was a betting person, which I am not of course, (gambling is haraam!!!), I'd say America might be facing such a catastrophe soon enough. These things always manage to come at convenient times (politically convenient, mind you).

But then again, it might not be necessary. That movie, Flight 93, which releases in 3 days, might help to garner renewed fervor towards G Dubya and his plotting. Convenient, eh?

It's gotten really bad when my own father, who is not a Muslim, who voted for G Dubya in both elections, and not long ago believed G Dunya (***Dubya, freudian slip?) could do absolutely no wrong, is now saying that the Prez needs to be removed from office by any means possible.

While I'm on the subject, talk about convenience! A new bin Laden tape. They somehow manage to appear at the most convenient times. Now I am not a conspiracy buff, and I am not given to paranoias. I don't see dangers around every bend, but come on, some of it is a bit obvious.

Have any of you seen the movie The Long Kiss Goodnight? I recommend it. There are some very interesting and thought provoking parallels. A warning though, it is rated R for strong bloody violence and strong language.
Those before them did also plot (against Allah's Way): but Allah took their structures from their foundations, and the roof fell down on them from above; and the Wrath seized them from directions they did not perceive. (Quran 16:26)
Inaya 8:40 AM | 3 comments |

Monday, April 24, 2006

Rant Time

I am so angry I could just spit! I always read Sunnipath's posts from the hanafi fiqh mail list. I actually rely quite heavily on Sunnipath's answers to fiqh questions. I have found that the team of people who write the answers are knowledgeable, well-informed, and respond with wisdom, caring, compassion and understanding.

Until today. I am utterly stupified.

This is the question that was on one of the mailings I recieved today:

Husband and pornography
Answered by Wajihah Gregor


I fear that my husband may have a porno problem. While I was searching for lost files on the computer, I found some disturbing pornographic pictures in the recent documents. I talked to him about it and he got very embarrassed. He said that everything was fine with our sexual relations, but he still went on the internet twice and pleasured himself at the same time. I even think that once I woke up and saw him. He said that mornings are high peaks for him, but that he does not want to wake me. We talked about it but then a month later, I find some more pornographic files.


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Dear Sister,

Asalaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu -

The characters in pornographic shows stimulate the feeling in the casual or compulsive viewer that they are keenly desired and wanted. Although this is perverted atmosphere, the intrinsic need for men to feel desired and wanted can be a totally wholesome feeling in the confines of marriage. If these emotional and physical needs are not being met by their spouse, this may be the initial reason that leads them to watch pornography.

It is a good sign that your husband felt embarrassed and bad when you addressed him about his behavior. This means his heart is still alive with the notions of right and wrong, so remain committed and steadfast to him in helping him overcome this trial.

Instead of expecting your husband to wake you in the morning, make the effort to rise before him, preparing yourself beautifully for him and scenting the room with beautiful smells. Wake him lovingly, and tell him how much you need and desire him.

Moreover, ask him what are his secret sexual fantasies and do your best to accommodate them. Assure him that you are eager to fulfill his fantasies, so that embarrassment does not prevent him from telling you.

This may feel awkward for you at first, but by satisfying his emotions and fantasies you will stunt his negative behavior and will fulfill his needs lawfully.

Your loving effort, and your satisfying commitment, should encourage your husband to stop viewing pornography.

Remember, that by these efforts of yours, you are not only forbidding the wrong, but also commanding the right. This will impact society for the better, and your reward is with Allah Most High.

And Allah Knows Best

Wajihah Gregor

When I read this response I was totally flabbergasted. It was definitely not a response I expected from anyone at Sunnipath. The response is more in line with the answers I would expect to see from some of the hardcore salafi sites. Salafis always blame the woman. And that is exactly what the responder did here.

The husband has a problem, and now it's the wife's fault. She hasn't been doing enough. "If these emotional and physical needs are not being met by their spouse, this may be the initial reason that leads them to watch pornography." Astigfurallah!

The wife stated in her question that her husband has already said that their sexual relations were fine. And somehow this has been turned around on the woman and now she's at fault. She's not doing enough.

We're back in the dark ages. And I want to puke. Actually... if Wajihah Gregor were within arms length of me, I'd be inclined to backhand him/her. What next? Painting over the windows and burqa even inside the home? No driving for women?

Porn problems do not stem from inadequacies in marriages. A lot of men are more inclined sexually in the mornings, it's a scientific fact that testosterone levels are highest then. It's his problem, and also his compassion that he chose not to approach her if it's early and she's tired. But by giving this chastisement, I can only feel sorry for the poor woman, who before this thought she probably had a good marriage and a caring husband and now probably feels like a whipped dog.

"Make the effort to rise before him, preparing yourself beautifully for him and scenting the room with beautiful smells. Wake him lovingly, and tell him how much you need and desire him." It's not so easy playing the coquette at 6 am. Perhaps W. Gregor should try then get back to us with the results.

"Ask him what are his secret sexual fantasies and do your best to accommodate them." Make sure the skimpy nurses uniform, catholic schoolgirl outfit, or maid uniform is pressed and ready to go.

Where is the understanding and compassion and wisdom that I have come to respect from Sunnipath? This woman is not some sexual slave. It's the husband's sin, he's the one masturbating to porn on the web. Where's the admonishments for him????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so angry I can't even form coherent thoughts. I have to go before I puke all over my computer.

Inaya 4:57 PM | 17 comments |

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Capitalism is Alive and Thriving in Afghanistan

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Following a newspaper’s discovery of stolen U.S. military computer drives showing up for sale at local bazaars outside the large base here, the military announced a crackdown but merchants were still selling the digital wares — including what appeared to be information about Afghan spies informing on al-Qaida and the Taliban.

The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the sales on Monday, said that it was still able to find computer drives two days later — the same day that five military investigators, surrounded by heavily armed plainclothes U.S. soldiers, searched many of the two-dozen rundown shops outside the sprawling base.

One flash memory drive, the Times reported Thursday, holds the names, photos and phone numbers of people described as Afghan spies working for the military. The data indicates payments of $50 bounties for each Taliban or al-Qaida fighter caught based on the source’s intelligence.

The drive, which a teenager sold for $40, also holds scores of military documents marked “secret” and which describe intelligence-gathering methods and information.

The Times said that while the documents appeared to be authentic, it had not been able to verify the accuracy of the information independently.

Other shopkeepers on Wednesday were selling memory drives as well — including one with the Social Security numbers of four American generals.

The surfacing of the stolen computer devices has sparked an urgent American military probe for the source of the embarrassing security breach, which has led to disks with the personal letters and biographies of soldiers and lists of troops who completed nuclear, chemical and biological warfare training going on sale for $20 to $50.

read the full article here...

I have just one thing to say... EBAY!!!!

Inaya 11:58 AM | 0 comments |

Lost Gospel Revealed; Says Jesus Asked Judas to Betray Him

Stefan Lovgren
for National Geographic News
April 6, 2006

He is one of the most reviled men in history.

But was Judas only obeying his master's wishes when he betrayed Jesus with a kiss?

That's what a newly revealed ancient Christian text says.

After being lost for nearly 1,700 years, the Gospel of Judas was recently restored, authenticated, and translated.

The Coptic, or Egyptian Christian, manuscripts were unveiled today at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. (National Geographic News is part of the National Geographic Society.)

What Does It Mean?

Some biblical scholars are calling the Gospel of Judas the most significant archaeological discovery in 60 years.

The only known surviving copy of the gospel was found in a codex, or ancient book, that dates back to the third or fourth century A.D.

The newly revealed gospel document, written in Coptic script, is believed to be a translation of the original, a Greek text written by an early Christian sect sometime before A.D. 180.

read full article...
Inaya 9:41 AM | 0 comments |