Why does a CVS, or any drug store for that matter, need music? Everywhere you go there’s music to the point that music becomes meaningless. It’s as if modernity cannot stand its own silence: in the absence of any clamour, modernity must face its weary self whereupon it, methods of deconstruction not withstanding, is fully incapable of articulating any meaning or purpose to life.
Then came, just ten years after 9/11, the Arab Spring, in which Islam did not play a role, and the killing of Osama Bin Laden, whose death went almost unnoticed among Muslim public opinion.
Mr. Roy, how have you come to the presumptuous conclusion that Islam played no role in the so-called “Arab Spring”? Was it because Muslims didn’t use minarets as battering rams to knock down the doors of tyrants? Please stop essentializing Islam as solely some political entity such that if you don’t find a preconceived notion of what you understand as constituting Islam, that it was not somehow involved with the decision making process.
So, Do You Consider Yourself To Be a Liberal or Conservative Muslim?
That was a question I received today at the TV station.
"No," I said. "I’m an opportunist, meaning that if a liberal ruling will bring good and reduce harm for the Muslims then I will accept a liberal approach. Howerver, likewise, if a conservative ruling will maximize good and reduce detriments then I will accept a conservative approach. Like I said, I’m an opportunist."
عن أبي مالك الأشعري قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إذا ولج الرجل بيته فليقل اللهم إني أسألك خير المولج و خير المخرج, بسم الله ولجنا و بسم الله خرجنا و على الله ربنا توكلنا ثم ليسلم على أهله
On the authority of Abu Malik al-Ash’ari, the Prophet said, ‘When a man leaves his home he should say, “O’ God, I ask you for a good entrance and a good exit. In God’s name we enter and in God’s name we leave and upon God our Lord we have placed our trust.” He should then give salaams to his family”.’ - Related in Sunan Abu Dawud, 5096.
"Idha walaja al-Rajul baytahu falyaqul: ‘Allahumma, Inni as’aluku khayra al-mawlij[a] wa khayra al-makhraj[i]. Bismillahi walajna wa bismillahi kharajna wa ‘ala Allahi rabana tawakkalna’."
It can be a tough gig working a nine to five. Some of us do more than that. But it’s a blessing to have a house and home to come home to. So I write this down as a little means of increasing adab/manners and dhikr/awareness and 'ibadah/worship by keeping the Prophet’s words close to our breasts, hearts and tongues. So the next time you leave to the j-o-b with that certain boss [ugh…] remember this du’ah, God willing, and great your family with some Prophetic love.
As we take stock of the 10 years since 9/11 and the ghastly images of those two towers crashing to the ground, one thing has remained constant since September 12th: the imperative of security. Since then, we have witnessed an immediate military strike against Afghanistan, followed by saber rattling against the Axis of Evil—Iran, Syria, and North Korea; the military invasion of Iraq, climaxing with the execution of Saddam Hussain; the reorganization of the intelligence and security communities to create the Department of Homeland Security; and Justice Department legal briefs examining the scope of permissible torture to extract information that might help us win the new but nebulous ‘war on terror.’
It is my great pleasure to announce my acceptance of the Muslim Chaplain position at the University of Pennsylvania. I am deeply humbled and honored at Penn’s trust in me to carry out this role. I ask Allah for guidance. Amin. I would like that thank all those involved, especially Adnan and Carolyn, whose shoulder’s I will be riding on and doubtless, without whose support I would not be embarking on this journey.
Here it is. My 9/11 post. I had been avoiding this issue, not because I haven’t had thoughts on it, but primarily because I haven’t really had the venue to speak my mind. But while laying on my couch, giving Pnin a cursory reading before my term begins, an e-mail flashed across my iPhone and a very long and complicated conversation jumped off inside my head. Here is the short form.
“…what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. Whether online or not, my mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles.”—Nicholas Carr, from “The Shallows”.
Volunteers will be trained and have access to PhillyCarShare’s fleet of vehicles to use to provide transportation to participating area hospitals and treatment centers.
Interested volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, a safe driving record, a few hours per month and the drive to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients here in Philadelphia.
Some thoughts on Habitus and Islam. I love Bourdieu! This is by no means a good explanation of his sociological theories. But an exploration of inculcating Islamic principles into our daily life so that we move from just verbally saying we submit to having sincere belief.
For all my Muslims who love to pump their fists in the air and rage about “there is no god but God!” and thump their chests about their profession of faith, take some nasihah [counsel] from shaykh Vader:
شهد الله أنه لا إله إلا هو و الملائكة و أولوا العلم قائما بالقسط لا إله إلا هو العزيز الحكيم
"God proclaims that there is no object of worship other than God as do the Angels and those of knowledge, upholding justice. There is no deity but God, the All-Powerful, the All-Wise." [Qur’an: 3: 18]
It’s not our testimony that make Allah Allah, but God swears by this “Him”-self.